I recorded a fun, mama-themed podcast with Danie at Catch This Mama a couple weeks ago and during the interview we agreed that lack of time is one of the biggest challenges we both face as parents. For every one thing we cross off our to-do list, it feels like five more get added on. But this phenomenon doesn’t just apply to parents, right? We are ALL chasing the nonexistent 25th hour/8th day of the week to fit everything in. And that totally includes finding time to veg out and watch trashy reality television on Bravo, ie ME TIME.
On a related note, Southern Charm is coming back next week and I can hardly contain my excitement!! ??
Anyway, whether you’re a busy parent, busy professional, busy student – heck, I know some people that are all three! – we can all agree that time feels tight more often than not, and at the end of the day a big elaborate meal just isn’t going to happen. By all means, let’s slow down and enjoy the process of making homemade pizzas on Friday night, fire up the grill for sizzling steaks on Saturday, and simmer a slow-cooked stew on Sunday. But Monday-Thursday? Just get that ish on the table!
Trust me, I know it’s tempting to grab takeout from the fast casual dining establishment of your choice when time is tight (our local Chipotle starts making my bowl as soon as they see me walking in #regular,) but cooking at home when you’re short on time is definitely still an option, as proven by these 10 gluten-free recipes that can be made in 20 minutes or less.
I’ll keep it real, a lot of times at my house 20 minute meals look like grilled cheeses (I just started making them for Lincoln using vegan cheese and he is OBSESSED. Keeps asking for “crunchy sandwiches” for dinner ?) or spaghetti, but they can be so much more exciting! Think fresh and flavorful spiralized recipes, cheesy saucepan rice casseroles, and healthy comfort food. All on the list, my friend!
If you’re feeling crunched for time during the week, but still crave something homemade and delicious, dig into any of these yummy, 20 minute meals!
20 Minute Sausage, Brussels Sprouts and Parmesan Pasta
“I made this last night and we loved it! So simple and quick to make. My husband and 1 year old daughter both ate it too! I think it would be good with mushrooms in it too!”
20 Minute Greek Zoodles
“I made this the other night and it was fantastic! My 3 year old loved helping spiralize the zucchini. We are looking forward to having this again!”
Herb and Caper Crusted Salmon
“Made this tonight and it was AMAZING. The flavors work so well together and it was so simple!”
5 Ingredient Cheesy Salsa Verde Chicken and Rice
“This recipe was delicious! Both boys (age 12) liked and husband raved! Looks like we have a new dish in rotation. I love your blog and like trying your recipes. Thanks so much for sharing.”
Cauliflower Fried Rice
“LOVE THIS RECIPE!!!! So simple to throw together and you don’t feel guilty eating a huge bowl of it! :) Thank you mas!!”
“I don’t eat much seafood, but I am trying to branch out. If you are on the fence, MAKE THIS DISH! Loved it! I made it with cauliflower rice and it was outstanding. Now to try the rest of your salmon recipes.”
Avocado, Mozzarella and Bruschetta Chicken
“We just had this for supper and it was AMAZING! I picked up the bruschetta and fresh mozzarella the other day at TJ ‘s – thanks for the tip. Tasted like summer, which is a very happy thing. “
Skinny Shrimp Piccata with Zoodles
“This was SOO good – a hit with the whole family! I can’t believe how much flavor it had and how easy it was. I loved the tip on the zoodles as well to keep them from getting soggy. Your recipes are awesome! Easy, healthy and so much flavor.”
5 Ingredient BBQ, Avocado, Bacon and Cheddar Chicken
“Wow. You weren’t kidding. This came together SO fast, was SO easy, and was SOOOO delicious. It’s going in the regular rotation for sure. We ate it with a side salad- a perfect weeknight meal.”
Homemade Cheeseburger Helper
“I pinned this a while ago and just tried it. We loved it! I haven’t had HH in over a decade but hubby thought it tasted spot on! Thank you for coming up with a healthier recipe for one of his childhood faves where every ingredient is able to be pronounced! And it was ready in the 20 minutes as promised.”