Food & Recipes

8 Meals You Can Make In 15 Minutes Or Less

When we get home from work, we all have one thing in common: we want to eat. Immediately.

Unless we’re super-organized and have had a crock-pot recipe simmering all day (or waiting for us in the freezer to throw in), we want something quick and easy, but not fast food (again).

What’s a hungry, time-deprived person to do? With the below, each can be made and put on your dining room table in under 15 minutes! Don’t believe me? Try one out for yourself and see!

1. Cheesy Chicken Meatball-And-Tortellini Soup

Soup is such a simple, yet hearty, meal choice, especially when it comes to making something quickly.

This recipe is sure to please. It calls for packaged meatballs, but I prefer to use my own, which I keep a stash of in the freezer. I highly recommend it!

Fitness Magazine

2. Greek Chicken Cutlets

I absolutely love this recipe—it’s like eating a Greek salad on top of chicken. Not only is it delicious and healthy, but it’s also so colorful. When you go to the link, don’t be fooled by the “under 30 minutes,” sticker at the top, because it’s really 15 or less!

Martha Stewart

3. Sirloin Steak With Dijon-Port Sauce

Of course, the secret to making this steak so fast is having it sliced up in one-inch thick pieces. And the Dijon-Port sauce is unlike any other, so be sure to try this dish out either to impress your guests—or yourself.


4. Black Bean Quesadillas

Have you ever had a black bean quesadilla? I didn’t think so. Once you make these, though, you’ll be hooked!

Eating Well

5. Open-Face Chicken Caprese Sandwiches

Who doesn’t like Caprese? Personally, this is one of my favorite sandwiches—and I can’t get enough of this recipe from IowaGirlEats. You can make them with or without chicken, and the toasted bread makes them look way fancier than they really are!


6. Garlicky Broiled Salmon and Tomatoes

Fish is always an excellent choice if you’re running low on time. There’s only eight ingredients in this dish—including tomatoes, paprika, and thyme—so it’ll be done before you know it.

Real Simple | Hector M. Sanchez

7. Pasta With Fresh Tomatoes And Pine Nuts

The pine nuts mixed with the tomatoes and garlic make this a fun, easy recipe that’ll surely make people have seconds. You can also sub the pasta for zoodles (zucchini noodles). Yum!


8. Beef, Mushroom, & Greens Stir-Fry

This recipe is all about the soy sauce and ginger. The combo makes this stir-fry the best you’ve ever made… especially in under 15 minutes!