Quick Recipes for Lunch or Dinner that Are Ready in 20 Minutes or Less

Quick Recipes for Lunch or Dinner that Are Ready in 20 Minutes or Less

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June 30 2020


We love turning just a few everyday ingredients into flavor-packed meals that are ready in 20 minutes or less. We like to call these lunches and dinners our on-demand meals.

Save these recipes for the nights when you know schedules will be hectic, or for those times you're just not up for cooking, but don't want to spend money on takeout. And, to make things even easier, you can shop for everything you need online through Aisles Online.

Also check out, 15 Easy Pantry Recipes for Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, and Desserts.


  1. Double-Decker Club Sandwiches

    Next time you put bread on your shopping list, make sure it's Hy-Vee Bakery bread. This is the difference between an ordinary sandwich and a bistro-style club sandwich that won't leave anyone hungry.

    Pro tip: Shop for basil paste (near fresh herbs in the produce department) instead of fresh basil. It lasts longer in the fridge and mixes perfectly with mayo to make a basil-mayo spread for toasted sandwiches.

  2. Spicy Vegetarian Chili

    Here's a hack we love for adding heft to veggie soups: Heat and chop microwavable black bean burgers (we used Morning Star's black bean burger patties) to add to your chili or soup.

  3. Gyro Nachos

    Pita chips have infinite possibilities and aren't just for dipping in hummus. We use them to top soups or add crunch to baked casseroles. And to make nachos! But these aren't just any nachos. Look for frozen fully cooked beef gyro meat slices to make this quick Greek platter of fully loaded pita nachos.

  4. Garlic-Chicken Pesto Linguine

    A package of linguine, a rotisserie chicken, and a jar of pesto go a long way when it comes to adding big flavors to dinner, and in a short amount of time.

    One of the tricks we use to ensure the sauce clings to the pasta is to not rinse the pasta after it's cooked. That would remove the starch that helps the sauce become one with the pasta.

  5. Hearty Breakfast Tacos

    If you're a fan of Taco Tuesday AND Breakfast for Dinner, this quick meal is for you. We used fully cooked taco-seasoned beef crumbles to mix in with our cheesy scrambled egg filling.