21 Healthy Dinners Ready in 20 Minutes or Less

Honey Mustard Salmon
Photo: France C

You really can cook healthy dinner recipes on the quick. We've tracked down a bunch of them. You want variety, too? Well, we have you covered there. Here are healthy dinner ideas, each on the table in 20 minutes or less.

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Super Simple Salmon

Super Simple Salmon
Allrecipes Magazine

This really is a super-simple recipe with healthy salmon fillets. If you like, replace the butter with olive oil, which as a monounsaturated fatty acid is a healthy dietary fat. Ready in 15 minutes.

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Pesto Pizza

Pesto Pizza with bell peppers
Skyfurrow

Use a pre-baked crust, healthy prepared pesto, and canned artichoke hearts, and you'll put this pizza on the table in just 20 minutes.

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Tuna Lime Tostadas

Tuna Lime Tostadas
Caroline C

Here's another healthy dinner idea that's fresh and delicious. Canned tuna makes this super-quick and easy. Try it in a taco shell, too. Ready in about 10 minutes.

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Chicken Honey Nut Stir Fry

Chicken Honey Nut Stir Fry
larkspur

A quick stir-fry with lots of healthy ingredients — carrots, cashews, a little ginger root, and strips of skinless, boneless chicken breasts, all sweetened with a touch of honey. Ready in 20 minutes.

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Yummy Lemon Salmon Burgers

Yummy Lemon Salmon Burgers
Angela F.

This recipe calls for canned salmon. Try these tasty burgers on a whole-wheat bun, which has more fiber than a white one. Or simply serve it over fresh greens. Ready in 20 minutes.

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Six Can Chicken Tortilla Soup

Six Can Chicken Tortilla Soup

This recipe takes five minutes to prep and has more than 1,200 5-star ratings. Choose low-sodium broth and organic black beans to keep this soup's salt levels in check. Ready in 20 minutes.

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Broiled Scallops

three sea scallops on a bed of salad greens
Allrecipes

Serve this classic weeknight seafood pick over fresh greens with a super simple lemon vinaigrette (one part lemon juice to three parts olive oil). So healthy and delicious. Ready in 15 minutes.

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Pesto Turkey Burgers

Pesto Turkey Burgers
Marianne

Prepared pesto and feta cheese take the turkey burger to new heights. Ready in about 20 minutes.

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Quick Cantonese Sauce

Quick Cantonese Sauce
Baking Nana

Olive oil, onions, tomatoes, ginger root, and garlic help create a tasty sauce to pair with leftover chicken, cut into strips or cubes. You can cut back on the sugar a bit, too.

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Szechuan Shrimp

Szechuan Shrimp
ClarStar

You won't believe how fast this healthy dinner recipe is. Serve it over brown rice with a simple side of steamed broccoli. Ready in 20 minutes.

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Easy Salmon Cakes

salmon cakes on a white plate with mixed vegetables
Rock_lobster

Here's another healthy fish recipe that calls for canned salmon. Of course, leftover grilled salmon would work, too. Ready in 20 minutes.

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Quick and Easy Refried Beans

Quick and Easy Refried Beans
naples34102

Give a tostada or taco shell a little schmear of beans, and top with all the fixings, including this 10-minute guacamole. Ready in 20 minutes.

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Spicy Grilled Shrimp

Spicy Grilled Shrimp
KGora

"So fast and easy to prepare, these shrimp are destined to be the hit of any barbeque. And, weather not permitting, they work great under the broiler, too," writes SUBEAST. Prepare an easy side dish salad while the shrimp cook, and voila! Ready in about 20 minutes.

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Lucky's Quickie Chickie

Lucky's Quickie Chickie on asparagus
France C

"This raises the bar on a simple to make chicken dinner. I followed the recipe exactly including fresh basil which was so terrific in this dish with the honey and balsamic. Five Stars for a simple and flavorful dish you can whip up in no time," Ellie says.

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Thai Ground Chicken Basil

Thai Ground Chicken Basil
joyskitchen

"This delicious recipe most closely resembles my favorite Thai restaurant's Ground Chicken Basil. I've searched for recipes, but none gave this authentic taste. It's quick and easy, too! Serve with steamed rice if you like," Valery K. says. Ready in 20 minutes.

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Balsamic-Glazed Sea Scallops

Balsamic-Glazed Sea Scallops
lutzflcat

"Pan-seared scallops may seem intimidating to some, but it's really a simple dish to prepare. Sea scallops are amazingly tender, succulent, and mildly flavored, but when you style them up with a flavorful balsamic glaze, they can be a showstopper. They're sophisticated enough for dinner guests but easy enough for a weeknight dinner," says recipe creator lutzflcat. Ready in 20 minutes.

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Seared Monkfish with Balsamic and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Seared Monkfish with Balsamic and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
France C

"Served with a balsamic, garlic, and sun-dried tomato topping, this recipe comes together in a snap," says France C. Ready in 20 minutes.

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Broiled Paprika and Lemon-Pepper Chicken Breasts

Broiled Paprika and Lemon-Pepper Chicken Breasts
France C

"My family went for seconds. It's easy to make and tastes great. I will be making this often," June Rohrbaugh says. Ready in 20 minutes.

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20-Minute Shrimp Fajitas Sheet Pan Dinner

20-Minute Shrimp Fajitas Sheet Pan Dinner
20-Minute Shrimp Fajitas Sheet Pan Dinner. Chef Mo

This simple sheet pan dinner features shrimp, bell peppers, and red onions tossed with fajita seasonings and olive oil and baked for 10 minutes. Wrap the goodies up in flour tortillas and top with avocado slices, chopped cilantro, and other favorite fajita fixings. "The best 20-minute meal ever," says Jrrahurn.

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Honey Mustard Salmon

Honey Mustard Salmon
France C

"One great thing about salmon is, it's such a flavorful fish that you can bake it very simply. It goes very well with mustard and honey," Kate says. Ready in 20 minutes.

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Sticky Peanut Zoodles

Sticky Peanut Zoodles
Mimi

"Very good! I will definitely make it again. I followed the recipe as written except that I didn't have peanuts so I added a teaspoon of peanut butter to the green onion soy sauce brown sugar mixture," Sarah says. Ready in 20 minutes.

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