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15 Meals In 15 Minutes Or Less

First Posted: 02/21/2012 3:46 pm   Updated: 08/31/2012 10:48 am

Not all of us have the time to cook an elaborate meal for dinner every night. When you factor in the limited time you have after work to relax and de-stress plus the time you want to save for spending with your family, there's not much time left for eating a healthy, home-cooked meal. But if you've got just 15 minutes to spare, we promise you can!

In just 15 minutes or less, you can put a meal on the table -- and it doesn't involve peeling the film off of a frozen dinner. With the help of a few store-bought ingredients like pasta sauce, canned broth or refrigerator-ready pasta, you can enjoy a quick baked fish dish, a fried chicken cutlet, a grilled sandwich, a pasta toss or even a flavorful soup. We even have quick-and-easy versions of popular dishes like schnitzel and chicken Parm. Put an enjoyable dinner on the table fast with any of these recipes.

If you've got more than 15 minutes designated to cook, check out our gallery of 30 Meals in 30 Minutes or Less.

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  • Panko-Coated Chicken Schnitzel

    This Austrian-inspired chicken schnitzel recipe comes together as fast as you can pound out cutlets and fry them. A coating of Japanese breadcrumbs (panko) creates an extra crunchy crust. To ensure everyone is served at once, fry the cutlets in two pans. To serve, drizzle with a buttery caper sauce and add a side salad. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Panko-Coated Chicken Schnitzel</a> recipe</strong>

  • Garlic And Onion Pasta Sauce

    You only need garlic, onion and olive oil to create a rich and earthy sauce to serve over pasta in this recipe. Make the sauce while the pasta cooks -- it all takes just 10 minutes. Try the sauce on penne or farfalle (bow ties). <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Garlic and Onion Pasta Sauce</a> recipe</strong>

  • Thyme And Lemon Pan-Fried Trout

    This 15-minute dinner is a take on the classic French dish of sole meuniere. The recipe features trout with a lemony sauce that's prepared in the same pan to save on time and clean-up. Dusting the fillets with flour helps create a nice crust -- it also contributes to creating a thick sauce. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Thyme and Lemon Pan-Fried Trout</a> recipe</strong>

  • Sweet Pea Pesto

    Jazz up some leftover store-bought pesto with peas in this recipe. Use frozen peas for a fast shortcut. Simply cook the peas in water, drain and puree in the food processor along with pesto and some pasta water. Serve with the pasta of your choice, such as penne or rotini. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Sweet Pea Pesto</a> recipe</strong>

  • Grilled Turkey Cutlets With Olives And Almonds

    This Spanish-inspired dish comes together in just 15 minutes. Quickly grill the turkey cutlets in a grill pan and, at the same time, prepare the zesty topping, which includes almonds and olives seasoned with smoked paprika. Serve with rice and green beans to complete the meal. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Grilled Turkey Cutlets with Olives and Almonds</a> recipe</strong>

  • Eggplant And Provolone Panini

    These panini sandwiches are quick and satisfying for a meal any day. You don't even need a fancy press to make them -- fry them in a skillet and use a large can or even a brick wrapped in foil as a press. This recipe uses jarred marinated eggplant, peppery arugula and mild provolone for a unique flavor combination. Serve alongside leftover soup if you like. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Eggplant and Provolone Panini</a> recipe</strong>

  • Grilled Escarole And Fried Egg On Grilled Bread

    This dish makes a perfect light dinner -- and it's done in 15 minutes. Grilled bread acts as a base for grilled escarole and fried eggs. A lemony vinaigrette, punctuated with garlic and red pepper flakes, adds lots of flavor to the escarole. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Grilled Escarole and Fried Egg on Grilled Bread</a> recipe</strong>

  • Baked Spiced Salmon With Basmati Rice And Asparagus

    Cumin and chili powder give these salmon fillets an earthy flavor. Make the recipe for a quick dinner any day of the week. All you need to do is place the fish on a baking sheet and broil until done. Use your toaster oven if you like. Serve with asparagus spears and basmati rice. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Baked Spiced Salmon with Basmati Rice and Asparagus</a> recipe</strong>

  • Ravioli With Green Beans And Brown Butter Sauce

    Make good use of leftovers and store-bought ingredients with this recipe. A garlicky brown butter sauce adds depth of flavor and richness to the dish, tying together green beans (use either leftover or steamed from frozen) and store-bought ravioli. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Ravioli with Green Beans</a> recipe</strong>

  • Mozzarella Chicken Cutlets

    This version of chicken Parm comes together in just 10 minutes. Skip the steps of breading and frying the chicken and opt instead for grilling -- it's quicker and healthier. Once cooked through, top the breasts with store-bought pasta sauce and shredded mozzarella to melt right in the grill pan. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Mozzarella Chicken Cutlets</a> recipe</strong>

  • Melted Cheese And Refried Bean Toasts

    Looking for a quick, Mexican-influenced meal? This one couldn't be easier, or, well, lazier. Spread a roll with butter and refried beans and top with cheese and just bake until melted. Serve with a side salad for a light dinner. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Melted Cheese and Refried Bean Toasts</a> recipe</strong>

  • Fast Fish Sticks

    Kids and adults alike will love this quick and easy recipe for fish sticks. For best results you'll want to use firm, white-flesh fish like cod, pollock, swordfish or catfish. Dust the fish pieces in cornmeal for an extra crispy crust. Serve with store-bought marinara sauce. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Fast Fish Sticks</a> recipe</strong>

  • Open-Faced Chicken Cordon Bleu

    This recipe isn't the traditional cordon bleu (which is stuffed with ham and cheese), but it's a version that provides the same flavors in less the time -- just 15 minutes. After breading and frying the cutlets, top them with a slice of ham and cheese each and broil until the cheese melts. Serve with a side salad. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Open-Faced Chicken Cordon Bleu</a> recipe</strong>

  • Pasta With Cherry Tomatoes And Almond Pesto

    A quick and simple almond pesto dresses up your favorite pasta shape in this 15-minute recipe. To get the most almond flavor, fry the nuts before blending them with garlic, basil, cheese and oil. The recipe also includes sauteed cherry tomatoes, which help loosen the pesto sauce. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes and Almond Pesto</a> recipe</strong>

  • Egg Drop Soup

    Whip together this flavorful egg drop soup in just 15 minutes. The broth is flavored with exotic ingredients like lemongrass and ginger. The soup includes onions, shiitake mushrooms and scallions. Stir in the beaten eggs at the last minute and serve immediately. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Egg Drop Soup</a> recipe</strong>

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