Quick and simple — words we live by throughout the week when it comes to making dinner. We long for one-pot pastas to minimize clean-up, and we crave 30-minute meals to save precious time. Ah, and let’s not forget those glorious slow cooker meals! It doesn’t get much better than a hot and ready dish to dig into when we bust through the door after a long day. If you think all of these quick and easy options are as good as it gets, we’re about to blow your mind. We’ve got 17 weeknight wonders that are healthy, filling and only take 15 minutes from start to finish.


1. Quick and Easy Spaghetti alla Carbonara: Who knew you could whip up an authentic Italian classic in a mere 15 minutes? This bowl of comfort food goodness only requires FOUR ingredients — it’s easy, quick *and* budget-friendly. We can get used to that. (via Bowl of Delicious)


2. 15-Minute Sesame Ginger Noodles: This sesame and ginger flavored noodle dish will easily become your fave go-to. Bok choy offers an amazing crunch while also adding a dose of veggies. If you don’t have any kicking around, broccoli is a fine substitute. (via Choosing Chia)


3. Fish Tacos With Chipotle Lime Crema: We’re solving every #TacoTuesday dilemma with these gorgeous and brightly flavored fish tacos. They’re simple, light and healthy, because that crema is made with Greek yogurt. (via Isabel Eats)


4. Coconut Curry Chickpeas With Wilted Greens: The gloriously comforting flavors in this dish give the impression that it has been simmering away all day long. The truth is, you can have this hearty and nourishing bowl of curry ready in a snap. Now that’s comforting. (via With Food and Love)


5. Barbecue Chicken Pizza: You’ve got a hankering for pizza, but you don’t feel like ordering out for an extra greasy pie. On the other hand, the thought alone of making a pizza from scratch is exhausting. But there is hope, because with some pre-made dough, this flavor bomb of a pizza can be ready in a flash. (via Averie Cooks)


6. Shrimp and Asparagus Stir Fry: For those days when you just want to fill up on a plateful of crunchy veggies and protein, this tasty, fuss-free stir fry will deliver. It’s nourishing and filling, and it only dirties one pan. (via Salu Salo)


7. Easy Mediterranean Chicken Wraps With Hummus: Every once in a while, a craving for something light, simple and refreshing hits. These nutritious and oh-so delicious Mediterranean wraps are fresh AF, and the perfect thing to indulge in when you don’t feel like heating up the kitchen. (via Coffee and Crayons)


8. 15-Minute Korean Sesame Beef Bowls: When you try to think of food that’s easy, quick, yummy *and* nourishing, you might find yourself stumped. But these dishes do exist, and this belly-warming sesame beef bowl is tantalizing proof. (via Apple of My Eye)


9. Salmon Tikka Over Quinoa: 15-minute meals don’t have to be dull or uninspired. In fact, they can be downright gourmet — like this smokey salmon tikka. Served with a refreshing cucumber raita, the salmon is placed atop a bed of quinoa for extra nutrition; the stunning presentation is a bonus. (via Pickled Plum)


10. Quick 15-Minute Blue Cheese and Pesto Pasta: If you’re a sucker for a tangy blue cheese, this quick-and-easy pasta is a total dream. Garlic, fresh herbs and crunchy nuts bring this dish a flavor profile that can’t be matched. (via Imagelicious)


11. Crispy Cuban Egg Rolls: The only reason someone might not be completely head-over-heels for the flavors in a Cuban sandwich is that they’ve never had one before. Tangy and savory, the celebrated flavors of this fave are stuffed into crispy egg rolls, creating the perfect fast and easy #TreatYoSelf meal. (via A Zesty Bite)


12. 15-Minute Garden Veggie Pepperoni Pizzadillas: These brilliant pizza and quesadilla hybrids are the answer to your weeknight pizza needs. They’re a breeze to throw together, and in just 15 minutes, you’ll have ooey gooey cheesy goodness to inhale. (via Gringalicious)


13. 15-Minute Soba Noodle Soup: If you harbor a deep love for soup and have become a regular at your local pho or ramen joint, you’ll want to give these soba noodles a whirl. Soup can be deceiving, and those big steamy bowls from your fave noodle bars can be super high in calories. This soup is light, tasty and ready in minutes. (via Rasa Malaysia)


14. Fresh Kale Apple Salad With Wild Rice: There’s nothing wrong with craving a crisp and robust salad for dinner. The next time that craving strikes, give this nourishing and filling kale salad a shot. It’s packed with fresh flavors and only needs 10 minutes of your time. (via The Butter Half)


15. Pan-Seared Salmon With Capers and Lemon: If you’re a fan of the flavors in a classic chicken piccata, this simple pan-seared salmon will tickle your fancy without a doubt. The buttery and tangy sauce brings bright flavor to this dish without masking the natural essence of the salmon. (via Boulder Locavore)


16. One-Pot Italian Orzo Chicken With Mozzarella, Arugula and Fennel: It’s a great day when you stumble upon a one-pot wonder that’s packed with as many goodies as this one. Add to that the fact that you can make it in minutes, and it seems like a total godsend. (via WhitBit’s Kitchen)


17. 15-Minute Shrimp Tostadas: You work hard, so treating yourself to a beautiful dinner should be a priority. Dig into this crunchy tostada adorned with fresh ingredients, crunchy shrimp and chili sauce. You’ve earned it. (via Green Healthy Cooking)

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