Sometimes at the end of a long day, cooking a complicated dinner seems like way too much effort. On those evenings, consider whipping up one of these 20-minute meals. They're balanced and satisfying, and can be prepared in the time you'd spend waiting for takeout from a restaurant.
by Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner
Leftover cold cooked rice, eggs and a few vegetables are all you need to create this classic and comforting dish.
Per serving: 255 calories, 1g saturated fat, 46g carbohydrates, 7g protein, 1g fiber, 360mg sodium
by Robb Walsh
Breakfast for dinner makes sense in this easy Tex-Mex recipe, including crushed tortilla chips, eggs, tomato, onion and chili, with cheddar melted in. Serve with refried beans.
Per serving: 474 calories, 9g saturated fat, 40g carbohydrates, 20g protein, 4g fiber, 647mg sodium
by Giuliano Hazan
Some Italian soups require hours to simmer, but this one cooks just long enough for the broccoli and pasta to become tender. You can always throw in some canned cannellini beans or leftover chicken for protein.
Per serving: 251 calories, 1g saturated fat, 38g carbohydrates, 8g protein, 4g fiber, 474mg sodium
by Nigella Lawson
The mushrooms in this light yet sumptuous pasta aren't even cooked — just steeped in oil, garlic, lemon and thyme, and tossed with the just-cooked linguine. Make with cremini mushrooms or plain old button mushrooms.
Per serving: 414 calories, 2g saturated fat, 60g carbohydrates, 12g protein, 3g fiber, 516mg sodium
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