Whipping up weeknight meals can often feel like a chore, especially after a long day at work. To make life a whole lot easier, bookmark this diverse collection of our favourite quick and easy recipes for those days when 15 minutes is just about all the time you can spare for meal prep.
15-Minute Shrimp Tacos with Spicy Chipotle Slaw
This make-your-own-taco bar comes together in no time thanks to a little help from your local grocery store. Simply pick up prepared chipotle mayonnaise, pre-cut coleslaw mix and canned beans to make it easy to have tacos any day of the week.
15-Minute Tofu and Vegetable Stir Fry
Tofu often gets a bad rap for being bland, but that’s not the case with this quick and scrumptious stir-fry. Toss slices of meaty baked tofu in a spicy Asian marinade for tons of bold flavour, while the packaged stir-fry mix and pre-sliced shiitake mushrooms will make the rest of this healthy recipe prep an absolute breeze.
10-Minute Chicken, Corn and Kimchi Ramen
Talk about a throwback to your university days slurping up Cup-a-Soup ramen noodles by the dozen. Now you can make your own fresh, healthy version of that speedy college classic. Using a large skillet, toss everything but the garnish directly into the skillet, and wait for the broth to come to a boil. Voila!
15-Minute Bean, Egg and Avocado Tostadas
Use a greased muffin tin to simultaneously cook eight eggs as a major time-saver for this super simple recipe. Inspired by huevos rancheros, this versatile dish could even be enjoyed for breakfast or lunch.
15-Minute Asian Rice Salad
To keep prep time to a minimum, grate fresh ginger instead of finely chopping it, use kitchen shears instead of a knife to slice off the stems of the shiitake mushrooms and use pre-cooked brown rice, grated carrots and shelled edamame. You’ll have dinner on the table in no time.
Grilled Shiitake and Tofu Banh Mi
This twist on the popular Vietnamese sandwich – which typically consists of tangy cucumber salad, spicy mayo and plenty of meat – subs in hearty shiitake mushrooms and tofu for a dish that works for lunch or dinner. Quick chef tip: press the liquid out of the tofu to help firm it up and prevent it from sticking to the grill. For more meatless inspiration, try one of these easy vegan weeknight dinner recipes.
15-Minute Meatloaf Melts
Relieve those hunger pangs with one of the most delicious sandwiches you’re ever likely to try. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, add a hint of salty goodness by topping it all off with a couple slices of bacon.
15-Minute Stir-Fried Steak Tacos
Slice the skirt steak and cook it quickly at a high temperature to save time and keep the meat tender. Set aside the flavourful collected juices from the steak and onions to drizzle on your tacos once it’s ready to serve.
15-Minute Grilled Skirt Steak with Pesto Butter
Skirt steak, a flavourful quick-cooking cut of beef, is the star of this 15-minute meal. Topped with a two-ingredient pesto butter and served alongside grilled asparagus, it’s a dinner dish to keep in your back pocket when guests come over.