Dinners in 25 Minutes or Less
Whatever you're in the mood for—enchiladas, sweet and sour chicken, pasta, vegetarian, mac and cheese—it'll be on the table in no time.
In this life, time is an invaluable commodity. You want delicious, but you need fast. To that end, we've created an assortment of dishes—Mexican, Asian, Italian, comfort food, and vegetarian—that marry the ideals of fast and delicious. Enjoy these recipes that take 25 minutes or less.
Our first offering are Roasted Pork Tenderloin Tacos. Thick and slightly tangy Mexican crema adds a cooling finish to these tacos. Make the tortillas extra-delicious by lightly charring them over a gas burner. No gas? Quickly sear directly on an electric coil (work fast) or in a hot cast-iron skillet.
A sweet-tangy-spicy glaze of Asian pantry staples caramelizes beautifully under the broiler. To complete the meal, serve with jasmine rice tossed with sliced green onions and lime rind strips.
Add this Thai Shrimp Curry to your weekly rotation for a quick and tasty Asian dish the whole family will love. For a vegetarian version, swap in cubes of drained, pressed tofu for shrimp, and soy sauce in place of fish sauce.
Freekeh is an ancient variety of wheat that is harvested while green and then roasted for a fantastically nutty, smoky flavor. Package directions call for simmering on low for up to 25 minutes, but here it's cooked a little more quickly by raising the temperature to medium. Substitute couscous, quinoa, or rice if you can't find freekeh. If you can find fresh apricots, swap them in for dried, increasing the amount to 1 cup.
For sandwiches with great crunch, look for a rustic whole-grain bread boule. If you have trouble cutting 1-ounce slices across the width of the boule, cut it in half first.
Sweet shrimp is ideal for spicy dishes like this. If you want just a light lick of heat, use ¼ teaspoon red pepper. If you prefer more fire, go for ½ teaspoon (or more).
The food processor speeds prep by finely chopping the veggies, in turn giving the soup a rustic, crisp-tender texture. If you want a smoother texture, process longer.
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Escarole is less bitter than other members of the endive family, with hearty leaves similar to kale or chard, which you can sub here. Use just the leaves for this soup.
Sake, or rice wine, is fragrant and slightly sweet, a perfect addition to this simple spring stir-fry. You can also use dry sherry wine or a small splash of sherry vinegar. If using larger asparagus, cut lengthwise into slices.
Asparagus and fried eggs are a classic springtime combo for good reason—they're delicious together. Medium-thick asparagus spears will char nicely outside while staying crisp-tender within.
Timing on this recipe is important, so have your bacon cooked and eggs ready when the pasta is done. Do not let the pasta drain completely; for the creamiest sauce, you want a little of the water still clinging to the noodles when you add them to the eggs.
This lean, quick-cooking cut is the chicken breast of the pork world. It stands up to bold flavors and is so versatile it can move from down-home casual to elegant to global, as our collection of recipes show. Watch: How to Trim Pork Tenderloin
First up, Vietnamese-Style Pork Noodle Salad. Think of this refreshing salad as a deconstructed spring roll: cool rice noodles, crisp vegetables, and a sweet-and-spicy vinaigrette instead of a dipping sauce. Top it all off with savory stir-fried pork.
A veggie-stuffed omelet makes for one easy, satisfying dinner when paired with a simple side salad. While the cooked spinach mixture sits, it may give off some more liquid; strain this off to keep the omelet from becoming watery.
There's a great interplay of flavors here, with the tingly heat of cherry pepper and the sweetness of bell pepper and onion. For an even spicier dish, substitute 2 tablespoons pickled jalapeño slices for the cherry pepper.
Silky and sweet, the red currant pan sauce would be delicious served over pork chops or grilled poultry. Use leftover jam for anything from spreading over biscuits to creating a flavor base for barbecue sauce.
We substituted protein-rich edamame for corn in this fast succotash, a great side that would also be lovely with simply baked fish or grilled chicken. You can thaw the edamame quickly by placing in a colander and rinsing under warm water for a few seconds.
Our take on this guaranteed family favorite saves more than 200 calories, 16 grams of fat, and nearly 670 milligrams of sodium over the leading fast-food cheeseburger pizza.
If you have trouble finding shiitake mushrooms, use whatever 'shrooms you have on hand. Sliced creminis would work equally well for this saucy noodle bowl.