Today, I share with you 60-plus quick and easy recipes that take 15 to 30 minutes of cooking time. These are perfect recipes for busy days or hot summer days.
I don't think we ever imagined life would come to a stop like this because of one virus. No schools, offices, restaurants, malls, playgrounds, movie theatres, etc. This will go down in history for a long time and many years from now we will look back on it. I hope we will get through it with as few victims as possible.
It is not easy to stay at home all day. But, it is important because nothing is more important than our health, and the health of our loved ones. This crisis too shall pass and life will go back to normal. While we are home, it is important to stay positive and try to make the most of this situation. This may not be a great circumstance, and yet there are opportunities in any situation, including this one.
This time, with everyone together at home, is an opportunity to spend time as a family. Talk, play, laugh, eat, cook or bake together. Make delicious things together and enjoy family time. Try making things that your family will enjoy. Watch movies as a family eating popcorn and snuggling under a blanket.
This too shall pass
At times like this, instead of getting anxious, it's best to take a deep breath and find ways to put a positive spin on the situation. Most importantly, our kids get affected by our behavior. If we are calm then it keeps them happy and relaxed as well. I know it's easier said than done when you have so many concerns on your mind.
- What can you do at home with your kids?
- What are you going to cook for them?
- Where can you find quick and easy recipes?
- Can I cook healthy, delicious meals at home instead of ordering takeaway food?
Cooking at home can be a great way to relieve stress, remain positive, and enjoy fun activities with your kids. It can also help you avoid any concerns that you may have about getting food delivered to your home. Also, great, home-cooked dishes can be a real comfort at challenging times like this.
For example, you can:
- Make bread at home. Making bread is easier than you think.
- Plan ahead and try some slow-cooker meals, so you do less in the kitchen and get more time to spend with the kids.
- Get the kids to spend some time with you, cooking, baking, watching movies, chatting.
Quick and easy recipes
Personally, I like to spend less time in the kitchen when kids are at home, that way they get the attention they need. Kids love quick and easy meals like pasta and rice.
Here are 12 pasta and rice recipes to try - Almost all of them are 15 to 20 minutes cooking.
Fresh Tomato Sauce - 20 mins
Mushroom Pasta in 15 minutes
Ground Beef Pasta
Chicken Pasta Recipe
Penne Pasta Lasagne
Lamb with Pasta
Cherry Tomato Pasta - 15 minutes
Chicken and Rice Skillet
Shrimps with Rice
Quick One Pot Vegetable Rice
Coconut Turmeric Rice
Rice Pilaf with Fruit and Nuts
Turmeric Prawns Rice
Chicken Recipes 20 to 30 mins cooking
While there are plenty of chicken recipes and beef recipes that take an hour or more, these are 10 quick and easy recipes with less than 30 minutes of cooking time.
Moroccan Chicken Stew with Couscous
Butter Chicken in 20 minutes
Chicken Shawarma Recipe
Easy Chicken Curry Recipe
Ground Beef Soup
Indian Beef Mince Curry aka Kheema Mattar Masala
Indian Meatball Curry
Turkey Meatballs in Tomato sauce
Quick and Easy Cilantro Meatballs in 15 mins
Quick and easy vegetarian dishes - beans and more
Let's not forget there is so much you can do with beans and vegetables in just 20 minutes. From bean curries and chilies to burgers and stir-frys.
Black Beans Curry
Kidney Bean Coconut Curry
Kidney Beans Patties (Vegan)
Palak Tofu Curry aka Spinach Tofu Curry
These potatoes take about 45 minutes but they are kids favorite
Baked Potato Chips
Baked Potato Wedges
Roasted Eggplant Dip - Baba Ganoush
Lebanese Roasted Eggplant Salad
Chickpeas Curry - Channa Masala
Butternut Squash Fries
Oven-Baked Carrot Sticks
Homemade bread recipes
Bread is a staple for most people, and at times like this, when bread may not be available, you can rise up to the occasion and make some at home. You will be surprised at how simple and easy it is to make homemade bread.
While I have plenty of bread recipes, here are 10 recipes that are perfect for novice bakers. Kneading the bread takes less than 15 minutes - the rest is rising and proofing. The flatbread recipes are always kids' favorite and you can get kids to do them with you.
Homemade Healthy Flour Tortilla
Crusty No-Knead Bread
Soft Dinner Rolls - Homemade
Yeast Beer Bread - No-Knead
Sweet Potato Flatbread
Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread
BEST Sandwich Bread Recipe
Challah Bread Recipe - 3 Braids
Sun-Dried Tomato Olive Rolls
Homemade Cloverleaf Rolls
Raisin walnut bread - Whole wheat
Fish recipes - 15 to 20 minutes
Did you know that fish is very easy to cook? It often takes less than 15 minutes to cook a fish dish. Try these, they are super simple and easy.
Easiest Fish Curry - Just 6 ingredients
Moroccan Fish in Spicy Tomato Sauce Chraime
Breadcrumb Crusted Baked Fish Fillets
Baking with Kids
A great way to get kids to participate in the kitchen is to find recipes that are kid-friendly.
Cookies, bars, brownies, truffles, pizza, bread, and patties. Try my no-chill and no-spread cookie dough to cut shapes.
Cinnamon Sugar Cookies
Soft Almond Cookies
No Chill Sugar Cookies
No-Spread Sugar Cookies
Chewy Oatmeal Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies - Soft and Chewy
Best Peanut Butter Cookies
Easy Peasy Nutella Puff Pastries with Just 2 Ingredients
Dark Chocolate Brownies
Chocolate Covered Strawberry - How to Make
Coconut Balls - White Chocolate Truffles
Coconut Chocolate Truffles
Best Homemade Pizza Dough
Bakery Style Vanilla Frosting
Bakery Style Chocolate Frosting
Crispy Corn Fritters
Tuna Potato Patties
Spinach Potato Patties
Carrot Zucchini Fritters Recipe
Quick and easy desserts
Yes, there are desserts that don't take very long to make. Some may need more chilling time but the actual hands-on time for these are not much.
Strawberry Panna Cotta
Perfect Chocolate Pudding (classic, eggless, vegan or healthy)
Strawberry Pudding from Scratch - Classic, Eggless, Vegan or Healthy
Homemade Vanilla Pudding from Scratch - Classic, Eggless, Vegan or Healthy
Mango Pudding Recipe
Easy Chocolate Mousse
While slow-cooker recipes take hours to cook, the actual hands-on time is often no more than 15 to 20 minutes. So, in my book, these are always included in my quick and easy recipes.
Ice cream recipes
Similarly, my no-churn ice cream recipes need no more than 15 minutes hands-on despite the few hours of chilling time needed. So, here are a few quick and easy recipes for ice creams that do not need an ice cream maker.
Cakes do take a while to bake, from 25 minutes to an hour, and yet often the prep time for most cakes and cupcakes is no more than 10 to 15 minutes. Here are a few quick and easy recipes for cupcakes and cakes you can try.
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These all look so good! Thanks for sharing.
Thank you, Katie.
Definitely keeping this recipe collection handy! I have both of kids (grade school & college) at home now for at least the next couple of weeks.
Thank you, Carrie. I think they will enjoy these recipes.
This is a great resource to have on hand during this difficult time. I love that they are quick and easy recipes to make the day a little easier.
Thank you, Kelly.
What a lineup!! So many options to choose from!
What a great collection of recipes in one post. I'm bookmarking this for future reference. 🙂
Thank you, Anita. Happy you find it useful.