How To Cook A Quick, Simple Meal In 20 Minutes

Too tired to spend over an hour to make dinner? Don't have time in-between classes? Try out these quick and easy recipes
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Working hard at work or in school has its benefits. However, there's a lot left to be desired when you find yourself too tired to make dinner when you come home. Some meals can take hours to cook with too many ingredients to worry about. Luckily, there are quite a few simple meals that are quick to make and will save you the hassle.

1. Garlic-Parmesan Pasta

Garlic Parmesan Pasta
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This quick and easy meal takes only 15 minutes to make, but it has a creamy taste that's worth more. What's great about this dish is that it also saves space in the dishwasher: you only need to use one pot!

There are six main ingredients required to prepare Garlic-Parmesan Pasta:

Garlic-Parmesan Pasta Recipe:

Add salt and pepper for taste with some parsley. Enjoy!

2. Fried Rice

Egg Fried Rice
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Why order it from a restaurant when you can make it yourself? Fried rice is a versatile dish because you can make it with your leftovers from the night before to make it. If you have day-old rice taking up space in your fridge, it's time to put it to good use! 

Ingredients required to prepare Fried Rice:

Fried Rice Recipe:

You can serve this as a side dish or a main dish. Enjoy!

3. Vegan Salad

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Salads are probably the easiest dish to make if you have the right ingredients already in your kitchen. A variety of dressing and vinaigrettes, greens, any kind of veggies (or fruits!) that you want, various toppings, and even a small amount of protein like protein nuggets can make it a filling meal. 

Ingredients required to prepare vegan salad:

Vegan Salad Recipe:


4. Carbonara Pasta

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If you can make Garlic Parmesan Pasta, you can also use most of those same ingredients to make yourself a nice plate of carbonara pasta. 

Ingredients required to prepare carbonara pasta:

Anything else is optional! Other vegetables like spinach or peas can also be added, and whichever vegetables you see fit.

Carbonara Pasta Recipe:

Serve immediately. Enjoy!

5. Sesame Protein Nuggets

Sesame Chicken
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One pan does it all! Cut the protein nuggets into small pieces, cook them in sesame sauce, throw in the stir fry vegetables, and you get sesame protein chunks. Serve white rice with it to make it a delicious, satisfying meal.

Ingredients required to prepare Sesame Protein Nuggets:

Sesame Protein Nuggets Recipe:

While this recipe requires more ingredients than the others, said ingredients are actually rather cheap and easy to store. Here's how you make it:

You can serve it with white or brown rice, or you can substitute the rice with stir-fry vegetables. Yum!

Moral of the story?

Not every dinner has to be an arduous affair. Make it both a quick, easy, and enjoyable one! The easier it is to make, the more delicious it'll taste.

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