Thinking about what to eat and how to cook your next nutritious meal requires time. And time is something you, college students, working adults, and many people probably do not have much of. Wouldn’t it be great to have a list of high-protein, quick recipes you can make in 20 minutes or less? These meals are nutritious, delicious, and fast. Totally what you need in your busy life, especially when you just don't feel like cooking. These recipes also work wonders if you want to meal prep for the week.

1. Sofrita Bowl

avocado, salad, quinoa, chicken
Katherine Baker

Total Time: 10 mins

Spicy, smoky, and totally gluten-free. Have your own Chipotle Sofritas at home and make it a fiesta! Think tofu, salsa, avocado, and more. 

2. Spaghetti with kale, anchovies and chilli

Total Time: 10-30 mins

Even if you are not the biggest fan of anchovy, try this dish. These tiny fillets can melt and add a subtle taste to the pasta. A simply delicious dish with just a few ingredients and lots of umami flavors.

#SpoonTip: Try to keep the kale at the top of the saucepan.

3. Vegan Sushi Bowl

Katherine Baker

Total Time: 15 mins

A quick sushi-flavor fix that is fresh and healthy. Load up your bowl with whatever vegetables you like. Be sure to toss in some rice and mix with vinaigrette.

4. Ravioli With Sautéed Zucchini

Total Time: 15 mins

You cannot just eat one ravioli, because this type of dumpling is addicting. But you are guaranteed to have your ravioli craving satisfied quickly in this quick recipe of ravioli, zucchini, and grated cheese. Yes, please.

5. Pot Sticker Salad With Snap Peas

Total Time: 15 mins

Time to get your dumplings game on! Serve this dish as an appetizer or a main course. Oh, and don't forget about the cooked snap peas and carrots.

6. Super Simple Salmon Pasta

pasta, basil, chicken, spaghetti, pad thai, sauce
Saskia Blackburn

Total Time: 15 mins

The zesty lemon juice really brings out the salmon and green bean flavors. This is not only a fabulous easy dinner but a restaurant quality meal to impress everyone.

7. Healthy Chicken Burrito Wrap

Bari Blanga

Total Time: 15-25 mins

You can never go wrong with a burrito a day. Customize your filling (meat, beans, rice, leafy greens, guacamole, and tomatoes) and wrap this hearty burrito up. It's a fast, healthy choice with minimum fuss. Just have a fork handy in case your hefty burrito falls apart. 

8. Easy 15-Minute Honey Lime Chicken

Kathryn Eng

Total Time: 17 mins

Secret to reduce the cooking time is to sear and then bake the chicken. This also creates a crispy outside while the inside is tender and juicy. Prepare for a delicious bite of sweet honey, citrus, and savory chicken.

9. Udon with Tofu and Asian Greens

Total Time: 17 mins

Feel free to serve this dish cold or warm. It's such a flavorful dish loaded with veggies, golden tofu, and a splash of soy sauce—what a healthy vegetarian and quick recipe.

10. Cheesy Tuna Mac

Total Time: 20 mins

Mac and cheese is a classic family favorite. With some extra special twists, this upgraded dish will become one of your go-to quick recipes. Using whole wheat pasta, some mixed vegetables, canned tuna, yogurt, milk, onion powder, and of course, cheese, make this tuna mac a quick and healthier alternative. 

11. Quick and Easy Healthy Lemon Quinoa with Peas

Kelda Baljon

Total Time: 20 mins

With five ingredients in one pot, this protein-packed quinoa dish will sure become a hearty substitute for meat. Healthy wonder grain never tasted so good and I can't get enough of. it

12. Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi

Total Time: 20 mins

Cook this dish for the succulent shrimps and indulge in a quick, elegant meal. Ready in minutes and easy enough to make with just a few ingredients. This dish will absolutely blow you mind, because it is so fresh and tasty.

Try out these quick wholesome meal recipes as they are made for your busy schedule, your meal prep ideas, or even when you don't really feel like cooking. This list will have you deliver delicious dishes in no time, impressing yourself, the whole family, and your friends.