As a busy mom, it's very tempting to stop at a drive-thru or whip up a lame box of mac and cheese on a busy weeknight. We understand, and that's why we've found 20 alternatives! These meals can all be prepared in 20 minutes or less, so you can stick to your busy schedule!
Skinny Pizza Wrap: This recipe is the perfect meal when you have to rush the kids to soccer practice after school. It can be whipped up in minutes and will keep them full and fueled! Get the details here.
Skinny Shrimp Stir Fry: Throw your frozen shrimp and some veggies into a pan, microwave your Uncle Ben's Brown Rice and you've got a delicious and healthy Asian-inspired meal that your family will love! Check out the recipe here.
Crispy Baked Asian Salmon: This is probably one of the fanciest 20-minute meals you'll find on the internet! Not only is it fast, but it's also tasty AND healthy! Pretty much the perfect trifecta for busy families. (via Iowa Girl Eats)
Vegan Buddha Bowl: This is a vegan meal that can be made in under 20 minutes. It's refreshing and healthy, so you can feel good about serving this to your family. (via With Food and Love)
Hummus Wraps: Enjoy a fast and tasty wrap. The hummus will fill you up for the rest of your busy evening and will help to disguise the taste of the veggies when you feed it to the kids! (via The Pioneer Woman)
Chicken Bacon Ranch Panini: A simple recipe comes together with ingredients you're sure to have laying around: Chicken, bacon, ranch, cheese and bread. It's easy, it's tasty and kids will eat it. (via The Pioneer Woman)
Stovetop Mac and Cheese: Healthy and fast macaroni and cheese that doesn't come from a box? Yes, it's possible! Your kids will love this recipe just as much as you love to make it! (via The Kitchen Paper)
5-Ingredient Black Bean Soup: Here is what you need: 20 minutes, black beans, salsa, cilantro, cumin and garlic. That's it. Hit the kitchen and we'll see you in 20 minutes with a delicious and healthy soup!
Kale, Hemp and Flaxseed Oil Pesto: Now this is just a pesto recipe, but you can boil a family sized portion of noodles in less than 20 minutes while you prepare this 5-minute pesto. You'll end up with the perfect meal! (via Cookie + Kate)
Herbed Ricotta and Garlic Pasta: Simple ingredients with easy-to-follow steps, this will result in such a delicious pasta dinner that you'll kick yourself for not having learned before. (via Buzzfeed)
Skinny Taco Salad: Gather ingredients, mix and eat! It's that easy and it's that fast! Oh, and it also tastes good! (via Give Me Some Oven)
Baked Eggs with Brussels Sprouts and Mushrooms: This is not quite like breakfast for dinner because these veggies class it up a bit. It is, however, a simple recipe that you can whip up in a pinch! (via Brooklyn Supper)
Skinny Chicken Enchilada Flatbread: This recipe is perfect for the mom on the go. By using pre-shredded chicken, you can save time and have dinner ready in a snap on evenings when everyone would rather be outside playing than inside cooking in a hot kitchen! Click here for the recipe.
Quick Tomato Bisque: Craving a comforting hot meal? Or maybe you just need something easy! This bisque is so simple all it requires is blending, heating and enjoying! You can even make it in bulk for tomorrow's lunch! Get the ingredients and instructions here.
Deliciously Simple Cheeseburger: Cheeseburgers are a great option for families! Kids love them and with this recipe, so will Mom! It's fast, easy, tasty and skinny! To get the recipe, click here.
Tilapia Piccata: This traditional Italian dish gets a skinny makeover but keeps its crispy, buttery taste (you’re welcome). Besides the delicious flavor, the simplicity factor of the recipe may be the best part. To get the recipe, click here.
Pizza Quesadilla: Easy to make and easier to eat, this pizza quesadilla will be a huge hit with the family! You won't mind when the kids ask for it again, because it's so easy to make! To see the step-by-step instructions, click here.
Skinny Avocado Tuna Salad: Make this in about five minutes and finish it feeling full and ready to go! This recipe is high in fat, but it's the healthy fats in the avocado so don't worry! Get the nutritional information by clicking here.
Quinoa Mexi-Lime Salad: Fresh, tasty and quick, this quinoa dish can be whipped up in a flash. Instead of throwing in a frozen pizza, your family can enjoy a super healthy meal! See the ingredient list here.
One-Pot Pasta Primavera: Made in 20 minutes, this is a filling and tasty meal to serve the family. Plus, it's all made in one pot, so your cleanup is made simple too! (via Oh My Veggies)