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15 Minute Dinner Ideas Your Family Will Actually Love!

Posted on November 29, 2017

Between basketball practice, debate tournaments, and late-night work emails, the sacred 5-9 PM time slot is more hectic than ever. How is anyone supposed to make a healthy dinner and drive the kids around to their various activities?

We at The a2 Milk CompanyTM get it. Which is why we’ve created this list of simple and healthy 15 minute dinner ideas you can keep in your back pocket.

Without taking any more of your time, here they are.


15 Minute Dinner Ideas

The dinner ideas below can all be completed in about 15 minutes or less. All are designed to serve four people.

Fiesta Bowls

Think Chipotle but simpler. For these bowls, you can build your own with almost anything you have on hand. Frozen, fresh, canned, soaked. With or without meat. As long as you have the basics and some delicious salsa or hot sauce, you can throw these together fast! Here is one example of a fiesta bowl:

  • 2 cans of beans (either black or pinto)
  • 1, 90-second Mexican rice pouch
  • Your favorite protein, grilled up in a pan
  • Assortment of fresh veggies (lettuce, tomato, peppers, mushrooms, or spinach)
  • Salsa

Chicken Salad Pita or Wrap

Chicken salad is another dinner that can be as simple or fancy as you like. For the most basic recipe, you’ll want to combine:

  • 2 lbs cooked chicken breast, shredded
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 4 tbsp spicy mustard
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • Salt & pepper
  • Wraps, pita bread, or sandwich bread

For a fancier chicken salad, consider adding dill, almonds, sunflower seeds, or grapes. For vegetarian diets, you can substitute chicken with chickpeas.


Pancake DinnerRecipes - mini pancakes

Who doesn’t enjoy pancakes for dinner? Make them healthier by adding ground flax meal or protein powder to your cakes. Here is a simple, protein-rich recipe:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 3/4 cup of any a2 Milk® variety
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups of self-raising flour

Egg Sandwiches

Cook up some eggs with fresh or frozen veggies. Serve with toast or make a sandwich for a balanced meal of protein, carbs, and fat.

Here’s our recipe for perfect scrambled eggs.  Try them on your sandwich for a delicious protein source!

Savory Oats

Oatmeal doesn’t need to be sweet to be enjoyed! Whip up 2-3 cups of cooked oats and make them savory. Here are two ideas:Fall Overnight Oat Ideas

  • 1/2 cup oats, cooked in a2 Milk®
  • 1/2 tomato, diced
  • 1/2 cup arugula
  • 1 tbsp pesto
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1/2 cup oats, cooked in a2 Milk®
  • 1 kale leaf, torn
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp soy sauce

Loaded Smoothies

Recipes - green smoothie

Make a protein-packed smoothie for dinner. Here are some of our favorite smoothie recipes:


Simple Tuna Sandwich

For this uber simple tuna sandwich, toast your favorite sandwich bread, spread a thin layer of mayo on the bread, top with thin slices of cucumber and tuna straight from the can, season with salt and pepper and chow down on this simplified, healthier version of a tuna sandwich.


For Grab & Go Dinners

If you have even less time for dinner and need to grab and go, drink an 8 oz glass of whole milk. You’ll get a dose of protein and calories which will keep you full and satisfied while you finish up your evening around town. Learn more about the benefits of a2 Milk® here.


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