Recipes That Can Be On The Table In 15 Minutes Or Less

If you're in a rush and you have no time to plan out and cook a fancy meal, hopping in your car for fast food isn't the only option available to you. Instead of traveling to the nearest drive-thru window, you can follow any of these recipes and the food will be ready to eat in 15 minutes or less.

Considering that fast food can be disastrously unhealthy, sneakily expensive, and not even that fast, it's a rewarding idea to learn how to prepare tasty food that is ready in a jiffy. By doing so, you'll know what exactly is in the food that you're eating, you can control your portion size, and you don't even need to leave the comfort of your own home.

All of these recipes, which range from breakfast foods to hearty meals, are easy to follow and result in grub that will put a big smile on your face — faster than you can say "cheese!"

Veggie omelet

Start your day off on the right foot with this veggie omelet recipe. This fresh-tasting breakfast takes only 15 minutes to prepare from beginning to end. Even if you barely know your way around your kitchen, the recipe is so simple to follow that anyone can do it.

As far as the vegetables are concerned, this omelet features sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, onions, mushrooms, and basil. For an extra flavor kick, it also has pieces of goat cheese on top.

Avocado toast

A millionaire once famously said that the millennial generation needs to pick whether they want to eat avocado toast or eventually own a house. While that comment didn't go over well with many millennials, being obsessed with avocado toast is actually quite understandable. It tastes so scrumptious that you won't care how much it dents your bank account. If you have bread, avocados, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, you have everything you need to follow this avocado toast recipe.

Easy bruschetta

For another simple to prepare, bread-based recipe, here's how you can make easy bruschetta. This recipe is perfect for anything from an appetizer before a big Italian meal to a quick, standalone snack on the run. To make it, you only need four ingredients: a loaf of bread with a thick crust, one clove of garlic, olive oil, and salt. Have an extra minute or two? Top it with diced tomatoes or prosciutto to make it even more hearty. This bruschetta tastes best when it's still hot (or at least warm), so don't wait long to serve it after it's ready.

Pico de gallo

Don't settle for another bland, flavorless meal that lacks imagination and puts your taste buds to sleep. Instead, turn to this tasty pico de gallo recipe that can add a fun amount of pizzazz to just about any dish. If you typically buy your pico de gallo premade at the grocery store, you'll be surprised by just how much better homemade pico de gallo tastes. Once it's ready, you can eat it with tortilla chips or add it to anything you can imagine, from a breakfast burrito to a grilled fish dinner.

5-ingredient Costco tacos

Another way to titillate your taste buds and add a yummy flair of Latin American cuisine to your day is with this recipe for 5-ingredient Costco tacos. As you can guess from the name, all five of the ingredients you will need for this dish can be purchased at Costco, including their top-of-the-line rotisserie chicken. The mix of flavors you get from the pineapple and the habanero peppers in this recipe will leave you counting down the hours until you can eat it again.

Lettuce tacos

If you love tacos but you're also trying to limit your intake of carbohydrates, this lettuce tacos recipe is the answer to your culinary prayers. It has all the flavors you know and love but only two net carbs per serving.

The secret to these low-carb tacos is in its name. Instead of relying on corn or flour tortillas, which are high in carbs, these tacos are held together by lettuce. For the meat, either ground turkey or ground chicken will do.

Caprese salad

If you're trying to impress a group of guests, this caprese salad recipe is sure to turn heads. The resulting salad looks stunningly beautiful, tastes like heaven, and takes only a total of ten minutes to put together.

This recipe only requires a handful of ingredients such as fresh mozzarella cheese, heirloom tomatoes, olive oil, fresh basil, and balsamic vinegar. Use high-quality ingredients and you will be well on your way to impressing everyone on your guest list.

Wedge salad

Even if you think most salads are too boring, this wedge salad recipe is sure to change your mind. It will make you think that you're dining at an expensive steakhouse, even if you never leave your kitchen. Do you need another reason to at least try this recipe? It has bacon in it — and who can resist a bacon-powered dish?

You can eat this savory salad as a starter for a steak dinner — and it's also filling enough to leave you satisfied at lunch time.

Tuna salad

Another quick and easy salad, this tuna salad recipe is much better than anything tuna-related you could buy from a drive-thru restaurant. For example, it blows away Subway's gross tuna sandwich.

This tuna salad is supercharged by celery, carrots, and onions. Mayonnaise is also a key ingredient, so be sure you pick one of the best brands of mayo. Whether you eat the tuna salad right away or you allow it to get colder in the refrigerator, you will love every last morsel.

Trader Joe's 5-ingredient gnocchi

If you want to satiate your hunger with something that is bursting with a memorable amount of flavor, turn to this speedy recipe for Trader Joe's 5-ingredient gnocchi. The recipe calls for the low-carb cauliflower gnocchi that has become quite popular at Trader Joe's. While some people are underwhelmed when they eat that cauliflower gnocchi plain, the added ingredients like cherry tomatoes and fresh basil in this recipe make it an unforgettable meal that you'll turn to again and again.