11 Kitchen Appliances to Make Dinner in Under 20 Minutes
Eat this, not that! is supported by readers and every product we feature is independently vetted by our editors. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn a commission.
We’ve all been in this situation: you come home from work, you’re exhausted, but you don’t have intended Where prepare anything for dinner. It’s so easy to order, but you’re also tired of takeout and want to start making better food choices too. When you’re feeling tired and uninspired, sometimes all you need is a new kitchen appliance or gadget to make your life easier and get you excited to cook again!
With that in mind, we’ve reviewed the best kitchen appliances on the market and picked the ones that will help get dinner on the table in less than 20 minutes.
Don’t worry, we’ve made sure these devices are easy to use and make your life easier while you cook dinner. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated. Do you want more ? We have what you need 9 Kitchen Utensils Every Beginner Cook Needs.
Bri Bell, Registered Dietitiana dietitian who helps you simplify and save money in the kitchen at Frugal Minimalist Kitchen, tell us why she still uses the humble microwave.
“The microwave is a classic kitchen appliance that has helped us get dinner on the table quickly on many nights! It quickly steams a side of veggies or reheats frozen leftovers in individual portions. plus, it’s hands-free, so you can just put the food in and focus your attention on cooking the rest of your meal,” says Bell.
You may not have seen it coming, but a quesadilla maker can easily turn dinner upside down in less than 20 minutes. With a little cheese, beans, corn, and tomatoes, there’s very little prep and you’ll have a balanced meal in no time.
And if you’re still not sure what to cook once your quesadilla maker arrives, we’ve made it easy for you too, with 13 easy quesadilla recipes to make right now.
“The Instant Pot is a must-have appliance for a quick and easy dinner party! You can add uncooked ingredients such as chicken, rice and vegetables, and prepare a meal in less than 20 minutes”, reports Bethany Keith MS, RDN, LD, CNSC.
With seven different functions, you can do it all with an Instant Pot, from soup to stew, from steamed rice to braised beef. If you have an Instant Pot but think you can get to know it better, try one. 30+ Healthy Instant Pot Recipes.
Does anyone really like chopping their veggies? Chopping and prepping can seem overwhelming – and sometimes be the main reason we let our vegetables go back to the graveyard of the crisper drawer. Using an electric chopper saves you time and avoids food waste.
“Using a chopper can dramatically cut down on time spent in the kitchen! Quickly dice an onion to use in your favorite recipe. Slicers and choppers are time-saving kitchen essentials” , explains the dietitian. Amanda Lane, MS, RD, CDCES.
Immersion blenders don’t get enough credit. These powerful appliances offer many versatile functions in the kitchen. Simple tasks like mixing, frothing and whipping are quickly accomplished with an immersion blender.
We especially like to use the hand blender for blending soups and adding a thicker, creamier texture. Immersion blenders work best when used primarily for blending vegetable soups like black bean soup, minestrone, or blended butternut squash soup in this list of 25 cozy soup recipes.
Vitamix blenders are known for their powerful motors. They make life easier by quickly preparing salad dressings, batters and batters or sauces. Vitamix has features that let you mince garlic, chop vegetables, or grate cheese. Dramatically reduce your prep time with this all-in-one device.
Air fryers reduce preheating time and use hot air circulating in a small space to quickly heat your food.
“An air fryer can cook your entire meal, including vegetables, carbs, and protein, in just 15 minutes. It’s a great time-saving kitchen tool to get a balanced meal on the table for family and there’s only one potty to clean,” explained Toby Smithson, RD, diabetes expert for DiabetesEveryDay.com and author of Diabetes meal planning and nutrition for dummies.
Lara Clevenger MSH, RDN, CPT, also told us why she loves her air fryer. “I love using my air fryer for quick and easy dinners! Not only can you make quick recipes, but healthy recipes like this Air fryer chicken breast too,” she says.
The slow cooker is a proven device that cannot be forgotten. Although your cooking time may be longer with a slow cooker, you will find that the prep time may only take a few minutes.
Slow cooker meals have deep flavor development due to roasting all day or overnight. A little prep up front goes a long way when dinner is ready the moment you walk through the door.
Outside of dinner time, we also encourage the use of the slow cooker for breakfast, as in these overnight oatmeal recipes. For something new, we love the Crock Pot Casserole. The options seem endless in this 3.5-quart rectangular dish, but we imagine a lasagna Where Chicken Casserole would go perfectly with this product.
Instant Pot’s latest addition to its product line is a Dutch Oven. Traditionally, Dutch ovens require watch time as they sit around in the oven for hours. The Instant Pot Dutch Oven lets you braise, sauté, or slow cook.
Cook your meal whenever you have the time, then keep it on the “reheat” setting until you’re ready to eat! An added bonus is that this product is also dishwasher safe.
“An indoor grill with a reversible flat cooking surface is an easy way to cook your food quickly. I love it for fajitas and burritos with tofu, tempeh and beans.” Melissa Altman-Traub MS, RDN, LDN recount Eat this, not that!
We’ve categorized them for you – check out the The Best Indoor Grills So You Can BBQ Anytime. When choosing the right product, consider whether or not you want a griddle, a flat top, or both!
There’s nothing easier than a sandwich for dinner. But if you want to feel fancy, elevate your dinner sandwich by turning it into a panini. Choose one of these 14 Healthy Old-Fashioned Sandwich Recipes and finish with the panini press for a crunchy, caramelized flavor.
We love the Yabano Gourmet Sandwich Press because you can fit four sandwiches on its frame. Even if you don’t have a panini press at home, you can make a makeshift one by heating up two heavy cast iron pans and pressing your sandwich between them.