Sometimes you might want to spend hours in the kitchen, maybe if you’re hosting a dinner party and looking for ways to impress your guests. But nobody wants to do that every single day! That’s why these 30 minute meal recipes will save your busy weeknights. With these 30 minute dinner ideas, you’ll have an easy, homemade meal on the table in a flash. Skip the drive-through and take a spin through these quick and easy recipes the next time you find yourself scrambling to get dinner ready on time.
Beef Yaki Udon Noodle Stir Fry
Grab some steaks and Asian seasonings, along with some fresh vegetables, and you can rustle up authentic beef yaki udon in less than 30 minutes. It’s an easy udon recipe which is sweet, aromatic and utterly delicious.
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Pan Roasted Beef Tenderloin Medallions
The delicious flavours of cayenne, garlic, chilies, horseradish and more, these seared beef medallions with tomato relish sauce are sure to tantalize your taste buds with this 30 minute meal.
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Spicy Gochujang Chicken Stir Fry
Gochujang chicken is sweet, spicy and very savoury. It’s a typical Korean inspired stir fry which looks so appetizing served in butter lettuce leaves with rice and Korean garnishes.
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Italian Frittata Recipe
Straightforward to make and a treat to eat, this Italian vegetable frittata recipe is definitely a winning recipe. It’s simple to prepare, and you can mix and match the fillings depending on what you have in the refrigerator. It’s the perfect way to use up any vegetables or cooked meats you need to use up.
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One Pot Taco Macaroni and Cheese
Try this taco macaroni and cheese, which combines the best of both worlds with Mexican and Italian flavors in every bite. With a cooking time of just 30 minutes in a single Dutch oven, this dish is perfect for those cooler months when you’re in the mood for something hearty and warming.
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General Tso Shrimp Stir Fry
General Tso shrimp is an easy Chinese shrimp dish which you can rustle up in less than 30 minutes. It offers sweet, tangy and savoury flavours, along with a hint of spice.
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Garlic Tomato Shrimp Scampi
Many easy garlic tomato shrimp scampi recipes call for wine, but do you really need to add it? Is there a wine substitute you can add to this seafood pasta dinner recipe instead? The following recipe proves you don’t need to add wine for a delicious shrimp and tomato dish served with pappardelle pasta.
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Try making these delicious copycat Ikea Swedish meatballs at home and enjoy the same great taste as the ones you find in the store.
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Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Kale Skillet
Turkey is paired with sweet potatoes, garlic, shallot, lime, cheese, and more, for this super-simple turkey skillet dinner. You only need one pan to make it, which makes it perfect for busy nights.
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Spicy Tomato Soup
Give your next batch of homemade tomato soup a spicy flavor upgrade! This recipe has bacon, red pepper flakes and a creamy tomato base. You will love this 30 minute dish on a chilly night.
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Instant Pot Chicken Stir Fry
Let your instant pot do the cooking tonight! This chicken stir fry has carrots, snap peas and a yummy homemade sauce that no one will be able to resist. This is even better, and faster, than ordering from your favorite take out spot.
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Cod with roasted tomatoes is a great weeknight dinner option. It is easy, comes together fast and is satisfying while being lighter.
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Copycat Panera 10 Vegetable Soup
Save yourself a stop, and get the flavor of Panera soup at home with this recipe for ten vegetable soup. This is cozy, nourishing and so easy to recreate from your home kitchen.
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This taco casserole makes a great weeknight meal. It is ready in under thirty minutes and has all of the delicious taco flavor you want, in a casserole that can feed a hungry family.
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Crunchy Shrimp Sushi Bowl
Make this crunchy shrimp bowl on a night that you want sushi. It saves you the step of rolling the sushi while still delivering all of the flavor you crave.
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This pasta dish is so simple to make but so satisfying on a busy night. You only need a few ingredients like tomatoes, olive oil and parmesan cheese to make this for classic, homemade comfort food.
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Walking Taco Casserole
This casserole has all of the flavor of walking tacos, but is made to enjoy at home. This recipe is meaty, has hidden veggies like zucchini, and is topped with fritos or doritos for a dinner that even the kids will cheer for.
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What could be better than a cheesy steak dinner on a busy night? This recipe tucks tender steak bites into tortilla shells and adds plenty of cheese to the mix. Serve with spicy rice, or chips and salsa for a complete meal.
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Chili Spiced Chicken Tostada
You are going to love this blend of chili spiced chicken, black beans and veggies for a fast and flavorful dinner option. Sprinkle cojita cheese over the top and all of your favorite toppings like onions and tomatoes.
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Who knew it could be so easy to make authentic pad thai at home? This dish is ready in under 30 minutes and has the flavor of great take out, in less time than it would take you to head out and pick up.
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Beef Noodle Stir Fry
You can have this beef noodle stir fry on the table in just 15 minutes. Not only is it filling, but it is so tasty. You can whip this up in less time than it would take to order pizza on a busy night.
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Lemon Asparagus Pasta
This pasta dish might be ultra easy, but it is also completely delicious. With a creamy, light lemon sauce, asparagus stalks and tender pasta you will love this from the first bite.
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Thai Chicken Wraps
You are going to want to make these thai chicken wraps all of the time. They are easy, delicious and work well for lunch or dinner.
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Creamy Cajun Sausage Pasta
You only need one pot and a half hour to make this creamy pasta dish. It has the best cajun flavor with hearty chunks of sausage. You will love the flavor of this easy dish. Serve with a salad or crusty bread for a complete meal.
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30 Minute Ratatouille
You only need a half an hour and one pan to make this flavorful ratatouille. It is delicious and easy and offers a medley of flavors that your family will love on a busy night, no baking required.
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Oven Baked Salmon
This is the best salmon recipe! It is ultra easy, has the best glaze over top and pairs well with so many sides. Serve this with a salad, some roasted veggies or couscous for a filling version of fast food from your home kitchen.
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Black Bean Taquitos
Let your air fryer do the cooking tonight. This recipe for black bean taquitos have a crispy shell with salsa or pico de gallo. Add some cheese and top with salsa, fresh tomatoes or avocado slices.
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Thai Green Curry with Spring Veggies
This spring veggie curry makes such a great weeknight meal. It comes together in under 30 minutes and cooks in one pot, so you have fewer dishes to clean after dinner.
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Lemon Chickpea Orzo Soup
This soup is just so cozy! It is like chicken noodle soup, all grown up! You can make this nutritious and delicious. Serve with crusty bread on the side for a bowl of soup that tastes like a warm hug on a cold day.
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