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    23 Nourishing Meals You Can Make In 30 Minutes Or Less

    Got thirty minutes? We've got dinner inspiration.


    Whether you're feeling lazy or just don't have a lot of time to cook dinner, you can still whip up something delicious. Here's a bunch of 30-minute dinner ideas that taste great and make you feel good.

    1. Avocado Lime Salmon

    A piece of salmon topped with avocado, red onion, and cilantro.
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    Say goodbye to boring salmon, thanks to this creamy and zesty avocado salsa made with red onion, cilantro, and lime juice.

    Recipe: Avocado Lime Salmon

    2. Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos

    Pulled chicken tacos with guacamole.
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    Speedy and almost completely hands-off, let your Instant Pot cook dinner for you. Just toss all of the ingredients together, seal the lid, and set it to cook.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos

    3. Zesty One-Pot Shrimp Pasta

    Shrimp pasta with spinach and basil.
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    Not only does this seafood pasta come together in half an hour, but it requires mostly all simple ingredients that are likely already in your kitchen. Start with fresh or frozen shrimp, and the rest is easy.

    Recipe: Zesty One-Pot Shrimp Pasta

    4. Mongolian Beef Stir Fry

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    This dinner tastes better than take out...and it's just as quick. Get the recipe.

    5. Dijon Baked Salmon

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    Literally anyone can make this light and perfectly moist salmon. The Dijon topping adds a delicious tanginess to the flaky fish. Get the recipe.

    6. Baked Eggs With Avocado

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    There's no wrong time of day to eat eggs. Serve these eggs baked in avocados with toast and bacon for a filling meal. Get the recipe.

    7. Instant Pot Cashew Chicken

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    If you have an Instant Pot, bookmark this Chinese chicken, which gets a flavor boost from honey, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and rice vinegar. Get the recipe.

    8. Grilled Filet Mignon Street Tacos

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    These steak tacos are an easy, family-friendly, weeknight meal. Of course, you can always use strip or flank steak. Get the recipe.

    9. 20-Minute Lemon, Garlic, and Herb Baked Cod

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    Cod (or any flaky white fish) gets coated in a mixture of Greek yogurt, Parmesan, herbs, garlic, lemon, and paprika, then baked in the oven. Get the recipe.

    10. 15-Minute Salmon and Avocado Rice Bowl

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    Just a few simple ingredients — salmon, soft boiled egg, rice, and avocado — go a long way in this delicious seafood dinner. Get the recipe.

    11. Vegan Coconut Curry Soup

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    You can use whatever vegetable you have sitting in the fridge. Just sautée them in oil, add chickpeas, curry, coconut milk, and lime, and let everything simmer. Get the recipe.

    12. Turkey Meatball and Kale Soup

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    Craving something cozy? This no-frills homemade soup is both comforting and good-for-you. Get the recipe.

    13. Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

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    One pan = no mess. Get the recipe.

    14. One-Pot Lemon Orzo With Shrimp

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    Shrimp and orzo are cooked in lemon and chicken broth, then tossed with herbs, feta, and Parmesan cheese. Get the recipe.

    15. Baked Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

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    You can serve these spicy meatballs over salad, as sliders, or on quinoa or rice. Get the recipe.

    16. Ten-Minute Cauliflower Rice

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    You, yes you, can get this dinner on the table in ten minutes flat. You can also add anything from tofu, shrimp, or a fried egg for extra protein. Get the recipe.

    17. Peanut Sauce Chicken and Broccoli Bowls

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    Boneless chicken breasts and broccoli florets are tossed in a sauce you can make using mostly pantry staples like peanut butter, soy sauce, honey, and sesame oil. Get the recipe.

    18. 15-Minute Roasted Chicken and Veggies

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    You can get as creative as you'd like with this recipe. Not in the mood for chicken? Shrimp, salmon or steak will taste great too with whatever vegetables you have on hand. Get the recipe.

    19. Artichoke Flatbread

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    If you have store-bought flatbread or naan on hand, you're half way to a delicious dinner. Get the recipe.

    20. Bruschetta Pasta

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    Never underestimate the power of a simple pasta recipe. Start with whatever noodles you like best and top them with sautéed chopped tomato, onion, garlic, olive oil, and Parmesan. Get the recipe.

    21. Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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    The homemade peanut sauce will totally steal the show. Do the wise thing and make a big batch because you'll want to put it on everything. Get the recipe.

    22. Migas

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    If you've never had migas before, it's basically scrambled eggs cooked with sautéed tortilla strips, garlic, and jalapeño...and it just might change your life. Get the recipe.

    23. Greek Chicken and Rice Bowl

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    Grab a package of microwaveable rice and top it with grilled Greek chicken and some Mediterranean veggies like cucumber, tomatoes, and red onion. Get the recipe.

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