21 Delicious Dinners You Can Make In 30 Minutes

Consider dinner done.

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1. Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs


The pasta cooks in the sauce, which is a brilliant way to infuse it with tomatoey flavor and skip washing that pasta pot. The recipe includes instructions for making the meatballs (which yes, you can do in fifteen minutes!) but there’s no shame in buying frozen meatballs and taking a shortcut. Get the recipe here.

2. Easy Salmon Piccata

If a serving of salmon doesn’t feel like a meal to you, you could wilt some spinach in the sauce before you put the salmon filets back in to coat. Get the recipe here.

3. Fancy Mushroom and Smashed Avocado Tacos

No mushy mushrooms in sight. Here’s the recipe.

4. Confetti Chicken with Ramen

It doesn’t take much to fancy up your standard ramen bowl. Get the recipe here.

5. Creamy Spinach Artichoke Chicken Thighs

Serve with a side of crusty bread to sop up all that sauce! Get the recipe here.

6. Warm Balsamic Kale Salad

Kale is so much easier to eat when it’s cooked a little. And covered in cheese. Here’s the recipe.

7. Soy Sauce Noodles with Carrots and Mushrooms

This is a vegetarian dish, but you could top it with some store-bought rotisserie chicken if you’re looking for some protein. Get the recipe here.

8. Sausages with Roasted Tomatoes and Portobello Mushrooms

You can substitute BBQ sauce or steak sauce for the HP sauce, if you don’t live in Canada or the UK. Here’s the recipe.

9. Apple Butter Pork Chop Skillet

For apple butter addicts only — this uses an entire jar. Here’s the recipe.

10. Thai Green Curry Shrimp with Asparagus

If you don’t like shrimp, you could easily substitute cooked chicken instead. Get the recipe here.

11. Single Sheet Chicken Fajitas with Veggies

Easiest Tex Mex you’ve ever made. Get the recipe here.

12. Beef Enchilada Biscuit Bake


Substituting biscuit dough for enchiladas, who knew? Get the recipe here.

13. Half-Hour Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

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To pack in a little more flavor, substitute chicken broth for the water. Here’s the recipe.

14. Italian Sausage Hoagie with Peppers and Onions


If you cover your baking sheet with foil, you won’t have a single dish to wash. Get the recipe here.

15. Barbecue Chicken Nachos with Bacon

You don’t have to save nachos for game day. Get the recipe here.

16. Hearty Ratatouille with Goat Cheese

This low-maintenance Ratatouille doesn’t involve frying individual slices before baking — it’s all easy shortcuts. Get the recipe here.

17. Chicken Teriyaki Tacos

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Get the video and recipe here.

18. Tomato Jam Grilled Cheese

The tomato jam (which you can probably find at the grocery store) takes the classic weeknight grilled cheese up a notch. Get the recipe here, and learn how to make six grilled cheese sandwiches at once here.

19. Southwestern Chicken Pot Pie

Instead of making a crust, you drop store-bought biscuit dough on top, and bake. Here’s the recipe.

20. Apricot Salsa Quesadillas

You cook the salsa together in the skillet, then wipe out the skillet and layer on the cheese. Get the recipe here.

21. Chicken Chow Mein

Garlicky, salty pasta? Yes, please. Get the recipe here.

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