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5 Dinners You Can Cook in 30 Minutes or Less Tonight

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We get it—getting dinner on the table is hard.

No matter if you’re a busy family of four or are simply having a draining week at the office, the last thing you’re probably thinking of is cooking dinner. You reach for the phone to place another order at the takeout joint around the corner, and they recognize your voice on the phone, leaving a sense of guilt in the pit of your stomach. Another night with takeout on the table when what you really long for is a delicious, home-cooked meal.

Redefine What ‘Home-Cooked Meal’ Means to You with These 5 Simple and Delicious Meal Kits

If you’re like most, you probably think a decent home-cooked meal takes hours of planning and prepping, only to be scarfed down in minutes. It doesn’t have to be!

Here are five simple and delicious meals that you can whip up in 30 minutes or less tonight.

1. Weeknight Chicken Pad Thai

This is one of our most ordered dishes. We’ve partnered with chef Melissa D'Arabian to bring you a simple version of a typical takeout dish. Fluffy noodles, crisp veggies, and a hint of fire create the flavorful comfort you crave after a long day. This dish takes only 30 minutes from start to finish and gives you a hearty meal filled with fresh and healthy ingredients. Put your own Pad Thai up against your favorite takeout restaurant to see who the real winner for dinner is.

2. Mongolian Beef with Green Beans and Jasmine Rice

Another takeout favorite, Mongolian Beef is the perfect way to reward yourself for a hard day’s work. Typically riddled with salt, chef Kristina Kuzmic has created a simple, healthy recipe with juicy flank steak, fresh vegetables, fragrant Jasmine rice, and a ginger-garlic sauce that will make you sigh in relief.

3. Southwestern Chicken Bowl

Create your own Chipotle-inspired burrito bowl at home with our Southwestern Chicken Bowl. Our chefs have created this 20 minute dish packed full of diverse flavors. Creamy chipotle sauce, fiery chilies, and hearty grains create a fresh and delicious dinner for the whole family.

4. Spinach Pesto Grilled Cheese

Who doesn’t love a good grilled cheese sandwich? Our chefs have put a delicious spin on a classic dish to pack even more flavor into your meal. Layers of thick mozzarella cheese are separated by sautéed spinach, crispy shallots, and a creamy pesto sauce to bring you a melt-in-your-mouth sandwich that your tastebuds won’t forget. In only 20 minutes or less, you can create your own gourmet grilled cheese sandwich without any fuss.

5. Rigatoni Pasta and Turkey Sausage with Spinach and Goat Cheese

Our chef partner, Scott Conant, knows how versatile a pasta dish can be. Families around the world sit down for a classic spaghetti dish that has been passed down from generation to generation. If you’re new to cooking or looking to try a new pasta dish, this Rigatoni and Turkey Sausage dish is the perfect choice. In just a half hour, you can fill your family’s plates with a creamy and flavorful, family-friendly dish.

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