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30 Meals to Make in 30 Minutes or Less

Sometimes life gets busy and you need food fast. For all those crazy weeknights that you want to avoid takeout, we've gathered 30 meals that you can cook at home in 30 minutes or less!
30 Meals to Make in 30 Minutes or Less
30 Meals to Make in 30 Minutes or Less
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Better with Age

SALADLUNCH

Fattoush Salad

My Second Breakfast

The extra step of toasting off some pita and tossing it in sumac makes all the difference in this salad. It almost gets better the longer it sits, so it’s a great one to have leftovers of.

Copycat

LUNCHDINNER

General Tso’s Chicken

30 Pounds of Apples

Now you can make this takeout favorite at home. Sweet, spicy, and way better for you than ordering out (plus totally feasible on a weeknight, or lots of weeknights).

Spare Me

KETODINNER

Masala Spare Ribs

Fine Dining Indian

Spicy, oven-roasted Masala Spare Ribs will be your new favorite South Indian dish!

Taco Tuesday

HEALTHYLUNCH

Zucchini Black Bean Veggie Tacos

Lemons and Basil

These Zucchini Black Bean Veggie Tacos are quick and easy for those rushed weeknight dinners, but still full of flavor and nutrition!

Super Side

SALADHEALTHY

Blood Orange, Kalamata and Manchego Salad

SideChef

The fresh, bold flavors of this salad will add an extra something to the night's dinner. This salad is great to prepare beforehand, and then just toss together with the dressing right before serving.

Don't Fritter Away Your Time

BREAKFASTBRUNCH

Celery Root Fritters

Recipe for Deception

Looking for your new go-to veggie dish? Put a spin on the classic fritter and give it a savory flair with this celery root version!

Feeling Saucy

PESCATARIANMAIN DISH

Tuna Pasta Sauce

Simple. Tasty. Good.

Quick and easy, this delicious sauce is ready in 15 minutes or less!

South of the Border

HEALTHYLUNCH

Spicy Mexican-Style Protein Bowl

Garlic & Zest

Healthy and fresh with tons of flavor, this is better than any takeout Tex-Mex!

Say Cheese

SANDWICHLUNCH

Jenny’s Spinach & Pancetta Grilled Cheese

SideChef

You will definitely enjoy this delicious grilled cheese sandwich, packed with gruyere, brie, cheddar, spinach, and pancetta. If you're already drooling, you should make it ASAP.

Slow Poke

SALADLUNCH

Vegetarian Pineapple Poke Bowls

Live Eat Learn

These Vegetarian Poke Bowls are a refreshing, meatless take on the wildly popular and ultra-refreshing Hawaiian dish, complete with marinated tofu!

Budget Bites

LUNCHDINNER

Smoky Black Bean Tacos

Garlic & Zest

A wholesome, cost-effective recipe for college kids and anyone on a budget. You can even swap out the beans for a fried or scrambled egg to make a tasty, nutritious breakfast.

Don't Be a Jerk

HEALTHYLUNCH

Paleo Jerk Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

Cotter Crunch

Savor Caribbean flavors in this lively dish. Chicken breasts seasoned with jerk spices are pan-seared, then finished in the oven. They’re served alongside sautéed collards and radishes, strewn with raisins, and drizzled in a roasted red pepper vinaigrette. Roasted sweet potatoes add subtle earthy notes on the side.

Spice of Life

LUNCHDINNER

Szechuan Beef Stir Fry

China Sichuan Food

This Szechuan Beef Stir Fry is one that every Sichuan food lover should at least try once.

Elevated Comfort Food

HEALTHYMAIN DISH

Beef Tenderloin with Herbed Onion Rings and Okra

PeachDish

Tender beef tenderloin is seared to perfection and served with Vidalia onion rings that are dipped in buttermilk, coated in fresh herbs and crunchy panko, and baked until crisp. Fresh okra is charred to give it crisp, light flavor.

Better than the Original

LUNCHDINNER

Easy Honey Walnut Shrimp

Local Adventurer

This Easy Honey Walnut Shrimp will surpass all the ones you've tried at various Chinese restaurants, and it totally blows the Panda Express version out of the water.

I'm Stuffed

DINNERMAIN DISH

Stuffed Flank Steak

How to BBQ Right

For this Stuffed Flank Steak, all you need are a few ingredients and about 30 minutes. It’s a quick and easy recipe you can throw on the grill and serve as a delicious weeknight dinner.

Steakhouse Star

LUNCHDINNER

Classic Pan-Seared Steak

SideChef

Rich, hearty, and oh-so-delicious, this steakhouse star can be made in your kitchen in just a few minutes.

Pizza in a Bowl

LUNCHDINNER

Homemade Pizza Bowl

Cotter Crunch

These easy Homemade Pizza Bowls are a super fun way to share and customize pizza. Just fill 'em with all your favorite gourmet pizza toppings!

Kitchen Big-Shot

KETOLUNCH

Stuffed Chicken Breast with Lemon-Artichoke Pesto

Chef'd

This is a super easy way to feel like a big-shot in the kitchen. Chicken is a lean protein, so it satisfies without packing on the pounds. Meanwhile, the walnuts provide healthy fats and tons of nutty taste...and combined with the Parmesan, voila!

Straight Outta Hong Kong

LUNCHDINNER

Soy Sauce Noodles

Simple. Tasty. Good.

The easiest noodle recipe ever, coming to you straight from foodie central in HK!

Flavor Bomb

SALADHEALTHY

Inauthentic Tabbouleh

Garlic & Zest

Quick, easy, and light, this dish goes with anything grilled. It's packed with cracked wheat, crunchy cucumbers, briny olives, and salty feta cheese for tons of flavor.

Don't Be Shellfish

LUNCHMAIN DISH

Asian Stir-Fried Clams

Wok & Skillet

Asian Stir-Fried Clams make for a simple but incredibly flavorful dish. The combination of some common Chinese cooking ingredients really elevate the flavor of this wonderful shellfish.

Date Night

PASTAHEALTHY

Roasted Salmon with Asparagus Ravioli

Jessica Gavin

An elegant Roasted Salmon with Asparagus Ravioli dinner recipe made in only 30 minutes! This is a meal you make when you want to impress.

Brazilian Bites

KETODINNER

Brazilian-Style “Moqueca” Fish Packets with Coconut Milk

Feed Me Phoebe

This moqueca recipe uses paprika instead of the more traditional palm oil to get that saffron color, and it’s the perfect time to take advantage of fresh tomatoes and peppers for the sauce.

Fiesta Time

PREMIUM
LUNCHMAIN DISH

Blackened Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

Jessica Gavin

These Blackened Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Salsa will make any day feel like a fiesta! Healthy chicken breasts are marinated in savory spices and herbs, then tucked into yummy tortillas!

Family Friendly

LUNCHDINNER

Stir Fried Eggs, Prawns and Tomatoes

Anncoo Journal

Kids will definitely love this eggy dish, and they'll probably ask for extra rice as well.

So Slurp-Worthy

LUNCHDINNER

Turmeric Noodle Bowls with Ginger Garlic Shrimp

Climbing Grier Mountain

Turmeric Noodle Bowls with Ginger Garlic Shrimp are a must-make meal, ready in 30 minutes! Turmeric-soaked noodles get tossed with ginger garlic shrimp, basil, and cilantro. It’s definitely slurp-worthy!

Ticket to Tuscany

PASTADINNER

Tuscany Veggie Bolognese

Joyous Health

If the weather has turned cold where you are, this recipe is sure to become a regular in your home. It will warm you to the core and it makes the ultimate comfort food! Maybe it will even transport you to Tuscany!

Pocketful of Sunshine

DINNERMAIN DISH

Baked Zucchini Pockets

The Fit Mediterranean

A simple, quick, and healthy recipe that you can make ahead of time and just heat up when ready to serve. It's a great dish to serve at a dinner with friends or for a weekly meal with your family.

Beefin' Up

DINNERMAIN DISH

Easy Korean Beef

Wok & Skillet

Traditional Korean beef is usually prepared with thinly sliced steak that has been marinated for a few hours, but ground beef is a great substitute when you’re in a pinch. It takes just minutes to prepare and will become your go-to meal on a super busy weeknight.

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