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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!
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Better with Age

SUGAR-FREESOY-FREE
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

DAIRY-FREESPICY
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

LOW-CARBQUICK
Masala Spare Ribs
Fine Dining Indian

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

Taco Tuesday

KID-FRIENDLYTREE NUT-FREE
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

PESCATARIANEASY
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

EASYTREE NUT-FREE
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

PEANUT-FREESHELLFISH-FREE
Tuna Pasta Sauce
Simple. Tasty. Good.

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

South of the Border

HEALTHYTREE NUT-FREE
Spicy Mexican-Style Protein Bowl
Garlic & Zest

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

Say Cheese

FISH-FREEEGG-FREE
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

SUGAR-FREEVEGAN
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

WEEKNIGHT DINNERSPEANUT-FREE
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

SHELLFISH-FREEWEEKNIGHT DINNERS
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

PEANUT-FREESUGAR-FREE
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

HEALTHYSUGAR-FREE
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

FISH-FREESAUCE
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

SUGAR-FREEENTERTAINING
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

FISH-FREEKETO
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

SUGAR-FREESOY-FREE
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

GLUTEN-FREEBUDGET-FRIENDLY
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

QUICK AND EASYTOMATO-FREE
Soy Sauce Noodles
Simple. Tasty. Good.

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

Flavor Bomb

SUGAR-FREEINTERNATIONAL
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

WEEKNIGHT DINNERSTREE NUT-FREE
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

SUGAR-FREESHELLFISH-FREE
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

NUT-FREEBEGINNER
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
DAIRY-FREECOMFORT FOOD
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

SPRINGDAIRY-FREE
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

COMFORT FOODFUSION
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

BUDGET-FRIENDLYKID-FRIENDLY
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

INTERMEDIATEGLUTEN-FREE
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

FISH-FREETOMATO-FREE
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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