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30-Minute Dinner Recipe Ideas That Are Perfect For Next Day Lunch

Making dinner can be a lot of work when you want something tasty and quick without having to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. These 30-minute meal ideas are perfect for dinner and make wonderful next-day lunch too!
30-Minute Dinner Recipe Ideas That Are Perfect For Next Day Lunch
30-Minute Dinner Recipe Ideas That Are Perfect For Next Day Lunch
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Weeknight Hustle

Even those who consider cooking a fun activity can get tired sometimes. So what do you do when you get home from work late and don't have the time or energy to make a complicated meal? Let alone think about preparing lunch for tomorrow as well...

You need some easy and quick dinner recipes that you can make in under 30 minutes! And use tonight's dinner leftovers for a delicious lunch tomorrow! So why not try out one of these recipes for your next night in? We guarantee that you'll love them!

Don't compromise on quality when you're cooking those last-minute weeknight meals. Your food doesn't have to cost much money or involve much effort to be delicious.

Try these delicious, nutritious dinners to hold the takeout at bay!

Paleo Jerk Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

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Paleo Jerk Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

Cotter Crunch

A nourishing meal that is bursting with Caribbean flavors. Chicken seasoned with jerk spices served over sweet potatoes and sautéed collards and radishes – sprinkled with raisins and finished with a red pepper vinaigrette.

Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl

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Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl

Healthy Laura

This Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl is bound to become your go-to recipe idea for a quick and easy dinner or lunch. It is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and very delicious! It is packed with nutritious ingredients like sweet potatoes, kale, quinoa, and avocado. And it only takes about 15 minutes to make!

Cajun Parmesan Shrimp Pasta

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Cajun Parmesan Shrimp Pasta

SideChef

This creamy and spicy cajun parmesan shrimp pasta is the perfect dinner on a busy day. The cajun seasoning gives the shrimp a delicious, spicy flavor that pairs perfectly with parmesan cheese's nutty and creamy taste.

Shrimp Fried Rice

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Shrimp Fried Rice

Wok & Skillet

For the best-fried rice, use leftover rice! The refrigerator dries out the rice just a little – this allows the rice grains to separate in the wok to get properly seasoned. If using fresh rice, cook the rice with about a cup less water than you usually use.

Chicken Burrito Bowl

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Chicken Burrito Bowl

Pip & Ebby

There are certain types of Mexican food that do not taste good as leftovers, but this recipe is an exception.

Warm Steak and Mushroom Salad

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Warm Steak and Mushroom Salad

SideChef

Salads have never been this exciting! Our Steak Salad Recipe is filled with iron-rich kale, delicious steak, and flavorful mushrooms. It's perfect for a quick and healthy meal.

One-Pot Creamy Chicken and Spinach Orzo

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One-Pot Creamy Chicken and Spinach Orzo

SideChef

This One-Pot Creamy Chicken and Spinach Orzo Recipe is the perfect dinner for busy weeknights! It's protein-packed, full of spinach, and surprisingly creamy even without cream, thanks to the starch from the orzo as it cooks. Plus, it's easy to customize with your favorite spices and enjoy for lunch the next day.

Gochujang Chicken Stir Fry with Veggies

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Gochujang Chicken Stir Fry with Veggies

Tina Sawasdee at SideChef

Gochujang is a Korean chili paste that adds a perfect balance of sweetness and spice to your dish, and paired with fresh veggies and chicken thighs; it makes for a super tasty and satisfying meal. Plus, cooking everything in a cast-iron skillet gives it an extra smoky flavor that your family and friends will beg for more.

Spicy Sausage White Bean Soup

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Spicy Sausage White Bean Soup

SideChef

This Spicy Sausage White Bean Soup is the perfect comfort dinner for a busy weeknight. Its combination of flavors and little heat from the red pepper flakes bring this soup to another level. All it takes is 30 minutes on the cooktop! Plus, it's hearty and filling yet still light enough that you won't feel weighed down.

Baked Chicken Schnitzel

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Baked Chicken Schnitzel

SideChef

Who says you can't have your schnitzel and eat it too? This baked chicken schnitzel is a healthier alternative to the deep-fried classic, but you never have to sacrifice any flavor! This dish is easy to make and even easier to love with just salt, pepper, and thyme mixed into the breadcrumbs. A splash of lemon juice before serving gives it a fresh boost of flavor. It makes for a perfect lunch with a side of light salad too!

Spicy Sausage Pasta Shells

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Spicy Sausage Pasta Shells

SideChef

This super creamy pasta is the epitome of comfort food. With a Mediterranean flare with a bit of a kick, it’s on the table in under 30 minutes- the perfect weeknight treat.

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