Looking for tasty dinner time ideas that can be made in a half hour or less? Check out this wide-ranging collection of twenty-five 30 minute dinners. Delicious, easy, quick, and filling: isn’t that just what you’re looking for?
“Dinner will be ready in 30 minutes!”
Wouldn’t you love to be able make that announcement when you and your family get home at 5:00 and everyone is starved and maybe even a little cranky? Thirty minutes. Same amount of time as the nightly news. Or a sitcom. Can you order a pizza and have it arrive in less than 30 minutes? Doesn’t happen in my neck of the woods.
Try going out for dinner in 30 minutes. By the time you get everyone in the car, drive somewhere (traffic!), get seated, look at menus, decide, order, and finally receive your dinners, you’re talking a lot more time than 30 minutes.
You can have dinner on your own table in less than thirty minutes with these easy and delicious recipes. Cooking is so much more economical, healthy, and satisfying than dining out.
Do I resort to Qdoba or pizza delivery occasionally? I’d be lying if I said I didn’t. Sometimes, I just don’t have what it takes to cook dinner, whether it’s time, energy, or the right ingredients.
So many of you email me and share with me that it’s difficult to even think about cooking when you get home from a long day at work. You’re tired, hungry, and when you open the refrigerator, you just can’t think of what to make. The thought of spending an hour making dinner just depresses or frustrates you.
That’s why I love this collection of 30 minute dinners! Meals that can be prepared in just a half hour, some even less time than that. Meals that your family will love. Entire dinners, not just one part of a meal. You may add a salad or dessert, or not, whatever you feel like but you don’t have to.
About these 30 minute dinners
You’ll find 30 minute dinner recipes for seafood, chicken, sausage and ground meat, and vegetarian recipes, too. Many of the meals are made in only one pan f0r quick clean up. Pastas, stir-fry recipes, tacos, wraps, bowls, soups, and skillet meals — they’re all included. I’m sure you’ll find several that you can’t wait to try.
Sound too good to be true? Nope, it can be done and you can do it!
Hint: Before you go grocery shopping this week, take a few minutes to choose a few of the 30 minute dinners that you’d like to try. Make a list of the ingredients you need and make sure you pick them up at the store. When it’s time to cook, you’ll have everything you need on hand and you’ll be ready to go!
Make ahead/Meal Prep: Try some of my make ahead/meal prep ideas to expedite things even more. You can prepare food ahead and have these treasures in the fridge or freezer ready to use. I always have cooked shredded chicken on hand that I make in my Instant Pot or taco chicken I make in the slow cooker. Cooked quinoa is another staple in my freezer. When you make easy oven meatballs, make a double or triple batch and freeze them in serving size portions to use in soups, sandwiches, or pasta. Cut up a bunch of fresh veggies so they are ready to cook when you need them.