36 Drool Worthy Dinners Ready in 30 Minutes or Less

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Are your weeknights a endless cycle of takeout, frozen meals and drive thru burgers because you’re just too exhausted to cook after a long day? Say goodbye to that unhealthy (and expensive) routine with these 36 insanely delicious dinners that come together in 30 minutes or less. With minimal prep and simple ingredients, these quick fix recipes are ideal for busy weeknights when you need to get a nourishing meal on the table fast!

Old Fashioned Sloppy Joes

Old Fashioned Sloppy Joes by Quiche My Grits
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If you’re looking for an Old Fashioned Sloppy Joes recipe like Grandma used to make, this is it! You’ll love this quick and easy recipe that’s ready in just 30 minutes. It uses simple ingredients to make classic sloppy joes your whole family will crave! These meaty sandwiches are perfect for busy weeknights or anytime you want an easy meal on the dinner table. The tangy sauce is budget-friendly, which makes it a popular choice when dinner rolls around!

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Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas

Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas by Semi Homemade Kitchen
Photo Credit: Semi Homemade Kitchen

These Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas are a total game-changer for busy weeknights. Succulent chicken breasts, sweet onion, colorful bell peppers, and seasoning come together in under 20 minutes for a delicious dinner that is sure to be a family favorite.

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Easy Shrimp Linguine

Easy Shrimp Linguine by Xoxo Bella
Photo Credit: Xoxo Bella

This classic Italian dish pairs linguine noodles with shrimp and a delicious lemon, garlic and herb sauce. Shrimp linguine is light but satisfying and it’s also easy to make. There are only 8 different ingredients in this shrimp linguine recipe, or 9 if you want a parmesan cheese garnish. So, if you’re in the mood for a dinner that’s both comfort food and an elegant treat, you can’t go wrong with this lovely 20 minute shrimp linguine pasta dish.

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Easy Healthy Stuffed Peppers with Ground Beef

Easy Healthy Stuffed Peppers with Ground Beef (30 Minute) by Lauren Fit Foodie
Photo Credit: Lauren Fit Foodie

These Healthy Stuffed Peppers with Ground Beef make the perfect weeknight dinner! They’re lower in carbs, high in protein and you can have dinner on the table in just 30 minutes!

Get the Recipe: Easy Healthy Stuffed Peppers with Ground Beef

Thai Red Curry With Fish

Thai Red Curry With Fish by Non Guilty Pleasures
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Looking for a quick and easy weeknight dinner? Look no further than this Thai Red Curry Fish recipe. With only five essential ingredients, minimal chopping, and no compromise on authentic Thai flavours, this is the ultimate convenience dish.

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Blood Orange, Beetroot and Walnut Feta Salad

Blood Orange, Beetroot and Walnut Feta Salad by Gimme From Scratch
Photo Credit: Gimme From Scratch

Indulge in a burst of flavors with this Blood Orange, Pickled Beetroot Walnut Feta Salad, drizzled with a simple homemade orange vinaigrette salad dressing. This salad is a beautiful medley of colors and textures, with the earthy flavor of the beets pairing perfectly with the salty feta cheese and crunchy walnuts. The blood oranges also known as raspberry oranges, add a touch of sweetness and tartness, which is balanced out by the tangy and zesty orange vinaigrette.

Get the Recipe: Blood Orange, Beetroot and Walnut Feta Salad

Arugula Prosciutto Pizza

Arugula Prosciutto Pizza by Cook Dinner Tonight
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This tasty Arugula Prosciutto Pizza takes less than 30 minutes to make! Skip the takeout and make this delicious pizza instead.

Get the Recipe: Arugula Prosciutto Pizza

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Burgers

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Burgers by Basics with Bails
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If you love easy dinners with simple ingredients then look no further than these Chicken Burgers In The Air Fryer. With very little prep and cook time, these air fryer ground chicken burgers are a healthy meal that the whole family will enjoy.

Get the Recipe: Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Burgers

Easy Pan Fried Fish

Easy Pan Fried Fish by A Cedar Spoon
Photo Credit: A Cedar Spoon

Easy Pan Fried Fish creates a nice crust on the outside of the fish and a juicy, flaky inside. This is a great way to make white fish. Serve this with lemon wedges, fresh parsley and a side of couscous. If you need a seafood dinner on the table in under 15 minutes this is the recipe for you!

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Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sage Sauce

Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sage Sauce by Elle & Pear
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Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sage Sauce is a super simple, super fast dinner to make by sautéing gnocchi in a pan until crispy, then sautéing baby broccoli for just a few minutes, and tossing it all together in an equally simple brown butter sage sauce. This whole thing is just 5 ingredients and done in about 30 minutes.

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Sheet Pan Sausage and Peppers

Sheet Pan Sausage and Peppers by Homemade Hooplah
Photo Credit: Homemade Hooplah

A simple 30 minute meal, this Baked Sheet Pan Sausage and Pepper dinner has a mix of bell peppers, onions, Italian seasoning, and your flavor choice of sausage.

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Garlic Shrimp Fried Rice

Garlic Shrimp Fried Rice by Garlic All Day
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The whole family is going to love this Garlicky Shrimp Fried Rice, which uses a whole head of garlic and lots of plump, peeled shrimp.

Get the Recipe: Garlic Shrimp Fried Rice

Black Pepper Chicken

Black Pepper Chicken by Xoxo Bella
Photo Credit: Xoxo Bella

This Black Pepper Chicken recipe is a tasty copycat Panda Express recipe that will get rave reviews. This homemade version is not only better for you but also ready to serve in just 30 minutes. It’s the perfect solution for those busy weeknights when you’re craving Asian food but don’t have the time for a complicated recipe.

Get the Recipe: Black Pepper Chicken

Copycat Taco Bell Pizza

Copycat Taco Bell Pizza by Gimme From Scratch
Photo Credit: Gimme From Scratch

I’m sharing a copycat recipe for one of my guilty pleasures – the Taco Bell Mexican Pizza! If you’re a fan of this iconic fast food dish, you can easily recreate it in the comfort of your own kitchen. From crispy tortillas to the flavorful filling of seasoned ground beef and mouthwatering toppings like melty cheese, this homemade Mexican pizza recipe is a true crowd-pleaser.

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Beef Enchilada Pasta

Beef Enchilada Pasta by Semi Homemade Kitchen
Photo Credit: Semi Homemade Kitchen

If you’re a fan of Mexican flavors and quick, one-pan meals, you’re in for a treat with this Beef Enchilada Pasta recipe! This delightful fusion of cheesy, savory goodness brings together the best of both worlds, making it a go-to dinner option for busy nights.

Get the Recipe: Beef Enchilada Pasta

Air Fryer Tuna Melt

Air Fryer Tuna Melt by Basics with Bails
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Whether you’re looking for a quick and easy weeknight dinner, a satisfying lunch, or a delicious snack to enjoy any time of day, this Air Fryer Tuna Melt recipe will have you covered. Trust me, once you try it, you’ll be hooked!

Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Tuna Melt

Lemony Couscous Salad with Capers and Tinned Fish

Lemony Couscous Salad with Capers and Tinned Fish by Sweet Smart Nutrition
Photo Credit: Sweet Smart Nutrition

This Lemony Couscous Salad with Capers and Tinned Fish is a delicious salad that’s filling enough to be a main dish! Full of fresh ingredients and easy to customize, you’re going to want to make it over and over again.

Get the Recipe: Lemony Couscous Salad with Capers and Tinned Fish

Langostino Lobster Rolls

Langostino Lobster Rolls by Champagne Taste's
Photo Credit: Champagne Taste’s

These Maine-Style Langostino Lobster Rolls are made with langostino tails, mayonnaise and warm, toasted buns, plus an optional garlic dipping sauce.

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Easy Honey Garlic Tofu

Easy Honey Garlic Tofu by The Veggie Yaya
Photo Credit: The Veggie Yaya

Honey Garlic Tofu | Crispy tofu pieces coated in a sticky, sweet, garlicky sauce that takes only 25 minutes to make. Perfect for a quick weeknight meal served with rice and your favourite vegetable.

Get the Recipe: Easy Honey Garlic Tofu

Easy Teriyaki Chicken

Easy Teriyaki Chicken by Love From the Oven
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This Easy Teriyaki Chicken Recipe was made for those busy weeknights when you want something packed with flavor, and nutrients, but don’t feel like making a whole big thing. Tender, juicy chicken breasts are doused in a sweet yet savory glaze and seared to perfection.

Get the Recipe: Easy Teriyaki Chicken

Pistachio Crusted Salmon

Pistachio Crusted Salmon by An Edible Mosaic
Photo Credit: An Edible Mosaic

This Pistachio Crusted Salmon recipe is elegant yet easy, and packed with flavor and nutrition! It’s a great date-night dinner because it makes two servings, but you can easily scale it up to feed your family.

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Pan Fried Boneless Pork Chops

Pan Fried Boneless Pork Chops by Dishes with Dad
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These Pan Fried Boneless Pork Chops are quickly seared in a hot cast iron skillet for a flavorful crust and moist, juicy meat, and best of all, they’re ready in just 10 minutes!

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Potato Leek Soup

Vegan Potato Leek Soup by Raepublic
Photo Credit: Raepublic

This is the perfect creamy vegan Potato Leek Soup recipe for Fall (or Winter!). Made with coconut cream, this soup is oh-so-smooth and dairy-free at the same time! Does it get better than that? This vegan potato soup makes enough for dinner and leftovers to enjoy later.

Get the Recipe: Potato Leek Soup

Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta

Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta by Simply Scratch Made
Photo Credit: Simply Scratch Made

Ready in just 30 minutes, this Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta combines tender bites of chicken and al dente pasta in a delicious creamy garlic parmesan sauce that is super easy to make.

Get the Recipe: Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta

Egg Roll Bowl

Vegan Egg Roll Bowl by Nuts and Twigs
Photo Credit: Nuts and Twigs

This Vegan Egg Roll Bowl is not only delicious but also quick and easy to whip up. It’s a fantastic way to enjoy the flavors of an egg roll in a bowl without the fuss of wrapping. Plus, it’s packed with plant-based goodness and can be topped with crispy egg wrapper strips to round out the egg roll experience.

Get the Recipe: Egg Roll Bowl

Beef Yaki Udon Noodle Stir Fry

Beef Yaki Udon Noodle Stir Fry by Xoxo Bella
Photo Credit: Xoxo Bella

Beef Yaki Udon is a tasty noodle stir fry which you can make in less than 30 minutes. Try this easy udon recipe if you’re looking for a simple Japanese dish to make with beef and noodles. You can make the entire thing in one wok and since it has meat, vegetables and noodles, you don’t even need to come up with side dishes.

Get the Recipe: Beef Yaki Udon Noodle Stir Fry

Vietnamese Chicken Salad

Vietnamese Chicken Salad by The Honest Spoonful
Photo Credit: The Honest Spoonful

Goi Ga means ‘chicken salad’ in Vietnamese and is a popular dish. This crunchy salad features cabbage, carrots, fresh herbs and nuoc mam, another popular Vietnamese dish used as dressing.

Get the Recipe: Vietnamese Chicken Salad

Baked Lemon Pepper Salmon

Baked Lemon Pepper Salmon by Well Fed Baker
Photo Credit: Well Fed Baker

There’s nothing quite like the zest of this Lemon Pepper Salmon to brighten up any busy weeknight. This easy recipe is not only quick to prepare but brings together the buttery richness of salmon with the crisp, invigorating tang of fresh lemon and garlic. Just a few simple ingredients, and you’ve got yourself a meal that’s sure to impress.

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Brothy Weeknight Butter Beans

Brothy Weeknight Butter Beans by Life As a Strawberry
Photo Credit: Life As a Strawberry

These easy Stewed Butter Beans are ready in 30 minutes or less – perfect for a quick dinner on busy weeknights! Serve with crusty bread to sop up this light, cozy broth and add any extra veggies you have on hand.

Get the Recipe: Brothy Weeknight Butter Beans

Ground Beef and Broccoli

Ground Beef and Broccoli by Living Chirpy
Photo Credit: Living Chirpy

Quick and easy recipe for healthy Ground Beef and Broccoli with just 9 ingredients, 20 minutes and one pan.

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Chinese Tomato Egg Stir Fry

Chinese Tomato Egg Stir Fry by Non Guilty Pleasure
Photo Credit: Non Guilty Pleasure

This Tomato Egg Stir Fry recipe is Chinese comfort food at its best. It needs only a few simple ingredients and is ready in minutes. Serve it the traditional way, as a quick dinner stir fry on white rice, or spoon it into soft rolls for a satisfying brunch.

Get the Recipe: Chinese Tomato Egg Stir Fry

Easy Mahi Mahi with Lemon Garlic Sauce

Easy Mahi Mahi Recipe with Lemon Garlic Sauce by The Forked Spoon
Photo Credit: The Forked Spoon

Easy Mahi Mahi Recipe with Lemon Garlic Sauce. A simple and wildly delicious way to prepare and serve this tender, flakey, and popular white fish.

Get the Recipe: Easy Mahi Mahi with Lemon Garlic Sauce

Spiced Ground Lamb Pita

Spiced Ground Lamb Pita by A Cedar Spoon
Photo Credit: A Cedar Spoon

Spiced Ground Lamb Pita Recipe take your favorite Mediterranean inspired ingredients and pairs them up with ground lamb. The ground lamb is cooked in rich, warm spices that works nicely with the cool, creamy tzatziki sauce. Spread the tzatziki sauce on a pita, top with feta and the Greek style topping and enjoy this Mediterranean style taco!

Get the Recipe: Spiced Ground Lamb Pita

Spicy Miso Noodles

Spicy Miso Noodles by Joyful Dumplings
Photo Credit: Joyful Dumplings

Spicy Miso Noodles is perfect when you’re craving something spicy, savory, and just a tad bit tangy. With just 5 minutes of prep for 2-3 hungry souls, you’re all set.

Get the Recipe: Spicy Miso Noodles

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls by An Edible Mosaic
Photo Credit: An Edible Mosaic

This 30-minute Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls recipe is loaded with nutrition and has all the flavor of Stuffed Cabbage Rolls, but with much fewer carbs!

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Hoisin Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

Hoisin Shrimp Lettuce Wraps by Life As a Strawberry
Photo Credit: Life As a Strawberry

These Hoisin Shrimp Lettuce Wraps are full of flavor and ready in 30 minutes. An easy, healthy recipe for busy weeknights!

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I love to share recipes with real ingredients that are both sweet and savory (especially sweet:) My mission with Gimme From Scratch is to inspire you with recipes that will bring your families together in the kitchen. I'm introverted at heart but know how important socializing can be for maintaining good relationships, when writing not only am looking forward to sharing information - It's also building connections between readers who love good food as much as I do!

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