Dinner ideas that only take 30 minutes

Dinner ideas that only take 30 minutes

When it gets colder outside and you’ve had a busy day, there’s nothing like ending the evening with a smoking hot meal. But if said hot meal takes almost an hour to put together, the thought of it goes from soothing to stressful, fast.

If you do not want to spend ages cooking, but also do not want to resort to packed microwave dinners, there is a happy medium! These 29 hot dinner ideas can be whipped up in 30 minutes or less so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time curled up on the couch.

Greek meat sauce

Just a few pantry staples – canned tomatoes, basic spices – make this meat sauce a breeze to put together. With lots of minced beef, olives and feta cheese, it’s a delicious cross between a Bolognese, a puttanesca and a Greek pasta.

2. Sesame steak bowls

Be sure to have your vegetables chopped, your steak seasoned and your sauce cooked before heating the frying pan up for this quick frying. The components are all cooked in separate shifts, but once they start hitting the pan, it all comes together in a flash.

3. One-Pot Pizza Zucchini Noodles

Instead of a crust, pepperoni, cheese and tomato sauce are stacked on zucchini noodles. Is it pizza? Is it pasta? Call it by any name (pizzasta?) And it would be just as tasty (it’s the lesser known Shakespeare quote).

4. Ginger Honey-fried pork tenderloin

Together with garlic, soy sauce and cayenne pepper, the honey in the marinade for this tenderloin provides just enough sugar to give a touch of sweetness and form an irresistible icing on top of the meat. One note: You need to let the meat marinate overnight, but all it takes is 15 minutes in the oven when you are ready to eat.

5. Sausage and Cannellini beans in white wine

A splash of wine instantly makes just about any recipe more sophisticated. A generous pour of white in this dish with meat, beans and vegetables boosts the elegance factor, making it a great choice whether you need a quick meal to entertain or just want to make something quick for yourself.

6. 30-minute pepper steak

This easy pepper steak is a simple but satisfying dinner when you want a balanced meal without putting too much effort – or too many ingredients – into it. Although the work is minimal, the taste is super satisfying thanks to the Worcestershire sauce and the light but buttery roux.

7. Chorizo, chickpea and sweet potato casserole with one casserole

It gets no more comforting than a hearty bowl of casserole to warm you up completely on colder evenings. This one, with both chorizo ​​and chickpeas, is also a protein all-star.

8. 30-minute peach and chicken pan with pearl onions

There is something about pearl onions that feels retro and gourmet, and their mild taste goes perfectly with the peaches in this unique chicken dinner. With garlic, rosemary and Dijon mustard cutting through the syrupy fruit, this meal is a great example of how sweet and salty flavors can be mixed together.

9. BBQ Chicken and Black Bean Tacos

Save the cool slaws and the fresh salsas for the summer weather. This recipe chooses a hot chicken, black beans and corn filling so you can keep taco Tuesdays going all winter.

10. Easy 30-minute Zucchini Pizza Boats

Softening these days is turning zucchini into noodles, but here’s something even more fun: turning zucchini into boats! Take out the seeds; fill the cavity with sauce, vegetables, turkey sausage and cheese; and you have a low-carbers pizza dream come true.

11. 5-ingredient sweet potato turkey chili

Most chilies need to take time on the stove to taste as good as possible. This not only reduces the number of ingredients needed to just five, but it also makes sure that each one fills, from the sweet potatoes to the spicy taco seasoning and cayenne pepper. With all the intense flavor going on, it’s no wonder it only takes 25 minutes before it’s ready to dig in.

12. Spicy Italian chicken stew

This spicy chicken and saucer will make you feel like a master chef in your own kitchen. Plus, unlike most oven-cooked stews, it’s made on the stove, which means it gets together much faster.

13. Mexican Lasagne

Give this Italian classic a Mexican twist with layers of tortillas instead of pasta, salsa instead of tomato sauce, lots of beans and cumin for the oregano. You will go loco for this lasagna.

14. Creamy One-Pot turkey and rice

Most risottos take up to an hour to make. Thank God for this shortcut. A “sauce” made from flour, butter, chicken broth and milk gives it the characteristic risotto-like creaminess, but it takes about half the time to whip up.

15. Turkey turkey dinner with sweet potatoes and kale

Sweet potatoes, kale and turkey make it on virtually any “good-for-you” menu out there. Putting all three in one dish is healthy enough, but add some creamy, protein-rich goat cheese on top, as this recipe does, and you really win by eating well.

16. Rosemary Citrus One-Pan Baked Salmon

Seafood + citrus = always a success. Instead of just the usual lemon, however, this recipe gets creative by adding a splash of orange juice and fresh orange slices to give this superfood dinner some subtle sweetness.

17. Nem Cajun Shrimp Fried Rice

If you have leftover rice on hand, give it new life by sautéing it up with shrimp, vegetables and sausage. This is a version of fried rice you would never find at your local Chinese take-out joint.

18. 30-minute light shrimp Piccata

You hear piccata, you might be thinking blob and buttercup. This recipe knows how to cut the richness without compromising on the taste. There are only two tablespoons of butter here, but along with a bit of heart-healthy olive oil, it’s more than enough to make the lemon-like, garlic-like sauce that covers the prawns.

19. Mediterranean stuffed eggplant

The oven is one of the best ways to cook eggplant, as frying it often removes its bitterness and produces a delicious smoky taste. And when combined with Mediterranean ingredients like olive oil and cumin, and filled with a healthy tuna mix, you feel like it every day of the week.

20. Scallops and Red Pepper Parsley Butternut Rice

Scallops are cooked super fast, making them ideal for dishes you won’t want to spend forever making. Another time saver? Use butternut squash for the “rice”. The wall cooks much faster than the grain – and makes this quite Paleo-friendly.

21. Spaghetti with tuna, lemon and dill

Instead of a rich tomato or a heavy cream sauce, this spaghetti recipe simply chooses some olive oil and herbs to stay light and light. This is also a great way to raise the can of tuna from the depths of your pantry to make it the absolute star of the dish.

22. Sheet-Pan Miso Salmon and Green Beans

Not only does this recipe come together in just 22 minutes, it also requires almost no work on your time other than mixing and dripping a dressing on top of fish and vegetables. The oven takes over the rest and turns the salmon into a juicy flake and the miso-based sauce into a fragrant icing.

23. Evergreen Pasta

No need to choose between a salad and carby comfort for dinner. This recipe gives you the best of both worlds, by using a whole grain pasta variant, lots of green vegetables and even chickpeas for some vegan protein.

24. Beetroot risotto with goat cheese and beetroot greens

By adding a slightly sweet taste, anti-inflammatory properties and of course the color that can not sugar beet, beetroot does a lot for this risotto. The recipe even puts beet leaves in use for extra antioxidants, making the dish a real nutritional powerhouse as well as a taste experience.

25. Smoked Ratatouille with goat cheese and pine nuts

When you’re tired of cold salads – or it’s just too cool for them – get your products fixed with this hot French dish. Sautéed in a blend of olive oil, peppers and herbs from Provence, the vegetables are so tasty that it’s easy to see why Pixar considered this toast worthy.

26. Quick and easy vegetable crust

This non-milky, oil-free version of an Indian-inspired korma replaces cream and butter with coconut milk so vegans can get the velvety sauce too. Packed with cauliflower, carrots and peas, this is also a great way to eat your vegetables while feeling like you are decadent.

27. Turmeric Dahl and Cauliflower Bowl

Long before it was fat to put turmeric in latte and oatmeal, it was a staple ingredient in Indian cuisine. Take the golden root back to its… yes, the roots, with this earthy, mildly spicy dish where turmeric and coconut mix the red lentils and cauliflower into rice.

28. 30-minute Moroccan chickpea polenta bowls

If you thought chickpeas were boring, try them this way and we’ll have a chat. Covered with a spicy tomato sauce and served on top of a creamy polenta with goat cheese, they will blow you away.

29. Butternut Squash Minestrone

Filled with vegetables and pasta, minestrone is already a pretty hearty soup. This recipe makes it even more main meal worthy by adding butternut squash cubes and kale while still keeping the ingredient list under 10 items.

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