These scrumptious Quick, Fast and Easy 30 Minute Dinner Ideas are a game-changer on those stressful nights when you are in a hurry. They taste way better than take out and will please the entire family!
These easy dinner recipes for the family look amazing and all present like you went through a ton of work to make, despite only taking 30 minutes or less!
Give one or more of these simple and quick dinner recipes a try tonight! Or get them on your menu plan.
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💜 Why You Will Love This List
Fast – These recipes are geared to be fast and ready to be on the table in under 30 minutes. We all need recipes like that!
Healthy – Most of the recipes are aimed to provide a healthy meal for your family.
Recipes Your Family Will Love – There is nothing more disappointing than providing a meal your family doesn’t like. These recipes are family friendly and targeted towards meals that will satisfy almost everyone. Many of these are perfect main dishes to go with mashed potatoes.
Meal Prep Friendly – Look at the recipes to see how many of these can be meal prepped to cut down your time in the kitchen during the week.
⏲️ Tips To Get Dinner On The Table In 30 Minutes
Don’t fall into the rut of spending time staring in your pantry or fridge thinking, what can I make. Eliminate the wasted time, and get right to work.
Plan Simple Meals – During the week, think ‘simple.’ Some nights I just won’t have a lot of time, so I schedule meals using a Sheet Pan, Instant Pot or Air Fryer.
I give myself more of a hands-off approach so I don’t have to closely watch stovetop recipes when I know I will be short on time.
Thaw Meat ahead of Time – If you plan to cook with protein, place it in the fridge the night before to defrost.
If you tend to forget (like I do!), create an alarm on your phone, as a reminder. Get in the habit of referring to your meal plan list and prep as much as you can the night before.
Shortcuts – So one thing I do is opt for shortcuts at time. If I am making a dish that needs cooked chicken, I will prep it over the weekend, and then freeze.
Do this with ground beef, chicken, etc. Consider prepping your veggies ahead of time. Dice up those peppers and onions to toss in the chili for the pressure cooker, the night before. Or even reach for pre-cut veggies at the store (yeah – they are a bit more expensive, but it will save time).
Double Recipes – Consider the double recipe method. Make a double recipe and then freeze one and serve one. This is a simple way to stock your freezer with freezer meals. But it does shave off cook time.
Slow Cooker or Instant Pot – Embrace your kitchen accessories. Instant Pots are great for shaving off cook time while giving you a hands-off meal.
Slow cookers are a classic dump-and-go method. I know the slow cooker is not technically a 30-minute meal, but you’ll spend less that 30 minutes of effort as it cooks itself.
Recipe Binder – Make sure you keep a binder full of the recipes that you know work for your family and you can reach to when you are setting up your meal plan. These are your steady recipes that you almost can make without thinking.
Do you have any go-to quick & easy meal ideas? Please share your favorites in the comments below!