Dinner doesn't have to take all night! On this page you'll find easy meal ideas that come together in about 30 minutes or less, making last minute dinners quick and delicious. You'll find easy pastas, stir fries, chicken dinners, skillet meals, sheet pan dinners and more. The goal is to get you cooking healthy, homemade meals in a flash so you can skip the takeout and get on with your evening. Check out all of my awesome 30-minute meal ideas!
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Skillet dinners & stir fries
One pan meals
Tips for making 30-minute dinners
Go over the recipe ahead of time
A great way to ensure that you're able to breeze through a recipe and cook quickly is to go over the recipe ahead of time. Familiarize yourself with the steps so that it's just a matter of going through the motions instead of going back and forth reading the recipe. This way you also have less of a chance of overcooking your food or making mistakes with the recipe.
Meal prep ingredients beforehand
A great way to cut down on cook time is to prepare some ingredients or even do a little bit of cooking at the beginning of the week. Try cooking and shredding some chicken breast, or cooking some rice in your rice cooker so that all you need to do is reheat or add to a recipe when the time comes to cook dinner. You can also chop up veggies & mince garlic ahead of time.
Choose one pot & one pan recipes
Recipes that can be cooked on one pan or in one pot are super helpful in cutting down cook time. You'll dump all of your ingredients and usually cook for 20 minutes or so. You also have the flexibility to prep other ingredients or garnishes while your main dish cooks. The best recipes are sheet pan chicken & veggies, one pot pastas, stir fries and skillet dinners!
Tacos & wraps
Cut down on cook time using leftover chicken!
If you're looking for healthy recipes that come together quickly, then look no further than leftover chicken to give you a head start! By using leftover, pre-cooked or rotisserie chicken, you can speed up your cook time but still get wholesome, delicious meals on the table in 30 minutes or less. Check out all the best ways to use up cooked chicken below!
My most popular 30-minute dinner Recipes
These Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos are a healthier version of the Bonefish Grill favourite – you're gonna have these tacos on repeat, trust me! Ingredients
These Ahi Tuna Sushi Stacks are a Cactus Club copycat made with a tamari vinaigrette, avocado, panko & micro greens. How to make this recipe
This Sheet Pan Balsamic Chicken is a healthy, low carb dinner idea – it comes together on one pan in 30 minutes and is great
This Healthy One Pot Broccoli Pasta Alfredo has a delicious, creamy sauce that's healthier than traditional fettuccine alfredo! How to make this recipe Add olive
This is the Best Ever Shrimp Marinade, perfect for the grill and equally delicious sautéed. You'll want to make this lemony garlic shrimp over and over!
These Miso Soba Noodle Bowls with Spicy Tofu are filled with umami flavour and are the perfect vegetarian comfort food! Ingredients and substitutions Soba noodles
This 30-Minute Italian Chicken Skillet is a delicious and low-calorie meal that’s great for meal prep – all you need is one pan! Ingredients and
These Instant Pot Chicken Tinga Tacos are made with fire-roasted tomatoes and chipotle – they're gluten-free and ready in 30 minutes! Ingredients and substitutions Olive
These Meal Prep Instant Pot Taco Bowls are similar to taco salad. In just 30 minutes, you’ll have your lunches ready for the week! Ingredients
This Ahi Tuna Salad is a colourful dish served with seared tuna steaks, sliced avocado, crunchy wontons and a delicious sesame ginger dressing. Ingredients and
This Instant Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta is made lighter with packaged ranch seasoning, turkey bacon and Greek yogurt! How to make this recipe Add olive