Easy 30 Minute Meals

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Looking for quick meals to have on the table in 30 minutes or less for your busy weeknights? Look no further! This round-up is full of delicious skillet recipes, pasta recipes, chicken recipes and more!

We are all busy; whether it be with taking your kids to soccer, hockey or dance, as well as our daily commutes (argh)… I don’t know about you, but it feels like the day goes so slowly but as soon as it’s time to start dinner my time seems to warp into super fast mode and next thing I know it’s 7 pm and I still don’t have anything on the table.

I thought I would reach out to some of my favorite blogger friends and see what recipes they had to share that could be whipped up for a quick weeknight dinner that don’t require a ton of ingredients, and best of all, are ready and on your table in 30 minutes or less! So, let’s get started shall we?

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30 Minute Beef Recipes

Quick and easy beef recipes to enjoy any night of the week. This section features ground beef recipes, thin sliced beef and more. If you have picky eaters at your table I know you will find some inspiration for them below – I mean, who doesn’t love Tacos, Sloppy Joes and Beef Stroganoff and Meatball Subs?

Homemade Sloppy Joes
Homemade Sloppy Joes are a classic dinner recipe that is easy to make and budget friendly too! It takes less than 30 minutes and is a great easy recipe for the kids to help make as well
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Dutch Oven with Sloppy Joe mixture
Tray of meatball subs topped with melted cheese
Oven Baked Meatball Subs
These subs can be made with fresh or frozen meatballs and require only 4 ingredients TOTAL – this is my kind of 30 minute weeknight meal!
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One Pot Taco Beef & Rice
A taco skillet recipe that is quick , easy and delicious on the table in 30 mins – can be served as is or added to taco shells for an over the top taco night!
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Taco beef skillet in frying pan
Ground Beef Stroganoff in white dish with cremini mushrooms blurred behind
20 Minute Ground Beef Stroganoff
Full of chopped cremini mushrooms, garlic and Worcestershire sauce served atop egg noodles, using ground beef to make it a budget friendly meal that can be made any night of the week in just 20 minutes. 
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30 Minute Chicken Recipes

Easy and quick chicken recipes that aren’t the same boring meal every single night! I know the rut we can get into with our chicken dishes, so below you will find some delicious recipes with chicken as the main ingredient.

Lemon Chicken Piccata – Easy 30 Min Dinner
Easy Chicken Piccata recipe with capers, lemon and dill that is ready and on the table in 30 minutes.

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Lemon Chicken Piccata
Creamy Chicken in skillet
Creamy Tomato Basil Chicken
Tomato and basil combine in a creamy, healthy sauce with seasoned chicken breast on top of a bed of zucchini noodles – can also be served with spaghetti for picky eaters.
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Chicken & Green Bean Stir-Fry
An easy chicken recipe with a cook time of only 10 minutes – the addition of the green beans and simple sauce make it a delicious weeknight option
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Two bowls of chicken and green beans stir-fry with chop sticks
Chicken and Dumplings in Soup Bowl
Chicken and Dumplings
Easy Homemade Chicken and Dumplings that the whole family will love. It is perfect for the cooler days ahead to warm you from the inside out!
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Easy Weeknight Pasta Recipes

These easy pasta recipes have few ingredients making them quick and simple weeknight dinner ideas!

Weeknight Tuna Pasta with Peas
The quickest weeknight meal you can make that is still loaded with flavor! Tuna, peas, onions and a simple broth make this dish one you will eat over and over again. 
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Tuna Pasta in white casserole dish with Parmesan Cheese and Salad
Plates of mushroom pasta on white table
Creamy Mushroom Pasta (InstantPot)
A delicious one pot meal using simple ingredients. The spaghetti is tossed in a creamy cheese sauce loaded with mushrooms.
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Texas One Pot Chili Mac
This pasta dish is comfort food at its finest and it is a one-pot meal so clean up is just as easy!
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white bowl with chili mac on wooden board
Large white bowl of pasta with sausage and pepperoni
Sausage & Pepperoni Penne
A simple, budget friendly family dinner that uses few ingredients to have a hearty meal on the table in less than 30 minutes.
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Simple Fish and Vegetarian Dinners

The best and easiest Fish and Vegetarian dishes that you can make for dinner tonight. These are simple dinners that don’t lack flavor, and are perfect for families looking to eat less meat.

Curried Lentils “Stew”
20 minute vegetarian dinner using canned lentils and strained tomatoes along with Indian spices to create an aromatic curry dish your family will love!
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Bowl of Curried Lentils on a table
Blue and white bowl filled with vibrant vegetable lo mein
Vegetable Lo Mein
A deliciously simple 15 minute dinner idea that is vibrant, healthy and a little spicy – can even add grilled chicken to make it a protein packed meal.
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Smoked Salmon Panini
Sometimes we crave a good hearty sandwich for dinner and this Panini is just that – a 10 minute decadent sandwich topped with a delicious dill mayo!
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White plate with salmon panini and glass of water
Large bowl of gumbo with fresh seafood
Quick & Simple Gumbo
An update to the classic southern dish we all love – this Gumbo recipe is ready and on the table in 25 minutes without lacking in flavor.
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