12 Quick & Easy 30-Minute Meals
After a long day at work, there is nothing better than a delicious tasting meal that takes no time to prepare. Here are my top 12 quick and easy 30-minute meals to help get dinner on the table in a pinch.
1. Rainbow Chicken Stir-Fry
This quick and easy Rainbow Chicken Stir-Fry is actually ready in 10 minutes and is so full of flavour nobody will ever know. The vegetables in this recipes can easily be swapped out for anything you have in the fridge, it’s truly the simple and flavourful sauce that helps bring this dish to life.
2. Roasted Pork Chops with Spiced Apple
Apple and pork are a classic combination, and by taking a few simple shortcuts you can get this classic dish on the table in less than 30 minutes. By simply chopping the apples and roasting them in the pan with the quick cooking pork chops, you can cut the cooking time in half for these Roasted Pork Chops with Spiced Apples.
3. Thai Cod Green Curry
Curries are one of my go-to weeknight meals, they are quick to prepare and you can pack a ton of vegetables into one simple dish. The trick to keeping this Thai Cod Green Curry recipe ready in under 30 minutes is the simple pre-made curry paste; it has all of the flavours and none of the fuss of making your own.
4. DIY Burrito Bowls
This DIY Burrito Bowls recipe is a healthy twist on your standard burrito; all of the fillings without the tortilla itself. Aside from the ground beef and rice, all of the ingredients can be purchased pre-made or put together while the meat is cooking. Plus, this recipe makes lots of leftovers and stores really well in the fridge for a week’s worth of lunches.
5. Jalapeno Lime Chicken Burgers
The BBQ is a great way to speed up cooking time and burgers are always a crowd pleasing dinner idea. Chicken burgers are notorious for being boring and dry, but these Jalapeno Lime Chicken Burgers help to spice things up for a simple dinner idea ready in 30 minutes or less.
6. Asian Salmon Tray Bake
Seafood is one of the quickest cooking proteins, so if I am looking for a 30-minute dinner idea seafood is a go-to option. This Asian Salmon Tray Bake is a quick and easy way to get stir-fry flavour will minimal effort. Baked on a single sheet and marinated in a delicious sauce, this recipe is a budget-friendly way to get a meal on the dinner table in less than 20 minutes.
7. Curried Honey Mustard Chicken
This Curried Honey Mustard Chicken is one of the most popular recipes on my blog; not only is it ready in less than 30 minutes, it only takes 5 ingredients to prepare. Pair this dish with baked potatoes, sweet potato mash or cauliflower rice, as you’ll be looking for something to help you soak up all of the delicious sauce.
8. Greek Lamb Meatballs with Tzatziki
Meatballs are always sure to be a crowd-pleasing favourite, so why not mix things up with these Greek Lamb Meatballs with Tzatziki. Crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and ready in less than 30 minutes for the perfect weeknight meal.
9. Roasted Cod with Fennel & Lemon
This Roasted Cod with Fennel & Lemon is an easy one-pan dinner that can feed a crowd with minimal effort. The simple flavours in this dish help bring the cod to life, but you could also halibut or haddock, or even try it with salmon or trout.
10. Thai Red Prawn Curry
This little dish is something that I like to call ‘Curry in a Hurry’. Curry paste is one of the healthy condiments I keep in my fridge at all times because when paired with a can of coconut milk it can really help bring a dish to life. Using shrimp in this Thai Prawn Red Curry helps keep the cooking time down, as they can be added fresh or frozen, to help create a simple 30-minute meal.
11. Kale Pesto Grilled Chicken with Zucchini Noodles
Zucchini noodles, or “zoodles”, are a fun take on a classic noodle and great way to add more veggies to your diet. Zoodles are super simple to prepare and when paired with grilled chicken and a fresh kale pesto sauce this Kale Pesto Grilled Chicken with Zucchini Noodles make a delicious meal.
12. Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
These Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps are so simple to prepare, simply cook the chicken and dinner is ready. Although I used ground chicken in my recipe, any ground meat would work very well.