20 Easy Weeknight Dinner Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less

Busy day? You'll be enjoying these dinner dishes in no time.

June 19, 2017
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Mitch Mandel

Whether you're returning home late from work or need to have dinner for the family ready on a busy school night, these recipes will make your weeknight dinner plans ever more simple. 

More: Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes for Your Busiest Days 

With simple ingredients and just 30 mintues to spare, reach for these recipes for filling, quick means for the whole family:

Linguine with Kale, Olives & Currants
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Linguine with Kale, Olives & Currants

Sweet dried currants paired with salty olives is a delicious combination in this earthy pasta.

Get the Linguine with Kale, Olives & Currants recipe from 101 Recipes You Can't Live Without

Citrus Wild Salmon With Mango Red Pepper Salsa
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Citrus Wild Salmon With Mango Red Pepper Salsa

Salmon may be everyone's favorite superfood of the sea—it's got loads of heart-healthy omega-3s, filling protein, and pretty much tastes incredible however you prep it. But if you want to avoid seriously scary pollutants and antibiotics, go wild.

Get the Citrus Wild Salmon With Mango Red Pepper Salsa recipe from Eat Clean, Stay Lean

Leftover Pesto Pasta With Shrimp and Pancetta
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Leftover Pesto Pasta With Shrimp and Pancetta

This pasta can be made with what you have in the fridge, without another trip to the store. 

Get the Leftover Pesto Pasta With Shrimp and Pancetta recipe from Back to the Kitchen

Easy-Peasy Peanut Noodles with Chicken
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Easy-Peasy Peanut Noodles with Chicken

Combine two-thirds veggies and protein with one-third good carbs (like whole wheat noodles) and you're not in danger of overloading on starch and sugars. Save some for lunch tomorrow. 

Get the Easy-Peasy Peanut Noodles with Chicken recipe from Pretty Delicious

Pork Medallions with Cider Pan Sauce
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Pork Medallions with Cider Pan Sauce

This dinner dish is substantial enough to serve at holidays or to make for an extra-special evening meal, but it won't weigh you down the way some "comfort" meals do. The reduced apple juice and apple cider vinegar, along with thyme and butter, provide a rich dimension to the meaty flavors of the pork tenderloin. Don't trim the fat off your tenderloin, by the way, for added flavor.

Get the Pork Medallions with Cider Pan Sauce recipe from Wheat Belly 30-Minute (Or Less!) Cookbook

Thai Beef & Snow Pea Stir Fry
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Thai Beef & Snow Pea Stir Fry

This thai beef and snow pea stir fry recipe is a tasty carbohydrate-and-protein-packed combo makes a perfect post workout dinner to refuel depleted muscles. You can have this quick-and-easy stir-fry ready in less time than it takes to cook the noodles.

Get the Thai Beef & Snow Pea Stir Fry recipe from The Runner's World Cookbook 

Gazpacho Smoothie Bowl
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Gazpacho Smoothie Bowl

Gazpacho is a cold soup made entirely of raw vegetables. And, of course, we had to add two cups of leafy greens—in this case, romaine, which is packed with vitamins A and K. These two vitamins are great for bone health.

Get the Gazpacho Smoothie Bowl recipe from Simple Green Smoothies

Bolognese Over Shells
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Bolognese Over Shells

Fire-roasted tomatoes and tomato paste give it extra depth with just 10 minutes of simmering. Hearty, whole wheat pasta is a good match for the meaty sauce.

Get the Bolognese Over Shells recipe from Runner's World Meals on the Run

Chicken-Mango Fajitas
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Chicken-Mango Fajitas

Sweet, savory, and healthier than anything you'd find at a Mexican chain.

Get the Chicken-Mango Fajitas recipe from The Runner's World Cookbook

Raw Native Corn Soup With Basil
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Raw Native Corn Soup With Basil

This soup started as a vegan corn chowder and transformed into the epitome of a truly refreshing, chilled summer treat. 

Get the Raw Native Corn Soup With Basil recipe from Soup Cleanse Cookbook

Pasta Primavera
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Pasta Primavera

Primavera means spring in Italian. Even though the original preparation featured just springtime vegetables—fresh peas, tiny asparagus, and small onions—pasta primavera is made with seasonal vegetables throughout the year.

Get the Pasta Primavera recipe from The Healthy You Diet

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Ham & Cornichons on Buttered Baguette

It may actually be the perfect sandwich, period. It requires just four ingredients and mere minutes to prepare. 

Get the Ham & Cornichons on Buttered Baguette recipe from Graze: Inspiration for Small Plates and Meandering Meals

Ratatouille
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Vegetable-Loaded Ratatouille

Ratatouille is a celebration of vegetables in a tasty mélange, recently in the spotlight with a wanna-be chef/rat in the animated movie by the same name. Use your best extra-virgin olive oil for the best results. Optionally, add some olive oil during the last moment of cooking to gain more of its flavors and health benefits, which are reduced with cooking.

Get the Vegetable-Loaded Ratatouille recipe from Undoctored

Pan-Seared Shrimp Tacos
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Pan-Seared Shrimp Tacos

Not batter-dipped or deep-fried, as many fish tacos are, these leaner tacos are loaded with heart-healthy MUFAs from the avocado topping.

Get the Pan-Seared Shrimp Tacos recipe from Flat Belly Diet! Family Cookbook

Hearty Chicken Panzanella
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Hearty Chicken Panzanella

This hearty lunch salad brings together summer vegetables, a bright Dijon-caper vinaigrette, juicy grilled chicken, and chunks of toasted multigrain bread.

Get the Hearty Chicken Panzanella recipe from Eat Clean, Stay Lean: The Diet

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Bacon-Tomato Zucchini Pasta

You don't need traditional grain-based pastas when you can use good old zucchini. This aromatic, light pasta is brought to life even further with the addition of bacon.

Get the Bacon-Tomato Zucchini Pasta recipe from The All-Day Fat-Burning Cookbook

chickpea bolognese
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Chickpea Bolognese

Sure, bolognese is usually made with ground beef, but we'll take a hard pass on that. You won't miss ground beef once you taste this chickpea-loaded sauce. 

Get the Chickpea Bolognese recipe from Thug Kitchen 101

Sweet Potato Ravioli
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Sweet Potato Ravioli

Fiber-rich sweet potatoes are very filling and they are an excellent source of beta-carotene in this easy-to-make dinner recipe.

Get the Sweet Potato Ravioli recipe from What Doctors Eat

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Rigatoni With Swiss Chard Pesto

If you have a container of Swiss Chard Pesto in the fridge or freezer, just boil some pasta and dinner is ready. Alternatively, you can make the pesto in the time it takes to cook the noodles. And there's so much green in this dish that we count it as a serving of vegetables, too. That's our kind of weeknight meal.

Get the Rigatoni With Swiss Chard Pesto recipe from Keepers

Chili-Dusted Avocado Potatoes
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Chili-Dusted Avocado Potatoes

Who needs meat for dinner when this hearty vegetable grill can take center stage?

Get the Chili-Dusted Avocado Potatoes recipe from Flat Belly Diet! Family Cookbook

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