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77 Best Quick, Easy Dinner Recipes You Can Make in 30 Minutes or Less

These meals are perfect for busy weeknights.

quick easy dinner recipes
Brian Woodcock

With everything that goes on in a typical day—long work hours, after-school sports and activities—it's completely understandable that cooking dinner is the last thing you want to do or have to think hard about when you get home. While there are plenty of slow cooker recipes you can make ahead of time and lots of sheet pan dinners, that may use only one pan (easy dish clean-up is a plus!) but often take a while to cook, sometimes you just need quick, easy dinner recipes. That's where the following 30-minute meals come in. Here, you'll find quick, easy dinner recipes that include all of your favorite dishes like chicken dinner recipes, ground beef recipes, and vegetarian dinner ideas that will keep meals interesting, yet easy. And because you'll need to satisfy your whole family, we've also included family-friendly dinner ideas that will satisfy even the pickiest little ones. If you're worried about the nutritional value of some of these dishes, don't be. We've made sure to add some healthy dinner recipes for those who want a more nutritious meal. With so many quick, easy recipes ahead, there are options that are seasonal for any time of the year.

quick easy dinner ideas Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes
BRIAN WOODCOCK
1 of 77
Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes

The kids will come running when you serve-up this lightened version of a perennial favorite. Ground turkey or chicken replaces the usual ground beef, and a fresh cucumber onion relish tops it all off!

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quick easy dinner ideas Spring Pasta with Salmon, Peas, and Dill
BRIAN WOODCOCK
2 of 77
Spring Pasta with Salmon, Peas, and Dill

Adult and kid friendly, this fun pasta dish boasts loads of roasted salmon, fresh spring peas, and oodles of flavorful dill. And any leftovers (if there are any!) make for a delicious lunch.

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quick easy dinner recipes shaved brussels sprouts salad
BRIAN WOODCOCK
3 of 77
Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

Looking for a meal that's both easy and healthy? You've found it in this option with Brussels sprouts and apple.

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SHOP SALAD BOWLS

quick easy dinner recipes salmon panzanella
Brian Woodcock
4 of 77
Cucumber-Salmon Panzanella

Made with cucumbers and salmon, this salad is as refreshing as it is easy to put together. Add the toasted bread of your choice for a satisfying crunch.

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SHOP BAKING SHEETS

quick easy dinner recipes grilled sausages
BRIAN WOODCOCK
5 of 77
Grilled Sausages

Your summer dinners can be a breeze too. Either fire up the grill or use a grill plate to create this warm-weather dish.

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SHOP GRILL PLATES

best chicken thighs weeknight dinner
Brian Woodcock
6 of 77
Crispy Chicken Thighs With Garlic and Rosemary

Your whole family will fall in love with these crispy chicken thighs (emphasis on "crispy"). Garlic and rosemary make them as aromatic as they are delicious.

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SHOP CAST-IRON SKILLETS

quick dinner ideas tossed salad with green goddess dressing
Brian Woodcock
7 of 77
Tossed Salad With Green Goddess Dressing

No matter what you're serving as the entrée, this salad will complement it wonderfully (or just top it with protein to be your main meal). It's filled with fresh vegetables, herbs, and a homemade dressing.

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SHOP SALAD SERVERS

quick dinner ideas hot dogs with quick cast iron beans
Brian Woodcock
8 of 77
Hot Dogs With Quick Cast-Iron Beans

You and your significant other can tag team making this meal. While one person cooks the beans on the cast iron skillet, someone else can char the hot dogs on an indoor or outdoor grill. After all, teamwork makes the dream work!

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SHOP CAST-IRON SKILLETS

strip steak mashed potatoes quick dinner idea
BRIAN WOODCOCK
9 of 77
Strip Steak With Lemon Mashed Potatoes

We love this flavorful spin on the tried-and-true steak and potatoes dinner. Not only is it a quick dinner idea, but it'll satisfy the whole family too.

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SHOP LARGE SKILLETS

easy dinners pork chops
Brian Woodcock
10 of 77
Bourbon BBQ Glazed Pork Chops

You might have to make a double—or even triple—batch of this whiskey-infused sauce. It's that good.

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SHOP GRILLS

easy dinners pulled pork
Brian Woodcock
11 of 77
Oven-Roasted Pulled Pork with Sweet-and-Spicy Sauce

Jalapeño red pepper flakes give this pulled pork recipe a nice little kick.

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SHOP BAKING SHEETS

easy dinners sausage
Brian Woodcock
12 of 77
Seared Sausage with Cabbage and Pink Lady Apples

Use apples to step up the sweetness in this 35-minute meal.

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SHOP CAST-IRON SKILLETS

easy dinners salmon
Brian Woodcock
13 of 77
Sweet-and-Smoky Cedar-Planked Salmon

Hosting a dinner party? This grilled salmon is big enough to feed a crowd.

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SHOP CEDAR PLANKS

breaded pork cutlet avocado shredded kale salad
Brian Woodcock
14 of 77
Breaded Pork Cutlet with Avocado-and-Shredded Kale Salad

Pairing juicy port cutlet with an avocado kale salad is the ultimate spring dinner.

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SHOP MIXING BOWLS

indian spiced chicken and cauliflower 
STEVE GIRALT; FOOD STYLING BY FRANCES BOSWELL; PROP STYLING BY MARINA MALCHIN
15 of 77
Indian-Spiced Chicken and Cauliflower

If you love a chicken dinner that's full of flavor, add an extra kick with Indian spices like curry powder and ginger.

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SHOP SLOW COOKERS

chicken pot pie recipe
Brian Woodcock
16 of 77
Stovetop Chicken Pot Pie

Throw your pot pie ingredients into a single saucepan and let the stove do the work.

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SHOP MASON JARS

skillet chicken with brussels sprouts and apples
Brian Woodcock
17 of 77
Skillet Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Apples

Sweeten skillet chicken with brown sugar and roasted apples.

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SHOP SLOTTED SPOONS

chipotle chicken fajitas
Brian Woodcock
18 of 77
Chipotle Chicken Fajitas

These spicy chicken fajitas take barely any time to make and require just one cast iron skillet. (Plus they taste great!)

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SHOP CAST IRON SKILLETS

blackened chicken with fennel slaw
Brian Woodcock
19 of 77
Blackened Chicken with Fennel Slaw

A fennel, avocado, and red onion slaw lightens up smoky chicken cutlets.

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SHOP PLATES

butternut squash ravioli with seared chicken
Brian Woodcock
20 of 77
Butternut Squash Ravioli with Seared Chicken

Pack some protein into a butternut squash ravioli dish with sliced seared chicken.

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SHOP SAUCEPANS

sloppy joe recipe
Brian Woodcock
21 of 77
Sloppy Joes with Pickled Okra Slaw

Crispy onions rings and a homemade pickled slaw bring some crunch to your favorite sloppy joes.

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jerk chicken mango lettuce cups
Brian Woodcock
22 of 77
Jerk Chicken and Mango Lettuce Cups

Butter lettuce cups are the new tortilla—and spicy ground chicken and juicy mango is your new favorite taco filling.

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roasted parmesan chicken and tomatoes
Brian Woodcock
23 of 77
Roasted Parmesan Chicken and Tomatoes

Bursting Campari tomatoes add some juicy sweetness to breaded chicken cutlets.

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chicken with roasted carrots couscous
Brian Woodcock
24 of 77
Crispy Chicken with Roasted Carrots and Couscous

This dish makes the case for cooking your carrots with the stem on—how pretty are they?

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Brian Woodcock
25 of 77
Cornflake Chicken Tenders with Potatoes and Peas

Use the kiddos' favorite cereal to make an easy and quick breading for chicken.

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italian potato wedge nachos 
Brian Woodcock
26 of 77
Italian Potato Wedge Nachos

Tomatoes, basil, and melted mozz upgrade potato wedges to the max.

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butternut squash and chicken chili 
Brian Woodcock
27 of 77
Butternut Squash and Chicken Chili

Give this go-to chili recipe some fall flair with seasonal squash.

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Emily Kate Roehmer
28 of 77
Roast Pork with Winter Veggies

Tomatoes and fennel seeds flavor this pork dish, while sweet potatoes and white beans add color and crunch to Swiss chard.

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SHOP BAKING SHEETS

chicken legs with brocolini
Brian Woodcock
29 of 77
Dijon-Smothered Chicken Legs with Broccolini

Dijon mustard makes everything—yep, even drumsticks—tastier.

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chicken skewers with cucumber salad 
Brian Woodcock
30 of 77
Grilled Spiced Chicken Skewers with Cucumber Salad

Cool down chicken kebabs with a refreshing cucumber and mint salad.

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