Almost-Too-Easy 30-Minute Meals

Bacon-Wrapped Salmon with Fruit Chutney
These speedy suppers, including burgers, pasta dinners, casseroles, and more, are all the proof you need to end your long-term relationship with the drive-through. Turn to any of these 30-minute meals on busy nights for a wholesome, satisfying, and family-friendly dinner.

Mediterranean Flat Iron Steaks

If you prefer, you could easily grill the steaks on a charcoal or gas grill rather than employing your stove. Just keep a heatproof skillet handy to tenderize and caramelize the kale and tomatoes.

Ginger Pork with Cucumber and Herbs

A hot skillet and a sweet and tangy sauce are the two key factors that create a crunchy and delicious crust on the ground pork. Layer brown rice, the pork, and a refreshing cucumber-herb salad for a 25-minute Asian-inspired dinner.

Mac and Cheese Spaghetti

Brilliant pasta sauce hack: Save some of the noodle-cooking water and take advantage of the starches left behind. Incorporate into the cheese and mustard mix to thicken so the sauce coats each strand of spaghetti perfectly.

Mexican Chopped Chicken Salad with Jalapeno Dressing

A composed salad is like edible art. Opt for leftover or rotisserie chicken and this vitamin-rich, low-calorie meal can be yours in just 30 minutes. Watching your fat stats? Try a half cup of nonfat plain Greek yogurt instead of the mayo and sour cream in the jalapeno dressing.

Pan Pasta with Sausage

For maximum flavor, the pasta is cooked in the sausage drippings and chicken broth rather than water. The meat's spices really shine in this skillet dinner when extra toasted fennel seeds are added to the mix.

Upside-Down Pizza Skillet Casserole

Cook your casserole in a skillet rather than a traditional casserole dish so each ingredient is table-ready in a flash. This recipe uses toasted bread cubes for a quick “crust.”

Peachy Chicken Pasta Salad

Pasta salad can be a well-balanced, complete meal. Just add fruit for sweetness, chicken for protein, and nuts for crunch! If you’re in a big hurry, use leftover meat from last night’s dinner, or swing by the supermarket for a rotisserie chicken.

Apple-Bacon Burger

Fast-food sandwiches pale in comparison to this piled-high burger that's a little sweet, a little crunchy, and a little salty. This sausage and beef recipe has it all, except for a long prep time!

Tortellini with Broccolini

Add a package of refrigerated cheese tortellini to your grocery list. You’re going to want to make this 25-minute pasta dinner all tomato-season long once you see how easy it is to prepare!

Lemon Butter Chicken Breasts

It's hard to believe, but this easy recipe calls for just six ingredients. Better yet, you probably have most of them in your kitchen right this minute! Add a salad and a side of rice or quinoa and dinner is done.

Deviled Egg Salad

We combine our go-to picnic app, dill deviled eggs, with BLT fixings in this fresh and summery salad. Snag some already-hard-boiled eggs at the salad bar or supermarket and zero cooking time is required.

Italian Sausage and Two-Bean Skillet

Every ingredient in this 25-minute meal is finished in one large skillet to make cooking (and cleaning up after) this dinner recipe a no-sweat affair, even on the most busy or scorching-hot days!

Chicken Meatball Noodle Bowl

You only need a tablespoon or two of flavorful ingredients like fresh ginger, cilantro, chili pepper, and lime juice to make a big impact in this chicken meatball and rice noodle recipe.

Tip: Make a double batch of pasta and meatballs and stir the excess into a chicken broth and vegetable soup.

Bacon-Cheddar Chipotle Chicken Panini

There are several good reasons why this speedy sandwich has earned ★★★★★ from reader/chefs. 1. A spiced-up light ranch drizzle. 2. The inventive use of leftover chicken. 3. Crispy, salty bacon. 4. Melty cheddar cheese. 5. Layers of spinach and tomato for nutrition and crunch…we could go on and on!

Flat-Iron Steaks with Avocado Butter

Amp up the gourmet factor of quick-grilled steak with a schmear of decadent avocado-herb butter. After just 20 minutes of prep and 7 minutes of cooking time, all that stands between you and a remarkably low-carb meal is 5 minutes of resting time (to allow the beef juices to redistribute for the moistest meat).

Chicken with Basil Sauce and Cucumber-Radish Salad

Butterfly and pound chicken breasts to an even thickness so they saute to the perfect internal temp in just six minutes. The basil sauce and crunchy vegetable salad add a lot of complexity—but few extra calories or carbs.

Shrimp and Roasted Red Peppers

You're just 25 minutes from a rich, flavorful pasta dish. Roasted sweet peppers and fresh garlic flavor-charge the sauce, while white wine and a splash of whipping cream add elegance. 

Veggie Tostadas with Cauliflower Mash

Multitask by steaming the cauliflower for the cheesy vegetable mash while you combine the asparagus, corn, and tomatoes in a separate pan to make this Mexican meal in less time than it takes for the ice to melt in your margarita.

Jerk Chicken and Pineapple Slaw Wraps

The crunchy and slightly sweet pineapple-cabbage slaw elevates these grilled chicken wraps to dinner party territory. (Psst: The chicken breasts are the only aspect of this recipe that requires any cooking!)

Bagel and Lox Rigatoni Salad

Enjoy a twist on the New York deli classic with this unexpected pasta salad. With smoked salmon, capers, red onion, and real bagel pieces, it checks all the traditional flavor boxes.

White Bean-Turkey Chili with Corn Bread Dumplings

Any leftover meat (turkey, chicken, steak) would work wonderfully in this speedy chili recipe. The secret ingredient? A jar of salsa to boost the stew's flavor base.

Grilled Meat Loaf Burgers

Meat loaf in just minutes? Score! Just shape the meaty mixture into 3/4-inch patties so they grill in 18 minutes or less. Don't skip the peach preserves—the hint of sweetness they offer is tantalizing.

Soba Noodle Bowl

One large saucepan cooks the noodles, chicken, and veggies all at once for this comforting yet calorie-smart noodle bowl. With 30 grams of protein, you won't be left hungry after slurping your way through this supper.

Chicken with Escarole and Warm Mustard Dressing

Done in 25, “this is easy, quick and absolutely perfect for a fancy meal or just a wonderful weeknight,” says one BH&G fan. If you can’t find escarole, feel free to use and equal amount of romaine to build this low-carb meal.

Bucatini Corn-Bonara

This 30-minute pasta dinner tastes like Midwest summer on a plate. Bacon adds a rich, savory quality to the simple cream sauce. Can't find bucatini? Spaghetti, fettuccine, or linguine are stellar swaps.

Artichoke Flatbread

By starting with whole wheat flatbreads (instead of a time-consuming crust), this colorful pizzalike entree can easily be baked up in less than 20 minutes.

Pork and Pumpkin Noodle Bowl

Noodle bowls are often deceptively simple to pull together. Here's a fast and fabulous case in point starring sage, pumpkin, and pork, with whole grain linguine to help boost the nutrients.

Quick Mu Shu Pork

Get your skillet screaming hot to toss together this sesame pork stir-fry in just 20 minutes. Try it with tortillas or leftover rice for a takeout fake-out that's only missing the cute cardboard container.

Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Stir-Fry

It's time to clean up okra's reputation. The green pods aren't always sticky—the hot skillet utilized for this shrimp and sausage stir-fry makes the texture better than you ever imagined. (Plus that high temperature means the whole meal cooks quickly.)

Pancetta-Wrapped Chicken with Glazed Date Sauce

Savory pancetta and creamy semi-soft cheese bring an air of sophistication and irresistible flavor to this easy chicken entree. The saltiness of the pancetta pairs perfectly with the sweet homemade date sauce.

Creamy Spring Vegetables and Smoked Trout

Had your fill of salmon? Try trout! It’s the quick-cooking feature of this spring vegetable saute. Feel free to trade in high-quality tuna if that’s the catch of the day at your market.

Turkey Burgers with Peaches and Berries

When you're on the hunt for a satisfying and quick dinner, you'll usually hit the jackpot when you choose a burger. Here, peaches and blueberries add a delightfully unexpected flavor angle.

Linguine with Sausage, Greens, and Egg Pan Sauce

The egg yolks cook with the linguine, sausage, and spices to create a silky sauce for the pasta. Shaved Parmesan cheese melts just enough to add an irresistible finishing touch.

Southwestern Meatball Chili

Chili doesn't always fit into the category of 30-minute meals, but this two-step, six-ingredient recipe is a terrific exception. Ripe cherry tomatoes add fresh flavor, and chili powder adds the just-right amount of spice.

Pasta Carbonara

You want fast meals that are quick and healthy, too? Done and done! This fast, lightened-up version of classic carbonara calls for multigrain spaghetti, turkey bacon, and plenty of veggies for loads of nutrition without loads of calories.

Skillet Vegetables on Cheese Toast

Going meatless a few nights a week is a smart way to try out new dishes (and cut some calories and grocery costs). In this easy recipe, a fast saute in olive oil brings out the natural flavors of the vegetables, and chevre cheese makes each bite irresistibly creamy.

Beef Sirloin Tips with Smoky Pepper Sauce

Purchased barbecue sauce and a quick-cooking cut of beef make this an especially easy recipe to get to the table after "one of those days." Choose instant polenta for a speedy side.

Bacon-Wrapped Salmon with Fruit Chutney

There's no such thing as too much bacon. Luckily, it cooks quickly, making it possible to enjoy as part of many 30-minute dinners. You'll love the way salty bacon adds savory contrast to the sweet-tart chutney in this simple salmon dinner.

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