50 Easy 30-Minute Meals – Healthy 30-Minute Dinners – Good Housekeeping

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From chicken to vegetarian dishes — you’ll have these ready in no time!
What’s better than a freshly made homemade dinner? One that’s made in under 30 minutes of course! These flavor-packed, 30-minute meals mean that you can quickly cook up a delicious and healthy dish that the whole crew will love. Wondering, “what can I cook in 30 minutes?” The truth is that so many of our weeknight meals, and dinner party-worthy dishes (like creamy beef stroganoff), can be ready in no time, especially if you’re multitasking.
Here’s our playbook to speedy and easy suppers: First read through the recipe before you start and prep ingredients while others are cooking. Take advantage of our meal prep tips, too, whether that means cooking an extra batch of shrimp or washing all of your produce on Sunday night. That way, even on your busiest nights, you can whip up healthy 30-minute dinners for the family.
From easy pasta recipes, like linguine with clams tossed with herby pesto, to vegetarian recipes for the family that even the most loyal carnivores will adore (try our black bean nachos layered with melty cheddar and two types of beans!), these dishes serve up big flavor with fresh ingredients. Gone are the days of blah and boring dishes night after night when you’re armed with these genius family dinner ideas. Dig in!

A quick meal doesn’t have to mean boring! Example: this easy dinner recipe that serves up plenty of flavor thanks to heaps of garlic and fresh thyme.
Get the Garlicky Shrimp and White Bean Toast recipe.
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Corn gets puréed with Romano cheese into a creamy sauce to coat orecchiette. Pair it with basil for the ultimate seasonal pasta.
Get the Creamy Corn Pasta recipe.
Add butternut squash, carrots, and aromatics to an air fryer and watch dinner happen in minutes. Sprinkle the finished product with a garlicky pepita topping for craveable crunch.
Get the Air Fryer Squash Soup recipe.
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Turn the classic Italian salad of tomato, basil and mozzarella into a complete meal with juicy grilled chicken and fresh corn.
Get the Grilled Chicken Caprese recipe.
If you’re craving a speedy seafood feast, this one’s ready in only 25 minutes and loaded with zesty lemon, Dijon mustard and plenty of parsley.
Get the Crab Cakes and Creamy Sauce recipe.
Crush barbecue-flavored potato chips to create the ultimate flavorful crust for chicken.
Get the BBQ Chip Chicken recipe.
Looking for a light summer supper? Give this charred, caramelized cabbage a try. Smoky bacon adds enough richness to satisfy for dinner.
Get the Grilled Cabbage Wedges With Creamy Caraway Dressing recipe.
Calling all comfort food lovers: This 1950’s classic, packed with tender beef and rich mushrooms is an ideal cozy feast.
Get the Beef Stroganoff recipe.
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Two stellar sandwiches become one in this creamy, crispy, fresh meal that makes perfect picnic food.
Get the BLT Shrimp Rolls recipe.
Light lager is the secret ingredient in these tasty tacos: It adds flavor and makes the crust light and crisp.
Get the Beer-Battered Fish Tacos recipe.
Layer labneh or Greek yogurt, salmon, veggies and feta on warm flatbread for a satisfying dinner in minutes. Fork and knife optional!
Get the Air Fryer Salmon Flatbreads recipe.
Herby homemade pesto adds so much flavor, you don’t need many more ingredients (only 4 more!) to make these sandwiches great. Whip up a big batch and store in an air-tight jar in the fridge to stir into pasta, potato salad and more.
Get the Grilled Chicken Sandwiches recipe.
This warming seafood soup takes only 30 minutes to make but is big on flavor. Consider it a weeknight dinner winner!
Get the Manhattan Clam Chowder recipe.
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Reach for strip steak, a classic cut of beef that cooks up quickly, for an easy and delicious better-than-restaurant quality weeknight steak dinner.
Get the Aleppo Grilled Steak with Farro Salad recipe.
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Roast radishes with umami-rich miso butter for a fast side that delivers on flavor.
Get the Sesame-Crusted Salmon With Miso-Roasted Radishes recipe.
This fast fix is full of flavor, thanks to green curry paste, creamy coconut milk and heaps of fresh cilantro.
Get the Green Curry Shrimp recipe.
Thanks to your trusty air fryer, the meatballs and fresh tomato sauce come together at the same time.
Get the Air Fryer Meatball Sub recipe.
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Upgrade the classic pasta dish with store-bought rich, herby pesto (we like Gotham Greens!). Delicious with briny fresh clams!
Get the Pesto Linguine with Clams recipe.
Bonus: this 20-minute feast comes together on one sheet pan, so you’ll spend all your time enjoying dinner, and no time cleaning up after.
Get the Paprika Chicken With Crispy Chickpeas and Tomatoes recipe.
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Turn dinner into a fun family activity: Set out all the no-cook ingredients (watermelon, bell peppers, red cabbage!) and let everyone build their own vegetarian summer rolls.
Get the Summer Rolls recipe.
Inspired by green goddess dressing, this dinner-worthy stack stars a creamy basil mayo and jammy eggs.
Get the Green Goddess Sandwiches recipe.
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For the crispiest pork, use a cast-iron skillet and resist the urge to stir. Too much movement in the pan will prevent the pork from developing a crunchy, golden-brown crust.
Get the Crispy Pork Noodles recipe.
Crunchy chips and salty pickles upgrade this classic sandwich into a crave-able meal.
Get the Chicken Salad Sandwiches recipe.
Pop on a pot of rice while you’re prepping the salmon and cucumbers — it’s a great base to sop up extra teriyaki sauce!
Get the Honey Glazed Salmon recipe.
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Try roasting canned artichoke hearts for a fast, weeknight-friendly side. They add the perfect tangy bite to juicy sautéed chicken.
Get the Sautéed Chicken and Tomatoes With Roasted Artichokes recipe.
Pasta night is key for many a family dinner, so we insist on adding this flavorful and lightened-up bolognese, using chicken instead of ground beef and plenty of fresh parsley and lemon zest, to the menu tonight.
Get the Chicken Bolognese recipe.
Bring your favorite takeout delicacy to your home kitchen with this easy recipe, seasoned with spicy soy, lime juice and sesame oil.
Get the Beef and Broccoli recipe.
Yellow onion, red onion, and fennel add tons of flavor to store-bought pizza dough. It’s the perfect light dinner for the middle of winter, when most other produce isn’t in season.
Get the Onion Flatbread recipe.
Take air fryer chicken wings to the next level with a sweet ‘n’ salty marinade. Smoky shishito peppers make the perfect partner.
Get the Garlicky Wings and Shishito Peppers recipe.
Sushi lover? We unrolled the classic combo into a fresh bowl complete with nutty brown rice and a drizzle of spicy mayo.
Get the California Roll Salad recipe.

Double the roasted shrimp recipe for an even quicker dinner tomorrow night.
Get the Spicy Shrimp Lettuce Wraps recipe.
This sandwich works with any cut of steak you like. We love hanger or tri-tip, both tender, meaty cuts ideal for grilling. If you’re unsure how to navigate the meat counter, just check in with your butcher!
Get the Steak Sandwich With Arugula recipe.
Quick pickle cucumbers, cook up crispy tofu and steam rice all in 25 minutes in this dish that’s tasty enough to take center stage at your next dinner party.
Get the Sticky Tofu Bowl recipe.
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Skip frying cutlets and rely on frozen chicken tenders to create the ultimate lunch (or dinner) fit for a family. Simply stack ingredients onto one big loaf, slice and enjoy!
Get the Shortcut Crispy Chicken Sandwich recipe.
Combine noodles, fresh tomatoes and water, then simmer for perfectly cooked pasta and a luxurious sauce all in one pot.
Get the One-Pot Spaghetti recipe.
Crisp-edged, golden-brown cauliflower gets a little spicy, sweet, earthy and smoky kick from pantry spices. Want a hit of protein? Swap in tofu! Press extra-firm tofu to remove excess liquid, then break it into pieces, marinate and roast.
Get the Roasted Cauliflower Tacos recipe.
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Orecchiette — which translates to “little ear” in Italian — is a great shape for this dish. The little divets collect white beans and cheese for a perfect forkful.
Get the Orecchiette With White Beans and Spinach recipe.
Breakfast for dinner is always a good idea. Example A: this hearty, speedy sandwich layered with rich cheddar and bright pickled peppers.
Get the Sausage and Egg Sandwiches recipe.
Kofte, a kind of meatball popular in South Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines, feature juicy ground meat packed with spices. Perfect for topping this fresh salad!
Get the Beef Kofte With Kale and Chickpea Salad recipe.
You don’t even have to cook the grated zucchini in this bright dinner — just toss it with hot pasta and it’ll warm through while staying nice and crisp.
Get the Zucchini Linguine recipe.
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Think beyond beef! Chopped salmon mixed with dill and parsley serves up fresh flavor in this light and surprisingly simple burger.
Get the Salmon Burgers recipe.
We updated a classic caesar with tender baby kale, big chunks of Parm and smoky chicken.
Get the Grilled Chicken Skewers and Kale Caesar recipe.
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Vodka creates a luxurious creamy sauce. But don’t worry: the alcohol cooks off making this a family-friendly feast!
Get the Pasta with Vodka Sauce recipe.
This veg-heavy spread is ready in only 20 minutes. Want to get dinner on the table even faster? Meal prep by cooking your bacon, eggs and chicken and washing your veggie ahead of time.
Get the Cobb Salad recipe.
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This short-cut supper tastes like it’s simmered all day, thanks to the addition of tomato paste instead of canned tomatoes.
Get the Quick Pork Ragu with Ravioli recipe.
The secret to this 30-minute meal is firing up the grill. Everything (the chicken, kale and lemon!) get a nice char.
Get the Grilled Lemony Chicken and Kale recipe.
You likely have all the ingredients you need already on hand to whip up this vegetarian crowd-pleaser. Nacho night, FTW!
Get the Black Bean Nachos recipe.
Be sure to serve crusty bread to soak up the delicious broth at the bottom of the bowl.
Get the White Wine Mussels recipe.
Ready in 30 minutes and only 5 ingredients? Count us in for seconds of this flavorful feast.
Get the Spinach Artichoke Chicken recipe.
Pile lemony breadcrumbs high on flavor-packed pasta for extra crunch.

Get the Anchovy Brown Butter Linguine With Parmesan Breadcrumbs recipe.


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