25 Easy 30 Minute Meals for Low Stress Dinner Time


These twenty-five 30 minute meals are easy, tasty and will help ease the stress that dinner time can sometimes bring.

30 minute meals for low-stress dinners

If you’re short on time and have a busy week, the last thing you want to do is spend an eternity in the kitchen. Between the prep, the cooking time and the clean-up, it’s easy to look up at the clock and be shocked by what time it is.

But thank goodness for 30-minute meals (or less), am I right? 

These are divided up into 5 categories: Poultry, Beef, Pork, Fish, and Vegetarian. Enjoy browsing through the recipes!

25 30 Minute Meals

Poultry (Chicken and Turkey) 30 Minute Meals

Chicken Thighs with Peperonata and Roasted Broccoli 

 This colorful meal covers a pretty huge chunk of the food pyramid: chicken for the protein and broccoli and bell peppers for the vegetables.

Grilled Chicken N’ Cheese Sandwiches 

These sandwiches are perfect for kids and adults alike. Who doesn’t like grilled cheese? 

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup  

This thick and cheesy soup will instantly become a winter favorite, and can be prepared and served in 20 minutes!

30-Minute Barbeque Chicken Pizza 

Got a little more time? Make this CPK-esque barbeque chicken pizza in just 30 minutes.  

Spinach, Chickpea, and Chicken Pitas 

Busy night ahead of you? Try these super quick pita pits for a quick and healthy dinner. 

Crispy Tex-Mex Chicken Strips 

These strips are perfect for a last minute party dish that everyone will love.  

Apples, Shredded Turkey, and Brussel Sprouts Salad Sandwich 

More of a sandwich person? Try this healthy sandwich with apples, shredded turkey, and brussels sprouts. This sandwich is a perfect lunch to pack for work or school. 

Orecchiette with Turkey Sausage, Broccoli Rabe and Walnuts 

This dish is perfect for a last-minute dinner that doesn’t involve ordering takeout. 

Beef 30 Minute Meals

Easy Beef and Broccoli  

This beef and broccoli dish is the home-cooked, cheap version of Chinese takeout. You’ll want to eat this every day. 

Olive Oil-Basted Grass-Fed Strip Steak 

Having a summertime party? Head over to the grill and grill up this steak in just 20 minutes. It’s sure to be a crowd favorite. 

Thai Beef Salad 

Who doesn’t love Thai food? This beef salad is simple and only takes 10 minutes to prep and make. 

BBQ Skirt Steak with Warm Potato Salad 

Cook up these backyard party, summertime favorites in under 20 minutes. 

Pork 30 Minute Meals

Ham-and-Broccoli Ranch Noodles 

Meat, vegetables, and carbohydrates all in one! This noodle dish only takes 15 minutes and can easily be packed up for a work lunch. 

Fish 30 Minute Meals

Pan-Seared Trout with Italian Style Salsa 

This amazing trout-and-salsa combo only takes 9 minutes to make. 9 minutes! Perfect for a last-second family meal. 

Caramelized Salmon 

How can anyone resist caramelized anything? This salmon is super easy and quick to make but looks like it took hours. 

Coconut-Lime-Marinated Vegetable Noodles and Shrimp 

This tropical dish will make the cold weather seem far, far away with its coconut and lime flavors.

Grilled Fish Tacos 

Plot twist: these fish tacos are delicious AND super good for you. 

Salmon Burgers with Lemon-Basil Mayo 

These salmon burgers put a twist on regular burgers, but they’re just as tasty.  

Easy Shrimp and Broccoli Stir Fry 

Stir fry is the easiest of easy dinners, and this shrimp and broccoli one takes the cake.  

Vegetarian 30 Minute Meals

Chickpea Curry 

 This delicious and quick curry can be done in just 15 minutes and can be customized by adding different vegetables and whatever rice you want as a side. 

Black Bean Smothered Sweet Potatoes 

This cheap and vegetarian meal is chock-full of fiber and protein, and the potato adds some sweet flavor for those with a sweet tooth.  

White Bean and Vegetable Bowls with Frizzled Eggs 

On a bit of a money crunch? This delicious vegetable bowl with frizzled eggs costs less than 15 for 4 people!  

Fried Rice 

Not super hungry? Whip up this fried rice for a quick snack. 

One Pot Spinach Pea Pasta 

This green-rich pasta is ready in 20 minutes AND only cooks in one pot. What could be better? 

Ginger Dumpling Soup  (substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth to make this vegetarian)

Been a little sick lately? Try this dumpling soup with ginger, which can help fight a whole bunch of illnesses and inflammation. 

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