5 Fast Meals for Dinner in Under 30 Minutes

Last Updated on November 20, 2023 by Ellen Christian

Check out these meals you can have ready in under 30 minutes. If you’re looking for 30 minute meals, try these fast meals for dinner.

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5 Fast Meals for Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less

Dinner in Under 30 Minutes

Fast doesn’t need to mean take out pizza or fast food. It’s possible to create fast meals for dinner that are delicious and healthy and that your family will love. On the nights that are most hectic, I have a few fast meals for dinner that I fall back on regularly. I know how to make them. I generally have the ingredients on hand already. They don’t require any fancy cooking techniques or advanced preparation.

Chicken Paprikash

1. Easy Chicken Paprikash – This fast meal is made from chicken breasts, diced tomatoes, green bell peppers, onions and sour cream. It’s all served over a bed of egg noodles.

Easy Chicken Paprikash Recipe #CansGetYouCooking

Shrimp in Coconut Milk

2. Shrimp in Coconut Milk Sauce – This Chinese recipe is gluten free. It includes shrimp, frozen vegetables and coconut milk and is served over a bed of rice. I chose a stir fry mix of vegetables but any you have on hand would work.

Easy Chinese Recipe: Shrimp in Coconut Milk Sauce #StreamTeam

Pasta with Peas

3. Pasta with Peas – This meatless recipe is one of our go to recipes for Lent. It would work for any time you are trying to cut down on your food budget or your consumption of meat products. It includes green peas, snap peas, pasta and ricotta cheese.

Easy meatless meals for Lent - Pasta with Peas & Ricotta #LentenRecipes

Pasta Puttanesca

4. Pasta Puttanesca – This is another meatless meal that works for those super busy nights. It’s a slightly tangy Italian pasta dish that contains crushed tomatoes, capers, and olives.

Easy pasta puttanesca recipe

Unstuffed cabbage rolls

5. Unstuffed Paleo Cabbage Rolls – This recipe is both gluten free and paleo. It combines all the yumminess of stuffed cabbage without all the work. It’s simply sausage, cabbage, mushrooms, onions and diced tomatoes.

Unstuffed paleo cabbage rolls

Looking for more ideas? Check out a few of these easy meals in minutes when you’re short on time.

What are your favorite fast meals for dinner?

2 thoughts on “5 Fast Meals for Dinner in Under 30 Minutes”

  1. I totally believe in 30 minute meals, pasta is my friend,...ok, it sticks to the hips, so rice is my friend. I keep pre-sliced veggies and meat in the freezer for quick stir fry, so easy! 

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