Let’s face it, we all live busy lives and with those busy nights come stressful dinner times. If you’re like me, it’s all too often that I get home from work exhausted and the last thing on my mind is cooking a darn meal. We get it, it is exhausting. But what if we could help make those hectic weeknights a little easier?

We have found 20 amazing weeknights meals for you. The best part, they’re all 30 minutes or less! So set up that Ipad, put your favorite Netflix show on and your dinner will be ready before your show even ends! Get ready to have epic meals every night, bye bye fast food!

1. Chicken Freid Rice

This meal is just your like your favorite Asian takeout dish but maybe a little better. You can make this in the comfort of your own home!

It happens to be budget friendly and exploding with flavor and textures. You’ll experience flavors of jasmine rice, garlic, soy sauce, loaded veggies and tender chicken bites. Don’t be surprised when the family requests this one again.

Prep time: 10 min, Cook Time: 18 min

2. Skillet Tuscan Tortellini

One pot meals are the best for minimal clean up which in conclusion means less mess, hooray! This meal won’t take you 30 minutes to makes but instead, it’ll only take you 18.

Tortellini are fun little pasta bites that offer a surprise in the middle. In this dish, you want to use an irresistible cheese filled tortellini. You’ll combine the tortellini with sausage, several veggies and tons of seasoning. To complete the dish you’ll want to consume all the ingredients in a savory tomato sauce and garnish with parmesan cheese.

Prep time: 10 min, Cook Time: 8 min

3. Creamy Shrimp Fettuccine With Spinach And Tomatoes

Quench your carb craving with this shrimp fettuccine meal. The cheesy and creamy sauce will have you and the whole family coming back for seconds.

In this dish, you’ll find soft fettuccine noodles, tender shrimp and savory tomatoes and spinach. Your dinner will come together in just 30 minutes and it will taste like Italian cuisine just stepped into our kitchen.

Prep time: 10 min, Cook Time: 20 min

4. Teriyaki Salmon

Experience salmon like never before with this delicious teriyaki sauce. The homemade teriyaki sauce is full of sweet and flavorful ingredients and will only take you a few minutes to whip up.

The sauce has hints of bold ginger, zesty lemon, garlic and is sweetened with brown sugar and honey. Depending on how hungry you are, you could eat the salmon on its own or while it cooks in the oven you could cook up a side of rice and steamed veggies of your choice.

Prep time: 15 min, Cook Time: 15 min

5. One Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta

Chicken parmesan is delicious but all the steps it takes to get there isn’t always realistic for a busy weeknight. When your craving for chicken parmesan creeps up you’ll want to give this a try.

Not only will this meal flood the flavors of chicken parmesan in your mouth but it also is cooked in just one pot. In just 30 minutes you can enjoy this cheesy flavorful and filling meal.

Prep time: 10 min, Cook Time: 20 min


6. Tuscan Sausage Potato Soup

Some days you just grave a big ol’ bowl of soup. It’s comforting, warm and packs a lot of flavor into just one bowl. This Tuscan sausage and potato soup is definitely not lacking in the flavor department and is definitely full of amazing textures.

You’ll find chunky potatoes, delicious Italian sausage and nutrient-dense kale in this soup. Add a bit of cream to make it extra creamy and you’ll be able to enjoy this in no time. Soups often freeze well too so you might want to make a double batch of this one and have an even quicker meal the next time you want to enjoy it.

Prep time: 10 min, Cook Time: 20 min

7. Steak Fajitas Recipe

If you feel like having a fiesta for dinner you’ll want to bring these steak fajitas to the dinner table. It starts with steak strips and sliced peppers and ends with a soft tortilla and perfect toppings.

To make the steak and veggies even more flavorful you’ll want to whip up a quick marinade and have it sit in the fridge overnight. Then when you’re ready to prepare the meal you’ll cook all the ingredients in one skillet. It only takes 25 minutes so you can fuel the bellies of your family before soccer practice in a hurry.

Prep time: 10 min, Cook Time: 15 min

8. 5-Ingredient Baked Chicken Enchilada Tacos

Tacos, fajitas, and enchiladas might seem similar but what makes them truly different is the filling and often the spices and flavor. Taco night is often a family favorite and you’ll definitely want to give this recipe a try.

You’ll start by shredding a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken (the inexpensive kind from the grocery store), mixing with enchilada sauce and filling taco shells fitted into a casserole dish. Then top them off with loads of cheese before you bake them to perfection in the oven.

Prep time: 15 min, Cook Time: 10 min

9. One-Pan Cheesy Jalapeno Chicken

If you want to feed your family a protein-packed cheesy dinner then this would be a great fit for you. This is another one pan wonder meal that will make your busy weeknight dinners a breeze.

To get this meal going you’ll want to start with a flavorful chicken rub prior to cooking it in the pan. They’ll start in the pan but finish in the oven to reach a crispy yet tender perfection. While the oven does its magic you’ll get started on the cooking the corn and jalapenos in the same pan used for the chicken. You’ll then add the chicken back into the pan, add a generous amount of cheese and finish with zesty lime juice.

Prep time: 10 min, Cook Time: 15 min


10. Perogy Kielbasa Skillet

Perogy’s do taste great on their own but once you try them in this skillet dish there might be no turning back. This recipe combines perogies, kielbasa, caramelized onions and ooey-gooey cheese.

To save yourself time on those busy weeknights you’ll want to purchase store-bought perogies. The secret to making this dish extra creamy and cheesy is to combine cream cheese, sour cream, and chicken broth. The secret to preventing the sour cream from curdling is to add a bit of flour to the mixture. The best part is this meal takes less than 30 minutes to make.

Prep time: 5 min, Cook Time: 15 min

11. Mini Chicken Pot Pies

When it comes to classic family dinners, chicken pot pie often makes the list. The idea of combining vegetables with chicken and a creamy filling all inside a flaky pie crust has stood the test of time. This is mostly because the savory flavor is so wonderful which makes you crave it time and time again.

This recipe takes the idea of chicken pot pies but serves them in adorable single servings, you can thank your muffin tin for that. You can have these mini delights made within 30 minutes and their single servings mean you and the family and eat them on your way out the door.

Prep time: 10 min, Cook Time: 20min

12. Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta With Chicken

If you have a hard time prying your kids from their beloved mac and cheese you’ll want to give this recipe a try. The creamy texture alone will have them adding this dinner to their favorite list.

You can easily achieve this creamy garlic sauce by combining chicken broth with milk. Then by adding parmesan cheese will make this dish ooey-gooey fun for you and for the kids.

Prep time: 10 min, Cook Time: 15 min

13. 7 Layer Dip Burritos

Dinners don’t always have to extravagant to taste wonderful and to fill you up. This meal shows how a no-bake recipe can make a delicious meal that the whole family will enjoy.

7 Layer dip is often a popular appetizer that makes an appearance at many parties. However, if you combine those lovely layers into a soft tortilla you’ll have a filling and flavorful meal in no time. All you’ll need is 15 minutes of your time and easily accessible store-bought ingredients. From refined beans to creamy guacamole these burritos have all the flavors you’ll ever want.

Prep time: 15 min, Cook Time: 0 min


14. Pepperoni Cheese Pizza Bombs

You might be tempted to grab a pizza on a busy weeknight but when you find out how easy these pizza bombs are to make you’ll surely want to make them on the regular instead.

One of the best parts about this recipe is that you don’t even have to make any complicated pizza dough. Instead, you’ll use store-bought crescent rolls. This will allow you to have a fluffy, flaky delicious pizza crust. By stuffing the crescent rolls with cubed string cheese, pepperoni and pasta sauce you’ll accomplish a savory pizza bomb that will keep everyone wanting more.

Prep time: 2 min, Cook Time: 10 min

15. Chicken In Coconut Mango Verde Sauce

Busy weeknights don’t mean you can’t experiment or try something new. If you’re looking to add a little variety to your life when it comes to the food department then you’ll definitely want to try this.

This meal starts with stir-fried chicken and mixed vegetables and then ends with a creamy coconut mango Verde sauce. To make the sauce, it’s as easy as tossing all the ingredients into the blender and blending until velvety smooth. This meal pairs wonderfully with rice of your choice.

Prep time: 20 min, Cook Time: 10 min

16. Skillet Meatloaf With Pan Gravy

Meatloaf is another family classic that has been making an appearance on the dinner table for many years. It’s savory and comforting but often takes what feels like hours to cook. This game-changing recipe allows you to enjoy the flavor and texture you love about meatloaf but in 20 quick minutes.

The secret in saving time is to make individual sized meatloaf patties instead of just one loaf. To cook, you’ll saute them in a skillet. Then with the drippings that are left over, you’ll make a creamy and irresistible gravy sauce to pour on top. They’re filling enough on their own but if you have some extra time you could even make mashed potatoes to pair.

Prep time: 5 min, Cook Time: 15 min

17. Bang Bang Fish Tacos

If the color of this meal doesn’t make a lasting impression on you, the flavor surely will. Fish tacos are often a restaurant classic but this recipe shows you how easy it is to make them in your own home too.

For convenience and to save yourself some time you’ll want to use store-bought fish sticks. However, the homemade bang bang sauce is what will truly shine in this recipe. If you haven’t had bang bang sauce before, the flavors are the perfect balance of sweet and spicy. This dinner comes together as easy as combing a cabbage slaw, fish sticks, bang bang sauce all on top of a soft tortilla.

Prep time: 16 min, Cook Time: 14 min


18. Caesar Salad Wonton Cups

Sometimes, encouraging children to enjoy and eat salad can be a difficult task. Although, if you present the salad to them in a fun way they might feel more inclined to eat it. This recipe shows exactly how you can do that.

Cesar salad is delicious on its own. It’s often made of creamy Caesar dressing mixed with crisp romaine lettuce and then topped off with salty bacon bits, crunchy croutons, and cheese. To make it fun for the kids you’ll make edible bowls out of baked wonton papers that they surely won’t be able to resist.

Prep time: 20 min, Cook Time: 10 min

19. Lemon Chicken And Asparagus Foil Packs

Foil packs are a great way to achieve single servings ready in a hurry. They’re also great because you can grill them or bake them all year round and they’ll turn our perfect either way.

This recipe combines chicken and asparagus with zesty lemon. These foil packs also only take 30 minutes to make so you can have a protein-rich meal ready for the family swiftly.

Prep time: 10 min, Cook Time: 20 min

20. Instant Pot Taco Soup

We’ve looked at fajitas and we’ve discovered baked tacos but now it’s time to take those Mexican flavors we love and put them into a soup. Remeber that Instant Pot you received as a gift? You’ll get to break it out and put it to hard work again.

This soup includes shredded chicken breast, protein-rich black beans, corn kernels and loads of other flavors we love about tacos. To garnish this soup and give it an authentic taco flare you’ll want to add tortilla chips, a dollop of sour cream and a generous handful of shredded cheese.

Prep time: 5 min, Cook Time: 25 min

Clarissa Vanner

Clarissa loves experimenting with food of all cultures to make unique healthy dishes. When she’s not browsing Pinterest for new recipe inspiration she likes to pick up a DIY project and use her creative hands to make art or crafts. In her down time you can find her watching the latest documentaries on Netflix or going for nature walks.

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