Food Recipes

Easy Weeknight Dinners: 15 Recipes You Can Make in Under 30 Minutes

Busy weeknights call for quick and easy dinner recipes. Here are fifteen delicious meals you can whip up in under 30 minutes.

1. Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz spaghetti
  • 1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Cook spaghetti according to package instructions.
  2. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant.
  3. Add shrimp and cook until pink, about 4-5 minutes.
  4. Toss cooked pasta with shrimp and garlic butter. Sprinkle with Parmesan and parsley.

2. Chicken Stir-Fry

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb chicken breast, sliced
  • 2 cups mixed vegetables (bell peppers, broccoli, carrots)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Instructions:

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add chicken and cook until browned, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add vegetables and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
  4. Mix soy sauce, honey, and cornstarch in a bowl. Pour over chicken and vegetables. Cook until sauce thickens.

3. Tacos with Ground Beef

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 8 taco shells
  • Toppings: shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese, sour cream

Instructions:

  1. Cook ground beef in a skillet over medium heat until browned. Drain excess fat.
  2. Add taco seasoning and water according to package instructions. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Serve in taco shells with your favorite toppings.

4. Lemon Garlic Salmon

Ingredients:

  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Place salmon fillets on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic, salt, and pepper.
  3. Top with lemon slices.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes until salmon is cooked through.

5. Veggie Fried Rice

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables (peas, carrots, corn)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

Instructions:

  1. Heat sesame oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add vegetables and cook until tender.
  3. Push vegetables to one side and add beaten eggs. Scramble until cooked.
  4. Add cooked rice and soy sauce. Stir-fry until heated through.

6. Caprese Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Cook in a skillet over medium heat until browned on both sides.
  3. Transfer to a baking dish. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar, and top with cherry tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes until chicken is cooked through and cheese is melted. Sprinkle with fresh basil before serving.

7. One-Pot Pasta Primavera

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz pasta
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup zucchini, sliced
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant.
  3. Add cherry tomatoes, zucchini, and broccoli. Cook until tender.
  4. Toss cooked pasta with vegetables and Parmesan cheese.

8. BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 4 large tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions:

  1. Mix shredded chicken with BBQ sauce.
  2. Heat a tortilla in a skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle half with cheese, then top with chicken mixture and more cheese.
  3. Fold tortilla in half and cook until golden brown on both sides.

9. Beef and Broccoli

Instructions:

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add beef and cook until browned. Remove and set aside.
  3. Add broccoli and cook until tender. Return beef to skillet.
  4. Mix soy sauce, oyster sauce, and cornstarch. Pour over beef and broccoli. Cook until sauce thickens.

10. Chicken Fajitas

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb chicken breast, sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 packet fajita seasoning
  • 8 flour tortillas
  • Toppings: sour cream, guacamole, salsa

Instructions:

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add chicken and cook until browned.
  3. Add bell pepper, onion, and fajita seasoning. Cook until vegetables are tender.
  4. Serve in warm tortillas with your favorite toppings.

11. Teriyaki Chicken Bowls

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb chicken breast, diced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • Steamed vegetables (broccoli, carrots, snap peas)

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, mix soy sauce, honey, garlic, and cornstarch.
  2. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until browned.
  3. Pour sauce over chicken and cook until thickened.
  4. Serve chicken over rice with steamed vegetables.

12. Shrimp Tacos

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • Toppings: shredded cabbage, avocado, lime wedges, cilantro

Instructions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add shrimp and chili powder. Cook until shrimp are pink and opaque.
  3. Serve shrimp in tortillas with shredded cabbage, avocado, lime, and cilantro.

13. Creamy Spinach and Mushroom Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz pasta
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Instructions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  2. In a large skillet, sauté garlic and mushrooms until tender.
  3. Add spinach and cook until wilted.
  4. Pour in heavy cream and Parmesan cheese. Simmer until thickened.
  5. Toss cooked pasta with the sauce.

14. Turkey Burgers

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 burger buns
  • Toppings: lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, mix ground turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  2. Form into patties and cook in a skillet over medium heat until cooked through.
  3. Serve on buns with your favorite toppings.

15. Veggie Tacos

Ingredients:

  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • Toppings: avocado, salsa, cilantro, lime wedges

Instructions:

  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add bell pepper and cook until tender.
  3. Add black beans, corn, and cumin. Cook until heated through.
  4. Serve in tortillas with avocado, salsa, cilantro, and lime wedges.