By the time your family gets home at the end of the day, everyone’s usually is starving, so you don’t have time for a long prep session – what you need and want are some 30 minute dinner recipes. If you have a plan for dinner, you can get right to it and get dinner going. But we all have those days when we just don’t have it together and we are faced with either take out again or boiling a pot of water for some pasta. Not the best way to end a long day.
So to help out, we’ve come up with three very popular 30 minute dinner recipes from our weeknight meal plans that can be made quickly and easily. Here’s the best part: they have broad appeal yet don’t feel like the same old, same old. These are not “breakfast for dinner” types of recipes (“pancakes kids!”). They’re delicious, healthy and incredibly simple to make.
Given them a try, commit a couple to memory, and try to always have the ingredients on hand. You will then be armed to resist the pizza delivery every time!
3 Delicious 30 Minute Dinner Recipes for Hectic Weeknights
If you’ve got steak lovers in your home, they are going to love this recipe. This meal is incredibly simple and easy to prep. Mashed cauliflower with carrots, with a bit of butter or even a sprinkle of parmesan cheese is a great veggie side dish for kids.
This recipe might seem a bit different but it is a real winner. It’s simple (3 ingredients!) but the taste is right out of a steakhouse. The delicious flavors, combined with a healthy side of vegetables, make it a healthy dinner option that tastes like you’ve spent hours in the kitchen.
We chose this recipe because of the flexibility it offers. You can switch out the protein for whatever you have on hand. It also gets bonus points because it makes a great lunch, or leftover dinner the next day.
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