30 Minute Dinners: One Whole Month of Quick & Easy Weeknight Meals for Busy Moms

Best 30 Minute Dinner Recipes: One Whole Month of Quick & Easy Midweek Meals for Busy Moms

Do you often find yourself pulling something store-bought from the freezer to feed your family at the end of a busy day, or even calling for takeout? It’s just one of the side effects of being a busy mom!

But we know in our hearts that home cooked is better (and cheaper) so today I’ve collected up 30 of the best 30 minute dinner recipes I could find to help you out.

That’s one whole month’s worth of deliciously simple midweek meals the whole family will love. Prepped and on the table in 30 minutes or less!
Dinner can be on the table in 30 minutes from start to finish with these fast, easy, and delicious recipes!

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The Best 30 Minute Dinner Recipes that Make Great Midweek Meals


1. Broccoli Cheese Soup in 30 Minutes

Broccoli Cheese Soup in 30 Minutes
“A comforting bowl of homemade soup made in 30 minutes. It is possible! This Broccoli Cheese Soup is an easy, one-pot vegetarian meal that is gluten free too!” – Wonky Wonderful

2. One Pot Cheesy Chicken Pasta

One Pot Cheesy Chicken Pasta
“Why do I love this One Pot Cheesy Chicken Pasta? Let’s see, it’s one pot, it’s cheesy, it’s pasta, it’s ready in 30 minutes and it’s delicious!” – Call Me PmC

3. Herbed Chicken Orzo Pasta and Zucchini

Herbed Chicken Orzo Pasta and Zucchini

“Both my husband and I work all day and when I come home I like to make us dinner, but I don’t like to spend all night doing it. That is why this Herbed Chicken Orzo Pasta and Zucchini is a great weeknight dinner.” – Fitness Food Diva

4. 30 Minute Apricot Curry Pork Chops

30 Minute Apricot Curry Pork Chops

“Dinner….the hardest meal to plan. Even though everyone is at work or school all day it seems that dinner time is the busiest time of the day. That is why I created this 30 Minute Apricot Curry Pork Chops dinner. ” – Lady Behind the Curtain

5. 30-Minute Bistro Chicken

30-Minute Bistro Chicken

“When it comes to weeknight meals, I can be incredibly lazy.I just don’t have the time or energy to cook anything too involved. That’s why recipes like this 30-minute Bistro Chicken are some of my favorites. It’s so easy to make and – since everything cooks in the same pot – it’s easy to clean up.” – Healthy Delicious

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6. 30-Minute Jambalaya Recipe

30-Minute Jambalaya Recipe

“You can use just about any ingredients you have on hand to make this dish. In the past, I’ve used ham, bacon, and even pork. This time around I’m using chicken, shrimp and hot links since this is what was leftover from our family BBQ yesterday.” – The Classy Chapter

7. 30 Minute Meal with Alexia Foods

30 Minute Meal with Alexia Foods

“Getting dinner on the table during the week can be a challenge. With premium Alexia frozen sides it is easy to get a meal like this Buffalo Chicken Sandwich and onion rings on the table in 30 minutes or less.” – Flour on My Face
30 Minute Chicken and Chorizo Paella

8. 30 Minute Chicken and Chorizo Paella

30 Minute Chicken and Chorizo Paella

“Since I love Pam’s version so much, I used the recipe from her book Perfect One Dish Dinners as a starting off point for my own. The result was exactly what I was looking for, and it couldn’t have been easier (or cheaper!) to make. Since this summer, paella has become a weeknight staple in my house – and, for once, we’re both happy with it.” – Healthy Delicious

9. Spaghetti with Tomato Cream Sauce

Spaghetti with Tomato Cream Sauce

“Jazz up those boring spaghetti nights with this super easy, no-fuss cream sauce made completely from scratch!” – Damn Delicious

10. Shredded Chicken Tacos with Strawberry Salsa

Shredded Chicken Tacos with Strawberry Salsa

“These Shredded Chicken Tacos are paired with goat cheese and a balsamic strawberry salsa for a quick and easy meal that is healthy, unique and delicious!” – Food Faith Fitness

11. 30-Minute Sriracha Chicken and Broccoli Lo Mein

30-Minute Sriracha Chicken and Broccoli Lo Mein

“Spicy, saucy, and full of flavor – this Sriracha Chicken and Broccoli Lo Mein is a million times tastier than any take-out you’ve ever had! An incredibly easy and satisfying 30-minute meal!” – Baker by Nature

12. Easy Baked Chicken Chimichangas

Easy Baked Chicken Chimichangas

“Dinner can be prepared in a matter of minutes with these incredibly delicious and simple baked chicken chimichangas. Made with just 7 ingredients, they’re sure to become a family favorite.” – Natural Chow

13. Kielbasa, Pepper, Onion and Potato Hash

Kielbasa, Pepper, Onion and Potato Hash

“Keilbasa, Pepper, Onion and Potato Hash is an easy to make, healthy and delicious meal that comes together in just 15 minutes, featuring tons of fresh veggies and lean turkey kielbasa.” – The Two Bite Club

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14. Easy Weeknight Dinners, Pan With a Plan

Easy Weeknight Dinners, Pan With a Plan

“I’m sharing an easy weeknight dinner, Latin Veracruz Fish Tacos, that your whole family will love and with just 3 easy steps and 10 minutes you’ll be sitting around the table enjoying a delicious meal with your family!” – Giggles Galore

15. Spicy Chicken Pasta

Spicy Chicken Pasta

“This Spicy Chicken Pasta is a simple dinner recipe that the whole family will enjoy!” – Homemade Interest

16. Winger’s Sticky Fingers

Winger's Sticky Fingers

“Now you can make Winger’s famous sticky fingers right at home anytime you get a craving. 3 easy steps will put these saucy baked chicken strips on the table in just 30 minutes!” – Le Creme de la Crumb

17. 30 Minutes Skillet Lasagna

30 Minutes Skillet Lasagna

“Savory, cheesy lasagna cooks up in a skillet in 30 minutes in this easy, delicious, stovetop variation!” – Five Heart Home

18. Chicken Mozzarella Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes Recipe

Chicken Mozzarella Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes Recipe

“I love how rustic this recipe looks — looks like something that everyone would sit around the kitchen table to eat with bread” – Budget Savvy Diva

19. Easy Dinner Idea: Oven Baked Meatball Sandwiches

Easy Dinner Idea: Oven Baked Meatball Sandwiches

“This oven-baked meatball sandwich recipe is a perfect easy dinner idea for busy days. Also great for large groups, game day, or as an on-the-go meal.” – Home Cooking Memories

20. Creamy Caprese Quinoa Bake

Creamy Caprese Quinoa Bake

“So I am on a bit of a quinoa kick. I think most of the world is. It’s quick, it’s good, it’s hearty and it’s healthy.” – Half Baked Harvest

21. Cheesy Avocado Quesadillas

Cheesy Avocado Quesadillas

“Easy, no-fuss quesadillas that are perfectly crisp and amazingly cheesy. An absolute must for those busy weeknights!” – Damn Delicious

22. Easy Chicken Stir Fry

Easy 30 Minute Chicken Stir Fry

“Easy 30 Minute Chicken Stir Fry loaded with vegetables and tossed in a spicy Asian sauce.” – Chef Savvy

23. Easy Coconut Curry

Easy Coconut Curry

“I can’t say I’ve ever been to India (though Wes Anderson has me dying to go). Nor can I even say I’ve eaten at that many authentic Indian restaurants. But I have tried a curry or two in my day and I know what I like in one. This recipe is a mix of everything I love about curry all rolled into one pan.” – Minimalist Baker

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24. Simple Tofu Chilaquiles

Simple Tofu Chilaquiles

“This dish only takes 30 minutes to prepare, and is super satisfying with 16 grams of protein per serving. I love it for breakfast, but it would also make the perfect brunch or even weeknight dinner.” – Minimalist Baker

25. Chipotle Butternut Squash Alfredo

Chipotle Butternut Squash Alfredo

“Sweet, spicy, and tangy, this 30 minutes pasta dish is loaded with flavor and a perfect weeknight meal!” – Fabtastic Eats

26. Mozzarella Tomato and Basil Pesto Chicken

Mozzarella Tomato and Basil Pesto Chicken

“Today I am sharing one of my failsafe mid week dinner recipes; Mozzarella, Tomato & Basil Pesto Chicken. Its super easy to make, taking just 3 minutes of preparation time, followed by 30 minutes in the oven during which you can get on with evening chores or helping the children with their homework.” – My Fussy Eater

27. 30-Minute Vegan Alfredo (Vegan + GF) Recipe

30-Minute Vegan Alfredo

“I’ve created an alfredo recipe that’s completely dairy- and gluten free, that’s seriously close to the real thing. Bonus? It only requires 30 minutes and 9 ingredients.” – Minimalist Baker

28. Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata

Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata

“A quick and easy one pot meal that is on the dinner table in 30 minutes! Tender breaded chicken in a creamy lemon sauce that the entire family will love! ” – The Recipe Critic

29. One Pot Burrito Bowls Recipe

One Pot Burrito Bowls Recipe

“One pot burrito bowls recipe- we love these easy and delicious burrito bowls. They are made in one pot in 30 minutes …making clean up a breeze. Perfect for busy week nights!” – I Heart Naptime

30. Quick and Easy Pizza Dough – Oven-Ready in 20 Minutes!

Quick and Easy Pizza Dough

“This quick and easy pizza dough is perfect when you’re making pizza with kids! From start to finish, it’s ready for the oven in 20 minutes! And it tastes GREAT too!” – Happy Hooligans


If you loved our collection of the best 30 Minute Dinner recipes as much as we do you should stick around and check out our Freezer Cooking Made Simple collection, or one whole month’s worth of School Lunch Ideas for kids!

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One whole month's worth of deliciously simple midweek meals the whole family will love. Prepped and on the table in 30 minutes or less!

One whole month's worth of deliciously simple midweek meals the whole family will love. Prepped and on the table in 30 minutes or less!
One whole month's worth of deliciously simple midweek meals the whole family will love. Prepped and on the table in 30 minutes or less!

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