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20 Weeknight Meals You Can Make in 30 Minutes or Less

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After a long day, you shouldn't have to settle for a bland meal or take-out just so you don't have to slave away in the kitchen. You should eat something amazing because you deserve it, and it shouldn't take long because great food can take 30 minutes or less. Check out these scrumptious weeknight meals you can make and enjoy quickly!

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1. Ramen Noodle Stir Fry to make you nostalgic for your college diet of packaged ramen.

Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 10 min.
Total Time: 30 min.

Noodle Ramen Stir Fry recipe from Soup Addict

2. Another throwback to Sloppy Joes, except this time, it's smothered on some mac and cheese. Oooh yeah.

Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 20 min.
Total Time: 25 min.

Sloppy Joe Mac n Cheese recipe from Taste and Tell

3. I always thought soup took hours to make.. but I guess this 20-minute enchilada soup recipe told me.

Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 15 min.
Total Time: 20 min.

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup recipe from Gimme Some Oven

4. I love it when we put things into sandwich form. Like lasagna.

Total Time: About 15-20 min. 

Lasagna Grilled Cheese recipe from Joy the Baker

5. These burgers are so good, you'd think they take way longer than 20 minutes from start to finish.

Total Time: 20 min.

Swiss Pan Burgers with Rosemary-Mushroom Pan Sauce recipe from Iowa Girl Eats

6. These restaurant-style lettuce wraps are actually totally easy and quick to make at home.

Prep Time: 15 min.
Cook Time: 10 min.
Total Time: 25 min.

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps recipe from Taste and Tell

7. If you want to be a little healthier during dinner, try a meal of quinoa and garlic shrimp.

Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 25 min.
Total time: 35 min.

Garlic Shrimp and Quinoa recipe from As Easy As Apple Pie

8. This fancy-looking meal just takes 30 minutes!

Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 20 min.
Total Time: 25 min.

30-Minute Pork Chops with Creamy Bourbon Mushroom Sauce recipe from Flavor the Moments

9. Pasta dishes are always quick and easy, but make yours delicious with mozzarella and sun-dried tomatoes.

Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 15 min.
Total Time: 20 min. 

Mozzarella Chicken Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes recipe from The Recipe Critic

10. Make both the gyros meat and tzatziki sauce and assemble this wrap in just 20 short minutes.

Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 10 min.
Total Time: 20 min.

20-Minute Greek Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce recipe from Little Spice Jar

11. This recipe asks for store-bought gnocchi, but I'm willing to make this the exception because potatoes and proscuitto sound like a match made in heaven.

Total Time: 30 min.

Gnocchi with Spinach, Mushrooms, and Crispy Proscuitto recipe from Iowa Girl Eats

12. Red beans and rice is simple comfort food that I will always be okay with.

Total Time: 30 min.

Red Beans and Rice recipe from A Couple Cooks

13. You can never go wrong with seafood, especially when its swimming in a garlic lemon butter herb sauce (pun intended).

Total Time: About 30 min.

Trout with Garlic Lemon Butter Herb Sauce recipe from Julia's Album

14. You can use store-bought or homemade pizza dough, but either way, PIZZA!

Prep Time: 15 min.
Cook Time: 12 min.
Total Time: 27 min.

Barbecue Chicken Pizza recipe from Just a Taste

15. Probably one of the easiest meals you could ever make is tacos. These flavorful shrimp tacos are done in less than 30 minutes!

Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 5 min.
Total Time: 25 min.

Chili Lime Shrimp Tacos recipe from Fox and Briar

16. Making a curry from scratch in under half an hour would probably be one of my life's greatest accomplishments (only partially kidding).

Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 15 min.
Total Time: 20 min.

Chickpea Curry recipe from La Creme de la Crumb

17. A spicy twist on the beloved Mongolian Beef take-out with rice noodles instead of white rice.

Prep Time: 5 min. 
Cook Time: 25 min.
Total Time: 30 min.

Honey Sriracha Mongolian Beef with Rice Noodles recipe from Joyful Healthy Eats

18. Pasta is my go-to meal when I just want to wind down with something I know won't disappoint me. This dish has tortellini to make it even better.

Total Time: About 25 min.

Italian Sausage and Tortellini Skillet recipe from Yellow Bliss Road

19. Salmon is always a delicious treat, but this parmesan herb crusted salmon is making my mouth water.

Prep Time: 2 min.
Cook Time: 15 min.
Total Time: 17 min.

Baked Salmon with Parmesan Herb Crust recipe from Add a Pinch

20. A fruity and flavorful twist on your classic fried rice takes this easy meal to the next level.

Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 20 min.
Total Time: 30 min.

Pineapple Fried Rice recipe from Damn Delicious

Which one of these recipes do you want to try? Let us know in the comments below!


 

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