These quick & easy 30 minute meals will have a warm dinner ready– even when you feel like you don’t have the time! If you need easy cheap meals, you’ll also find my quick way for subbing out ingredients.
Can we talk about kids & sports? Or what it is like being a mom juggling school events during the week?
One or other is seriously affecting our dinner plans lately. To help fight the 30-minute time crunch and not grab dinner through the drive-thru, I rounded up my favorite easy 30 minute meals for families!
You’ll notice that I included several slow cooker recipes simply because they are my go-to dinner hacks when we want a warm dinner quickly. It seems like I can always find 5 extra minutes in the morning to prep the dinner than the extra 5 minutes after arriving home and before we have to leave for soccer practice.
Unless you’re a Sunday dinner meal prepper, I’d avoid any recipes that promise you 30 minutes, but require you to bake whole chicken breasts. Perhaps I’m super weird about needing super done chicken, but it seems like I can’t dip & batter chicken and then bake it in 25 minutes.
For those cases, I happily recommend buying a rotisserie chicken the next time you’re at the grocery store. I like to shred the chicken, store it all in the fridge, and then sub it in for recipes when we dinner that much quicker on the table.
If you are looking to stay under budget, I recommend using cheaper meats for the slow cooker recipes. You can sub out prime cuts of beef for stew meat or the weekly sale promo.
Since we are big fans of shopping our weekly sale ad for dinner ideas, we usually find a way to use the meat that is on promo. If nothing is on promo, we will use the chicken & ground beef from Costco / Sam’s Club.
[We buy in bulk and store them in the freezer as single meal’s worth]
Swapping out cuts of meat for what is on sale is one way we balance our budget. I will save on the slow cooker meals and perhaps spend a little more for the ingredients that add flavor in quick 30 minute meals.
Instant- pot Meal prep Quinoa burrito bowl is a healthy twist to a popular Mexican takeout favorite. Its made easily in the pressure cooker/instant pot in under 1 minute! Easy to customize and perfect for busy weeknights.
This recipe makes 4 gluten-free Bacon Ranch Quesadillas - perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. Feel free to double for larger families! These are great served with bell peppers and corn chips for sides.
This makes a wonderfully easy meal you can serve with mashed potatoes or rice and your favorite vegetable alongside the carrots and celery if you wish. And I make chicken pot pies with the leftover chicken.
This Healthy Egg Roll in a Bowl has all of the great flavor of Egg Rolls, but it's a sure to please Easy One Pan Meal without the carbs and grains of typical egg roll wrappers.
I hope that the next time you’re feeling crunched on time, that you can take advantage of these recipes! Don’t forget to grab your FREE pantry staples cheat sheet. It will help you make sure you don’t run out of the basics the next time you cook!
I’m a busy mom of two little ones who is constantly looking for the yummiest meals that are quick to make for school nights. I am a big fangirl of chalk paint projects because they make my DIY skills look amazing– even though I’m not a pro. I believe in creating routines to keep our days in check– even if they change each season! I completely understand what it’s like to be a Type A personality who tries to plan all the things, but still, wonder where to simply start.I’m a huge fan of not being Pinterest perfect. I prefer done over perfect any day.