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30 Meals that take 30 Minutes

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These easy dinner recipes for families are perfect for busy weeknights! Over 30 weeknight one pan and 30 minute recipes your family will love!


Different meals in a collage with the text overlay “weeknight wonders 30 meals that take 30 minutes plus one pan”



Hey Mamas,

I see you. I see you working your butt off all day long. I see you putting on a smile and solving problems, reading books, telling stories, listening to stories, changing diapers, cleaning, basically doing all the things, and all day long. It doesn’t matter if you have a job outside the home, you work from home, or you spend all day with your kiddos. That doesn’t matter, because I know that no matter how you fill your days, your days are full. You hustle all day long and slide into bed like you were stealing home base.

And I know that often, dinner time is a struggle. The whole family is hungry and tired, and pretty much over the day. And sometimes you just want to join the toddler who is laying on the floor crying.

What you really need is more delicious and healthy dinners that are ready in under 30 minutes, that don’t dirty every dish you own, and that your family will actually eat.

I know this because I, too, want the same thing. It’s like the magic trifecta of “delicious – healthy – quick”. It seems elusive and unattainable, doesn’t it? But guess what? I got your back.

I scoured the whole damn internet for you and found the BEST one pan recipes that take 30 minutes or less, include no funky ingredients, and that your whole family will love. They are awesome easy dinner recipes for families.

So save this post to Pinterest, pour yourself a glass of wine, and relax a little. You got this! (well, dinner at least – I can’t really help you with the toys in the living room…)


Need more recipe inspiration? Try these other roundups:

  • The Best Weeknight Slow Cooker Meals – These easy and family friendly slow cooker recipes are exactly what your busy weeknight need! Easy “dump and go” recipes with easy ingredients, tons of flavor, and exactly what you need in an easy dinner!
  • Best Ground Meat Recipes – These weeknight and kid-friendly recipes feature ground beef, ground pork, ground chicken and ground lamb so you will always hav a great idea of what to do for dinner!
  • Cast Iron Skillet Recipes – These easy one pan recipes are perfect for your cast iron skillet! Perfect for busy families who crave flavor and ease, these dinners deliver!



One Pan Pasta Recipes

These easy and delicious pasta recipes are perfect when you need fast but want comforting and cozy meals. Perfect easy dinners recipes for family!

One Pot Pasta with Italian Sausage – The Rising Spoon

Easy One Skillet Lasagna – Kylee Cooks

Cheesy Sausage Pasta Skillet – Dash of Herbs

Chicken Fajita Skillet – The Gingered Whisk

Southwest Chicken Skillet and Rice – Living Sweet Moments

One Pot Broccoli and 3 Cheese Pasta – My Kitchen Love

One Pot Pizza Tortellini Bake – Spend With Pennies

Corgette (Zucchini) and Priscuitto One Pot Pasta – The Cook Report

One Pot Rosemary Goat Cheese Chicken Pasta – Bless Her Heart Y’all

One Pot Spinach and Mushroom Bowtie Pasta – Trial and Easter

One Pot Creamy Alfredo Rigatoni with Bacon and Peas – Mommy’s Home Cooking

One Pot Farmer’s Market Pasta – The View from Great Island

30 Minute One Pan Beef Penne – Girl Gone Gourmet

Spinach Artichoke Pasta with Chicken – Happy Healthy Mama

Cheeseburger Macaroni and Cheese Skillet – The Gingered Whisk


Three different meals in a collage


One Pan Rice/Grain Recipes

Easy One Pot Smokey Jambalaya – West Via Midwest

Mexican Quinoa Skillets – Cooking on the Front Burners

30 Minute Stuffed Peppers Rice Skillet – The Life Jolie

Quick and Easy Caramelized Pork Stir Fry – The Cook Report



Three different noodle meals in a collage


One Pan Recipes

These easy dinner recipes for families are awesome one pan recipes to make your weeknight meal plan even easier! When you need easy – one pan is how you do it!

One Pan Chicken Fajitas – Bet On Dinner

Irish Banger Skillet – Garlic and Zest

Chicken Enchilada Casserole  – A Gouda Life

Skillet Pesto Chicken and Vegetables – The Gingered Whisk

One Pot Sausage and Slaw Skillet – Fox and Briar

Zucchini Beef Skillet – Eating Richly

Easy Baked Fish with Tomatoes and Artichokes – The Purple Ladle

Spiced Apple, Pumpkin and Sausage One Pan Dinner – A Real Food Journey

Chicken Paprika Skillet – Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Turkey Skillet Dinner with Sweet Potatoes and Kale – Art From My Table


Looking for other great roundups? Check out these:

BEST Weeknight Slow Cooker Meals 

Meals For A New Mom – Perfect Freezer Meals to Prep and Easy Meals to Take

Easy “Take and Make” Meals for Busy Nights

Best Ground Meat Recipes 




  1. I love easy weeknight meals, this is a wonderful collection! Thanks for the great recipes!

  2. Sabrina | The Tomato Tart says:

    These sounds really good and healthy. I’d love to try these ones… Yum!!!

  3. Annie @ Annie's Noms says:

    I’m definitely bookmarking this for future reference; I’m so bad at getting stuck in a rut with weeknight meals! Love that they’re all organised into pasta, rice etc. too; makes it much easier to pick something you want to try!

  4. Megan @ MegUnprocessed says:

    Great collection of recipes!

  5. Kristen Chidsey says:

    I am hungry now!! Great round-up

  6. Platter Talk says:

    Holy cow! You’ve covered so many meals, I hardly know where to start. Crockpot-pasta-rice- one pot. All great tasting, easy meals for busy people who like good food! Well done.

  7. Such a good variety of meals, will have to try some of these!

  8. Michelle Ferrand says:

    Great roundup!!!

  9. Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons says:

    I love, love, love this roundup! Many thanks!

  10. So many great ideas! Love these!

  11. Loving this list! SO many great things to try!

  12. Elaina Newton says:

    I DID just pin this to Pinterest and am currently sipping on some peppermint & nettles tea (no wine right now). Can’t wait to look back over it for dinner inspiration. Thanks for taking the time to put this together. 🙂

  13. Samantha | My Kitchen Love says:

    Fantastic roundup! Full of inspiration for busy weeknights. Thanks for including my One Pot Pasta!

  14. All of these look so good! Pinning so I have healthy recipes for the new year.

  15. Sasha @ Eat Love Eat says:

    Nice round-up!

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