*NEW* Weeknight Recipe Roundup - Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less

Photo by Syd Wachs on  Unsplash

Photo by Syd Wachs on Unsplash

I don’t know about you, but I am getting bored of our usual recipes and need some new cooking inspiration. When I was looking around for recipes, it occurred to me that it has been a while since I did a weeknight meal recipe roundup for the blog, so here you go! These recipes are perfect for weeknight dinners as they can be made in 30 minutes or less (active time). As I am vegetarian, I have included quite a few recipes that I have been eyeing, but there are also plenty of options for you omnivores. Check out the recipes & hope you enjoy!

(Please note, the following post is provided for informational purposes only; the information is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge, but there may be omissions, errors or mistakes, and no guarantees are made.)


Broccoli Cheddar Soup by Heidi Swanson on 101 Cookbooks (great site for healthy, vegetarian recipes)

Time: ~20 minutes

Serves: 4-6

*Vegetarian. This was the perfect recipe for a recent chilly evening (my family enjoyed it earlier this week). A delicious, creamy, and nourishing soup. Loved the toppings of the crispy, homemade mustard croutons and the dash of smoked paprika. If you do dairy, definitely add the crème fraîche. This was plenty for our family, but you can always make a salad as well for a full meal. Please note, recipe calls for an immersion blender. We used our Cuisinart as we don’t have an immersion blender - the Cuisinart worked just fine, but the soup likely would have been smoother with an immersion blender.

Mushroom and Farro Soup from Real Simple (November 2018)

Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4

*Vegetarian. The cold, rainy weather we have been experiencing in Austin lately has made me crave big pots of hot soup. This recipe sounds like the perfect meal served with some fresh, crusty bread. This is going in our meal rotation soon.

Sausage and Spinach Tortellini Soup by Charlyne Mattox for Real Simple

Time: 20 minutes

Serves: ~4

*This looks like a nice, healthy, and quick dinner option. Given the greens in the soup, I would skip a salad and just serve this with a baguette.


Quick Pork Ramen with Carrots, Zucchini, and Bok Choy by Rhoda Boone for Epicurious (July 2016)

Time: 22 minutes

Serves: 4

Spaghetti alla Carbonara recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence for Food Network Kitchen

Time: 25 minutes

Serves: 4 to 6

*Serve with a simple salad. 

Fettuccine with Asparagus, Leeks, and Mint by Adam Hickman for Real Simple (May 2018)

Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4


Chicken Stir-Fry recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence for Food Network Kitchen

Time30 minutes

Serves: 4

Spicy Tofu and Vegetables with Coconut Rice by Greg DuPree for Real Simple (April 2018)

Time30 minutes

Serves: 4

*Tone down the spice to taste.

Vegetarian Entrees

Wild Mushroom and Tomato Polenta by Adam Dolge from Real Simple (April 2018)

Time20 minutes

Serves: 4

*I am planning to make this on a busy weeknight soon and will serve it as is for a super easy meal.

Zucchini-and-Mozzarella Frittata by Greg DuPree for Real Simple (June 2018)

*You can always skip the crushed red pepper or just use it when serving if some family members don’t like spicy foods. This is another meal that I will plan to save for a busy weeknight and will serve with a side of fruit salad or regular tossed salad.


Baked Mustard-Crusted Salmon with Asparagus and Tarragon by Rhoda Boone for Epicurious (April 2015)

Time: 22 minutes

Serves: 4

Broiled Cod with Fennel and Orange by Anna Stockwell for Epicurious (January 2017)

Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4

Buttery Cast-Iron Shrimp with Winter Salad
 by JJ Johnson from Food & Wine (February 2018)

Time: 25 minutes

Serves: 6

*You can always tone down the spice if your family is not big on spicy foods. The sweet of the honey will help calm the spice as well.

Shrimp with Herby White Beans and Tomatoes by David Tamarkin for Epicurious (January 2017) 

Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 2 (double the recipe for a family of four)


Grilled Steak with Greek Corn Salad recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen, from Food Network Magazine

Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4

Chicken and Pork

Lighter Chicken Parmesan recipe Courtesy of Ree Drummond, from Food Network Kitchen and Food Network Magazine

Time: 16 minutes

Serves: 4

* Serve with a simple salad.

Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4 to 6

Soy-Glazed Chicken with Broccoli by Anna Stockwell for Epicurious (February 2019)

Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4

Pork Chops with Almond-Scallion Pesto by Adam Hickman for Real Simple (February 2019)

Time: 25 minutes

Serves: 4

Happy ease of cooking weeknight meals! If you are interested in other recipe roundups, check out some of our previous posts here and here.


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