8 Of Our Favourite 30-Minute Dinner Recipes To Try This Week

Right now we’re all about streamlining our daily tasks and getting everything done as quickly as possible to allow for maximum time spent soaking up the summer sunshine. Meal times are no exception. 

Make the most of warm weather cooking by embracing vibrant colours and flavours, making the most of weekends spent exploring fresh produce but from Monday through Friday, prepare to be amazed by the masterpieces you can create in 30 minutes or less. 

Spring Pasta with Basil Pesto, Peas and Pine Nuts by Stuck in the Kitchen

This dish embodies everything we love about spring summer eating habits, bright, refreshing and a sprinkle of fresh basil there to add that little extra something to the meal.  

“Al dente pasta smothered in pungent basil pesto with sweet baby peas, a grating of Parmesan and a sprinkling of toasted pine nuts.” What more could you want on a summer’s evening?

Check out the full recipe here.

Stir Fried Korean Beef and Toasted Sesame Noodles by Half Baked Harvest

“This is a dinner for those days when all you really want to do is call the pizza guy. It dirties up just two pans (and that’s including the pot to boil the noodles), it’s a crowd pleaser and it’s actually pretty healthy too. You can get it done in thirty minutes, maybe less, but I called it thirty minutes because everyone cooks at their own pace. Personally, I am a very slow cook, but maybe you are speedy and can get this done in twenty. Either way, this meal is super easy to make, no fuss and so flavorful.

Plus, look at all those colours! I love when a meal is all colourful like this. It’s those peppers, bell peppers are the best, we love ‘um over here.”

Check out the full recipe here.

Prawn & Israeli Couscous Salad with Harissa Mayo by Stuck in the Kitchen

“Sweet cumin-y, roasted kumara, red onion and capsicum are combined with pasta-like Israeli couscous, peppery cress, intense semi-dried tomatoes and creamy avocado. Add a few luscious prawns and a good dollop of harissa-spiked yoghurt mayo and you have an all-in-one salad that is delicious (and flash) enough to share with friends, but that also makes a perfect next-day work-lunch. Seriously good flavours. (Feel free to swap the couscous out with the grain of your choice – brown rice, quinoa, freekeh etc – go wild!)”

Check out the full recipe here.

Chicken Fajitas with Roasted Pineapple Salsa Verde by Half Baked Harvest 

“Keeping things healthy and delicious with these 30 Minute Chicken Fajitas with Roasted Pineapple Salsa Verde. Spicy, smoky Mexican seasoned chicken, roasted with bell peppers and onions, and served up fajita style with roasted tomatillo pineapple salsa. Everything is roasted on just ONE sheet pan and comes together in about 30 minutes. The perfect weeknight dinner that’s colourful, healthy, and beyond good. Incorporate this into your weekly dinner rotation, or prep ahead of time and enjoy for lunch throughout the week.”

Check out the full recipe here.

30 Minute Quinoa Fried Rice by Minimalist Baker

“This dish requires just 10 ingredients and less than 30 minutes to prepare when your quinoa is prepared ahead of time. If you’re like us, you have leftover quinoa in the fridge most days.

Chopped vegetables get sautéed while you mix up a delicious almond butter-based sauce with coconut aminos for depth of flavor, lime juice, and maple syrup. Dried chilies or chili garlic sauce add a bit of heat, while chopped green onion adds freshness and a pop of color.”

Check out the full recipe here.

Pork Scallopini with Lemon and Capers by Foodie Crush

“Tart lemons and briny capers give this sauce its signature taste over lightly fried, boneless pork cutlets for an easy Italian dinner that’s on the table in just 30 minutes.”

Check out the full recipe here.

One Pan Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Asparagus by Chelsea’s Messy Apron

“This dinner is so easy to make and bursting with fresh Spring flavours. The chicken gets lightly breaded in a Parmesan + seasonings + Panko (Panko is generally used in Japanese cooking and it can be found in the grocery store in the Asian foods aisle. I definitely prefer panko to regular breadcrumbs because of its lighter and more delicate texture. It results in a more crispy and crunchy end product than breadcrumbs. Especially when you are baking chicken instead of frying; the panko makes a huge difference!).”

Check out the full recipe here.

Prosciutto Pea and Pesto Pasta Salad by Broma Bakery 

The hero ingredient, homemade pesto really makes this dish the efficient and delicious meal it truly is. Beloved by many, the addition of basil, pine nuts and lemon juice is what takes the recipe to the next level, reminiscent of summer’s spent at family gatherings and picnics in the park. 

Check out the full recipe here.

Niamh Crawford-Walker

Niamh is a full time fashion and features writer at The Style Edit. Her work has previously appeared in IMAGE magazine, image.ie and Emirates Woman.

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