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Say hello to delicious, stress-free easy meal ideas! Here’s a treasure trove of 30 minute meals your taste buds and busy schedule will love.

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There are lots of sites out there claiming to “save your weeknights” with their fast and easy meal ideas. But how many times can you actually finish them in 30? And how often are they tasty enough to make again next week? Introducing, our top 30 minute meals that actually take 30 minutes and are so delicious, you’ll want to make them again and again! With each recipe, we’ve offered a few tips for simple sides to round them out into a meal.

And now, our top easy 30 minute meals!

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30 minute meals

30 Minute Meals for Busy People

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 bowl 1x
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A hummus bowl makes the best easy lunch or dinner: no cooking required! Layer a dollop with crunchy veggie toppings.


  • ⅓ cup hummus
  • 8 English cucumber slices (or standard cucumber, peeled)
  • 1 handful red onion slices (or shallot)
  • 1 handful cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 handful Kalamata olives
  • 2 tablespoons feta cheese, to sprinkle (optional)
  • 1 handful baby greens or chopped lettuce (optional)
  • ½ cup cooked rice or packaged pre-cooked rice (optional) or Easy Couscous or Easy Orzo
  • 1 pita bread, pita chips, or gluten free crackers
  • Optional toppings: roasted red peppers, caper berries, fresh herbs, etc
  • Protein adders (optional): Frozen or homemade falafel, precooked chicken, canned tuna or salmon, 5-minute shrimp, etc


  1. Place greens and rice in the bowl, if using (try packaged pre-cooked rice for a quick shortcut). If using rice, season it with salt and a drizzle of olive oil.
  2. Top with hummus, sliced cucumber, sliced red onions, sliced tomatoes, olives and feta cheese. Eat with pita wedges, using the hummus as a dip / dressing for the veggies.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Wendi seal says:

    Your recipes look delicious but the number of adds on the page makes it an unpleasant experience. Even if I use the jump to recipe option – adds still cover the info.

  2. Sabrina says:

    thank you for all of these, love all of your recipe collections, nice to have some options on short notice too, cheese tortellini in creamy marinara looks like a nice place to start