Fast & Easy Dinner Ideas
Cooking takes time. But making delicious and healthy recipes doesn’t have to take all day! The best easy dinner ideas balance big flavor and quick cooking methods. Here are fast dinner ideas you can make in 30 minutes or less. From tacos to pasta to salads to soups, there are easy dinner ideas for everyone!
All Fast & Easy Dinner Recipes
These fast and easy dinner ideas take 30 minutes or less to make. And that’s not achieved using shortcuts or processed foods! These recipes are loaded with vegetables and made using whole foods. Because most of the time, easy dinner ideas are simply about finding creative concepts that fit your tastes!
Fast and easy dinner ideas?
The question we’re asked most often is, “What are your favorite fast and easy dinner ideas?” And we get it. Life is busy. There are 101 things to do, and adding cooking to that list can be stressful.
When we started cooking, we mainly chose dinner ideas that were 30 minutes or less. Why spend longer, when our day was already crammed full?
Since those early days, we’ve learned the value of spending time in the kitchen. Some recipes just need time to develop great flavor. Today, we’re more willing to spend 45 minutes to 1 hour making dinner if we know the flavor will be excellent.
Some favorite easy dinner ideas
At the same time, there are plenty of fast and easy dinner ideas that can be made in less than 30 minutes with big flavor. These are recipes with fresh, high quality flavor that’s achieved without using cheap shortcuts. Creating this type of fast and easy dinner ideas has become somewhat of a niche for us. We love tinkering with flavors and methods to get the perfect balance of speed and deliciousness.
Here are some favorite quick & easy dinner ideas:
- Simple pasta is a go to for quick dinner ideas: be it pasta salad or our speed demon 15-minute gnocchi with Romesco
- Quesadillas are always quick: like our loaded veggie quesadilla or avocado quesadilla
- Sandwiches are the ultimate simple dinner ideas, like our 5 minute sandwich (for brinner!) or our vegan bahn mi
- Tacos are all about speed, like our BBQ bean tacos or quinoa tacos
- Pita pizzas are perfect for “no think” dinners, like these umami bomb pita pizzas
With all the recipes in our arsenal, we’ve got you covered for those weeknights where you have less than 30 minutes to spare. In many cases, making one of our easy dinner ideas is even faster than takeout!