Easy Dinner Ideas

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!

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We literally wrote the book on easy dinner ideas! Everyone asks us how to make healthy home cooking easy and accessible. Pretty Simple Cooking is all about solving that problem!


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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: 

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!


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