Momma, I know you’re super busy. If you’re the family chef, dinner can be the last thing you want to spend time on, and it doesn’t help that the witching hour begins at dinner time. So, on the days when you’re already counting down to bedtime, try one of these inspired 30 minute meals.

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30 Minute Meals (In One Pot)

Chicken and Asparagus Sheet Pan Dinner

One Pot Chicken and Rice

One Pan Balsamic Chicken and Veggies

Sheet Pan Chicken Parmesan

One Pan Chicken and Vegetables

One Pot Sausage Spinach Pasta

One Pot Vegan Mac & Cheese

30 Minute Chicken Meals

Simple Sweet and Sour Chicken

30 Minute Cilantro Lime Chicken Marinade

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Cheese Tortellini Pasta with Broccoli and Bacon

Basil Roasted Chicken with Citrus Roasted Chicken

Parmesan Crusted Chicken

Fiesta Chicken Soup

Quick-Seared Chicken with Red Curry Mustard Sauce

Mango Chicken Stir Fry

Easy Mexican Chicken Fajitas

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30 Minute Beef Meals

30 Minute Mongolian Beef

Healthy Beef and Broccoli (Organic)

4 Ingredient Stovetop Meatloaf

Beef Lettuce Wraps

15 Minute Beef Fajitas

Garlic Beef and Veggie Ramen

Beef Stroganoff

Healthy Taco Salad

Tortellini Meatball Soup

Easy Asian Steak Bites

Easy Mini Eggplant Pizza

30 Minute Seafood Meals

Garlic Salmon and Vegetable Foil Packets

Keep It Clean Tilapia

Firecracker Salmon

Jerk Shrimp with Pineapple Rice

10 Minute Shrimp and Rice

Bang Bang Fish Tacos

Better Than Takeout Spicy Shrimp Udon Noodle Stir Fry

Crab Stuffed Whitefish

Pan Seared Mahi-Mahi with Pineapple Salsa

Shrimp Primavera

Tuna Thai Red Curry 

30 Minute Vegetarian Meals

Mushroom Risotto

The Best Potato Soup

Vegan Salad Spring Rolls

Toasted Walnut and Spinach Pesto

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Chowder

Cheesy Broccoli Casserole

Lazy Falafel (Vegan and GF)

One Pot Vegan Mac & Cheese

Creamy Corn Chowder

Vegetable Pasta Salad Stir Fry

Creamy Dreamy Broccoli Soup

Quinoa Tostadas (Vegan)

Vegan Chickpea Tortilla Soup

Published by Tiffany Barry

Tiffany Barry is a single mom of 4 who never really planned it out that way. Her writing about motherhood, family finances, parenting, and more has been featured on sites like Scary Mommy, Modern Mom, and

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  1. There are so many great sounding dishes I am not sure where to start but I think the Crab Stuffed Whitefish recipe is calling my name. Thanks!

  2. These look delish! as a working mom, I”m always looking to mix things up but also make meal prep quick and healthy.

  3. Great recipes. I can’t wait to try the healthy taco salad and the cheesy broccoli casserole.
    Tara Woods

  4. Yum! These sound delicious! I get in a dinner rut and it’s so hard to please everyone when you are a family of 6!