We get it: The last thing you want to do on a busy night is cook dinner. Enter these nine recipes, all of which are ready in 30 minutes or less. So in the time it takes to watch a repeat of Friends, you can make an entire meal--probably even with leftovers to spare for tomorrow’s lunch.

purewow avocado pasta
Erin McDowell

Spaghetti with Avocado Sauce (30 minutes)

Slather pasta in a rich but totally virtuous sauce.

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purewow salmon
Erin McDowell

Slow-Cooked Salmon (25 minutes)

Don’t let the name deceive you, OK?

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purewow grilled cheese
Erin McDowell

Triple-decker grilled cheese (25 minutes)

One sandwich. Three types of cheese.

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purewow chicken basil

Chicken, basil and bok choy stir-fry (30 minutes)

One-pan meals are the ultimate time-saver.

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purewow mac and cheese
Erin McDowell

stovetop mac and cheese (30 minutes)

We repeat: One-pot meals are the ultimate time-saver.

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purewow zucchini salad
Erin McDowell

raw zucchini salad (20 minutes)

Sometimes, all you need is fresh vegetables (and Parmesan cheese).

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purewow tacos

Smoky chicken tacos (25 minutes)

Hey, even Martha Stewart takes shortcuts from time to time.

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purewow fried rice
Erin McDowell

bacon-and-egg fried rice (20 minutes)

A little bit breakfast, a little bit dinner.

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purewow orzotto
Erin McDowell

Lemon and Spinach Orzotto (30 minutes)

This bright dish tastes just like risotto but cooks in a fraction of the time. 

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