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11 Surprising Dinner Ideas That Are Ready in 30 Minutes or Less

News flash: It’s 6:30. Dinner’s not gonna make itself, people. You could splurge on takeout, give up and eat cereal, or try one of these 30-minute dinners we bet you haven’t thought of. Cauliflower grits? Sign us up.

Easy 30-Minute Dinners to Make Every Night This Month


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Shrimp With Cauliflower “grits” And Arugula

Tasty enough for Saturday, healthy enough for Monday.

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Chickpea And Vegetable Coconut Curry

Bursting with flavor (and a tenth of the cost of Thai takeout).

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Skillet Gnocchi With Sausage And Broccoli Rabe

These are a few of our favorite things.

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Baked Caprese Chicken Skillet

Life lesson: When in doubt, put mozz on it.

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Sesame-ginger Salmon In Parchment

Love eating, but hate doing dishes? This one’s for you.

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Thai Beef Bowls With Rice Noodles

Salads wish they were as filling, tasty and beautiful as this.


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Lemon And Spinach Orzotto

It’s risotto’s low-maintenance cousin.

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Zoodles With Tomato Sauce And Mozzarella

Craving spaghetti? Lighten things up with zucchini spirals.

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Buddha Bowl With Kale, Avocado, Orange And Wild Rice

Try eating this bright bowl without smiling. We dare you.

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Baking Sheet Quesadillas

File this under “Why the heck didn’t I think of this sooner?”

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

One-pot Stove-top Macaroni And Cheese

Basically our dream dinner: All of the cheese, none of the dishes.