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    The 30 BEST Quick Dinner Ideas

    Sometimes you just want to cook some Quick Dinners. Those hectic weeknights when you need food on the table but don’t have the time or energy for something elaborite.

    This collection of Quick Dinner Ideas is going to be your savior on those busy days. Sure, it might be tempting to order takeout, but you can have something much tastier and more nutritious whipped up in no time.

    From easy skillet meals and speedy soups, to stir fries and tacos, you’ll find plenty of great and easy quick dinners that hardly take any time at all.

    Cook your way through these easy and quick dinner ideas. I’m sure some of these are going to become your new regulars…

    The 30 BEST Quick Dinners.

    1. Gigi Hadid Pasta (Spicy Pasta Alla Vodka)

    What is Gigi Hadid Pasta? Simple… Pasta made by Gigi Hadid, which broke the internet when it went viral on instagram and tiktok..If you look closely, it’s the same delicious creamy and cheesy pasta alla vodka, with a slight makeover – it gets pleasantly spiked with heat from red chili flakes. Great quick dinner recipe.

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    2. Ground Turkey Stir Fry

    Stir fries are quickest dinners possible. This is one of the healthiest and tastiest ground turkey recipes!! Throw in whatever veggies you have on hand, make a quick homemade sauce out of your pantry, and sizzle your wok in minutes to make this healthy stir fry recipe for your family… all this in under 25 minutes!!

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    3. Thai Cashew Chicken

    Stir fry dishes are some of our favorite meals. They’re so quick, and so delicious. Give your stir fry night a new twist with this Thai Cashew Chicken. It’s an easy dish that’s bursting with layers of flavor and texture.

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    4. TikTok Salmon Rice Bowl

    How about a fusion of two comfort foods? Chili and Mac & Cheese… There you go. Whip up this meal in under 20 minutes with ground beef, pasta, beans, canned tomatoes with a few spices and all topped with some cheese. Great meal that everybody in the family will enjoy.

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    5. Creamy Sausage Pasta

    Using Italian sausage in pasta is real game changer. Try your favorite Italian sausage drenched in a garlic parmesan cream sauce with the pasta shape of your choice. 

    Nothing fancy… nothing complicated… ready in 20 minutes. Yet I promise, you will get hooked on these amazing flavors in one bite.

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    6. Ground Turkey Tacos

    These Ground Turkey Tacos are absolutely delicious, loaded with flavors. It’s all in the seasonings and plenty of toppings!! Try this luscious, juicy ground turkey meat in between your favorite tacos, and make a very healthy, light meal out of your tacos. All this under in 20 minutes. 

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    7. Honey Garlic Chicken Bites

    Dinner ready in 20 minutes? Honey Garlic Chicken Bites… Music to the ears… And when you look into the pan, the sticky delicious honey garlic sauce laced chicken bites, they look so tempting to dig in to. 

    This is your perfect weeknight dinner idea that happens with regular every day pantry ingredients. Nothing fancy… nothing difficult… just simple good old flavors. 

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    8. Panda Express Beijing Beef

    This easy stir fry is even better than the original because it’s made fresh and its very flavorful. This Beijing beef is a quick and easy meal you can whip up any weeknight. So get that wok out and get ready for a super tasty dinner in no time!

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    9. Firecracker Salmon

    This Firecracker Salmon is a super easy and super delish meal that must become part of your rotation. It has an amazing Asian sauce and whips up in about 20 minutes.

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    10. Meal Prep Chicken (Orange Chicken)

    How about juicy and tender chicken bites, cooked in a delicious sticky orange garlic teriyaki sauce? From this simple meal prep chicken, you can have your lunches so many ways.

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    11. Gorgonzola Portobello Steak Skillet

    Here is something very quick and tasty. This Gorgonzola Portobello Steak Skillet is sure to become a new family favorite. It’s a super easy restaurant quality meal that is an absolute flavor bomb!

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    12. Creamy Pesto Chicken Skillet

    This creamy pesto chicken skillet is a great weeknight dinner recipe. It happens super quick, 3O minutes quick! Tender chicken and loads of veggies in a delicious creamy pesto sauce. YUM!

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    13. Shrimp Saganaki (Greek Shrimp with Tomatoes & Feta)

    This classic Greek dish has some incredible flavors with plump shrimp in a garlicky, savory tomato sauce and finished off with salty feta cheese!

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    14. Albacore Tuna Tataki Bowl

    This quick and easy Albacore Tuna Tataki Bowl is full of your favorite Asian flavors. Skip the sushi restaurant and make this great meal in your own home!

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    15. Thai Basil Chicken

    Are you looking for a really quick meal that’s really tasty? Not only is this Thai Basil Chicken (or Pad Krapow Gai) bursting with flavor, you can whip it up in 15 minutes or less. This might be your easiest and quickest recipe yet!

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    16. Mediterranean Zucchini Boats

    These Mediterranean Zucchini Boats are stuffed with herb seasoned ground beef and garnished with cherry tomatoes, pine nuts and feta. They’re a light and fresh version of this low carb favorite.

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    17. Portuguese Mussels (Moules à la Portugaise)

    These Portuguese mussels are packed with flavor. They’re look so fancy they make a great special occasion meal, but are so easy and quick dinner idea that is perfect for any weeknight!

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    18. Garlic Butter Steak Bites

    Take your beef to a new level with these tasty pan seared garlic butter steak bites. Perfectly cooked bite sized morsels of tender steak drenched in garlicky butter. Ready in just 15 minutes, this is a quick dinner idea to cook with your favorite steak.

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    19. Easy Cheesy Taco Skillet

    This quick & easy taco skillet is loaded with flavors and topped with melty cheese. It’s a great weeknight meal or Game Day crowd pleaser.

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    20. Shrimp Fra Diavolo

    Shrimp Fra Diavolo is a dish of plump shrimp in a spicy tomato sauce. It’s a great and quick meal that whips up in about 30 minutes!

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    21. Easy Creamy Chicken Skillet

    This creamy chicken skillet is your weekday best friend. It’s super easy , it’s super tasty and it’s a low carb bomb. Start to finish in 30 minutes, this just may become a new quick dinner staple in your rotation.

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    22. Flank Steak Fajitas

    These flank steak fajitas are the perfect easy and quick dinner option when that Mexican food craving hits. Perfectly marinated, melt in your mouth tender beef strips with colorful peppers. You’re in for a fun meal with this one!

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    23. Mediterranean Pasta

    This Mediterranean Pasta is your new weeknight best friend. It’s super quick, like 20 minutes quick, and has great flavors the whole family will love.

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    24. Korean Beef Tacos (Bulgogi Tacos)

    Korean Beef Tacos, aka Bulgogi Tacos… Thinly sliced, juicy tender steak marinated then flash cooked and wrapped in tortillas with Asian coleslaw and sriracha aioli. They’re a Flavor Bomb!

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    25. Egg Roll Soup

    How do you roll when it comes to soups? This time I am going with Asian flavors in a bowl… with Egg Roll Soup! This Egg Roll Soup is everything you dream about in your beloved egg roll, but in a cozy, delicious soupified way. When craving for that favorite Asian appetizer without wrapping and frying, here is a healthy sub for your egg roll fix. 

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    26. Scallop Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes

    This Scallop Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes is one of our favorite new recipes. It’s super quick and easy, in about 20 minutes you have a restaurant quality quick meal on your table.

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    27. Gambas al Ajillo (Spanish Garlic Shrimp)

    How does a sizzling platter of garlicky, seafoody goodness sound? Grab some crusty bread for sopping and whip up this famous Spanish tapa, Gambas al Ajillo in your very own kitchen! This is one of our go to quick dinners.

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    28. Hawaiian Chicken Salad

    Hawaiian Chicken Salad – Take a look at this colorful platter. It’s full of tropical flavors, a variety of textures, and it happens to be healthy. Give this refreshing tropical chicken salad a try in your house tonight for a quick meal !

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    29. Salmon Pasta

    This Salmon Pasta is absolutely divine, loaded with amazing flavors that come from perfectly roasted salmon. It’s creamy salmon pasta, yet not totally drenched in fat and cream, but full of comforting flavors. 

    Ready in about 30 minutes, it’s fit for a regular everyday dinner, yet it turns up fancy and gorgeous enough to be fit for a date night meal.

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    30. Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers 

    Now this one is an absolute TREAT. Classic Philly Cheesesteak flavors without the sight of the bread… This stuffed pepper recipe is a real keeper, not only for all the keto meal seekers, but for the entire masses.

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    See, tasty food can be so easy! Bookmark or pin this great collection of Quick Dinner ideas for every time you need dinner on the table in a hurry.

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    Quick dinners.

    The 30 BEST Quick Dinner Ideas

    This collection of Quick Dinners is perfect for those times when you need dinner on the table in a flash. For a super quick start, try these 15 minutes steak bites:


    • 1.5 lbs steak, cut into bite sized pieces
    • 1 Tbsp olive oil
    • 6 Tbsp butter
    • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
    • Salt & pepper to taste


      1. Heat oil in skillet over high heat. Once hot, add in steak bites and season with salt and pepper.
      2. Cook 2 minutes undisturbed. Stir and cook another 2-3 minutes. Remove to a plate.
      3. Reduce heat to medium and add butter to same pan. Once melted, add garlic and parsley and cook about a minute, stirring.
      4. Remove from heat. Add steak bites back into pan and toss well.


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