6 Quick and Easy Meals You Can Make in 30 Minutes: Recipe


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Do you find yourself in a time crunch and need to whip up quick meals? You don’t have to worry about it anymore. With the help of this article, you’ll be able to make quick and easy dishes that will satisfy your hunger without having to spend hours cooking.

You don’t want to sacrifice taste for speed, so these recipes are all quick yet tasty. These six recipes only take 30 minutes or less from start to finish! Ready for some quick and easy food? Let’s get started!

1. Cajun Chicken Pasta

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This quick and easy recipe is quick, simple, and delicious! It only takes 30 minutes from start to finish.

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
  • 2 oz bacon
  • 8 oz pasta sauce
  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Boil a pot of water for your pasta. While waiting for the water to boil, season your chicken with the cajun seasoning. Cook on medium heat until fully cooked through then set aside in a large bowl once done cooking. In the same pan, you cooked the chicken in, fry up two ounces of bacon until crispy then add it to the bowl with your chicken when done frying. Now pour your pasta sauce in with the bacon and chicken, add cream cheese (you can microwave it beforehand for easier mixing), and stir until fully mixed. Lastly, cook your pasta according to package directions then serve your quick and easy cajun chicken pasta on top of your pasta!

2. 30-Minute Spicy Shrimp And Chicken Stir Fry

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This quick and easy dish is quick as well as tasty! If you like spicy food, you’re going to love this recipe! It only takes 30 minutes from start to finish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 head broccoli
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lb shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

Directions:

Boil a pot of water for your pasta. While waiting for the water to boil, season your chicken with half of the garlic salt and chili powder each, then cook on medium heat until fully cooked through. Once you’re done cooking the chicken, set it aside in a large bowl before moving on to shrimp. In another pan, cook shrimp in one tablespoon olive oil until pink then remove from pan when done to add to the rest of your quick stir-fry dish. Now add broccoli, remaining garlic salt, chili powder (along with 1/4 cup water), and the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in the pan along with any seasoning you choose (salt & pepper). Stir fry on high heat for about two minutes or until broccoli is how you like it. Then add shrimp and soy sauce to the mix before removing from the pan once finished, mixing everything together in your quick stir-fry dish bowl. Lastly, cook your pasta according to package directions then serve quick and easy 30-minute spicy shrimp and chicken stir fry on top of your quick and easy pasta!

3. Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Linguine with Broccoli

This quick Italian dish is quick as well as delicious! It only takes 30 minutes from start to finish.

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz linguine
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound medium shrimp (peeled & deveined)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups broccoli florets

Directions:

Boil a pot of water for your pasta. While waiting for the water to boil, season shrimp with salt and pepper then add in 1 tablespoon olive oil and cook on medium heat until pink. Once you’re done cooking shrimp, set it aside in a large bowl before adding your linguine. In another pan, add remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil along with two cloves of minced garlic and cook on high heat for one minute or until fragrant. Then add in your quick pasta, coating it evenly in the extra virgin olive oil mixture from the pan using tongs. Add 1/4 cup of water and let simmer until most of the liquid is gone. Now add in your quick shrimp, Parmesan cheese, salt & pepper (to taste), and broccoli florets before removing from pan once finished. Lastly, cook your pasta according to package directions then serve quick and easy garlic parmesan shrimp linguine with broccoli on top of quick and easy pasta!

4. Garlic Chicken Alfredo Pasta

This quick Italian dish is quick as well as creamy! It only takes 30 minutes from start to finish.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces
  • 8 oz penne pasta cooked and drained
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 5 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic

Directions:

Boil a pot of water for your pasta. While waiting for the water to boil, season your chicken with salt and pepper then add it along with 2 tablespoons butter and cook on medium heat until fully cooked through. Once you’re done cooking the chicken, set it aside in a large bowl before making quick alfredo sauce. In another pan, melt 4 tablespoons butter on medium heat until fully melted then add 1 tablespoon minced garlic and cook for one minute or until fragrant. Now add 1 cup heavy cream (along with 1/4 teaspoon salt & pepper) into the pan and let simmer for 5 minutes or until the mixture has slightly thickened. Remove quick alfredo sauce from heat then stir in 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese then mix quick chicken into quick alfredo sauce before finally adding quick broccoli florets (and any seasoning you like). Then cook your pasta according to package directions and serve quick and easy garlic chicken alfredo with broccoli on top of quick and easy pasta!

5. Quick Chicken Pesto Pasta

This quick Italian dish is quick as well as fresh-tasting! It only takes 30 minutes from start to finish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces
  • 8 oz penne pasta cooked and drained 
  • 5 ounces quick pesto sauce
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes cut in half
  • 3 cups chopped basil leaves (about 10 large leaves)
  • 4 cloves garlic minced or pressed through a garlic press
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest from 1 lemon (optional)

Directions:

Boil a pot of water for your pasta. While waiting for the water to boil, season chicken with salt and pepper then add it along with 2 tablespoons of butter into the pan and cook on medium heat until fully cooked through. Once you’re done cooking the quick chicken, set it aside in a large bowl before making quick pesto sauce. In another pan, melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter on medium heat until fully melted then add tomatoes (along with 1/2 teaspoon salt & pepper) and cook for 3 minutes. Then add quick basil leaves (and any seasoning you like), garlic, and lemon zest (optional) into the tomato mixture before adding quick pesto sauce into the quick tomato mixture. Mix quick chicken into quick pesto sauce before finally adding quick grape tomatoes (and any seasoning you like). Lastly, cook your pasta according to package directions then serve quick and easy pasta with pesto & grape tomato on top!

6. Easy Chicken Enchilada Pasta

This Mexican-inspired dish is quick as well as spicy! It takes 30 minutes from start to finish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces
  • 8 oz penne pasta cooked and drained
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup quick enchilada sauce (click to see quick recipe)
  • 3/4 cup quick Mexican shredded cheese blend (click to see quick recipe)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Boil a pot of water for your pasta. While waiting for the water to boil, season your quick chicken with salt and pepper then add it along with 2 tablespoons of butter into the pan and cook on medium heat until fully cooked through. Once you’re done cooking the chicken, set it aside in a large bowl before making quick enchilada sauce. In another pan, melt the remaining tablespoon of butter on medium heat until fully melted then add quick enchilada sauce (along with 1/2 teaspoon salt & pepper) and cook for 3 minutes. Then mix quick chicken into quick enchilada sauce before finally adding Mexican shredded cheese blend (and any seasoning you like). Lastly, cook your pasta according to package directions then serve quick and easy chicken enchilada pasta!

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