Weeknight Cooking

15 Speedy Dinners That’ll Get You Through the Holiday Rush

30-minute meals are just what you need.

December 18, 2018
Photo by Rocky Luten

This is the week. The one where we’re either frantically checking our FedEx tracking codes or darting out into battlefields shopping malls, praying for last-minute inspiration. (And that’s not even taking into account how long it takes us to wrap those gifts…) In short: We barely have enough time to eat, much less cook.

So, you’ll need some speedy dinners. The meals quick enough to pull out of your back pocket, but also substantial enough to fill you up on these cold, blustery nights. Here, I’ve gathered 15 satisfying, no-fuss meals that you can start and eat within 30 minutes. Scroll down to pick one out for dinner tonight—then you can go back and keep refreshing your tracking number.


Speedy Soups & Stews


Be a Winner with a Chicken Dinner


The Power of Pasta


Comfort Cravings without the Fuss


Some smart storage solutions

What's your go-to 30-minute meal? Share recipes in the comments below!

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A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).

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Katie is a food writer and editor who loves cheesy puns and cheesy cheese.

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