Don’t know what to make for dinner tonight? Don’t worry! I know what you are looking for! Delicious, quick and easy dinner recipes that are tasty but super-fast and simple to make.
Yes, I blog about food, but both you and I have busy lives.
This means that, as much as we love eating healthy meals, we can’t spend an hour cooking dinner every night.
This is why I put together this list of quick dinner ideas that will help you to get dinner ready in no time.
Plus, they use simple ingredients that are easy to find. I don’t know about you, but when I am busy, I much rather make a simple dinner with a handful of ingredients.
TIPS FOR COOKING A QUICK DINNER
- Plan your meals in advance: Having a mental plan, and knowing what you are going to cook ahead of time, will help to get your dinner ready in no time. You can use a meal planner or simply write down on your calendar what you are planning to cook.
- Prepare your ingredients ahead of time: Cleaning your veggies in the morning or on Sunday, gathering all the ingredients, and laying them out on the counter before you start cooking, will make the cooking process a whole lot quicker.
- Follow the recipe: This might seem a bit silly, but you’ll be surprised by how many of you think they can simply wing it. You read the recipe once and then try to get on with it. There is a reason why you need to chop onions first and then move on with putting the pan on the heat. Most recipes lay out the best order to do things in the quickest and most efficient way possible. So stick with that!
I love my dinners to be quick, with tons of flavor, and ready with minimal effort!
And if you want to improve your cooking skills, don’t forget to check out more tips for cooking dinner fast at the end of the article!
And now, let’s get cooking!
5 More Tips For Cooking Dinner Fast
If you want to cook dinner super-quick (whether you have 15 minutes or 30 minutes to spend in the kitchen), you must be organized.
If you don’t have all your ingredients and equipment ready, you simply won’t get your meals done on time.
So here are my top 5 tips to cook faster:
1. Organize your kitchen utensils and make sure you have sharp knives
This is cooking 101.
Put your most-used tools in the drawer closest to where you work and get the things you rarely use out of the way.
Honestly, things like Christmas cookie cutters and that banana slicer you bought in a moment of craziness won’t be useful while you cook dinner.
The only things you need around you are:
- Sharp knives
- Vegetable peeler
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Rubber spatula
- Wooden spoons
- Pots & pans
And I cannot stress enough how important it is to invest in some good quality knives.
Cooking is just much harder, and it takes three times as long when you have to saw through your veggies instead of slicing them like butter.
You just need a couple of good knives, and your life will change forever.
2. Keep pantry essentials accessible
Same as with utensils. Keep oil, salt, and pepper on your counter. And make sure things like sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, spices, and seasoning are easily accessible.
3. Read the recipe till the end before you start
Have you ever gone through a recipe only to find out halfway that your eggs need to be at room temperature or that you were supposed to warm up the oven? Make sure you read the recipe entirely before you start, so you’ll have no surprises.
4. Have all the ingredients on the counter ready to go
I still remember that time I cooked the driest muffins on earth. I was supposed to add oil halfway through, but I simply forgot to add it because I didn’t have it in front of me.
Since that time, I have learned to set out all the ingredients I need in front of me on the kitchen counter before I start cooking.
Having everything ready staring at you will not only speed up your cooking, but it will help you to avoid forgetting a vital ingredient.
If you want to cook dinner fast, there is nothing more helpful than doing many things at once.
A few examples are:
- Chop onions while the oil is heating up in the pan.
- Measure your pasta while you are bringing the water to boil.
- Chop veggies for your salad while the chicken is marinating.
- Wash dirty dishes or put them in the dishwasher while things are cooking in the oven.
It takes a bit of time and experience, but multitasking will come naturally once you learn the basics.
What to cook for dinner when you have no ideas?
There are plenty of healthy dinners you can make in less than 30 minutes!
From sheet pan dinners to instant pot recipes, from filling pasta to fun and satisfying tacos…
There are plenty of quick recipes you can put together in no time. So there’s no reason to cook the usual boring recipes all the time!
These 50+ quick and easy dinner recipes will help you survive in the kitchen!
Whether you are preparing easy dinner recipes for two or you are after easy dinner ideas for the whole family, here you will find the perfect dinner recipes for everyone.
Quick Dinner Idea: 15-Minute Vegetable Noodles
For the sauce:
For the noodles
- 8-10 ounces uncooked noodles - you can use any type of noodles
- 2 tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 cloves garlic - minced
- 2 green onions - thinly sliced
- 2 carrots - thinly sliced
- 1 red bell pepper - chopped
- 2 cups mushrooms - sliced
- 2 cups broccoli - chopped
- sesame seeds
- 1 green onion
- Mix all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl or a jar.
- Wash and chop the veggies into strips and similar size pieces.
- In a large pan or wok, heat 2 tablespoons of sesame oil over high heat. Add the minced garlic cloves and sliced green onions and cook for 30 seconds. Then add the chopped vegetables, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the veggies are softened. If needed, add a splash of water or vegetable broth to avoid burning.
- While the veggies are cooking, soak the noodles in hot water, following the packet directions, then drain.
- Add the cooked noodles and the sauce to the pan. Toss well for a couple of minutes. If you like your noodles darker or more seasoned, add extra soy sauce.
- Sprinkle the noodles with sesame seeds and green onion and serve.