You don't need me to tell you your days are busier than ever and it's all you can do to carve out time for making home cooked meals. I'm right there with you. So, if you're like me, you have a few go-to quick and easy dinners in your rotation.
But, just in case you're looking for inspo to add to your line-up, I've pulled together 10 of our best new quick and easy dinner recipes from Allrecipes home cooks, all ready in 30 minutes or less. Take a look and see if there's something you'd like to try.
1. Easy Korean Ground Beef Bowl | Ready in 25 minutes
2. Spanish Garlic Shrimp (Gambas al Ajillo) | Ready in 20 minutes
Keep a bag of frozen peeled and deveined shrimp on hand and you're halfway to super quick dinners. Just pop the bag in the fridge to defrost overnight and they'll be ready to roll. Home cook djpiglet served this over pasta to make it a meal, but you could serve it with rice, in wraps, or over a salad, too.
3. Oven-Baked Cod with Bread Crumbs | Ready in 30 minutes
A speedy 10-minute prep frees you up to make quick side dishes while the fish bakes. Home cook Josie Easton raves, "This was the best fish I have ever had. I used fresh cod fillets and put thin lemon slices under them when I put them in the pan. I used chicken bouillon instead of fish bouillon. We had leftovers the next night and the fish tasted just as good the second time."
4. 10-Minute Mushroom Carbonara | Ready in 17 minutes
Why didn't I think of this? You sauté mushrooms while the spaghetti noodles cook and add them to your classic carbonara mix of beaten eggs and Parmesan cheese. Home cook plates4u offers this tip to make it more saucy (and it's what smart pasta cooks do all the time): "I reserved 2 tablespoons of the water from the spaghetti and added it as I tossed the spaghetti and mushroom mix together to make it easier for the mix to stick to the spaghetti."
If you're new to making spaghetti alla carbonara, watch this video from Chef John for tips that make all the difference.
5. Sirloin Steak with Mushrooms | Ready in 30 minutes
A simple pan-fried steak turns into an easy, elegant dinner when you top it with a sauce of mushrooms, shallot, garlic, and wine. Just add candlelight and music, and you're ready for a romantic night in. Watch the video to see how easily it all comes together.
6. Hoisin-Glazed Chicken Thighs | Ready in 30 minutes
Here's a great one to try if your taste buds need a wake-up call. The recipe calls for grilling, but here's how home cook patinncnow did hers in the oven: "Baked in 400 degree oven for 20 minutes, turned over and baked another 20 minutes. Then reduce oven to 350 degrees and put on glaze and baked for 15 minutes more. I used drumsticks this time. Perfect."
7. Spaghetti alla Gricia | Ready in 25 minutes
Four simple ingredients go into this quick and satisfying pasta dish. Home cook Seanwyatt says, "I made this with pancetta. My family loved it. I will make it again. This is a very easy dish." Keep the ingredients on hand and you'll always have a quick weeknight dinner solution.
8. Beer-Braised Pork Chops | Ready in 30 minutes
One beer for you and one for the pan? No judgement here. France C. says she used an "everyday lager" and got great results, and she cautions against using an IPA or stout. Home cook jeff agrees about not using an IPA, but he learned the hard way. Ouch.
9. Traditional Spaghetti all'Amatriciana | Ready in 30 minutes
There's a good reason why you'll find simple pasta dishes on quick and easy recipe round-ups, and here's one more 5-star winner for you. Spaghetti gets tossed with onion, pancetta, tomatoes, and cheese in this quick and hearty dish. Windie says, "I was staring in the fridge wondering what to make for dinner, and these ingredients were all available. Dinner was ready and being served in less than 30 mins!"
10. Peppercorn Steak | Ready in 20 minutes
Another steak made stellar by dressing it up with a creamy sauce of shallots and brandy. Soup Loving Nicole says, " I thought the black pepper was going to be overpowering but it wasn't at all. Not sure if it was the brandy and cream or what but the sauce had an espresso taste about it that worked perfectly with the peppered steak."