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Ten Favorite Quick and Easy Recipes

Ten Favorite Quick and Easy Recipes: A collection of some of our favorite 30-minute dinner ideas, like orange chicken, chilaquiles and shrimp scampi.

Some things are just better when they’re a little drawn out: a Hawaiian vacation, a bubble bath, a Coldplay concert, weekends. Haha. But I bet we all would agree that, when making dinner, it’s usually better that the process is NOT drawn out. Everybody’s busy. Kids are hungry. Homework is calling. Work deadlines are looming. Life is crazy.

Enter TEN FAVORITE QUICK AND EASY RECIPES! We’ve got so many Q&E recipes on the blog that it was hard to narrow it down to ten, but here they are, in no particular order. The requirements: start to finish in around 30 minutes, family and kid-friendly, no funky ingredients or complicated steps.

Bookmark the list and you’ve got a week and a half of easy-peasy, no-stress dinners…make enough for TWO dinners each and you’ve almost got the whole month covered. Wahoo!


Southwestern Chicken Bowl - black beans, cherry tomatoes, fresh corn, jicama...all generously doused in a creamy lime avocado sauce.

Southwestern Chicken Bowl


Easy Vietnamese Pho - homemade broth, thinly-sliced beef, fresh veggies and rich flavors come together in this easy but delicious Vietnamese Pho recipe!

Easy Vietnamese Pho


Chicken Chilaquiles - an authentic Mexican dish combining chicken, salsa verde, and corn tortillas. Topped with fried eggs, fresh cilantro and feta cheese!

Chicken Chilaquiles


Sheet Pan Honey Mustard Chicken: Potatoes, chicken and asparagus tossed with a sweet and tangy sauce, baked and ready in just 30 minutes!

Sheet Pan Honey Mustard Chicken


Instant Pot Honey Sriracha Tacos - just a handful of simple ingredients for these juicy, spicy chicken tacos. Wrapped in a warm corn tortilla and topped with avocado, blue cheese crumbles and cilantro.

Instant Pot Honey Sriracha Chicken Tacos


One Pan Pesto, Sausage and Veggies: Simple veggies and sausage tossed in pesto and roasted for thirty minutes to create a delicious, super-quick meal!

One Pan Pesto Veggies and Sausage


Twenty Minute Skillet Shakshuka: Eggs poached in a tomato and pepper stew create an amazing blend of North African flavors in just twenty minutes.

20-Minute Skillet Shakshuka


Freezer BBQ Chicken Taquitos: Kid-friendly, make-ahead-and-freeze shredded bbq chicken and cheddar tortillas drizzled with a creamy avocado dip.

Freezer BBQ Chicken Taquitos


Quick and Easy Shrimp Scampi: Shrimp cooked in garlic, lemon and butter, and served over fresh pasta for a super fast, easy, elegant dinner!

Quick and Easy Shrimp Scampi


Instant Pot Orange Chicken - juciy, tender chicken pieces in a sticky, citrusy sauce. A yummy Asian meal that comes together in less than an hour!

Instant Pot Orange Chicken

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