It’s that time again, back-to-school season! Here is our newly updated, veggie-loaded, globally-inspired, never boring, 40 BEST Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas to help save your sanity!
Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas
Most of these easy dinner ideas can be made in under 30 minutes, or otherwise have very little hands-on time before going into the oven to bake, allowing you more time to get all the things done on busy school nights.
Whether it’s a hearty soup, that can double as lunch the next day, or easy to whip up stir-fries, easy instant pot recipes or simple sheet pan dinners, you’ll find inspiration here. And guess what? Your kids will love them too! Super kid-friendly, these super-fast dinners are just the ticket when things get busy.
Put a few of these veggie-loaded, quick and easy dinner ideas on your meal plan this week and please let us know your favorites in the comments below!
A simple one-pot vegetarian meal, that can be made in under 25 minutes! Serve with naan or basmati rice. Vegan and delicious, this easy dinner is one of our favorites! Add tofu or chicken for extra protein.
Made healthy with seasonal veggies and edamame! A highly adaptable recipe that can be made vegan, vegetarian or add chicken or shrimp- perfect for busy weeknight meals.
Simple Homemade Tomato Soup made with fresh or canned tomatoes, made in under 30 minutes. Creamy, easy and Vegan-adaptable, a delicious and nourishing dinner idea perfect for busy nights!
Cozy up with a comforting bowl of Butternut Risotto with Leeks and Spinach made with very little fuss, in your Instant Pot pressure cooker. Vegan-adaptable and Gluten-free.
Loaded up with your favorite wontons and lots of healthy greens – this fast and easy dinner recipe is something the whole family will love. Keep wontons in the freezer for dinner “emergencies” – then you always have something on hand!
Here’s a super tasty recipe for Veggie Kimchi Noodles, stir-fried with lots of healthy veggies you probably have on hand. Keep it vegan or add an egg, chicken or shrimp! Crispy tofu is also a delicious option here! A fast and easy dinner recipe!
Farmers Market Veggie Quesadillas with black beans and farmer’s market veggies like bell peppers, zucchini, sweet potato, greens, and melty cheese (optional) seasoned with Mexican spices. Vegan-adaptable and Gluten-free adaptable!
Fresh tomatoes are cooked into a Quick Tomato Sauce with garlic and basil. Keep it vegan or add cheese. Seriously one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE recipes on the blog. SO Simple, easy, delicious. A great way to use up all your garden tomatoes!
Make this flavorful Northern Thai Stew in just 15 minutes with tofu and veggies, or sub chicken or shrimp. Flavorful, yet not too spicy – kids love this recipe too! Super easy and satisfying! Vegan adaptable and GF! A fast and healthy Weeknight Dinner!
A simple pantry recipe made with canned salmon, that can be whipped up in 20 minutes, perfect for midweek meals! Serve with a side of Crunchy Asian Slaw!
Loaded up with healthy veggies- just 20 minutes of pressure cooking time and dinner is done! A fast and easy dinner idea the whole family will love! You can also make this on the stove-top!
This flavorful Broccoli Stir fry can be kept vegan with Tofu (or substitute shrimp, chicken or beef). A fast and easy dinner recipe that can be on the table in under 30 minutes. Healthy and nourishing!
Full of healthy veggies and can be made in under 30 minutes. Vegetarian, Gluten-free and Vegan adaptable, it is a fast and easy weeknight meal- great for using up leftover rice and veggies in the fridge.
This quick and easy recipe for Tomato Artichoke Soup is made with simple pantry ingredients. Healthy vegan and full of flavor, this quick and easy recipe is super fast to make!
A simple meal with Tomatoes, Basil, Garlic Lemon- a fast and easy weeknight dinner that is healthy and delicious!
This can be made in one pan and requires no pre-boiling of pasta. 15 minutes of hands-on time before baking! Perfect for weeknight dinners! Vegan-adaptable!
A simple healthy tofu stir fry that is vegan and can be made in under 30 minutes! Vegan and Gluten-Free! Even non-tofu eating people will like this one, I promise!!!
Korean-style Kimchi Fried Rice!
These veggie-loaded vegetarian nachos are made with flavorful “walnut chorizo”! A healthy, delicious nacho recipe that is baked in the oven. Vegan-adaptable and Gluten-free!
Our “go-to” healthy weeknight dinner that be made in 30 minutes flat. These can be grilled or roasted and feel free to sub tofu for a vegan option!
A 10-minute weeknight dinner! Detoxing Brussel Sprouts with mushrooms, scallions and toasted sesame seeds. To save time, buy pre-shredded Brussel sprouts! Vegan and Gluten-free.
A fast and full-flavored, Burmese-style stir-fry that can be made in 20 minutes flat! Vegan and Gluten-free adaptable, this tasty weeknight dinner is low in carbs.
One of my all-time favorite soups- very adaptable! Make it with chicken or keep it vegan with chickpeas ( my favorite! ). Easy and quick to make, full of flavor… this is a weeknight dinner the whole family will love this. I promise!
This can be made in a pressure cooker or on the stovetop! A simple, delicious one-pot meal that can be made in 25 minutes! Paleo and GF adaptable, this delicious weeknight dinner can be prepped ahead, or cooked ahead for the busy work week!
Healthy veggies layered with tortillas, cheese and slathered with our 5-minute enchilada sauce (or use store-bought). Add ground meat or chicken. Only 25 minutes of “hands-on time” before it goes into the oven to bake!
This adaptable Pad Thai can be made with tofu, chicken or shrimp. No hard-to-find ingredients, this recipe is stripped down to the basics. Once you have the ingredients gathered, this tasty weeknight dinner cooks in under 15 minutes!
Make this with chicken, fish or tofu (or some of each for mixed households) and load it up with healthy veggies. Just 15-20 minutes of hands-on time. So easy and full of soul-satisfying Indian flavors, this weeknight dinner is perfect for all.
Make life simple, Instant Pot Minestrone Soup
Full of healthy veggies and vegan and gluten-free adaptable! Cooks on your stovetop or in an instant pot! A healthy, vegan weeknight dinner the whole family will love!
Stir-fried rice noodles with curry, tofu and vegetables—a Chinese take-out menu classic – easy recipe, vegetarian and full of authentic flavor!
All roasted on a sheet pan for minimal cleanup! A delicious healthy weeknight dinner with very little hands-on time.
This simple pasta with Broccolini, Preserved Lemon and Chickpeas is punchy and bright and comes together quickly and easily – on the table in under 30 minutes! A tasty healthy weeknight dinner!
This Moroccan Red Lentil Quinoa Soup is made with simple ingredients, is fast and easy to make, and full of delicious flavor! Make this in an Instant Pot or stovetop. Either way, you’ll have a nourishing dinner in no time flat.
Another highly adaptable soup with an addicting and flavorful broth. Use noodles or rice, chicken or chickpeas … and any wilt-able green hiding out in your fridge. Very nutritious and nurturing. Good for the tummy and healing on the soul level. I kid you not.
Vietnamese Pho meets Wonton Soup. 🙂 Made with a flavorful broth, store-bought frozen wontons and loaded up with greens. Adapt it your way. It’s low fat and super satisfying. Give it a whirl! Make this in 15 minutes!
EASY Baked Tacos!
Kid-approved, these are for those of you who have hungry mouths to feed and need to get something on the table ASAP. Not only are they simple and quick to put together, but they are also really adaptable. Keep them vegetarian and affordable by using organic refried beans as the protein, or if so inclined, add left-over rotisserie chicken, or browned, seasoned ground beef. But I will say that even my meat-loving husband loves these, prefers them, with the refried beans!
Hope you enjoy these Quick and Easy Dinner ideas…please leave your favorites in the comments below!
Our 40 BEST quick and easy dinner recipes that take less than 30 minutes to make, or very little hands-on time before baking in the oven. Loaded up with healthy veggies, many are Vegan and GF Adaptable!
- fresh seasonal veggies
- whole grains
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