40 Quick & Easy Dinners You Can Make in 30 Minutes

By Simi

The worst thing to face after a long day at the office is a hungry family waiting to be fed. For those who despise cooking, the prospect is a nightmare. Even for those who love being in the kitchen, a tired cook can’t spend hours on end preparing culinary delights.

Most people have a couple of go-to recipes for days when dinner needs to be ready within half an hour. Instead of resorting to the takeout menu, there are plenty of meals to cook that only take a short while to prepare.

The problem is that days like these happen more frequently than one might want to admit, and one or two quick dishes soon become boring. Having a cookbook of quick meals that don’t require too much time or too many ingredients is a good idea for cooks who are on the go. Clip recipes from magazines, download them from the internet or search for them on social media. There are thousands to choose from. The family will fall in love with the dishes served and ask for them again and again. Too stressed and tired to spend hours preparing dinner? Help is at hand:

Noodles with peanuts and sesame seeds

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons each sesame oil and rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons each low sodium soy sauce and water
  • ½ tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 8oz. spaghetti noodles, cooked and drained
  • 2½ teaspoons brown sugar
  • ½ cup each of shredded carrot and red cabbage
  • ¾ cup shelled edamame
  •  Peanuts, black sesame seeds and scallions for garnish

Method:

  1. Place peanut butter, sesame oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic and ginger in a blender. Blend the mixture to a smooth consistency.
  2. Place the carrots, cabbage, edamame and spaghetti in a large bowl. Pour sauce from the blender into the bowl. Mix well using a pair of tongs until the sauce covers the vegetables and spaghetti.
  3. Serve the dish in 4 bowls. Garnish each serving with peanuts, black sesame seeds and scallions.