You might not always find the time to cook your meal the way you want to. But skipping meals is also something that you should not do. There can also be days when guests turn up without notice, or you are pleased with work throughout the day and want to grab a quick bite and go off to sleep. Such is the beauty of food, and you can always use your skills, some magic ingredients and whip up something to eat! So, how about some quick dinner meals that you can cook in less than 30 minutes, store in sets of casseroles to be served when it is time to eat?

10 Dishes That You Can Cook Under 30 Minutes

1. One-Pot Pasta


There is nothing that can possibly go wrong with a creamy bowl of pasta on your table. The recipe is quite simple and requires little or no effort, so take a pan, add some vegetables like bell peppers, a handful of cherry tomatoes, some corn and lots of garlic, season it well with some oregano. Once the vegetables are slightly toasted, add some water and toss in your pasta. Open the lid after 10 minutes, and your pasta will be ready. If you want to spice it up, you can make some additional bolognese sauce and mix it up!

2. Creamy Mushroom Curry

mushroom curry

This creamy mushroom curry goes well with some toasted bread, some herbed rice. Heat a pan with some butter and oil, and toss in some garlic; once the garlic is a little fried, add the batch of mushrooms. When the mushrooms start to leave out some water, add some fresh cream and some vegetable stalk. At this moment, add lots of pepper powder and cook it for 5 minutes on simmer!

3. Farmers Market Pizza


If you are someone who keeps a handy pizza base, then just make some pizza sauce with tomatoes, onions and garlic. Spread it over, add a whole lot of vegetables and cover it with fresh mozzarella cheese. Bake it for 20 minutes, and it is ready! Now, dig into the pizza before it turns cold.

4. Shrimp Garlic Noodles


If you want to just have a light, comfortable slurpy dinner, then this is the recipe that you have been looking for. Boil some noodles and keep them aside. In a pan, heat some oil, add some garlic and fry the shrimps. Meanwhile, add some fresh herbs and some pepper and give it a good mix. At this moment, toss in the noodles and mix them all together! Serve warm from an insulated casserole!

5. Veg Fried Rice

fried rice

If you have some leftovers from lunch, then this recipe is going to taste so so much better. The recipe is all about being lazy, chopping vegetables, slipping in some soya and mixing it all well with the rice. Yes, and done. You can add all your favourite vegetables, some seasonings, and you will be good to go. Transfer it into the casserole and have it for dinner!

6. Brushetta with Caramelized Onion Tomato Pesto

onion tomato pesto

Making a bruschetta is going to take some time, but the best thing is that it lasts for a good one week. So, if you are lucky with some leftover bruschetta, then just make the pesto. Caramelise some onions with some tomatoes and garlic. In a blender, add a whole lot of garlic, almonds, basil leaves along with the onion tomato mix. You can also add some olive oil to the blender. Once the flavours come together in a good consistency, you can just spread it into the bruschetta and bite!

7. Egg Chicken Roll

chicken roll

Use the flour dough to make some thin flatbreads, then start preparing the mix you will add to your roll. Caramelise some onions and tomatoes, then fry the chicken with some spices. Then break an egg into a pan and add the flatbread; once the egg is fried, add the filling that you prepared. You can also add some tangy coriander chutney, some tomato sauce and green chilli!

8. Burrito Style Hot Dog Rolls

hot dog rolls

Do you have some tortilla wraps lying in your house somewhere? Then it is time to take them out and sear them on a pan, fry the sausage and wrap it in the tortilla. You should also add some red chilli sauce, cheese spread and some mustard as a dressing inside. If you feel like it, you can also make a vegetable salsa with some tomatoes, cucumbers, corn and onions. Chop them, add some lemon juice and coriander.

9. Corriander Fish


Fry the fish with a lot of oil in a pan and keep it aside. In a blender, add some curd, lots of coriander, ginger and garlic. Blend it to a good mix, and then add it into the pan along with the fish. Once the fishes have absorbed the coriander blend, add half a cup of water and cover it with a lid. You can make this side dish and keep it in a casserole for lunch. Make some rice to go with it!

10. Chilli Prawns


Fry some prawns with some salt and turmeric. Then in a pan, fry some roughly chopped onions, garlic and bell peppers. Once they are roasted well, add four tablespoons of soya sauce and some chilli sauce. Then add the fried prawns, and give it a good mix with the soya vegetable mix. Cover it with a lid, and then let it cook for a few minutes. Meanwhile, in another cup, add some water and a spoonful of cornflour. Now, all that you have to do is, add the cornflour slurry into your chilli prawns. Your dish will slowly start to get the desired consistency after a few minutes. You can make some cumin rice to go with the chilli prawns!


These ten dishes will be ready in less than 30 minutes, and you will be simply in awe of the taste. It is a common misconception that dishes that do not take hours of prep time often lack the flavour, but if you actually follow the recipe to the ‘e’, you would be able to get the best of all the flavours. So, what is your pick for the dining table today?