10 Flavorful Meals That Can Be Made in 30 Minutes or Less

by Jeanine Asencio 11:52 AM, February 3, 2017

Rachael Ray Show

Aired February 3, 2017

Spend more time with your family this year (and less money!) by cooking and eating dinner at home.

All month long, viewers at home can participate in our #24daysofdinner challenge, which encourages families to cook and eat, at home, together 6 out 7 days each week (because there’s gotta be a little wiggle room).

These recipes are short on prep and cook time, so you can spend more time actually enjoying your meal, and less time slaving over the stove. Enjoy!

Bacon and Blue Caesar Salad
Probably one of the easiest and fastest things to make for dinner after a long, busy day is a salad. To get this one on the table in about 20 minutes, make sure you get the bacon in the oven first -- that takes the longest. While that’s getting nice and crispy, make your croutons (or don’t… we won’t tell if you buy ‘em premade!), whip up your dressing and assemble.

Queso Dip Mac ‘n Cheese
Who doesn’t love mac ‘n cheese?! While it may be tempting to reach for the boxed version, just trust us here -- this homemade version will knock that one out of the park. Its fast and easy to make, too!

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Quick Chicken Scarpiello
This dinner is not only quick and easy to make, but cleanup is a breeze, too since it’s all made in one skillet! You don’t even have to make a side dish -- just serve it with nice, crusty bread to mop up the juices and you’re done.

French Dips with Garlicky Creamed Spinach
The most cooking you have to do with this dish is make the creamed spinach. Just pile rare, juicy roast beef onto a crusty roll and top with the garlicky, creamy spinach goodness. You’re welcome.

Turkey Cheeseburger with Beer-B-Q Sauce on Pretzel Rolls
These turkey burger patties are loaded with flavor, and the homemade beer-b-q sauce that gets poured on top makes them irresistible.

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Ricotta Frittata Pizza
Not only is this dinner fuss-free, but it’s gluten-free, too! Instead of making a crust, Rach scrambles some eggs with salt, pepper and ricotta cheese (yum!). Bake if off for a bit until the eggs are just set.

Basic Texas-Style Queso
More cheese, please! If you love cheese, you have to make this quick queso sauce that can be served over just about anything! Put it on hot dogs, nachos, even tater tots!

Grilled Eggplant and Mozzarella Sandwiches
This dish is a lighter nod to a traditional eggplant parmesan hero. Instead of frying the slices of eggplant, they’re grilled. Either way, this meat-free meal is perfect when you’re in a rush.

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Quick Tomato Soup with Balsamic Vinegar and Toasted Pasta
Tomato soup brings out the little kid in all of us, so why not make it for dinner? No, don’t use the can! Make it from scratch -- it’s quick and easy!

Rach's Philly Cheesesteak (Season 2016-2017)
When you make this, start with the onions first! They take the longest to cook, and you can prep the rest of the meal while those are getting nice and caramelized. The ribeye, since it’s so thinly shaved, only takes a few minutes to cook.