Listen to Smidgen: Easy Back-to-School Dinner Ideas: 5 Quick Meals Ready in Under 30 Minutes

When it comes to quick and easy meal ideas for busy weeknights, there are lots of possibilities. From quick-cooking shrimp to finessing a rotisserie chicken, these 30 minute meals are perfect for busy families with hectic schedules. Here are five of our favorite busy night recipes.

1- Turkish Red Lentil Soup

There’s nothing like a warm soup. This one is a game changer! This Turkish Red Lentil Soup is a unique and humble 30 minute meal that will blow you away. It brings together split red lentils for a great source of protein, rich tomato flavor and Aleppo Chile oil for a drizzling depth of flavor. Topped of with a fresh squeeze of a lemon wedge and you are set! Grab a spoon.

2- Thai Larb Lettuce Wraps

Larb is as simple as sautéing ground meat and adding a few key Asian pantry staples. We season the ground chicken with Sesame Stir Fry and create a dipping sauce with Garlic Ginger Sesame Oil – big flavors in a simple dish. These lettuce wraps come together in less than 30 minutes and are a crunchy, spicy treat!

bbq shrimp nola pepper

3- BBQ Shrimp

No need to fire up the grill. This classic Southern Louisiana dish has nothing to do with BBQ! This luscious dish can be cooked stovetop or in the oven. We prefer the oven because the shrimp linger a little longer in the sauce. And it’s all about the sauce! Our NOLA Pepper is the perfect player for this ensemble of lemon, butter and Worcestershire. Be sure there’s lots of crusty bread close by. Dipping into the sauce is what makes this dish!

korean bbq kung pao chicken

4- Kung Pao Chicken

As we set out to explore more Asian dishes, we realized that having a fully-stocked pantry was essential. Hit up your local international store and add in our Asian Spice BlendsAvocado OilsSzechuan Peppercorns and Siracha salt. Once your pantry is in place, the cooking is easy! This stir fry is a flavor sensation. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs, scallions and ginger combine with sauces, vinegars and Korean BBQ Blend. Wow! Get the wok ready!

Read about our love of Woks and how we put this handy tool to work in our blog: Wok this Way

Baja Fish Tacos with lime

5- Baja Fish Tacos

We looked to our Baja Fish Taco Blend to deliver big flavor to these fish tacos. We like to use firm, white cod and then load up the tortillas with a crunchy cabbage, a spicy sauce and our favorite: pickled onions or radishes. This meal comes together quickly and is a great feed-a-crowd solution.

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