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30-Minute Lunch Recipes That You’ll Actually Enjoy Making

It could be whipped up during a quick break from the pool in the summertime or an easy way to make a meal for the fam during the winter holidays. We don’t always want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen – especially at the midday hour, but we always want those bites to be delicious. Here are 15 30-minute lunch recipes that you’ll actually enjoy making. They’re all family-friendly and vetted for scrumptiousness.

1. Chipotle Chicken & Cheese Quesadillas

Light chipotle chicken cheese quesadillas 2

Chicken and cheese is always nice especially with a kick chipotle. And this recipe from Krafted Koch is quick and easy – but mostly it’s a family-friendly way to feed everyone for lunch! Top it with some fresh pineapple pico.

2. Baked Chili Dogs

Baked chili dogs

These are a great way to spruce up the weekend or serve up at a pool party in a pinch. Check out these great recipe for baked chili dogs by visiting Life in the Lofthouse. Some classic potato chips are the best accompaniment.

3. Stromboli

Stromboli recipe 30 min

The Recipe Rebel will show you how to make some homemade strombolis. What’s great about a recipe like this is that you can personalize it to your liking. Fill it with classic pepperoni and cheese or go with feta and spinach!

4. Steak & Quinoa Burrito Bowl

Steak and quinoa burrito bowl

How do steak and bur-riot bowls sound for today? Fill it with all of your favorite, fresh toppings. You can even nix the steak if you want a vegetarian option. Grab the recipe by visiting The Girl On Bloor.

5. Thai Red Curry Chicken & Veggies

Thai red curry chicken

Carlsbad Cravings will give you a kick you’ve been craving with this quick, lunch recipe. Thai red curry and veggies could really brighten your day. And the leftovers are quite nice as well – we promise!

6. Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

Sheet pan fajitas 30 min recipe

You can do this with steak too! Or just veggies! There’s so many ways to personalize this recipe. Check out how to whip up a quick batch of sheet pan fajitas by visiting our friends at Midwest Foodie.

7. White Pizza with Tomato & Basil

White pizza 30 min recipe

Pizza is always a great way spruce up any meal and in a quick way. But there are tons of ways to top those pizzas. And Tasty Oven when with a white rendition along with some slice tomatoes and basil.

8. Instant Pot Spaghetti

Instant pot spaghetti

Grab your instant pot to make the quickest and most delicious of spaghettis! Everyone loves this classic, pasta dish so it’s essential that you have a good recipe on hand. Tag this one from I Heart Naptime.

9. Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken noodle soup 30 min

Averie Cooks knows that a good chicken noodle soup should be a part of all of our repertoires as well. Whether someone is feeling under the weather or you’re enjoying a cozy, fall day at home, chicken noodle soup is a wonderful way to bring comfort to everyone’s bellies. And this recipe is packed with delicious nutrients.

10. Creamy Italian Chicken Pasta

Creamy italian chicken pasta 30 min

Here’s another family-friendly pasta dish that doesn’t take too much prep or time in the kitchen. Shugary Sweets shows you how to create a pan filled with the creamiest chicken with the most scrumptious Italian flavors. Jump on over and bookmark the tutorial!

11. Pulled Pork Pastry Puffs

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These quick puffs are easy to make and a delicious way to include a different white meat onto the family menu. You can easily do this with shredded chicken as well – don’t worry. Add some homemade ranch to its side and a leafy green salad. We found this fun recipe at Plain Chicken.

12. Tuna Melts

The perfect tuna melt

Tuna melts get a bad rep, when in reality, they’re one of the tastiest of lunch options. Sarah Titus will show you how make the perfect tuna melt – and one that won’t scare off the kids! How about serving this up alongside a delicious pasta salad?

13. One Pot Beef Penne

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One pot recipes always makes times go smoother and easier in the kitchen. And over at Girl Gone Gourmet you’ll follow along as she makes a beef penne dish that everyone will want seconds from – or maybe even thirds. The secret to extra bouts of deliciousness here is the fresh mozzarella on top.

14. Greek Salad & 3-ingredient Hummus Dressing

Greek salad hummus dressing 30 min recipe

For lighter and healthier fare, check out some of this Nashville chef’s array of amazing recipes. LL Balanced has so much inspiration and this particular leafy green salad – and fresh humus dressing – caught our eye. It’s so flavorful and healthy!

15. Chicken Chimichanga

Easy chicken chimichanga recipe

And this chicken chimichanga recipe from Munchkin Time is just so satisfying. Learn how to whip these up (you can easily replace the chicken with beef or just veggies) and serve with some rice and beans on the side. You can even cover it with some warm and spicy queso as well.

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