15 Seriously Quick Dinner Recipes You Can Make in 35 Minutes Or Less

Updated 04/03/19

Whether you’re cooking for one, or a Brady Bunch-sized crew, we want your spring menu to be your best—and easiest—yet. If you are anything like me, strolling through my Sunday farmers market is the highlight of your cooking duties, and kitchen organization is the dreaded opposite, thus with seasonal fare top of mind, we put together a list of the 15 quickest and most delicious spring dinner recipes we could find. 

If you tend to lean towards salads for their culinary ease, these options are just as swift to throw together—no sous chef necessary.

For those who seek slow-cooker meals, there’s something for you, and if you’re more of a vegetable-based cook, there’s plenty of that. Knowing that it’s hard these days to sit down to break bread, well, at a table with others who actually eat bread, we sourced recipes for every preference under the sun, so no stomachs are left rumbling. Summon your inner top chef and dive in.

Garlic Parmesan Risotto

Quick spring dinner recipes—Carlsbad Cravings
Carlsbad Cravings

Time It Takes: 30 minutes

Why We Love It: Risotto always seems like a daunting dish to master, but this simple recipe is a great way to get your foot in the door. Carlsbad Cravings leads you through baking it in the oven which she claims to be a foolproof method to achieving creamy perfection. The recipe calls for petite peas but If you’re craving any additional veggies, feel free to throw in zucchinis, mushrooms or spinach. Soon the aromas of your kitchen will transport you to Provence itself.


Pesto Vegetable Bowls

Quick spring dinner recipes—Chelsea's Messy Apron
Chelsea's Messy Apron

The Recipe: Pesto Vegetable Bowls

Time It Takes: 35 minutes

Why We Love It: Bowls have become a high priority on our dinner menu as they continue to lend ease to the process and flavor to our everyday. This pesto bowl is no different with its glorious list of roasted veggies, fresh homemade pesto and filling couscous.


Easy Low Carb Paleo Meatloaf

Quick spring dinner recipes—Food Faith Fitness
Food Faith Fitness

Time It Takes: 1 hour 10 minutes

Why We Love It: This Sunday dinner classic gets a modern upgrade with Food Faith Fitness’ clean eating recipe. It’s gluten free, dairy free, sugar-free and whole30 friendly so this one’s definitely a crowd pleaser. Prep time on this one is 15 minutes, cook time 55 minutes, and soon you’ll be watching smiles crack around your dinner table as you serve this nostalgic dish.


5-Ingredient Chipotle Chicken Taquitos

Quick spring dinner recipes—Foodie Crush
Foodie Crush

Time It Takes: 20 minutes

Why We Love It: When I see a call out for dinner with 5-ingredients or less, I know I’m amongst my people. This chipotle chicken taquito recipe looks intricate but in fact, it’s the perfect meal to get the whole family or your closest friends partaking in. Everyone rolls their own taquito, throw them in to bake, and bam—it’s a fiesta.

Quick Coconut Fish Curry with Soba Noodles

Quick spring dinner recipes—Stuck in the Kitchen
Stuck in the Kitchen

Time It Takes: 15 minutes

Why We Love It: This stunning recipe is one to pull out when you’re cooking to impress. It’s a melange of flavors between spicy red chili mixed with Thai green curry, refreshing lemongrass, and unexpected dashes of brown sugar will leave company trying to articulate their enjoyment.


Better Than Takeout 20-Minute Peanut Noodles with Sesame Halloumi

Quick spring dinner recipes—Half Baked Harvest
Half Baked Harvest

Time It Takes: 20 minutes

Why We Love It: Spring is for plugging in those twinkle-lights and utilizing that outdoor space—al fresco. This 20-minute noodle recipe is the ideal meal to serve guests on your first dinner party of the season—but watch out it sets the bar high. With its rice noodle base, this recipe is a great gluten-free option and makes for even greater leftovers.

Detoxifying Seaweed Salad with Miso Dressing

Quick spring dinner recipes—Hello Glow
Hello Glow

Time It Takes: 35 minutes

Why We Love It: Seaweed salad not only tastes inviting but is dense with powerful minerals and antioxidants that will boost your metabolism. This recipe is a good way to get your family the nutrients they seek while their busy scarfing down. Once the miso dressing is prepped and the seaweed tossed, you can add all kinds of vegetables sitting in your fridge—avocados, cucumber, and green onion make great pairings.

Foolproof Scallop Ceviche with Tomatoes and Avocado

Quick spring dinner recipes—Hola Jalapeño
Hola Jalapeño

Time It Takes: 25 minutes

Why We Love It: As soon as the temps start rising, you can find me scouring Yelp for “Best ceviche near me”, but I no longer have to since this recipe made its way into my life. Kate of Hola Jalapeño claims this to be the “easiest scallop ceviche ever” and with just a 20-minute prep time, 5-minute cook time, and only a handful of ingredients, I believe her.


Smoky Heirloom Tomato and Grilled Peach Pasta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Quick spring dinner recipes—How Sweet Eats
How Sweet Eats

Time It Takes: 30 minutes

Why We Love It: Speaking of seasonal, this recipe checks all our spring cravings off the list. There’s something about the mixing of succulent tomatoes with sweet peaches and that rich flavor of basil that will leave you wanting to recreate this dish over and over again. That smoky taste? It’s the thick cut bacon, cooked and crumbled that counters all that sweetness with savory.

Chicken Pot Pie Bow Ties: Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Pasta

Quick spring dinner recipes—I Am Food Blog
I Am Food Blog

Time It Takes: 20 minutes

Why We Love It: There’s something truly comforting about a fresh-out-the-oven chicken pot pie, and this modernized version is no different. The simplicity of this recipe is undeniable, throw all ingredients into your trusty instant pot, cook on high pressure for five minutes, and you’re left with a four-person serving of creamy deliciousness.

Mama’s Easy Lemon Chicken

Quick spring dinner recipes—Lake Shore Lady
Lake Shore Lady

Time It Takes: 25 minutes

Why We Love It: Mama’s lemon chicken is the kind of recipe your keep near and dear to you whenever you need a simple crowd pleaser—friends in town? Lemon chicken. Want to impress a date? Lemon chicken. You get the gist. The highlight of this dish is you can always side it with a veggie of your choice (this recipe calls for roasted asparagus) and it always breathes new life into a timeless classic.

Easy Pumpkin Bolognese Pasta Sauce with Mushrooms (Gluten Free)

Quick spring dinner recipes—Root and Revel
Root and Revel

Time It Takes: 35 minutes

Why We Love It: Roots and Revel have this categorized as an autumn recipe for its main ingredient being pumpkin however, we want to bring it with us into spring as a healthier alternative to a good family dinner staple. Usually heavy in meat, this bolognese calls for pumpkin with mushrooms and is the perfect large serving of gluten-free deliciousness for a Sunday night at home.


One Pot 30-Minute Creamy Basil Pasta Bake

Quick spring dinner recipes—Half Baked Harvest
Half Baked Harvest

Time It Takes: 30 minutes

Why We Love It: For lazier cooks like me, a recipe that only calls for one pot is a dream come true. This 30-minute pasta bake is a dish that can be whipped up with little notice and still win guests over. The best part? This recipe does well with all kinds of substitutes so if you don’t do grains you can easily swap in a brown rice or chickpea based pasta.

Slow Cooker Lentil and Brown Rice Tacos

Quick spring dinner recipes—Melanie Makes
Melanie Makes

Time It Takes: 3 hours 10 minutes

Why We Love It: This slow cooker menu item might take a few hours to brew but it’s overall effortlessly simple. It's a one and done situation. Think of all lentils and brown rice make it a healthier, filling option topped with vegetables and yummy salsas of your choice. This recipe is easy to edit depending on your preferences — GF eaters can switch a flour tortilla for corn.


Rainbow Veggie Ramen Bowls

Quick spring dinner recipes—Hello Glow
Hello Glow

Time It Takes: 60 minutes

Why We Love It: Okay so this one takes an hour to make but ramen is one of those dishes I can't resist and to be honest, I spend way too much money eating out on. If you’re the same, learn this super easy rainbow veggie ramen bowl and dole it out when cravings hit. With fresh ingredients like zoodles, shredded root veggies, and spinach this is also a way healthier option than you would be consuming at your neighborhood ramen spot.

Time It Takes: 60 minutes

Why We Love It: Okay so this one takes an hour to make but ramen is one of those dishes I can't resist and to be honest, I spend way too much money eating out on. If you’re the same, learn this super easy rainbow veggie ramen bowl and dole it out when cravings hit. With fresh ingredients like zoodles, shredded root veggies, and spinach this is also a way healthier option than you would be consuming at your neighborhood ramen spot.

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