98 Quick Meals for the Busiest People
Besides ordering from fast food chains, what quick meals can we serve on our dinner table? Let’s face it. With our fast-paced environment, we lack time to cook an entire meal for ourselves and our family.
From long days at work to the children’s extra-curricular activities; this leaves us with little room to prepare a healthy meal.
This list is will show you 98 quick meals that any busy person can make. These meals will take 45 minutes tops and your family will be so happy that you found a way to make a worthwhile meal.
98 Quick Meals
The following quick meals can be used all throughout the year. We tried to keep contain this list with meals that will only take 45 minutes or less.
Just because you won’t be cooking for hours, doesn’t mean these meals are skimpy or dull.
Spaghetti with Sausage and Pepper
Normal spaghetti will do just fine, but sausage cooks just a little quicker than beef.
Texas Toast Pizza
Grab a box of Texas Toast from the freezer section and add sauce, cheese, and pepperoni.
Sausage Alfredo Pasta
Grab your favorite sausage and some alfredo sauce. This alfredo pasta is sure one of the quick meals to wow your family.
Stromboli may seem like a complicated dish but it really isn’t. This quick meal only calls for a few key ingredients.
Quick and Easy Calzones
Turkey Meat Balls and Zucchini Noodles
Cook turkey meatballs with zucchini noodles. For the noodles, you will need a noodle cutter. Children will list this as one of their favorite quick meals.
Easy Tuna Patties
Who doesn’t like tuna? Pack your tuna up and put it on a hamburger bun or sandwich loaves. Add lettuce and tomato to top it off.
Catfish and Apple Celery Slaw
Catfish cooks the quickest out of most of the fish in the sea. Just add apple and celery into your coleslaw to make this complete. And, next thing you'll know, you're serving at least two quick meals in one plate.
Sweet and Spicy Tilapia
Mini Pancakes, Eggs, and Turkey Bacon
Find ready-to-cook mini pancakes at the breakfast aisle at any grocery store. Pop these in the oven and scramble some eggs too. The bacon should cook in about 15 minutes tops.
Some people would rather cook their tilapia in a pan rather than an oven. Make sure to add plenty of butter.
Avocado Black Bean Quesadillas
Avocado is the new health wave. Avocado slices actually go well in quesadillas.
The truth is, veggie tacos are so much quicker to make than meat filled tacos.
Easy Lo Mein
Thai Peanut Noodles
Anyone who loves a good Asian dish will love this. Simply cook these noodles and add your favorite sauce.
Chicken Fried Rice
Grab some pre-cooked chicken and add it to your fried rice. If you have time, peas and scrambled eggs will work well too.
This quick meal is a favorite among young ones. Grab a regular sized bag and top it with cheese, pizza sauce, and pepperoni. Pop it in the oven and you’re done.
Veggie Stir Fry
Stir fry is a super-fast dish. Fry your rice and add some veggies. Buy some soy sauce for extra flavor.
Vegetarian Black Bean Chili
Find your favorite beans and make a chili out of them. Feel free to add corn and tomato.
20 Minute Mac and Cheese
Macaroni and cheese is great for any time of year. This comfort food won’t take long to cook if you use the right ingredients.
Use whatever pasta noodles you have stored in your pantry. Add some olive oil and seasoning after cooking for a delicious dish.
Sometimes, you can find a brand of noodles ideal for making quick meals. You will only have to bake instead of boil and then bake. This will make the process even faster.
Baked Ziti with Ricotta
Ziti is a pasta dish which uses 3 different types of cheese. One of these can be ricotta. This dish is quick because you only need to cook the noodles and bake the cheese on top.
This unique recipe is great for busy nights. Penne or spaghetti noodles should work fine.
Alfredo doesn’t take long to cook when you use a store-bought jar of sauce. Cook the noodles and add broccoli.
Quick Chicken and Rice
Bake some chicken strips and add to your favorite type of rice. Serve them together for a complete meal.
Teriyaki Rice Bowls
You’ll want to use quick rice for this quick meal.
Sweet Spicy Chicken
Use sweet and spicy sauce to top your baked chicken with.
Turkey Meat Balls and Garlic Bread
Turkey meatballs give a great variance to meatball recipes. Garlic Bread and cheese should go well with this dish.
Chicken and Spinach Parmesan
This is one of the healthy quick meals that can be made in 30 minutes.
Chicken Fingers and Quick Rice
Find some instant rice, cook your chicken strips and you’re all done with this quick meal.
Grilled cheese always goes great with Tomato soup.
Garlic Mushroom Chicken
Although this dish may sound fancy it’s actually pretty simple to make. Add garlic and mushroom to your baked chicken.
This meal consists of cooked chicken strips, Cajun sauce, and peppers.
Beef and Noodles
This meal is perfect for cold nights in the fall or winter. Add beef broth, chopped beef, and noodles to a dish and you're done.
This quick meal is a go-to for many families. Beef burritos can be made quickly. Just throw in your favorite cheese and veggies to the mix.
Chicken Bean and Cheese Burritos
Cooked chicken strips with black or brown beans will fit nicely into a burrito. Some people like to add sour cream for dipping their burritos in.
Chef’s Salad with Cheese
Chef’s salad usually consists of your favorite meat, cucumbers, tomatoes, and cheese. Cheddar or Mozerella will do just fine.
Chicken or Beef Enchilada
You can bake an entire enchilada meal in about 30 minutes or less. Make sure to add your favorite veggies to the mix too.
Veggie and Black Bean Nachos
Nachos are great for any time of the year. Put together your favorite nacho chips and the veggies of your choice. Don’t forget the black beans.
Baked Honey Garlic Chicken
Use drumsticks or small chicken wings for a quicker cooking time. Glaze them with honey and garlic for a delicious dish.
Sloppy Joe Muffins
This meal is both quick and unique. You probably didn’t think of adding sloppy joes to muffin tops.
This quick meal is perfect for winter months. You can always substitute the beef with chicken if you want.
Stuffed Meat Balls
Who doesn't love a good meatball? Before cooking them, stuff them with cheese or veggies.
Beef and Macaroni
A quick macaroni recipe with ground beef will do just fine. This meal is hearty and quick.
Quick Stuffed Bell Peppers
If you’ve never tried stuffed peppers you’ll definitely want to. They’re easy and delicious. Bake a bell pepper and add your favorite veggies and meats on the inside.
Sliders are quick since they're so small. You won't have to worry about making full-sized hamburgers. They'll cook quickly and can be put together much faster. Kids will love this quick meal.
Chili dogs are always a fun and easy dinner. Grab some hot dog buns, hot dogs and a little bit of pre-made chili. There you go this quick meal is complete. Cheddar cheese can always be added on top for extra flavor.
French Dip Sandwiches
This delicious sandwich consists of a slab of beef with any toppings of your choice. Make sure you don’t forget the French dip recipe to dip the sandwich in.
Beef stir-fry doesn't take very long to cool at all. Chopped beef, fried rice, peas, and carrots will do the trick.
Chili Cheese Cake Sloppy Joe
Instead of using regular sloppy joe sauce and beef, go ahead and add some chili to the mixture too. This will give it a little more flavor. Remember, chili can be last for days so you may want to make this in bulk.
Many Asian themed restaurants serve this dish but you can make it right from home. If you like soy sauce you might want to add that to the mixture for flavor.
This can be prepared within 30 minutes. Use beef or steak shreds for this recipe. There’s also a special Mongolian sauce recipe you’ll want to try out.
Asian Orange Chicken
Orange chicken has become ever popular. So, it is a not a surprise that it made it in our list of quick meals. Just grab some chicken and your favorite orange sauce recipe. This dish will be tangy and sweet at the same time.
Make a pot of spaghetti and grab hard or soft tacos shells. This makes the dish just a little more unique. And, it won’t seem like you’re eating just spaghetti for dinner again.
Taco pie can be baked within 20 minutes in a pan. Stuff the pie with the insides of the taco and let the crisp outer shell bake to perfection.
This salad can be prepared with just about anything you want. Strawberries, walnut, onion, black olive, banana pepper or whatever else you like in a salad.
Mexican Pasta Skillet
Easy Taco Salad
This southern dishes usually calls for rice, peppers, ground beef, and cheese. Bake it for about 20 minutes and you're ready for a quick meal.
Choose your favorite brand of tortilla wrap and make a wrap complete with ground beef, corn, tomato, and beans. You can also put chicken strips in as a beef substitute.
Baked Potato and Chicken Casserole
A nice pot of chicken casserole goes great with a baked potato. This quick meal is sure to fill you up.
Brown Rice and Chick Peas
Veggie Pasta and Sauce
Use some of your favorite vegetables for this dish. You can also pick the pasta of your choice to make the dish unique.
Most Greek Salads feature tomato, quinoa, feta cheese, onion, and cucumber.
Cajun Chicken Pasta
Cajun Chicken tends to be on the spicy side. This dish is great for those who like tons of flavor.
Chicken or Beef Pot Pie
Pot pies are pretty easy to make especially if you use a pre-made crust to cut down on time. Fill this crust with frozen vegetables like carrots and peas. Next, add your chicken and bake it in the oven with a little bit of chicken broth.
Maple Glazed Chicken Sandwich
Buy your favorite maple glaze or sauce and add it to a cooked chicken sandwich. Usually, you would bake the chicken meat you'll use for the sandwich.
Ritz Cracker Chicken
Kids will love this quick meal. Crumble Ritz crackers over the baked chicken. Add a little water or oil so that the crumbs will stick to the chicken. The finished product is a deliciously wrapped ritz cracker chicken.
Mushroom Herb Chicken
Use mushrooms and rosemary or basil to coat your chicken. It will only take 30 minutes to complete.
This soup uses an assortment of different veggies. Soups are generally pretty easy to make.
Roasted Tomato and Cauliflower Pasta
This recipe isn’t very common but it’s one of the great quick meals. Tomatoes and Cauliflower won't' take long to cook at all. Roast them in an oven and pair them with your favorite pasta noodles. Season with salt and pepper.
Snapped Peas, Basil and Spinach Pasta
This veggie pasta can be prepared quickly while providing tons of nutrients.
Romaine Avocado and Corn Salad
This quick meal features an Italian chicken dish.
Pasta and White Beans with Broccoli and Pesto
Pasta Primavera Alfredo
This dish uses bow tie noodles, cheese, and alfredo sauce. Feel free to add your favorite vegetables to this dish too.
Grilled Cheese and Potato Soup
Grilled cheese is a quick and easy food to prepare. Potato soup only takes 10 to 20 minutes to cook from scratch. This is the ultimate quick meal combo.
Cheeseburgers are always a quick meal. You can always add chips or baked beans to complete this meal.
This delicious Italian dish calls for olive oil, tomatoes, black olives, anchovies, and garlic.
30 Minute Barbeque Soy Chicken
Grill your chicken in a pan or bake it. Make sure to add your favorite brand of soy sauce for a flavorful meal.
Garlic Parmesan Pasta
Most people have heard of this quick meal. It only takes 30 minutes or less to prepare.
Pesto Chicken Bake
Meatloaf is usually made from beef. It will only take about 25 minutes to fully prepare this meal.
Sausage Lasagna (skillet)
Sausage doesn’t take as long to cook as other meats. This dish can be created in a skillet.
Baked Sausages and Apple
Chop up pieces of sausage and add it to a pan of sliced apples.
Barbeque Flat Bread
Use barbeque chicken as a filler for your favorite flatbread.
Tater Tot Sheperd’s Pie
Kids will definitely like this quick meal. Tater tots can be used to make a nutritious Shepherd’s pie.
Cuban sliders are similar to regular sliders. The difference is they’re much spicier.
Tomato Basil Ground Beef
This dish can be cooked in under 45 minutes.
Chicken and Broccoli
Make this dish in the form of a mixed meal or cook these ingredients separately and serve them separately. Either way, it won't take too long to prepare.
Honey Garlic Beef
You’ll need the perfect honey garlic sauce recipe to top with your beef.
Ramen Vegetable Stir-Fry
Ramen noodles are a staple in many Asian countries. Just add some vegetables to this stir-fry and you’re done.
Paleo Burgers with Avocado
Sausage and Spinach Quiche