Take It Easy! 8 Simple, 30-Minute Dinners Busy Moms Will Love

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Yes, it’s true. I’m a soccer mom. And a softball mom, a baseball mom, a basketball mom, and a volleyball mom. My kids? They play all the sports, and with four kids that means we’re on the go all week long. So if we want to enjoy a meal together every night, I have to make it quick.

The goal on weeknights is to get dinner on the table in under 30 minutes. The trick is to be sure it is healthy, tasty, and something my whole family will enjoy. It starts with a well-stocked pantry — a shelf full of canned goods so vegetables are always at the ready, a variety of spices to compliment any recipe, and staples like potatoes and rice to round out the meal.

Here are 8 easy meal ideas, in under 30 minutes:

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    Click through for 8 fast, fun recipes for busy nights

  • Taco Bar 2 of 9

    Tacos are a quick and easy meal the entire family loves. We have them probably once a week.

    How to:

    Taco meat takes about 15 minutes, especially when I brown several pounds of ground beef in advance and store it in the freezer for individual meals.

    Just add cheese, a can of refried beans, and tomatoes for a full meal the kids just can't get enough of.

  • Chicken, Beans, and Rice 3 of 9

    A one-dish meal is great for getting dinner on the table in under 30 minutes while keeping cleanup fast and easy too. This recipe features canned pinto beans and tomatoes with chicken and rice for a dinner packed with protein.
    Get the recipe at Family Balance Sheet

  • Sausage Skillet 4 of 9

    This is one of my favorite, in-a-hurry dinners because it's another all-in-one dish to make cleanup fast, too.


    How to:

    Start by frying sliced potatoes in a skillet with just a little oil, onion, and seasoning salt.

    Then add sliced sausage rope and a drained can of green beans.

    The kids like it with ketchup, but I love the blend of flavors all on their own.

  • Creamy Chicken with Bacon 5 of 9

    Okay, so this one actually takes 8 hours to cook, but since you throw it all together in under 15 minutes, it totally counts. Plus, it's wrapped in bacon so that's a win in my book every time. Seriously, though, the crockpot is your friend during the busy week. Mix cream of mushroom soup, a little flour, and sour cream then pour over bacon-wrapped chicken. This sounds like it would be perfect over egg noodles, but it also suggests serving with rice or couscous.
    Get the full recipe at Moms with Crockpots

  • Burger Night 6 of 9

    BLT burgers and sides on the grill is a fast, easy meal that's perfect for this time of year. We like potatoes or corn on the cob with canned vegetables or Bush's baked beans and a quick salad. It has everything we need for a healthy meal with very little effort.

    Tip: Cook the veggies and baked beans in a foil tin on the grill, and the kitchen stays clean (and cool on a hot day!).

  • Greek Pasta Salad 7 of 9

    Quick dinner salads are a great way to get protein and vegetables all in one with time to spare. This pasta salad is made with a can of beans, cooked pasta, and lots of veggies. I also love to add leftover barbecue chicken and a can of black beans to a simple garden salad.
    Get the recipe at My Recipes

  • Meat and Potatoes 8 of 9

    This one is super simple, but puts a well-rounded meal on the table in no time at all.

    How to: Pan-fry meat (we usually use chicken!), parbake potatoes in the microwave then finish in the toaster oven, and cook a can of vegetables on the stovetop.

    Our most frequent variation of this meal is barbecue chicken, baked potato, and green beans. Pork chops, rice, and mixed vegetables are another favorite, all in under 30 minutes.

  • Quick Cassoulet 9 of 9

    I love the versatility of pork and beans. (Also? Pork — yum.) For this recipe, a can of pork and beans is added to chicken, sausage, and vegetables for a quick, hearty casserole.
    Get the recipe at

How do you get dinner on table during the busy week?

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