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22 Comforting 30-Minute Meals To Make All Winter

Save time and eat well.

You're a busy person, and you don't have the time to cook up an extravagant dinner every night. That's where these comforting 30-minute meals come in handy. They're gourmet and satisfying, and the best part is you can whip them up in no time.

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1. Red Thai Chicken Curry

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The ingredient list may look intimidating at first, but essentially all you have to do is toss everything together — fish sauce, lime juice, coconut milk, and all — into a large skillet and let it simmer. Get the recipe here.

2. Skillet Tortellini Lasagna

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You can always swap the sausage for ground beef or turkey...or hold the meat all together to make this cozy meal meatless. Get the recipe here.

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3. Sheet Pan Shrimp Tacos

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The shrimp are tossed in a zesty three-ingredient marinade of olive oil, taco seasoning, and lime juice. Serve them in tortillas topped with creamy cabbage slaw for an easy weeknight meal. Get the recipe here.

4. Ten-Minute Spicy Peanut Udon

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Is there anything better than thick, doughy udon noodles drenched in sweet-and-tangy peanut sauce? The answer, of course, is no. Get the recipe here.

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5. Instant Pot Chicken Carnitas

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Serve these carnitas over rice like a burrito bowl, on top of a salad, or in tortillas with your favorite taco garnishes. Get the recipe here.

6. Instant Pot Chicken Teriyaki Bowls

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If your instant pot isn't already your favorite kitchen appliance, it certainly will be once you've tried these teriyaki bowls. Just dump all the ingredients inside, turn the pot on, and voilà: Better than take-out dinner. Get the recipe here.

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7. Mexican Chicken Noodle Soup

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This spicy twist on classic chicken noodle soup will warm you right up on chilly winter nights. Get the recipe here.

8. Sheet Pan Philly Cheesesteak

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This keto-friendly take on Philly cheesesteaks is guaranteed to satisfy your comfort food cravings. Or you can always go ahead and serve the filling on submarine rolls. Get the recipe here.

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9. Mushroom Gnocchi With Arugula and Walnut Pesto

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If you're trying to save time and money on groceries, opt for any store-bought pesto. Then this pasta recipe comes together with just a few basic ingredients. Get the recipe here.

10. Tomato Pesto Salmon and Rice in Foil

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If you're intimidated by the idea of cooking seafood at home, try baking your salmon in foil packets. It looks perfect every time — crispy on the outside but tender and flaky on the inside. Get the recipe here.

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11. Instant Pot Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice Casserole

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Casserole has a pretty un-sexy reputation, but give this cheesy rice a try and you'll see the dish in a new light. Get the recipe here.

12. Chinese Eggplant With Garlic Sauce

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Better than take-out, and ready in the same amount of time you'd be waiting for the delivery man to arrive at your door. Get the recipe here.

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13. Sausage Carbonara

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There's nothing fancy about a simple carbonara, but there's almost nothing more satisfying. For this dish, all you need are a few simple ingredients like your favorite kind of pasta, eggs, Parmesan, and Italian sausage. Get the recipe here.

14. Korean Beef With Peppers and Sesame Rice

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Flank steak and vegetables are stir-fried with ginger, garlic, and chili paste. Then it's served over a jazzed up rice infused with sesame oil and sesame seeds. Get the recipe here.

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15. Turkey Sweet Potato Chili

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Chilly nights call for warm bowls of hearty chili. Get the recipe here.

16. Shrimp and Orzo With Sun Dried Tomatoes

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Sure, this shrimp dish looks fancy, but in reality it's a breeze to make. The best part of all is that you can make the whole thing from start to finish in a single skillet. Get the recipe here.

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17. Mushroom Cauliflower Rice Skillet

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This cauliflower and vegetable medley happens to be low-carb, but it tastes so indulgent you'd think you're eating creamy risotto. Get the recipe here.

18. Pork Piccata

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This classic Italian recipe, which features a tangy, creamy sauce made with garlic, white wine, lemon broth, cappers, and chicken broth is usually made with chicken breasts. This version calls for pork chops to give it an exciting twist. Get the recipe here.

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19. Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

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Before you reach for a can of soup, remember that the homemade stuff tastes so much better. Plus, you can make a big batch and freeze it for future lazy nights. Get the recipe here.

20. Sweet Thai Chili Lime Skewers

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Start with a salmon fillet sliced into chunks, then toss the fish in a mixture of sweet chili sauce. Arrange the salmon and green onion on skewers and cook them in a skillet. Get the recipe here.

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21. Beef Fajitas

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This family-friendly, weeknight dinner is both simple and satisfying. Just sautée flank steak, onions, and peppers with fajita mix. Then serve it DIY-style with tortillas, sour cream, salsa, and guacamole for garnishing. Get the recipe here.

22. Vegan Polenta With Mushrooms and Beans

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This polenta tastes so luscious you'd never guess it's totally dairy-free. You can spice it up with whatever vegetables you have on hand, although we love how it tastes with a variety of sautéed mushrooms. Get the recipe here.

For more easy dinner inspiration, check out these articles:

18 Quick Dinners You Can Actually Make After Work

30 Quick Dinners With No Meat

21 Easy And Comforting Instant Pot Recipes To Try This Winter

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