Mary-Linh Tran

Editorial Assistant at Kitchen Stories

Despite my love of cooking, figuring out what to make for dinner can still be a mental hurdle after a long day’s work. You’d think that being around food content everyday would give me the burst of motivation to try something new and fun, yet, more often than not, by the time I get home, I just want something quick and easy that’ll fill me up. No last minute runs to the grocery store, no re-reading a recipe three different times to make sure I’ve comprehended the steps, and definitely no huge pile of dirty dishes—hopefully.

So, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be happy to have this list of our most popular dinners that can be prepped in one hour or less. Consider this comprehensive list your back pocket cookbook, a companion you can simply tap into and scroll through on the commute home for inspiration that’s achievable. Brace yourself and get scrolling!

20 minute prep time

Green asparagus tart

Green asparagus tart

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Pasta verde

Pasta verde

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Spicy taco skillet

Spicy taco skillet

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Fettuccine Alfredo

Fettuccine Alfredo

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Pomegranate and couscous stuffed eggplant

Pomegranate and couscous stuffed eggplant

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Chinese fried rice

Chinese fried rice

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Shortcut tarte flambée

Shortcut tarte flambée

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Classic spaghetti carbonara

Classic spaghetti carbonara

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Baked sweet potatoes with spinach and pine nuts

Baked sweet potatoes with spinach and pine nuts

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Seared salmon on baby leaf salad

Seared salmon on baby leaf salad

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Spaghetti aglio e olio

Spaghetti aglio e olio

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Tomatoes and egg

Tomatoes and egg

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Easy potato and onion tortilla

Easy potato and onion tortilla

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Salmon and broccoli casserole

Salmon and broccoli casserole

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Fresh avocado and mango salad

Fresh avocado and mango salad

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Easy sheet pan salmon with scallions and garlic butter

Easy sheet pan salmon with scallions and garlic butter

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Sweet potato, spinach, and feta frittata

Sweet potato, spinach, and feta frittata

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Easy baked chicken breasts with tomatoes and herbs

Easy baked chicken breasts with tomatoes and herbs

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Penne all’Arrabbiata

Penne all’Arrabbiata

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Savory Dutch baby with smoked salmon and horseradish

Savory Dutch baby with smoked salmon and horseradish

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5-ingredient oven-roasted chicken thighs and red peppers

5-ingredient oven-roasted chicken thighs and red peppers

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40 minute prep time

Hokkaido ginger soup with candied pumpkin seeds

Hokkaido ginger soup with candied pumpkin seeds

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Simple spaghetti Bolognese

Simple spaghetti Bolognese

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One-pot pasta

One-pot pasta

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Chili con carne

Chili con carne

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Whole wheat pasta alla norma

Whole wheat pasta alla norma

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Shakshuka

Shakshuka

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Sweet potato curry

Sweet potato curry

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Creamy whole wheat pasta with chicken

Creamy whole wheat pasta with chicken

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Pesto baked rigatoni with mushrooms

Pesto baked rigatoni with mushrooms

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Chicken Francese

Chicken Francese

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5-ingredient curried pork meatballs with rice

5-ingredient curried pork meatballs with rice

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Spaghetti allo scoglio (Seafood spaghetti)

Spaghetti allo scoglio (Seafood spaghetti)

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Ricotta and spinach baked cannelloni

Ricotta and spinach baked cannelloni

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Djuvec rice

Djuvec rice

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Chanterelle Gruyère tart

Chanterelle Gruyère tart

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5-ingredient creamy tomato and basil pasta

5-ingredient creamy tomato and basil pasta

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Baked gnocchi with gorgonzola and spinach

Baked gnocchi with gorgonzola and spinach

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Curried pumpkin pasta bake

Curried pumpkin pasta bake

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60 minute prep time

Classic French coq au vin

Classic French coq au vin

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Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington

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Meatballs in marinara sauce

Meatballs in marinara sauce

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Honeyed carrot risotto

Honeyed carrot risotto

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Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan

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Classic Italian lasagna

Classic Italian lasagna

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Butter chicken in mildly spiced tomato sauce

Butter chicken in mildly spiced tomato sauce

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Lemon chicken tikka masala

Lemon chicken tikka masala

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Easy chicken ramen

Easy chicken ramen

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Spanakopita (Greek spinach pie)

Spanakopita (Greek spinach pie)

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Tex-Mex stuffed peppers

Tex-Mex stuffed peppers

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Savory tomato pie

Savory tomato pie

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Glass noodle salad with lemongrass dressing

Glass noodle salad with lemongrass dressing

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Sweet and sour chicken

Sweet and sour chicken

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5-ingredient wild rice pilaf with sausage and mushrooms

5-ingredient wild rice pilaf with sausage and mushrooms

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Homemade butternut squash ravioli

Homemade butternut squash ravioli

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Tartiflette (French potato, bacon, and cheese casserole)

Tartiflette (French potato, bacon, and cheese casserole)

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