Time-Saving Tips to Get Dinner on the Table in Under 30 Minutes

Tuscan white bean skillet on a countertop

Want to spend less time and effort on a weeknight meal while still skipping another takeout order? Get dinner on the table in under 30 minutes with these time-saving cooking hacks.

A bowl of steamed Brussels sprouts on a wooden table

Cut down on prep time

Putting together a meal can be a daunting task. Who wants to spend the extra time chopping, slicing, and dicing food after a busy day? Find ways to cut down on prep time, such as purchasing pre-cut vegetables to complete a well-rounded meal, like Swanson®’s Brussels Sprouts Steamfresh®. It goes straight from your freezer to the microwave so it’s ready in minutes, and comes in tasty restaurant-quality flavours that’ll elevate any protein it’s served alongside.

Keep it simple

Dinner does not have to be an elaborate affair every night of the week. Build a collection of recipes that use the fewest ingredients, and keep them on standby whenever you’re too hungry to wait for dinner. Simple pasta dishes are some of the most satisfying meals you can make, like this comforting pan fried gnocchi with brown butter that comes together in 20 minutes.


Breaded chicken breast with a side of roasted cauliflower and broccoli

Have easy staples on hand

The urge to order in can become even more powerful when there’s nothing to cook! Instead of wasting time trying to figure out what to make, stock your freezer with easy sides like Swanson®’s Broccoli Cauliflower Oven Roasters™, a great option that comes pre-seasoned and pre-cut. This way, you’ll always have something delicious, easy and fast at the ready. Simply roast your veggies according to package instructions and pair it with a tasty protein like halloumi, chicken or shrimp that can be roasted at a similar time and temperature.


Discover one-pot meals

If you love the simplicity of a sheet pan supper, you’ll probably want to try one-pot meals as well. An easy cooking method that combines all of your ingredients in a single pot or skillet while cooking, the possibilities are endless. Not only will you save time cooking the meal, but you’ll also spend less time cleaning up afterwards. Get started with this colourful Tuscan white bean skillet dinner.


Two bowls of chicken soup with carrots, spinach and mushrooms

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Leverage those leftovers

Sunday dinners that include main dishes like roast chicken, prime rib, turkey, and pork tenderloin usually result in leftovers. Use those leftovers to guide your weeknight meals. Leftover chicken is perfect for a comforting soup or easy taco filling. Leftover beef can be used for hot, open-faced sandwiches. If spaghetti and meatballs were on your weekend menu, the remaining meatballs and sauce are perfect for weeknight subs.