Need a 30 minute meal? One that is easy, delicious, healthier and maybe even has added veggies? I’ve got you covered! Grab one of these tried-and-true 20+ Healthy 30-Minute Meals that are simple to make and gets a veggie-loaded dinner on the table while keeping your sanity intact!

Broccoli cheesy chicken and rice in a white skillet on a table with a spoon. Bowls of ingredients are around it on the table.

Life is busy…yet we still need to eat.

And luckily we can eat without having to always grab fast food (which totally has its time and place) or sacrificing flavor and satisfaction! This collection of quick, delicious and veggie-loaded meals can all be made in 30 minutes, are aimed to be hearty + filling, with low prep AND to incorporate vegetables in a approachable, family-friendly way!

If you love healthy, simple, veggie-loaded meals, be sure to check out this collection of veggie-loaded one-pot dinners to keep meal time easy + veggie-packed!

What you’ll find in this post

Healthy Low-Cook or No-Cook Meals

Some days are just SO busy that the idea of turning on the oven or stove is just….too much. On those extra hectic days, I reach for one of these extra easy, veggie-loaded ,low-cook (15-minutes or less) or no-cook meals to get me and family fed while also minimizing my time and effort in the kitchen.

Healthy Tuna Salad (with added veggies)

This Healthy Tuna Salad is delicious, easy and offers up the perfect amount of crunch from added grated carrots and finely chopped celery! Lighted up by using half mayo and half Greek yogurt, this simple tuna salad is made flavorful from salt, onion power, lemon juice and Dijon mustard. Delicious over greens, on a sandwich or simply on its own. The perfect no-cook meal!
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15-Minute Cheeseburger Salad served in a bowl

15-Minute Cheeseburger Salad

This Cheeseburger Salad is one of our family's favorite go-to easy dinners. Made in just 15 minutes with perfectly seasoned ground beef, chopped romaine lettuce, sliced cherry tomatoes, pickles, diced red onion, shredded cheddar cheese and all tied together with the most delicious (and easy) burger sauce, this will become a family staple dinner in your house, too.
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15-Minute Mac & Cheese with Cauliflower Rice

This Mac and Cheese with Cauliflower is the perfect easy veggie-loaded comfort meal! Coming together in just 15 minutes, this homemade mac and cheese is loaded with 1.5 cups of riced cauliflower that almost disappears into the easy homemade cheese sauce and requires no blending. Made in one pot, naturally vegetarian, and easily gluten free!
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15-Minute Creamy Leek and Mushroom Pasta

Done cooking in about 15 minutes and full of amazing flavors, this Creamy Leek and Mushroom Pasta is going to be a new favorite! Vegetarian and easily gluten free, enjoy this veggie-loaded pasta as a satisfying main dish or as a delicious side!
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15-Minute Creamy Pasta with Peas served

15-Minute Creamy Pasta with Peas

This Pasta with Peas is so easy to make in just 15 minutes and is the perfect weeknight dinner! Full of protein from Greek yogurt and peas, this simple pasta dish has a delicious creamy sauce, a touch of brightness from lemon, and is super flavorful from shallots, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. This is truly a perfect vegetarian dinner recipe!
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Vegetarian 30-Minute Meal Ideas

If you are looking for simplicity but without the meat, here are some of my favorite easy + flavorful vegetarian dinner recipes that can be cooked up in 30-minutes!

Creamy Carrot Red Lentil Soup served in a big bowl

30-Minute Creamy Carrot Red Lentil Soup

This Creamy Carrot Red Lentil Soup is easy to make, full of flavor, and totally plant based. Made with blended carrots, red lentils, and coconut milk, this cozy soup is full of warm spices that truly take it next level in the flavor department. Made in about 30 minutes on your stove top, I've also included directions for slow cooker and Instant Pot.
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15-Minute Tofu Bok Choy Stir-Fry

This Tofu Bok Choy Stir-Fry is flavorful, easy, and delicious. Packed with plant protein from tofu, perfectly tender chopped Bok choy, sliced carrots, bell peppers and lots of Asian-inspired flavors, this stir-fry comes together in just 15 minutes and is the perfect weeknight dinner over rice, fluffy quinoa, rice noodles, or simply on its own.
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One-Pot Curry Lentil & Vegetable Soup

One-Pot Curry Lentil & Vegetable Soup

Lentil and Vegetable Soup might be the coziest thing I can think to curl up with! Made with just the right amount of warming curry flavor, this soup is full of veggies + plant protein from lentils and chickpeas. Made in one pot in about 30 minutes, it is the perfect end to your day. Recipe based off of this delicious curry lentil soup from Bon Appetit.
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Lemon Parmesan Brussels Sprout Pasta

This Lemon Parmesan Brussels Sprout Pasta is quick to make in under 30 minutes and is made with shredded Brussels sprouts, shallots, lemon zest, lemon juice, and grated parmesan cheese. Simple, flavorful, and fast…the perfect easy, healthy dinner.
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Veggie-Loaded Tortellini Soup (vegetarian)

Veggie-Loaded Tortellini Soup (vegetarian)

This Veggie-Loaded Tortellini Soup is packed with flavor, is simple to make, and is the perfect cozy vegetarian soup recipe. Make it on the stovetop in one pot in under 30 minutes and enjoy it as a comforting dinner.
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Creamy Beet Pasta

Made with just 8 ingredients, this Creamy Beet Pasta is a delicious and out-of-the-box way to add veggies to the table. The stunning and delicious pink sauce is made with blended cooked beets, cottage cheese, parmesan cheese, and garlic. Toss it with your favorite pasta, as this veggie-loaded recipe is done as soon as your noodles are cooked and is perfect for those busy weeknight dinners.
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Hearty & Healthy 30-Minute Meal Ideas

These 30-minute meals tick all the boxes! Full of protein, veggies, satisfaction and family-friendly!

Chicken Carrot Meatballs

These Chicken Carrot Meatballs are easy to make, full of flavor and the perfect veggie-loaded protein to add to dinner. Mixed up in one bowl and then done baking in 20 minutes, these healthy meatballs are delicious with sauce over pasta or simply on their own.
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Cauliflower Chicken Nuggets

These Cauliflower Chicken Nuggets are easy to make, super delicious and a veggie-loaded twist on a classic finger food! Done in under 30 minutes, they are perfect for lunch, dinner, or for stocking up your freezer.
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One-Pot Veggie-Loaded Tex-Mex Taco Pasta

This Veggie-Loaded Tex-Mex Taco Pasta is hearty, flavorful, made all in one pot, and the perfect family dinner! Cooking up in under 30 minutes and easily made gluten free and dairy-free, this healthy family-friendly pasta is packed with riced cauliflower, carrots, bell pepper, tomatoes, and spinach!
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Cheesy Chicken & Rice with Frozen Broccoli (one pan!)

This Cheesy Chicken Rice and Frozen Broccoli dinner is one of those magical meals that is nourishing, satisfying, but also feels like comfort food. Made in one pan, it is quick and easy to make with simple ingredients like frozen broccoli, white rice, chicken breast, flavorful broth, and some serious cheesy goodness. Done in just 30 minutes, it will comfort you from the inside out.
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20-Minute Lemony Shrimp Asparagus Pasta

Coming together in about 20 minutes, this Shrimp Asparagus Pasta is as delicious as it is easy. Made flavorful from lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, and a little Parmesan cheese, this easy dinner has a pound of fresh asparagus and lots of protein from shrimp. It truly is the perfect healthy weeknight dinner.
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30-Minute Sheet Pan Salmon with Mixed Veggies

This recipe for Sheet Pan Salmon and Vegetables is a terrific, easy salmon dinner that’s packed with a ton of great flavor! Green beans, sweet potato wedges, and sliced bell peppers, plus perfectly cooked baked salmon, are all tied together with a quick-to-make homemade teriyaki sauce. Deliciously simple, dinner is done in roughly 30 minutes!
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Juicy & Flavorful Zucchini Turkey Burgers served

Juicy & Flavorful Zucchini Turkey Burgers

These Zucchini Turkey Burgers are juicy, flavorful, and are going to be your new go-to burgers. So moist thanks to the addition of grated zucchini (1/2 cup in each burger!) and breadcrumbs, these turkey burgers are bursting with flavor thanks to Worcestershire sauce and the perfect blend of herbs and spices. The perfect protein and veggie-packed dinner that the whole family will love!
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30-Minute Sheet Pan Chicken & Veggies

This Sheet Pan Chicken recipe is the perfect complete one pan dinner for busy weeknights! Made with chicken breasts, baby potatoes and fresh green beans, it is brought next level in the flavor department with a lemon herb marinade. Done in 30 minutes and cooked on one sheet pan, it will be a new dinner staple!
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Veggie-Loaded Turkey Sloppy Joes served on a board

Veggie-Loaded Turkey Sloppy Joes

Made with ground turkey, flavorful homemade sauce, and packed with 3 veggies (carrot, zucchini, and spinach) these healthy turkey sloppy joes are easy to make and are sure to be a crowd-pleasing meal.
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One-Pot Unstuffed Cabbage Soup ready

One-Pot Unstuffed Cabbage Soup (with ground beef)

This One-Pot Unstuffed Cabbage Soup is flavorful, simple to make, packed with veggies and protein from ground beef, and makes for a hearty dinner. Make it on the stovetop or cook it up in your slow cooker or Instant Pot. It is a delicious and comforting dinner recipe!
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Healthy 30-Minute Meals…with veggies: Cheesy Chicken Broccoli & Rice

Yield: 6 servings
Cook Time: 28 minutes
Cuisine: American
Course: Main Course
This Cheesy Chicken Rice and Frozen Broccoli dinner is one of those magical meals that is nourishing, satisfying, but also feels like comfort food. Made in one pan, it is quick and easy to make with simple ingredients like frozen broccoli, white rice, chicken breast, flavorful broth, and some serious cheesy goodness. Done in just 30 minutes, it will comfort you from the inside out.


  • Tablespoons avocado oil, or olive oil
  • 1 cup finely diced yellow onion
  • 1 pound chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces, about 1 inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • black pepper, to taste
  • teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup uncooked white jasmine rice
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 8 ounces frozen small broccoli florets, (about 3 cups) Thawed and water drained off, *see below for how to best do this
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese , + extra for topping


  •  In a large skillet or pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the onions and cook until onions start to soften and turn translucent.  About 4 minutes.
  •  Once onions are cooked, add cut chicken to the pan and season with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Cook until the chicken is browned and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the garlic. Cook for about 1 more minute or until fragrant.
  • Pour the uncooked rice and chicken broth to the pan with the chicken and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cover.
  • Cook covered 12-15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and has an internal temperature of 165℉.
  • Once chicken is cooked through, add the defrosted broccoli to the skillet and stir everything together. Cover again and cook on low for 5 more minutes or until the broccoli is tender and rice is cooked.
  • Once done cooking, remove the pan from the heat. Remove the lid and stir in 1 cup of the cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted and well incorporated into the rice, chicken and broccoli.
  • If desired, top with extra cheese and let that melt for a few minutes before serving.   Allow leftovers cool completely before storing in an air-tight container in your fridge for up to 3 days.


*Let the broccoli defrost in the refrigerator overnight or microwave until defrosted (about 1 minute). 
Calories: 301kcal, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 52mg, Sodium: 629mg, Potassium: 563mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 305IU, Vitamin C: 37mg, Calcium: 126mg, Iron: 1mg