Ten 30-Minute Meals to Satisfy Last Minute Guests

Sometimes life throws us curveballs in the form of unplanned dinners and last minute guests dropping by. However, I’ve always thought a spontaneous get-together makes the best memories—and a great way to start a dinner tradition. Meals that require less than 30 minutes from start to finish are the key to successfully keeping your guests satisfied. Here are a few we love.

Salsa Chicken Burrito Bowls

Although it’s recommended to make the salsa chicken ahead using leftover chicken or substituting your favorite protein such as beef or pork, may we suggest skipping meat altogether for a vegetarian version that will make your guests eager for more.

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Guacamole Steak Salad

This salad is the perfect mix of savory and light, especially paired with the cilantro vinaigrette.

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Grilled Poblano and Corn Tacos

If you’re looking for a light vegetarian meal for your guests, look no further than the flavors in these tacos.

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Chicken Piccata

Comfort meals are my favorite types of dishes to serve guests. This meal will do the job to make your guests feel at home.

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Chilli Prawn Noodles

Gather your guests around this home cooked take-out alternative.

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Huevos Rancheros Salad

If you’re the breakfast-for-dinner type of girl, you’ll enjoy this salad (and so will your guests).

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Summer Vegetable Lasagna Skillet

Hearty comfort meals aren’t limited to meaty dishes—try this Summer Vegetable Lasagna Skillet for your next #MeatlessMonday dinner.

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Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin and Potatoes

This saucy, savory dish will sit well with your last-minute dinner guests.

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One-Pan Pasta

A classic Martha Stewart recipe, one-pot pasta meals are the quickest way to get your guests fed fast.

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Stuffed Baked Apple Crisp

You know me—I couldn’t end without mentioning dessert! These baked apple crisps are easy to duplicate for your guests who need to satisfy their sweet tooth.

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What are your go-to meals for last minute guests? Be sure to tag your meals with #TheEverygirlCooks on Instagram!