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Easy No-Oven Dinners That Speed to the Table — 7 Tasty Recipes to Save You Money

Supper just got a whole lot easier with these meals ready in 30 minutes or less. 

When it comes to weeknight meals, we often don’t have a lot of time — or energy! — at the end of the day. Prepping ingredients and waiting on food in the oven is sometimes just too much. And while takeout can be a lifesaver, that convenience comes at a cost. That’s why we gathered some of our favorite quick and easy meal ideas. Simply start with leftovers or ready-made ingredients, then combine them with other items you already have on hand to create easy no-oven dinners that are big on flavor yet short on time.

“Think rotisserie chicken, canned tuna or even hard-boiled eggs,” says First for Women test kitchen manager Susan Chiusano, “then jazz things up with bottled dressing, condiments, herbs and more.” Or she suggests starting with proteins that cook up extra-quick on the stove top. Some of her favorite: salmon filets, frozen shrimp and smaller chicken pieces like boneless, skinless thighs. They’re all great options for easy no-oven dinners that let you spend less time cooking and more time enjoying.

7 easy no-oven dinner recipes

Ready to get going? Keep scrolling to find delicious recipes from the First for Women test kitchen that prep in a little as 10 minutes and speed to the table in a flash. Want an easy dessert to end your meal? Click through for our collection of no-bake mini cheesecakes.

1. Shrimp Salad Hoagies

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Fresh scallions top these seafood sensations for subtle crunch and oniony flavor that’s the perfect complement for shellfish.

2. Chicken Lettuce Cups

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Give taco night a Thai-style upgrade with these tasty low-carb lettuce cups — for a heartier meal, serve them with cooked jasmine rice.

3. Tuna Salad Cucumber Boats

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Trading a roll for cucumber gives tuna a satisfying crunch and slashes carbs.

4. Chicken and Pita Salad

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Our clever take on Panzanella salad gets a bonus dose of protein from chickpeas.

5. Teriyaki-Glazed Salmon with Vegetables

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Ready-to-use teriyaki sauce kissed with fresh ginger spices up sautéed salmon with a medley of crisp vegetables.

6. Smoky Chicken Tacos

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We added chipotles in adobe for a smoky kick, but you can adjust if your gang prefers less heat.

7. Bacon and Egg Salad

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Juicy grapes and crisp lettuce add just the right amount of sweetness and crunch to this tasty toss.

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