30-Minute Recipes for Novice Cooks


With everyone spending more time at home, cooking has become more of a necessity than a hobby. If you’re still trying to master the skill, ease into cooking with these quick and easy recipes. They require minimal know-how, ingredients, and counter space! 

Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas [Food Network]

This enchilada recipe cuts out a labor-intensive step by calling for shredded rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. With that part out of the way, all that you have to do is mix up a delicious blend of chicken, cream cheese, and cheddar with a few other ingredients, then spoon it down the middle of warm tortillas and wrap everything up. Sprinkle cheese on top and bake for about 15 minutes.

Fast Baked Fish [Taste of Home]

If you have some tilapia stashed in the freezer, chances are you’re equipped to make this easy dish. Thaw the tilapia (or grab fresh stuff from the grocery store) and lay it in a greased baking dish. Add salt and pepper, and a dash of paprika, if you like. Then cap each filet with a pat of butter and bake for 15 minutes. That’s it!

30-Minute Chili [AllRecipes]

If you love comfort food, but not the amount of time it usually involves, this quick chili is the answer. It requires only four ingredients—ground beef, a can of diced tomatoes, a can of kidney beans, and a packet of chili seasoning. Sear the beef, drain the grease, and then mix in the other ingredients. Cook everything for another 15 minutes then serve with a sprinkle of cheese on top or some quick-cooking rice.