Sundays are the days I spend hours roasting sheet pans of sweet potatoes or cauliflower or carrots. I take my time simmering wheat berries and vigilantly stirring a batch of steel cut oatmeal. In these lazy afternoons, I abandon half-baked plans to bake perfect spice bread. Mondays through Fridays? Not so much.

While this Sunday prep takes me to the middle of the week, by Wednesday, I start fretting about what to throw together. All too often, minimally dressed eggs and pasta save the day. But recently I realized I could make a lot more exciting meals in 30 minutes. Salads or tacos or stir-frys that come together in the time it takes for me to watch an episode of The Office. (Yes, some include eggs and pasta, but more as supporting cast members.) Here are 19 Sunday-worthy meals I can throw together any other day of the week.

For the carnivores

1. Nigel Slater's miso soup with beef and kale

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2. Jerk-spiced chicken Hakka noodles

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3. Shaking beef (or other) salad

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4. Apple and sage brown butter pork chops

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5. Spaghetti carbonara

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6. Pasta with nduja & bitter greens

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7. Roasted sweet potatoes with merguez, persimmon, and za'atar yogurt

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8. Grace Young's stir-fried garlic eggplant with pork

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Fast fish dishes

9. Low-maintenance fish tacos

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10. Lebanese fish with herby tahini sauce over rice

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11. Smoked trout and avocado salad toasts

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12. Broiled lemon-honey arctic char with citrus sauce

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Meatless mains

13. Spinach, chile, & egg noodle pizza

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14. Sweet potato, goat cheese, and sage pasta pile-up

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15. Beans and greens soup

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16. Curried lentils with coconut milk

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17. Oyako Don

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18. Smoky, spicy, vegetarian pasta with eggs and mushrooms

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19. Entomatadas (cheese-filled, tomato sauce-smothered tortillas)

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This story was originally published on Food52.com: Got 30 minutes? Make these dinners.