Published April 4th, 2023

Quick Dinner Ideas in the Ninja Speedi™ 

Quick Dinner Ideas in the Ninja Speedi™ 

Life can get busy, and sometimes it’s hard to find the time to make a sit-down dinner. But have no fear! Below are 15 quick and delicious dinners that’ll make your life easier.  

From Burrito or Meditteranean bowls to Chicken Parmesan, these ideas will provide variety while saving you time in the kitchen. They’re easy enough for beginners, and the Ninja Speedi™ Rapid Cooker and Air Fryer does almost all the work, so don’t worry about lengthy prep times or fancy ingredients. The Ninja Speedi™ allows you to cook complete, multi textured meals all in one pot in as little as 15 minutes. 

Burrito Bowl 

Overhead shot of a Ninja Speedi Burrito Bowl filled with rice and beans, topped with sliced chicken, salsa, guacamole and corn.

For a delicious burrito bowl, all you need is rice, beans, chicken, your favorite taco seasoning and toppings to make an incredibly flavorful dish in just minutes.  

The rice and beans are cooked together easily in the bottom of the pot, while the chicken cooks on the Crisper Tray above, for a tasty meal ready in 35 minutes (prep time included). Serve topped with cilantro, sour cream and guacamole for the perfect bite. 

Mediterranean Bowl 

Overhead shot of two Mediterranean bowls topped with cucumber, feta and cherry tomatoes

In the mood for something Mediterranean? Make this easy Mediterranean bowl that features quinoa and spinach with chicken meatballs. Topped with hummus and all the best sauces and fixings, these are sure to please the family. Feel free to swap the meatballs for falafel to make this vegetarian (cooking times may vary). 

Frittata Loraine

Side view of a white plate with a slice of Frittata-Lorraine

Frittatas aren’t just for breakfast. This classic fritatta is filled with flavorful bacon, onions and Swiss cheese — but you can use whatever add ins you have on hand or want to. This fritatta is so easy and comes together in a flash for a breakfast inspired dinner. 

Herb-Crusted Salmon

Overhead view of a white plate filled with Herb Crusted Salmon with Quinoa

Herb-Crusted Salmon is another great option that takes minimal time and effort but yields maximum flavor. The salmon filets get coated in herby bread crumbs and crisped to perfection. Serve the salmon with quinoa and peas for an impressive yet simple dinner. 

Chicken Parmesan

Side view of a wood cutting board with Chicken Parmesan & Penne

Chicken Parmesan is a classic Italian dish made with breaded chicken topped with mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce. This meal is served with penne cooked al dente in your favorite pasta sauce. 

This is a perfect weeknight dinner that’s easy to make yet impressive enough for company and can be ready in less than an hour. Make sure to use your favorite ingredients like good-quality chicken and fresh parmesan cheese. 

Steak Fajitas

Overhead view of steak fajitas

Feeling like Mexican, but don’t want to order out? Make these budget-friendly Steak Fajitas bowls for a fiesta at home! Cilantro and lime marinated Steak Fajitas are served over a base of flavorful cauilflower rice for a lighter, yet filling tasty weeknight meal. 

Chicken Meatballs

Overhead view of a white serving bowl with Greek Chicken Meatballs with Orzo & Zucchini

Chicken Meatballs are a delicious way to enjoy ground chicken while adding more flavor than regular meatballs. Ground chicken meatballs are juicy, tender and packed with flavor thanks to feta cheese and seasonings like garlic and onion powder.  

Serve these flavorful chicken meatballs with a delicious base of cheesy orzo pasta and zucchini for an enjoyable meal any night of the week. 

Meatball Pizza Pasta Bowl 

Side view of a white bowl filled with Meatball Pizza Pasta Bowl

This delicious Meatball Pizza Pasta Bowl is a quick and easy way to take your favorite pizza flavors for a new spin. Meatballs stuffed with pepperoni, served with a creamy tomato sauce pasta and zucchini. The perfect family-friendly meal for when you can’t decide between pizza and pasta. Have both in this fun dish! 

Pesto-Coated Salmon 

Overhead view of two white plates filled with Pesto-Coated Salmon and Rice Bowls

These Pesto Coated Salmon and rice bowls are another easy and flavorful meal for a busy weeknight. The salmon is seasoned with a mixture of pesto and breadcrumbs to create a crispy and delicious coating. Served with turmeric basmati rice, this dish is full of bright flavor. Pair this delicious fish dish with a simple side salad or your favorite roasted veggies. 

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Loin

Side view of a sliced Bacon-Wrapped Pork Loin With Baby Potatoes

This Pork Loin wrapped in bacon is an impressive, but still low effort dish to make for a weeknight dinner to feed your whole family. Delicious and juicy pork tenderloins wrapped in crispy bacon and cooked to perfection in the Ninja Speedi™. Served with crisped baby potatoes tossed with shaved Parmesan and parsley. 

Chicken Bacon Ranch Macaroni and Cheese 

Overhead view of a blue bowl filled with Chicken Bacon Ranch Mac & Cheese

Baked macaroni and cheese is a delicious and simple dish that can be made with a few ingredients you most likely already have on hand and with little effort. Macaroni or pasta, milk, and cheese are used to make the traditional comfort food. This version takes it up a notch with the additional flavors of chicken bacon ranch for an indulgent and tasty dish. In just minutes, you can make a creamy, cheesy dish of warm baked macaroni with few ingredients. 

Tofu Rice Bowls

Overhead view of two bowls of Crispy Tofu Rice Bowls

Crispy Tofu Rice Bowls are an easy vegan dinner option that comes together in no time. Crispy garlic tofu is served with a flavorful base of garlic and herb rice. This dish is served with mixed salad greens and topped with your choice of dressing to make these choose your own adventure bowls. These are made with bell peppers and cauliflower, but you could even add your favorite other veggies like carrots, mushrooms or bok choy for extra nutrition. 

Warm Roasted Sweet Potato Salad 

Side view of a white bowl filled with Warm Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

If you want something light but filling, try making a Sweet Potato Salad. In under an hour, you can have a hearty and vegan dish of seasoned sweet potato, black beans, rice, and avocado all tossed in a creamy homemade cilantro-lime dressing. Now, salads can be eaten all year round! 

Mushroom Burgers 

Side view of a Mushroom Burger with Cheesy Quinoa

A great dish for Meatless Monday, these Mushroom Burgers are a vegetarian dish even meatlovers might enjoy! Savory and hearty mushrooms make a great alternative to meat when you combine them with cheese and breadcrumbs into burger patties. This dish is rounded out with a side of cheesy and delicious quinoa for a satiating veggie meal. 

You can easily customize your own burger recipe to make it perfect for one person — just add whatever seasonings you like — curry powder or cumin would be great here— form into patties, then cook in the Ninja Speedi™. Serve with your favorite toppings such as lettuce, tomato slices and arugula.  

Butternut Squash and Ravioli with Plant-Based Meatballs

Side view of a white bowl filled with Butternut Squash & Ravioli with Plant-Based Meatballs

A great meal for vegetarians, this Butternut Squash with Ravioli and veggie meatball dish is quick and easy thanks to pre-made ingredients like store-bought spinach ravioli and alfredo sauce. Perfect for when you just want to get dinner on the table, but you still want to eat well! Your family will be sure to enjoy this hearty Fall meal, made in just 20 minutes. 

Speedi Meal Builder 

Don’t see something for dinner here that’s standing out to you? Or did you want to make a meal with the ingredients you already have on hand? Try our Speedi Meal Builder to create your own recipe in under 60 seconds for dinner tonight.  

The Speedi Meal Builder is a completely customizable experience that allows you to create and save thousands of custom recipes with ease. You can customize your meal with whatever ingredients are in your fridge or pantry. Just pick your base, protein, seasoning, vegetables, and toppings and a custom recipe will be generated for you to use with your Ninja Speedi™. You can also save these recipes for easy access later. 

Fast Alternatives to Fast Food 

Sometimes you just need a quick and easy dinner. People are busy, often running from one activity to the next, which makes it hard to find the time to cook a nourishing meal. That’s why convenience is key when it comes to dinner, but health matters, too, so having to resort to eating fast food isn’t ideal.  

With that in mind, there are plenty of options for those looking for a satisfying dinner that won’t take up too much time or require a ton of ingredients.