Time is tight. And you’ve got to eat. So we’ve rounded up 30-minute meals for 15 different situations and occasions. Let’s not waste time and get started.
1. Family Night
Chicken and pasta will be a favorite for a fam jam. Try this six-serving Chicken And Orzo, which also includes balsamic vinaigrette, olive oil, onion, garlic, tomatoes, olives, salt and pepper that’s ready in 23 minutes.
2. Date Night
The kids are at the grandparents and you don’t want to spend your entire evening in the kitchen. So these Bistro Style Veal Chops make the perfect romantic dinner for two.
Whether it’s for an afternoon with friends or an office potluck, this Fast Paella will surely be the talk of the party. We love the turkey sausage, shrimp, rice and peas combination.
If you’re a flexitarian or want a dinner that’s meatless, you must try these Corn, Chayote, and Green Chile Burritos. It’s a creative twist on the expected bean burrito, by combining vegetables with a delicious texture.
You just got home from the gym and are starving. You worked out hard so you deserve something more substantial than a protein shake. Instead, treat yourself to Protein Pancakes. They’re made with just egg whites, rolled oats, cottage cheese, baking powder and vanilla extract – lots of protein for recovering muscles.
It’s also important to be energized for your workouts too. That’s why we included this pre-exercise recipe: Cinnamon Cookie Dough Bars. In under 30 minutes, you can make tasty bars made with cashews, hemp seeds, sea salt, cinnamon, rolled oats, dates, vanilla, shredded coconut and non-dairy chocolate chips. Plus, there is a nut-free version of the recipe.
7. To go
If you need a meal for the road, try this Green Panini With Roasted Peppers and Gruyere Cheese. You can just wrap it in foil and head out the door.
What is a picnic without fried chicken? A healthy picnic. This Panko-Crusted Oven-“Fried” Chicken recipe takes just 30 minutes to make and is promised to be a crowd pleaser. Take boneless skinless chicken breasts, put them in an egg wash and dip them in a panko-paprika coating and bake for just 15 minutes.
9. Road trip
Fight the temptation of drive-thrus and truck stops with a cooler packed with healthy wraps. This recipe is especially good because you make your own Caesar dressing. And these Chicken Caesar Wraps take just 15 minutes to make.
Just because you’re on a diet, like Paelo, doesn’t mean you should spend all your time in the kitchen prepping food. That’s why we love this Easy One-pot Vegetable Thai Curry.
While you might have sworn off bread and tortilla wraps, you still should enjoy food! Check out these Barbecued Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps that take just 25 minutes to prep and assemble.
Mexican food can be a very gluten-free-friendly way to eat. For example, these Shrimp and Avocado Tacos with Pineapple Salsa call for corn tortillas filled with shrimp, avocados and pineapple salsa.
Losing weight isn’t all carrot sticks and greens. That’s why we found this Blackened Salmon Po' Boy recipe. Each sandwich is just 431 calories and takes about 25 minutes to make. Don’t forget the healthy toppings, like avocado, arugula and tomatoes.
Hungry children means you need dinner fast. Get them involved in the kitchen with a Heart-Shaped Pizza. It’s not complicated at all. Just take a heart-shaped cookie cutter to whole-wheat pita bread and let the kids dress their ’zas with their favorite toppings.
Last but not least. You shouldn’t feel remorse about being more efficient with your time. So reward yourself with a healthy meal. Celeb trainer Harley Pasternak created these Guilt-free Nachos. They’re made with vegetarian ground beef, refried beans, low-fat cheese, salsa, baked blue corn tortilla chips, scallions, lime wedges and a jalapeno pepper. Provecho!