5 Meals in 30 Minutes or Less – Recipe Ideas
When time is of the essence these thirty minute meal ideas will come in handy. If you plan ahead you’ll be more likely to complete these meals in 30 minutes or less. Shop for the meals in advance to ensure that you have all the right ingredients ready. If you don’t want to buy already prepared items, do your chopping and prepping when you get back from the grocery store to be prepared for the week.
Fish and Chips
Herbs & Spices
Preheat oven to 375° F. Slice potatoes in thin slices. Slice onions in thin slices, place in a large bowl, put two TBS olive oil and 2 tsp garlic powder (or more to your taste) and toss all together. Pour onto foiled pan, sprinkle lightly with sea salt, bake in oven until potatoes are crisp and onions are crisp.
For the fish, simply lay fish skin side down on foil lined pan. Brush with olive oil, top with herbs. Before serving squeeze a lemon or lime over fish. Serve with a side of broccoli slaw by mixing vegan mayo (less unhealthy fat and very tasty) mixed with a little honey with prepackaged broccoli slaw.
No need to fix a salad with this recipe. It has all the veggies and ingredients you need in one dish. Prepare whole wheat pasta noodles according to package directions. In the mean time in a large pot caramelize a sweet onion with garlic and mushrooms in some olive oil with a pinch of sea salt. Once caramelized add in a bag of broccoli slaw, and cook until wilted. Add in 1 can of chopped tomatoes, and cook down some more, then add in a 16 ounce can of tomato sauce along with 1 TBS honey, 1 TBS chili powder, and 1 tsp oregano. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add cooked pasta (al dente) to sauce and toss. Variation: Add a can drained and rinsed of black beans.
Make a Huge Salad
That’s right, a huge salad can be dinner. Just skip the fatty dressings and opt for a blending of mango, vinegar, pinch of sea salt as your dressing, or make up another recipe using fruit as your base instead of fat, oil, or sugar. Use several kinds of lettuce, onion, chopped bell peppers, tomato, etc… Put the “kitchen sink” in it to make it really hearty. Eat a lot of it. You can top it with grilled seafood, chicken or even strips of left over roast.
Stir Fry Shrimp
Shrimp cooks super fast. It starts out gray but is done the moment it turns pink. Cook either rice or noodles and set aside. Mix together 2 TBS soy sauce or alternative, 1 TBS honey, 1/4 cup water, 1 tsp Chinese five powder spice and a splash of Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce. Set aside. In a large skillet, heat 1 TBS sesame oil, throw in a bag of stir-fry veggies (or create your own combination). When they are almost done, throw in the shrimp, stir for a minute or two, add in sauce and cook until shrimp is done. Serve over rice or noodles. This is a one dish meal that is complete.
All a quesadilla consists of is a flour tortilla (get wheat), onion, cheese and a protein. You can use black beans, refried beans, shrimp or steak, it’s up to you. Fold over the tortilla and then either bake in oven till crisp, cook in the Panini maker, on the grill or least healthy — fry in corn oil on top of the stove. Either way it will take you less than 30 minutes to make this tasty meal. Serve with a salad, with fruit for dessert and you’re set.