“Quick Recipes” Round-Up (30 Minutes & Under)


Whether you’re doing the Eat in Month challenge or not, I think we can all agree that “quick recipes” are great to have in your back pocket when you need good food fast. Here’s a recipe round-up of some fast recipes that take 30 minutes or less (broken down by category – links are under the related photo, if there’s a photo). Hopefully, you can find a couple recipes you like, make a grocery list, and either whip up some of these recipes this weekend or plan to use them next week.

Side note: I have a couple other recipe-round-up posts up my sleeve for this month. Stay tuned for additional details here on the blog!


Yogurt 5 Healthy Ways by Peanut Butter and Peppers

Rise and Shine Tropical Smoothie by Peanut Butter and Peppers

Individual Spinach Cheddar Egg Bake {The Chic Life Recipe}

Baked Cinnamon and Pear Oatmeal by Peanut Butter and Peppers

Raw Strawberry & Cream Shake via Lillian’s Test Kitchen (check out the video!)

Individual Peach & Blueberry Breakfast Crisp {The Chic Life recipe}

Tropical {Vitamin} C Blast Green Monster Smoothie {TCL Recipe} (great for you fellow busy people – a multi-tasking breakfast or snack)


Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes by Chocolate Moosey (also check out Homemade Gravy without Meat Drippings)

Simple Sautéed Chinese Cabbage by Farm Fresh Feasts

Zucchini Pasta by Nosh My Way (could also be a light lunch or dinner)


Beef Chow Fun by Everyday Maven

Skillet Turkey Reuben by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings

Asian Sesame Salmon by Liv Life (if the link to the left doesn’t work, here’s a cached version you can click)

BBQ Eggplant Sandwich by Busy Vegetarian Mom

Summer Squash and Mushroom Quesadillas by Chocolate Moosey

Cauliflower Steaks with Olive Relish and Tomato Sauce by Chocolate Moosey

Pasta Fagioli e Cavolo (Pasta with Beans & Kale) by Flamingo Musings

Easy Chana Masala {The Chic Life recipe} (Tip: for quick sides, serve with rice cooked in a rice cooker for convenience; try Trader Joe’s frozen naan if you don’t have time for the homemade stuff)

30 Minute Creamy Spiced Red Lentil Soup with Spinach by Everyday Maven

Simple Olive Oil Pasta by Chocolate Moosey

Cheese Ravioli with Corn and Arugula Pan Sauce by Feeding Big

Chicken with Broccoli, Su-Dried Tomatoes, and Bow Tie Pasta by That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Whole Health Noodle Soup {TCL Recipe} (great for the cold weather!)

Baked Potato Soup by Chocolate Moosey

Quickie Pasta Sauce by Flamingo Musings  (great with pasta or gnocchi)


Smores Hot Cocoa by Chocolate Moosey

Clean Eating Chocolate Mug Cake by The Gracious Pantry

Peanut Butter Cheesecake by Peanut Butter and Peppers (quick to prepare, but requires at least 4 hours of chill time)

Healthy Individual Apple Crisp {The Chic Life recipe} (recipe has been tailored for breakfast, but makes a great light dessert, too)

Emergency Chocolate Chip Cookies {The Chic Life recipe} (for when you need cookies FAST)

*Note: Photos used with permission of the respective blogger


Food Network Inspiration: Love her or hate her, I’ve made a few Rachael Ray 30 Minute Meals that I really enjoyed. Favorites include: her Salisbury Steak TV dinner, Pan-Seared Chicken with Tender Leek, and Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breasts with Tomato and Basil and Potatoes with Pepper and Onions. Have you tried any you especially like?


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Reader question: Do you have any favorite 30-minute-or-less recipes? Please share a link (or the recipe itself if it’s original and you don’t mind typing it) in a comment below.

New Year Eats 2013


How’s everyone doing with their new year resolutions, goals, and (if you’re playing) Eat in Month? I haven’t done an “eats” post in awhile, so I thought I’d share what I had on January 1st to kick off the new year and Eat in Month. I had the day off from work, so I had time to whip up some great dishes. Look for some of these coming back on the blog in recipe form! Oh, and be sure to check the blog on Friday when I’ll share a recipe round-up of some *quick* (about 30 minutes or less) recipes.


I had some leftover challah in the fridge, so I thought I’d do a play on French toast but more in the form of bread pudding for this Individual Challah Breakfast bread pudding.


I had leftover Spiced Chickpea Stew over brown rice for lunch. Can’t wait to share this recipe! It made about 8-10 servings, so will yield plenty you can freeze for a rainy day.


I tried a new type of pot roast, this time braised in red wine. I was on the fence about the result, but hubby really liked it, so I may share. Slow cookers are going to be my friend in January. Plus, I love how roasts usually yield plenty of leftovers for later.


And since it was the new year, I definitely had to have some black eyed peas and collard greens. I had actually forgotten about this tradition until I was the grocery store stocking up for Eat in Month. I went to see if any beans were on sale, but only one kind was…and it was wiped out. What was it? Black eyed peas! Doh. I was worried I’d blown my chance at bringing home some black eyed peas until I remembered that I’d seen some in the fresh produce area one time before. Lucky me, there were a couple of the fresh packaged ones left (and they were on sale, too). I didn’t like them as much as the canned ones. I have a quick and easy way to cook the canned kind, but this one just said to boil in water for 20 minutes and to not overcook. I played with it a bit, and it still came out good, but not quite as good as the version I normally do.

I actually went to a Zumba class on the first day of the year, so I didn’t get home till a little late. I had intended to slow-cook the collards, but just did a quick braise since it was already so late. They actually came out really good despite the short cook time. Oh, and chocolate chip dough balls were my new year dessert. I did the frozen-dough version, so I have more stocked away in the freezer to bake away whenever I’m feeling one. Yes!

I’m so happy with the first day of 2013 eats. I hope I can keep this up the rest of the month and the rest of the year!

Happy New Year! Thanks for reading!

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