“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.

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  1. says

    The fastest meal I have in my back pocket is pita pizzas.
    I buy the Whole Foods whole grain large pitas for this.
    1. Preheat oven to low broil.
    2. Put pesto or pizza sauce on pita.
    3. Top with favorite ingredients (I tend to use shrimp and mushrooms and a little bit of mozzarella)
    4. Sprinkle with garlic salt and freshly ground pepper.
    5. Place under broiler until cheese bubbles/browns.
    6. Serve with a side salad.

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