30 Minute Meals

These 30 minute meals are perfect for the busy cook who doesn’t have a lot of time to spend on meal prep. They may be quick, but they have all the flavor in the world.

Strawberry Buttercream Cupcakes – The Perfect Sweet Treat

strawberry buttercream cupcakes

I love the taste of chocolate and strawberries. It’s decadent, but also fresh tasting and the two flavors just really seem to compliment each other. Plus I love to cook with fresh strawberries! These strawberry buttercream cupcakes use these two delicious flavors and are the perfect dessert to tempt your loved one, (and yourself) on Valentine’s…

Skinny Strawberry Banana Smoothie with Almond Milk

Smooth and creamy skinny strawberry banana smoothie

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CarnationSweepstakes #BetterBreakfast #CollectiveBias It’s time for a skinny strawberry banana smoothie. We all know how taxing it can be in the morning to get a nutritious breakfast on the table.  Mornings in my house can be very hectic.  Sometimes,…

Bananas Foster Oatmeal Bowl

Bananas Foster Oatmeal

 One of my fondest memories of my mother was each morning during the potato harvest break in Maine.  All the school kids got a 3 week “vacation” from school, but most of us ended up spending it picking potatoes.  My mother used to make us a bowl of oatmeal with brown sugar each day as…

Chocolate Hazelnut Fruit Dip

Healthy chocolate hazelnut dip

I love the combination of chocolate and hazelnuts.  This combo is often used in cream cheese dips for easy appetizers.  This chocolate hazelnut fruit dip is a healthier version of the traditional flavor but still has tons of flavor and is so easy to make. This chocolate hazelnut fruit dip is perfect for fruits and vegetables. My…

Peppermint Rice Krispie Bars

Peppermint rice krispie treats

If you like Peppermint holiday desserts, you will love this recipe.  This festive Christmas treat is a variation of the normal Rice Krispie Bars that are so popular.  These peppermint Rice Krispie bars combine marshmallows and Rice Krispies with butter and crushed candy canes for a treat that will be a delight on your Christmas buffet table. Peppermint…

Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

candy cane cookies

Each year for Christmas my sister would bring cookies with a Hershey kiss center to our family gathering .  We all loved them.  These Candy Cane Kiss Cookies are a version of her original but instead of using chocolate kisses, I use the candy cane striped ones.  They are very festive and perfect for either Christmas or…

Strawberry Belgian Waffles

These strawberry Belgian waffles makes a wonderful choice for a weekend breakfast or brunch. They are light and fluffy with deep craters for the maple syrup. recipesjust4u.com

One of my favorite things to order when we have breakfast out is a light and fluffy Belgian waffle. Surprisingly, though, I have never made them until today.  These strawberry Belgian waffles are my first attempt and they are easier than I ever would have dreamed.  They were on the table in less than 15…

Irresistible Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

This peanut butter chocolate chip cookie recipe gives these cookies the best texture of any chocolate chip cookies that I have ever eaten.

 Peanut butter and chocolate.  A match made in cookie heaven.   This recipe combines the best of both cookie types.  These peanut butter chocolate chip cookies have the best texture of any chocolate chip cookies that I have ever eaten. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies If you love making 30 minute meals and quick desserts, you’ll…

Chocolate Chip Caramel Muffins

Chocolate chip caramel muffins with butterscotch pecan glaze recipesjust4u.com

Fall is my favorite time of the year.  I love the cool weather, the changes of colors and all of the tastes and sights of the holidays that take place this time of the year. It seems that every time I open a cooking magazine, something delicious is calling me and its name often has…

Creamy Chicken with Cilantro Lime Sauce

creamy chicken with cilantro lime sauce

 Hi folks.  Time for one of my quick and easy 30 minute meals. But don’t let that fool you. This dish is delish!  Perfect for any special occasion and shhhh…..no one needs to know how little time  it takes to prepare.  Stand back…creamy chicken with cilantro lime sauce is ready to go in a flash. …

Beef Taco Lettuce Wraps

When you are trying to watch your weight and eat in a more healthy manner, it sometimes seems that mealtimes are boring. But that does not have to be the case. We love tacos but want to cut carbs.  My alternative is a bright and colorful take on the normal recipe by using lettuce leaves…

Joe’s Crab Shack Crab Cakes Copycat Recipe

These Copycat Joe's Crab Shack crab cakes will make you feel as though you are eatting them on the beach.

Some of my favorite 30 minute meals are a “copycat recipe” of some of my favorite foods from popular restaurants.  These homemade Joe’s Crab Shack Crab Cakes are a pretty copycat of the ones that you can get from the original restaurant.  You can make them at home but feel as though you are at the…

Stove top Granola – Great Alternative to Store Bought

stovetop granola

One of my favorite breakfast choices is granola.  I have tried just about every brand of it and generally like them all. But most store bought granola has extra chemicals and I would rather not eat processed food.  Making your own is a good choice if you feel this way too.  This recipe for stove…

Teriyaki Chicken with Vegetables

Teriyaki chicken and vegetables

I used to be a huge fan of takeaway Chinese food.  Lately, though, I have not enjoyed it as much as I used to.  I don’t know if it is that I ate a lot of it, or whether it really is just not that good. The sauces seem too thick and rich tasting for…

Spicy Shrimp and Tomato Pasta

Spicy shrimp and tomato pasta

This spicy shrimp and tomato pasta  is my latest addition to my collection of shrimp recipes. It will tempt even the most ardent Italian foodie.  It is full of flavor, but very easy to make, even though it tastes like you spent hours making it. Spicy Shrimp and Tomato Pasta is a hit. Do you…

Easy Weeknight Chicken Scallopine

Easy Weeknight Chicken Scallopine - recipe: recipesjust4u.com/

Weeknights are such a busy time in our house.  There seems to be so much going on and not a lot of time left for preparing dinner.  This easy weeknight chicken scallopine is perfect for nights like this. It is delicious and so easy to prepare. It’s the best of the best in my collection…

Grilled Shrimp Tostadas

Grilled Shrimp Tostada

We love any Mexican food recipe at our house, and I am always looking for new ways to prepare it. This recipe for Grilled Shrimp Tostadas is ready in a flash and combines heart healthy grilled shrimp to a traditional tostada recipe. It is one of my husband’s favorite shrimp recipes.  And if you are…

Coconut Crusted French Toast

Coconut crusted French Toast

For weeks, when my husband and I go out for breakfast on Sunday morning, I have been saying that I should make French Toast at home. It is a favorite of mine and I often order it at a restaurant.  Well, I finally got around to it with this Coconut Crusted French Toast.  And I…

Slimmed Down Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Slimmed Down Broccoli Cheddar soup

Soups make great 30 minute meals. There is nothing quite like a big bowl of creamy soup on a cold winter’s night.  This slimmed down broccoli cheddar soup is rich and delicious but without the calories of a full cream soup.  Yet the flavor will make you think that you didn’t skimp on the cream.…

Saucy Asian Meatballs

Saucy Asian Meatballs

I am always looking for new easy appetizers for party foods, particularly things that can easily be served on a tooth pick and eaten while standing. These saucy Asian Meatballs make great party appetizers and your guests will love them. These Saucy Asian Meatballs make a Great Party Appetizer One of the best things about…

Chicken Pot Pie Soup In 30 Minutes

Chicken pot pie soup. Ready in 30 minutes!

I love the taste of chicken pot pie.  My mother used to make it a lot when I was a kid and I always think of her when I have it.  But a chicken pot pie can take quite a long time to make.  On a cold winter’s night, when you don’t have the time…

Ham and Spinach Pinwheel Appetizer Recipe

Ham and Spinach Pinwheel appetizer

I am always looking for new and interesting easy appetizers to start my parties off with a bang. This Ham and Spinach Pinwheel appetizer recipe is super easy to do, cooks in a flash and is also easy to eat and serve. Start your next Party with this Ham and Spinach Pinwheel Appetizer Recipe If…

Garlic Lemon Roasted Shrimp

Garlic Lemon Roasted Shrimp

My husband and daughter love shrimp recipes and like to eat them often.  I am always looking for new and (hopefully) easy appetizers. This recipe could be either a main course or a tasty way to start a party.    This recipe for garlic lemon roasted shrimp could not be easier to make. Treat your…

PALEO MONGOLIAN BEEF

Paleo Mongolian Beef

If you follow a Paleo diet and like Asian foods, this Paleo Mongolian Beef recipe is the perfect choice.  It features thin strips of beef in a deliciously tasty sauce that will become an often cooked recipe and one of your family’s favorites. Best of all? It’s one of my 30 minute meals! Paleo Mongolian…

Broccoli Cheese Chicken and Rice Skillet

Broccoli, Cheese, Chicken and Rice Skillet

If you are looking for an easy stove top chicken recipe with tons of flavor, you can’t go wrong with this broccoli cheese chicken and rice skillet dish.  It has just six ingredients and is easy as can be. It is one of my favorite 30 minute meals. Broccoli Cheese Chicken and Rice Skillet Ingredients…