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.

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 Broccoli…

Easy Beef Stroganoff

Easy Beef Stroganoff, on the table in 30 minutes!

Looking for 30 minute meals that just scream comfort food?  I have you covered! This 30 minute easy beef stroganoff recipe is a real favorite with my family.  It is rich and hearty and perfect for a night when the days begin to get shorter and are much cooler. I love it because it only takes…

Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Peanut Butter Syrup

Peanut butter chocolate chip pancakes

This recipe is one that is not destined to be included in any healthy cooking cookbook, but it might win you a “best mom” award for tastiest breakfast recipe!   These chocolate chip pancakes are loaded with chocolate chips and white chocolate chips and then coated in a chocolate sauce as well as a peanut butter…

Citrus Salad with Chicken and Walnuts

Citrus Salad with Chicken and Walnuts

I came home from the grocery store yesterday with a huge bag of grapefruit instead of the oranges I thought I was buying.  I do like grapefruit but at 1/2 a fruit in the morning, these babies will take a long time to disappear.  This Citrus salad with chicken and walnuts uses them beautifully, and…

Pizza Cups – Perfect Slumber Party Food

Taco Cups - Perfect Slumber party treat

There is nothing quite as much fun as a teenager girls slumber party.  The hair, and make up and music and food…who can forget the easy appetizers that you will need to serve? These pizza cups have a neat Mexican flavor that the guest will love! Making these pizza cups If you are looking for…

Cabbage Wraps with Cranberries & Chicken

Cabbage wraps with Cranberries and Chicken

This is the time of the year when cranberries are so readily available.  It’s the perfect time to put them to good use with these cabbage wraps with cranberries and chicken. These wraps are light, tasty and one of my favorite 30 minute meals. (or less!) Lets make these cabbage wraps. It is getting closer to…

French Bread Pizzas

French bread pizzas

Brrrr…it’s cold here in Raleigh. Time for one of my 30 minute meals that will hit the spot. The temps are down to about 9 degrees overnight and that is nothing whatsoever like normal for us here.  So, I need something filling and warm and comforting.  I decided to make corn chowder but wanted a…

Beef Broccoli & Couscous Stir Fry

Beef Broccoli & Spinach Stir fry

It is rare for me to make steak or roast beef without having some left over beef.  I’m always looking for ways to use up the extra pieces in a tasty and healthy way.  I made steak with a rosemary and balsamic glaze the other day and had one small piece left.  So I came…

Cream Cheese Appetizers with Tomato & spring onion

Tomato and spring onion crudites

These cream cheese appetizers with Tomato and spring onion were another big hit at my Christmas party this year. What I liked best easy appetizers like these, is that the mixture kept its consistency well and did not make the crackers soggy, so they could be made a little ahead of time.  The taste is…

Easy Shrimp Alfredo with Spinach & Tomatoes

This Easy Shrimp Alfredo is perfect for the busiest of busy nights. It’s ready in about 15 minutes and looks as though you spent hours on it.  Since it is a busy time of the year for me with all the Christmas things that need doing, I love a tasty meal that looks and tastes…

Baked Salmon with Honey Dijon Garlic Sauce

Baked Salmon with Honey dijon Garlic Sauce

Do you like 30 minute meals?  You will love this one! Salmon is my favorite fish.  I’m not much for fish in general unless it is seafood, but I do love salmon. This recipe for Baked Salmon has a lovely honey Dijon mustard and garlic sauce that compliments it well.  Baked Salmon with Honey Dijon…

Cumin Grilled Chicken Breasts

Cumin Grilled Chicken breasts

Ready for one of my International 30 minute meals?  This recipe for cumin grilled chicken breasts could not be easier.  It is perfect for a busy week night when time is at a minimum for cooking. Cumin Grilled Chicken Breasts. Combine the cumin with salt and pepper to make a rub and spread it on…

Lightened Up Chicken Salad Sandwich

Thank heavens for supermarket rotisserie chickens. They make recipes like this lightened up Chicken Salad sandwich a breeze to make. Making this Lightened up Chicken Salad Sandwich Sandwiches are always fast and easy. I’m busy in the middle of the day and having something I can put together in just a few minutes really helps.…

30 Minute Taco Melts

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The spicy flavor of Tacos combine with salsa and ground beef makes a wonderful luncheon melt.   Ingredients 1 lb lean (I use 94%) ground beef, cooked, and drained 1 1/2 cups of your favorite chunky salsa 1 can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury® Grands! refrigerated biscuits 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese or Mexican cheese blend…

Chicken Cranberry Salad with Nuts

Chicken Cranberry Almond Walnut Salad

Salads are the easiest of 30 minute meals.  One bowl, a few minutes and you have yourself a delicious chicken cranberry salad with nuts. Making this chicken cranberry salad is a cinch! This salad combines left over chicken with the tart taste of dried cranberries for sweetness.  Walnuts and slivered almonds give some extra protein…

Lemon Creme Crumb Bars

Printable Recipe:  Lemon Creme Crumb Bars I love lemon desserts of any kind. The tanginess of the lemon combined with other baking ingredients gives a wonderful flavor and tartness to the dish.  Even though the lemons don’t make a sugar concoction any healthier, there is something about eating them that seems, somehow, less guilty! This…

Cheeseburger Taco Wraps

This recipe for cheeseburger taco wraps takes the tastes of cheeseburgers and tacos and combines them into one tasty meal.  This is one of my favorite 30 minute meals (or less!) Cheeseburger Taco Wraps for lunch anyone? You can even make these wraps with your own homemade taco seasoning mix.  The recipe is fast and…

BBQ Phyllo Pastry Appetizers

BBQ Phyllo Pastry Appetizers

These tasty BBW Phyllo pastry appetizers are easy to make and will be a big hit at your upcoming holiday parties. They  are made with phyllo shells, cheddar cheese and shredded pork.  The tangy BBQ sauce adds just the right about of kick to these little bites. This recipe is one of my favorite easy…

Shrimp with Garlic and Parsley

Grilled shrimp with garlic and parsley

This recipe for Garlic Parsley Shrimp in a white wine sauce is perfect for a busy week night when you don’t have a lot of time.  Prep is quick and it will be on the table in a flash. It will become one of your favorite quick shrimp recipes. Also, if you are looking for easy…