30 Minute Recipes

Easy, quick and healthy recipes, ready in 30 minutes or less.

ham and egg cups

Ham and egg cups are cute little quiches that can serve as a filling, on the go breakfast; as party appetizers; or as a snack. They are very good warm, at room temperature, and even cold straight out of the fridge. The big advantage of using ham slices as “crust” is not just the added flavor, but also reduced risk of sticking to the muffin tin compared with standard egg muffins.
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Shirataki Noodles Recipe

Shirataki are traditional Japanese noodles made from the high-fiber konjac root. Since they are basically made of fiber and water, shirataki noodles have no nutritional value (no calories, no net carbs) despite being very filling. They also have no flavor of their own, which makes them an ideal vehicle for absorbing soups and sauces.

I find that shirataki noodles make a good pasta and noodle substitute, as long as you prepare them correctly (instructions below) – otherwise they are rubbery, slimy and unpleasant to eat. But prepared correctly and mixed with a yummy sauce, or added to soup, they do give a satisfactory answer to your noodle cravings, if you happen to have them.

Shirataki noodles also have health benefits. Konjac root is basically glucomannan, a soluble fiber, or prebiotic. It encourages the growth of good bacteria in our stomach. It CAN cause extra gas production in some people, so the first time you try it, and until you know how shirataki noodles affect you, you better be alone. :)

There are plenty of ways to use shirataki noodles, but my favorite is the simplest – buttered shirataki noodles with Parmesan. Here’s how to make them.
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low carb burger

My grilled lamb burgers are amazing, but they are not low-carb. Now that I try to limit my carbs, I make them without oatmeal (they’re just as juicy and delicious) and serve them bunless (or pita-less in this case), topped with a delicious sour cream mint sauce (sour cream is lower in carbs than yogurt).
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seared scallops

Some types of meat and seafood are so innately delicious, the only real requirement from the cook is not to ruin them by overcooking. This is true for salmon, for lamb chops, and definitely for scallops. Sweet, succulent and meaty, I find that scallops need very little added flavor – just sprinkle with salt and pepper, sear in butter and olive oil to form a nice crust, and serve.
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breakfast sausage

The ingredients list for Jimmy Dean pork sausage: Pork, Water, Corn Syrup, Salt, Spices, Dexstrose, Monosodium Glutamate.

There ARE better alternatives (such as Applegate), but it’s so easy to make homemade breakfast sausage, and the result is so very tasty. You can make them in advance, and freeze (place parchment paper between patties) for quick and easy midweek meals. Next time I’m definitely doubling the recipe.
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baked cod

This is my favorite way to prepare cod. The butter-lemon-garlic-capers sauce is amazing, and the red pepper flakes add just the right amount of kick. It really takes the “boring” out of mild-flavored, firm white fish such as cod or halibut. Wonderful with roasted asparagus.

If you have frozen cod fillet in your freezer, don’t bother defrosting them prior to baking – you can absolutely bake fish fillets frozen and it’s actually easier not to over-dry them when you bake them from frozen. Simply add 5-10 minutes to the cooking time.
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eggs baked in avocado

Eggs baked in avocado – another one of those recipes that I kept seeing on Pinterest until I decided I just had to give it a try. It’s good: the baked avocado is extra creamy, and the combination of avocado, eggs and salsa is a classic one, of course. Great for breakfast, or as a vegetarian dinner, accompanied by a tossed salad.
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