30 Minute Recipes

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

Grilled Shrimp

These grilled shrimp are easy and delicious. Simply coat the shrimp with sauce, and grill 2-3 minutes per side. Whenever I make these grilled shrimp, I’m reminded that “fast food” does not have to equal “junk food!” Click for the recipe

Chocolate Mug Cake

Just so you know, I’ve been working on making the perfect chocolate mug cake for six months now. I wanted it to be just right – rich, chocolaty, gooey, and I also wanted it to be free of flour, not just to keep it gluten free but also because wheat flour is just not the most nutritious thing to put into one’s body.

I tried maybe 20 recipe, I kid you not, and besides gaining 5 pounds (OK, I don’t know exactly how much I gained but my jeans were definitely tighter for a while), I was sorely disappointed in all of them, mostly the texture – it was either very dry, or too crumbly and not cake-like.

Then it dawned on me – this wonderful gluten free chocolate cake, one of the culinary creations I am most proud of, deeply chocolaty and moist and so so good – why not try to microwave it? So I did, and OH MY GOD. This is chocolate heaven, ready in five minutes (including mixing the ingredients), and my only complaint is that it makes two servings (and difficult to halve because it uses one egg for the two servings), and it’s so good that unless you have someone to consume the second serving immediately, you WILL eat the second one, I guarantee it, from shameful personal experience.

The good news is that without wheat flour or white sugar, and with the goodness of almond butter, eggs and cocoa powder, even two servings will likely not result in the same blood sugar catastrophe that two servings of a regular chocolate cake would have caused (I actually measured my blood sugar to make sure).

OK, here’s the recipe. Click for the recipe

Korean Beef

This flavorful Korean beef recipe is ready in less than 30 minutes. It’s made with pre-sliced sirloin steak and does not require marinating the beef. Simply stir-fry the beef, add the sauce, garnish and serve. I like to add cooked and dried shirataki noodles to the skillet to absorb the sauce, but you can skip the noodles and serve this Korean beef over steamed rice. Click for the recipe

taco salad

Taco salad makes a quick, tasty weeknight dinner. Simply sauté the beef with some onions, add spices, then build your salad. Bagged salad greens and store-bought salsa make this taco salad recipe especially fast, and you could obviously use store-bought taco seasoning too. Click for the recipe

Nori Wrapped Salmon

The idea is genius: bake your salmon in a wrap, to retain its moisture, only this particular wrap is edible, and lends extra flavor and texture to the salmon. When I saw this recipe over at Mark Sisson’s blog, I knew immediately that it was going to be easy and delicious, and I wasn’t disappointed. A great option for a quick and healthy weeknight dinner, this nori wrapped salmon is ready in 20 minutes. Click for the recipe

Parmesan Crusted Chicken

This easy recipe for Parmesan crusted chicken is also gluten free. Simply coat with spiced mustard and almond meal, then bake until crisp and golden. Click for the recipe

Lamb Meatballs

This simple recipe for lamb meatballs relies on the inherently bold flavor of lamb. Simply mix in a few spices, form into meatballs and bake. Dipped in mint yogurt sauce, these lamb meatballs are absolutely delicious. If you don’t mind grains/carbs, these meatballs and sauce are also excellent stuffed inside warm pita bread. Click for the recipe