30 Minute Recipes

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

Tuna Patties

These tuna patties are excellent as a quick, easy weeknight dinner. I prefer to use water-packed tuna and add a tablespoon of olive oil to the mixture – this prevents dry patties, but gives me more control over how much oil I use plus makes sure I use a healthy oil – supermarket tuna in oil is often packed in yucky soybean oil. In addition, some of the oil-packed tuna’s natural omega 3 fatty acids leach into the added oil and are lost when you drain the tuna. But since oil and water don’t mix, water-packed tuna won’t lose its omega-3 fat when drained. Click for the recipe

Asian Salmon

This delicious Asian salmon requires no marinating. Simply broil, brush with an asian-inspired glaze and serve. The flavors are spectacular!

It all started when I wanted to use up not just the salmon I had in the fridge (duh), but also scallions. “Ha! Asian salmon!” I thought, but all the recipes I found said to marinate the salmon for at least 2 hours, then bake in the marinade, basting occasionally. Since it was already 6pm, I hardly had time to marinate, so decided to just brush the salmon with olive oil, broil it (a matter of 6 minutes), thickening the marinade into a glaze in the meantime, then brush it with the glaze. It turned out amazing, and even though my personal favorite is still my blackened salmon, I think this comes in at a close second, and really, it depends on your mood and on what flavor experiecne you’re lookig for on a particular night.

A comment on thickening the glaze: I use konjac flour, a powerful fiber-based thickener. It’s zero-carb and flavor-neutral, but you can definitely use cornstarch instead – a teaspoon of cornstarch should be comparable to 1/8 teaspoon of konjac flour, though nutrition info will change slightly. Click for the recipe

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Tasty cheese roll ups make a quick, easy snack – the perfect game day snack. They are easy to make, quick, low-carb and gluten-free, and are wonderful by themselves, or dipped into pizza sauce or guacamole. Click for the recipe

Cabbage Pancakes

These delicious cabbage pancakes are my own low-carb interpretation of a classic Japanese dish, okonomiyaki. I was intrigued when I came across a recipe for cabbage pancakes online, but I wanted a low-carb version. So instead of the flour traditionally used in Japanese cabbage pancakes, I used just a little coconut flour. Coconut flour is very absorbent, so you can use just a little, without impacting the flavor.

We all loved the result – tender, tasty cabbage pancakes, and the spicy dipping sauce is phenomenal. I insist that you make it and use it! Without it, the pancakes are very good, but with it, they are amazing.

These cabbage pancakes make an excellent appetizer or side dish, but they are hearty enough to serve as a vegetarian main dish, if you serve 4 per person instead of 2. Click for the recipe

cabbage stir fry

This cabbage stir fry is incredible. Seriously. I know it’s just cabbage, but cabbage has a way of absorbing other flavors, and the sauce here is phenomenal. Just try it, OK? It doesn’t look like much, I know, but it’s one of my favorite vegetable dishes these days. Click for the recipe

cauliflower gratin

Of all the many ways to prepare cauliflower, this creamy cauliflower gratin is one of my favorites. Granted, adding sour cream and gruyere to almost anything would make it taste good, but this is especially true for cauliflower. As versatile as potatoes, but healthier, it readily absorbs the richness of cream and cheese and is then elevated from a tasty veggie into a delicacy. Click for the recipe

sesame noodles

I already told you that I love shirataki noodles and feel that when prepared correctly, they provide a wonderful, low-carb, gluten-free alternative to noodles and pasta. I normally prepare them by boiling and dry-roasting and then simply toss with butter, garlic and Parmesan. But today I decided to try using them in a sesame noodles recipe.

Success! These sesame noodles are delicious, flavorful, super-filling, and healthy! No carb overload, and some great fiber for your good tummy bugs to work with. Click for the recipe