30 Minute Recipes

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

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

Broccoli Casserole

This pizza-inspired broccoli casserole is a very reliable way to serve broccoli to picky children, but it’s also loved by adults. I love how easy it is to make – it’s ready in 20 minutes! Click for the recipe

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