30 Minute Recipes

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

Cheddar Guacamole Cups

If you’re still looking for game day snacks for Sunday, here’s a great low-carb snack that you can also serve as a tasty appetizer. While definitely not low calorie, it is delicious, wholesome, and very filling. Click for the recipe

Coconut Flour Pizza Crust

OMG OMG OMG! You have to make this coconut flour pizza crust!

I’ve been making cauliflower pizza crust regularly for a couple of years now, and we’ve been very pleased with it taste-wise, but texture-wise, it’s a bit too flimsy. I tried replacements: almond flour pizza crust was good but a bit too crunchy, and definitely too calorie-dense. Shirataki pizza crust was pretty good, but I’m no longer a fan of shirataki noodles, as I’ve leraned they can cause serious gut distress in some people.

I’ve been wondering about coconut flour pizza crust for a while now, but I assumed it wouldn’t work, since coconut flour is quite sweet. However, this recipe from Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist, convinced me to give it a go. And I am so glad that I did!

This coconut flour pizza crust is the best gluten-free pizza crust I’ve ever tried. It’s soft, but not too soft, so you can easily hold it with your hands. But the best part: it’s delicious! Sarah is correct – the seasonings mask the inherent sweetness of the coconut so the result is a pleasantly savory crust that goes wonderfully with the toppings. And while it’s a bit more calorie-dense than cauliflower pizza crust, the better texture is worth it. Click for the recipe

easy shepherd's pie

Shepherd’s pie is a simple, hearty casserole of ground meat (usually lamb), browned with vegetables and seasonings, then topped with mashed potatoes and baked. My very flavorful version departs from tradition by using spinach, tomato paste, and nontraditional seasonings such as smoked paprika and cumin, which I love for their depth and warmth. I also top the beef with mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes.

To speed things up, I skip the traditional step of adding broth to the beef then reducing the broth, and I also skip baking the casserole for 30 minutes – I just broil it for a few minutes, so it’s ready fast – and it’s just as good.

Try to resist the temptation to make this shepherd’s pie recipe lighter or healthier by skimping on the butter or egg yolk for the mashed cauliflower. Both add incredible flavor and creaminess. I’m sure it would be “fine” with just 2 tablespoons butter, but it wouldn’t be “great.” And why wouldn’t you want to eat something great? :) Click for the recipe

Baked Shrimp

I love this baked shrimp recipe because it doesn’t require defrosting the shrimp prior to baking. I always have frozen shrimp on hand, but I’m not very good at remembering to defrost them. This simple recipe dresses the shrimp with a tasty mixture of butter and seasonings. Baked to perfection, and ready in just ten minutes, shrimp are a super healthy fast food. Click for the recipe

Korean Ground Beef

Based on my Korean beef recipe, this Korean ground beef is even better. I think it’s the way the sauce mixes better into ground beef. It’s just as easy, ready in 20 minutes, and wonderful over rice, cauliflower rice, or (if you don’t mind the coconut flavor) in a Paleo Wrap. Click for the recipe

Butternut Squash Soup

Creamy, hearty and nourishing, butternut squash soup is one of my favorite soups. In this version, Parmesan cheese adds texture and flavor, while a touch of cream adds silkiness and enhances the soup’s delicate flavor. Click for the recipe

Tuna Steak Recipe

This tuna steak recipe reminds me why I never buy fast food. Tuna steak is truly fast – it’s ready in five minutes – and unlike commercial fast food, it’s healthy, wholesome, and delicious. Click for the recipe