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10 30-Min Dinner Recipes: Efficient, Easy And Appetizing

10 30-Min Dinner Recipes: Efficient, Easy And Appetizing

Work schedules for many individuals are getting tighter and tighter. This means that being able to sit down for a dinner is becoming more and more extinct. Still, over 50 percent of all Americans continue to sit down for a dinner together. This means that there’s still hope to rescuing this art, even among busy schedules. The solution is ensuring flavorful meals can be prepared in less time. Below, we have ten quick recipes that can be ready to eat in a half and hour or less.

1. Eggplant Sandwiches

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    If you are looking for a great vegetarian dinner option, that is also filling, then you’ve found it with this Eggplant Sandwich. Discovered at the University of California, Irvine campus, this dinner idea can easily become vegan if you replace mayonnaise for a vegan alternative and nix the feta cheese.

    2. Balsamic-Glazed Salmon Filets

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      This is a wonderful, fish recipe that is sweet with the honey while still a bit tangy with the addition of the dijon mustard. It takes ten minutes to prepare the marinate and 20 minutes to finish baking. When you’re done, your family and/or significant other will love you for this meal. They’ll think you struggled in the kitchen for hours, not just 30 minutes.

      3. Green Curry Chicken

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        Spice up the night with some Indian flair. This green curry chicken recipe from Jamie Oliver, with a kimchee slaw and rice noodles with ensure that your evening’s dinner is unique. The recipe calls for cooking the chicken in the curry sauce for about twenty minutes. While the chicken requires a little bit of your attention, you can work on the simple kimchee slaw recipe. Top off the chicken with rice noodles.

        4. Spring Lamb and Vegetables

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          Another Jaime Oliver recipe to make the night a hit is the spring lamb and vegetables. Once the lamb seasoning is arranged and added to the meat, it only takes 14 minutes to get the meat to medium rare. The recipe includes a mint sauce to top off the meat. The vegetables and potatoes boil while you are preparing the chocolate fondue in the microwave.

          5. Black Bean Burritos

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            Burritos are a great, hearty meal that can be cooked in a snap. This recipe is full of flavor, featuring jalapeño peppers and cilantro. The burritos are all topped off with a tomato sauce. Best thing about this recipe is that it is ready to be served in 25 minutes.

            6.Tostachos

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              What I love best about this recipe is how it’s a simple open face meal while still also being full of flavor. The ground beef, which takes up a majority of the cooking time and you’ll find it stuffed with peppers, cheese, and sour cream. Tostachos is the ultimate new Tex-Mex comfort food.

              7. Black Beans and Rice

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                Black beans and rice is the simple but hearty meal that is so popular in various Central and South American countries. Not only is it popular for how simple the base ingredients are (rice and black beans), but it is also popular in how well the recipe can be tweaked. Add a few peppers here, a couple of spices there, and you transform this meal into something amazing! Why not whip up some plantains while at it.

                8. Indian-Style Steak

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                  Travel to India with this amazing streak dinner with spinach and Naan. Finish off the Indian style meal with a refreshing mango dessert. The recipe also includes a very simple yoghurt dip and curry sauce that can act as a nice complement to your meal. This recipe is a great deviation from the norm for your family dinner, only requiring 30 minutes to cook.

                  9. Mustard Chicken

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                    The next recipe, and the last from Jaime Oliver is a simple mustard chicken with a side of greens and affogato. With the chicken only requiring eighteen minutes of your time, the rest of the time is devoted to the sides of affogato and Swiss chard and spinach.

                    10. Spanish Stew Chicken Thighs

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                      This Spanish Stew Chicken recipe, courtesy of Rachael Ray requires only ten minutes to cook the chicken, that requires a couple of minutes to prepare. After leaving the vegetables and chorizo on for only less than five minutes, the remainder of the recipe left for the tomatoes and chicken to simmer. This recipe is very traditional, served in one pot, and simple but very flavorful.

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                      Last Updated on May 21, 2020

                      The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                      The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                      You have probably seen enough fad diets to last a lifetime. Many have become popular overnight and left just as quickly.

                      Some fad diets, though, have actually passed the test of time and are making some headway in the nutritional world.

                      Outlined below are four fad diets that are actually beneficial for your health and wellness. Read on to find out why you should consider adopting one (or more) of these healthy eating styles today.

                      An important concept you should keep in mind is to disregard the term “diet” as it is typically used. The word diet implies the idea of restriction and removal. Instead, think of the word diet in this context as a healthy eating lifestyle.

                      Let’s take a look at some of these healthy eating lifestyles that have been categorized, by no fault of their own, as fad diets.

                      1. The Paleo Diet

                      The paleo diet, or ancestral eating, is simply eating the way your paleolithic ancestors would have up to 10,000 years ago, or when the agriculture age began.

                      The advantage now is you don’t have to do this in a loin cloth, unless you want to… The focus of this diet is proteins, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds and some healthy fats.

                      In the paleo diet, there aren’t any grains, starchy carbohydrates, sugars, or dairy.

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                      How Your Health Can Change With Paleo

                      The paleo diet is a good way to keep your blood sugar under control. It can also have a positive effect on type 2 diabetes, and can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

                      With this healthy eating lifestyle, people have also achieved good weight loss results and boast improved energy levels. [1]

                      It’s not just what’s in the paleo diet that’s important, it’s what’s NOT in it. There aren’t any processed and manufactured foods, junk foods, artificial ingredients or chemical additives.

                      Paleo is a way of eating that gets you more in tune with your body and, therefore, can provide a lot of benefits.

                      2. Whole30

                      The Whole30 diet is relatively new and owes its popularity to social media and the #Whole30 Instagram hashtag that allowed people to share and broadcast their success with the diet.

                      With Whole30 you are taking 30 days and focusing on nutritious whole foods such as meats, nuts and seeds, seafood, eggs, vegetables, and fruits.

                      During the month you are eliminating:

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                      • sugar
                      • alcohol
                      • legumes
                      • grains
                      • dairy
                      • soy

                      Whole30 is similar to paleo, but it goes a bit further eliminating sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.

                      At the end of the 30 days, you strategically reintroduce those eliminated foods back into your diet to discover any possibility of health consequences from them or even potential food allergies.

                      Finding Out How Food Impacts You

                      Most people eat the same things so often and may not realize that certain foods are causing health consequences, as they’ve become accustomed to feeling lethargic and run down.

                      With Whole30 you get the chance to see how these foods may have a negative impact on your body. You’ll also reset your taste buds, which may have become desensitized from processed and artificial “foods” and excess salt.

                      This diet will help you regain your love of food… in a healthy way!

                      3. The Mediterranean Diet

                      The Mediterranean diet has been at the top of the list as a very effective diet for some time now.

                      For people in countries like Italy or Greece, this has simply been a normal way of life–along with higher activity levels, sunlight exposure, proximity to water, and lower stress.

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                      With the Mediterranean diet, the focus is on heart-healthy foods. It looks like this:

                      • Fruits & vegetables
                      • Whole grains
                      • Legumes & nuts
                      • Replacing butter with olive oil
                      • Using herbs and spices instead of salt
                      • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
                      • Moderate amounts of red wine

                      Help Your Heart & Overall Health With A Mediterranean Diet

                      Information from the Mayo Clinic shows that this diet reduces heart disease and lowers your “bad” LDL cholesterol. Studies involving 1.5 million people demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, along with overall mortality. [2]

                      With all these benefits, this is definitely a “fad diet” that’s worth the hype.

                      4. The Alkaline Diet

                      The alkaline diet is about changing the foods you eat so that you put your body into an alkaline state and out of an acidic state. When your body is too far on the acidic side it can result in a condition called acidosis. This can lead to issues in your body such as upset stomach, breathing difficulties, headaches, weakness and, fatigue. In extreme cases, it can result in shock, coma, or death.

                      The goal is to get your body in a more alkaline state, which results in overall better health. The focus is on including alkaline boosting foods such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes. You’re also wanting to reduce acidic foods such as low quality beef and poultry, dairy, eggs, grains, and alcohol.

                      Pros & Cons With The Alkaline Diet

                      The benefits that come from this way of eating is that reduction in inferior quality foods, processed items and alcohol. You may feel improved energy levels, mental clarity and even better joint health.

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                      People also report weight loss but again this may come from the reduction in calories from junk and processed foods but this is not a bad thing at all.

                      One con with this diet is that the pH value of the food you eat might not have an impact on blood pH, as your body is able to balance this pretty well on a day-to-day basis.

                      Follow These Fads for Better Health and Wellness

                      There can be a danger in categorizing things as a fad diet because fads come and go. People are always looking for the next big thing or a quick fix.

                      The four examples above buck that status quo. These diets, though mainstream, actually can give you benefits and aren’t going to go away anytime soon because they work.

                      What makes these diets special is that they boast real whole foods and the eliminate processed and manufactured junk.

                      The Big Takeaway:

                      Whatever way you choose to eat, the focus needs to be on whole unprocessed foods. Look for the cleanest, local and most natural things you can find for the benefit of your overall health and wellness. Your body and mind will thank you.

                      Featured photo credit: Dan Gold via unsplash.com

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