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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 September 16, 2019

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                      • (1) Research
                      • (2) Deciding the topic
                      • (3) Creating the outline
                      • (4) Drafting the content
                      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                      • (6) Revision
                      • (7) etc.

                      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                      2. Change Your Environment

                      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                      6. Get a Buddy

                      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                      Reality check:

                      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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