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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 March 13, 2019

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                      1. Work on the small tasks.

                      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                      2. Take a break from your work desk.

                      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                      3. Upgrade yourself

                      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                      4. Talk to a friend.

                      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                      7. Read a book (or blog).

                      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                      8. Have a quick nap.

                      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                      9. Remember why you are doing this.

                      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                      10. Find some competition.

                      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                      11. Go exercise.

                      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                      12. Take a good break.

                      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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