True confession. When I was in college I was borderline obsessed with Rachel Ray’s 30 Minute Meals on Food Network. Any of my friends can attest to this. I know a lot of people find her annoying or overly cheery, but seriously, you’ve got to hand it to her. 30 minutes? And dinner is done? With a smile? Yes, yes, and yes. These days I would consider myself more of a Barefoot Contessa or Pioneer Woman convert, but I will never forget my Rachel Ray days.
But let’s get back to why we’re really here. 30 Minute Meals. The weeknight’s best friend. It’s just, sometimes Pinterest finds require so much prep that they’re really more weekend projects and less get-dinner-on-the-table-now. Since most of us are preparing (or already) back-to-school, it’s time for quick, easy, crowd-pleasing dinners. Even though Harper has quite a few years before she starts school, my husband Eric is a high school teacher, so we are all about the 30 Minute weeknight meal.
So in honor of back-to-school time, today I am sharing 5 Pinterest finds, all of which can be made in 30 minutes! When you try one of these recipes, let me know how it turns out and how much time it took you! I have made all of these recipes before, some multiple times (turkey chili mac), and can attest to the fact that they can all be made around the 30 minute time frame (this of course really depends on how many times you have to stop Harper from trying to climb the stairs).
Are you ready? Time starts now!
Meatless Monday: Spicy Whole Wheat Pasta with Roasted Red Peppers (leave out sausage, add chickpeas for meatless)
Taco Tuesday: Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas
Wednesday: Easy Cheesy Turkey Chili Mac
Thursday: Sesame Mango Chicken Teriyaki (use storebought teriyaki to save time – we like the Organicville brand)
Bonus 30 Minute Dessert: M&M Oreo Cookie Bars (for a healthier version use Newman O’s or Back-to-Nature Classic Creme Cookies instead of Oreos and SunDrops instead of M&Ms)
Pinterest Pro-Tip: Use Pinterest like you would Google. In the search bar, type in a key word. Below, you can see I typed in “30 Minutes” – then I selected “Your Pins” – so any pins that have the key word “30 Minutes” in the description will show up. Easy! You could also search “All Pins” but usually I like to see what I’ve already pinned before I go searching for more (aka the blackhole that is Pinterest).
What’s your go-to weeknight meal? Share below!