Recipes: 30-minute dinner ideas


May 6, 2016

Save these 30-minute dinner ideas now for the next time you need a quick and tasty meal.


Quinoa and Shrimp Grits

We love a good bowl of shrimp and grits, but not the butter and cheese — or rather, the calories — that normally accompany it. This recipe says goodbye to butter and hello to quinoa for a healthier take on the Southern favorite.



3/4 cup quinoa
5 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
4 cups Swiss chard, chopped
2 tablespoons water
1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
4 scallions, green parts only, minced



  1. Place quinoa in a medium pot with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered until quinoa is tender and has absorbed almost all the liquid, about 12-15 minutes. Stir in the cheese and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and Cajun seasoning, toss to coat and cook until plump and opaque, 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  3. Add Swiss chard and water to the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until chard wilts. Remove from heat and whisk in yogurt.
  4. Divide quinoa among four bowls, top with chard and shrimp, and garnish with scallions.


Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

Serving size: 1.5 cups. Calories: 409. Fat: 15 grams. Saturated fat: 8 grams. Protein: 40 grams. Carbohydrates: 28 grams. Fiber: 4 grams. Sodium: 643 milligrams. Sugar: 4 grams.


Source: Daily Burn


Cinnamon-Apple Pork Chops

Most of the following ingredients are probably in your cabinet already, making this an even easier one-pan option.



2 tablespoons reduced-fat butter, divided
4 boneless pork loin chops (4 ounces each)
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 medium tart apples, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons chopped pecans



  1. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Add pork chops; cook 4-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 145 F. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  2. Remove chops; keep warm. Add apples, pecans, brown sugar mixture and remaining butter to pan; cook and stir until apples are tender. Serve with chops.


Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

Serving size: 1 pork chop with 2/3 cup apple mixture. Calories: 316. Fat: 12 grams. Saturated fat: 4 grams. Protein: 22 grams. Carbohydrates: 31 grams. Fiber: 4 grams. Sodium: 232 milligrams. Cholesterol: 62 milligrams.


Source: Taste of Home


Philly Cheesesteaks

Got some fresh veggies you want to use up? This recipe is a great way to use them for a fast and delicious dinner.



1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium-size onion, thinly sliced
1 large green pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
3/4 pound top round steak, trimmed and cut into 1/2 x 3-inch strips
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 pound sliced reduced-fat provolone cheese (about 8 slices)
8 white whole-wheat hot dog rolls



  1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and green pepper to pan and cook, stirring often, for 7 minutes or until softened.
  2. Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper. Add beef to pan and cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until cooked through. Stir in Worcestershire sauce; cook 1 minute.
  3. Heat broiler. Tuck one slice provolone into each roll and top with a scant 1/2 cup beef mixture. Arrange rolls on a baking sheet and put under broiler for 1 minute or until cheese has melted.


Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

Serving size: 1 sandwich. Calories: 230. Fat: 9 grams. Saturated fat: 4 grams. Protein: 20 grams. Carbohydrates: 21 grams. Fiber: 2 grams. Sodium: 360 milligrams. Cholesterol: 25 milligrams.


Source: Family Circle


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