Category Archives: 30 Minutes or Less

Kale and Red Pepper Fried Rice

Jasmine rice is fried in toasted sesame seed oil along with freshly chopped onion, kale and diced sweet red pepper. A perfect, healthy meal ready in less than 20 minutes!

Fried Rice with Kale and Roasted Red Pepper...a quick, easy dinner ready in less than 20 minutes!

Technology makes me want to throw things against the wall.

One might think that since I am a blogger, I get it. One would be wrong. One would be super duper wrong.

Fried Rice with Kale and Roasted Red Pepper...a quick, easy dinner ready in less than 20 minutes!

On Tuesday and well into Wednesday my site crashed. Like big time. If you’re a regular reader (I hope you are!) you probably noticed, and just in case you were planning on making one of my recipes for dinner on Tuesday and I ruined it I am so super sorry! I didn’t mean to, I swear!

Somewhere up in the clouds Maebells just got lost for a while. Luckily, it is back up and running now. But it did make me realize how very much I do enjoy this little virtual friendship we have here. I like you guys, like a whole lot, so it kind of threw me off my game to suddenly not be able to share things with you. Super fabulous things like this crazy easy Kale and Red Pepper Fried Rice!

Fried Rice with Kale and Roasted Red Pepper...a quick, easy dinner ready in less than 20 minutes!

Last weekend I wanted something for lunch that was healthy and filling but I wasn’t feeling a salad. Fried rice totally fit the bill (when does fried rice not fit the bill?!) instead of going the normal peas and carrots route I opted for freshly sliced kale and little red sweet peppers. The result was a totally fantastic grown up version of fried rice.

Fried Rice with Kale and Roasted Red Pepper...a quick, easy dinner ready in less than 20 minutes!

This is a great vegetarian meal by itself, or you could throw in shrimp or chicken for a tasty change up. Then of course, if you want to go all out you can make it with this Kung Pao Chicken for the ultimate Asian inspired feast!

Kale and Red Pepper Fried Rice
Recipe type: Main Dish, Side Dish
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Serves: 4
 
Jasmine rice is fried in toasted sesame seed oil along with freshly chopped kale and diced sweet red pepper. A perfect, healthy meal ready in less than 20 minutes!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cooked jasmine rice (very dry, works best if it is a couple days old)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2½ tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2½ cups chopped kale
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup sweet red pepper or bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • ⅛ cup reduced sodium soy sauce
Instructions
  1. Heat a large skillet or wok to medium high heat.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in skillet and add minced garlic. Stir garlic approximately 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  3. Add rice to skillet and do not stir, let it cook approximately 1-2 minutes until it begins to lightly brown.
  4. Stir rice, add red pepper and onion, let it cook another minute. Rice should be lightly browned at this point.
  5. Add kale, stirring as you go, kale will shrink up a lot as it cooks, about 30 seconds.
  6. Push rice to one side of the skillet and add the last ½ tablespoon of oil to skillet. Crack egg directly into skillet and scramble it.
  7. Mix egg into fried rice and add soy sauce.

 

Chili Garlic Salmon and Broccoli Bowls

Chili Garlic Salmon and Broccoli Bowls

Last week we had something Asian inspired almost every single day. I have no idea what has gotten into us, but we are on a major kick. We had Lo Mein, Kung Pao Chicken, Fried Rice and these insanely delicious Chili Garlic Salmon and Broccoli Bowls.

I cannot stress how easy this meal was. From beginning to end this was done in about 15 minutes. It actually took longer for the rice to be ready than the main course. It all starts with a quick easy sauce made from chili garlic sauce, sesame oil, garlic, and soy sauce. Chop some fresh Broccoli into small bite sized pieces and your halfway done!

Chili Garlic Salmon and Broccoli Bowls

I used fresh salmon fillets that had the skin on, which used to major gross me out but I have kind of learned to deal with at this point. The easiest way to remove the skin is to cook the salmon with the skin on. Here is how I do it. Heat a skillet to medium heat and pour about a tablespoon of olive oil. Then add lemon slices to your skillet. This is your nice little citrus buffer that prevents the salmon from sticking. Lay the salmon skin side down right on top of the lemon slices and let it cook for about 5 minutes.

Chili Garlic Salmon and Broccoli Bowls

Flip the salmon and using tongs, carefully peel the skin off. Gross gross gross. Throw it away as soon as you can. Let the other side cook for 5 more minutes. At this point I usually carefully remove the lemon slices with tongs because I like the outside of the fish to get a little crisp (you don’t have to remove the lemons, it is totally up to you)

So now you have some lovely, half cooked, unseasoned salmon fillets in your pan. :) Time to add the sauce! Pour the chili garlic sauce right over the top and add the broccoli. Cover and let cook for 3 minutes.

Chili Garlic Salmon and Broccoli Bowls

I served this over jasmine rice and I found the best way to do it is to lay the salmon right on tip of the rice, add some broccoli and then pour the additional sauce from the pan over your fish so you can control exactly how flavorful you want it to be. I wanted mine super saucy, but Mr. Maebell liked his without extra sauce.

Chili Garlic Salmon and Broccoli Bowls

There you have it! An easy, healthy, quick meal that doesn’t require a boat load of ingredients or leaves you with a kitchen full of dishes. Don’t you wish all recipes were that easy?!

Chili Garlic Salmon and Broccoli Bowls
Recipe type: Main Dish
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup reduced sodium soy sauce (La choy is gluten free)
  • 1½ tablespoon chili garlic sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seed oil
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 2 cups water
Instructions
  1. In a small sauce pan with a lid bring the 2 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Add the rice, stir and reduce heat to low. Cover and let simmer until all liquid is absorbed, approximately 15 minutes.
  3. Heat a large skillet to medium heat.
  4. Heat one tablespoon of olive oil and carefully add two rows of lemon slices. Lay the salmon skin side down and let cook covered for five minutes.
  5. Remove lid and carefully flip salmon, cover and let cook another five minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, combine the soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, sesame oil, and garlic in a small bowl. Set aside.
  7. At this point you can remove the lemon slices from the pan if you wish. Reduce the heat to low and pour in the sauce and the broccoli, cover and let cook for 3 minutes.
  8. To assemble bowls add rice, salmon, broccoli, and spoon out additional sauce from the pan if you wish.

Chili Garlic Salmon and Broccoli Bowls

 

 

Greek Salad Wraps with Roasted Red Peppers

Greek Wraps with Roasted Red Peppers

My lunch is painfully plain. It is the same every single day. I have a Greek salad, or at least what I call a Greek salad. Baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, feta, olives and dressing. I like it, I really do. Those are some of my favorite flavors, but lets face it, everyone needs a little variety every now and then!

Since those basic salad ingredients are staples in my house I decided to change it up a bit. Instead of a boring old salad in a bowl I threw it in a wrap, added some goat cheese and roasted red peppers. Turns out, it was just the mix up I needed. It was healthy, refreshing, and full of flavor! It was also very filling! I ate this for dinner one night and almost couldn’t finish the whole thing, almost. ;)

Greek Wraps with Roasted Red Peppers, healthy and delicious!

You can totally adjust this based on your personal preferences or what you have on hand. But I warmed an Udi’s tortilla (they are gluten free) but you can use whatever brand you prefer. I threw in some nice chunks of goat cheese, sliced baby bella mushrooms, roasted red pepper and let it all get nice and warm. Then I slid the wrap out of the skillet and added the spinach, olives, feta and cucumbers. You can add the ingredients all at once, but I didn’t want my spinach to wilt while I was warming the tortilla. Again, personal preference is key here! :)

Greek Wraps with Roasted Red Peppers

I didn’t add any dressing or spreads since all of the vegetables were so fresh and juicy and the two cheeses provide the perfect balance of creamy, melted goodness!

Just in case you’re in a salad rut like me, keep this one in mind! Salads magically become more fun when you put them in a wrap!

Greek Wraps with Roasted Red Peppers #healthy #easy

5.0 from 2 reviews
Greek Salad Wraps with Roasted Red Peppers
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 1 large tortilla shell (I used Udi's gluten free)
  • ¼ cup sliced roasted red pepper (about ¼ a pepper)
  • ½ cup baby spinach
  • ¼ cup sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • ¼ cup sliced cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons feta
  • 2 tablespoons sliced olives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onions
Instructions
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Lightly spray skillet. Place wrap in skillet.
  3. Lay the goat cheese, feta, sliced mushrooms, green onions, and roasted red peppers on the wrap. Let wrap cook 30 seconds - 1 minute or until wrap is lightly brown and the cheese has started to melt.
  4. Remove wrap from skillet and add spinach, cucumber, and olives.
  5. Wrap tightly and slice.
  6. This is excellent with a little hummus on the side!

Looking for other healthy quick dinner ideas? Try this Grilled Zucchini Hummus Wrap or this Spicy Avocado Spinach Quesadilla!

Grilled Zucchini Wrap

Grilled Zucchini Hummus Wrap

Spinach and Avocado Quesadilla

Spicy Spinach and Avocado Quesadillas

 

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Peppers

If that title doesn’t thrill you, I just don’t know what will.

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Peppers, an easy, cheap, weeknight meal your whole family will love! This is SO good!

Shredded chicken mixed with creamy ranch flavored cream cheese, sharp cheddar cheese and zesty buffalo sauce stuffed into sliced mini sweet peppers.

Hello, dinnertime!

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Peppers, an easy, cheap, weeknight meal your whole family will love! This is SO good!

I shared these Pesto Chicken Stuffed Sweet Peppers a few weeks back and showed you just how easy it is to make a meal out of these little sweet peppers. I am totally in love with these things! They are making weeknight meals so easy!

The prep for these Buffalo Sweet Peppers is very similar to the prep for the Pesto version. You simply mix the shredded chicken with cream cheese, ranch, buffalo sauce, stuff it in the peppers and top with cheese!

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Peppers, an easy, cheap, weeknight meal your whole family will love! This is SO good!Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Peppers, an easy, cheap, weeknight meal your whole family will love! This is SO good!

This is also really easy to adjust based on you personal preferences. I would recommend just using my measurement for buffalo sauce as a guideline, since everyone has different tastes. As written, this is just enough for a nice bit of spice, but it won’t set your mouth on fire.

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Peppers, an easy, cheap, weeknight meal your whole family will love! This is SO good!

Try them! I bet you won’t be able to eat just one!

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Peppers
Recipe type: Dinner
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound mini sweet peppers, tops removed and sliced
  • 3 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 4 ounces reduced fat cream cheese
  • 1 package ranch dressing mix
  • ¼ cup of Frank's original Buffalo sauce
  • 1½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Green onions for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  3. Place sliced sweet peppers in a single layer
  4. In a medium size mixing bowl combine the chicken, cream cheese, ranch dressing, and buffalo sauce.
  5. Place a spoonful of the buffalo chicken mixture in each pepper.
  6. Top with shredded cheese.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes until cheese is bubbly.
  8. Garnish with additional buffalo sauce and green onions if desired.

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Corn Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Lime

Grilled Sweet Corn Salad with Tomatoes and Lime

If you follow me on Instagram you know I am a total sucker for the Farmers Market. My Saturday morning ritual is to make the trip downtown, fight someone over a parking spot, circle the whole market twice, scope out what looks good, load my arms as full as I possibly can, then hitting up this little coffee shop on the corner.

I love it. It just seems like such a great way to start the weekend. There is usually a band playing from one of the upper floors of the downtown shops. It is the only time this place we live in now actually reminds me of the town I grew up in. The community, the fellowship, the good food. I love it all.

Grilled Sweet Corn Salad with Tomatoes and Lime

Last week I ended up with a load of sweet corn because I just couldn’t help myself. I knew from the start I wanted to grill it. I just didn’t know what else I wanted to do. Ultimately, I settled on corn salad because the tomatoes I had were absolutely perfect and I knew the combo would be amazing.

It definitely did not disappoint. I grilled the sweet corn, cut it off the cob and threw in some halved cherry tomatoes, a chopped bell pepper, lime juice, cumin, garlic salt, and a little pepper. I topped the salad with a little crumbling cheese and some chopped green onions and cilantro. We ate this with steak, but the leftovers were great with tortilla chips or in a quesadilla.

Grilled Sweet Corn Salad with Tomatoes and Lime

5.0 from 3 reviews
Sweet Corn Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Lime
Recipe type: Salad
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 4 ears sweet corn
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • ¼ cup Queso fresco (or other mexican crumbling cheese)
Instructions
  1. Soak the unshucked ears of sweet corn in water for 20 minutes. (This will prevent the corn from burning the outside before it cooks all the way through) After the corn has soaked remove it from the water and lightly pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. Heat your grill to medium heat. Place the corn directly on the grill and let cook for 25-30 minutes, rotating every 10 minutes.
  3. Remove corn from grill and let it cool
  4. Meanwhile, chop the tomatoes and bell pepper. Place them in a large bowl.
  5. When corn has cooled enough to handle remove the husk and silk (it should easily come off). Then carefully cut the corn off the cob and place it in the bowl with the tomatoes and bell pepper.
  6. Sprinkle with cumin, pepper, and garlic salt and squeeze a lime over the top. Stir until everything is evenly coated.
  7. Top with green onions and the crumbling cheese. Garnish with cilantro if desired.

 

 

Bacon, Ham, and Egg Wrap with Honey Dijon Sauce

Sometimes when I ask Mr. Maebell what he wants for dinner he looks at me with pleading eyes and says, “please..just something simple.”

Ham, Bacon, and Egg Wrap with Honey Dijon Sauce

I have said before that spouses of food bloggers will someday need a support group. I totally stand by that. Sometimes I get caught up in an idea and go a little overboard. The dinner might be good, but it is a little much. Or the other side of that is that I get an idea, spend a lot of time on it, and then decide it is terrible and we eat cereal for dinner. That also happens a lot.

So, when he politely asks me to chill the heck out with the meals I don’t really blame him. That is kind of what happened the night that I made this wrap. Luckily, it ended up being a no fuss meal that was actually pretty darn impressive. I combined a lot of basic staples together to make a really filling wrap. Some deli ham, a couple slices of cooked bacon, an egg, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, and of course a nice little sauce to top it all off.

Ham, Bacon, and Egg Wrap with Honey Dijon Sauce

This has quickly become one of our favorites. It can be thrown together in under 20 minutes and is sure to please even your pickiest eater!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Bacon, Ham, and Egg Wrap with Honey Dijon Sauce
Recipe type: Wrap
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 4 slices of ham
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 slices of swiss cheese
  • 4 lettuce leafs
  • 4 slices of tomato
  • 2 large tortilla wraps (I used Udi's gluten free)
  • 1 tablespoon mayo
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey
Instructions
  1. Heat a skillet on medium to medium low heat and cook the bacon until crisp, approximately 4 minutes on each side. Remove bacon from skillet and place on paper towels.
  2. Wipe the skillet clean and return to heat. Place each tortilla in the skillet for bout 30 seconds, or until lightly browned. Place each tortilla on a plate. Top with 2 teaspoons of the honey dijon, two slices of ham, one slice of cooked bacon, one slice of cheese, two leaves, two tomato slices, and set aside.
  3. Spray the skillet with cooking spray and carefully pour a beaten egg into the skillet. When the egg is set, flip, and let it cook an additional 20 seconds. Remove from heat and place on wrap.
  4. Carefully roll your wrap and slice down the center.

 

Spicy Sausage Black Bean Pasta

Spicy Sausage Black Bean Pasta, a one dish, 30 minute meal that is delicious and gluten free!

What kind of grocery shopper are you? Are you super organized and only buy what you need? Do you follow your list to a T? Or are you a free spirit that will purchase whatever looks good? Most of the time I am a strict list follower. We already spend so much money on food that if I get things that I don’t need for that week it would get out of control quickly. So, I normally don’t have much left in my pantry at the end of the week. But last week I found myself in a pinch and needed to make something quickly with only what I had on hand. My first thought was to make breakfast for dinner (that is my go to, I will never turn down bacon and eggs) but I did have a couple things in the cabinets so I decided to get creative.

The result was a super tasty pasta dish loaded with flavor. Not only was it good, but it took just one dish and it was ready in less than 30 minutes! It doesn’t get much better than that!

Here is how I did it!

Spicy Sausage Black Bean Pasta, one dish, 30 minute meal, and gluten free

I thinly sliced some andouille sausage, chopped an onion and sauteed them in a little olive oil in a large cast iron skillet. I tossed in a can of rinsed black beans, rotel, tomato sauce, and some water (not pictured) and then gave it all a good stir. I also threw in some spices and dry rotini noodles.

Spicy Sausage Black Bean Pasta

When everything was mixed well, I  just covered the skillet and let everything simmer for approximately 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. When the pasta was tender I stirred in some cheese to make it extra creamy. And topped the whole thing off with a little extra cheese on top and some chopped green onions.

Spicy Sausage Black Bean Pasta

Voila! It really is that simple!

Just some basic pantry staples and some andouille sausage are transformed into an easy cheesy pasta dish that your whole family will love!

Spicy Sausage Black Bean Pasta

5.0 from 4 reviews
Spicy Sausage Black Bean Pasta
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 link andouille sausage (1/2 a pack of Johnsonville Andouille Sausage)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can rotel
  • 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups dry pasta (I used Gluten Free Barilla Rotini)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 package taco seasoning* (or spices listed below)
  • 1 cup cheese
  • chopped green onions for garnish
Instructions
  1. Thinly slice sausage, and finely chop the onion. Set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage and onion and saute until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. (3-4 minutes)
  3. Add the can of drained and rinsed black beans, the undrained cans of rotel and tomato sauce.. Stir in the cup of water, dry pasta, and taco seasoning (or spices*)
  4. Cover skillet and reduce heat to medium low. Let the mixture simmer for 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. When pasta is tender, stir in ¾ cup of cheese, and top with remaining ¼ cheese, place lid back on pasta just until cheese melts. Top with chopped green onions.

* If you prefer not to use packaged taco seasoning or do not have it on hand these spices work great:

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika