5 Meals in less than 30 minutes.

When working full time and having a family to feed, time isn’t always on your side. Very often the only thing you want to do when you get home after a hard day, is to sit down and relax. This post includes 5 healthy recipe’s that you can  make in less than 30 minutes.

Broccoli Rabe and Sausage Parsnip Spiralized Pasta

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe, stems trimmed
  • 2 links spicy Chicken Italian Sausage, casings removed
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 parsnips, peeled and spiralized, noodles trimmed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Full recipe here 

One Skillet Chicken with Bacon and Green Beans

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 strips center-cut bacon, chopped
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut lengthwise into thin cutlets
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • ½ cup crisp white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc (use broth for Whole30 or Paleo)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 8 ounces French green beans

Full Recipe here

Grilled Scallop and Orange Kebabs with Honey-Ginger Glaze

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tbsp raw honey (I like to buy local)
  • 1 large navel orange (or 2 small)
  • 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • oil for the grill
  • 12 jumbo sea scallops, about 1lb
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • double prong metal skewers

Full recipe here

Red White and Blue Fruit Skewers with Cheesecake Yogurt Dip
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INGREDIENTS

For the cheesecake dipping sauce:

  • 4 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup fat free Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup raw sugar

For the skewers:

  • 14 oz angel foods cake, cut about 1-inch cubes
  • 72-84 medium strawberries (about 3.5 lbs) stems removed
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 24 to 28 skewers

Full recipe here

BAKED POTATO SOUP
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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 medium russet potatoes, washed and dried
  • 1 small head of cauliflower  (3 1/2 cups or 16 ounces), stem removed cut into florets
  • 1 1/2 cups fat free chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups 1% reduced-fat milk
  • salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 10 tbsp reduced-fat shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 6 tbsp chopped chives, divided
  • 3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (you can use turkey bacon if you prefer)

Full recipe here

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Beach themed Anniversary Party

More than a few years ago my parents asked me help them organise their 25th wedding anniversary. My mother was already sick by then. She wanted the whole family to be there and she wasn’t looking for something over the top but rather for something casual with some dancing at the end of the night. My parent had a roomy house with a seperate entertainment room and an outside pool. We then decided to have a beach party in the back yard. We wanted a real summer feel to the event so this is what our menu looked like

Entree- Fruit kebabs

Main – Home made chicken and beef hamburgers

Dessert – Ice-cream cones.

To drink my dad made us some sangria in a watermelon

. We threw Gerber’s and candles in the pool to give it that romantic holiday feel.

We further had cocktail umbrellas for the drinks. Crepe paper flower necklaces for each of the quests and we made little palm trees out of carrots and green peppers for table decorations. Our serviettes were in pink, orange, yellow, green and sea blue.

Although my father initially thought that having such a casual party wouldn’t work out well… the party was a huge success and everyone had a wonderful time. We even got to catch up with some relatives we haven’t seen in a while.signature_k22a8w5v6d6jv2mpnr