Easy Meals I Make at Home in Under 30 Minutes

So far, I’ve shared two posts just like this one sharing meals I make in under 30 minutes. Here is my post from April and here is one from February, in case you’re looking for more ideas. This post today has 12 meals I made in 10-30 minutes. I put post like these ones together to show you that eating healthy doesn’t have to be a whole production and it doesn’t have to be challenging. You can use simple ingredients and make absolutely delicious food at home in a short amount of time.

Just a recap (I shared this in my previous posts) – with a little planning, a little creativity, and with the help of some special ingredients, there’s really NO EXCUSE to not eat a healthy meal. It’s really freaking easy, I promise you that. You’ll see many repeats in my diet because I stick with foods that make me feel my best and that cook up quickly. Plus, I use whatever ingredients I have on hand in my freezer. So let’s get to it. Here’s a little breakdown of what I always have at home and/or purchase week to week:

  • ButcherBox – Every month I get my monthly supply of grass-fed, grass-finished, antibiotic and hormone-free, pasture-raised beef, chicken and pork. This way I always have meat on hand that I can pull out of the freezer the day beforehand to make for meals the next day. And since it’s delivered to my doorstep, I don’t have to think about it, which is the best part. In every box, I always get burgers and breakfast sausage, then whatever other meat is available that month!
  • Thrive Market – I try to get a Thrive Market box delivered to my doorstep every month or so. I love stocking up on coconut wraps, coconut aminos, Siete Foods sea salt grain free tortilla chips, and organic extra virgin olive oil. Be sure to follow me on instagram and my instagram stories/highlights because every time I get an order, I share those finds and goodies on my social media! Thrive also offer seafood now and it’s delicious so I will sometimes grab that from them.
  • Whole Foods or Natural Grocers or Trader Joe’s
    • Freezer section – I always like to purchase cauliflower rice, sliced bell peppers, asparagus, cauliflower and kale so if I’m in a pinch and have no fresh produce around, I can quickly defrost any of these vegetable and whip up a meal quickly. I also recently picked up Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi and love having that on hand.
    • Produce section – I almost always purchase arugula, kale, carrots, cherry tomatoes, ripe plantains, yukon gold potatoes, sweet baby peppers, butter lettuce, honey crisp apples, cilantro, green onions and whatever other vegetable looks good.
    • Pre-cut veggies – At Whole Foods (and many other grocery stores nowadays), they have pre-cut vegetables that have made a huge difference when it comes to how long it takes to make a meal. It costs a little more, but to me it’s worth it because it keeps me eating healthy. I’ll always buy pre-cut butternut squash fries, brussels sprouts, kale, beets (I buy the Love Beets brand), zucchini noodles, beet noodles, and carrot fries.
    • Butcher section – Since I get all my meat from ButcherBox, I usually only purchase wild-caught fish and seafood at Whole Foods. We try to eat salmon, scallops, sea bass and whatever other fish looks good. And we’ve been eating more fish and seafood recently because my husband is on a strict diet where he can’t have chicken or pork, which is why most of my dinners are beef or fish/seafood. I love getting fish/seafood for the nights that we have limited time since it cooks up so quickly.
  • Pantry Products – I keep these items on hand because they make prep incredibly easy and quick whenever I’m in a pinch!

I hope this helps you with new ideas to stay healthy and eating your best day after day, meal after meal! Now let’s get to my easy meals!

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Breakfast is always super easy at my house. Here I made ButcherBox breakfast sausage, leftover apple, jicama, orange bell pepper and arugula salad tossed in Primal Kitchen Ranch with 1/2 sweet plantain cooked in ghee! This entire breakfast only took at 15 minutes to make.

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This breakfast only took about 10 minutes. First I cooked up 2 pieces of ButcherBox bacon, then cooked 1/2 sweet plantain in the bacon fat, and Teton Waters jalapeño brat then ate it with arugula and leftover cauliflower purée!

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For lunch one day, I made a wrap with a Thrive Market coconut wrap, avocado cream from the night before, sliced turkey and sopressata, and arugula. Then I paired it with roasted carrots that I cooked up earlier in the morning and a tomato salad from dinner the night before. This entire lunch took about 3 minutes to put together with the leftover veggies I had on hand!

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For dinner in about 20 minutes, I made crispy rice that only takes about 15 minutes. Then while it cooked, I made some taco meat with ButcherBox ground beef with diced bell peppers, Balanced Bites taco & fajita seasonings and hot sauce! And I topped it all with Hope Foods green chile guac! So good and so simple!

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For this dinner in 30 minutes, I first roasted brussels sprouts in ghee at 400 for about 25-30 minutes then I made ButcherBox pork loin chops cooked in a cast iron skillet with ghee and topped with Primal Palate steak seasonings. And lastly, I made a quick salad of arugula, apples, orange bell pepper and jicama tossed in Primal Kitchen Ranch!

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Dinner in 30 minutes! I first tossed carrots and parsnips in ghee with some salt and garlic powder and roasted them at 400 for 30 minutes. While the veggies roasted, I cooked some bacon then added kale to the pan along with lemon juice and Primal Palate garlic and herb seasoning. Then lastly I coated cod filets from Whole Foods in a little egg then almond flour mixed with Primal Palate new bae seasonings and pan cooked in ghee!

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Easy dinner made in about 20 minutes! I cooked thinly sliced carrots and red bell peppers in ghee and sesame oil then added cauliflower rice (straight from the freezer) to cook down for another 8 minutes or so. While the cauliflower rice cooked, I put about 1/3 cup coconut aminos and sriracha in another pan over high heat and reduced down until it thickened and coated the back of a spoon then I added it to the cauliflower rice to mix. Lastly, I topped it with smoked salmon from Whole Foods then topped it all with cilantro, green onions, and sesame seeds!

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Dinner done in 30 minutes! This was a pasta-inspired dish just without the pasta! I roasted carrots, then cooked up bell peppers, turkey meatballs, Rao’s sauce, kale and a little salt and pepper all in a large pot! You can actually watch how I made this recipe in the highlights section of my instagram under easy meals!

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Another pasta-inspired dish without the pasta! I kept dinner simple and delicious tonight! I first roasted brussels sprouts in ghee at 400 for about 25-30 minutes until crispy. Then I cooked up ground turkey mixed with Rao’s sauce, baby kale and Balanced Bites super garlic seasonings! So simple and easy!

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This dinner was freaking delicious and all done in under 30 minutes! First I preheated the oven then I made cauliflower hummus. Then I coated salmon in Sir Kensington’s Dijon mustard and chopped pecans and baked it for 8 minutes. Once it was in the oven, I made a quick salad of arugula, apples, and cherry tomatoes tossed in Primal Kitchen Ranch! This is my new way to eat salmon!

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I made this dinner for date night and kept it simple! It only took about 20 minutes! usually go out to dinner on date night but I was feeling like a home cooked meal since I leave town again soon, so I whipped up this easy meal of Thrive Market scallops, kale sautéed in ghee with red bell pepper, garlic powder and salt. Then I cooked up a sweet plantain in ghee!

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For gluten free pasta night, all whipped up in 25 minutes! I first cooked Tolerant Foods red lentil pasta then in another pan, I browned ButcherBox ground beef, then added Rao’s sauce, kale and Balanced Bites super garlic seasoning! I’m absolutely obsessed with this pasta, it’s so damn good!

12 meals in under 30 minutes! Try these easy meals out and let me know what you think! Healthy doesn’t mean hard. All you need is something simple items around the house and you can have a healthy meal every single day!


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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


36 thoughts on “Easy Meals I Make at Home in Under 30 Minutes”

  1. These Instagram posts and these blog posts are my favorite. Thank you for doing these – very inspiring! Health can be simple, if you don’t overthink it!

  2. everything looks so good!! Gonna give one of these (maybe the scallops or pasta, i cant decide! ) a go for this weekend =)

  3. Yes! Meals don’t have to be complicated to be delicious. These are my favorite posts on Instagram and I usually bookmark them for inspiration. 🙂

  4. I love this post! I cook mostly paleo and people are always commenting “how do you have the time?”. I’ve shared this on my social media pages to prove to people cooking healthy (and delicious) food doesn’t have to take hours!

  5. This is my favorite type of blog post! So many of these I want to save off in my meal planning app! These may feel simple, but they are GOLDEN! Would love more details or cooking videos on these. Like…how do I make crispy rice? I always drool over your plantains, but how do I pick the right ripeness of a plantain? I need details!

    Thanks so much Juli for all that you do!

  6. Im curious about how much meat you eat daily. Do you weigh out how many ounces you want to eat or just cook a package and eat how ever much you want that day. Its hard to know what good portion sizes are since meat makes up a lot of my diet since I cut out grains and starches.

    1. i have no clue how much meat i eat. i never weigh or measure it. i just usually make a good amount and eat until i’m satisfied!

    1. i don’t have a recipe anywhere. i just cook rice in a pan without any oil, following the directions on the package and the bottom always gets extra crispy

  7. This is totally random but we just bought a camper, and while we have a fully functioning kitchen (stove top, oven, microwave, fridge, etc.) my husband loves to cook outside most of the time in his cast iron skillet. Besides what you’ve posted here do you have any ideas for quick, easy campfire meals? Thank you for killing the healthy eating game, i can always count on you!

  8. Love this!! As much a recipes are fun to look at the reality is who has time to make elaborate meals these days. These posts are so practical and helpful! Thank you!

  9. Love these posts! I approach meals in a similar way of just putting together whatever proteins and veggies I have on hand with something to give it all a bit of flavor, so I love seeing your combinations for inspiration. Thank you!

  10. You… are… the… best!
    Thank you for taking the time to make such an awesome post. Takes the anxiety and blah out of ideas for dinner in a rush or after a busy day. Thanks for always being so great and making the healthy life cool.

  11. How much meat is this? Need to consider storage in my freezer. I have a side by side refrigerator/freezer. Want to make sure I have enough room.

  12. Hi Juli. Thanks for the ideas on quick meals. I love the idea of cooking and incorporating fruits with the meals. I’m curious, do you get your plantains from Whole Foods?

  13. Juli! Just wanted to let you know that I think an e-book with quick and easy recipes is a great idea. I hope you generate enough interest to pursue it. Thanks!

  14. These recipes just look like ads for these food box companies. For those of us who are not regularly stocked with ghee, primal garlic or coconut wraps these recipes are pretty worthless.

    1. kathy, i have a feeling you may be projecting.
      1. you don’t need to use ghee. that is the cooking oil i prefer. instead, you could use coconut oil, avocado oil, butter, olive oil, or animal fats.
      2. i don’t know what primal garlic is. it’s not used in any of these recipes.
      3. you don’t HAVE to use coconut wraps. you don’t even have to make a wrap. eat that meal as a salad.
      4. if you’re not stocked up on some sort of item, STOCK UP ON IT. having items in stock at your own home is how you make healthier choices and meals. stop making excuses and saying someone else’s meals are worthless. it’s childish

      1. I adore you simply for the well thought out and blatant…..”fuck you” to this stupid conceited boomer up here with the “bigh box” concerns.

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