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30-Minute Weeknight Meals to Make Dinner Easy and Healthy


Who couldn’t use a roundup of 30-minute meals for those days and weeks that are just nonstop? Since starting FitLiving Eats Winter Park (where I offer private meal-prep chef services, boutique catering and cooking lessons), I’ve grown accustomed to finding meals that are quick and easy to make after a long day.

Since we’re all doing so much these days, I thought I’d put together a roundup post of my favorite meals that are easy to make in 30 minutes or less to help you plan and prepare without sacrificing your health.

Try these 8 30-minute meals

It’s really easy to just grab whatever fast food you’re driving by, but that’s not always the healthiest option. And, with more people working from home, you may be trying to figure out how to eat healthy(ish) without having to hire a chef or spending hours in the kitchen figuring out complicated recipes.

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Burgers

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Veggie Burgers (vegan + gluten-free)

Who says you need meat to make a burger delicious? These sweet potato and black bean burgers are not only flavorful, but moist – two “must-haves” for a tasty burger! The best part is, you don’t even have to fire up the grill in this blazing summer heat. View the recipe.

Gnocchi & Spring Peas with a Basil Cashew Cream Sauce

30-Minute Meals to Make Dinner Easy and Healthy

Indulge in the flavors of spring with this recipe for Gnocchi and Spring Peas with a Basil Cashew Cream Sauce that packs a flavorful and nutritional punch! View the recipe.

Easy Broccoli Tofu Stir Fry

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This recipe is packed with protein to satisfy hunger and couldn’t be easier to cook. Made with less than ten ingredients, this simple vegan stir fry is the perfect dish to cozy up to for a meatless dinner. View the recipe.

Paloma Shrimp Power Bowl


You’ve never met a power bowl more fresh and satisfying than this Paloma Shrimp Power Bowl. Featuring Uncle Matt’s Organic grapefruit juice, this power bowl fuses a classic cocktail flavor with Tex Mex ingredients for a burst of flavor in every bite. The best part is? The bowl can be assembled in under 30 minutes, perfect for a busy weeknight. View the recipe.

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

vegetarian sloppy joes recipe

The Sloppy Joe is an American family dinner staple, but not always the healthiest … but if you know me, I take that as a challenge! This recipe for vegetarian chickpea sloppy joes is just as delicious as the meaty version and will have your whole family asking for seconds! View the recipe.

Salmon and Asparagus Parchment Packs


This recipe requires minimal ingredients, is easy to assemble, and even meal prep friendly! The salmon parchment packs are perfect for someone who loves salmon, but struggles with how to cook it perfectly at home! These parchment packs are fool proof and result in moist, flaky salmon every, single single time. View the recipe.

Healthy Mexican Cobb Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

mexican cobb salad featured recipe - FitLiving Eats by Carly Paige

This Mexican Cobb salad isn’t really a Cobb salad at all, except for the display of ingredients on top of the leafy bed of romaine. Made with a delicious creamy avocado dressing, this Mexican Cobb salad is one of my favorite mason jar salads – deconstructed. View the recipe.

5-Ingredient Nut-Free Pesto Pasta

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This five ingredient nut-free pesto pasta is delicious on its own and the perfect Meatless Monday meal. If you’ve got a meat lover on your hands, you could throw on some grilled chicken or a side of roasted salmon and it would be delicious! Instead of going the meat route, I tossed in a few veggies, including finely shredded kale and grape tomatoes. View the recipe.

Veggie Thai Curry Made from What You’ve Got in Your Fridge


Craving a hearty meal like veggie Thai curry, but also looking for something quick and easy you can throw together using what you have on hand? This recipe for veggie Thai curry is a great way to clean out the fridge and use up any produce that needs to be cooked. View the Recipe.

Try something pre-made with Daily Harvest options

30-Minute Meals to Make Dinner Easy and Healthy

If you’ve been around here a minute or two, you know I love Daily Harvest’s delicious and easy options. Since these foods are harvested at their peak and flash frozen, the amount of nutrients that are retained can surpass even the produce that you might buy fresh. In other words, freezing produce at its optimal state not only preserves the quality of the fruits and vegetables, but the nutrients as well. Get the details on all of the DH options.

-Carly Paige

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