30 Minute Healthy Mains

March 23, 2019   8 Comments

These 30 minute healthy mains will stop you from even considering the drive thru.

30 Minute Healthy Mains

We have all been there – running on empty, thinking that you would rather just pick something up than cook – but don’t do it. You will feel so much better if you make a quick meal that is fresh, tasty, and good for you.

Most likely, you will also save money. My favorite meals aren’t even built from a recipe. I will take the salmon from below (cooked from frozen) and toss it on top of a bed of fresh mixed greens with some fresh lemon juice squeezed on top. YUM!

I can’t be with you all – in the car on the way home from work – but I hope I can get in your head. You can do this!! You can make better food and better choices. Maybe not all of the time but most of the time.

Many of the recipes can be straight from your pantry. I keep food like frozen chicken breasts, frozen fish, canned beans, canned tuna, and all sorts of shelf stable food in my house so I can be ready for a busy night. Yes, that takes planning but it isn’t so bad once you get the hang of it.

Please share your favorite 30 minute healthy mains in the comment section. We can all use more ideas!

1. Easy Hot and Sour Soup

Get the recipe here: Easy Hot and Sour Soup Recipe

2. Baked Cod

Get the recipe here: Baked Cod Recipe

3. Tuna and Bean Salad

Get the recipe here: Tuna and Bean Salad Recipe

4. Twenty Minute Marinara Sauce

Get the recipe here: Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe

5. Baked Salmon with Mustard

Get the recipe here: Baked Salmon with Mustard Recipe

6. Mexican Chicken Soup

Get the recipe here: Mexican Chicken Soup Recipe

7. One Pan Lemon Garlic Chicken and Asparagus Recipe

Get the recipe here: One Pan Lemon Garlic Chicken and Asparagus Recipe

8. Chili with Cocoa Powder Recipe

Get the recipe here: Chili with Cocoa Powder Recipe

9. Rosemary White Bean and Kale Quesadillas

Get the recipe here: Rosemary White Bean and Kale Quesadillas Recipe

10. Baked Salmon and Asparagus Recipe

Get the recipe here: Baked Salmon and Asparagus Recipe

11. How to Cook Salmon From Frozen

Get the recipe here: How to Cook Salmon from Frozen Recipe

12. Healthy Baked Chicken Breast (35 minutes)

Get the recipe here: Healthy Baked Chicken Breast Recipe

13. Best Vegetable Soup Recipe


Get the recipe here: Best Vegetable Soup Recipe

14. White Turkey Chili Recipe

Get the recipe here: White Turkey Chili Recipe

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My quick and easy go to this month has been two things. On Sunday I roast 2 sweet potatoes whole (zero prep) and boil some pasta (your choice but I'm getting used to lentil pasta). I come home from work at 6 and I'm hungry. So meal #1 is a sweet potato split in half and 1/2c of black beans on top - nuke 30 sec or so and top with Trader Joes Chili lime spice. Meal #2 is a measured portion of pasta, topped with Aldi's Organic Marinara and mushrooms, asparagus (or broccoli), and zucchini. Nuke 60 sec or so and top with italian seasoning. Both are satisfying and nutritious!

on June 19, 2018

I made and froze several types of veggie burgers, black bean and portabello is my favorite!


It only takes minutes to heat one up and put it on a whole wheat bun with lots of veggies on top.

on June 19, 2018

I combine 2 cans of black beans (rinsed), 1 pound of shrimp (buy cooked to save even more time), 1 bag of thawed frozen corn, 1 chopped red bell pepper, 2 chopped jalapenos, 2 avocados (diced), and lime juice, olive oil and salt to taste. It's an easy, healthy, filling summer meal. You can also add tomatoes if you have them.

on June 19, 2018

In the summertime, I usually grill a huge batch of chicken breasts. I'll marinate them in several different "marinades": Italian Dressing, yogurt with lime or lemon juice, BBQ sauce, etc., grill them, and slice/shred for easy meals. The Italian chicken goes great in a salad or with steamed vegetables. Yogurt-marinated chicken is good in a Greek-style wrap, BBQ chicken is good as a shredded chicken taco or to top a baked sweet potato with some black beans.

on June 19, 2018

Delicious and fitness food. I tried it.

on June 22, 2018

I love your recipes and all the other recipes in the comments. I especially want to try Liz Marshall's shrimp salad recipe!

on June 24, 2018

A fast easy nutritious dinner for my family is veggie frittata. Heat a large skillet, add leftover veggies, whip the eggs, add to skillet, cover and cook until eggs are done. Serve with brown rice, pasta or whole grain toast! Dinner in under 30 minutes!

on March 24, 2019

White Turkey Chili and the Hot and Sour Soup are both favorites of mine!

on March 24, 2019

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