30 minute meals

Curried Lentil Stuffed Peppers

 
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I have been loving these stuffed lentils lately! They take no time to make and the ingredients are super simple. Even my meat-loving boyfriend loves them! They'd also be good in an acorn squash, but I find peppers cook a little quicker.

In our house, meals can be somewhat challenging. While, I'm not a vegetarian, I prefer to focus on more plant-based meals, while my boyfriend is all about juicy burgers and rare steak. We try to share the cooking responsibility so we get a good mix of vegetarian and meat-centered meals. There are a few things we've found we can make to be half veg/half meat - but more on this later. This is something we can agree on. He also likes stuffed acorn squash with quinoa.

What are your favorite meals to satisfy the meat and veggie lovers in your life?


 

Ingredients:

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3 small-medium, or 2 large bell peppers
2 large carrots, diced
1/2 a yellow onion, diced
3/4 cup diced mushrooms
1 Tbsp + 1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1/2 cup red lentils (or any color would work)
1 1/2 cups low sodium vegetable broth*
2 handfuls of spinach

*note: The amount of broth varied depending on the brand of lentils I used. I would start with 1.5 cups and add more as need

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350. 

2. Prep the peppers. Slice each pepper in half and remove the seeds. Place in a baking dish, filled with about 1cm of water. Cover with aluminum foil. Place in your preheated oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes, until peppers have softened and cooked. Set aside.

3. Meanwhile, in a medium sized pot, heat a dash of oil over med-high heat. Add onion, carrot, and mushrooms and saute for a minute or so until the onion begins to soften.

4. Add the curry, ginger, turmeric, and tomato paste.

5. Add the lentils and broth. Cook until the lentils are soft and have absorbed the majority of the broth.

6. Add spinach and cook until wilted. Remove from heat.

7. Spoon lentil mixture into the pepper halves. Serve with a side salad and enjoy!

Maple Dijon Chicken & Roasted Veggies Sheet Pan Dinner

 
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I'm all about quick and easy meals. For the nights I get home late or just don't feel like cooking, I need meals I can make with little effort to prevent me from ordering out. Sheet pan dinners are one of my faves! They're SO easy. You literally just throw everything on a sheet pan and have dinner in less than 30 minutes.


This recipe was for our monthly #letsberealmeals challenge. Each month a group of registered dietitians and myself create recipe videos of simple, healthy meals you can actually make. Each recipe contains less than 10 ingredients and takes less than 30 minutes to make. Follow me on Instagram for more recipes and nutrition tips and stay tuned on the 15th of each month for more recipe videos.

This month the #letsberealmeals theme was apples, as we try to get festive for fall. We don't always think of adding fruit to our dinners or more savory meals but they can add great flavor and a subtle sweetness and help you get in more produce in your day. Speaking of apples, check out one of my very first posts and one of my all time favorite fall recipes here: Homemade Applesauce.


For this recipe, I just bought 2 chicken breasts thinking it would be enough to feed us both just for dinner. I ended up slicing the chicken breasts into a total of 6 tenders just so they would cook faster, and it ended lasting us for leftovers too. Depending on appetites and the size of your chicken, I'd say this recipe is good for about 4 servings.

Ingredients:

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2 chicken breasts (~0.5lbs each), sliced into tenders
1/2 onion, chopped
3 cups Brussels sprouts, halved
2 cups shredded kale (or about 2-3 stalks)
1 apple, chopped (any kind)

for the sauce:
3 Tbsp pure maple syrup
3 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1.5 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (balsamic may also be good if you don't have ACV on hand)

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with a silpat mat or parchment paper to prevent sticking.

2. Combine ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl, whisk with a fork.

3. Add veggies to your baking sheet, add the chicken on top. 

4. Drizzle the sauce over everything. Give the sheet pan a light shake to mix it all together. (If you don't mind the extra dish you could also mix everything with the sauce in a bowl before spreading on the sheet pan).

5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until chicken is cooked through or reads 165 with a meat thermometer. Check after 15 minutes and mix everything around and flip chicken.

Simple Black Bean Burgers

 
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Even my meat-loving boyfriend approved of these! They're super easy to make with ingredients you likely already have on hand. Serve with a side salad & sweet potato fries, buns, ketchup, & mustard or top with avocado and put it on a salad. I usually make extras to freeze and save for lunches throughout the week. 


Ingredients:

2, 15oz cans of black beans, drained & rinsed
1 cup Old Fashioned oats
1 egg
1 cup mushrooms & onions, finely chopped & sauteed (~ 1/2 an onion & 4oz white mushrooms)
1 tsp cumin
a dash each of salt & pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F and lightly grease a baking sheet or line with parchment paper or a silpat mat (my fave!)

2. Dump your (drained & rinsed) black beans into a medium sized mixing bowl and mash with a fork or potato masher, leaving a few chunks for texture. Set aside.

3. Saute your mushrooms in onion in a saute pan over medium heat until onions are translucent and mushrooms are tender.*

4. Add all ingredients to the black beans. Mix with your hands and form into ~8 burger patties.

5. Place patties onto prepared baking sheet.

6. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

7. When the burgers have finished baking, finish them on the stove to crisp up the edges. Heat a splash of olive oil in a saute pan. Place a few burgers on the pan and fry for 1 minute on each side or until golden brown.

8. Serve with ketchup and mustard!

 

*Note: I sauteed a whole yellow onion and 8oz container of white mushrooms, then scooped out 1 cup from this batch. I used the leftover onions & mushrooms in eggs - but you could also use them on avocado toast, salads, in wraps, etc.