Sarah's Favorite 30 Minute Meals

The rage of Christmas 2017 was the Instant Pot!  Ashley and I both had Instant Pots on our Christmas lists and were excitedly anticipating all the meals we could make in them. Maybe you have been doing the Instant Pot thing for a while and you’re an expert, but it is my new favorite cooking appliance and I’m still getting the hang of it. I personally don’t love cooking unless it’s with my man and a glass of red wine and some happy music. The day to day monotony of putting meals together is hard for me and I find variety and time to be the biggest obstacles I face when it comes to putting meals on the table. I end up cooking the same things pretty often and rarely getting out of my comfort zone especially if a recipe calls for things a. I’ve never heard of or b. 25 new spices I don’t already have. Needless to say I like to consider myself an adventurous eater when I go out to eat, but at home I stick to the basics and to things I know my man will approve of. I put together a list of my favorite 30 minute meals, because the other thing is time. Time is something I think we can all agree on gets in the way of preparing delicious meals for our family. It’s so much easier to pick something up on the way home, but it’s become something that is just too expensive and we really are trying to be more intentional about saving our eating out exclusively for the weekends. When I get home from training boot camp at 7:30,  I need something quick and relatively healthy so here are some of my go to meals, I hope you enjoy!

I included recipes from one of my personal favorite cookbooks Skinny Taste and from my favorite cooking and meal prep app Fit Men Cook. I know we’re mostly women here, however this app has changed the meal prep game for me.  His meals are diverse and the app makes grocery shopping and prep super simple, which is exactly what I need, and I hope can be a good resource for you.

 This one is so easy, and so delicious! We love pasta around here, and spaghetti squash is such a great sub for pasta and my husband agrees! 

This one is so easy, and so delicious! We love pasta around here, and spaghetti squash is such a great sub for pasta and my husband agrees! 

 I've a big fan of soups and how you always have leftovers! Add some avocado on top and you've got all of my favorite things in a bowl. 

I've a big fan of soups and how you always have leftovers! Add some avocado on top and you've got all of my favorite things in a bowl. 

 You can serve this with a side salad with some Balsamic Dressing. This is perfect on the grill as well now that the weather is finally getting warmer. 

You can serve this with a side salad with some Balsamic Dressing. This is perfect on the grill as well now that the weather is finally getting warmer. 

 This might not be the most glamorous photo, but it is easily one of my favorite meals to make. I love Pad Thai, but it can be so high in calories and fat, so this recipe fills my craving and is so delcious!

This might not be the most glamorous photo, but it is easily one of my favorite meals to make. I love Pad Thai, but it can be so high in calories and fat, so this recipe fills my craving and is so delcious!

 Can you tell I'm a huge fan of spicy Asian food. This is another one of my favorites, and I love how easy it is!

Can you tell I'm a huge fan of spicy Asian food. This is another one of my favorites, and I love how easy it is!

 Fajitas are a staple in our home, and I love that this recipe is paleo and Whole 30 approved. 

Fajitas are a staple in our home, and I love that this recipe is paleo and Whole 30 approved. 

Paleo Whole 30 Beef Fajitas 

My hope is that maybe these will be added to your weekly rotation of meals. And maybe if you're anything like me one of these meals will help you feel a little less stressed during the week of trying to prepare meals that seem to take forever and take the fun out of cooking. 

xo, 

Sarah