Category Archives: 30 Minutes or Less

Fried Egg with Truffle Salt

This is the best egg I have EVER eaten! I made it for breakfast one day, and couldn’t stand it and made it for lunch the next day. From the original site: It doesn’t matter what meal you eat this for, it will make you completely happy!  There is nothing –I repeat, NOTHING! — better […]

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Puffy Hearts

This recipe reconstructed how I think about baking. I am a “bake from scratch” gal but I am going to make a few changes now. This delicious cookie is made from store-bought puff pastry. Five minutes to prepare…. Ten minutes to bake… Presto, you have an attractive and delicious cookie. The success of using puff […]

Pao de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread)

Pao de Queijo is a type of Brazilian cheese bread made using tapioca flour. They’re chewy and puffy, and perfect finger food. This Brazil recipe is really simple and will not take long at all to whip up. Once made, the batter will keep in the fridge for up to a week so if you […]

Baked Oatmeal

My family always say no when it comes to Oatmeal until I discovered this recipe. I found this recipe from foodgawker and I made a few variations to the original recipe, now it’s the star of our breakfast table. Special Instructions: Preparation Time: 10 minutes, Cooking Time : 20 minutes, Serves: 4 Ingredients: Oats- 150 […]

Easiest Weeknight Skillet Shrimp

Husband and kids LOVE LOVE LOVE this. Quick pan sauce glazes the shrimp. It is definitely possible to make a delicious dinner on a busy weeknight with this shrimp. Quoting the original site: Seriously, from the time you reach in the freezer to get the bag of shrimp, you can have a delicious shrimpy dinner […]

Microwave Lasagna

I was flipping through an old issue of Real Simple, and came across this recipe for Microwave Lasagna.  Now we’ve posted several lasagna recipes here, but this was a new twist.  I was initially skeptical, as my microwave is usually used for heating things up, not actual cooking of meals. But I figured this would […]

Chorizo & Chickpea Soup

The weather is cold here today, and that gets me in the mood for soup!  I love this one from Manhattan Food Project..  Quick and hearty.  Maybe good with Cornbread? Go read the whole thing and get the recipe! More soups on Foodwhirl: 30 Minute Vegetable Soup, Tortellini Pesto Soup, Tuscan Beef Stew, Chicken White […]

Brussels Sprouts & Toasted Pumpkin Seed Salad

Check out this unusual brussels sprouts recipe from The Taste Traveller …  Brussels sprouts, Parmesan cheese, and roasted nuts make this sound just lovely. Are you thinking about your menu for Christmas? Well, here’s a fresh idea for those poor, often unloved brussels sprouts and a different way to serve them with any meal this […]

A Waffled Croque Madame

The Novice Chef  is one of my fave food blogs!  Check out this idea: What is the difference between a Croque Madame and a Croque Monsieur? Eggs. It’s how I always tell them apart…and the easiest way to remember. A Croque Monsieur is basically a type of bread, a type of swiss cheese, and ham. […]

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I love tacos! Interesting taco ideas…

Tacos are a great go-to dinner idea, that can either be fancy and exotic, or simple and homey.  Here are a few unusual taco ideas that I thought might give you some inspiration!  We’ve done some fun taco ideas here on Foodwhirl too.. like Corn Beef and Cabbage Tacos and Shrimp and Fish Fajita Tacos..  […]

Spinach croquettes

I was one of those picky eater kids who would never eat vegetables.  I would gag, cry, induce vomit – anything to not eat my green beans.  Once, during a family vacation to Cape Cod, my uncle placed celery stalks in the shape of a cross outside my bedroom door to keep me in bed. […]

Rainbow Trout baked in Parchment

I guess I could have gone all fancy and said Rainbow Trout En Papillote, but I didn’t want to scare anyone away. This is honestly an easy, relatively foolproof, dish that has a great presentation! It would be an excellent idea for a small dinner party, as fish can be prepped and wrapped ahead of […]

Penne Pasta with Cream, Pesto and Tomatoes

(originally published June 2010) I’ve been experimenting with selling herbs at the local farmers market recently and the one that seems to sell the best is basil.  I always seem to sell out early.  So this last market, I took double what I normally take and guess what….. I didn’t sell it all.  I did […]

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Goat Cheese, Corn and Shrimp Wraps

These wraps are quick to prepare and oh so tasty.  The ingredients are simple, and flexible with what you might happen to have in your kitchen–so be creative!  And the side dish of your choice, and you have a great weeknight dinner that takes less than 30 minutes to get on the table. Goat Cheese, […]

Vidalia Onion Shrimp Cakes with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

Shrimp is one of my favorite go-to foods for several reasons: they’re quick cooking, generally economical (I can usually find shrimp priced around $5-7 per pound in the seafood section of my local Publix), theyare easily portioned into small amounts, my picky 5 year old is a big fan, and–of course– they’re tasty! Since just […]

Spotlight: Cheater’s Lasagna

Shortcuts are great!  I love this one — Cheater’s Lasagna — from Radishes and Rhubarb…  A clever way to pull together a quick and tasty lasagne: I try very hard to make everything from scratch. Mostly because I really enjoy the cooking process, but also because I just want to control what goes into my […]

Shrimp and Asparagus Noodle Salad

Next in our series of ‘overlapping meals‘, here is a wonderful Asian inspired main dish salad that is quick to prepare on a hot summer evening.  I love this cross between a pasta dish and a salad!  This was inspired by Vietnamese Noodle Salads, but it draws on similar sauce and techniques from our Pad […]

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Beet Salad with Goat Cheese

This is an excellent salad recipe that I posted at my Gaia’s Greens website a couple of weeks ago when we had beets in our organic produce boxes.    It is quickly becoming a favorite in my house!!    The combination of flavors is just perfect and it’s fast and easy to make.   So many people avoid beets […]

Panela Pecans

Yesterday after a fun-filled 4th of July celebration, I came home and sat down to put my feet up and watch the new Cooking channel.  I had recorded the Indian Cooking show and thought I’d see what they had prepared.    They were featuring  curries, which I love and will prepare some day this week (stay tuned!), […]

Vegetable Stir Fry with Orange Ginger Sauce

“All of these vegetables need to be eaten before they go bad!!”  Sound familiar?  We went to visit my man’s parents for Mother’s Day and had just gotten my organic produce box the day before we left.   I contemplated taking the whole box with me, but it wouldn’t have fit in the overhead compartment, so […]

Simple (almost) Summer Salad

As much as I really wanted to try out Dot’s frank-and-burger loaf recipe for dinner tonight (I mean, yum, right?), I opted to go a slightly simpler and (more than slightly) healthier route. I received some lovely avocados, tomatoes and corn in my produce box this week, and all of them were in need of […]

Waffled Monte Cristo Sandwich

The Monte Cristo is a legendary artery-clogging treat: it’s a breaded and deep-fried ham sandwich served with a side of raspberry jam and sprinkled with powdered sugar. Sounds amazing, but it’s not something I want to serve to my toddlers. Enter the waffle iron: I can make the sandwich fun and kid-friendly by making it […]

Shrimp & Bacon, over Sour Cream Grits

I present a delightful light dinner, that works equally well for fancy or family.  This fabulous combination was born of a lack of time, and what happened to need to be used in my fridge.  It was pronounced yummy by the 4 year old, even!  And the whole thing came together in less than 30 […]

Roasted Broccoli with Feta Cheese

Things have been so overwhelmingly busy these days, I haven’t had time to even think. About anything. So meals that are simple and quick to throw together are really a must. It’s always easier to come up with a quick fix when you’ve got good ingredients on hand. Luckily, this week I received a bunch […]

Scarborough Fair Potatoes

Scarborough Fair Pototoes are flavored with (of course) Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme!  According to Wikipedia (so take this with a grain of salt!) “Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme may also refer to the pagan belief that together these four spices can be a love charm.”   So pull out the old Simon & Garfunkel records […]