Because time is of the essence!
I don't have any new recipes this week. I cooked on Tuesday, but it didn't turn out at all how I had hoped. In fact, it was pretty bland and boring. How disappointing! And since it seems like I just posted a screw-up recipe, I decided to hide my shame and instead, post a collection of recipes that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less. Because it's my blog and I can do what I want.
Doesn't it seem like we're always in a hurry? In my life, my schedule revolves around going to school, going to work, doing homework, eating (sometimes), sleeping (very little), spending time with The Man, and then somehow, inexplicably, losing several hours a day playing around on the Internet. [I can't even imagine how this whole "life" thing works for those of you with children! So many more responsibilities!!!] Then you have to factor in things like grocery shopping and cooking, and it's amazing we can ever get it all accomplished!
I am very guilty of turning to cans of soup or frozen dinners when I'm out of time (and food) to cook. But that's not my favorite thing to do. I have plenty of recipes in my repertoire that take 30 minutes or less to prepare, make more food than the one serving I would get out of a prepared meal, and are healthier and tastier than what I would buy otherwise! Taste of Home is hosting a contest for recipes that take 10, 20, or 30 minutes to prepare, so that got me thinking: As I go through the recipes on this blog that I will submit to the contest, why not put together a handy little list as a reference for you fine folks? I'm just so thoughtful like that.
[As a side note, the majority of my recipes are 30 min or less; however, the contest rules limit the ingredient list to 12 items or less. So I'm posting those recipes that follow those guidelines.]
Gluten-free Popeye Pasta
Italian Arborio Rice and White Bean Soup
Cheddar-Jalapeno Black Bean Burgers
Vegan Sloppy Joes
Balsamic-soaked Apples with Arugula
Pumpkin and Cauliflower Curry
So anyhow, this is a good start. 30 minutes is all it takes, folks. Use the time wisely.