30 Minute Healthy Family Recipes

Today’s families are busier than ever! To save time, here are a few 30-minute healthy family recipes that you can whip up quickly.

Turkey Burgers With Cranberry Sauce

Ingredients

1/2 cup finely shredded carrot
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
2 tablespoons fine dry bread crumbs
2 tablespoons fat-free milk
1/4 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
12 ounces uncooked ground turkey breast or chicken breast
1 cup mixed baby greens
4 whole wheat hamburger buns, split and toasted
1/2 cup whole cranberry sauce

Directions

In a bowl, combine carrot, green onions, bread crumbs, milk, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Add ground turkey; mix well. Shape the turkey mixture into four 1/2-inch-thick patties. Grill or broil patties for 10 minutes each side. Add mixed greens and top with cranberry sauce.

Salmon with Asparagus

Ingredients

1 pound fresh asparagus spears, cut into 2-inch pieces
1-1/2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
Course sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 pound fresh or frozen salmon fillets with skin
1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
1 teaspoon snipped fresh parsley

Directions

Preheat oven to 450F. In a bowl combine asparagus and olive oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Brush fish with olive oil. Place fish skin side down in glass baking dish and bake for approximately 15 minutes or until fish is flaky. Place asparagus in another glass dish with a little water and bake for approximately 12 minutes or until crisp-tender.

Chicken Quesadillas

Ingredients

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 large red sweet pepper, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 15 1/2-ounce can black beans
1-1/2 cups reduced-fat shredded Mexican cheese blend (6 ounces)
1/2 cup fresh salsa (or jar)
6 8-inch flour tortillas (or whole wheat pita)
1 2 1/4-ounce can sliced pitted ripe olives (optional)
1/2 cup light dairy sour cream (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 450F. Combine onions, red pepper, black beans, chili powder, olives in skillet and cook for 5 minutes on medium-high heat. Next, add mix to half of each tortilla and top with cheese and salsa. Bake for 5-10 minutes. Sprinkle any remaining cheese on top. Add sour cream.

Ziti Chicken Pasta

Ingredients

3 cups ziti pasta
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/3 cup sliced ripe black olives
1/2 cup prepared basil pesto
1/2 cup 2% milk
1/4 cup grated Cotija cheese
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1-1/2 lbs. chicken breast tenders
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced

Directions

Bring pot of water to a boil. Combine cilantro, olives, pesto, milk, and Cotija cheese; set aside. Add ziti to boiling water. Combine chicken and olive oil in large skillet; cook until light brown. Add onion, garlic, and peppers and stir until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Drain pasta and add to skillet along with pesto sauce. Cook and stir until heated.