18 30-Minute Skillet Meals That Are Totally Nom-Worthy
We’re all about making your life easier, especially when it comes to weeknight dinners. Breakfast for dinner? Bring it. Healthy slow cooker meals? Forever, please. Unfortunately, takeout always seems to be the easiest option, but we’re here to help you fight the urge. Between school work, yoga classes, date nights and the plethora of TV series we need to plop down for, making dinner is a dreaded task — especially for an entire family. With all this in mind, easy breezy 30-minute meals are total life-savers, and we’ve got 18 of them that will simply blow your busy mind.
1. Skillet Mushroom Chicken and Quinoa: This hearty dish is the perfect thing to curl up with as the days get shorter and the air turns crisp. Tender chicken and robust mushrooms are blended with quinoa to make a quick and easy dinner the whole fam will enjoy. (via Well Plated)
2. Garden Veggie and Ravioli Skillet With Pistachio Herb Butter: This stunning ravioli dish is the BEST way to use up all those summer veggies from your garden. This might look like a time-consuming gourmet meal, but it’s easy to whip up and it’s done in a jiffy. (via Half Baked Harvest)
3. Zucchini Beef Skillet: This one-pot Paleo wonder is exactly what you need in your weeknight meal rotation. You can eat it as-is or, if you’re not eating Paleo, serve it over rice to make the batch last. Leftovers are always a score! (via Eating Richly)
4. Roasted Pork Tenderloin With Apples: If you’ve ever had pork and apples together, then you already know the two are meant to be. With the addition of sweet potatoes and fresh rosemary, this one-pan beauty is what fall flavors are ALL about. (via The Seasoned Mom)
5. Harvest Wild Rice Skillet: This quick skillet meal shows off the colors and flavors of a fall harvest like no other. If you want a bowl full of everything that makes you feel warm and fuzzy, you need this rice medley in your life stat. (via Pinch of Yum)
6. Easy Tilapia in Burst Tomato Wine Broth: It’s hard to imagine something elegant coming out of a quick and easy recipe, but this gorgeous tilapia proves it’s possible. With a burst tomato wine broth, this impressive dish is ideal for easy entertaining. (via NeighborFood)
7. Chicken Caprese Skillet: Digging into a Caprese salad is refreshing AF, but a salad alone won’t always satisfy your hunger. That’s why adding chicken to the mix is all kinds of brilliant. You’ll get a generous dose of protein filling you up with all that tomato-y and basil-y mozzarella goodness. (via Casa de Crews)
8. One-Pot Beef Stroganoff Pasta: Creamy, beefy and noodle-y — what more could we want in a classic comfort meal? Here’s how to up your pasta game with beef and mushrooms for a mid-week dinner thrill. (via Foody Schmoody)
9. Teriyaki Chicken and Cauliflower Skillet: Nothing sounds better than takeout after an exhausting day — but takeout means spending extra money and mowing down extra calories. BOO! HISS! Instead, whip up this fast and simple teriyaki dish. It’s wholesome, delicious and oh-so rewarding. (via I Food Real)
10. Tex-Mex One-Skillet Pasta: With crispy sausage, veggies and gooey cheese, this scrumptious dish will surely get your family excited. The kicker is that it’s super quick and simple to make, so you’ll look like a culinary genius without breaking a sweat. (via Kelly’s Ambitious Kitchen)
11. Spiralized Sweet Potato Enchilada Skillet: If you haven’t fallen in love with spiralized veggies yet, now is the time. They make for delicious and efficient low-carb meals, they give you an extra punch of nutrients and they take very little time to cook. Get your enchilada fix in a whole new way. (via Sweet Peas and Saffron)
12. Sweet Potato, Kale and Shrimp Skillet: Imagine getting a wholesome dinner from only FOUR ingredients; that’s what this Paleo GF recipe does. Juicy shrimp are tossed with sweet potatoes and kale to give you a simple and satisfying low-carb meal. (via Primavera Kitchen)
13. Cheesy Tomato Pasta Skillet: Pasta is *the* ultimate food to take comfort in, and when you can take comfort only 30 minutes after starting it up, life is good. This cheesy tomato pasta is a perfect weeknight indulgence. (via Honey and Birch)
14. Unstuffed Pepper Skillet: Stuffed peppers are always a treat, but they can be a little tedious; sometimes, you just don’t want to wait. This deconstructed version is the perfect way to enjoy the essence of stuffed peppers without actually stuffing the peppers. Just fry it up and dig in. (via The Garlic Diaries)
15. Chicken With Tomato and Basil Cream Sauce: The richness in this dish is perfectly balanced by the fresh and bright flavors of tomato and basil. If you love the sound of this bad boy but are looking for something sans meat, substitute the chicken with mushrooms — easy peasy. (via Good Dinner Mom)
16. Skillet Meatball Pasta: Got some leftover meatballs kicking around? It’s time to use them up. This 30-minute meal lets you and your family indulge in a classic with very little effort. (via I Heart Eating)
17. Shrimp and Chorizo Skillet Paella With Quinoa: Making a traditional paella can be a lot of work, but putting an easy spin on it is brilliant and totally doable — even during the week. This version uses quinoa in place of rice to boost protein and fiber. You won’t want to pass on this slightly spicy and smokey dish. (via The Suburban Soapbox)
18. One-Skillet Chicken Parmesan With Orzo: This fun rendition of an Italian classic will even get the purists excited. You can’t go wrong with tomato sauce and cheese, and adding orzo to the mix just makes this dish a million times more delectable. (via The Girl on Bloor)
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)