Xueci Cheng

Associate Food Editor at Kitchen Stories

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One thing we’ve learned in 2020 is that working from home doesn’t necessarily grant you more time to cook or eat. Instead of taking a bento box, prepped the day ahead, to the office, my home office lunch is in fact more rushed and chaotic. Truthfully, they’ve sometimes been pure carbs: I’ve turned to shoveling in pasta and pesto more times that I can count to fuel me between Zoom meetings. 

However, eating healthier is on my resolution for this year. I’d like to have more powerhouse proteins that are easy to cook, such as salmon and canned beans; limit the crazy carb consumption cultivated by the cold winter and stay-at-home life; and include more seasonal vegetables and fruits

I’m guessing you’d like to, too. So here’s a list of everyday recipes to pull out for a busy weekday lunch or a quick dinner in under 30 minutes. Good for your taste buds, your health and even your wallet!

Recipes under 20 min.

Tuna steak with cucumber guacamole

Tuna steak with cucumber guacamole

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Palak paneer

Palak paneer

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Spanish-style garlic shrimp

Spanish-style garlic shrimp

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Mexican quinoa bowl

Mexican quinoa bowl

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Tomatoes and egg

Tomatoes and egg

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5-ingredient stir-fried udon noodles with spinach and beef

5-ingredient stir-fried udon noodles with spinach and beef

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Pan fried salmon filets with lamb’s lettuce

Pan fried salmon filets with lamb’s lettuce

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Lamb’s lettuce and chicken salad

Lamb’s lettuce and chicken salad

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Recipes under 30 min.

One-pot red pepper pasta with chicken

One-pot red pepper pasta with chicken

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Chicken and avocado salad with blueberry vinaigrette

Chicken and avocado salad with blueberry vinaigrette

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Easy baked chicken breasts with tomatoes and herbs

Easy baked chicken breasts with tomatoes and herbs

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Lemony salmon with creamed spinach and mushrooms

Lemony salmon with creamed spinach and mushrooms

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5-ingredient pasta e ceci (Pasta with chickpeas)

5-ingredient pasta e ceci (Pasta with chickpeas)

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Creamy turkey and bell pepper over rice

Creamy turkey and bell pepper over rice

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5-ingredient one-pan tomato braised cod

5-ingredient one-pan tomato braised cod

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Spicy pan-fried chickpeas with beef

Spicy pan-fried chickpeas with beef

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Vegan recipes under 30 min.

Veggie coconut curry

Veggie coconut curry

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5-ingredient sweet potato lentil curry soup

5-ingredient sweet potato lentil curry soup

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Warming sweet potato and bean chili

Warming sweet potato and bean chili

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Mango-avocado salad with lime dressing

Mango-avocado salad with lime dressing

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Easy japchae (Korean glass noodles with stir-fried vegetables)

Easy japchae (Korean glass noodles with stir-fried vegetables)

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