7 Nutritious Dinner Recipes You Can Make in 30 Minutes or Less

If busy weeknights have you resorting to the same bland meals, then it’s time for a recipe intervention. Even a time-crunched schedule has room for some truly delicious dinners when you use a few secret ingredients. These seven recipes look to boldly flavored components like vinegar, fruit, herbs, and spices to help you get the most out of your meals. Whip one up for dinner tonight, and you’ll be dining in no time.

1. Chicken Paillard with Grilled Pineapple Salad


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If you’ve never made a paillard before, then say hello to your new favorite chicken dish. These cutlets get pounded thin, so they cook more evenly, and a lot faster, than a whole breast. This version from The Chew’s Daphne Oz pairs the protein with a sweet and savory pineapple and radicchio salad. You’ll be amazed at how much flavor this meal packs in so little time.

For the fastest preparation, start by whisking the dressing together. Then grill the pineapple and prep all the salad ingredients, but leave them in the bowl, undressed. Next, pound the chicken, season, and cook it on the same grill used for the fruit. Toss the salad with the dressing while you let the chicken rest for a few minutes, and dinner is served.



  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, pounded to ¼-inch thickness
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Pineapple Salad

  • 1 pineapple, cut into spears
  • 2 heads radicchio, outer leaves removed, sliced into ½-inch strips
  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrots
  • 2 tablespoons torn mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions: Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium heat. Whisk lemon juice, parsley, mustard, and a drizzle of olive oil in a large mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Place pineapples spears on grill, and cook 2 to 3 minutes, until grill marks form on both sides. Remove from heat, and cut into bite-size pieces.

Season chicken with salt and pepper, and drizzle with the ¼ cup olive oil. Grill chicken until cooked, about 3 to 4 minutes per side.

Toss pineapple, radicchio, carrots, and mint with dressing to coat. Serve with chicken.