The holiday season, whether you love it or hate it, gets super busy. With Christmas on the horizon, your schedule will quickly get packed with family visiting, extra concert rehearsals, and holiday parties. So that your meals don’t downgrade to only takeout and pasta, we’ve put together a list of 30 minute meals to survive the holiday season.
You can plan these quick meals for days that you know will be busy. O keep them on the side for days when unexpected events come up, like surprise guests.
30 Minute Paleo Meals To Survive The Holiday Season
If salmon isn’t already one of your go-to quick meals, add it to your list now. Full of protein and healthy fats, salmon fillets also cook up lickety-split. Oh, and it tastes divine too (make sure not to overcook it). The sweet-savory mango and avocado salsa with cilantro gets rave reviews every time, and not just with the salmon. Pair this with pasta or rice for a bigger meal or a side of steamed veggies for #teampaleo.
Turmeric cauliflower egg skillet
For this dish that will please both a vegetarian and paleo eater, cauliflower is lightly sauteed and seasoned with a squeeze of lime, a dash of turmeric, and a hint of ginger. Crack a few eggs on top and voila, a warming meal with just a few ingredients that is full of flavor but low on time needed. Even better, it’s all cooked in one pan, so it saves time on clean up too!
Greens with potato and sausage
Finger-lickin’ good doesn’t necessarily mean fancy ingredients, as these greens with potato and sausage proven. Steamed kale or other greens, potatoes, and ground pork with seasonings are tossed together with fragrant smashed garlic. Each of the ingredients enhances the others, resulting in a meal that is quick to prepare, but oh-so-delicious in taste.
Balsamic roasted broccoli red pepper grilled cheese sandwich
Oh yes – grilled cheese sandwiches can be dinner. Especially if they are loaded with vegetables, which are first roasted with balsamic vinegar for a caramelized touch. With a layer of grated cheese on both sides, these grilled cheese still taste decadent. You can even use tortillas in place of bread. If you have time, pair with a simple soup or just eat them on their own for that crispy-on-the-outside gooey-in-the-middle goodness.
Sprouted lentil chili
During the colder months of the year, soups and stews are cozy, nourishing, and make the best leftovers. This chili uses lentils for a hearty bowl of yummy to blast the winter blues. If you don’t have sprouted lentils, you can also just put them to soak the night before. Fragrant with cumin, caramelized onions, and slow-simmered tomatoes, this version of chili is still filling while being quick to cook.
Shrimp pad thai
Shrimp is another source of protein that cooks quickly. With a package of broccoli slaw, this paleo version of pad thai comes together in a jiffy. Flavored with fish sauce, lime juice, and garlic, and topped with cashews, you can have exotic tastes that are still super easy to make. And that’s a whole lot of vegetables to boot!
About Emily Montes
Emily Montes is the co-founder and CEO of RealPlans.com. She's also an acupuncturist and practitioner of Chinese medicine, a published author, and a mom of two. Emily loves making meal planning easier and inspiring families to share more meals around the table.