Revisiting 30 Minute Meals Get Real

Early last year, I did a few posts in a short-lived series that I titled “30 Minute Meals Get Real.” I am a big fan of Rachel Ray, yet whenever I made one of her recipes, it took me quite a bit longer than 30 minutes. I couldn’t help but wonder what I was doing wrong. Then I realized that life with little ones underfoot, minus the use of my stolen moments method, meant prep time just took a little longer. And that was okay.

So I thought it would be fun to document the process in pictures, including an actual time check. And it was fun! However, the series died an abrupt death when I realized I always gravitated toward the same types of meals in her cookbooks.

But now I would love to resurrect that series and I’d love for you to be involved. What are some of your favorite Rachel Ray recipes that you’d recommend I tackle for the series?

I’d also love it if you wanted to join me in preparing and documenting a real version of a 30 Minute Meal. More details on that to come soon.

So, what do you think? Send me your recipe suggestions and any thoughts you might have. I can’t wait to hear your ideas!

If you want to catch up on the series, here are the old posts: