As you may know, many people in New York City don’t cook dinner. Our kitchens are about the size of a normal bathroom and grocery stores are far overpriced (among other things!)… and of course, getting delivery is SO very easy. Don’t get me wrong, we often use the above excuses to do the latter, but the majority of the time, we try to cook our own food. It’s healthier and even with high prices at the supermarket, it still is cheaper.

One of the other excuses I often hear from people is, “how do you have time for that?” Yeah, life in New York City is crazy. I often don’t get home until well after 7 p.m. (after leaving at 8 a.m.) so that does make it tough to cook dinner because it feels like your whole night is cooking… and then going to bed, only to do it all over again.

So, to prove the nay-sayers wrong, I decided to challenge myself to the 30-minute dinner.

Yes, this can be easy if you simply rip the top off a prepackaged meal and heat it up. But I wanted a dinner with REAL food, just to prove that yes, it can be done.

I got my ingredients out…

As you can see, it’s going to be a pork chop dinner with some potatoes and broccoli.

At 8 minutes, I had the potatoes chopped up and in water.

The broccoli was also cooking. The pork chops were also basking in an assembly of spicy goodness.

I decided to switch things up and cook the pork chops on the stovetop. Recipes often say that this only takes “minutes,” but from experience I know this often takes longer (it depends on how thick the chops are). So, I put these on around 17 minutes.

With 4 minutes to go, the potatoes and the broccoli were ready! I decided to keep it easy on myself and simply did boiled potatoes instead of doing mashed (plus, C is probably so sick of having mashed potatoes with nearly every meal since they are my favorite).

The minutes were ticking down and yep, the pork chops STILL weren’t ready. It took a little longer than expected — the official time was:

This yummy meal was ready:


So there you have it, the (nearly) 30-minute meal is possible and this could have easily taken less time if I would have started cooking the pork chops earlier.


What’s your favorite 30-minute meal? 

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