Thai Chicken Coconut Soup. Photo by Annabelle Breakey; food styling by Randy Mon

When my colleague Andrea Minarcek started this year’s Eat Fresh Challenge, her New Year's goal was to cook every night—but she has a pretty long weekday commute. To inspire her, I compiled a short list of favorite recipes from our Fast & Fresh recipes collection (these are recipes you can cook in 30 minutes or less). Andrea loves to travel, so I tilted the collection toward international flavors. Now I’m sharing the collection with you. Happy cooking!


Andrea's goal: Cook every night

Today’s collection: 30-minute recipes

1. Thai Chicken Coconut SoupI love this classic combination.

Black Bean Soup with Avocado, Orange, and Cucumber. Photo by Annabelle Breakey

2. Black Bean Soup with Avocado, Orange, and Cucumber. The orange and cucumber make this black bean soup a little different, and the combination is really refreshing. It’s vegetarian, too.

3. Spicy Eggplant, Pork, and Tofu Stir-fryOnline readers really like this recipe and have had a lot of fun changing it up.

Curried Lentils and Paneer; photo by Iain Bagwell

4. Curried Lentils and Paneer. Another favorite combo. I usually pick up the packages of pre-cooked lentils at Trader Joe’s.

Photo: Alex Farnum; Styling: Karen Shinto

5. Lamb Shawarma with CouscousMiddle Eastern seasonings meet North African couscous.

6. Malaysian Noodles with Crab and SausageFresh-shelled crab is a splurge, so this might be a good choice to save for when you have guests over.


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