10 Delicious Dinners You Can Prepare in Under 30 Minutes


One of the things that fascinate foreigners about Egypt is that almost any type of food can be delivered to an Egyptian’s doorstep, from Chinese and Indian dishes to gourmet burgers and pizzas. Unfortunately, while these options are certainly convenient, they aren’t necessarily healthy or wallet-friendly. Instead of ordering takeout, take your pick from these 10 delicious recipes that you can prepare in under 30 minutes!

1. Chipotle Chicken Fajitas

Who says you need to pay a ton of money for fajitas? This simple recipe requires a bunch of herbs you’ll already find in your kitchen, as well as mushrooms, onions, bell peppers and spicy peppers for an extra kick. Just make sure to buy some tortillas beforehand or just serve it with white rice! Learn how to make it here.

2. Simple Broccoli Stir Fry

Meat and chicken prices are at an all-time high, but the good news is that you can still have a satisfying meal without them. If you’d like to start applying Meatless Mondays to your household, just opt for this simple broccoli recipe! You can add more veggies like green peppers and mushrooms to this dish and you’ll have your own little veggie medley! Learn how to make it here.

3. Crispy Salmon and Potatoes

If you’re a fan of fish, this quick recipe will make all your dreams come true. Buy raw salmon from a fish market (don’t buy the sliced type you find in supermarkets) and prepare for a fancy dinner. The recipe calls for red potatoes, but since these might not be available in Egypt, regular potatoes (or even sweet potatoes or carrots) would work just fine. Learn how to make it here.

4. Beef Kebab with Garlic Sauce

Instead of breaking the bank for ready-made kebab, opt for this super easy and inexpensive recipe. Just remember, you’ll need to marinate the beef the night before, but it will only take a few minutes in the oven the next day. Have fun with the veggies and sides; a good option is to go oriental and stock up on tehina, green salad and some fresh baladi bread. Learn how to make it here.

5. Baked Chicken Breasts

If you’ve tried baking chicken only to be met with the horrifying realization that it tastes dry and bland, don’t worry. With this recipe you can make sure your chicken breasts are tender, juicy and tasty! If you’d like to be on the safe side, you can always brine chicken a few hours beforehand, but it’s not a must. Pop some veggies in the pan for an extra touch of flavor and serve alongside pasta or rice! Learn how to make it here.

6. Pronto Vegetarian Peppers

Another Meatless Mondays addition, this recipe basically offers a smaller portion of mahshi with an added twist of corn, mozzarella cheese and kidney beans. You get your dose of protein and carbs without trying to outshine your grandmother’s authentic recipe –it’s the best of both worlds! Learn how to make it here.

7. Garlic Scape and Cherry Tomato Pasta

It doesn’t get easier (or more delicious) than spaghetti, does it? This simple recipe combines pasta with roasted cherry tomatoes, arugula and red onions for a meal perfect for those lazy winter evenings. Serve alongside chicken breasts, or just toss a quick salad for a nice vegetarian meal. Learn how to make it here.

8. Philly Cheese Steak

Embrace the carnivore in you with these deceptively simple, restaurant-worthy sandwiches. The recipe calls for teriyaki sauce, but since it might be tough to find in stores, just make it yourself –it only takes 15 minutes! Just make sure to buy some fresh bread beforehand. Learn how to make it here.

9. Chicken Curry

Indian food is characterized by its aromatic spices and rich flavors, and it’s actually not too difficult to make at home. Check your spice rack before trying this one, and enjoy the flavorful goodness over some basmati rice. You might want to buy some naan bread for an ultra-authentic Indian experience. Learn how to make it here.

10. Garlic Shrimp in Tomato Sauce

Shrimp may seem intimidating to cook because you’re comparing yourself to the plethora of seafood restaurants around Egypt, but don’t worry –this recipe is simple and easy enough for a beginner. Play around with the add-ons (olives and capers) and feel free to experiment with new options. Learn how to make it here.

Say hello to a fuller stomach and a happier wallet!

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