30 Minute Meals - A Cure for School Night Schedule Overload!

The busy school year is upon us yet again, for students and parents alike! From soccer practice and football games to band rehearsal and tutoring, the list can seem endless on some days, right?

We ALL know the magnetic pull of your spot on the couch after a long day of school drop off, work, errands, working out and after school activities. With that couch, Netflix and a glass of wine calling your name, dinner inspiration can be a challenge.

Take a breath, relax because we have you covered with these 30 minute recipes to keep you and your family happy, healthy and satisfied!


Move over potato chips, Arti-Chips just may be your child’s new favorite before-dinner snack. Pair witha favorite dip and snack away! No need to tell that you are sneaking in a delicious veggie full of nutrition!

Fire Roasted Cheese-Stuffed Artichokes

Turn up the heat and pack in the flavor! Get the most out of what is left of the grilling season with these Fire Roasted Cheese-Stuffed Artichokes. They are sure to be a family favorite. Don’t fear, when grilling season is over, you can easily cook our Season & Steam Artichokes in the microwave for this recipe.

Chicken, Cauliflower and Rice Slow Cooker Casserole

One of my favorite meals is one that cooks itself. This easy one-pot recipe is a life saver when you just don’t have time to stand around in the kitchen. Combine all ingredients in the crock pot, turn it on and you are done! All that is left to do is serve it up after the busy day. Bonus: Your house will be smelling delicious for days.

Cheesy Mac and Sprouts

Technically this isn’t a 30 minute meal, but who’s complaining when this Cheesy Mac and Sprouts recipe only takes 9 MINUTES to make? Work some greens into dinner with no complaints from the family. If you are wanting some protein, use the extra time you have saved by adding some baked (or pre-made rotisserie chicken) to this deliciously simple recipe!

Castroville Artichoke Cookies

We couldn’t resist adding our favorite dessert to this list – Castroville Artichoke Cookies! This unlikely combination of ingredients satisfies even the biggest sweet tooth. Bake these cookies ahead of time with a little helper over the weekend, to enjoy throughout the week.

The real hero of this story is our Season & Steam product line. Enjoy all your favorite veggies on a busy school night in under 7 minutes of cooking time. Check out all our Season & Steam products on our website and start stocking up!

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Diana McClean
Growing up on California's central coast, I enjoyed delicious artichokes around the family dinner table and always on Christmas Eve! It is beyond perfection that I now market artichokes for a living and get to share the Ocean Mist Farms story and my love of all things fresh.
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