You have class soon, but you don't have much time to go out to lunch. Or you've got a study group tonight and want to grab a quick bite.

Put down the take-out menu and forget going to McDonald's. These 30-minute recipes might just be your ticket to quick and delicious meals.

Fried Chicken Cutlets

Kyle Johnson

Freshman, public administration

Serves: 4

Total Time: 20 minutes


1 1/2 pounds of boneless chicken breast

2 eggs

1 cup of Publix Italian breadcrumbs


1. Cut chicken breasts in half

2. Crack and mix eggs in a bowl and coat chicken with egg

3. Coat chicken in bread crumbs

4. Heat 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a frying pan at medium temperature

5. Cook chicken for about 8 minutes until chicken has a white center

6. Serve with mashed potatoes and choice of vegetable

Skirt Steaks

Christina Marin

Freshman, legal studies

Serves: 8

Total Time: 15 minutes


2 pounds of trimmed skirt steak (thin steaks)

3/4 cup of white onions

3 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 tablespoon of dried parsley

1 cup of olive oil


1. Cut up onions and garlic

2. Heat olive oil in frying pan at medium temperature and add steak

3. Let cook for 5 to 8 minutes, or until brown

4. Add onions and garlic

5. Turn to low heat and let simmer until desired temperature

6. Serve with orzo pasta

Pork Loins

Sabrina Fernandez

Freshman, physical therapy

Serves: 4

Total Time: 20 to 25 minutes


1 1/2 pounds of pork loins

Barbecue sauce

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of pepper


1. Preheat oven to 450°F

2. Bring stove to medium heat

3. Cook loins on stove for 5 to 8 minutes until they start showing color

4. Coat loins in barbecue sauce on both sides

5. Season with salt and pepper

6. Transfer loins to oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes

7. Serve with your choice of vegetable


Mayra Freed

Freshman, psychology

Serves: 4

Total Time: 15 minutes


8 fresh tilapia filets

4 eggs

1 cup of flour

1 cup of Japanese Panko crumbs

1 tablespoon of Adobo seasoning


1.Preheat oven to 375°F

2. Crack eggs in a bowl and stir

3. In a separate bowl, mix flour, panko crumbs and Adobo Seasoning

4. Dredge filets through egg, be sure entire piece is coated

5. Coat filets in flour, crumbs and Adobo seasoning

6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until flaky

7. Serve with your choice of pasta or vegetable

Stewed Tomatoes and Smoked Sausage

Kwan Grice

Freshman, sports and exercise science

Serves: 4 to 5

Total Time: 20 to 25 minutes


1 can of stewed tomatoes

1 pound of smoked sausage

2 cups of white rice

1 tablespoon of onion powder

1 tablespoon of seasoning salt


1. Boil 4 cups of water

2. Add rice and let cook

3. Cut sausage into rounds

4. In a skillet, cook sausage and tomatoes at medium temperature

5. Add onion powder and seasoning salt

6. Let cook for about 15 minutes

7. Mix sausage, tomatoes and rice for best taste


Erin West is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.

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