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It can be a real challenge to make your own food every day. During the week, you’re probably busy at work, or with kids, or both, and on the weekends, you’re busy doing chores and recovering from the hectic week you just survived. And the last thing that anyone wants to do during the day is spend hours on end slaving away over the hot stove. Lucky for you, Gusto’s got some recipes that are easy and healthy. But the best part is that you can make each one in 30 minutes or less. Whoever said that good, healthy food wasn’t easy to make?

Monday: Jumbo Turkey Meatballs

If you’re anything like the majority of the working population, it’s practically impossible not to be irritable and exhausted on Monday. So give yourself a much-needed boost of energy with these jumbo (but lean) turkey meatballs. Serve them over spiralized zucchini noodles, which replicate the comforting texture of pasta — minus all the carbs.

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Tuesday: Whole Broiled Trout

Trout is an extremely inexpensive type of fish that’s insanely easy to make. Use this recipe to cook an entire fish — flavoured with oil, garlic, onions, fennel and lemon — in under 30 minutes. Just crank the oven’s temperature up to 450F, and let everything broil together for 15-18 minutes. Don’t forget to let it rest so the ingredients have enough time to really flavour the fish. Easy enough for a Tuesday night, right?

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Wednesday: Skillet Lasagna

When hump day rolls around, you’re going to want to treat yourself just a bit for making it through the first half of the week, and what better way to celebrate than with a lasagna? Typically, a lasagna takes around an hour to layer and cook. This recipe, however, cuts that time in half since you can layer it right in the skillet as the meat simmers away.

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Thursday: Crispy Lemon Chicken

By Thursday, things are probably looking up — you’ve made it through the most challenging days of the week, and the weekend’s right around the corner. But there’s just one problem: you still don’t have enough time or energy to prepare a fancy meal. So instead of spending all that extra money on takeout, this crispy lemon chicken dish will give your taste buds that extra kick of flavour you’ve been craving with just five ingredients (if you don’t count the salt and pepper).

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Friday: Crunchy-coated fish

For those of you who don’t eat meat on Fridays, this crunchy, potato chip-coated fish is sure to be a hit with the whole family. Note to self: remember to make extra.

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Saturday: Chicken Pot Pie

You definitely deserve this creamy chicken pot pie, especially after working so hard during the week. And this mouthwatering, Jamie Oliver-approved dish is truly worth every minute you put into making it.

Chicken Pot Pie

© Jamie Oliver Enterprises Limited, by David Loftus

Sunday: Roasted Sirloin Tip 

Whether you’re having a big get-together with family or just want to treat yourself to a luxurious meal before the new week begins, you really can’t go wrong with roasted sirloin tip. Portion up any leftovers, and put them into sandwiches for lunches the following day. Just don’t forget to make the gravy.

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Learn how to make more 30-minute dishes on Spencer’s Big 30 every Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. ET.

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