30 Minute Meals
30 Minute Meals is a Food Network
Food Network
Food Network is a television specialty channel that airs both one-time and recurring programs about food and cooking. Scripps Networks Interactive owns 70 percent of the network, with Tribune Company controlling the remaining 30 percent....

Television program
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 hosted by Rachael Ray
Rachael Ray
Rachael Domenica Ray is an American television personality, businesswoman, celebrity chef and author. She hosts the syndicated talk and lifestyle program Rachael Ray and three Food Network series, 30 Minute Meals, Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels and $40 a Day...

. Her first of four shows on Food Network debuted in the fall of 2001. The show specializes in convenience cooking
Convenience cooking
Convenience cooking is the practice of streamlining recipes for simplicity and speed of preparation. It is a common practice in Western cultures, where both men and women work outside the home and elaborate meals are difficult if not impossible to pull off given the usual time constraints...

 for those with little time to cook. The show is recorded live
Live television
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-to-tape, with Ray doing almost all preparation in real time. The show was awarded an Emmy for Best Daytime Service Show in 2006.

A common feature on the program is the creation of new versions of classic dishes (including clam chowder
Clam chowder
Clam chowder is any of several chowders containing clams and broth. Along with the clams, diced potato is common, as are onions, which are occasionally sauteed in the drippings from salt pork or bacon. Celery is frequently used. Other vegetables are uncommon, but small carrot strips might...

 and macaroni and cheese
Macaroni and cheese
Macaroni and cheese, also known as "mac and cheese", "macaroni cheese" in British English, or "macaroni pie" in Caribbean English, is a casserole consisting of cooked macaroni and cheese sauce...

), some of which are traditionally slow to cook. Where this is the case, Ray gives information on how to increase the speed of production. Ray will often prepare a salad or use various greens and vegetables to complement her dishes.

Ray has also done two specials with the title Thanksgiving
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in 60
, based around the idea of a one-hour Thanksgiving dinner.


The series has also led to a group of cookbooks.

The original 30 Minute Meals: Comfort Foods book was widely successful, and has since led to:
Book Title
30 Minute Meals: Veggie Meals
30 Minute Meals (1)
30 Minute Meals 2
30 Minute Meals: Cooking Around the Clock
30 Minute Meals: Get Togethers

The Newest Titles
Book Title
30 Minute Meals: 365, A Year of Deliciously Different Dinners
Cooking Rocks!: 30 Minute Meals for Kids!
Two additional titles coming soon

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