17 Quick and Healthy Recipes that Were Made for Busy Weeknights
We get it…weeknight meals can be tough. You’ve just worked a long day, you managed to squeeze in a workout and then you stopped to pick up the kids on the way home. You’re starving, the kids are ravenous and you don’t even know what food you have in your fridge. It’s time to make dinner immediately before total chaos breaks out in your home.
Of course, the easy thing to do is to reach for a box of macaroni and cheese, open a can of soup or even order take-out food but is that the healthiest option? Before you grab one of these less than ideal meals, check out these quick and healthy recipe ideas. This list gives you more than 2 week’s worth of delicious dinner options everyone will love.
Hey, you don’t have time to be standing around, get going and whip up one of these nutritious weeknight dinners tonight!
20 Minute Honey Garlic Shrimp
Do you have a spare 20 minutes on your hands tonight? If so you’ve got enough time to prepare this amazing honey garlic shrimp. The combination of honey and garlic will be magic for your tastebuds.
Kale Superfood Salad
This Kale Superfood Salad packs a nutritional punch! Quinoa, blueberries, and avocado bring lots of flavor to this healthy make ahead lunch.
You likely already have the necessary ingredients in the pantry and fridge. These patties are incredibly easy and quick to make, and they’re budget friendly too. Oh yes, and they taste great!
Via Simply Recipes
One Pan Balsamic Chicken and Veggies
This is a 20 minute meal that is sure to please! The flavor is spot on delicious and it has just enough versatility going on to keep things interesting.
Via Cooking Classy
Honey Mustard Chicken, Avocado and Bacon Salad
Honey Mustard Chicken, Avocado and Bacon Salad, with a crazy good Honey Mustard dressing withOUT mayonnaise or yogurt! And only 5 ingredients!
Via Cafe Delites
Pesto Salmon and Italian Veggies in Foil
What’s not to love about dinners in foil right? Easy to make, easy clean up, and they taste delicious! This Pesto Salmon with Italian Veggies is no exception! It’s full of flavor and you end with perfectly baked salmon.
Via Cooking Classy
Healthy Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
These Healthy Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps are perfect for a quick and easy lunch or dinner. Ready in 15 minutes!
Easy Quinoa Pizza Bowl
They’re everything we all love about a good slice of pizza. They’re made healthier (and also gluten-free) with lots of protein-packed quinoa. They’re 100% easy to customize with all of your favorite pizza ingredients. They’re quick and easy and actually really fun to make.
Via Gimme Some Oven
Lemon Chicken Skillet
This chicken is so out-of-this-world delicious! It’s unbelievable that combining just a few simple ingredients, such as lemon pepper, fresh lemons, some flour (you can use gluten free!) with chicken and butter can produce such delicious results!
Low Carb BLT Wraps
Enjoy the flavors of a BLT sans bun with our lettuce wrap version which encases savory bacon in a refreshing blanket of lettuce and tomatoes. A smear of lemon aioli escalates lettuce wraps to another level. Serve with a hardboiled egg for more calories and protein.
Via My Fitness Pal
Rice Bowl with Fried Egg and Avocado
Brown rice—higher in fiber and other nutrients than its white counterpart—is the perfect vehicle for this quick, protein-heavy lunch.
Via Bon Appetit
3-Ingredient Banana Pancakes
Sometimes breakfast for dinner is the perfect meal. Serve this gluten-free and healthy banana pancakes with maple syrup and please everyone. For this 3-ingredient recipe, you will need only banana, eggs, and baking powder.
Via Eugenie Kitchen
20 Minute Lemon Broccoli Pasta Skillet
This super easy vegetarian pasta is a quick meal for a busy night! The broccoli and spinach keep it healthy, and the garlic, lemon, and red pepper make it extra tasty. A great last minute dinner.
Avocado Caprese Skillet Chicken
The Caprese (tomato, basil, fresh mozzarella and balsamic vinegar) combination is one of the world’s best ingredient combinations…and then you add avocado into the mix and things get totally crazy.
Via Cooking Classy
Superfood Quinoa Bowl
This Superfood Quinoa Bowl is quick and easy, perfect dinner or lunch, packed full of healthy superfoods! Plus it’s vegan and gluten free.
Via Two Raspberries
Smashed Chickpea, Avocado and Quinoa Lettuce Wraps
These smashed chickpea + quinoa lettuce wraps are light and healthy, but still filling and quite satisfying. Kind of like an egg or tuna salad, it makes for an awesome sandwich filling, but uses 100% plant-based ingredients.
Via Simply Quinoa
Lemony Chicken Stir Fry with Asparagus
This chicken asparagus stir fry is really fast and flavorful. Throw some brown rice in the rice cooker and your dinner is done. Can’t get much easier than that!
Via Rachel Schultz
Now that you’re armed with these amazing recipes, there’s no more excuses for eating unhealthy meals. Dinner can be on the table in less than 30 min from start to finish with these quick, easy, and delicious recipes that everyone will love.