Planning dinner can often be a burdensome task, especially when you’re time-strapped and lacking inspiration. Take a peek inside your fridge and you probably already have the staples you need to whip up these 18 hearty breakfast-for-dinner recipes in 45 minutes or less. Inspired Meal: Healthy Skillet Lasagna by Holley Grainger MS, RD of Holley’s healthy take on lasagna pairs magically with a peppery arugula salad topped with fresh lemon juice and olive oil. But it’s not for everyone, which is why it is not included in the Healthy Eating Plate. At only 310 calories, this dinner proves that steak can be part of a sensible diet. Easy to prepare and incredibly tasteful, this healthy take at Mexican cuisine will be a dinnertime favorite. Alcohol in moderation is beneficial, and it’s illustrated in Harvard’s Healthy Eating Pyramid from 2005. This healthy take uses half sliced bananas as base, natural peanut butter topped with almonds and raisins for the perfect healthy snack. This salad gets low-cal creaminess from strained Greek yogurt and healthy fats from avocado.
To make this dish vegan, substitute pieces of zucchini, summer squash, and red onion for the chicken and 2 tablespoons olive oil for the yogurt, tossing all the vegetables in the marinade before grilling. Crumbled feta teams up with sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil to upgrade your dinner in less than a half hour.
With cauliflower florets, eggs, cheese and breadcrumbs, these crispy cauliflower tots will be demanded on the dinner table very often. Ooey-gooey macaroni and cheese gets a healthy boost when you toss in mixed vegetables and use reduced-fat cheese. With quesadillas, there’s hardly any effort required to turn a simple fish fry into a salmon dinner for two.
Start with ramen noodles and add fresh veggies, tender pork, and a dab of rich hoisin sauce for a flavorful dinner idea that’s ready in just 20 minutes. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons of the starchy water that the pasta was cooked in. Set aside. With all the craze surrounding juice and smoothies these days, it can seem daunting to make one in your own kitchen, but there are so many easy recipes that’ll make you realize how far that is from the truth. Behold, 50 of the healthiest meals you can make in 20 minutes or under, from simple salads, noodles and rice dishes, as well as tacos and pizzas.
Stock your freezer with this homemade version instead — your kids will love them, but don’t be surprised if they’re a grownup favorite too. In comparison, scores on the Alternate Healthy Eating Index created at the Harvard School of Public Health did appear to correlate more closely with better health in both sexes. True to his food philosophy, this healthy meal contains protein, a complex carb, and a vegetable—and it’s packed with flavor.