Healthy Dinners in 40 Minutes or Less

Healthy and fast food? Yes, it's possible! These tasty good-for-you dinners from Food Network chefs are on the table in fewer than 40 minutes.
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Poached Ginger Chicken

Poach chicken breasts in a flavorful ginger, shallot and sesame broth for a delicately flavored main dish.

Get the Recipe: Poached Ginger Chicken

Sloppy Joes

These meaty, cafeteria-style sloppy joes have all the flavor of the sandwich you grew up on, but they're extra-lean so you can feel good about making them for your family.

Get the Recipe: Sloppy Joes

Soy-Glazed Salmon with Cucumber-Avocado Salad

Top salmon filets wtih an easy soy glaze and pair it with a fresh cucumber-and-avocado salad for a restaurant-worthy, Asian-inspired meal that's ready in 25 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Soy-Glazed Salmon With Cucumber-Avocado Salad

20-Minute Shrimp and Couscous with Yogurt-Hummus Sauce

This speedy shrimp dish gets you whole grains, protein, vegetables and fruit all ready to go in 5 minutes (Pro tip: prep the couscous while the shrimp broils.)

Get the Recipe: 20-Minute Shrimp and Couscous With Yogurt-Hummus Sauce

Spicy Pasta with Tilapia

Garlic, herbs and red pepper flakes give the tomato sauce full flavor, while tilapia provides lean protein and multigrain spaghetti adds fiber. Best of all, the pasta dish is on the table in 35 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Spicy Pasta With Tilapia

Shrimp and Snow Pea Salad

Ellie uses pre-cooked shrimp to make this Asian-inspired salad super-fast. Make a quick sesame dressing, then add in radishes, scallions and fresh, crisp snow peas.

Get the Recipe: Shrimp and Snow Pea Salad

Vegetable Gumbo

Frozen black-eyed peas and quick-cooking Swiss chard make this vegan stew a super-fast supper. Soy sauce and smoked paprika give it slow-simmered flavor, fast.

Get the Recipe: Vegetable Gumbo

Maple-Mustard Roasted Salmon

Made with just five ingredients (plus salt and pepper), this salmon recipe is primed for weeknight cooking. Just spread the mustard-maple sauce over each fillet, and then bake until the fish is cooked through. The dish will be ready in just 20 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Mustard-Maple Roasted Salmon

Asian Chicken Burgers

Punch up a typical chicken burger with big bold flavors like carrots, ginger, hoisin sauce and spicy chili-garlic sauce. Serve with marinated onions and mushrooms on a toasted bun.

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Crab and Avocado Salad

This salad gets low-cal creaminess from strained Greek yogurt and healthy fats from avocado.

Get the Recipe: Crab and Avocado Salad

Broiled Tilapia with Mustard-Chive Sauce

Giada drizzles broiled white fish filets with a simple, creamy sauce for a meal that's ready in under 20 minutes, but tastes like you slaved all day.

Get the Recipe: Broiled Tilapia with Mustard-Chive Sauce

Swiss Chard Soup

This warm, comforting soup is quick to make and full of good-for-you ingredients. Wilt Swiss chard in a spicy caraway and cumin-scented broth, then finish with protein-packed eggs, Greek yogurt and crisp pita chips.

Get the Recipe: Spicy Chard Soup

Chicken and Asparagus Crepes

Fill store-bought crepes with shredded rotisserie chicken, ricotta cheese and herbs. Top with fresh asparagus and a light, lemony sauce.

Get the Recipe: Chicken and Asparagus Crepes

Tofu, Noodles and Asian Greens

Whip up a bowl of warming Asian soup in less than 20 minutes with greens, tofu and udon noodles.

Get the Recipe: Udon with Tofu and Asian Greens

Veggie Burgers with Mushrooms

Adding mushrooms to veggie burgers ensures that they're extra-moist; the burgers are delicate though and are best made in a skillet instead of the grill.

Get the Recipe: Veggie Burgers with Mushrooms

Falafel-Crusted Chicken with Hummus Slaw

Store-bought falafel mix gives baked chicken a great crispy crust and pairs perfectly with spicy harissa hummus.

Get the Recipe: Falafel-Crusted Chicken With Hummus Slaw

Ham, Apple and Cheese Quesadilla

For a quick but filling meal, fill whole-wheat tortillas with low-sodium ham and Swiss cheese. Sliced apple adds sweetness while mustard gives it kick.

Get the Recipe: Ham, Apple and Cheese Quesadilla

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Pancetta and Broccoli Rabe

These loaded sweet potatoes are packed with garlicky vegetables and crispy pancetta and topped with a light ricotta-parmesan sauce spiced with a hint of nutmeg.

Get the Recipe: Stuffed Sweet Potatoes With Pancetta and Broccoli Rabe

Steak Pizzaiola

Lean cuts of sirloin are simmered until tender and extra-flavorful in a garlicky tomato sauce for a healthier-than-it-tastes steak dinner in minutes.

Get the Recipe: Steak Pizzaiola

Arctic Char with Mushrooms

This crispy fish takes only about six minutes to cook, and a simple shallot-mushroom sauce and light arugula salad round out the dish with layered textures and flavors.

Get the Recipe: Arctic Char with Mushrooms

Aida's Lemon Chicken with Artichoke Hearts

Artichokes transform lemon chicken into a quick and hearty dinner. Let them simmer in the pan for a few minutes so that they become juicy and fully infused with the wine, onion and garlic sauce.

Get the Recipe: Lemon Chicken with Artichoke Hearts

Seared Tilapia with Asparagus and Spicy Mint Gremolata

Gremolata, a mixture of mint, lemon zest and garlic adds bright, fresh flavor to this seared tilapia dish.

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Pressure Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Pressure cookers take the pressure off you, making it easy to cook long-braise dishes for weeknight dinners. This beef stroganoff uses lean beef chuck for a high-protein feast.

Get the Recipe: Pressure Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Pork Tenderloin Steaks with Wilted Cabbage and Apples

Pork tenderloin is not only quick-cooking, but budget-friendly too. Slice it to make pork "steaks" and serve it with cabbage and apples cooked in the flavorful cooking juices.

Get the Recipe: Pork Tenderloin Steaks with Wilted Cabbage and Apples

20-Minute Hoisin Skillet Salmon

Salmon is a great source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and looks beautiful on a bed of vitamin C-rich broccoli. Topped off with colorful red pepper flakes and fresh cilantro, this bright, low-calorie meal takes under 20 minutes.

Get the Recipe: 20-Minute Hoisin Skillet Salmon

Vegetable Noodle Soup

This soup is just as good for dinner as it is for lunch -- it's warming and comforting and perfect for a rainy day.

Get the Recipe: Vegetable Noodle Soup

Turkey with Barley Salad

This well-rounded dinner of turkey cutlets, barley and Brussels sprouts has it all on one plate: lean protein, whole grains and vegetables.

Get the Recipe: Turkey with Warm Barley Salad

Chicken Tostadas

It takes just 25 minutes to make these tempting tostadas, which are topped with shredded chicken, refried beans, crunchy vegetables and a tomatillo-avocado salsa.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Tostadas

Salmon-Apple Burgers

Get more healthy salmon in your diet with these easy weeknight burgers. The patties are made with a flavroful mix of salmon fillet, sweet apples and chopped shallot and served on toasted potato buns.

Get the Recipe: Salmon-Apple Burgers

Steak with Avocado Sauce and Tomato Salad

Try this Mexican-inspired steak dinner when you need a quick but healthy main course. The 30-minute meal features slices of beef eye round roast, an easy avocado-cilantro sauce, a tomato and hearts of palm salad and flour tortillas.

Get the Recipe: Steak with Avocado Sauce and Tomato Salad

Tricolor Salad Pizzas

Ellie saves time by using store-bought whole wheat pizza dough for this simple pie. Cut down on the fat by using part-skim mozzarella and ricotta cheeses.

Get the Recipe: Tricolor Salad Pizzas

Chipotle-Orange Glazed Pork Chops

Maple syrup, orange juice concentrate and chipotles in adobo make a sweet and smoky glaze for lean, center-cut pork chops. Ellie removes the chipotle seeds before preparing the glaze — that way, you get more flavor than heat.

Get the Recipe: Chipotle Orange Glazed Pork Chops

Tricolore Penne Pasta with Chicken

Cook skinless chicken breasts with garlic, tomatoes and arugula to serve as a sauce for whole-wheat pasta. Be sure to save the pasta water so that you can add it as needed for a wetter sauce.

Get the Recipe: Tricolore Penne Pasta with Chicken

Tuna Avocado Open-Faced Sandwiches with Crunchy Slaw and Five-Spice Oranges

Satisfy your sandwich craving with this low-calorie option: toasted wheat bread topped with protein-packed tuna salad and creamy avocado slices. Try adding five-spice powder to the orange slices to complement their flavor and slightly alter it, making it warm and spicy.

Get the Recipe: Tuna Avocado Open-Faced Sandwiches with Crunchy Slaw and Five-Spice Oranges

Grilled Chicken with Tomato-Cucumber Salad

Ditch starchy sides in favor of this energizing salad of cucumbers and tomatoes. The simple dill-and-lemon dressing complements the grilled chicken without heaping on extra fat or sugar. 

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Pasta with Escarole, White Beans and Chicken Sausage

Ellie manages to pack a whopping 30 grams of protein into just one serving of this pasta dish with help from whole-wheat bowtie pasta, chicken sausage and cannellini beans. The escarole is key to adding a leafy crunch and, most important, fiber. 

Get the Recipe: Pasta with Escarole, White Beans and Chicken Sausage

Tomato Basil Salad

Combine red and yellow grape tomatoes with fried garlic, balsamic, basil and some salt and pepper for a quick dinner side dish.

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Grilled Shrimp in Lettuce Leaves with Serrano-Mint Sauce

Roll grilled shrimp and an herbaceous green sauce in lettuce leaves for a crunchy, refreshing seafood bite.

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Salmon with Sweet & Spicy Rub

Ellie's 17-minute salmon fillets contain just 280 calories per serving. She saves time in the kitchen with her quick and easy seasoning, which includes chili powder, cumin and some light brown sugar, keeping flavors bold and the fat content low.

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Garden Egg Salad

With a few healthy swaps, it's easy to make a lighter take on traditional egg salad. Divide the egg salad among the lettuce leaves, top with sprouts and roll up for a hand-held meal.

Get the Recipe: Garden Egg Salad

Herbed Chicken Marsala

Smothered in low-calorie sauteed mushrooms and sundried tomatoes, this dish is both healthy and satisfying. A little bit of butter goes a long way in the sauce-just a touch adds creamy richness.

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Salmon with Lemon, Capers, and Rosemary

Giada tops flaky salmon fillets with a bright and briny mix of lemon slices, capers and Marsala wine. Cooking the fish in foil packets keeps it silky and moist.

Get the Recipe: Salmon with Lemon, Capers, and Rosemary

Kale and Apple Salad

Antioxidant-rich kale is even better for you when eaten raw. Thin strips are softened in a light lemon dressing, then tossed with the savory-sweet blend of apple, dates, almonds and cheese. A little pecorino goes a long way in giving this nutritious salad a satisfying depth of flavor.

Get the Recipe: Kale and Apple Salad

Hummus and Grilled Vegetable Wrap

Use store bought hummus, whole wheat wraps and a bevvy of fresh, crisp veggies to roll up this delicious portable lunch.

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Pasta Puttanesca

The beauty of this classic Italian pasta dish is that is comes togteher quickly with ingredients you most likely already have in your pantry like spaghetti, canned tomatoes, garlic, anchovy paste and crushed red pepper flakes.

Get the Recipe: Pasta Puttanesca

Cheese Tortellini in Light Broth

Giada's warm and satisfying soup calls for just four ingredients — chicken broth, tortellini, black pepper and parsely — and comes together in just 30 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Cheese Tortellini in Light Broth

Asparagus and Chicken Stir-fry

Instead of ordering take-out, whip up this healthy and satisfying stir-fry. Made with tender chicken breast and asparagus and the flavor trifecta of garlic, soy and ginger, it will sate your Chinese food craving without all the fat and sodium.  

Get the Recipe: Asparagus and Chicken Stir-fry

Asian Chicken and Quinoa Salad

This delicious, colorful salad is a great way to introduce whole grains to your kids!

Get the Recipe: Asian Chicken and Quinoa Salad

Butternut Squash and Gorgonzola Pizza

Who needs marinara sauce? Ellie Kriger tops this savory pie with butternut squash, gorgonzola cheese, red onions, sage and walnuts.

Get the Recipe: Butternut Squash and Gorgonzola Pizza

Ham, Swiss and Apple Wraps

Kids and grown-ups alike will love these hearty whole-wheat wraps stuffed with lean ham, Swiss cheese, crisp lettuce and apple slices, honey mustard and dill.

Get the Recipe: Ham, Swiss and Apple Wraps

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