Short on Time? These Healthy Dinners Are Ready in a Flash

You’ll spend less time cooking than you will getting your daily dose of cardio.

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It’s a new year: time to rethink routines, go after goals and kick some old (bad) habits to the curb. For a lot of us, that means hopping onto the healthy eating bandwagon.

If you’ve ever tried to clean up your diet before then you already know that picking up a pizza is a whole lot quicker than making a wholesome meal from scratch – the reason that many of us abandon our healthy eating goals after just a few weeks. The solution? Make sure you’ve got a few quick and easy recipes on-hand for nights when you don’t have a lot of time to cook – like these healthy dinners ready in less than 30 minutes.

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This hearty plate of pasta will help you feel fuller longer, thanks to its two sources of protein: savory chicken sausage and tender cannellini beans.

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Rice is easy to prep in advance (or pick up from your favorite take-out spot). Having some cooked rice on-hand is the key to making this flavorful, one-pan meal in just 20 minutes.

Giada De Laurentiis's Orecchiette with Greens, Garbanzo Beans and Ricotta Salata for Reshoots, as seen on Food Network.

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Tara Donne

If you’re looking for a meatless meal to fill you up at the end of the day, Giada’s orecchiette should do the trick. It’s got a good dose of fiber thanks to two types of greens and satisfying garbanzo beans.

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Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

A little brown sugar, some aromatic spices and lots of heat: That’s all that it takes to coat flaky salmon fillets with the most delicious glaze. The fish cooks quickly on the grill or in a grill pan which gives you just enough time to toss together a salad – and have dinner on the table in 17 minutes.

Food Network Kitchen's 20-Minute Chicken Thighs And Couscous with Feta And Dill As seen on Food Network

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Stephen Johnson, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

The bright, Mediterranean flavors of this dish make healthy eating easy. Make sure you use chicken thighs for this recipe; they stay moist and juicy under the high heat of the boiler.

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