Healthy Dinners in 40 Minutes or Less

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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.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Shrimp in Lettuce Leaves with Serrano-Mint Sauce

Ribbony Shrimp and Pasta Scampi

Medium-size shrimp are the perfect size for a twirl of spaghetti shot through with ribbons of squash. Have vegetarians at the table? Omit the shrimp, double the tomatoes and serve with a spoonful of part-skim ricotta cheese on top.

Get the Recipe: Ribbony Shrimp and Pasta Scampi

Sesame Chicken and Broccoli "Rice"

Every part of the green cruciferous vegetable — from stem to florets — gets used in this protein-packed chicken and broccoli dish. The stems become a no-carb rice, and florets are gently steamed.

Get the Recipe: Whole30 Sesame Chicken and Broccoli Rice

Honey-Soy Grilled Salmon with Edamame

The natural Omega-3 fats in salmon make it a great choice for a healthy meal that doesn't need much added fat. Stuff a mixture of fresh herbs into the salmon to infuse the fish with bright flavor.

Get the Recipe: Honey Soy Grilled Salmon with Edamame

Whole-Wheat Fettuccine with Zucchini Ribbons

A combination of zucchini and yellow summer squash, cut into thin ribbons, makes this pasta as colorful as it is vegetable-packed. Whole-wheat pasta adds more fiber to the mix.

Get the Recipe: Zucchini Ribbon Pasta

Coconut-Crusted Shrimp with Pineapple-Chili Sauce

Think just because you're eating healthy, indulgent-tasting dishes like coconut-crusted shrimp are off limits? In this ingenious rendition, you can dig right in, all the way down to the delectable sweet-and-sour dipping sauce.

Get the Recipe: Whole30 Coconut-Crusted Shrimp with Pineapple-Chili Sauce

Thai Curry Veggie "Noodles" with Chicken

This veggie-heavy chicken dish boasts tons of flavor -- thanks to red curry paste, almond butter and cashews.

Get the Recipe: Whole30 Thai Curry Veggie Noodles with Chicken

Pasta Puttanesca

The beauty of this classic Italian pasta dish is that is comes together 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

Lighter Shrimp Scampi

Traditional shrimp scampi is loaded with butter, however this version is cooked in chicken broth instead and gets an extra punch of flavor from kalamata olives.

Get the Recipe: Lightened-Up Shrimp Scampi

Pan-Seared Salmon with Kale and Apple Salad

This dish may look fancy, but it's easy enough to be a weeknight main course. The salmon cooks in a skillet in less than 10 minutes while the flavors in the crunchy kale salad meld. Add a whole-wheat roll and dinner is ready.

Get the Recipe: Pan-Seared Salmon with Kale and Apple Salad

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

These protein-packed fajitas cleverly use a foil-lined baking sheet and broiler to make a quick and healthy weeknight meal with easy cleanup.

Get the Recipe: Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and Grits

You won't find sticks of butter in this comfort food. Don't worry about flavor, though; these shrimp are plenty zesty from the lemon and garlic.

Get the Recipe: Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and Grits

Pork Tenderloin with Seasoned Rub

This lean cut of meat gets tons of flavor from an easy dried-spice rub.

Get the Recipe: Pork Tenderloin with Seasoned Rub

25-Minute Fettuccini with Walnuts and Parsley

Ellie's creamy Fettuccini with Walnuts and Parsley will sate your pasta cravings without blowing your diet.

Get the Recipe: Fettuccine with Walnuts and Parsley

Roasted Salmon With Shallot Grapefruit Sauce

Ellie's roasted salmon recipe relies on the bold flavors of grapefruit, shallot and ginger to add big flavor without a ton of fat and calories.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Salmon with Shallot Grapefruit Sauce

Shrimp and Cauliflower "Grits"

This healthy twist on a Southern classic is a great addition to a weeknight line-up. Packed with protein and fiber -- and creamy faux grits made from cauliflower -- it's satisfying and delicious.

Get the Recipe: Whole30 Shrimp and Cauliflower Grits

Garlic-Ginger Chicken Thighs

Save yourself some time on the day of a cookout and marinade your chicken in a blend of garlic, ginger, soy sauce and orange juice the night before.

Get the Recipe: Dirty P's Garlic-Ginger Chicken Thighs

15-Minute Buddha Bowl

A Buddha bowl, grain bowl or harvest bowl is a healthy trend we can get behind! Balanced with lots of colorful produce plus healthy grains and proteins, this healthy lunch or dinner is ready in just 15 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Buddha Bowl

Shrimp Stir-Fry

Ree's quick shrimp stir-fry is chock full of summer ingredients like sweet corn, zucchini, grape tomatoes and fresh basil. You can serve this dish with rice or pasta, but it's just perfect on its own.

Get the Recipe: Shrimp Stir-Fry

30-Minute Spicy Pork and Sweet Potato Stew

Spicy, smoky chipotle chiles and chili powder add long-cooked flavor to this quick pork stew. To save time and use less fat, only the pork is browned in oil, while the onions get pureed with tomatoes, garlic and the chile to make the broth.

Get the Recipe: 30-Minute Spicy Pork and Sweet Potato Stew

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

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

Grilled Chicken with Avocado Pesto

Fill your summer pesto with the usual fresh herbs, think basil and parsley, but then give it a fun upgrade — with avocado! It'll make your pesto super creamy and give it an extra dose of heart-healthy fats.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Chicken with Avocado Pesto

Chicken with a Lemon Herb Sauce

This herby sauce takes skinless chicken breasts from boring to bright in only 25 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Chicken with a Lemon Herb Sauce

Spicy Kale and Corn Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Superfood kale and sweet corn create a duo rich in vitamin A. The pepper jack cheese adds tons of spice while binding the stuffing for the chicken. If spicy's not your thing, try Monterey Jack or Havarti cheese instead for creamy without the heat.

Get the Recipe: Spicy Kale and Corn Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Oven-Baked Salmon

This salmon dinner couldn't be simpler. Season the fish with salt and pepper, then pop it in the oven to bake to perfection in 15 minutes. An easy-to-make parsley and almond salsa goes on top.

Get the Recipe: Oven-Baked Salmon

Fettuccine with Creamy Red Pepper Sauce

Jarred roasted red peppers, packed with flavor, make this weeknight pasta dish come together in a flash. Tangy feta is crumbled atop the whole-wheat noodles.

Get the Recipe: Fettuccine with Creamy Red Pepper-Feta Sauce

Healthy Chipotle Beer-and-Butter Shrimp Foil Pack

Chipotle and cumin are tempered by beer, butter and lime in this simple and healthy shrimp dish that comes together in a snap. Sealing the ingredients in aluminum foil before grilling keeps the juices in and makes a sauce that is perfect for pouring over rice.

Get the Recipe: Healthy Chipotle Beer-and-Butter Shrimp Foil Pack

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

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

Egg-and-Kimchi Rice Bowls

For maximum flavor factor on this 20-minute meal, break the yolk and mix it with the rice just before eating; its richness goes nicely with the spicy-vinegary kimchi sauce.

Get the Recipe: Egg-and-Kimchi Rice Bowls

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

Angel-Hair Pasta with Shrimp and Greens

Balance out carbs with shrimp: A dozen shrimp is just 85 calories, plus shrimp is packed with protein and selenium, a powerful antioxidant.

Get the Recipe: Angel-Hair Pasta with Shrimp and Greens

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.

Get the Recipe: Salmon with Sweet and Spicy Rub

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

Teriyaki Hens with Bok Choy

Serve Cornish game hens alongside leafy bok choy and plump grapefruit slices. The combination of soy sauce, hoisin, vinegar, ginger and chile pepper in the hen marinade creates the perfect complement for the sweet-sour grapefruit.

Get the Recipe: Teriyaki Hens with Bok Choy

Shrimp Fried Cauliflower Rice

Sara Lynn's healthy version of a takeout favorite is made with cauliflower rice, loads of veggies, egg and sesame oil.

Get the Recipe: Shrimp Fried Cauliflower Rice

Vietnamese Pork Chops with Ginger Rice

An easy marinade made with lemongrass, fish sauce, shallot and soy sauce gives these quick-cooking pork chops bold Vietnamese-inspired flavor.

Get the Recipe: Vietnamese Pork Chops with Ginger Rice

My Big Fat Greek Burgers

Ellie's burger is far from the hockey puck variety that claims to be healthy. A spinach-and-feta-cheese stuffing makes this burger juicy and satisfying, especially when topped with a lemon-and-dill yogurt sauce.

Get the Recipe: My Big Fat Greek Burgers

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

Salmon Hash

Swap fatty breakfast meats for better-for-you salmon in this potato and veggie hash. It's equally good morning or night.

Get the Recipe: Salmon Hash

Beef Stir-Fry

"The best thing about a stir-fry is that you can substitute the vegetables you like most," Trisha says.

Get the Recipe: Beef Stir-Fry

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

Healthy BBQ Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner

Protein- and fiber-packed, this healthy and streamlined salmon dinner for two can be cooked all on one sheet pan. The veggies get a head start, then BBQ-rubbed salmon fillets join in and everything finishes the race at the same time.

Get the Recipe: Healthy BBQ Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner

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.

Get the Recipe: Asian Chicken Burgers

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

Soy-Maple Salmon

A simple marinade of soy sauce and maple syrup transforms salmon fillets into a delicious dinner, rounded out with a side of cauliflower.

Get the Recipe: Soy-Maple Salmon

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

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.

Get the Recipe: Hummus and Grilled Vegetable Wrap

Berbere-Roasted Hake with Cool Bean Salad

Chef and trainer Eddie Jackson's light and satisfying fish dish packs a double punch of protein with lean hake and beans. Using cooked, canned beans helps the dish come together in just 30 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Berbere-Roasted Hake with Cool Bean Salad

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

20-Minute Chicken Thighs and Couscous with Dill

Using boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of breasts is a smart way to make sure the meat stays moist and flavorful. Plus, the grape tomatoes soften under the heat of the broiler, adding more juicy goodness to the chicken. Lots of lemon, plus dill and oregano, give the dish a Greek feel.

Get the Recipe: 20-Minute Chicken Thighs and Couscous with Dill

Mini Meatloaves

Who knew meatloaf could be so healthy (or so cute)? These mini loaves are made with a mix of lean ground turkey and pork, and their small size helps keep portions in check.

Get the Recipe: Mini Meatloaves

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.

Get the Recipe: Herbed Chicken Marsala

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

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

15-Minute Chicken, Rice and Grape Salad

Brown rice makes a nutty, chewy base for this salad and is a nice foil for sweet grapes and fresh greens. Using frozen precooked rice makes the whole dish doable in 15 minutes. The creamy dressing comes together quickly in the blender.

Get the Recipe: 15-Minute Chicken, Rice and Grape Salad

Coconut Shrimp with Tropical Rice

This simple oven-baked coconut shrimp recipe pairs perfectly with a light coconut-scented rice.

Get the Recipe: Coconut Shrimp with Tropical Rice

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. 

Get the Recipe: Grilled Chicken with Tomato-Cucumber Salad

Pork Chops with Pineapple Salsa

Bright pineapple salsa flavored with ginger and Chinese five-spice powder takes this weeknight pork chop dinner out of the ordinary.

Get the Recipe: Pork Chops With Pineapple Salsa

Shrimp and Cauliflower Grits

This healthy twist on a Southern classic is a great addition to a weeknight line-up. Packed with protein and fiber -- and creamy faux grits made from cauliflower -- it's satisfying and delicious.

Get the Recipe: Whole30 Shrimp and Cauliflower Grits

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

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

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

Steak-Peppercorn Salad

This steak-and-salad combo offers the best of both worlds, with juicy pieces of meat and plenty of vegetables. A creamy peppercorn dressing brings it all together.

Get the Recipe: Steak-Peppercorn Salad

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

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

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.

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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

Honey Mustard and Red Onion Barbecued Chicken

Rachael Ray coats juicy chicken pieces in a mixture of brown sugar, honey mustard, allspice and curry for sweet-spicy flavor and then grills the chicken to smoky-charred perfection.

Get the Recipe: Honey Mustard and Red Onion Barbecued Chicken

Crab and Avocado Salad

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

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Giada's Salmon Baked in Foil

Baking the salmon in foil allows it to fully soak up the lemon juice and flavor of the herbs without the need for added fats.

Get the Recipe: Salmon Baked in Foil

25-Minute Cod with Lentils

Using canned lentils instead of raw saves you at least 30 minutes of cooking time. Here, we simmer them quickly with bacon and red wine to play up their earthy flavor; sliced celery stirred in at the end adds a fresh, crisp note. The lentils make a terrific bed for the mild, meaty cod fillets.

Get the Recipe: 25-Minute Cod with Lentils

Mexican Chicken Stew

Leftover rotisserie chicken makes this delicious stew a quick-fix meal.

Get the Recipe: Mexican Chicken Stew

Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe Pesto

If you're craving pesto-laced pasta, give Anne Burrell's veggie-rich version a try. To cut down on oil, she adds ricotta cheese to the sauce, then blends in bitter broccoli rabe, toasted walnuts and a bit of Parmesan cheese.

Get the Recipe: Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe Pesto

Steak Frites with Herb Mustard

Indulge your craving for this classic combination of beef and potatoes with this lightened-up version. The oven-baked fries will save significant calories, and a lean cut of flank steak, with excess fat trimmed away, will deliver a healthy dose of protein.

Get the Recipe: Steak Frites With Herb Mustard

Grilled Steak With Green Beans, Tomatoes and Chimichurri Sauce

Stretch your strip steaks by serving smaller portions alongside a hearty serving of grilled green beans and tomatoes.

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Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Lemon, Basil and Salmon

Giada prefers whole-wheat spaghetti for its nutty flavor; she loads it up with fresh vegetables and fish flavored with lemon and herbs for a light, healthy meal.

Get the Recipe: Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Lemon, Basil, and Salmon

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

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

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

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

Grits with Bacon and Beans

For a hearty yet healthy dinner with minimal prep work, try creamy grits over bell peppers, onions, collard greens and black-eyed peas. Using skim milk to prepare the grits will cut back on excess calories and fat.

Get the Recipe: Grits with Bacon and Beans

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.

Get the Recipe: Seared Tilapia with Asparagus and Spicy Mint Gremolata

Spring Chicken Salad

Store-bought rotisserie chicken is the secret behind this hearty entree salad that's ready in 20 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Spring Chicken Salad

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

Middle Eastern-Style Chicken, Veggies and Rice

This one-dish meal is packed with flavor, and as easy as it is healthy. Rotisserie chicken, microwavable brown rice and pre-trimmed beans make this meal a cinch to prepare in less than 30 minutes. The bold spice blend and toasted nuts bring warm Moroccan flavor that'll make this dish memorable.

Get the Recipe: Middle Eastern-Style Chicken, Veggies and Rice

Chicken Fingers with Curried Ketchup

Serve this kid-favorite meal with steamed broccoli and sauce for just 330 calories per serving. Ketchup dressed up with curry powder makes a quick, simple dipper.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Fingers With Curried Ketchup

Grilled Chicken with Roasted Kale

Kale roasted with potatoes, tomatoes and Parmesan cheese pairs perfectly with simply grilled chicken.

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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. 

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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.

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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

Grilled Chipotle Pork Tacos with Red Slaw and Brown Sugar Pineapple

Combine the best of both worlds, savory and sweet, by serving succulent grilled pork tacos with chunks of pineapple. The sweetness of the fruit will perfectly complement the heat from the chipotle chile powder in the pork rub.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Chipotle Pork Tacos with Red Slaw and Brown Sugar Pineapple

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

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

Pork Chops with Apples and Garlic-Smashed Potatoes

This company-worthy meal is deceptively simple to prepare. Baby potatoes, garlic and buttermilk make the mashers flavorful without lots of added fat.

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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.

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Weeknight Two-Bean Chili

Rich with flavor, this vegetarian chili tastes like it's been simmering for hours. But thanks to canned beans and tomatoes, it's ready to hit the dinner table in 30 minutes. Serve with brown rice for added fiber.

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10-Minute White Bean Soup with Toasted Cheese and Tomato

Steeping chicken broth with sprigs of rosemary and thyme for just a few minutes adds great flavor to this creamy white bean soup. The sandwich is toasted under the broiler, not fried in butter, and served open-faced, topped with juicy chopped tomatoes.

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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.

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Broiled Tilapia and Eggplant with Moroccan Pesto

Versatile and inexpensive tilapia gets the Moroccan treatment with couscous, eggplant and a verdant pesto.

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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.

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Turkey with Ancho-Orange Sauce

Chicken broth, honey, mustard, orange juice and a splash of cream create a fragrant sauce for lean turkey cutlets. The citrus flavors pair perfectly with mashed sweet potatoes.

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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.

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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.

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Chicken-Peanut Stir-Fry

This dish is going to become your go-to pick for nights when you want something super flavorful and super easy. Stir-fried chicken and crisp-tender cabbage get sweet-salty notes from soy sauce and rice vinegar, a kick from fresh peeled ginger and crunch from roasted peanuts.

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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.

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Sauteed Chicken Breasts with Fresh Herbs and Ginger

This one-skillet recipe pairs sauteed chicken with ginger, basil and mint, and it comes together in only 25 minutes.

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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.

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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.

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Sirloin with Teriyaki Broth

Make broth with a few richly flavored ingredients that tastes like it has simmered for hours: oyster sauce, teriyaki sauce, fresh ginger and brown sugar. Simmer vegetables in the broth, then serve with thinly sliced grilled sirloin.

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