Dinner in a Flash: 5 Easy Recipes for Busy Weeknights

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Whole Wheat Spaghetti With Lemon, Basil and Salmon

Photo by: Marshall Troy ©2012, Cooking Channel, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Marshall Troy, 2012, Cooking Channel, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Think you’re too busy to make a healthy dinner at home? Think again. These recipes are all ready in under 30 minutes; they’re simple enough to throw together on a busy weeknight, but fancy enough to serve to company.

Giada De Laurentiis makes a complete meal — whole-wheat pasta with salmon and spinach — in just a few minutes by multi-tasking in the kitchen: the salmon cooks while the pasta is boiling.

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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.

While the whole-wheat spaghetti is boiling, put together a quick tomato sauce and get this classic Italian-style pasta dish on the table in less time than it takes to watch the evening news.

Tilapia is a quick-cooking, mildly-flavored, budget-friendly fish; all it takes is a few minutes under the broiler for cooked-to-perfection fish even the pickiest eaters will love. While the fish is cooking, whisk together an easy sauce made with Greek yogurt, lemon and Dijon mustard.

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Chicken dinner is 20 minutes? Yes, it’s possible! The white wine and artichoke hearts make this meal feel fancy but it’s simple enough to make on a busy weeknight.

Round out your meal with one of these super-easy, ready-in-minutes side dishes.

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