5 Weeknight Meals You Can Make in Under an Hour
Whipping up a weeknight meal doesn’t have to be a source of agita — or a gigantic time commitment. And it can be healthy to boot! Choose any of these good-for-you recipes and have dinner on the table in less than an hour.
Steak with Avocado Sauce: 30 min
In this healthier version of steak tacos, the meat takes a quick turn on the skillet before meeting up with a guacamole-inspired combination of avocado, cilantro, garlic and lime juice — not to mention a very nice hearts of palm and tomato situation. Devour the elements on their own or wrap them up in tortillas.
Swiss Chard Soup: 40 min
Swiss Chard is in charge when it comes to this satisfying soup. Cooked in a spicy caraway- and cumin-scented broth, the greens go wilt-y before being topped with hard-boiled eggs and Greek yogurt.
Poached Ginger Chicken: 35 min
Watercress, radishes and cucumbers tossed in a sweet-and-spicy dressing steal the show of this simpler-than-it-seems dish. After a short poach, the chicken is topped with a flavorful shallot and ginger broth.
Soy-Glazed Salmon: 25 min
Salmon is cooked with a simple soy-and-honey glaze and accompanied by a refreshing cucumber-avocado salad. The result is a healthy, Asian-inspired meal that looks a whole lot like snazzy restaurant material.
Stuffed Sweet Potatoes: 25 min
Nothin’ wrong with enlisting the microwave for this healthy spin on a loaded baked potato. Nutrient-dense sweet potatoes lend themselves perfectly to crispy pancetta and garlicky broccoli rabe and mushrooms. The I-can’t-believe-this-is-better-than-sour-cream sauce, made with a nutmeg-laced mixture of ricotta and Parmesan cheese, coupled with the snappy cook time, will make this veggie-centric meal a regular in the rotation.
Abigail Libers is a freelance writer and editor living in Brooklyn.