7 Healthy Low-Lift Meals for Nights When You Just Can’t

Because you shouldn’t have to compromise health for convenience.

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Food Network Kitchen's Farro Fried Rice For Whole Grains as seen on Food Network

Photo by: Stephen Johnson ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

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

Scrambling to make a healthy dinner for the family on a weeknight can be challenging. Let’s face it: When life gets hectic, cooking delicious, nourishing meals often goes by the wayside. But, it’s time to stop the madness and get creative! Because ease and convenience are the name of the game, we’ve done the heavy lifting and rounded up some of our go-to weeknight dinners. They’re healthy, hassle-free and full of flavor, so you’ll be able to spend less time in the kitchen, while feeding yourself and your family properly.

This yummy dish is the best of both worlds: You'll get all of the delectable flavors of fried rice, but with a nutrient-dense farro base. Toss it with hearty veggies like carrots, peas and bean sprouts for a perfect, updated version of a beloved classic.

Food Network Kitchen's Healthy Sheet Pan Shrimp and Greens.

Photo by: Teri Lyn Fisher

Teri Lyn Fisher

Tangy, spicy, and oh-so-delicious, this dish is everything you need to kick off your weeknight. You’ll roast kale and orange bell pepper in the oven first to create a crunchy base, then add in curry-coated shrimp for additional heat. For extra earthiness, boil up some basmati or brown rice.

FNK HEALTHY GRILLED CHICKEN AND RICE FOIL PACKS, Food Network Kitchen, Boneless and Skinless Chicken Thighs, Black Beans, Rice, Salsa, Pickled Jalapenos, Tomato Paste, Chili Powder, Turmeric, Lowsodium Chicken Broth, Scallions

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

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

The reasons to make these simple and flavorful foil packs are endless. The recipe serves four, but you can easily add in more rice and beans for a bigger crowd. Tumeric and tomato paste add depth and volume to the meal, making it anything but boring!

Food Network Kitchen’s Healthy BBQ Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner

Photo by: Kate Mathis

Kate Mathis

Trust us — you’ll want to make this easy sheet pan dish again and again. Coat your salmon steaks with BBQ-rub to infuse them with a zesty kick.

Ree Drummond's Shrimp Stir Fry as seen on Food Network

Photo by: Stephen Johnson ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

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

This one-pot wonder makes a quick dinner for any night of the week. It’s packed full of fresh veggies like corn, tomatoes and zucchini, as well as high protein shrimp to create a harmonious, nutritiously balanced dish. Pair it with rice or pasta for a little more bulk and don’t forget to enjoy the leftovers for lunch the next day (if you even have leftovers, that is!)

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Food Styling: Jamie Kimm Prop Styling: Marina Malchin,Food Styling: Jamie KimmProp Styling: Marina Malchin

Vegetarians rejoice! These tacos are the perfect fit for any weeknight, weekday or weekend! Onions, chili peppers and, of course, spinach are mixed with cumin to create an earthy, nutty taco filling. Paired with the light creaminess of Ricotta cheese, the filling’s heat is smoothly balanced, creating a combination you didn’t know you were missing (but now won’t be able to live without.)

FNK GRILLED SHRIMP FAJITA FOIL PACKS, Food Network Kitchen, Bell Peppers, Onion, Scallions, Olive Oil, Chipotle Powder, Cumin, Shrimp, Limes, Flour Shells, Cilantro, Avocado

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

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

Making these fajitas are as easy as 1, 2, 3! Simply toss your ingredients together, steam them in a foil packet and serve with warm tortillas, fresh avocado and your favorite salsa. It’s that simple — and delicious!

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