If you’re like most people, you have a lot going on in your life. Between work, family obligations, appointments, hobbies, friends… it can feel like there’s not much free time to do anything at all, much less cook a healthy dinner. But if you rely on take-out or fast food too many nights a week, your health can really start to suffer.
The solution? Quick, easy-to-prepare dinner recipes that the whole family will love. Try these ideas when you’re short on time but still want something easy and healthy:
15-minute Garlic Butter Chicken
This delicious recipe stays low-carb by using cauliflower rice. And because cauliflower soaks up the juices of the cooking chicken, you can rest assured it’s tasty enough for even the pickiest of eaters. All you have to do is cook the chicken in a mix of spices while you’re preparing the cauliflower rice, and you have dinner on the table in 15 minutes.
Salmon is one of the healthiest fish varieties out there – it’s full of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and other essential nutrients. Plus, it’s very easy to prepare and tastes delicious! This baked salmon recipe can be paired with any kind of healthy veggie side dish you like, from asparagus to broccoli and anything in between. And you can switch out the butter for olive oil to make things a little healthier when preparing the fish.
Creamy Pasta Primavera
Who doesn’t love a comforting pasta dish every now and then? Pasta primavera is one of the best pasta choices when you’re looking for something healthy, simply because it’s packed with delicious fresh vegetables. And it couldn’t be easier to make – simply sauté the veggies in oil, then stir in the cheese, pepper, and cream (swap heavy cream for low-fat half-and-half for a healthier option). Then, stir in your cooked pasta and you’re done.
Beef Pad Thai
That’s right – it’s entirely possible to make a delicious and quick pad Thai in the comfort of your own kitchen. The trick is finding a store-bought pad Thai sauce that isn’t ultra-high in sodium. Once you have that, the combination of beef, fresh veggies, and healthy rice noodles couldn’t be easier – or tastier! Find the recipe here next time you’re looking for a great Asian dish the whole family will love.
Dinner Can Be Quick AND Healthy
When you’re in need of a quick dinner that is healthy, too, don’t turn to take-out. Try one of the above recipes and see how it goes over at the dinner table.