Quick & Healthy Weeknight Dinner Recipes

Get healthy, delicious meals on the table quickly with these 10 easy weeknight dinner recipes.

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Photo By: Marshall Troy ©2012,Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Marshall Troy ©2012, Cooking Channel,LLC

Photo By: Marshall Troy ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Marshall Troy ©2012,Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Marshall Troy ©2012,Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Marshall Troy ©2012,Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Marshall Troy ©2012,Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Marshall Troy ©2012, Cooking Channel,LLC

Skillet Bean Hash

This dish is fast and hearty enough to be breakfast or dinner. Fiber- and protein-rich canned beans make a great, quick addition to meals — just be sure to buy low-sodium or no-salt-added beans so you can control the amount of sodium in your dishes.

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Slow-Cooker Sunday Gravy

Lean chuck steak is slow-cooked into a thick, meaty sauce, then ladled generously over whole-wheat penne — a slimmed-down take on a hearty pasta dinner.

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Double Cheese Pita Pizzas

Low-fat cottage cheese stands in for ricotta in these quick weeknight white pizzas. Ours are topped with turkey sausage, spinach, mushrooms and basil, but feel free to experiment with other vegetables and lean meats.

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Deconstructed Wonton Soup

Both edamame and cabbage pack a lot of nutrients into this Asian chicken soup. By putting the wonton ingredients into the soup without the fussiness of wrapping dumplings, you'll get a super-tasty dinner on the table in a flash.

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Kale Buttermilk Caesar Salad with Chicken

This hearty dinner salad is extra satisfying thanks to a creamy garlicky dressing and crisp whole-wheat croutons. Even when dressed, kale is a nutrient powerhouse that won't wilt, which makes this salad a good pick to pack ahead for lunch.

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Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are naturally jam-packed with vitamins — and they don't have to be drenched in brown sugar and butter to be delicious. This creamy, tangy, savory mash makes a great stand-in for traditional mashed potatoes and would go well with pork or chicken.

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Quick Roasted Carrots and Cauliflower with Walnuts

Cutting your vegetables into small pieces and roasting them at a very high temperature not only ensures your side will be ready quickly but also caramelizes the vegetables, enhancing their natural sweetness. Roasted cauliflower has a super meaty quality and makes a great main all on its own.

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Artichoke Arugula Salad with Parmesan

By using frozen artichoke hearts you skip over the fussy trimming process and get straight to making a salad filled with the fiber-rich vegetable.

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Broiled Tilapia with Sauteed Escarole

Broiling this recipe's white fish and greens in the same skillet infuses them with the flavors of lemon, rosemary and red pepper and mellows the bitterness of escarole.

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Warm Quinoa Pudding

Quinoa is a fast-cooking seed that's loaded with protein — and it's not just for dinner! This sweet, fruit-filled dessert bears resemblance to rice pudding but is much more nutritious. (Make sure to rinse the quinoa before cooking to get rid of bitter residue on the seeds.)

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