Five Healthy Dinners in Less Than 20 Minutes!
Short on time? Don’t let good taste and nutrition get lost in the shuffle. Here are five healthy dinners you can make in less than 20 minutes.
Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs — and a Side Salad!
Let’s face it: few kids will turn down a dinner of spaghetti and meatballs. You can turn your pasta meal into a healthy dish that you can feel good about serving your family. For good nutrition without sacrificing taste, choose a whole wheat pasta. And the sauce is a great place to add extra veggies — zucchini, broccoli, peppers — or whatever veggies suit your taste.
Rotisserie Chicken and Veggies
I got this tip from our resident AppforHealth.com “RD Mom” Ilaria St. Florian. She is a huge fan of the rotisserie chicken — for nutrition and time-saving! When you want a satisfying meal in just minutes, pick up a rotisserie chicken from your local grocer. Chicken is a terrific source of lean protein. Steam or saute some chopped mixed veggies (buy a bag pre-chopped to save even more time), add a whole grain roll, and you’ve got a balanced meal in well under 20 minutes!
Pizza and a Salad
Who says pizza can’t be healthy? You can make your own (and have the kids join in) by simply toping a whole wheat pita with tomato sauce (or fresh tomatoes), your favorite veggies (think brocoli, eggplant, peppers, onions), and some part-skim mozzarella cheese. Serve with a side salad and you’ve got a nutritious meal that will make everyone in your family healthy and happy!
Soup and Panini
One of my all-time favorite dinners is also one of the simplest: soup and a sandwich! (Ok, we’ll get a little fancier and make it a panini sandwich). The key here is to make some soup on the weekends. Broccoli and carrot are easy and loaded with important vitamins and minerals. Or you could buy a hearty minestrone or veggie soup — just look for one with less than 500 mg sodium per serving. On the side do a whole wheat panini with veggies (or your favorite lean meat like turkey or ham), and low-fat cheese.
Turkey Burger and Sweet Potatoes
Burgers and fries — with a healthy twist. Swap out a beef patty for a lean turkey patty, and load up with lettuce, tomatoes, and even a few slices of avocado. Skip oil-soaked french fries and instead do some baked sweet potato chips or fries. (Just coat very lightly with olive oil or an olive oil-based spray and pop in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until they turn slightly golden). Under 20 minutes and healthy! Promises kept.