5 Healthy Weeknight Dinners

5 Healthy Weeknight Dinners

Healthy weeknight dinners that the whole family will love are easy to execute with a little bit of advance planning. When I plan weekly dinner menus, I make a few recipes in advance (mostly soups and stews), wash and cut veggies, and make salad dressings, so that very little cooking is actually required on a busy and tired weeknight.

1. Vegetarian Tacos and Simple Green Salad with Pumpkin Seed Dressing

Vegetarian Taco Recipe Mushroom Walnut Tacos Simple Salad Dressing Recipe Pumpkin Seed Dressing

This meatless taco recipe comes together in about twenty minutes, and will please everyone at the table. Toss together a simple green salad (with dressing made ahead of time), gather favorite taco toppings, and dinner=done!

Make It: Mushroom Walnut Taco Recipe; Pumpkin Seed Dressing Recipe

2. Brazilian-Style Fish Stew and Roasted Broccoli & Sugar Snap Peas with Toasted Sesame Dressing

easy fish recipe Roasted Broccoli Sugar Snap Pea Recipe Toasted Sesame Dressing

Preheat the oven, and gently reheat on the stove top this Brazilian-style fish stew. While the stew is heating, roast the already washed and cut broccoli and sugar snap peas in the oven. Tossed with a delicious toasted sesame dressing once out of the oven, your taste buds will be singing and your belly will be satisfied.

Make it: Brazilian-Style Fish Stew Recipe; Roasted Broccoli & Sugar Snap Peas Recipe with Toasted Sesame Dressing

3. Smoky Black Bean Chili and Cabbage Salad with Sweet Poppyseed Dressing

smoky black bean chili recipe cabbage salad recipe sweet poppyseed dressing

The smoky heat and smooth texture of the black bean chili and crunchy sweetness of the cabbage salad with sweet poppyseed dressing complement each other terrifically. The chili actually tastes better the day (or two or three) after it is made. Shred the cabbage and carrots, make the dressing, and a delicious weeknight meal is at your fingertips.

Make it: Smoky Black Bean Chili Recipe; Cabbage Salad Recipe with Sweet Poppyseed Dressing

4. French Lentils with Sage Brown Butter and Turkish-Style Carrot Salad with Minty Yogurt Dressing

lentils recipe carrot salad recipe

Lentils are a delicious source of high quality protein. I love these two versatile recipes, as they can serve as a weeknight meal, or for a dinner party. Serving the lentils in roasted squash is totally delicious and impressive looking, but not absolutely necessary.

Make it: French Lentils Recipe with Sage Brown Butter; Turkish-Style Carrot Salad Recipe with Minty Yogurt Dressing

5. Roasted Spiced Cauliflower and Chard with Pine Nuts & Feta Cheese

Roasted Spiced Cauliflower Chard Stem Tahini Sauce Recipe Chard Recipe with Pine Nuts and Feta Cheese

Again, these two recipes make a beautiful centerpiece for a holiday gathering, or a weeknight meal. The ingredients are simple, and between the two recipes, the chard stems AND leaves are used. Make the spice mix up in advance, and dinner will come together in about 30 minutes.

Make it: Roasted Spiced Cauliflower Recipe; Chard Recipe with Pine Nuts & Feta Cheese

 

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