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
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!
2. Brazilian-Style Fish Stew and Roasted Broccoli & Sugar Snap Peas with 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.
3. Smoky Black Bean Chili and Cabbage Salad with 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.
4. French Lentils with Sage Brown Butter and Turkish-Style Carrot Salad with Minty Yogurt Dressing
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.
5. Roasted Spiced Cauliflower and Chard with Pine Nuts & Feta Cheese
These two dishes work for healthy weeknight dinners, or make a beautiful centerpiece for a holiday gathering. 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.