In this 7-day meal plan, healthy 500-calorie dinners make their way to the table in 30 minutes or less. The key to these quick dinners is the combination of fast recipes and simple sides, and relying on healthy convenience items, like precooked grains and canned chickpeas, to cut down even more on cook time. Ringing in right around 500 calories, these balanced meals are a healthy choice for anyone looking for healthy dinner options, and can be especially helpful for those trying to lose weight since they have the calorie totals already tallied up.
Salmon & Asparagus with Lemon-Garlic Butter Sauce: In three easy steps and a quick 25 minutes, you can get this delicious sheet-pan salmon and asparagus dinner on the table. The simple butter and lemon sauce that tops the asparagus and salmon is key. Serve with 1 cup of cooked quinoa seasoned with salt, pepper and fresh parsley.
Vegan Coconut Chickpea Curry: Thanks to a healthier store-bought curry sauce, precooked brown rice and canned chickpeas, this delicious dinner can be on the table in 20 minutes, from start to finish. To speed things up even more, buy prechopped veggies from the salad bar at the grocery store. If you like a spicy kick, add a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce at the end.
Garlic Shrimp with Cilantro Spaghetti Squash: Garlicky shrimp are served on top of buttery, cilantro-flecked spaghetti squash in this quick, healthy dinner recipe inspired by shrimp scampi. Serve with 2 cups of mixed greens dressed with 2 tablespoons Ginger-Sesame Vinaigrette to finish the meal.
Chicken & Sun-Dried Tomato Orzo: A quick blender sauce of sun-dried tomatoes, Romano cheese and marjoram coats juicy chicken, artichokes and orzo in this rustic Italian-inspired dish. Serve with Simple Sautéed Spinach to round out the meal.
Stetson Chopped Salad: In this hearty chopped salad recipe, colorful vegetables and a variety of textures from whole grains, seeds and a creamy homemade dressing combine to create a healthy and satisfying dinner salad. Serve with a 1-inch piece of warm baguette on the side.
Lemon-Caper Black Cod with Broccoli & Potatoes: In this healthy 30-minute fish recipe, a lemony mustard sauce, capers and Parmesan cheese top flaky cod and sheet-pan roasted vegetables. As the veggies roast in the oven, you can cook the fish and whip up the finishing sauce so that everything is ready at the same time.
Spicy Chicken & Snow Pea Skillet: Cooking everything in one skillet means this easy dinner will come together quickly and cleanup will be just as fast. Here we combine chicken, veggies and chickpeas with harissa (a North African hot chile paste) to create a fresh and delicious dinner ready in just 25 minutes. Serve over 3/4 cup precooked brown rice.