5 Fast Fall Dinner Recipes from One Bag of Groceries

Pictured Recipe: Creamy Mustard Chicken

Get everything you need to make healthy dinners all week for less than $50 with this 5-night fall dinner plan.

The word "convenient," despite its association in my mind with the mythical 1960s housewife, turns out to be from the 1300s (yeah, I looked it up), meaning "to come together." It's still relevant in this century, of course: to make eating healthfully convenient these days, time and desire to cook have to come ­together. Although most of us aren't short on desire, we are short on time. That's why we're giving you our ulti­mate convenient weeknight plan-five dinners that use just a few ingredients, even doubling up on some, so all you need to do is buy one bag of groceries for less than $50. We've even written the shopping list for you. I love it when a plan comes together.

-Wendy Ruopp

Meatless Monday

Brussels Sprout & Potato Hash
This vegetarian Brussels sprout and potato hash recipe is a quick, easy dinner, perfect for a cool fall evening. Resist the urge to stir it too much! Cooking the hash undisturbed allows a crispy caramelized crust to form on the potatoes at the bottom of the pan. Look for hash browns that don't have added salt to help keep sodium in check.

This quick, one-pot version of fideos, a toasted pasta recipe served in Spain, gets a smoky flavor from delicious chorizo. If you can't find Spanish chorizo, pepperoni works well in its place. Serve with a green salad drizzled with sherry vinaigrette.

In this Italian-inspired healthy pork Milanese recipe, you'll swear that these crispy pork medallions were deep-fried, when in fact they're cooked with a nonstick skillet and a mere 3 tablespoons of healthy extra-virgin olive oil. While the pork and sweet potatoes are cooking, steam broccoli or green beans and serve with a squeeze of lemon to round out the meal.

In this healthy, creamy mustard chicken recipe, thin-sliced chicken breasts (sometimes labeled chicken cutlets) cook quickly and are delicious smothered in a velvety, light mustard sauce and garnished with fresh chopped sage. If you can't find chicken cutlets, cut boneless, skinless chicken breast into 4-ounce pieces and place between pieces of plastic wrap. Pound with a meat mallet, rolling pin or heavy skillet until flattened to about 1/2 inch thick.

We love frittata recipes for weeknights because they are the ultimate no-fuss healthy dinners. In this gorgeous, healthy chard and chorizo frittata recipe, we add convenient shredded frozen hash browns to keep it hearty. Finish cooking the eggs under the broiler to turn the top of the frittata a lovely golden brown.