107 Healthy Dinners That Are Ready in 40 Minutes or Less



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Ground Turkey Enchilada Stir-Fry with Couscous

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Cajun Cabbage Skillet

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Chili Chicken with Hominy Hash

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Ribbony Shrimp and Pasta Scampi

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Chicken Katsu with Ginger Rice

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Beef Stir-Fry

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Whole30 Coconut-Crusted Shrimp with Pineapple-Chili Sauce

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Sweet and Tangy Chicken Burgers

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Healthy Tuna Grain Bowl with Turmeric Sweet Potatoes and Spicy Yogurt Dressing

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Honey Soy Grilled Salmon with Edamame

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Zucchini Ribbon Pasta

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Pasta Puttanesca

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Pork Tenderloin with Sugar Snap Pea Salad

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Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

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Whole30 Thai Curry Veggie Noodles with Chicken

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Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and Grits

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30-Minute Spicy Pork and Sweet Potato Stew

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Pan-Seared Salmon with Kale and Apple Salad

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Fettuccine with Walnuts and Parsley

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Pork Tenderloin with Seasoned Rub

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Roasted Salmon with Shallot Grapefruit Sauce

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Whole30 Shrimp and Cauliflower Grits

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Healthy Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs with Zoodles

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Dirty P’s Garlic-Ginger Chicken Thighs

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Stewed Garam Masala Lentils with Buttery Shrimp

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Chicken with a Lemon Herb Sauce

Ellie’s 17-minute salmon fillets contain just 280 calories per serving. She saves time in the kitchen with her quick and easy seasoning, which includes chili powder, cumin and some light brown sugar, keeping flavors bold and the fat content low.

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Salmon with Sweet and Spicy Rub

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Fettuccine with Creamy Red Pepper-Feta Sauce

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Shrimp Stir-Fry

Made with just five ingredients (plus salt and pepper), this salmon recipe is primed for weeknight cooking. Just spread the mustard-maple sauce over each fillet, and then bake until the fish is cooked through. The dish will be ready in just 20 minutes.

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Mustard-Maple Roasted Salmon

Poach chicken breasts in a flavorful ginger, shallot and sesame broth for a delicately flavored main dish.

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Poached Ginger Chicken

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Grilled Chicken with Avocado Pesto

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Pork Marsala with Polenta

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Spicy Kale and Corn Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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Oven-Baked Salmon

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Healthy Chipotle Beer-and-Butter Shrimp Foil Pack

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Egg-and-Kimchi Rice Bowls

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Curried Salmon with Mango Chutney

Maple syrup, orange juice concentrate and chipotles in adobo make a sweet and smoky glaze for lean, center-cut pork chops. Ellie removes the chipotle seeds before preparing the glaze — that way, you get more flavor than heat.

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Chipotle Orange Glazed Pork Chops

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Angel-Hair Pasta with Shrimp and Greens

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Lemony Shrimp Scampi with Orzo and Arugula

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Shrimp Fried Cauliflower Rice

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Vietnamese-Style Pork Chops with Ginger Rice

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My Big Fat Greek Burgers

With a few healthy swaps, it’s easy to make a lighter take on traditional egg salad. Divide the egg salad among the lettuce leaves, top with sprouts and roll up for a hand-held meal.

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Garden Egg Salad

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Salmon Hash

Antioxidant-rich kale is even better for you when eaten raw. Thin strips are softened in a light lemon dressing, then tossed with the savory-sweet blend of apple, dates, almonds and cheese. A little pecorino goes a long way in giving this nutritious salad a satisfying depth of flavor.

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Kale and Apple Salad

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Healthy BBQ Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner

Punch up a typical chicken burger with big bold flavors like carrots, ginger, hoisin sauce and spicy chili-garlic sauce. Serve with marinated onions and mushrooms on a toasted bun.

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Spicy Hoisin Chicken Burgers

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Soy-Maple Salmon with Cauliflower and Pistachios

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Shrimp and Cauliflower “Grits”

This speedy shrimp dish gets you whole grains, protein, vegetables and fruit all ready to go in 5 minutes (Pro tip: prep the couscous while the shrimp broils.)

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20-Minute Shrimp and Couscous With Yogurt-Hummus Sauce

Use store bought hummus, whole wheat wraps and a bevvy of fresh, crisp veggies to roll up this delicious portable lunch.

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Hummus and Grilled Vegetable Wrap

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Lightened-Up Shrimp Scampi

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Pizza with Cauliflower Crust

For a quick but filling meal, fill whole-wheat tortillas with low-sodium ham and Swiss cheese. Sliced apple adds sweetness while mustard gives it kick.

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Ham, Apple and Cheese Quesadilla

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20-Minute Chicken Thighs and Couscous with Dill

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Mini Meatloaves

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Herbed Chicken Marsala

Top salmon filets wtih an easy soy glaze and pair it with a fresh cucumber-and-avocado salad for a restaurant-worthy, Asian-inspired meal that’s ready in 25 minutes.

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Soy-Glazed Salmon With Cucumber-Avocado Salad

Cook skinless chicken breasts with garlic, tomatoes and arugula to serve as a sauce for whole-wheat pasta. Be sure to save the pasta water so that you can add it as needed for a wetter sauce.

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Tricolore Penne Pasta with Chicken

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Coconut Shrimp with Cilantro Rice

Ditch starchy sides in favor of this energizing salad of cucumbers and tomatoes. The simple dill-and-lemon dressing complements the grilled chicken without heaping on extra fat or sugar. 

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Grilled Chicken with Tomato-Cucumber Salad

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Seared Salmon with Baby Bok Choy and Spicy Ginger Sauce

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Whole30 Shrimp and Cauliflower Grits

Instead of ordering take-out, whip up this healthy and satisfying stir-fry. Made with tender chicken breast and asparagus and the flavor trifecta of garlic, soy and ginger, it will sate your Chinese food craving without all the fat and sodium.  

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Asparagus and Chicken Stir-fry

Ellie saves time by using store-bought whole wheat pizza dough for this simple pie. Cut down on the fat by using part-skim mozzarella and ricotta cheeses.

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Tricolor Salad Pizzas

Artichokes transform lemon chicken into a quick and hearty dinner. Let them simmer in the pan for a few minutes so that they become juicy and fully infused with the wine, onion and garlic sauce.

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Lemon Chicken with Artichoke Hearts

Who needs marinara sauce? Ellie Kriger tops this savory pie with butternut squash, gorgonzola cheese, red onions, sage and walnuts.

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Butternut Squash and Gorgonzola Pizza

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Sage Rubbed Pork Chops with Warm Apple Slaw

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Blackened Salmon with Spinach and Black-Eyed Peas

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Honey Mustard and Red Onion Barbecued Chicken

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Salmon Baked in Foil

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25-Minute Cod with Lentils

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Mexican Chicken Stew

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Steak Frites With Herb Mustard

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Chicken-Chickpea Curry

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Grilled Steak with Green Beans, Tomatoes and Chimichurri Sauce

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Shrimp and Vegetable Noodle Soup with Red Curry Paste

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Bacon and Kimchi Noodle Stir-Fry

Pressure cookers take the pressure off you, making it easy to cook long-braise dishes for weeknight dinners. This beef stroganoff uses lean beef chuck for a high-protein feast.

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Healthy Pressure Cooker Beef Stroganoff

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Chicken with Ginger Beet Noodles

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Tofu Red Curry with Rice Noodles

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Easy One-Pan Chicken, Veggies and Rice

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Rigatoni with Cabbage and Fontina

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Shortcut Chicken Chili

Store-bought falafel mix gives baked chicken a great crispy crust and pairs perfectly with spicy harissa hummus.

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Falafel-Crusted Chicken With Hummus Slaw

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Spinach-and-Cheese Pork Chops with Polenta

These loaded sweet potatoes are packed with garlicky vegetables and crispy pancetta and topped with a light ricotta-parmesan sauce spiced with a hint of nutmeg.

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Stuffed Sweet Potatoes With Pancetta and Broccoli Rabe

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Chicken Fingers With Curried Ketchup

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Blackened Salmon with Lima Bean Smashed Potatoes

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Grilled Chicken With Roasted Kale

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Whole30 Sesame Chicken and Broccoli Rice

Ellie manages to pack a whopping 30 grams of protein into just one serving of this pasta dish with help from whole-wheat bowtie pasta, chicken sausage and cannellini beans. The escarole is key to adding a leafy crunch and, most important, fiber. 

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Pasta with Escarole, White Beans and Chicken Sausage

Fill store-bought crepes with shredded rotisserie chicken, ricotta cheese and herbs. Top with fresh asparagus and a light, lemony sauce.

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Chicken and Asparagus Crepes

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Grilled Chipotle Pork Tacos with Red Slaw and Brown Sugar Pineapple

Try this Mexican-inspired steak dinner when you need a quick but healthy main course. The 30-minute meal features slices of beef eye round roast, an easy avocado-cilantro sauce, a tomato and hearts of palm salad and flour tortillas.

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Steak with Avocado Sauce and Tomato Salad

These meaty, cafeteria-style sloppy joes have all the flavor of the sandwich you grew up on, but they’re extra-lean so you can feel good about making them for your family.

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Sloppy Joes

Garlic, herbs and red pepper flakes give the tomato sauce full flavor, while tilapia provides lean protein and multigrain spaghetti adds fiber. Best of all, the pasta dish is on the table in 35 minutes.

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Spicy Pasta With Tilapia

This soup is just as good for dinner as it is for lunch — it’s warming and comforting and perfect for a rainy day.

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Vegetable Noodle Soup

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Sauteed Chicken Breasts with Fresh Herbs and Ginger

Ellie uses pre-cooked shrimp to make this Asian-inspired salad super-fast. Make a quick sesame dressing, then add in radishes, scallions and fresh, crisp snow peas.

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Shrimp and Snow Pea Salad

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Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Cabbage

Whip up a bowl of warming Asian soup in less than 20 minutes with greens, tofu and udon noodles.

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Udon with Tofu and Asian Greens

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Kale and Artichoke Chicken Casserole

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Pappardelle with Mushroom Ragu

Roll grilled shrimp and an herbaceous green sauce in lettuce leaves for a crunchy, refreshing seafood bite.

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Grilled Shrimp in Lettuce Leaves with Serrano-Mint Sauce

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