31 Quick and Healthy Recipes

Grilled Shrimp in Lettuce Leaves with Serrano-Mint Sauce

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

Ribbony Shrimp and Pasta Scampi

Medium-size shrimp are the perfect size for a twirl of spaghetti shot through with ribbons of squash. Have vegetarians at the table? Omit the shrimp, double the tomatoes and serve with a spoonful of part-skim ricotta cheese on top.

Sesame Chicken and Broccoli “Rice”

Every part of the green cruciferous vegetable — from stem to florets — gets used in this protein-packed chicken and broccoli dish. The stems become a no-carb rice, and florets are gently steamed.

Honey-Soy Grilled Salmon with Edamame

The natural Omega-3 fats in salmon make it a great choice for a healthy meal that doesn’t need much added fat. Stuff a mixture of fresh herbs into the salmon to infuse the fish with bright flavor.

Whole-Wheat Fettuccine with Zucchini Ribbons

A combination of zucchini and yellow summer squash, cut into thin ribbons, makes this pasta as colorful as it is vegetable-packed. Whole-wheat pasta adds more fiber to the mix.

Coconut-Crusted Shrimp with Pineapple-Chili Sauce

Think just because you’re eating healthy, indulgent-tasting dishes like coconut-crusted shrimp are off limits? In this ingenious rendition, you can dig right in, all the way down to the delectable sweet-and-sour dipping sauce.

Thai Curry Veggie “Noodles” with Chicken

This veggie-heavy chicken dish boasts tons of flavor — thanks to red curry paste, almond butter and cashews.

Pasta Puttanesca

The beauty of this classic Italian pasta dish is that is comes together quickly with ingredients you most likely already have in your pantry, like spaghetti, canned tomatoes, garlic, anchovy paste and crushed red pepper flakes.

Lighter Shrimp Scampi

Traditional shrimp scampi is loaded with butter, however this version is cooked in chicken broth instead and gets an extra punch of flavor from kalamata olives.

Pan-Seared Salmon with Kale and Apple Salad

This dish may look fancy, but it’s easy enough to be a weeknight main course. The salmon cooks in a skillet in less than 10 minutes while the flavors in the crunchy kale salad meld. Add a whole-wheat roll and dinner is ready.

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

These protein-packed fajitas cleverly use a foil-lined baking sheet and broiler to make a quick and healthy weeknight meal with easy cleanup.

Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and Grits

You won’t find sticks of butter in this comfort food. Don’t worry about flavor, though; these shrimp are plenty zesty from the lemon and garlic.

Pork Tenderloin with Seasoned Rub

This lean cut of meat gets tons of flavor from an easy dried-spice rub.

25-Minute Fettuccini with Walnuts and Parsley

Ellie’s creamy Fettuccini with Walnuts and Parsley will sate your pasta cravings without blowing your diet.

Roasted Salmon With Shallot Grapefruit Sauce

Ellie’s roasted salmon recipe relies on the bold flavors of grapefruit, shallot and ginger to add big flavor without a ton of fat and calories.

Shrimp and Cauliflower “Grits”

This healthy twist on a Southern classic is a great addition to a weeknight line-up. Packed with protein and fiber — and creamy faux grits made from cauliflower — it’s satisfying and delicious.

Garlic-Ginger Chicken Thighs

Save yourself some time on the day of a cookout and marinade your chicken in a blend of garlic, ginger, soy sauce and orange juice the night before.

15-Minute Buddha Bowl

A Buddha bowl, grain bowl or harvest bowl is a healthy trend we can get behind! Balanced with lots of colorful produce plus healthy grains and proteins, this healthy lunch or dinner is ready in just 15 minutes.

Shrimp Stir-Fry

Ree’s quick shrimp stir-fry is chock full of summer ingredients like sweet corn, zucchini, grape tomatoes and fresh basil. You can serve this dish with rice or pasta, but it’s just perfect on its own.

30-Minute Spicy Pork and Sweet Potato Stew

Spicy, smoky chipotle chiles and chili powder add long-cooked flavor to this quick pork stew. To save time and use less fat, only the pork is browned in oil, while the onions get pureed with tomatoes, garlic and the chile to make the broth.

Maple-Mustard Roasted Salmon

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.

Poached Ginger Chicken

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


Chicken with a Lemon Herb Sauce

This herby sauce takes skinless chicken breasts from boring to bright in only 25 minutes.

Spicy Kale and Corn Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Superfood kale and sweet corn create a duo rich in vitamin A. The pepper jack cheese adds tons of spice while binding the stuffing for the chicken. If spicy’s not your thing, try Monterey Jack or Havarti cheese instead for creamy without the heat.

Oven-Baked Salmon

This salmon dinner couldn’t be simpler. Season the fish with salt and pepper, then pop it in the oven to bake to perfection in 15 minutes. An easy-to-make parsley and almond salsa goes on top.

Fettuccine with Creamy Red Pepper Sauce

Jarred roasted red peppers, packed with flavor, make this weeknight pasta dish come together in a flash. Tangy feta is crumbled atop the whole-wheat noodles.

Healthy Chipotle Beer-and-Butter Shrimp Foil Pack

Chipotle and cumin are tempered by beer, butter and lime in this simple and healthy shrimp dish that comes together in a snap. Sealing the ingredients in aluminum foil before grilling keeps the juices in and makes a sauce that is perfect for pouring over rice.

Asian Chicken and Quinoa Salad

This delicious, colorful salad is a great way to introduce whole grains to your kids!

Salmon with Lemon, Capers, and Rosemary

Giada tops flaky salmon fillets with a bright and briny mix of lemon slices, capers and Marsala wine. Cooking the fish in foil packets keeps it silky and moist.

Egg-and-Kimchi Rice Bowls

For maximum flavor factor on this 20-minute meal, break the yolk and mix it with the rice just before eating; its richness goes nicely with the spicy-vinegary kimchi sauce.