25-Minute Healthy Dinner Recipes

Eating healthy doesn't have to mean spending hours in the kitchen. You can satisfy your schedule and your waistline with these healthy dinner ideas. Each low-calorie recipe takes 25 minutes or less to make for an easy dinner recipe perfect for healthy weeknight cooking.

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    Jerk Chicken and Pineapple Slaw Wraps

    To make your own DIY jerk seasoning, combine 1 teaspoon onion powder; 1/2 teaspoon each sugar, crushed red pepper, and crushed dried thyme; and 1/4 teaspoon each salt, ground allspice, and ground cinnamon.

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    Bacon Cheddar Chipotle Chicken Panini

    Inspired by Panera Bread’s similar panini, this hearty panini has just over 400 calories and 13 grams of fat.

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    Maple-Glazed Chicken with Sweet Potatoes

    Maple syrup provides a sweet coating to this quick chicken main dish recipe. Refrigerated mashed sweet potatoes make a delightful nutrient-packed side.

     

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    Chicken and Lemon Broccoli Alfredo

    Cook in a skillet or grill this dish -- either way, it’ll come in under 300 calories!

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    Greek Style Frittata

    Breakfast for dinner! Dried tomato slices, roasted red sweet peppers, and feta make for a Mediterranean egg bake you’ll want for every meal.

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    Korean Chicken Tacos

    A ginger, soy, and chili-garlic sauce plus a kimchi topping takes these chicken tacos on a Korean flavor vacation.

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    Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables

    Balsamic vinegar, with its hallmark dark color, syrupy body, and slight sweetness, brings a wonderful out-of-the-ordinary touch to any recipe.

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    Quick Paprika Steaks with Tomato Gravy

    This tomato gravy would also be delicious on white fish or with poached eggs.

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    Chicken Enchilada Wraps

    Chill out your enchiladas! These under-300-calorie chicken wraps pack a punch and take less than 25 minutes to prepare.

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    Speedy Skillet Paella

    Use frozen rice with vegetables to speed up the cook time on this easy skillet paella.

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    Breaded Pork with Cabbage and Kale

    A corn bread stuffing mix provides the breading for the pork in this quick and easy main dish recipe. The cabbage and kale are a colorful and tasty side.

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    Thai Chicken

    Serve this flavorful combination of nutty Thai chicken, red sweet peppers, and shredded carrots over mixed salad greens, 8-inch multigrain flour tortillas, or multigrain flatbreads for a nourishing, healthy dinner.

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    Mediterranean Lamb Skillet

    Lamb rib chops were meant to be paired with Kalamata olives and basil- and oregano-spiced tomatoes.

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    Tilapia Veracruz

    Serve this spicy tilapia fish with rice or bread for a protein-packed meal.

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    Quinoa-Stuffed Sweet Peppers

    These cheese-and-quinoa-stuffed peppers taste much more indulgent than they actually are. It's all about portion control.

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    Greek Seasoned Pork with Lemon Couscous

    Spice up the mild flavor of pork with Greek seasoning, a splash of lemon, and roasted garlic. Pile on sauteed eggplant and red onions for a lean but lavish dinner.

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    Soba Noodles with Spring Vegetables

    Using Japanese soba noodles means less carbohydrates and more protein. Their nutty flavor pairs perfectly with fresh spring produce like snap peas and radishes.

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    How to Bake Salmon

    Salmon is a fast and easy dinner option, and it's a great source of omega-3s for your diet. Follow this video for tender, flaky salmon every time.

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    Gnocchi with Creamy Tomato Sauce

    Want comfort food in half the time? Try the wholesome combination of potato gnocchi, hearty button mushrooms, and creamy ricotta. Dinner is on the table in just 23 minutes.

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    Sweet Potato Hash

    Fill up on Southwest flavor with a salad that's as quick as it is colorful. Tender sweet potatoes form the base for fresh salsa, avocado, and nutrient-rich black beans.

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    Lemon-Dill Shrimp and Pasta

    A light duo of shrimp and spinach is a great way to fill up on protein and iron. Flavored with citrus and the tang of dill, it's an elegant, delicious dinner that won't take all afternoon.

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    Cumin-Crusted Veggie Burgers with Pineapple

    Transform an everyday veggie burger with smoky ground cumin and grilled-pineapple salsa. Wrap it up in a warm pita for dinner in 20 minutes.

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    Chickpea Salad with Grilled Pita

    A light homemade vinaigrette enhances the Mediterranean flavors in this simple salad. Fresh mint and thinly sliced tomatoes complement heartier ingredients like garbanzo beans and warm grilled pita bread.

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    Minestrone

    Veggie-filled minestrone is an easy option for any night of the week. Low-sodium broth and protein-packed garbanzo beans keep this Italian favorite on the healthy side.

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    California Tuna Parmesan

    This restaurant-worthy dinner is ready in just 20 minutes. Seared and served with sweet baby greens and crisp roasted asparagus, lean tuna is a deliciously healthy choice.

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    Gorgeous George Burger

    Choose soy burgers over beef for all the flavor without all the fat. Top with tasty ingredients like grilled pineapple, melty cheese, and crunchy lettuce.

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    Tangy Chicken Salad

    Eat this dish three ways: Scoop it onto toast for a nourishing breakfast on the go, top a mixed-greens salad with a generous serving for lunch, or create a lettuce wrap for a light dinner.

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    Chipotle Pork Chili

    This one-pan recipe is sure to please everyone at the table. Make it mild or spicy, according to your taste, by adjusting the amount of chipotle pepper.

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    Fajita Ranch Chicken Wraps

    This dish packs more kick than your average wrap with the addition of chili powder. The four servings are ready in just 20 minutes, and each is packed with 25 grams of protein.

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    Pork Loin with Parsnips and Pears

    A lush sauce made with pear nectar and Pickapeppa sauce brings new decadence to a pork dinner. Add a little crunch with sauteed parsnips.

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    Sunday Dinner Stew

    Take advantage of a lazy Sunday and keep your dinner simple. This homestyle stew recipe has all the healthy veggies you love, and it's ready in just 25 minutes. Heating the potatoes and carrots in the microwave helps them cook faster, giving you more time to enjoy.

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    Seared Shrimp Salad with Wok Dressing

    Wok-seared coconut shrimp, julienned radishes, and sweet butter lettuce get dressed up in a complex blend of Asian-inspired flavors. The dressing -- a mixture of spicy, sweet, and salty -- could work on a variety of salads and slaws.

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    Asian-Style Chicken Pasta

    This delicious stir-fried dish can be served hot or cold. Toss fresh vegetables and chicken in a tangy Asian sauce for a quick and tasty meal any day of the week. For extra nutrition, try using buckwheat noodles.

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    Peppered Steaks with Asiago Cheese

    A little Asiago cheese on top makes these steaks extra indulgent. Combine with savory mushrooms for a dinner your family will love.

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    Farfalle with Mushrooms and Spinach

    This vegetarian dish is surprisingly hearty, with chunks of mushrooms and a generous portion of Parmesan cheese.

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    Chicken with Orzo

    Dinner shouldn't be a chore. Four simple ingredients, one pan, and 20 minutes in the kitchen -- now that's a recipe that can make you smile.

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    Northwest Roasted Halibut

    Flaky fish, crunchy hazelnuts, and a sweet berry sauce combine in a beautiful dinner that's healthy, too.

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    Blackened Chicken with Avocado Salsa

    The best part about this recipe is the salsa. Full of heart-healthy ingredients such as avocado and papaya, the versatile relish can be spooned over fish or pork as well.

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    Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Salsa Sandwich

    Cilantro, jalapeno peppers, and lime add a heart-healthy twist to this traditional favorite. Make these wraps when you're in a hurry, and enjoy a meal without making a mess in the kitchen.

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    Gnocchi, Sweet Corn, and Arugula

    Shelf-stable gnocchi is a great go-to ingredient for fast and healthy meals. This easy dinner recipe starts with two of summer's best fresh vegetables -- sweet corn and arugula -- for one bright and colorful dish.

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    Fresh and Light Dinner Recipes

    From salads to pasta dishes, we've compiled a list of our favorite easy and light dinner recipes. These fresh recipes all make for a delicious dinner that the whole family will love.
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