25-Minute Healthy Dinner Recipes

Why spend hours in the kitchen slaving away on a delicious meal when you can get the same results in 25 minutes or less? Save time and energy while enjoying a heart-healthy lunch or dinner with these fabulously fast main-dish recipes.

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Peppered Steaks with Asiago Cheese
Peppered Steaks with Asiago Cheese

    Adding cheese to these satisfying steaks creates an interesting twist. In combination with savory mushrooms, your family will request it often.

Sesame Orange Beef

    Hearty spices and vegetables marry beautifully in a tangy orange sauce, creating a satisfyingly fresh stir-fry. The flavors come together in just 25 minutes.

Quick Campanelle with Peas and Artichokes

    This recipe boasts the flavor of a creamy Alfredo sauce along with Parmesan, ham, and peas but without all the fat. Artichokes are an excellent source of cardio nutrients including vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium.

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.

    Tip: Papaya is best when it's purchased mostly ripe and eaten by the next day. Look for fruit slightly soft to the touch with orangey-red skin.

Grilled Bass with Strawberry Salsa

    Perfect for dinner guests you want to impress! The strawberry salsa combined with the flaky fish makes for a light, satisfying meal. Though our recipe calls for 27 minutes in the kitchen, shave off the extra two minutes by purchasing pre-cut frozen strawberries that you let thaw.

    Tip: If you don't have a grill, broil the bass instead.

Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

    These tangy barbecue classics taste like they've been simmering all day in a succulent sauce. But don't be fooled: You'll have them ready to serve in 20 minutes! Perfect for serving a crowd when you'd rather mix and mingle than slave away in the kitchen.

    Tip: The sandwich meat can be frozen and reheated.

Pan-Roasted Chicken with Shallots

    Caramelized chicken breasts are flavor-packed with just a few simple ingredients. Enjoy this delicious home-cooked meal in less than 20 minutes. Shallots, a bulb-like vegetable resembling an onion, lend a subtle sweetness to the dish.

Salmon and Asparagus

    Tender salmon fillets and al dente asparagus spears make dinner fit for royalty in just 22 minutes. The omega-3s found in salmon and the folic acid from asparagus are both recommended for a heart-healthy diet.

    Tip: Chop leftover salmon and asparagus into bite-size pieces, then toss with pasta, Parmesan cheese, and a drizzle of olive oil for a delicious new meal.

Eggs and Canadian Bacon in Pita Pockets

    Don't feel like turning on the oven? Try this one-dish egg scramble as a simple dinner solution. These quick and easy pita pockets taste great any time of day and are only 2 grams of fat per serving. Serve them alongside a fruit or veggie salad for a well-balanced meal put together in less than 15 minutes.

Gorgeous George Burger

    Choose soy burgers over beef, and you'll be saying yes to a whole lot of flavor without all the fat. Many patties have less than 1 gram of fat per serving but still pack nutrition. Soy is high in omega-3s, fiber, magnesium, and B vitamins, all essential nutrients for cardio health.

    Tip: Not a soy fan? Substitute black bean burgers instead. They are available in the health food freezer sections of most grocery stores.

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. Enjoy this delicious, heart-healthy meal and forget about that to-do list for a while.

Tuna and White Bean Panini

    Not only will the crunchy, toasted exterior and gooey, cheesy center please your palate, but the heart-healthy proteins will keep you satisfied long after the last bite is gone. Keep tuna-bean filling in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.

    Tip: Don't want to turn on the stove or fire up the grill? Use a sandwich press instead.

Pork Medallions with Cranberry Chutney

    Elegant enough for company, easy enough for every day. Low-fat pork chops with tart cranberry sauce serve up heart-healthy nutrition without all the work. Less than 20 minutes to make, this delicious dish is ready to be made tonight.

    Tip: Cranberries are high in flavonoids that help reduce inflammation associated with heart disease.

Tangy Chicken Salad

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

Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Salsa Sandwich

    Cilantro, jalapeno peppers, and lime add a unique, 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.

Farfalle with Mushrooms and Spinach

    This vegetarian dish is surprisingly hearty, with chunks of mushroom and a generous portion of Parmesan cheese. Quick to whip up and made with simple ingredient, this will soon be your fallback dish when you'd rather be doing something other than cooking.

Asian-Style Chicken Salad

    Take your taste buds on vacation with this tangy Asian-inspired dish. This salad is easy to transport, making it ideal to take to the office or to a friend's house for dinner.

    Tip: Bibb lettuce is a variety of butterhead. Leaves are soft, so be gentle when washing. Remove the core, then immerse the leaves in cold water. Drain, then pat dry before using.

Spinach-and-Feta Omelet

    In less than 20 minutes, you can enjoy this hearty egg dish. Indulge in delicious, heart-healthy ingredients including savory mushrooms, potassium-rich spinach, and tangy feta.

Northwest Roasted Halibut

    This dish is a pleasure for your palate. Flaky fish, crunchy hazelnuts, and a sweet berry sauce combine to tingle your taste buds.

Mango Salad with Smoked Turkey

    The light, citrus flavor from the homemade lime vinaigrette will delight you, especially when you use it to top smoked turkey and juicy mango. You'll find yourself adding this no-cook dish to your regular menu.

Asian-Style Chicken Pasta

    This delicious stir-fried dish can be served hot or cold. Fresh vegetables combined with chicken tossed in a tangy Asian sauce make for a quick and tasty meal any day of the week. You can enjoy leftovers for lunch the next day. For extra nutrition, try using buckwheat noodles.

Honey-Ginger Crusted Chicken

    Deliciously crunchy yet tender, these fillets are crowd-pleasers and easy enough to fix after a long day. Though the recipe says it takes 28 minutes from start to finish, you can shave off a few minutes by simply sprinkling cornflakes and parsley over the chicken rather than combining them first.

Meat, Bean, and Veggie Cassoulet

    This hearty, satisfying dish is perfect when you need to make something in a flash. With pork and turkey sausage, vegetables, beans, and spices, this dish is packed with flavor. It's high in protein and fiber, too!

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.

Rosemary-Rubbed Lamb Chops

    These lamb chops are covered with an apricot-mustard glaze that will blow you away. Set off with a hint of rosemary, they'll delight your nose, too.

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. The fresh and easy salsa recipe included can be saved and used anytime you want salsa with a fresh-from-the-garden taste.

Wild Rice Chicken Soup

    A crowd favorite that usually takes hours to make is cut down to just 25 minutes with our time-saving tips, such as using quick-cooking rice. Full of fresh vegetables and packed with flavor, this meal can be made again and again and you'll never get bored.

Quick Caribbean Chicken

    Sweet potato, banana pepper, banana, and pineapple juice flavor this Caribbean-inspired dish. This sweet dinner serves four and is ready in just 20 minutes.

Apple-Glazed Turkey

    Take a break from chicken with this apple-and-turkey quick-fix meal. Turkey tenderloin is low in fat, high in protein, and packed with flavor.

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