30-Minute Healthy Dinner Recipes

Short on time doesn't have to mean low in flavor. If you're in a pinch, try these fast and tasty heart-healthy recipes, all of which can be wrapped up in 30 minutes or less.

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Turkey Stroganoff
Turkey Stroganoff

    Make a classic comfort food on a heart-healthy diet with this 30-minute turkey stroganoff, featuring broccoli florets and whole wheat noodles topped with tangy light sour cream.

Cheesy Red Pepper Pizza

    A reader favorite, this classic pizza is stacked high with veggies -- roma tomatoes, spinach, and peppers. Bonus: It comes together in 30 minutes thanks to purchased pizza dough.

Lemon Pepper Tuna

    Good-for-your-heart tuna and whole wheat couscous will fill you up in this 20-minute dish. A savory-sweet combo of sauces punches up the flavor of the basic tuna steak.

Maple-Thyme Pork Chops

    Snappy pecans tossed in a light syrup add sweetness to plain-Jane pork chops. You'll need just 20 minutes to make this 290-calorie heart-healthy entree.

Southwest Chicken Skillet

    This new family favorite features chicken breast, veggies, and beans kicked up a notch with salt-free chipotle-flavored seasoning and bottled salsa. Ole!

Red Beans and Rice Burgers

    Make four heart-healthy vegetarian burgers in 30 minutes with this recipe that's got it all: no cholesterol, little fat, and loads of fiber and flavor.

Ravioli and Greens Salad

    You're 25 minutes away from a fresh take on cheesy ravioli that sneaks in a few veggies. Grab a 9-ounce package of refrigerated whole wheat cheese ravioli, add a few ingredients you likely have around the kitchen, and voila! Dinner's done.

Macaroni and Cheese

    Ooey-gooey macaroni and cheese gets a heart-healthy boost when you toss in mixed vegetables and use reduced-fat cheese. Our from-scratch dinner takes 30 minutes.

Tuna with Fresh Orange Salsa

    Oranges, walnuts, and lime juice give this salsa a tangy kick. Serve it over seasoned tuna for a simple and quick dinner.

Honey-Ginger Crusted Chicken

    Honey, orange juice, and ginger give this "fried" chicken an updated flavor. The chicken has all the crisp, crunchy texture of fried chicken but lacks the high calories and fat.

Lamb with Two-Pepper Bulgur

    Bulgur, made from steamed, dried, and crushed wheat kernels, brings a nutty flavor to lamb chops. This seven-ingredient dish is ready in less than 25 minutes.

Strawberry-Spinach Salad with Citrus Dressing

    Yes, you can make a fresh, chicken-topped salad with a homemade citrus dressing in just 30 minutes. This classic serves four and is loaded with heart-healthy potassium thanks to spinach and strawberries.

Fajita-Ranch Chicken Wraps

    Roll up chicken, peppers, and cheese into tortillas for fresh and tasty wraps. With a bit of ranch and some easy-to-make salsa, this dish is flavorful and low in fat.


    This classic French dish usually simmers for hours, even days, to develop a complex flavor. Our quick-but-tasty version cooks in less than 30 minutes by using canned beans. Lean pork and turkey sausage keep it low in fat.

Pasta with Garbanzo Beans

    Heart-healthy fresh tomatoes and garbanzo beans give this quick-and-easy meatless main dish extraordinary flavor.

Pork Medallions with Pear-Maple Sauce

    Juicy pears, tart cherries, and maple syrup scented with rosemary and thyme give this appealing roast a distinctive flavor. No one will know you only spent 30 minutes preparing it!

Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

    Whip up some tasty barbecue sauce with our super-simple recipe. Not only is prep a snap, but the sandwiches are low in fat and a great source of protein.

Quick Caribbean Chicken

    Bananas, sweet potatoes, and pineapple juice give ordinary chicken a sweet and tangy flavor. Let instant brown rice cook while you prepare the chicken, and have dinner on the table in 20 minutes.

Scallops with Orange and Honey

    This sweet recipe works well with shrimp or fish, too. If using fish, choose fillets of a firm-fleshed fish such as bass or roughy; cut fillets into thumb-size pieces.

Turkey-Cranberry Burgers

    These burgers are full of flavor and low in fat. Just be sure to choose ground turkey breast instead of regular ground turkey, which may be a mixture of light and dark meat.

Trattoria-Style Spinach Fettuccine

    This fettuccine dish tastes like it's from a neighborhood Italian restaurant -- and you can make it in less than 20 minutes at home. It features an intensely flavored double-tomato sauce with tangy feta cheese.

Sesame Orange Beef

    Toasted sesame seeds and sesame oil give this beef-and-fruit stir-fry a delightful double dose of nutty flavor.

Blackened Chicken with Avocado Salsa

    Blackened steak seasoning gives a tongue-tingling bite to boneless chicken breast halves. They pair deliciously with the cumin-seasoned fruit salsa.

Bull's-Eye Onion Burgers

    Served on hearty bread and dripping with Swiss cheese, this unusual onion burger is sure to hit your taste-bud target with each bite. With the addition of kale, the sandwich also hits a nutritional mark with a bit of vitamin K.

Quick Salmon Chowder

    Frozen veggies and canned salmon make this hearty chowder quick and easy to prepare. Use it to warm you up on a cool day.

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