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20-Minute Healthy Dinner Ideas

Dinner = solved.

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1. Sheet Pan Roasted Chicken & Vegetables

Sheet pan dinners = the ultimate weeknight MVP. And cubing the chicken first means that everything cooks through in about 15 minutes. Recipe here.

2. 10-Minute Maple-Crusted Salmon

Topped with a spicy-sweet mixture that includes chili powder and paprika. Recipe here.

3. Spaghetti With Chicken, Tomatoes, and Spinach

Before you swear off pasta, know that carbs aren't necessarily bad for you, and when they're paired with fresh vegetables and protein — like in this recipe — that's even better. Recipe here.

4. Vegan Smash With Arugula & Dried Cranberries

This sandwich ditches the traditional mayo for a creamy avocado + chickpea spread. Recipe here.

5. Ground Turkey Lettuce Wraps

You could also sub in lean ground chicken or ground beef. Recipe here.

6. Lemon-Tahini Pasta Salad With Fresh Greens

While the pasta cooks, chop your vegetables and mix your sauce — then just toss everything together. Recipe here.

7. Parchment Pack Tilapia With Tomatoes & Olives

Cooking this in parchment paper means cleanup is a breeze. Recipe here.

8. Easy Shrimp & Broccoli Stir Fry

Stir fry dishes are perfect for quick, easy dinners because they usually only take a few minutes to cook through. This recipe uses broccoli, but you could use any leftover greens you have on hand. Recipe here.

9. Greek Quinoa Bowls

You could also add shredded rotisserie chicken for extra protein. Recipe here.

10. One-Pot Chickpea Shakshuka

This vegan-friendly version ditches the traditional eggs for chickpeas. (Also: This one might take closer to 30 minutes, but the majority of it is just letting the tomato mixture simmer on the stovetop.) Recipe here.

11. Brown Rice Bowl With Fried Egg & Avocado

While the rice cooks, you'll fry an egg and prep your toppings. My go-tos? Avocado, cherry tomatoes, and some Trader Joe's Green Dragon Hot Sauce for good measure. Recipe here.

12. Flatbread With Fresh Greens & Ricotta

Looks fancy — but is actually super easy to assemble thanks to using naan as the base, and store-bought ingredients (arugula, prosciutto, ricotta, artichoke hearts) as the toppings. Recipe here.

13. 15-Minute Garlic Rosemary Mushrooms

Serve these over quinoa or with brown rice and a side of greens. Recipe here.

14. Black Bean & Avocado Burritos

Quick on-the-go dinner? Check. Recipe here.

15. Pesto Pasta With Fresh Tomatoes

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While the pasta cooks, you'll blend up a DIY pesto of greens + garlic + walnuts + Parm, and toss the tomatoes in the oven. Recipe here.

16. Chicken & Asparagus Lemon Stir Fry

Coated in a simple sauce of soy sauce + lemon juice. Recipe here.

17. Vegan Fried Rice With Kale & Tofu

This version swaps scrambled eggs for tofu to keep things vegan-friendly. Recipe here.

18. Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Frittata

This uses sweet potatoes to make the frittata filling enough for dinner — but just about any firm veggies (like broccoli or red peppers) would work, too. Recipe here.

19. 15-Minute Faux Pho

Faux pho is better than no pho. Just saying. 😎 Recipe here.

20. 15-Minute Lo Mein

Better than takeout — and better for you, too. For extra protein and fiber, swap in soba noodles. Recipe here.