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5 Super-Simple Healthy Dinners on the Table in 20 Minutes

April 18, 2019
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Beth Lipton is a writer and certified health coach. She is a contributing editor at Clean Plates.

You get through the entire day as a functioning adult (go, you!), and then you’re faced with that daily dreaded question: What’s for dinner?

For those nights when you don’t have an hour to spend cooking—and even 30 minutes seems like too much—you need these quickie ideas that are simple and satisfying. Here are 5 miracle dinners you can get on the table in 20 flat, so you can hurry up and relax.

Maple crusted salmon

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Maple-Crusted Salmon

Grab a few spices you definitely have in your pantry (hi, chili powder and paprika), heat up your broiler and you are 10 minutes from a great-for-you, super-flavorful omega-3 fest. Toss a quick salad and you’re done.

Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas

Your humble sheet pans are your secret weapon for fast weeknight meals. Get your sizzle on with this simple yet super-tasty recipe, which combines chicken breast with classic bell peppers, onions and spices for a crowd-pleasing meal. Serve with whole-grain or grain-free tortillas, or in lettuce wraps.

Chickpea curry

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15-Minute Creamy Chickpea Curry

Now that’s curry in a hurry. Canned chickpeas and tomatoes join leeks, mushrooms, and a few other wholesome ingredients for a warming supper that’s on the table faster than takeout. Serve it on cauliflower rice for even more vegetables.

Lemongrass Cauliflower Shrimp Fried “Rice”

We are huge fans of cauli rice around here—not only because it’s so good for you, but also it’s the fastest and easiest way to get an extra shot of vegetables. Bonus points for versatility. This colorful, delicious meal is loaded with great nutrition, tastes like one of our fave takeout meals, and comes together in a flash. Win win.

Arugula lentil salad

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Arugula Lentil Salad from Heaven

A nutrient-rich plant-based meal that’s fast and easy, and chock-full of flavors and textures? Yup, that’s heaven all right. We love the crunch from the toasted cashews, the touch of sweet chewiness from raisins, the peppery bite of arugula—this dish is no ho-hum salad.

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