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7 Ways to Make a Healthy Veggie-Packed Dinner in 30 Minutes

February 20, 2020
Photo Credit: The Toasted Pine Nut

If your focus come dinnertime is on the vegetables we’re with you. Even when it’s the end of the day and you want something fast. You can make a great veggie-based soup or sheet-pan veggie dish with easy clean up and in a matter of minutes. (We know the urge to go for takeout after a long day at the office, rather than wanting to work on an hour-long recipe!) It’s all a matter of having the right ideas.

Here are a couple of recipes that give you dinner high in veggies and in a short period of time—just 30 minutes tops!

Mediterranean Chicken and Veggie Skillet from The Toasted Pine Nut

Combine delicious and juicy chicken with fresh veggies in a one-skillet dish for a quick meal (25 minutes!) and easy clean-up at the end of the day. This one has cauliflower for good protein and fiber, as well as bell pepper for antioxidants. Feel free to add in some more, too, like some greens.

Vegetable soup

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Easy Vegetable Soup from Wonky Wonderful

Made with lots and lots of veggies like green beans, celery, bell pepper, and leafy greens, this soup has beans as a good source of protein, fiber, and iron, and then is basically veggie overload! Plus, it’s ready in 30 minutes, so you don’t need to wait too long to dig in.

Sheet Pan Veggie Fajitas from Kirbie’s Cravings

These chicken fajitas are hearty and filling, and super customizable since you can add your own sauces, fillings, and wraps. (Ditch the flour in the tortillas and go with lettuce wraps or low-carb ones!) The dish is made on one pan—so easy—and done in 30, and there’s a variety of veggies like zucchini and peppers.

Sheet pan sausage and veggies

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Healthy 20 Minute Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies from Gimme Delicious

This clean dish is packed with veggies and lean protein from chicken sausage, although you could swap for chicken breast, steak, or fish, too. There is great fiber and protein from broccoli, and some beta-carotene to boost heart and brain health from the carrots. Plus clean up is a breeze.

20 Minute Honey Balsamic Tuna Veggie Bowls from Carlsbad Cravings

Nothing is easier than opening a can of sustainable, high quality tuna that has good fats and protein to fill you up. Add in some whole grains and veggies, like green beans, are you’re getting in a balanced meal that’s done in just 20. Play around with veggies and sauces to boost flavor and add in extra nutrition.

Seafood stir fry

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Seafood Stir Fry from Real Simple Good

Paleo and Whole30 approved, this dish is low in sugar and carbs but high in protein and good fats from the shrimp, as well as antioxidants and fiber from the veggies. In just 30 you can have a huge veggie medley stir fry with some ample protein for a quick, delicious meal that you can make a big batch of and keep for leftovers, too.

Cauliflower Fried Rice With Chicken from 40 Aprons

Miss takeout? Well enjoy this 25-minute recipe instead, as it’s free of unhealthy additives and is packed with veggies. The cauliflower alone as a sub for rice gives a good helping, and then you can add in more like snow peas, carrots, broccoli, bok choy, or anything else you want to brighten the dish.


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