I know you’re busy friends and I feel for you! Yet, I also know you want to eat healthy! Here my all time favorite, veggie-loaded, globally inspired, FAST & HEALTHY WEEKNIGHT DINNERS to help save your sanity! All can be made in 15-30 minutes, and most are vegetarian/ vegan adaptable. And guess what? Your kids will love them too! You can do this. Put a few on your meal plan this week and let me know your favorites!
Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup – loaded up with healthy veggies- just 20 minutes of pressure cooking time and dinner is done!
Black Pepper Tofu with Bok Choy – a simple healthy tofu stir fry that is vegan and can be made in under 30 minutes! Vegan and Gluten Free!
Quick Fish Tacos with Cilantro Lime Cabbage Slaw– a “go-to” healthy dinner that be made in 30 minutes flat. These can be grilled or roasted and feel free to sub tofu for a vegan option!
Amazingly delicious, 15 MINUTE THAI CURRY NOODLES ( KHAO SOI)! Make this flavorful coconut curry bowl with tofu and veggies, chicken or shrimp. Flavorful, not too spicy and super satisfying! Vegan adaptable and GF!
Sheet-Pan Teriyaki Salmon and Baby Bok Choy is fast, flavorful and tasty, perfect for busy weeknights. With only 5-10 minutes of hands on time before baking in the oven, you can have a healthy dinner on the table in under 25 minutes. Serve this over nutty brown rice, cauliflower rice, or simply on its own for a light, low-carb dinner.
Fiery Burmese Chicken (or Tofu) and Veggies– a fast and full-flavored, Burmese style stir-fry that can be made in 20 minutes. Vegan and Gluten-free adaptable, this meal is low in carbs.
Mexican Noodle Soup – One of my all-time favorite soups that is very adaptable! Make it with chicken or keep it vegan with chickpeas ( my favorite! ). Easy and fast to make, full of flavor… and the whole family will love this. I promise!
Instant Pot Peanut Chicken can be made in a pressure cooker or on the stove top! A simple, delicious one-pot meal that can be made in 25 minutes! Paleo and GF adaptable, this delicious meal can be prepped ahead, or cooked ahead for the busy workweek!
Enchilada Casserole with 5 Minute Enchilada Sauce This easy recipe is highly adaptable! Make the 5 minute enchilada sauce in the blender, assemble, and bake. Can be made sweet potato, corn and black beans or add ground meat or chicken. Only 25 minutes of “hands-on time” before it goes into the oven to bake!
15 Minute Pad Thai – Keep this vegetarian with tofu, or add chicken or shrimp. No hard to find ingredients, this recipe is stripped down to the basics. Super flavorful… and so fast and easy! It’s a keeper! Once you have the ingredients gathered, it cooks in under 15 minutes!
Clean Out Your Fridge Tandoori Bake. Make this with chicken, fish or tofu (or some of each for mixed households) and load it up with healthy veggies. Just 15-20 minutes of hands-on time. So easy and full of soul satisfying Indian flavors, perfect for fall.
VEGAN Pasta with Artichoke Sauce – The creamy vegan sauce is made with marinated artichokes hearts, garlic and sage – and can be made in 2 minutes flat, just blend in the blender until silky smooth, warm, then pour over pasta. Add sauteed mushrooms or sunchokes if you like. So good.
Quick VEGAN Chickpea Biryani with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce. A fragrant rice dish infused with Indian spices – vegan and gluten-free. A quick and easy weeknight meal.
Turmeric Broth Detox Soup Another highly adaptable soup with an addicting and flavorful broth. Use noodles or rice, chicken or chickpeas … and any wilt-able green hiding out in your fridge. Very nutritious and nurturing. Good for the tummy and healing on the soul level. I kid you not.
Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Mushrooms, Garlic and Sage TIP: Microwave the Spaghetti Squash for 12 minutes, cut sides down- or Roast them the night before and refrigerate. The next night, sauté it up with garlic, mushrooms and fresh sage. Delicious and easy! The meal comes together in 15 mins flat.
Spaghetti with Fresh Quick Tomato Sauce– Fresh tomatoes are cooked into a Quick Tomato Sauce with garlic and basil. Keep it vegan or add cheese. Seriously one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE recipes on the blog. Simple, easy, so delicious. A great way to use up all your garden tomatoes!
Tofu Stir Fry with Broccolini and Mushrooms DELICIOUS Tofu Stir-Fry with Broccolini and mushrooms- a fast and easy weeknight dinner loaded up with healthy veggies and amazing flavor!
These fast, kid-friendly EASY Baked Tacos are perfect for those of you who have hungry mouths to feed and need to get something on the table ASAP. Not only are they simple and quick to put together, they are really adaptable. Keep them vegetarian and affordable by using organic refried beans as the protein, or if so inclined, add left-over rotisserie chicken, or browned, seasoned ground beef. But I will say that even my meat-loving husband loves these, prefers them even, with the refried beans.
Moroccan Salmon – EASY & FAST Pan- seared, spice rubbed salmon. You can use the rub on chicken or tofu too. Serve with a salad or quinoa or rice. Delicious, easy.
And lastly, here’s my 15 minute “go -to” emergency meal…where Vietnamese Pho meets Wonton Soup. 🙂 Lighting Speed Photon Soup– made with a flavorful broth, store-bought frozen wontons and loaded up with greens. Adapt it your way. It’s low fat and super satisfying. Give it a whirl!
Let me know your favorites!
PS For more One-Pan Meals ( easy clean up!) try these Sheet-Pan Dinners for busy weeknights!
PPS Also, here are my favorite Ethnic-Inspired Instant Pot Recipes!