I know you’re busy friends and I feel for you! Yet, I also know you want to eat healthily! Here my all time favorite, veggie-loaded, globally inspired, top 20 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 in the comments below!
1.) Easy VEGAN Cauliflower Tikka Masala– a simple one-pot vegetarian meal, that can be made in under 25 minutes! Serve with naan or basmati rice. Vegan and delicious, one of my favorite Fast and Healthy Weeknight Dinners!
2.) Quick and Easy Salmon Cakes– a simple pantry recipe that can be whipped up in 20 minutes, perfect for midweek meals! Serve with a side of Crunchy Asian Slaw! A delicious Fast and Healthy Weeknight Dinner!
3.) Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup – loaded up with healthy veggies- just 20 minutes of pressure cooking time and dinner is done! A weeknight dinner the whole family will love!
3.) 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! Even non-tofu eating people will like this one, I promise!!!
4.) Quick Fish Tacos with Cilantro Lime Cabbage Slaw– a “go-to” healthy weeknight dinner that be made in 30 minutes flat. These can be grilled or roasted and feel free to sub tofu for a vegan option!
4.) Sesame Brussel Sprouts and Tofu Bowl – A 10-minute weeknight dinner ! Detoxing Brussel Sprouts with mushrooms, scallions and toasted sesame seeds. To save time, buy pre-shredded Brussel sprouts! Vegan and Gluten-free.
5.) Amazingly delicious, 15 MINUTE THAI CURRY NOODLES ( KHAO SOI)! Make this flavorful Northern Thai Stew with tofu and veggies, or sub chicken or shrimp. Flavorful, and not too spicy ( kids loooooooove it!) and super satisfying! Vegan adaptable and GF! A fast and tasty Weeknight Dinner!
6.) Sheet-Pan Teriyaki Salmon and Baby Bok Choy – 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 cauliflower rice, or simply on its own for a light, low-carb dinner.
7.) Fiery Burmese Chicken (or Tofu) and Veggies– a fast and full-flavored, Burmese style stir-fry that can be made in 20 minutes flat! Vegan and Gluten-free adaptable, this tasty weeknight dinner is low in carbs.
8.) Mexican Noodle Soup – One of my all-time favorite soups- very adaptable! Make it with chicken or keep it vegan with chickpeas ( my favorite! ). Easy and quick to make, full of flavor… this is a weeknight dinner the whole family will love this. I promise!
9.) 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 weeknight dinner can be prepped ahead, or cooked ahead for the busy work week!
10.) Enchilada Casserole with 5 Minute Enchilada Sauce This weeknight dinner is highly adaptable! Make the 5 minute enchilada sauce in the blender, assemble, and bake. Fill it with 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!
11.) The very BEST 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,this tasty weeknight dinner cooks in under 15 minutes!
12.) 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, this weeknight dinner is perfect for all.
13.) Make life simple, Instant Pot Minestrone Soup – full of healthy veggies and vegan and gluten-free adaptable! Cooks on your stove top or in an instant pot! A healthy, vegan weeknight dinner the whole family will love!
15.) Tarragon Chicken ( or TOFU!) with Asparagus, Lemon and Leeks – all roasted on a sheet pan for minimal cleanup! A delicious healthy weeknight dinner!
16.) 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.
17.) 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.
18.) 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!
18.) My “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! Make this in 15 minutes!
19.) 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, but they are also 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.
20.) Baked Sheet Pan Shawarma! Quick and flavorful Sheet Pan Shawarma can made with either chicken or tofu (or both!). Turn them into healthy Shawarma Bowls, then repurpose into Shawarma Wraps. Vegan and gluten free-adaptable! A fast and tasty weeknight dinner recipe!
PS For more One-Pan Meals ( easy cleanup!) try these Sheet-Pan Dinners for busy weeknights!
PPS Also, here are my favorite Ethnic-Inspired Instant Pot Recipes!