No time to cook? No problem!
Have you ever gotten exhausted from simply reading a recipe? Some dishes require a good deal of prep, and that often translates into time you just don’t have. It can be tricky to carve out a half-hour or more to chop, dice, mix, stir, and watch over a meal. You need quick dinners that can be prepared in ten minutes or fewer.
These recipes are ideal because prep time is minimal. As a result, you get extra time to sneak in a workout while dinner is in the slow cooker, or help your child puzzle through homework at the kitchen table while burgers are on the skillet. What’s more, these meals are the kind you’ll feel great about serving. Our clean eating recipes ditch processed ingredients, which are often loaded with calories and additives, and instead nourish the body with healthy ingredients. Think lean protein, fiber, antioxidants, and nutrients.
1. Turkey Burger with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Feta Cheese
This is one of those 10-minute dinners that delivers on the hassle-free, quick prep factor. This recipe pairs well with a green salad or Crispy Oven Fries.
2. Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken
Prep time for this dish, one of our fan favorites, clocks in at about 10 minutes. It offers plenty of flavor, and, with less than 200 calories per serving, you’ll feel fab about digging into this easy chicken dish.
3. Slow Cooker Hearty Vegetable and Bean Soup
This 10-minute dinner may become a busy weeknight go-to recipe. The soup is thick and filling, and it’s easy to substitute ingredients to accommodate your tastes or which ingredients are in season.
4. Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken Soup
If quick dinners are a must for you, then this soup should be on your radar. It’s easy to make and has far fewer calories than traditional Mexican recipes—but just as much taste.
5. Slow Cooker Lentil Veggie Stew
This stew packs a nutritional punch because it’s packed with cholesterol-lowering lentils and vegetables. Fill the slow cooker in the morning and come home to this delicious meal.
6. Thai Chicken Lettuce Cups
If you want light, quick dinners, bookmark, pin, or save this recipe. Brown ground chicken, dice veggies, and you have a refreshing dinner that’s fast and low in calories—just 120 per cup.
7. Skinny Burrito in a Jar
Need a quick dinner? Try this unique meal in a jar. It takes 5 minutes or less to prepare, and it’s the perfect dish to serve when you or your loved ones are coming home late. Enjoy it straight from the jar or add the mix to a whole wheat wrap.
8. Slow Cooker Polynesian Chicken
This is a winner that’s so simple the kids can help you make it. Combine ingredients in the slow cooker, and in 4-5 hours you’ve got a tasty, no-fuss meal that includes whole grains, protein, fruits, and vegetables.
9. Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Roast
This meal is easy to prepare and delivers the right blend of veggies and lean meat. Pair it with a green salad and dinner is ready!
10. Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
You’ll love this 10-minute dinner because it’s quick, delicious, and filling. This slow cooker dish has only 269 calories per serving, making it a smart choice whether you’re trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy one.
11. Skinny Slow Cooker Black Bean and Veggie Soup
Cilantro, fire-roasted tomatoes, green chili peppers – they’re all here in this simple recipe. Chop the veggies, add beans and spices, and you’re on your way to a warm, comforting meal.
12. Slow Cooker Pomegranate Chicken Breasts
The pomegranate flavor comes from no-sugar-added juice, so you don’t need to worry about cutting and de-seeding a pomegranate. Serve this with a salad for a healthy, quick meal that’s under 300 calories per serving.
13. Paleo-Friendly Meaty Veggie Roll-ups
Sometimes you barely have time to eat, much less to prepare a complex meal. These roll-ups, which are made from veggies wrapped in unprocessed deli meat, are the perfect solution. They take minutes to make, and you can easily substitute meats and veggies to suit your tastes.
14. Turkey Veggie Burger
Burgers are a hit any time of year, and this tasty version is no exception. Grate carrots and zucchini, mix them with lean turkey and spices, and then cook the burgers on your skillet or outdoor grill. Serve with a salad or a side like these Sweet Potato Fries.
15. Slow Cooker Chicken Chili
Chili is always a crowd pleaser, making this one of our favorite quick-prep, 10-minute dinners. This healthy chili is low in calories (just 142 per serving) and high in taste.
Enjoying quick dinners doesn’t mean you need to call for unhealthy take-out. These fast prep meals are a smart addition to your menu planning.
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