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These Healthy Dinners Take Less Than an Hour. You Have No Excuse.

Published On 09/21/2015 Published On 09/21/2015

Before you end up eating a frozen burrito over the sink of your poorly lit apartment after a long day at the office again, reconsider your life choices and check out these 15 quick, nutritious, and totally satisfying meals. Everything can be ready in under an hour, but don't expect flimsy sandwiches or salads here.

Courtesy of Damn Delicious

Sweet potato and lentil chili

So hearty and satisfying, you won't have any idea that it's actually good for you. Cook some up when the weather turns chilly. Get the recipe.

Key ingredients:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Steamed lentils
  • Vegetable broth
  • Canned tomatoes with green chilis
  • Chili powder
Courtesy of Pinch of Yum

Honey ginger tofu and veggie stir-fry

So yeah, there's tofu, but don't let that deter you! The vegetarian bean curd is basically just a vehicle for the garlic ginger honey sauce. Add the shaved carrots for color and a little extra nutrition. Get the recipe!

Key ingredients:

  • Brown rice or farro
  • Tofu
  • Asparagus
  • Carrots
  • Honey
Courtesy of i am a food blog

Oven-roasted rosemary chicken thighs, sugar snap peas, and quinoa bowl

Easy to throw together and ready in under an hour, this simple recipe is a healthy way to get food on the table stat. Recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Chicken thighs
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Cooked quinoa
  • Rosemary
  • Garlic
Courtesy of Le Creme de la Crumb

Salmon and lentil caprese salad

Eat this up while tomatoes are still in season! Recipe here.

Key Ingredients:

  • Salmon
  • Lentils
  • Spring greens
  • Mozzarella balls
  • Balsamic vinegar
Courtesy of Spoonful of Flavor

Sweet potato and black bean quinoa bowl

It's never going to replace a Chipotle burrito bowl, but all the colors, flavors, and textures make it a damn good (healthy!) alternative. Give it a try here

Key ingredients:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Red quinoa
  • Black beans
  • Greek yogurt
  • Honey
Courtesy of Bev Cooks

Kale Caesar salad with grilled chicken

Earthy kale and brioche croutons add crunch and the anchovy paste-laced dressing gives it an irresistibly salty kick. Here's the recipe.

Key ingredients:

  • Lacinato kale
  • Brioche bread
  • Dijon mustard
  • Chicken breasts
  • Anchovy paste
Courtesy of Bakers Royale

Beet crust pizza

If you love beets enough to get over the outrageous color of the dough, this flatbread is loaded with a ton of nutrition. Get the recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Asparagus
  • Goat cheese
  • Beets
  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • Pesto
Courtesy of How Sweet It Is

Cashew chicken salad with chili-dusted mango

Cashews are caloric but they're also crazy healthy for your heart, plus their fattiness pairs well with a palate-pleasing mixture of cool mangoes and spicy chili powder. Try it here

Key ingredients:

  • Cashews
  • Mango
  • Chicken breasts
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Chili powder
Courtesy of Cooking for Keeps

Crispy salmon with roasted beets and garlicky lemon yogurt sauce

When your indecisiveness kicks in full force around dinnertime, tackle this every-flavor plate. Beets, lemon juice, salmon skin, and yogurt join forces to create a sweet, savory, crispy, and creamy dish. Try it here!

Key ingredients:

  • Salmon filets
  • Greek yogurt
  • Beets
  • Lemon juice
  • Garlic cloves
Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

Sunflower seed veggie burgers with grilled halloumi

Forgo Five Guys for a creative and healthier alternative. Loaded with tahini and crispy sweet potato straws, it’s enough to win over the stomachs of even the most committed meat eaters. Taste it for yourself.

Key ingredients:

  • Quinoa
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Tahini
  • Halloumi
Courtesy of Kailley's Kitchen

Caramelized onion and goat cheese shakshuka

A take on a tried-and-true Middle Eastern standby, the eggs are poached in plum tomato sauce and topped with crispy shallots, creamy goat cheese, and caramelized onions. Recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Large eggs
  • Can of whole plum tomatoes
  • Goat cheese
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Large yellow onions
Courtesy of Feasting at Home

Grilled leek, potato, and chicken skewers with Dijon and rosemary

Cooked in under an hour, they make for a quick dinner and a killer sandwich stuffer the next day. Here's the recipe.

Key ingredients:

  • Fingerling potatoes
  • Small leeks
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • Dijon mustard
  • Chopped rosemary
Courtesy of i am a food blog

Broccoli soba bowl

For nights when you don’t have much in the fridge, toss together this filling meal. Soba -- Japanese buckwheat noodles -- are lower in calories than regular wheat pasta, and often come gluten-free. Get the recipe.

Key ingredients:

  • Broccoli florets
  • Soba noodles
  • Rice vinegar
  • Sesame oil
  • Red pepper flakes
Courtesy of What's Cooking Good Looking

Crispy avocado tacos with roasted beets and Sriracha-smashed beans

If you've never baked an avocado, change that immediately. Here, right now.

Key ingredients:

  • Radishes
  • Avocados
  • Bread crumbs
  • Can of cannellini beans
  • Sriracha
Courtesy of Cooking for Keeps

Butternut squash and kale naan pizza

Substitute tomato sauce with butternut squash puree for an unexpected pizza. It’s so good you may never miss tomato sauce again. Get the recipe

Key ingredients:

  • Naan flatbreads
  • Butternut squash
  • Kale
  • Goat cheese
  • Pancetta


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Alisha Prakash is a contributing writer at Thrillist NYC. She doesn't trust people who don't like ice cream. You can find more of her musings on her website or follow her on Twitter or Instagram

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