5 Healthy and Delicious Dinner Recipes for a Busy Weeknight

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If you’re looking for some fresh inspiration for your dinners, you might want to try these five recipes that are easy to make, nutritious, and satisfying. They are perfect for busy weeknights when you don’t have much time or energy to cook, but still want to enjoy a tasty meal. Whether you’re in the mood for pasta, rice, chicken, salmon, or cauliflower, we have you covered with these flavorful dishes that can be on the table in less than an hour.

1. Oven-Baked Salmon with Parsley and Almond Salsa

This salmon dinner couldn’t be simpler. Season the fish with salt and pepper, then pop it in the oven to bake to perfection in 15 minutes. An easy-to-make parsley and almond salsa go on top, adding freshness and crunch. Serve with a green salad or some roasted vegetables for a complete meal.

2. Cauliflower Pasta Bake

This cheesy, vegetarian pasta casserole is a no-brainer for busy nights when the family can’t all sit down together for dinner. It rewarms perfectly and makes enough to pack for lunch the next day. Roasting the cauliflower before baking the casserole adds to the depth of flavor. Crumbled Ritz crackers mixed with parmesan cheese add that pleasing crunch factor. Feel free to use whole wheat pasta for a nutritional boost.

3. Ginger Pork Rice Bowls

I love rice bowls for weeknight meals because of how flavorful and customizable they are. This simple sauce uses fresh ginger, soy sauce, and garlic. That’s it! I usually double the rice and make it in the Instant Pot. The toppings are simple and fresh: herbs, cucumbers, and carrots. Store each component separately and have everyone pick out their own toppings when they’re ready to eat.

4. Apple Cider Chicken Thighs with Sweet Potatoes

Skillet meals are a weeknight winner. This recipe has only nine ingredients and that includes salt and pepper! Cooking the vegetables in the same skillet as the chicken creates a lot of flavor without any extra effort. Crisp the chicken skin-side-down in the well-oiled cast iron skillet, flip them over and add cubed sweet potatoes, sliced onions, and apple cider vinegar. Bake it in the oven and serve it with rice or pasta. The skin will stay crispy until it gets refrigerated. Warm in the oven to regain its crispness.

5. Salmon Burgers with Chive and Lemon Mayonnaise

Salmon burgers are an all-in-one meal that reheats easily and makes every member of our family happy. Fresh salmon fillets are pulsed in the food processor and mixed with herbs, Panko breadcrumbs, and an egg. The patties are cooked in a skillet until golden and juicy. The chive and lemon mayonnaise adds a tangy touch that complements the fish perfectly. Serve on whole wheat buns with lettuce, tomato, and onion.

I hope you enjoy these healthy and delicious dinner recipes for a busy weeknight. Let me know what you think of them!

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