Because December is going to get real busy - read on for my favourite quick and easy, dietitian approved recipes to help you eat well, even on your busiest days.
Between shopping, holiday get togethers and winter traffic, December can get a little crazy. Be sure you're prepared to stay fuelled with these 20 quick and easy dinner recipes.
1. Lentil Tacos with Avocado Cilantro Sauce
This recipe from Lentils.org has the familiar flavour and texture of tacos, but with a plant-based twist. I love that lentils are packed with heart healthy fibre, and you'll love how quickly they cook!
2. Honey Garlic Shrimp
It’s hard to believe such a quick and simple recipe could be so tasty! This recipe by Sally's Baking Addiction is a truly delicious 20 minute dinner. Don't forget to include a side of steamed broccoli for a balanced meal.
3. Crispy Chicken Thighs with Peppers and Salsa Verde
Because salsa verde is everywhere right now. I love this 20 minute [almost] one-dish meal from Country Living. Using couscous as your grain helps to keep cooking time down, and salsa verde adds a delicious flavour that you'll love.
3. 20-Minute Pesto Black Bean Spaghetti Squash
This spaghetti squash recipe uses the convenience of a microwave for a super speedy dinner in 20 minutes. Perfect for meatless Monday, or any other day of the week. Whether spaghetti squash is already part of your weeknight dinner routine, or you’re looking for something new to try, add this to your menu this week for a simple meal in minutes!
4. Spicy Kale and Coconut Stir Fry
This recipe from Cookie and Kate is perfect for busy weeknights. Using eggs as a protein source speeds up cooking time, and I love that it’s loaded with kale, a nutritious leafy green that keeps this stir fry balanced. I used pre-washed and cut kale for added convenience.
5. Quick & Easy Veggie Loaded Lentil Curry
This speedy weeknight curry is delicious and loaded with plant-based protein and veggies to keep things balanced.
6. 6-Ingredient Sausage & Veggie Bake
This recipe is also loaded with colourful veggies and sweet potato to keep things balanced and can be easily adjusted for larger or smaller servings. All you have to do is toss all of the ingredients into a pan and it basically cooks itself. What's not to love?
7. Shrimp Tomato Spinach Pasta
Who says pasta dinner can't be balanced? This recipe from EatWell101 is loaded with spinach and uses shrimp as a quick cooking protein source for dinner in 20 minutes!
8. Spicy Green Bean Chicken Skillet
This skillet recipe from Primavera Kitchen is perfect for a quick and easy weeknight dinner. With only one pan and under 30 minutes, you can have this tasty meal on the table. Enjoy as-is or include a source of complex carbohydrates such as quinoa or potatoes for a balanced meal.
9. 5-Ingredient Black Beans and Rice
It doesn't get much easier than this recipe from Naturally Ella. Prep this ahead in a large batch and switch up the toppings for different variations all week, or make it for a simple weeknight dinner. We recommend topping with salsa, avocado slices, and hot sauce, but really anything goes here!
10. Pasta with Turkey and Broccoli
This quick and easy weeknight recipe from Real Simple relies on pantry and fridge staples for a balanced meal in no time. Cooking the broccoli in the pasta water is a great trick for adding veggies to your pasta dinner to keep things balanced. Be sure to add this one to your meal plan this week!
11. Sweet and Spicy Stir Fry
Dinner in 15 minutes? Yes, please! This recipe from Chatelaine uses red pepper jelly to add a punch of flavor to this quick weeknight stir fry. Add additional veggies to keep this stir fry balanced, try ½ cup of peppers or snap peas per person.
12. One Skillet Mongolian Beef with Broccoli
This recipe from The Seasoned Mom cooks in one pan and is ready in 20 minutes. We love that it's loaded with broccoli to keep things balanced, you'll love how quickly it cooks.
13. Sheet Pan Crispy Teriyaki Tofu and Broccoli
Yet another delicious sheet pan recipe to add to your meatless Monday recipe arsenal. This recipe for Sheet Pan Teriyaki Tofu and Broccoli from Recipe Runner will impress even those who are less than excited about tofu for dinner.
14. Parsnip, Apple and Brie Soup
We are in love with this Parsnip, Apple and Brie Soup from Foodland Ontario. Using Brie cheese adds a deliciously silky texture to this soup and provides protein that most cream soups lack. Try it for a simple dinner this week!
15. Sheet Pan Salmon with Potatoes and Broccolini
After seeing the short ingredient list needed for this recipe for Sheet Pan Salmon with Potatoes and Broccolini, we couldn't wait to give it a try. This recipe from Real Simple uses the convenience of sheet pan cooking along with some quick recipe hacks, making it perfect for busy holiday weeknights.
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