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Quick and Healthy Dinner Ideas

Hello my friends! As you know, Matt and I are on vacation in Italy right now, but I thought a post re-sharing a few of my favorite quick and easy dinner ideas would be helpful in the meantime. The next time you need something fast, check this post! First up is chicken – scroll down for seafood and vegan options. :)

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Chicken Entrees:

No time to marinate? Try my Pan Seared Balsamic Vinaigrette Chicken. Exactly as it sounds – just cook the chicken in some store-bought balsamic vinaigrette (I recommend Newman’s Own brand). Juicy and flavorful! Serve atop salad or with some fun sides – my Mexican-Style Sweet Potato Fries and Lemon Garlic String Beans would go well with it!

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Want an entire meal in one pan? Try my Saucy Tomato & Spinach Chicken – this would work well with firm tofu, too!

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Another quick and easy chicken favorite is my Corn Flake Encrusted Chicken Fingers recipe! Pair it with the sides I noted above, or try my Garlic Herb Roasted Veggies (pssst: here’s How to Make Brussels Sprouts Delicious).

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Fish/Seafood Entrees:

My absolute favorite salmon recipe, Pesto Baked Salmon with Veggies, also happens to be extremely easy. Perfect for summer, too! Serve atop quinoa or greens.

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Next up is my absolute favorite tilapia recipe: Almond Encrusted Tilapia. Try it topped with Black Bean Olive Salsa — delicious! It pairs well with any veggie side dish noted above as well.

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Love shrimp? Try my recipe-not-recipe (no specific measurements necessary!) for Goat Cheese Shrimp with Rice & Veggies.

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Lastly, want a meal idea that will impress guests by how fancy it sounds but that is secretly really easy to prepare? Try my Seared Scallops with White Beans and Spinach. YUM.

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Vegan Entrees:

This one is an old favorite and is an entire meal in one pan: BBQ Chickpeas with Sweet Potatoes & Bok Choy.

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Looking to experiment with nutritional yeast? Here are two fun vegan recipes that use it: “Cheesy” Coconut Sautéed Chickpeas and Kale & “Cheesy” Mushroom Quinoa.

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And if you’re REALLY tight on time, try the easiest recipe of all time: 4 Ingredient Quinoa Salad.

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I hope you found this post helpful! What’s your favorite quick and healthy dinner recipe?

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Comments

  1. 1

    Ahh those scallops look absolutely mouth-watering! (Actually, everything looks pretty dang good.) Thanks so much for this roundup; I’m definitely bookmarking it. And I may even make the 4 ingredient quinoa salad for lunch. :) Thanks again!

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    I love one pot/pan meals – thanks for re-sharing the saucy tomato and spinach chicken recipe!

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    Anel Perez says:

    Looks like I have my menu set for next week! The recipes all look amazing! Thank you! Have fun in Rome!

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    Thanks for the vegan options! I love quinoa salads (especially simple ones :-).

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    These all look FANTASTIC! Especially those succulent scallops :D

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    Yum these look like some great recipes! Juts going to check out the saucy chicken one as it looks tasty.

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    wow Italy!! so Jealous ;) Have fun on your vacations, really Amazing!! :)

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    These are amazing idea. Especially that goat cheese shrimp- I LOVE goat cheese. I actually had a girl’s night with my guy friend’s new gf and we spent an hour talking about goat cheese…. I decided he could keep her around. hahahaha. I’m absolutely bookmarking this page!

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