When it comes to your health, working out alone isn’t going to help you reach your goals. Suppose you’re trying to build muscle; you need to eat more protein.
If you’re trying to lose weight, you need to either eat less or find healthier foods that support your body, not just add fat to it.
With four kids at home, we know it’s a struggle to make healthy meals on a weeknight. That’s why we put together some of our favorite healthy weeknight meals that are easy to make and taste great.
1. Hasselback Chicken
The Hasselback chicken may seem like a hassle, but we promise it’s anything but. It only takes about 10 minutes of prep time, about 5 minutes of precook time, and then pop it into the oven for 20 to 30 minutes.
We love that this meal is made using only one pot, making dishes a breeze. Plus, with only 378 calories per serving means, you don’t have to feel bad about grabbing a second dish.
This entre pairs well with a spinach salad, green beans, or asparagus. Get the full recipe on Tasty!
2. Baked Salmon in Foil
My mouth is watering just talking about this. This recipe is quick, healthy, and tastes perfect. Cut up some lemon slices and put them in the pan, and put the salmon on with seasons. Top with more lemons, close it up, and put it in the over.
It’s seriously that easy. We love this dish for its low calories but high protein. I love to serve this with a rice side and pour the cooked lemon juice over the top of it. Get the full recipe on Well Plated.
3. Italian Potato Salad
Okay, yes, this is technically not an entre, but it pairs well with so many we have to share. This warm potato salad is surprisingly light and refreshing to eat. It’s a simple recipe that can be put together in about 5 minutes, with only a few minutes of prep time.
What takes the longest is the potatoes boiling, but you can work on the entre of your email while that’s happening. These potatoes are low in fat and in calories – 178 per serving which is six baby potatoes.
Get the full recipe on BBC Good Foods.
4. Shrimp in Lemon Butter with Asparagus
You have to save this recipe for the night you just don’t feel like cooking or doing dishes. This one-pan dish gives you your entre and sides all in one. Cook the asparagus a bit first to get them crispy before adding the shrimp and popping it back into the oven.
The recipe doesn’t give nutritional information, but it ends up coming in around 260 calories for the shrimp and about 110 calories for the asparagus. Shrimp is very low in calories but packs a protein punch, making it a great pick-me-up.
Get the full recipe on Carls Bad Cravings.
Don’t be afraid of this recipe! We know that making fajitas can be a chore, but this pan-cooked fajita makes it easy to do. All you do is cut the ingredients, mix them all in one pan, and pop it into the oven.
This meal is great if you’re counting calories but are craving a Mexican food night. You can also do this recipe with chicken or steak to keep it fresh.
Get the full recipe on Betty Crocker.
6. Baked Cheddar Eggs and Potatoes
Need a protein and carb lift, but all in one pan? Then pull out the skillet, and get cooking with this recipe. I really like this one because I usually have all of the ingredients at home for this, so if I haven’t been shopping in a while, I still have something healthy and filling to make.
This can be made as a hearty breakfast, but we love having breakfast for dinner nights and getting to use our skillet.
Get the full recipe on Taste Of Home.
7. Baked Red Snapper With Garlic
This recipe only takes 25 minutes to make and leaves you wanting to grab an extra dish. The lean, meaty red snapper fills you up, and the breading topping doesn’t make you wish you were eating something else.
This is an excellent meal for people trying to eat healthily but isn’t ready to cut out all of their calories.
Get the full recipe on The Spruce Eats.
8. Sloppy Joes
Usually, red meat isn’t that healthy for you, but sometimes you just have to have a good ole fashion sloppy joe night! These only take 20 minutes to make, perfect for those late nights with kids when they’re home from sports.
Don’t eat too many, though. They each have 411 calories and can be a bit fatty. If you’re trying to get more protein into your body, then grab two of these and enjoy!
Get the full recipe on Eating Well.
Make These Healthy Weeknight Meals This Week
We told you, making healthy meals doesn’t have to be a chore! Pick a few of your favorite healthy weeknight meals and get shopping for a leisurely night with delicious food.
Have you made any of these? Let us know in the comments; we’d love to hear from you!
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