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Healthy One Dish Dinner Recipes

Posted by: Mira Roberts
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You've worked hard, and when it comes to preparing dinner every night of the week, convenience is the name of the game. Eating a healthy diet rich in nutritious fruits, veggies, fats and proteins is important to keeping your energy up and staying strong as you age, but making meals that are as convenient as they are healthy can seem like a real challenge.

Dinner really can be as satisfying as it is simple. When you don't want to spend hours laboring on dinner and cleanup, but you do want to eat a balanced diet, the one dish dinner is the answer. Prepared entirely using just one dish, you can cook, eat and cleanup without wasting your night away, and all while maintaining your commitment to good health.

We've selected some of our favorite recipes that can be made simply using one pan or dish. From garden lasagna and apple-spinach chicken to poached salmon and roasted shrimp, you'll be injecting more variety and healthy ingredients into your diet in less time and with almost no fuss.

Try out these easy and heart healthy dishes and take the work out of your weekly cooking routine!

Garden Lasagna
This low-fat dish is chock full of veggies, healthy fats and protein, and reheats easily, again and again, for wonderful leftovers. You can prep the meal in the morning and pop it in the oven before dinner with no hassle. Mix up the vegetables based on what is in season, and you'll find yourself enjoying this dish all year long.

Apple-Spinach Chicken
Low in calories, but rich in flavor, this delightful dish blends sour, granny smith apples with bitter spinach and healthy, low fat chicken breasts for a satisfying meal you'll enjoy any night of the week. If you want to add fiber, cook up a pot of brown rice or make a piece of whole wheat toast to eat on the side.

Poached Salmon
Packed with omega fats and antioxidants, this salmon dish features vitamin-rich swiss chard tossed in a simple, honey-dijon vinaigrette. An excellent meal for any night of the week, you probably won't have leftovers (it tastes that good).

Roasted Shrimp
Cranberries, garlic-roasted shrimp and swiss chard come together in this delightful seafood dish for a light and refreshing meal that will satisfy you on warm days and nights. For those with a heavier appetite, add a whole wheat roll or some chilled pasta noodles to the side.

Pork Chops with Maple Apples
In 30 minutes, this sweet and savory pork chop dish cooks up to simple perfection, with tender onions and a dash of pure maple syrup. Packed with protein and fiber, this dinner will serve you best when you're having a sweet tooth, but want to stay on track with your nutrition goals.

Turkey Broccoli Bake
This low-sodium dish manages to pack in flavor without increasing your salt intake, and is rich in fiber and protein, two important components to keeping you feel full and satisfied. Creamy, crunchy and with less than 350 calories per serving, you'll love nibbling on these leftovers the next day.

Savory Egg and Sweet Potato Scramble
All you need to complete this dish is your favorite skillet and roughly 30 minutes. Whether you prefer to eat this for breakfast, dinner or both (leftovers alert), you'll love the texture of the veggies and potato cooked right into the savory eggs.

 

 

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Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA. 

 

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