Dinner for Two: Quick and Easy Recipe Ideas

Having recipes for quick healthy meals at the ready makes it so much easier to get through busy workweeks. From quick vegetarian recipes to speedy meat entrees -- plus dips and sauces that save you time by pulling double-duty -- here are some fast and fresh recipes to help you get maximum-flavor dinners on the table with minimum effort.

  1. Easy Pasta Recipes:

    All it takes is a few simple ingredients to make this delicious Basil Walnut Pesto. Toss it with pasta for a quick vegetarian meal, and use the rest to spread on sandwiches or top veggies, meat, or fish. Versatile, low-fat red sauces like Marinara Sauce and Spaghetti with Roasted Vegetable Sauce are great multitaskers: toss them with pasta, layer between lasagna noodles, or use as pizza sauce.

  2. Casserole Recipes:

    Pair a Butternut Squash Casserole or Potato Casserole with a simple green salad, and you’ve got the perfect warming meal for a cold winter night.

  3. Recipes for Stir-Fry:

    Since stir-frys are cooked for a short time at high heat, they make great healthy and fast meals. Try Almond Chicken Stir-Fry Sauce, Blackberry Five Spice Sauce, or Ginger Citrus Salad Dressing, which works both as a stir-fry sauce and salad dressing.

  4. Quick and Easy Dips & Spreads:

    This Avocado Yogurt Sauce doubles as a dip, or as a tangy sauce for fajitas. Keep a batch of Roasted Red Pepper Hummus or Spicy Hummus on hand, and you’ll always have a healthy snack to enjoy with fresh veggies, a sandwich spread, or in a healthy entrée of pita bread with chicken and veggies. See more dips & spreads recipes.

  5. Easy Dessert Recipes:

    Don’t worry – you’ve got time for dessert. Apple Pie Ice Cream, Spiked Honeydew Sorbet, and Strawberry Yogurt Freeze can be made in eleven minutes or less for a sweet finale to your meal. See more dessert recipes.

  6. Salad Recipes:

    Looking to kick your salads up a notch? Try the Pistachio Date Quinoa Salad or the Autumn Toasted Pita and Kale Salad, both which pack plenty of flavor on a bed of greens. Or pair your own salad creation with a homemade vinaigrette such as the Dish D’Lish Cranberry Vinaigrette or Balsamic Citrus Dressing.