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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.