Busy Weeknight Meal Solutions!

By Lisa Shanken | Healthy Recipes

Positive family preparing lunch together in the kitchen

Ask anyone on the street and they will tell you that the words "healthy," "great-tasting," and "easy" rarely go together when talking about weeknight dinners.

In fact, the general consensus is that microwaved, frozen meals are the only way to keep your sanity during a busy mid-week supper.

I'm here to prove to you that this is not true!

I have 4 delicious, healthy recipes for you to check out to prove that you CAN be a gourmet cook even on your busiest night.

​Ginger and Spice Rubbed Chicken Tender

First up, we have a Ginger and Spice Rubbed Chicken Tender recipe, which takes about 30 minutes to prepare and will have you saying "so long" to the frozen chicken nuggets for good!

Eggplant Pesto Parm

While my chicken tender recipe is the right mix of spicy, salty, and juicy, it's also healthy! But sometimes, I'm not in the mood for chicken... or even meat. If a vegetarian option is right up your alley, you're in luck!

My first, an Eggplant Pesto Parm recipe, requires only 7 ingredients to whip up and results in a veggie-filled, cheesy, meatless Italian dish that beats out Olive Garden any day! Full of vitamins and minerals, this dish is great for encouraging picky eaters to get their daily veggie servings.

13 Bean Pesto Minestrone Soup

My second veggie option is a 13 Bean Pesto Minestrone Soup, full of protein and veggies. Yep, you heard me right - protein! Beans are a great meat substitution that lend themselves well to soups and casseroles.

Bonus Points: They're yummy when mixed with leafy greens, onion, carrot, and other veggies! Easy, quick, and low-fat, this recipe is sure to impress!

Lastly, I have an option for all you Mexican food fiends out there! I am no stranger to the allure of a huge, cheesy, saucy burrito, but often the offerings at your local Mexican restaurant are chock full of fat, salt, and refined carbs. If you're looking for a substitution for your favorite burrito that won't leave you bloated and unhappy, here's your solution solution...

​The Best No Rice, No Cheese Burito

Here's my burrito secret: pick veggies instead of cheese and rice! Including mushrooms, onions, and zucchini gives the burrito more fiber and substance and cuts out the unnecessary fat and carbs.

Avocado and salsa make sure the taste stays consistent with the authentic Mexican burrito you know and love! Enjoy my Best No Rice, No Cheese Burrito recipe!