6 Healthy Dinner Recipes: 20 Minutes or Less!

Dec 22 2017
Trying to make healthier dinner choices, but the last thing you want to do is spend a bunch of time in the kitchen? Here are six amazing recipes that take 20 minutes or less from start to finish! Time-saving tip: Plan weekday meals on the weekend, and get all the grocery shopping done ahead of time...

Teriyaki Burger Bowl

Entire recipe: 319 calories, 8g total fat (3g sat fat), 768mg sodium, 36.5g carbs, 6g fiber, 22.5g sugars, 26.5g protein

Freestyle SmartPoints® value 8*

Can't decide between burgers and Chinese food? Have both! No, we're not suggesting you pair your beef patty with a side of lo mein. Instead, cook up some lean ground turkey with Asian-inspired ingredients! Then serve it over lettuce. No need for a carb-heavy burger bun...

Z'paghetti Girlfredo

1/2 of recipe (about 2 cups): 247 calories, 8g total fat (4g sat fat), 789mg sodium, 30g carbs, 9.5g fiber, 18.5g sugars, 20.5g protein

Freestyle™ SmartPoints® value 4*

Forget fettuccine Alfredo; it's a calorie disaster. This dish, on the other hand, has under 250 calories! The zucchini noodles are tossed in a sauce so creamy, you'd never guess the secret ingredient. Spoiler: It's cauliflower! With a spiral vegetable slicer like the Veggetti, you can churn out the noodles super fast. For extra protein, top with some rotisserie chicken breast or ready-to-eat shrimp. Love this one...

Pizza-fied Chicken 2.0

Entire recipe: 272 calories, 8.5g total fat (3.5g sat fat), 633mg sodium, 6g carbs, 1g fiber, 2.5g sugars, 40.5g protein

Freestyle SmartPoints® value 2*

Chicken: It's an easy-recipe staple, but it doesn't need to be boring! Treat it like a pizza crust, and things get interesting. The turkey pepperoni really delivers that classic pizza taste. More of a white-pizza fan? I've got a recipe for that too: White-Pizza-fied Chicken! Here are eight more easy ideas for zazzling up plain chicken breast.

Italian Tuna Melts

1/2 of recipe (2 pieces): 309 calories, 12g total fat (4g sat fat), 691mg sodium, 23.5g carbs, 6g fiber, 4g sugars, 30g protein

Freestyle SmartPoints® value 7*

Tuna is a fantastic pantry staple for quick 'n easy meals, but a basic tuna sandwich is not very exciting. Tuna melts, on the other hand, are classic comfort food! Sadly, they're usually loaded with calories. Not these melts! Calorie-slashed wheat bread, light mayo, and part-skim mozzarella save the day. If you're really in a rush, make these in the microwave instead of the oven. (Fair warning: They're more delicious when baked!)

American Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Entire recipe: 245 calories, 4g total fat (1.5g sat fat), 864mg sodium, 31g carbs, 6g fiber, 2g sugars, 24g protein

FreestyleSmartPoints® value 4*

Pizza is a beloved staple, but you can do better than delivery. This chicken-topped pie is so fast and easy -- it takes just 20 minutes to make! We use a high-fiber pita as the base, so it's guaranteed to leave you satisfied! Buy ready-to-eat chicken at the store, or cook up a bunch over the weekend. Mmmm...

Shrimp ‘n Slaw Marinara

Entire recipe: 289 calories, 3g total fat (<0.5g sat fat), 770mg sodium, 31g carbs, 14g fiber, 15g sugars, 36.5g protein

Freestyle™ SmartPoints® value 3*

Here's another pasta swap you need to have in your arsenal. Once softened and tossed with red sauce, broccoli cole slaw tastes a lot like pasta. Top it with pre-cooked shrimp, a fantastic quick-meal staple. I always keep a bag of shrimp in my freezer for last-minute meals... like these Shrimp & Avocado Lettuce Tacos, which can be whipped up in just 10 minutes. Score!

DIY Ice Cream with a Boozy Twist!

Prepare to become obsessed with The Boozy Creamery Alcoholic Ice Cream Mix! No fancy machine needed: Just add water (or milk) and alcohol, use a hand mixer, and freeze for a bowl of deliciousness! Each serving of the mix has just 100 calories, and you only need an ounce of alcohol for a whole pint of ice cream! Choose from Piña Colada, Mint Mojito, Margarita, Irish Mudslide, and White Russian. Or, for a non-alcoholic treat, check out The Curious Creamery Ice Cream Mixes. PERFECT for New Year's parties and beyond. Order on Amazon!

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Monday, December 25th, is Christmas Day, which means we’re off for the holidays! There won’t be any Hungry Girl emails next week, but we’ll be back on January 2nd with an unbelievable make-ahead breakfast recipe!

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