7 nutritious, delicious and easy-to-make dinners for your week

A busy day in the office and with kids makes dinner seem exhausting. Fortunately, Cynthia Sass from Health magazine has simple recipes full of nutrition and flavor that you can make in no time.

Sweet potato and black bean bowls
Servings:

Serves 4

Ingredients

    • 4 cups packed fresh baby spinach
    • 2 medium sweet potatoes, baked or microwaved until tender, halved, or chopped
    • 1 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1 tomato, chopped
    • 2 bell peppers, any color, seeded and chopped
    • 1/4 cup crumbled feta, shredded Cheddar, or grated Parmesan
    • 1/2 tsp. cumin
    • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
    • 2 cups marinara sauce, warmed

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Pesto shrimp with radish, watercress and mint
Servings:

Serves 4

Ingredients

    • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
    • 1 small bunch watercress, tough stems discarded
    • 1 small fennel bulb, halved, cored, and thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
    • 5 thinly sliced radishes
    • 2 cups cooked wild rice
    • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
    • 2 tablespoons almonds, sliced
    • 1/2 cup pesto

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Healthy taco salad
Servings:

Serves 4

Ingredients

    • 4 cups salad greens
    • 2 cups cooked quinoa
    • 1 15-oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1 cup chopped grilled or roasted skinless chicken, shredded, optional (if you leave it out, add an extra cup of beans)
    • 2 bell peppers, any color, seeded and chopped
    • 1 avocado, chopped
    • 1/4 cup sharp cheddar, shredded
    • 1 cup salsa
    • 2 tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
    • Salt and pepper
    • Hot sauce, optional

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Tuna and vegetable pasta salad
Servings:

Serves 4

Ingredients

    • 4 cups packed fresh baby spinach
    • 2 cups cooked whole-wheat pasta (preferably a short shape, such as cavatappi)
    • 4 single-serve packets (2.6 oz each) or cans (3 oz. each) water-packed chunk light tuna
    • 2 cups cooked peas, thawed if frozen
    • 1/2 cup hummus
    • 1/2 cup guacamole
    • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
    • 1 tbsp. fresh dill, chopped

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Mediterranean chicken and pasta salad
Servings:

Serves 4

Ingredients

    • 3 cups zucchini, chopped
    • 4 cups packaged fresh baby spinach
    • 2 cups cooked whole-wheat pasta (preferably a short shape, such as penne)
    • 1 cup chopped grilled or roasted skinless chicken, shredded, optional
    • 1 6.5-oz jar marinated quartered artichoke hearts, not drained
    • 1 2.5-oz can sliced black olives, drained
    • 1 large tomato, chopped
    • 1 tbsp, chopped fresh basil
    • 1 tsp. chopped fresh oregano
    • 2 tbsp. olive oil
    • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
    • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
    • Salt and pepper
    • 1/4 cup fresh goat cheese

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Roasted squash and lentil salad

Ingredients

    • 1/4 cup hazelnuts, chopped, skinned
    • Olive oil cooking spray
    • 1 pound butternut squash, halved, seeded and cut into 8 wedges
    • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar
    • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
    • 5 cups mixed winter salad greens (such as red leaf lettuce and radicchio)
    • 2 cups cooked lentils (canned, rinsed is okay)
    • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shaved
    • 1 cup tomatoes, diced

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Brown rice turkey bowl

Ingredients

    • 1 1/3 cups dry short-grain brown rice
    • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
    • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth, divided
    • 1 2-pound bone-in turkey breast
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce, divided
    • 4 cups baby spinach
    • 1 bunch scallions, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
    • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds, optional
    • 1 cup of carrots, shredded or chopped

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