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Simplify Weeknight Meal Planning

Elena Harrington


Feb 11th, 2016


Staying on track with minimal time to plan ahead can seem impossible. Between work, family, events and commitments, busy weeknights tend to be especially hectic and make it easy to be tempted to turn to takeout or other less healthy on-the-go, processed options. No matter what your busy week has in store, stay on track with simple solutions that do not require too much prep or time. One-pan meals are a simple way to not only easily create a healthy meal, but also to avoid extraneous cleanup afterward.

The following one-pan meals are packed with fresh produce, lean protein, omega-3 fatty acids and flavor. With simple whole food ingredients, these dishes are packed with nutrients to fuel your busy week. With minimal cleanup and prep time, these recipes are perfect weeknight staples to make without hassle.

One-Pan Salmon

This One-Pan Salmon recipe featuring salmon, linguine, white wine and tomatoes, is packed with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and fresh herbs for incredible spring flavor. A lighter take on traditional pasta dishes, this colorful one-pan option is perfect to throw together quickly for busy evenings.

One Pan Salmon

Easy One-Pan Greek Quinoa

It takes just 30 minutes to make this nutrient-dense One-Pan Greek Quinoa recipe. Packed with chicken, quinoa, spinach, sundried tomatoes and feta, this dish is full of protein and fiber. This meal is easily customizable for vegetarians—simply remove the chicken and add a it more feta. The quinoa is a naturally-rich plant protein source.

Greek Quinoa

One-Pan Ginger Chops

For those focusing on a diet rich in lean protein and vegetables, this grain-free One-Pan Ginger Chop recipe is the perfect weeknight staple. With pork chops, ginger, cauliflower and carrots, this is a lighter dinner option still packed with incredible flavor. Quick and easy, with only one pan to clean afterward, this is also a great Paleo-customizable option.

Ginger Chops

Easy Salmon Pockets

These Easy Salmon Pockets actually use parchment pockets instead of a pan to flash steam in the oven! Made with just salmon, couscous, asparagus, lemon and salt and pepper, this incredibly quick, simple dish will become a weeknight staple. Baked in individual parchment paper pockets, this omega-3-rich option is a great way to achieve optimal portion control seamlessly.

Salmon Pockets

So, when busy weeknights leave you in a rush but wanting to cook healthful meals for your family, you don’t have to compromise on flavor or spend all evening in the kitchen. Instead, turn to these simple one-pan weeknight staples for stress-free easy weeknight meal solutions.

For more dinner inspiration, check out our Pinterest Dinner board!

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