25+ Healthy and Easy 30 Minute Dinner Recipes for January

25+ Healthy and Easy 30 Minute Dinner Recipes for January

Check out these easy dinners to start your year off with a burst of flavor. You and your family can enjoy dishes containing lean proteins such as chicken, seafood and tofu, as well as seasonal foods such as squash, broccoli and sweet potatoes. Plus, it all comes together in just 30 minutes or less. Make recipes like the versatile Spicy 15-Minute Ramen and Savory Roasted Chicken with Farro and Roasted Cauliflower for a comforting, healthy and delicious meal.

15 minute spicy ramen

Photographer: Fred Hardy, Food Stylist: Jennifer Wendorf, Prop Designer: Shell Royster

This spicy ramen will be on your table faster than the time it takes to deliver food. We’re ditching the seasoning packet that comes with soup mix in favor of our delicious broth that strikes the perfect balance between salty and sweet while keeping sodium in check. Ground red pepper brings heat. Replace chicken broth with vegetable broth to make this quick, spicy vegetarian ramen. If you have a little extra time, top with cooked chicken, pork, or tofu and a hard-boiled egg for a boost of protein.

Squash ravioli with chicken sausage and kale

What’s the secret to making store-bought butternut squash ravioli more delicious? Add apple chicken sausage, tender vegetables, and plenty of caramelized onions. We add a little sugar to help the onions caramelize faster, but feel free to omit it (just cook the onions a little longer if you do this). Buy pre-washed chopped cabbage to reduce prep time. It all adds up to an easy dinner that’s ready in just 20 minutes.

Greek lemon chicken soup

Kelsey Hansen

This 20-minute dish provides 32 grams of protein and contains only 261 calories per serving. To ensure the velvety texture of this comforting soup, whisk a little of the hot broth into the eggs before adding them to the bowl; It cooks it gently and prevents curdling.

Garlic, sausage and kale naan pizza

We love hot dogs, but they can be high in sodium. In this quick and healthy dinner, we make our own turkey sausage with crushed red pepper, garlic, fennel seeds, paprika, and a pinch of salt.

Roasted chicken with farro and roasted cauliflower

You can find farro in most grocery stores near the rice. If you can’t find farro, you can use wheat berries or brown rice instead; Cook according to package directions.

Buttermilk fried tofu with smoked collard greens

Dipping tofu in milk makes the coating stick for crispy fried tofu, reminiscent of fried chicken. Seasoning the cabbage with paprika infuses it with a smoky flavor while keeping this dish vegetarian. This quick, easy and healthy dinner comes together in just 25 minutes, so it’s great for busy weekends.

Spinach, lima beans and crispy pancetta pasta

We’re opting for fresh spinach pasta here—it cooks quickly and adds a pop of color. Cooking lima beans in pancetta stock adds flavor.

Chicken and spinach pasta with lemon and parmesan

This one-pan chicken pasta combines lean chicken breasts and sautéed spinach for a one-pot meal that features garlic and lemon and is best served with a little Parm on top. I call it “Mum’s Skillet Pasta”, and she calls it “Devon’s favorite pasta”. Either way, it’s a quick and easy weeknight dinner we made together and scribbled down on a little recipe card more than a decade ago, and it remains in my weekly dinner rotation to this day. It’s a simple dinner that the whole family will love.

Teriyaki chicken is fried for 20 minutes

Photographer: Bree Goldman, Food Stylist: Adeline Evans, Prop Designer: Gabrielle Greco

Look for pre-cut pepper and onion mix in the produce section of your supermarket. Help save prep time on this quick five-ingredient dinner. This easy dinner calls for hot cooked brown rice, which is perfect if you have leftovers. If not, look for microwaveable brown rice or frozen brown rice to keep prep to a minimum.

Fried oysters with snow peas

Photographer: Jane Causey, Food Designer: Margaret Munro Dickey, Props Designer: Christine Kelly

Bright green and crunchy snow peas combine with clams in this quick and easy stir-fry. The brown rice at the bottom of the bowl absorbs the sweet and salty sauce. Feel free to substitute the rice with rice vermicelli or udon to change things up!

Chicken with cream, lemon and dill

Photographer: Jane Causey, Food Designer: Emily Nabors Hall, Props Designer: Josh Hogel

This Creamy Lemon Dill Chicken recipe is a real crowd pleaser and makes the perfect weeknight dinner. Chicken cutlets cook quickly, and this recipe goes from skillet to table in just 20 minutes. The gravy and sweetness of the skillet are at the heart of this vibrant, tangy skillet sauce you serve with chicken. Sprinkle any extra over pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes served on the side.

Anthony Anderson’s One-Pot Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese with Broccoli

Photographer: Fred Hardy, Food Designer: Chelsea Zimmer, Props Designer: Christine Kelly

This easy one-bowl mac and cheese recipe gets an extra boost of protein from chicken. Buffalo sauce adds a spicy kick — look for one without added sugar, like Frank’s RedHot.

Garlic and anchovy pasta with broccolini

Jacob Fox

Here, we sprinkle the finished pasta dish with crumbled goat cheese for nice, refreshing bites throughout. But if you prefer a creamier sauce, stir the cheese into the pasta in Step 3 along with the reserved cooking water.

One bowl of shrimp and broccoli

Photography: Kelsey Hansen; Food styling: Greg Luna

Shrimp and broccoli cook quickly in this easy one-pot recipe, perfect for busy weekends. Serve this healthy shrimp recipe over whole grains or rice.

Sweet potato stuffed tacos

Take taco night to a new level with sweet potato taco “shells.” Tender sweet potatoes pair perfectly with spicy taco meat, creamy cheese, and crunchy lettuce. Let everyone customize their taco fries with their favorite toppings.

Sour and Spicy Sweet Potato Noodles

Three different ingredients make these hot and sour sweet potato noodles extra spicy. One of them, green Sichuan peppercorns, can be hard to find and there’s no easy substitute, so leave it out if you want.

Sesame instant ramen noodles with broccoli and boiled eggs

Enjoy basic ramen noodles with toasted sesame oil, quick-cooked cauliflower, and a hard-boiled egg. To reduce your sodium intake, look for ramen varieties with less than 600 mg of sodium per serving or use less from the seasoning packet.

Tofu and vegetable scramble

Feel free to customize this quick tofu and veggie dip with your favorite blend of vegetables and seasonings. Try to use vegetables that will all cook at the same rate, such as peppers, green beans and peas.

Stuffed portobello mushrooms

Think of loaded portobello mushrooms as a low-carb version of loaded potatoes—cheddar cheese, sour cream, scallions, and bacon melted into portobello mushroom caps for a delicious and satisfying dinner. Serve with a green salad to complete the meal.

Linguine with Lemon Alfredo Shrimp

This bright, lemony shrimp pasta dish is inspired by traditional Alfredo but has only a fraction of the fat and calories. Low-fat cream cheese adds body to the sauce, while Parmesan cheese adds its distinctive, intense flavor. This recipe calls for brown rice pasta, which is gluten-free, but if gluten isn’t a concern for you feel free to serve this sauce over regular linguine or fettuccine – or any pasta you like!

White chili cream with cream cheese

This rich and healthy white chili chicken recipe comes together in a flash thanks to quick-cooking chicken thighs and canned white beans. Mashing some beans works as a quick thickener when your soup doesn’t have long to cook. The cream cheese adds the final bit of richness and a touch of sweetness.

Cauliflower Gnocchi with Asparagus and Pesto

Carolyn Hodges, MS, RD

While the cauliflower gnocchi is cooking in the pan, cook fresh asparagus in the microwave to keep it bright green and tender. Substitute frozen asparagus (or green beans or peas) for a little. Mix them with prepared basil pesto for a satisfying dinner.

Steak, pepper and sugar, stir fry

Turn to this corned beef stir-fry recipe for a quick and easy dinner. Tender, spicy steak is cooked in the same wok or wok as the crunchy, colorful, and wonderfully aromatic vegetables while the dish is cooking.

Coconut shrimp curry with instant ramen noodles

A little coconut milk and some curry powder elevates plain ramen soup into an unforgettable bowl of noodles. Add protein with cooked shrimp or diced tofu and a dash of freshness with cilantro and lime juice. To reduce your sodium intake, look for ramen varieties with less than 600 mg of sodium per serving or use less from the seasoning packet.

Thai pillow

This healthy Thai recipe contains less than half the calories and sodium of traditional Thai favorites. Look for dried wide rice noodles, sometimes called “pad thai” or “straight cut” noodles, in the Asian foods section of most supermarkets and natural food stores. Served with cucumber slices, rice vinegar and coriander sauce.

Long-life noodles with beef and Chinese broccoli

Noodles are an essential part of Chinese New Year celebrations because they symbolize long life. We love this traditional recipe because it’s highly customizable based on your taste. Try replacing chicken with steak. Can’t find Chinese cauliflower? Use broccolini instead. Or replace mushrooms and broccoli completely with peas and carrots.

Grilled cheese with French onions

Elizabeth Lassiter

One of our favorite comfort foods—French onion soup—meets crowd-pleasing grilled cheese in a sandwich with the flavors of both dishes, without a lot of the traditional sodium and saturated fat. The caramelized onions are the star here: their pungent, concentrated flavor means that just a touch of Gruyère is more than enough to make this sandwich sing. The other key? Shave the cheese using a small plane, which allows the cheese to distribute its melted flavor evenly, and makes a little cheese seem like a lot.

Steak cube with cherry mushroom sauce

Cube steak is a tougher cut of meat that is pounded to make it tender. We love it because it cooks quickly and is inexpensive—perfect for weekend dinners. Look for pre-cut mushrooms to save even more prep time. Served with: mashed potatoes and roasted broccoli.

Curried butternut squash soup with crispy halloumi

Take advantage of ready-to-eat healthy foods, such as pureed vegetable soup, to prepare a healthy meal in minutes. We boost the flavor of our packed butternut squash soup with curry powder, then top it with irresistible halloumi cheese. Serve warm with whole grain pita bread.

Chicken stuffed with goat cheese

Photo: Alison Micksh; Design: Lindsay Lauer

Goat cheese is a delicious, creamy cheese that contains fewer calories, fat, and sodium than other soft cheeses. Here, we combine them with fresh herbs and garlic, then stuff the mixture inside chicken breasts for a quick and delicious weeknight dinner.

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