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9 Healthy Meals for Busy Weeknights

From easy enchiladas to curry-in-a-hurry, these dinners will make your busy weeknights easier

Published on: April 15, 2016

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Between getting the kids to after-school activities, fighting the commute home and everything else that needs to be done in an evening, dinner is often an afterthought. But these receipes for crockpot freezer meals, quick cashew chicken and more will help make your evening meal the easiest, most delicious part of your day.

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Crockpot freezer meals

Keep mealtime angst at bay with crockpot freezer meals. Take a few of these out of the freezer at the beginning of the week for defrosting. Then day of, pop them in the crockpot before you head out in the morning. You’ll come home to delicious, warm food with barely any effort on your part.

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Creamy caprese quinoa bake

Love the taste of lasagna but don’t have the time to make it mid-week? Half Baked Harvest’s creamy caprese quinoa bake packs a nutritional punch with less than 25 minutes of work. This dish is even more delicious as leftovers and showcases the tomato-y goodness of a traditional casserole.

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Quick-fix fancy shrimp ramen

Ramen is a great way to get more vegetables into your family’s diet but usually it takes too long to prep during the week. This quick-fix fancy shrimp ramen is fast to make with only a wee bit of prep work. For bonus points, chop up some extra veggies for lunches while prepping.

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Chicken tortilla stack

You’ll need just 10 minutes to get the chicken tortilla stack together and in the oven. This dish is full of cheesy goodness with not one, not two, but three different kinds of cheese. Substitute in a rotisserie chicken for the shredded chicken and you’ll have an even quicker meal. Use the 25 minutes of bake time to help with homework, call a friend or just to relax.

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Cashew chicken curry in a hurry

This dish’s catchy name is not the only thing to like. Cashew chicken curry in a hurry is a great way to enjoy Indian-style food on a weeknight. The dairy-free members of your family will give this dish a big thumbs up while everyone will agree that the flavor is divine.

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Grilled kale and sausage pizza

Pizza is a great standby for nights when you are too busy to cook. But why order out when making grilled kale and sausage pizza is so easy? Substitute a store-bought pizza dough if you need to cut some time, but make sure to load this pizza with kale and sausage for a delightful flavor combination.

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Weeknight enchiladas

The name says it all: weeknight enchiladas. Mexican cuisine has never been so easy or so good. While homemade refried beans are recommended, store-bought ones work just as good and are much faster. This dish will remind you that meat is not necessary at every meal.

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Poisson en papillote

Poisson en papillote sounds like something fancy that would take forever to make but fear not! This "fish in paper" is packed with vegetables and a simple cut of fish — a flashy dish that can be made in a flash.

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French bread pizzas

The Pioneer Woman’s French bread pizzas are sure to be a hit with your family. They might even offer to take over making dinner when they see how easy and quick this dish is. Top with a variety of toppings to make it a pantry-cleaner too. 

From: 8 Healthy and Fast Breakfast Ideas for Busy Mornings

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