Change One Diet: 3 Quick Dinner Ideas

When you are on the go all day and don’t have the energy or the time to cook a large meal, try these Change One Diet quick dinner ideas. These are healthy choices that are an excellent end to a busy day.

1. Linguine With Fresh Tomatoes

Linguine with fresh tomatoes is a light meal that is perfect for summer evenings. This meal takes 15 minutes total preparation and cook time. With fresh tomatoes, herbs and Parmesan cheese, it is a very low fat and light choice for a fast meal.

To make 6 servings, all you need is 8 ounces linguine, 3 medium tomatoes, chopped, 6 green onions, sliced, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup minced fresh basil or 4 teaspoons dried basil, 2 garlic cloves, minced, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 3 tablespoons butter or margarine. From there, simply cook the pasta according to package directions.  Meanwhile, combine the tomatoes, onions, Parmesan cheese, basil, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large serving bowl. Drain pasta and toss with butter. Add to tomato mixture; toss to coat.

2. Broccoli Pizza 

Broccoli pizza is perfect for those having dinner parties, or a very short time frame to cook nights. It is a surprisingly low calorie, high protein dinner that is also easy to make. It takes a total of 10 minutes prep time and 10 minutes of baking time.

All you need for this quick meal is 2 teaspoons of olive oil, 6 cups broccoli florets, 2 cloves garlic, minced, 1 large prebaked pizza shell, 1 cup part-skim ricotta, 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup coarsely chopped roasted red pepper and you have yourself a pizza.

You will heat your oven to 450°F while you heat the oil in a nonstick skillet. Add broccoli florets and garlic; sauté until tender-crisp. When your oven is ready, bake the pizza shell until lightly crisped. Top with ricotta, Parmesan, and broccoli. Sprinkle with roasted red pepper and bake until heated through.

3. Mexican Confetti Orzo

Mexican confetti orzo is a fun colorful 15 minute dinner. This is another favorite for dinner parties, short notice guests or just any time you want a quick, tasty, healthy meal. With no saturated fat, no cholesterol and 9 grams of protein per serving, it is a meal you will feel good about serving.

For this one you will need 10 ounces orzo, 1 red bell pepper, diced,1 can (10 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained, 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper.

Just cook the orzo according to package directions. Meanwhile, toss bell pepper, black beans, corn, oil, salt, and cayenne together in a large serving bowl. Add drained orzo to bowl and toss to combine. Serve immediately.

So the next time you are in need of a fast, healthy meal simply grab one of these recipes. You will save time and be eating healthy.


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