4 Healthy Recipes for Busy Nights

A healthy dinner doesn't have to be expensive or time-consuming.
By Chef Meg Galvin, Healthy Cooking Expert at SparkPeople.com
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When the days are shorter and the nights are colder, who wants to waste precious time in the kitchen? Not me! Every minute counts, especially when we're all trying to stick with our resolutions to eat better, move more, and get healthier. To help my family manage their busy schedules and still get a healthy meal in their bellies, I created a few new quick recipes. I hope you like them!

Curried Chicken Pitas

This light recipe is great for lunch, supper, or both. It serves eight, so cook once and eat twice! I love this recipe because I can serve it to my family for dinner and have plenty of leftovers for lunches. It's spicy without any heat, so it's a great intro to new flavors for those with mild palates.

231 calories, 9 g fat, 5 g fiber

15 Minute Ginger-Garlic Chicken with Chef Meg's Favorite Ginger-Garlic Sauce

This dish is perfect for busy nights. I marinade the chicken in the morning, grill it at night, and serve it with steamed or frozen vegetables and brown rice that I cook on nights when I have more time.

335 calories, 8 g fat, 5 g fiber

Empty the Pantry Stew

I love this stew because it can be made basically from your pantry. I always keep red potatoes, turkey sausage, and beans on hand. It's great for those nights when you just don't want to brave the cold to go to the supermarket.

224 calories, 4 g fat, 9 g fiber

What are your favorite busy-night meals in winter?

About the author:

SparkPeopleHealthy Cooking Expert Meg Galvin is a World Master Chef, culinary instructor, and the author of "The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight." A farmer's daughter and marathon runner, she lives in northern Kentucky with her husband and three teenage sons.

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