The holidays are in full swing, but you still have to eat in between those festive parties. Here’s a roundup of our favorite healthy, simple dinners for those busy weeknights in.
|Vegetable and Lentil Soup
On a cold night, there’s nothing more satisfying than a hearty bowl of soup like this one, chock-full of bright vegetables and tender lentils. Unlike other dried legumes, lentils cook quickly, so this recipe is great when you’re short on time.
|Cauliflower, Onion and Greens Risotto
Faster than a soup but just as comforting, risotto takes only about 20 minutes to come together and is a favorite dish for weeknight dinners. Here, caramelized onions, cauliflower and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese are a wonderful and unexpected combination.
|Apple and Cheddar Panini with Onion Jam
A dinner of soup and a sandwich will satisfy both kids and adults. Serve this sweet-savory panini with our simple carrot soup.
|Spaghetti with Garlicky Greens
This tangle of noodles and garlic-laden ribbons of kale and chard is a delicious way to eat your greens.
|Tuscan Farro Soup with White Beans, Tomatoes and Basil
This wonderfully textured soup marries a handful of classic Tuscan flavors and stars chewy, earthy whole grains. The beans and farro make it hearty enough for a full meal — just add crusty bread.
|Spiced Roasted Halibut with Fennel and Onion
Here, a quick homemade spice blend seasons both the fish and the vegetables. Offer couscous, or basmati or jasmine rice, on the side, along with chopped fresh cilantro for a refreshing garnish.
|Seared Scallops with Orange and Red Onion Salad
Oranges, scallops and even onions are at their best in the wintertime, and these lively flavors will help brighten up a slow, chilly evening.
|Braised Chicken with Onions, Rosemary and Sage
Chicken, onions and herbs braised with wine make a warming meal. Serve the chicken over polenta or rice, or set out some crusty bread, to absorb the flavorful juices.
|Chicken with Mustard and Walnut Coating
Bread crumbs mixed with fragrant lemon zest, crunchy walnuts, spicy mustard and aromatic shallot form a crispy crust on chicken breasts and seal in the natural juices. Serve with steamed broccoli or wilted winter greens and rice.
|Citrus-Grilled Pork Tenderloin
The flavors of the Italian pork dish known as porchetta inspired the marinade for these quick-cooking tenderloins, which are seasoned with fresh rosemary, fennel seeds, red pepper flakes, garlic and citrus. They’re seared quickly on a grill pan for a flavor-packed entree.
|Sautéed Pork with Parsnips
Here, the simplest ingredients combine to make an easy and delicious dinner: quickly sautéed pork medallions with sweet, nutty parsnips. Serve them with egg noodles tossed with olive oil, fresh thyme and lots of fresh pepper.
|Stir-Fried Tri-tip with Radicchio
When stir-fried, lean tri-tip can absorb the flavors of other ingredients. Here, it’s paired with watercress and radicchio and lightly dressed with a touch of bright vinegar.