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10 Popular Weeknight Dinner Recipes For Busy Schedules

From healthy tacos, to salmon bowls, and sheet-pan dinner, this list has you covered.

By: Rebecca Jacobs

Let’s face it — one of the biggest reasons many of us don’t enjoy as many homemade meals as we may like is due to lack of time. Weeknights are crazy busy, and oftentimes it seems easier to order takeout or pick something up on the way home from work. But what if there was an easy, healthy, and delicious way to get a wholesome dinner on the table without tons of meal prep? Enter easy weeknight dinner recipes. 

We’re sharing ten popular FitOn PRO dinner recipes that prove that healthy eating doesn’t have to be super time-consuming. 

10 Popular Easy Weeknight Dinners 

#1 One Pan Honey Mustard Chicken

When it comes to easy weeknight dinners, you can’t get any easier than sheet-pan meals. They are easy to make and require minimal cleanup, making them a weeknight win, and this One Pan Honey Mustard Chicken is sure to be a winner! 

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 10 brussel sprouts, halved
  • 1 basket cherry tomato, halved
  • 1 bunch asparagus, ends chopped
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 chicken breasts

For The Marinade

  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C or 350°F. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Place the Brussels sprouts, cherry tomatoes, and asparagus on the baking tray. Drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil and season with sea salt.
  3. To make the marinade, add all of the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until they’re combined.
  4. Add two chicken breasts to the center of the tray and spoon over the marinade.
  5. Place the tray in oven to bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the chicken breast is cooked and the vegetables are tender. 

#2 Healthy Fried Rice

Fried rice made healthy. This easy and filling meal tastes even better than takeout! Easy to make and full of flavor, you really can’t go wrong with this easy weeknight dinner. 

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown rice, uncooked
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 cups kale, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp tamari
  • 2 eggs (optional)
  • Sesame seeds, chili flakes, and spring onion for serving 

Directions

  1. Cook the brown rice according to the packet instructions. Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the onion, and sauté for 4-5 minutes until it softens and becomes translucent.
  4. Add the garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add the kale and stir until it has wilted.
  6. Add the cooked rice and sauté for another two minutes.
  7. At this stage, you may choose to add 1-2 organic eggs. If so, crack two eggs into a separate bowl and whisk slightly. Then add to hot saucepan with rice, stirring the egg through the mixture until completely cooked.
  8. Add the tamari and stir to combine. Divide into two bowls, top with sesame seeds, spring onion, and chili flakes, if using

#3 Japanese Salmon Bowl

Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, making it a great addition to a healthy eating plan. This Japanese Salmon Bowl is full of flavor, easy to make, and rich in nourishing ingredients.

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 sweet potato, cubed 
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 bunch broccolini
  • 2 salmon fillets

For The Marinade

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • ¼ cup tamari
  • ½ tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp honey (optional)

Directions 

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C or 390°F. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Place the sweet potato on the baking tray, leaving room for the salmon and broccolini, and drizzle with 1 tbsp coconut oil. Toss to coat. Sprinkle sesame seeds and sea salt. Roast in oven for 25 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, make the marinade by placing all of the marinade ingredients in a bowl. Whisk until combined.
  4. Remove the tray from oven and add the broccolini. Drizzle the remaining coconut oil and another sprinkle of sea salt. Next, place the two salmon fillets in the middle of the baking tray and drizzle over the marinade. Place in the oven for 12-15 minutes, or until it’s cooked to your liking. 
  5. Serve with brown rice, if desired.

#4 Easy Chicken & Veggie Stir-Fry

Stir-frys are another great easy weeknight dinner option. They are super versatile and a great way to get in some added veggies! This Easy Chicken & Veggie Stir-Fry is a great weeknight dinner option when you’re short on time but want a filling and delicious meal. 

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 4 cups mixed vegetables, chopped
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 small chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • Brown rice to serve 

Directions

  1. Chop your vegetables of choice. Set aside.
  2. Heat coconut oil in a large non-stick frying pan on medium heat.
  3. Add the red onion and sauté until it becomes translucent.
  4. Mince 2 garlic cloves and add to the pan. Sauté until it’s golden and fragrant.
  5. Add chicken and sauté until cooked through. Drizzle 1 tbsp tamari and a sprinkle of chili flakes.
  6. Add the chopped vegetables to the pan and continue to sauté, adding another 1 tbsp of tamari sauce. Sauté on high heat for a further 3-5 minutes, or until the vegetables are cooked.
  7. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and some extra chili flakes. Divide into bowls and serve with brown rice, if desired.

#5 Creamy Broccoli Pasta

This FitOn PRO Creamy Broccoli Pasta is a fan-favorite. It’s an easy way to pack in some added veggies and makes pasta night healthy and delicious! 

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 heads broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 cup pasta of choice, cooked
  • ¼ cup almond milk, or milk of choice
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste 
  • 1 tbsp parmesan cheese, shaved, to serve (optional)
  • Fresh basil to serve 

Directions

  1. Add the broccoli florets to a pot of boiling water and boil until they’re cooked through. Alternatively, steam the florets in a steaming basket until they’re cooked.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a pot of salted water on the stove according to the packet instructions. Once cooked, strain the pasta. Set aside.
  3. Place the cooked broccoli in a food processor and blend until it forms a creamy consistency. Add your milk of choice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Blend again. If the sauce is too thick, add 1-2 tbsp water.
  4. Add the broccoli sauce to the mixing bowl with the pasta. Stir to coat the pasta.
  5. To serve, top the pasta with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.

#6 Healthy Chicken Pesto Pasta

This Healthy Chicken Pesto Pasta is a great easy weeknight dinner option that takes a healthy spin on the traditional pasta dish. 

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into thin slices
  • 2 tbsp pesto
  • 1 head broccoli, chopped into florets
  • 2 cups gluten-free pasta, cooked

Directions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the sliced chicken breasts and 1 tbsp of pesto to the pan. Season generously with salt and sauté until the chicken is cooked through.
  3. In the meantime, cook the pasta according to the packet instructions.
  4. Once the chicken is cooked, add the chopped broccoli and continue to sauté for another 3-4 minutes.
  5. Add the cooked pasta to the pan with the chicken and add 1 more tbsp of pesto. Stir and top with fresh basil. 
  6. Serve.

#7 Healthy Mexican Tacos

Tacos fans, you’re going to want in on this Healthy Mexican Taco recipe. Made with wholesome, real food ingredients, this is the ultimate easy weeknight dinner that’s not only easy to make but totally delicious. 

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups brown rice or cauliflower rice 
  • 2 leaves Romaine lettuce
  • 2½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 lbs ground beef
  • ½ cup napoletana sauce
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 basket cherry tomato, chopped
  • 1 avocado, smashed

Directions 

  1. Cook the brown rice (if using) according to the packet instructions.  Set aside.
  2. If using cauliflower rice, cook by placing 1 head of cauliflower florets in a food processor. Blend until it forms a rice-like consistency. In a medium frying pan over medium heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil. Add the cauliflower rice and gently sauté it for 5-7, or until it’s golden and toasted. Set aside.
  3. Wash the lettuce and tear off individual lettuce leaves to use as tacos.
  4. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the chopped red onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes until it’s cooked. Add the meat to the pan and break it up with a spoon. Continue to sauté until it is brown and cooked through.
  5. Once the meat is cooked, add the remaining olive oil, Napoletana sauce, curry powder, and a pinch of sea salt. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, until combined. Remove from heat and set aside.
  6. Place the lettuce cups on a serving plate and fill each cup with meat, chopped carrots, tomatoes, and rice of choice. Top with smashed avocado.
  7. Enjoy! 

#8 Bolognese with Zoodles

Here’s another healthy take on a traditional pasta dish. This Bolognese With Zoodles recipe is a great one when you’re craving pasta but want a lightened-up, high-protein option. 

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 cups canned diced tomatoes 
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • 4 large zucchini
  • Parmesan & fresh basil to serve 

Directions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the red onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes or until they’ve softened.
  3. Add the meat and cook for a further 5 minutes or until browned. Break up any lumps with the back of a wooden spoon.
  4. Add the diced tomatoes and tomato paste. Stir well and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 15-20 minutes or until the sauce has thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Meanwhile, using a vegetable spiraliser or vegetable peeler, cut the zucchini (skin on) into thin, noodle-like strips (zoodles). Set aside in a sieve over a large bowl. Alternately, use pre-bought zoodles.
  6. To serve, toss the zoodles through the Bolognese sauce and top with Parmesan and fresh basil.

#9 One Pan Teriyaki Chicken

You can’t go wrong with sheet-pan meals when it comes to easy weeknight dinners. This One Pan Teriyaki Chicken is absolutely delicious and easy to make.

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 head broccoli, chopped into florets
  • 2 carrots, sliced into sticks
  • 1 eggplant, chopped
  • 2½ tbsp olive oil
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 2 chicken breast, flattened slightly

For The Marinade

  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp ginger, grated
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • ¼ cup tamari

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C or 350°F. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Place the broccoli, carrots, and eggplant on the baking tray. Leave space for the chicken breast. Drizzle the vegetables with olive oil and a generous sprinkle of salt.
  3. Add chicken breast to the middle of the tray, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.
  4. To make the marinade, place all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk together until they’re smooth. Spoon 2 tbsp of the marinade over each chicken breasts. Spoon remaining marinade over vegetables.
  5. Place the pan in the oven and roast for 30-35 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
  6. Serve with brown rice, if desired.

#10 Chicken Lettuce Burger 

Craving a burger but looking for a lightened-up version? Look no further than these Chicken Lettuce Burgers. This perfectly delicious easy weeknight dinner is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. 

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breast, flattened slightly
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, torn into lettuce cups
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced

For The Dressing

  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard

For The Marinade

  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C or 400°F. Line a large baking dish with baking paper.
  2. Place all of the marinade ingredients in a bowl. Stir to combine.
  3. Place the chicken in the baking dish and pour over the marinade. Ensure the chicken is well coated.
  4. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Turn the chicken frequently until it’s cooked through.
  5. To make the dressing, place all of the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until they form a smooth, creamy sauce.
  6. To plate up, arrange the lettuce cups on a serving plate. Add cooked chicken breast, red onion, tomato, avocado, and fresh parsley. Drizzle each lettuce cup with dressing.

Healthy Dinners Made in Pinch 

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be extremely time-consuming. In fact, with a little meal prepping each week and with a list of easy weeknight dinners, you’ll be excited to cook your healthy dinner each night! 

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