7 Healthy Five-Minute Dinners

by Charlotte Edwards

No matter what the reason is for needing a quick and healthy meal, we've got you covered. These are simple and nutritious meals that you can create with a few grab-and-go ingredients and just five minutes. Also, check out our healthy cooking shows like Hemsley + Hemsley and Healthy Gourmet to learn how to make health-conscious meals for you and your family. Find out where to watch.

Whole Grain Waffle With Nut Butter 

This breakfast staple works as a healthy meal anytime of day. Toast a freezer waffle and top with a tablespoon of favorite nut butter, and then sliced berries or banana on top. Our favorite combination includes is a blueberry waffle with almond butter and raspberries. 

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A Classic Caprese 

Don't be fooled by the speed at which this tasty and savory dish can be prepared. Thinly slice some tomato, top with sliced mozzarella cheese, and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with fresh or dried basil. Salt and pepper to taste. Add some baby spinach and pre-cooked chicken slices for a more filling meal. 

Healthy Tuna Salad

Swap out the unhealthy-fat laden mayo for creamy mashed avocado (or prepared guacamole) when you whip up your next tuna salad. Add two tablespoons of mashed avocado to a can of drained tuna. Stir in chopped veggies like red onion, celery, and bell peppers for more nutrients.

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Grilled-Chicken Lettuce Wrap

For a filling, low-carb option, we love to make wraps with large lettuce leaves. Wrap five-to-six ounces of grilled chicken strips, half of an avocado and half a tomato in several large bibb lettuce leaves. If you're in a rush, wrap in foil to make portable.

Meat-And-Cheese Wrap

Comprised of common household ingredients, this one is always good for when you’re in a rush. Spread cream cheese (chive is my personal favorite) on a tortilla and top with chopped veggies, deli meat and a slice of cheese. Roll it up and eat.

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Super Smoothie

Upgrade a familiar post-workout snack by using cold coffee in place of water with favorite your protein shake recipe and a banana. For a creamier, ice cold smoothie, use a frozen banana. Non-coffee drinkers and kids can swap out the coffee with milk, or change up the taste with coconut or almond milk.

Yogurt Berry Parfait

In a large glass or bowl, layer plain or vanilla Greek yogurt with granola and fresh or frozen strawberries, bananas and, blueberries. Variations include using other flavors of yogurt and cereal in place of granola. 

Have more healthy, five-minute dinners? Share your dishes in the comments section below. 

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