10 Heart-Healthy Dinners for Busy Cooks

10 Heart-Healthy Dinners for Busy Cooks

Sheela Prakash
Mar 2, 2018
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When you're busy, eating a healthy dinner can sometimes feel daunting. It's a whole lot quicker and easier to call for takeout or grab a bite on your way home, right? Actually, you can cook up a wholesome meal in just about the same amount of time — something that's full of good things like veggies and lean protein that are good for your heart and make you feel great. These 10 recipes prove it:

1. Garlicky Soba Noodle Bowls

Soba noodles are made with buckwheat flour, which not only makes them gluten-free but also makes them good for your heart. They cook up quickly for these cold noodle bowls.

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2. Honey-Garlic Chopped Chickpea Salad

This fresh and hearty salad is dinner-worthy, thanks to the two cans of chickpeas that are piled on top, which add a great source of meatless protein to the bowl that's sure to keep you full.

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3. Slow Cooker Salsa Pulled Chicken

Toss all the ingredients in the slow cooker for this chicken when you're winding down on Sunday night and it will be done before you go to bed. Then you can enjoy the juicy meat all week long, over brown rice, stuffed into tortillas, or even over a pile of greens.

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4. Vegan Sweet Potato Chowder

While cream-based chowders are a delicious, occasional meal, on the regular they aren't exactly the portrait of health. This vegan version definitely is, though. Plus, it comes together in under a half-hour.

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5. Sheet Pan Mustard Maple Salmon with Potatoes and Asparagus

Sheet pan dinners are the ultimate solution to a busy schedule. This one features heart-healthy salmon and plenty of veggies to ensure it's a well-rounded dinner.

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6. Weeknight Vegetable Stir-Fry

The best thing about this quick stir-fry is that it's ridiculously adaptable. Use whatever veggies you have in your crisper drawer and forget worrying that you have to run to the store.

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7. Instant Pot Turkey Chili

While most chili requires an afternoon of simmering on the stove, this one comes together in just 30 minutes with help from the Instant Pot. Plus, ground turkey is a great heart-healthy alternative to ground beef.

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8. Roasted Mushroom and Poblano Tacos

Opting for a meatless dinner is an easy way to be good to your heart. These veggie-filled tacos are just as satisfying as chicken or beef tacos since the mushrooms and peppers are marinated before they're roasted, ensuring they're extra flavorful.

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9. Easy Slow Cooker Lentil Soup

Protein- and fiber-filled lentils are a great thing to load up on. This simple soup can be assembled before you head out the door in the morning and it will be ready and waiting when you get home.

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10. Quick Balsamic Quinoa Salad

Not only is quinoa a whole grain, but it's also got a good amount of protein in it, which is great when you're eating something without meat in it. If you already have cooked quinoa on hand from another dinner, this salad comes together in just a few minutes.

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