10 Healthy Comfort Food Dinners That You Can Make in 30 Minutes

updated Sep 27, 2019
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After a busy day, dinner usually needs to be quick. It also needs to be comfort food, to combat whatever you faced at work, school, or elsewhere. These 10 recipes are both of those things but they’re also extra wholesome — full of vegetables and lean protein — so you can feel good about them, too.

A surefire way to turn your favorite ultra-comforting soup into a healthy meal? Load as many vegetables into the pot as possible.

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Skip your favorite takeout order and opt to make this chicken stir-fry instead. It comes together ridiculously fast and tastes much more fresh and wholesome.

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This colorful pasta is more about the vegetables than the noodles, thanks to a whole bag of broccoli slaw and lots of shredded carrots.

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Nachos might seem like the farthest thing from a healthy dinner, but if you load them with black beans and veggies and swap the sour cream for Greek yogurt, it’s a meal to feel good about.

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Salads are healthy, yes, but not always comforting. This one, however, definitely is since it’s served warm, with just the right amount of creamy goat cheese and crunchy pumpkin seeds.

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To make this a dinner that’s ready in under 30 minutes, take a shortcut and swap in shredded rotisserie chicken instead of cooking the meat yourself.

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This quick skillet dinner can be served over whole-wheat couscous or quinoa to make it more hearty, or just pair it with plenty of crusty whole-wheat bread.

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Since the orzo is cooked right in the pot of tomato sauce and chickpeas, it releases a bunch of its starch and makes everything super-creamy, although there isn’t a spot of cream in the dish.

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These hearty tacos are the perfect alternative on taco Tuesday when you’re looking to skip the ground beef. Plus, all the components can be made ahead of time and just reheated before dinner.

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Pair saucy meatballs with sautéed greens and you’ve got a complete meal on your hands that’s extra comforting.