Looking for Dinners that are Healthy & Quick?

What Nutritionists Eat When They Only Have a few Minutes to Prep a Meal

Hear that? It’s the sound of all your healthy-eating excuses going out the window.

When you’re coming home from work and are feeling worn out, taking even half an hour to make a healthy dinner can feel out of the question. Good news: If you’ve got five minutes, you can mix up something wholesome and delicious. Here’s how seven nutritionists do just that.





“Black beans, frozen broccoli, frozen brown rice—put them all in a pan with a little olive oil and herbs of your choice, and you’ve got a healthy, balanced, and delicious dinner within a few minutes.” —Kristin Kirkpatrick, M.S., R.D., a wellness manager at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute 


“I often toss together whatever hidden produce and leftovers are in my fridge, which typically results in a hearty green salad with avocado, protein leftovers—whether it be beans, quinoa, or chicken—tomatoes, and whatever else is around. That could be olives, artichoke hearts, etc. I usually go for a splash of oil and balsamic vinegar to tie it all together. It’s amazing what you can find when everything is fair game.” —Keri Glassman, R.D., a Women’s Health contributor


“It’s as easy as heating up a whole-grain waffle, topping with peanut butter, and dumping on some blueberries. Or I’ll enjoy a big bowl of whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk and fruit. Easy and no fuss!” —Joy Bauer, M.S., R.D., the nutrition and health expert for NBC’s TODAY Show and founder of NourishSnacks


“I have a roster of five-ingredient, five-minute recipes that I rotate throughout the week. My favorite is a super-quick fish and veggies dish: Sear a filet of fish—I love a chunky piece of black cod—skin-side down. Then scatter your favorite veggies around the filet. It’s ridiculously easy, quick, and is a great source of protein, healthy fats, and vegetables.” —Michelle Davenport, Ph.D., R.D., a Silicon Valley nutritionist



“I love half of a whole-wheat sandwich thin with melted fresh mozzarella, tomato, balsamic vinegar, avocado, basil, and a little sea salt.” —Mitzi Dulan, R.D., author of The Pinterest 



 “I’ll throw together deli turkey or chicken, salad greens, and spicy mustard. Done!” —Shelly Marie Redmond, R.D.


“They are so easy to whip up and are packed full of nutrients. I can toss in some baby greens and even add cooked grains or beans, which I try to keep on-hand in the fridge. Hummus and veggies or rice thins is another favorite.” —Katie Cavuto, M.S., R.D., the dietician for the Phillies and the Flyers


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