When you don’t have time to cook, grabbing food “to go” might be more convenient. There are healthy dinner options you can choose from at the supermarket such as rotisserie chicken or sliced lean roast beef. I know things can get hectic, but have you considered making a nutritious dinner at home in under 25 minutes?

Try cooking one of these simple and healthy dishes:

Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Lemon, Basil and Salmon
Transfer some freshly cooked whole-wheat spaghetti into a large bowl. Add garlic, extra-virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss to combine. Add basil, capers, lemon zest, and lemon juice to the spaghetti mixture and toss.

Season salmon with salt and pepper, and cook in pan with olive oil until medium-rare, about 2 minutes per side. Place half a cup of spinach on a serving plate, add the spaghetti on top, and then top the pasta with the salmon.

Turkey Breast with Spinach, Pears, & Blue Cheese
Rub turkey breasts with salt, pepper and sage. Cook the turkey breasts in ghee (clarified butter) over medium-high heat for about 10 to 12 minutes (until no longer pink). Remove from skillet. Add spinach to skillet, and cook and stir until just wilted.

Cook sliced pears with 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a smaller skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes, or until tender and lightly browned.

Serve the turkey breasts with the spinach and pears. Top with blue cheese.

Simple Open-Face Whole Wheat Burrito
Spread black beans on top of a whole wheat tortilla. Add mashed avocado and cheese on top of the beans.

Place the tortilla in the oven for approximately 10-15 minutes until cheese melts. Remove from the oven.

Sprinkle chopped tomatoes, and romaine lettuce on top. Add some roasted chicken. If desired, add a dollop of reduced fat sour cream.

Roasted Chicken & Spinach Salad
Mix baby spinach, dried cranberries, and pecans (or walnuts) in a salad bowl.

Top with balsamic vinaigrette or your favorite dressing, and toss to coat evenly.

Add rotisserie chicken and feta cheese crumbles. Enjoy!

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Edna Dimataga-Fernandez
Edna Dimataga-Fernandez founded The Wellness Institute in 2013. The company utilizes a holistic model of wellness consulting focusing on the 6 dimensions of organizational well-being: physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual & financial health. The Wellness Institute provides holistic health assessments, corporate well-being workshops & wellness consultations with holistic health practitioners. Wellness-Spring, the company’s holistic health store, sells organic & non-toxic health & beauty products. A portion of the proceeds is donated back to causes that support women, children, health, wellness & education. She has worked & consulted for companies in the insurance & financial services industry, the medical & behavioral health field and the non-profit sector. Edna holds a B.A. in Economics from UCLA and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. She is a Past President (2010-11) of the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors - Los Angeles Chapter and is an approved Continuing Education Provider for the California Department of Insurance.