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15 Healthy Pantry Dinners for Hectic Weeknights

No time for grocery shopping? No problem! These 15 dietitian-approved dinners use ingredients you likely have stocked in your pantry, fridge or freezer like canned beans, pasta, eggs and leftover chicken. Now you can throw together a nutritious meal in no time that will please the family and make you look like a gourmet cook.

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Photo: Katie Morford, MS, RD

Oven-Baked Chicken Taquitos

Dinner doesn’t get much easier than this! These oven-baked chicken taquitos are made with just five ingredients and are ready in 20 minutes. This healthy spin on the traditional fried taquitos is sure to be a new family favorite. Make a double batch and freeze the extras to use for future suppers or school lunches. Get the recipe >>

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Photo: Kylie Mitchell, MPH, RDN

Pizza Quiche

It’s’s’s quichzza! All the foods you enjoy like pizza, quiche and pie rolled into one skillet. Start with whole-wheat pizza dough (you can pick this up in the bakery section of your supermarket), add eggs, whatever veggies you have on hand, your favorite cheese and bake. Is this breakfast or dinner? You decide! We vote both! Get the recipe >>

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Photo: Kristina LaRue, RD

Turkey Taco Soup

Super satisfying and ready in just 15 minutes, this taco soup uses many canned ingredients like diced tomatoes, black beans, corn and green chilies. Keep a packet of taco seasoning in your pantry and ground meat (like the ground turkey used in this recipe) in your fridge and you’ll have a healthy meal the whole family will enjoy in less time than it takes to pick up takeout. Get the recipe >>

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Photo: Min Kwon, MS, RDN

Lightened-Up Mongolian Chicken

Add whatever veggies you have on hand and swap chicken for tofu or cauliflower, if desired, to create this delicious Asian-inspired dish in just 30 minutes. This lightened-up recipe is simple and easy and features a savory sauce that can’t be beat! Get the recipe >>

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