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Healthy 30-Minute Meals

Fast, delicious, and healthful? You really can have it all with these yummy meals that come together in 30 minutes or less!

Sauteed Chicken Breasts with Simple Chive Sauce

Flavorful chicken is simmered in an easy-to-make wine and chive sauce. Serve with in-season vegetables for a quick side, and you'll keep this meal low in carbs.

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Greek Feta Burgers

Forget the other half of the bun for these burgers! Topped with a fresh and simple Cucumber Sauce, tomato, and spinach, these one-of-a-kind burgers offer bold flavors, plus a healthy dose of protein, vitamin C, iron, and calcium.

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Open-Face Reubens

Cut out calories and fat by whipping up a flavorful slaw to top this quick-fix classic. Ask for lower-sodium roast beef at your deli counter.

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Chicken Cutlets with Fennel and Capers

Skillet-cooked chicken gets a restaurant-worthy makeover from a variety of Italian flavors that keep these quick-fix cutlets at 11 grams of carb per serving.

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Easy Pasta and Pepper Primavera

Vegetarian and packed with fiber and protein, this simple-to-make pasta is a great Italian recipe for a busy weeknight meal.

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Tomatoey Shrimp and Polenta

Spice up your mealtime with this healthy recipe packed with flavor and comfort-food satisfaction. Jalapenos pair perfectly with shrimp and garlic for a Mexican-inspired dish perfect for any night of the week.

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Chicken Taco Pizzas

Replacing high-carb pizza crust and high-fat meat and sour cream makes these quick and tasty personal taco pizzas diabetes-friendly.

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Shrimp Po' Boys

Fill up on Cajun-spiced shrimp and creamy veggies atop a delicious slice of toasted French bread for a protein- and vitamin-rich meal that's simply delicious.

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Easy Chicken Pasta

This hearty pasta is a quick and easy solution for any carb craving that comes in your way. Loaded with low-carb vegetables, this dish sticks to 27 grams of carb per serving.

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Bacon Tomato Melts

This amped-up version of a traditional BLT offers plenty of vitamin A, vitamin C, and calcium. Enjoy loads of cheese on this open-face melt while keeping it diabetes-friendly.

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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

A great pick for lunch or dinner, this tuna salad leaves you feeling satisfied thanks to fiber-rich quinoa and frozen veggies.

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Asian Pork Quesadillas

Pairing an easy-fix Peanut Sauce with whole grain tortillas and a pork tenderloin filling blends Mexican- and Asian-inspired foods for a best-of-both-worlds dish.

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Grilled Fajita Burgers

Served on a tostada shell and topped with nutrient-rich avocados and veggies, grilled burgers get a Mexican-style twist packed with protein, fiber, and vitamin C.

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Cheesesteaks with Peppers and Onions

Lean sirloin steak smothered in Monterey Jack cheese and topped with four types of veggies make this classic well worth the extra 4 minutes (34 minutes total) in cooking time.

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Salmon and Couscous Casserole

Couscous is a lower-carb way to add substance and grain to your meal. Mixing in red sweet peppers and nutrient-rich spinach keeps the carb content to 34 grams per serving.

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Italian Meatball Rolls

Replace beef with lean, low-fat turkey and enjoy this all-time favorite any day of the week. Make it a 30-minute meal by using refrigerated Italian-style turkey meatballs.

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Beef with Mushrooms and Pearl Onions in Red Wine Reduction

Enjoy this sophisticated, company-worthy quick dish after a long day at work -- it will only look like you were in the kitchen all day.

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Tex-Mex Bean Tostadas

Choose hot or mild salsa to give this quick and easy vegetarian recipe an added kick. Look for salsa without corn or fruit to keep the carb count low.

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Hot Ham and Pear Melts

Take your sandwich up a notch! This restaurant-worthy stack boasts the perfect pairing of goat cheese and pears, plus a hint of apricot.

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Bruschetta Burgers

Dress up store-bought veggie burgers with healthy but delicious fixings to keep this dish low in fat and calories with about 20 grams of carb per serving.

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Fish Fillets with Cucumber-Orange Salsa

Use packaged frozen fish fillets for a quick-fix meal with only 6 grams of carb and fewer than 125 calories per serving.

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Moo Shu Chicken Wraps

This Asian-style classic switches it up by using chicken instead of pork for a delicious, fiber-rich meal that's also quick and easy.

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Pork Chops with Red Cabbage & Pears

The sweet-and-sour cabbage pairs deliciously with braised chops and juicy pears in this German-inspired dish.

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Spicy Fish Kabobs

Halibut grills up moist and tender in these low-fat and delicately flavored kabobs.

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Quick and Easy Omelet

The indulgence of breakfast in bed is yours to savor with a ready-in-minutes recipe. Round out the relaxing meal with fresh fruit or juice and toast.

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Sage and Cream Turkey Fettuccine

Fat-free sour cream adds extra richness without a lot of calories and fat to this quick-fixing turkey and pasta dish for two.

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Salmon with Broccoli Couscous

Go fishing at your grocery store and you won't find a meal that is much easier to make, or healthier, than this one. Salmon is one of few foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids, a nutrient that can help prevent heart disease.

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Thai Turkey Burgers

Thai seasoning is a blend of seasonings that is reminiscent of the classic flavors of Thai cooking. The ingredients vary widely by brand but often include garlic, coriander, onion, cilantro, and pepper. Look for it at food specialty stores or larger supermarkets.

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Vegetarian Tostada

This layered salad dish contains enough to make it a meal--rice, beans, greens, and vegetables.

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Chipotle Chili

Using no-salt-added tomatoes and rinsing the beans and hominy helps keep sodium levels in check.

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Salmon with Wilted Greens

A splash of toasted sesame oil adds a delicious, nutty nuance to the orange dressing.

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Mediterranean Chicken and Pasta

Travelers to the Mediterranean are apt to describe their dining experiences there as simple and sublime. With its oregano, garlic, and feta cheese (a favorite flavor trio found in the Mediterranean), this chicken dish is likely to elicit similar praise.

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Indian Beef Patties with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

The cool low-fat cucumber sauce is a delicious way to tame these fiery mint- and cumin-spiked ground meat patties without derailing your daily meal plan.

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Grilled Pork & Pear Salad

Here's a slick trick--stir apple juice concentrate into low-fat buttermilk and mayo for a creamy apple dressing to go with the pears.

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Sesame Orange Beef

Toasted sesame seeds and toasted sesame oil give this beef-and-fruit stir-fry a delightful double dose of nutty flavor.

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Bow Tie Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli

Mayonnaise makes a terrific no-fuss sauce for the chicken and pasta. Better yet, using light mayonnaise rather than regular helps keep the fat and calories down.

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Red Bean Stew

A quartet of flavors -- garlic, cilantro, oregano, and adobo seasoning -- adds a zesty kick to this vegetarian one-bowl meal.

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Udon Noodles with Tofu

Look for Japanese udon noodles near the Asian ingredients in your supermarket or use linguine.

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Tuna Salad Pockets

This updated version of tuna salad works well with or without the pita bread. As a healthful choice for your workday lunch, pack the greens and tuna mixture separately. Keep cold until ready to eat.

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Cranberry Pork Loin Chops

Ladle the tangy orange-and-cranberry sauce over broiled or grilled chicken or fish, too.

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Pork Medallions with Cranberry and Fig

Either fresh cranberries or whole cranberry sauce works well for the ruby chutney in this festive entree.

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Salsa, Black Bean, and Rice Salad

The beans pack fiber and protein into this vegetarian salad.

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Provencal Omelet

Spray the cold skillet with cooking spray instead of cooking the vegetables in oil or butter.

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Tarragon Chicken Linguine

Cooking broccoli with the linguine lets you use less pasta overall and saves on cleanup at the same time.

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Tabbouleh with Edamame and Feta

This zesty Mediterranean salad makes a great vegetarian main dish, or serve 1/2-cup portions as a side dish with broiled or grilled chicken, beef, or pork.

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5-Spice Chicken Noodle Soup

Asian dishes abound with flavor-packed ingredients. This soup is no exception with its highlights of soy, five-spice powder, and ginger. All add a flavor punch without adding lots of calories and fat.

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Apricot Chicken Kabobs

Apricot spreadable fruit and jerk seasoning team up to give these chicken skewers a tantalizing zing. Another time, try strawberry spreadable fruit.

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Barbecued Pork Sandwiches

Making your own barbecue sauce, rather than using a bottled sauce, reduces the sodium content in this recipe. If you're short on time, make the sauce ahead and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Basil-Lemon Shrimp Linguine

Basil, considered to be a royal herb in ancient Greece, provides color and flavor in this quick pasta dish.

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