Need Dinner Fast? Healthy Chili Mac & More Quick and Easy Meals

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Need Quick Easy Meal Ideas? This Gluten Free Chili Mac is one of our family's favorites and it's in a line up with a bunch of other easy healthy meals that are all gluten free. Guaranteed to help you get dinner on the table in a hurry!

I am always looking for easy healthy meals like our Pakistani Kima, Easy Baked Chicken Nuggets, Low Carb Shepherd's Pie, Healthy Hamburger Helper, and Oven Barbecued Chicken. So you know I was thrilled to get this Healthy Chili Mac Recipe from Tessa of Tessa Domestic Diva. I love Tessa's selection of healthy, attractive, and special diet friendly recipes (she's got a beautiful site as well.)  I hope you enjoy this post by Tessa as she shares with us some quick, easy, and healthful options for getting dinner on the table—FAST!  

I can’t tell you how many times people around me have lamented how they wish they had more time to cook and put wholesome dinners down for their family every night.

Regardless of your time constraints: it IS possible.  

The key is pre-planning and picking the right recipes that cook quickly or in a crock-pot while you’re away managing your busy day.

Take a moment to organize yourself!  You will be saving yourself loads of money AND eating more healthy, wholesome foods than the grab and go fare you find in most grocery stores.    Best of all, you get to control what goes into your food.  Let me show you how!  With a little practice, this process of pre-planning should not take more than 30 minutes (unless you’re like me and adore pouring through recipe sources for pleasure!)

Tips for Easy Meals

1.  I have a post on how to menu plan to help you learn how to get the ball rolling.

2.  Check your pantry, fridge, and freezer to take stock of items that need to be used up.

3.  Pick your recipes.
  Avoid recipes that have long cooking times or loads of prep work, save these for weekend cooking when you may have more time.

4.  Make a grocery list
.  Whatever recipes you pick, make a corresponding grocery list to pick up the things you do not already have on hand.  As I mentioned in my above menu-planning post, I keep pre-printed grocery lists on hand for this.  I group the foods I need by type and have them on my list in the order I hit them in my favorite store.

5.  Grocery shop with your list in hand.  STICK TO IT to ensure you are only spending money on items you’ll use. We do this as a family (even with all the “bumps” shopping with kids entails).  You may prefer to do it alone.  An organized list helps you move through the store efficiently, and I give my older kids jobs to help the process.

6. Enjoy your newfound health and freedom!  It feels good to feed your family well, and it is entirely possible and worth it.  Less stress is better for your body too…but I didn’t need to tell you that, did I?!

Here are some quick and easy recipes to get you started.

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TIP: Add any additional vegetables to this.  I bet bell peppers, carrots, spinach, or cabbage would all be good! Here are some more quick and easy meals:

Quick & Easy 2 Ingredient Pulled Pork

2-Ingredient Pulled Pork

Fish Amandine

Fish Amandine

Warm Chicken BLT Salad

Warm Chicken BLT Salad

Creamy Ham & Potato Soup

(not low carb)

Creamy Ham and Potato Soup

More quick and easy options for those “I Don't Know What's For Dinner” moments:

“Clean Out the Fridge Pasta”

(use vegetable noodles for a low carb dish)

Easy Past Dinner

Easy and Yummy Bean Dip

(everyone asks for this recipe — not low carb)

black bean dip

Easy Baked Chicken Nuggets

These Easy Baked Chicken Nuggets taste like you've spent a lot of time on them, but they're ready lickety-split! And they're allergy-friendly too. Dairy and egg-free with gluten-free option.

Indian Lentils

(ready in as little as 9 minutes – not low carb)

This lentil recipe is ready in a flash - in as little as 9 minutes! When you don't know what's for dinner, this lentil curry bean dish is a great healthy standby that is a great kid-friendly meal as well.

What is YOUR favorite super quick meal?

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  1. I buy but shirataki noodles from vitacost and buy there label so much cheaper and since we now love them so. Found that the best way is to rinse longer salt the water you cook them in like you would with real pasta and cooker longer then paskage says, also when you drain them and cook in dry skillet also cook longer then put in soup or dress with your fave sauce delish.Great for carbonara.

  2. Looks yummy! I am working on menu planning so I will have to go check out your tips!

  3. Your link to the warm chicken BLT salad is not working. Would love to have that recipe.