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8 fast (and healthy) dinners for busy runners

Fast and healthy dinner recipes for runnersWhen life gets hectic, getting a healthy, delicious dinner on the table can be a challenge, and we can find ourselves once again feasting on fast or frozen foods. But dinner doesn’t have to be a headache – or a big production. All it takes is a little planning and one of these eight amazingly quick-to-prepare recipes.

  1. Spinach lasagna: This 10-minute spinach lasagna uses no-boil noodles to cut down on the baking time. If you want to lighten up the dairy, try low-fat cottage cheese in place of ricotta. Basil add a nice touch, too.
  2. One pot pasta: One pot meals are easy to make, produce very little mess, and you can toss almost anything inside. This parmesan and pine nut pasta is filled with vegetables and flavor. It’s so cheesy and delicious, you won’t believe there’s no sauce or cream in the recipe.
  3. Thai peanut pasta: This one pot vegan pasta recipe combines unique flavors and textures – and once you put everything in the pot, you cook it for only 10 minutes. That’s just long enough for the noodles to soften and the flavors to mingle.
  4. Chicken lo mein: Instead of ordering Chinese again, bring that idea home with this chicken lo mein recipe. Use whole wheat pasta to bring an extra dose of health to this mix. And if you’re really crunched for time, consider using frozen mixed vegetables instead of chopping fresh ones.
  5. Tostadas: For these oven-baked tostadas, all that’s required is simple assembly. You’ll bake tortillas until crisp, then layer with refried beans, lettuce, cheese, olives, or anything else that sounds good. Enjoy with salsa on the side.
  6. Loaded quesadillas: These veggie-loaded quesadillas are filled with beans, roasted or fresh veggies, cheese, and anything else you might have leftover from the night before. Simply pan cook on each side until golden brown.
  7. Chicken and broccoli: It doesn’t get much healthier than this 12-minute chicken and broccoli recipe. The secret is in the seasoning, which gives the whole meal a much more sophisticated flavor than you’d expect from such a quick cook. Vegetarians can try this meal with tofu or tempeh.
  8. Veggie chili: This vegetarian eggplant lentil chili takes only 10 minutes to prepare. Let your slow cooker do the rest of the work. Once you get used to making certain soup recipes, you’ll learn how to adapt them to fit whatever is in your fridge.

Written by Ashley Marcin/Photo Creative Commons