15 Healthy Weeknight Dinners for the Holiday Season

Sheet pan of Dijon Pork with Apples and Cabbage
Photo: Allrecipes Magazine

It's easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, especially when it comes to mealtimes. But, no matter what you may think, it is possible to maintain a well-rounded diet during the most wonderful time of the year — that's why we rounded up our fastest, easiest, and healthiest weeknight dinners to enjoy between big holiday meals. These crowd-pleasing recipes come together quickly without a lot of ingredients, so they're perfect for when you're short on time. You'll come back to this collection of healthy weeknight dinners for the holiday season again and again.

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Six Can Chicken Tortilla Soup

Six Can Chicken Tortilla Soup
Six Can Chicken Tortilla Soup. fabeveryday

Short on time this season? You're in luck! It doesn't get much quicker or easier than this shortcut soup made with just six canned ingredients. To make this a healthier meal, opt for low-sodium choices.

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Orange Chicken with Asparagus

bowl with rice, asparagus, and orange chicken

Here's a light, healthy dinner to throw together in just half an hour with fewer than 10 ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.

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Simple Baked Chicken Breasts

a foil-lined sheet pan holding baked boneless skinless chicken breasts
Joe Hell

If you're looking for a healthy dinner to serve a crowd, your search ends with these simply seasoned chicken breasts. Pair with one of Our Best Heart-Healthy Side Dishes for a delicious and nutritious meal that's perfect for the holiday season.

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Pasta with Vegetables

Pasta with Vegetables in an orange bowl

It's easy to customize this 25-minute pasta and vegetable dinner with whatever ingredients you have on hand, according to recipe creator Danielle.

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Dijon Pork with Apples and Cabbage

Sheet pan of Dijon Pork with Apples and Cabbage
Allrecipes Magazine

Cleanup is a breeze with this one-pan dinner, so it's the perfect healthy choice for feeding busy families. A honey mustard marinade "gives pork a tangy-sweet punch," according to recipe creator Molly Gilbert.

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Stuffed Green Pepper Soup

Stuffed Green Pepper Soup in a white bowl
Soup Loving Nicole

This healthy soup recipe, which is perfect for people who love stuffed peppers, will warm you up from the inside out during the chilly winter season.

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Simple Turkey Chili

ground turkey and pumpkin chili topped with jalapeno slices in a white bowl
Chef V

This low-fat turkey chili is beloved by the Allrecipes community — it has almost 2,000 rave reviews. "It's even better the second day," says recipe creator Amanda Ingraham.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Creole

Slow Cooker Chicken Creole

Use your trusty Crock-Pot to make this Creole-inspired chicken dinner with lots of healthy veggies. Serve it alone, with rice, or over egg noodles.

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Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggies with Mustard Vinaigrette

sheet pan chicken and veggies with mustard vinaigrette recipe served with Brussels sprouts, onions, and sweet potatoes

Make this well-rounded sheet pan dinner with chicken and veggies that are in season during the winter holidays, such as Brussels sprouts and carrots. "It's super affordable and requires minimal cleanup," says culinary producer NicoleMcmom.

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Portobello Penne Pasta Casserole

Portobello Penne Pasta Casserole closeup
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Cozy up with hearty pasta casserole that comes together in under an hour. Portobello mushrooms and spinach pack a nutrient-rich punch.

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Cauliflower Fried 'Rice'

Cauliflower Fried "Rice"
Photo: bd.weld.

"This recipe is unbelievable," according to reviewer and Allrecipes Allstar Volleyballmom. "I served it to two cauliflower non-lovers and didn't tell them what it was until they were finished raving about it."

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Spaghetti Squash with Pine Nuts, Sage, and Romano

Spaghetti Squash with Pine Nuts, Sage, and Romano
Alejandro Garcia

Baked spaghetti squash is tossed with pine nuts, cheese, sage, butter. "I guarantee you will not have any leftovers," says recipe creator Sarah Stephan.

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Stuffed Peppers My Way

Stuffed Peppers My Way

Roasted bell peppers are stuffed with a vegetarian mixture of Arborio rice, feta cheese, tomatoes, green onions, and Italian spices.

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Spicy Salmon Bowls over Brown Rice

Spicy Salmon Bowls over Brown Rice

"Salmon, brown rice, fresh crunchy vegetables, and a spicy sauce will perk up their taste buds and bring you compliments," says recipe creator and Allrecipes Allstar Bibi.

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Momma's Healthy Meatloaf

Momma's Healthy Meatloaf
Allrecipes Magazine

The holiday season is the perfect time to serve old-fashioned family favorites like meatloaf. In this lightened up version, healthy veggies and extra-lean ground beef come together beautifully.

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