Not having enough time to make dinner is one of the most common complaints I hear as a dietitian. Wanting it to be a healthy dinner ratchets up the pressure several notches.
But making a healthy dinner doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming. A good way to get dinner done in a short amount of time with minimal effort is to have everything cook at the same time in a way that requires little to no oversight.
One of my favorite ways to achieve this is through a sheet pan dinner. The premise is that both your protein and vegetables get put onto the same sheet pan, which is then popped into the oven to roast. Twenty to thirty minutes later, dinner should be done! A great example is this Sheet Pan Salmon with Butternut Squash and Asparagus. It’s full of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and potassium. This recipe uses MSG to bring out the flavors in the fish and vegetables while keeping the sodium content of the dinner low.
Another way to achieve an easy healthy dinner is through a casserole. Again, all your dinner components are cooking at the same time in a way that doesn’t need close supervision allowing you to get other things done. My family has been enjoying this Veggie-Loaded Whole Wheat Pasta Bake. I’m a sucker for any combination of tomato, basil, and cheese. But on top of that, it’s loaded with veggies and fiber. This recipe uses MSG to lower the sodium content too. We’ll sometimes add some leftover chicken to it. And I usually use the full fat versions of the cheeses because, well, they just taste better.
If you’re interested in exploring more recipes for umami dishes, check out this recipe roundup. They’re not all as quick and easy as the recipes mentioned above, but they are delicious.
I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I have. And if you have any suggestions for amazing umami dishes for when you’re on the go, pop them in the comments below. I’d love to try them!