Sometimes after a long day all that sounds good is easy, delicious takeout. But these recipes prove you can have a satisfying and healthy meal — and you don't have to spend all afternoon prepping. Don't forget to try these light and healthy dinner ideas for under 400 calories, too.
Add turmeric to your traditional butternut squash soup for some heart-healthy benefits. Curcumin, the main antioxidant in turmeric, has anti-inflammatory properties and can reduce oxidation, which may contribute to heart disease.
What you'll need: Saucepot ($27, .com)
Keep it light with this flavorful salad featuring walnuts, celery, and olive oil. According to WebMD, walnuts are one of the best nuts for your heart health, because they can lower cholesterol, reduce oxidative stress, and decrease inflammation.
This hearty slow cooker dish is packed with hearty-healthy veggies like split peas, tomatoes, and butternut squash.
What you'll need: Croc pot ($58, .com)
Get all of your veggies in one delicious meal. Even better: This dish is naturally flavored with fresh ingredients like olive oil, lemon juice, and maple syrup.
According to Mayo Clinic, it's okay to eat up to seven eggs a week without increasing your risk of heart disease. Eggs have about 185 mg of cholesterol that comes from the yolk, so you can ditch the yolk and make this an egg white frittata if you prefer.
What you'll need: Iron skillet ($10, .com)
Though this whole wheat pasta with lemon and green beans is light and fresh, each serving is packed with 17 g of protein to keep you full until your next meal.
What you'll need: Pasta strainer ($21, .com)
Ditch white rice for this low-carb veggie option that's tastier than takeout. Plus, it's less than 300 calories.
According to Medical News Today, a half-cup serving of carrots contains 1.8 g of fiber and 205 mg of potassium, which protect against high blood pressure and heart disease.
There's nothing boring about this salad that features fresh mozzarella, grilled pepper, eggplant, and zucchini.
Swap chicken fingers and French fries for roasted chicken and potatoes.
This tasty meatless main makes it easy to get your fix of veggies, and it's low-sodium and cholesterol-free.
What you'll need: Stir fry pan ($44, .com)
Ditch the bacon and add peas, asparagus, and olive oil to lighten up classic carbonara.
If you're craving hearty pizza, satisfy your tastebuds with this fresh veggie version.
Swap out your go-to BBQ sub with this heart-healthy option that replaces red meat for cauliflower and chickpeas.
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Load up your pasta with asparagus, sugar snaps, and peas for an easy and healthy dish you can make in less than 30 minutes.
Skip the beef and get your your Taco Tuesday fix with tortilla-coated fish filets.
Healthy greens like asparagus, sugar snap peas, leeks, and celery make for a delicious bowl of hearty soup. According to a study published in Journal of Medicinal Food, celery may help lower blood pressure.
This light and crunchy white fish dish is a great source of vitamin D. According to Science Daily, deficiencies in vitamin D may be a risk factor for heart attacks, congestive heart failure, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), strokes, and other conditions associated with cardiovascular disease, like high blood pressure and diabetes.
Pass up greasy fast food and go homemade with this cornflake-coated chicken recipe that's baked instead of fried.
What you'll need: Baking sheet ($15, .com)
Eating cheese on toast is as old as time. Add in artichokes, which has been found to decrease LDL cholesterol that can lead to heart disease.
Some tortillas are made from refined carbs, which are linked to a risk of cardiovascular disease. So lighten up this spiced taco recipe by using lettuce and ground turkey instead of tortillas and ground beef.
Pineapple and ham are the unlikeliest pair, but this delicious recipe is packed with 12 g of protein.
What you'll need: Instant pot rice cooker ($76, .com)
Refresh your palette with this zesty polenta topped with sautéed escarole and low-sodium white beans.
Toss the high-carb pasta aside and try this veggie version instead.
The bacon and potatoes mixture gives this fresh, heart-healthy cod dish additional smoky flavor.
Swap ground beef for fish to make this heart-healthy. Plus, the pineapples give this taco recipe a little something sweet.
Topped with oven-roasted broccoli, shrimp, and avocado, this quinoa bowl tastes even better thanks to a drizzle of a tomato and scallion vinaigrette.
Low-sodium smashed and puréed tomato sauce makes these cheesy ravioli better for you.
This quick and easy chicken dish is a medley of flavors — a little sweet and a tad tangy. Plus, it's packed with 36 g protein per serving.