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Make these feel-good dinners in less than an hour

 

After a long, exhausting work day, cooking dinner may be the last thing you feel like doing - yet eating healthy, nutritious meals is key to feeling energized enough to start again the next day. The good news is that crunched for time and motivation doesn't have to mean fast, unhealthy food.

With a little bit of planning, you can make feel-good dinners in little time. Your body - and your taste buds - will thank you. Your meal will be ready in less than hour with these quick yet delicious dinners:

One-pot magic

These miracle meals are ideal for your busy lifestyle. All it takes is prepping a few ingredients, throwing them all in a pan and heating them up in the oven. Plus, you'll only have one pot to clean afterwards, which is music to anyone's ears. Get inspired by these one-pan meals from Kitchn, which include everything from gnocchi to steak and veggies to chicken fajitas to spinach lasagna. No matter which variation you choose, the result is plenty of flavors all packed into one pan, loading your dinner plate with a delicious meal in no time.

Seafood delight

You can never go wrong with fish when you're in need of a quick meal. It's easy to make, takes little time to cook and can be dressed with myriad flavor combinations. Plus there's the added nutrition factor bonus, as fish is great for health-conscious diets. Simply add your seasonings and pop the fish in the oven for 10 to 20 minutes, and pair with a salad or veggies. When you're looking to spice up your dinner, try these quick-fix seafood suppers from Southern Living, including honey-soy glazed salmon with veggies and oranges, pan-seared grouper with balsamic brown butter sauce and Mediterranean-inspired shrimp with roasted tomatoes and feta.

For more quick meals that don't sacrifice the feel-good factor, try these staff favorite picks from NYT Cooking. Bon appetit!