1. The Pasta/Salad Solution
Pasta is super-easy to make. So is salad. You can be really simple and combine whole wheat pasta with a jar of pasta sauce, and use salad out of a bag for a healthy dinner in about ten to fifteen minutes (yes, faster than ordering pizza).
If you want to be a little more creative, you can make this recipe - which takes about 20 minutes.
Start by boiling your pasta water. It can do its thing while you prepare the sauce. Next, using one tablespoon of olive oil, saute one chopped onion with 2-4 cloves of garlic (how much garlic you use will depend upon how much you and your family enjoy garlic). Sprinkle a pinch (1/8th teaspoon) of sugar over the onion and garlic to help it caramelize and bring out the flavors.
While the onions are caramelizing, prepare your protein. You have a few options here (get creative!) You can use a packet of tofu or a can of black beans for a vegetarian meal, a pound of boneless-skinnless chicken breast, a pound of ground turkey, beef, or bison, or you can use my personal favorite - andouille sausage sliced into 1/2 inch rounds.
Once your onions have caramelized, add your protein to the pan, followed by fresh-ground pepper, italian seasoning, and a sprinkle of salt. Once browned, add a half teaspoon of worschester sauce and 1/2 cup of red wine (I use port wine). Add your favorite jar of pasta suace. Next. chop up a red pepper, a green bell pepper, and 4 scallions and add them to the mix. Let it simmer while your pasta cooks.
To make the bagged salad more exciting, you can chop up tomatoes and cucumbers (and any other favorite vegetables you like) and add them to the mix. The pasta/salad solution will have food on the table in less than thirty minutes, and it's super easy - the first meal I learned to create.