Quick Weeknight Dinners

As fall arrives, we tend to fall back into busier day-to-day routines with work and back-to-school demands. You’ll welcome these five recipes that will put a healthy home-cooked meal on your table in minutes. Whether you crave meat, fish, poultry, or veggies, we have a quick-and-easy recipe for you (courtesy of Laurie Goldrich Wolf).

Grilled Chicken Caesar

I always make a little extra chicken for just this kind of meal – so easy and so yummy!

Serves 4


– 2 cooked skinless, boneless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
– 6 cups torn Romaine lettuce
– 1 cucumber, washed and sliced
– 1 small red onion, peeled, thinly sliced
– ½ cup non-fat Greek yogurt
– ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
– 2 Tbsp olive oil
– 2 Tbsp lemon juice
– 2 tsp Dijon mustard
– 1 garlic clove, minced
– 4 slices garlic bread (on the side)


1. Toss the chicken, Romaine, cucumber, and onion in a serving bowl

2. In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, Parmesan, olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, and garlic; pour over the salad ingredients and toss.

*Enjoy on Phase 1 or 2 of Curves Complete for Lunch or Dinner

One serving: 421 calories, 488mg sodium, 19g fat, 27g carbohydrate, and 35.5g protein

Super Steak Salad Stir Fry

Serves 4

1 cup grapes (on the side)

Ingredients – Salad

1 tsp olive oil

12 ounces cooked rare lean steak (fat removed), thinly sliced

2 cups broccoli florets, cooked

6 cups arugula

2 heads endive, trimmed and sliced

2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

6 radishes

1 oz. crumbled goat cheese

Ingredients – Dressing

3 Tbsp. olive oil

3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar


1. Heat the oil in a non-stick skillet. When hot add the steak and broccoli and toss for 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine the arugula, endive, and cherry tomatoes.

3. Add the steak and broccoli to the salad mix. Drizzle with the dressing and top with cheese.

*Enjoy on Phase 1 or 2 of Curves Complete for Lunch or Dinner

One serving: 422 calories, 127.5mg sodium, 13.5g fat, 44.5g carbohydrate, and 30.5g protein

Stuffed Avocado

Serves 4


1 cup mango cubes (on the side)
– 2 ripe avocados, halved, pit removed
– 1 Tbsp lemon juice
– 1 large ripe tomato, chopped
– 4 scallions
– 16 oz. bay shrimp
– ½ cup cilantro, chopped
– 2 Tbsp capers, rinsed
– Black pepper, to taste


1. Rub the avocados with lemon juice to prevent browning.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the tomato, scallions, shrimp, cilantro, capers, and black pepper.

3. Place the avocado halves on 4 plates and top with the shrimp mixture.

*Enjoy on Phase 1 or 2 of Curves Complete for Lunch or Dinner

One serving: 408 calories, 305mg sodium, 22g fat, 25.5g carbohydrate, and 27g protein

Zucchini Pasta

Serves 4


– 2 Tbsp olive oil
– 1 clove garlic, minced
– Small onion, peeled and finely chopped
– 4 zucchini, sliced into thin strips, with a spiralizer or grater.
– 4 cups spinach
– 4 oz. reduced fat feta cheese
– Black pepper, to taste
– 20 oz. chicken (or other protein choice), cooked (on the side)
– 1 whole wheat dinner role (on the side)


1. In a large non-stick pan, heat the oil. Add the garlic and onion then sauté for 3 to 5 minutes, till just tender.

2. Add the zucchini strips to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally for 4 to 5 minutes.

3. Add the spinach and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes, until wilted.

4. Place all the ingredients in a serving bowl and top with the feta and black pepper.

*Enjoy on Phase 1 or 2 of Curves Complete for Lunch or Dinner

One serving: 409 calories, 463mg sodium, 13g fat, 29g carbohydrate, and 44g protein

Pork Tenderloin Tacos

Serves 4


16 oz. pork tenderloin, cooked
– 2 cups shredded cabbage
– 1 avocado, peeled, chopped, and tossed with 1 teaspoon lemon juice
– 1 cup corn, cooked
– 1 teaspoon cumin
– ½ teaspoon garlic powder
– 8 corn tortillas, warmed
– ½ cup cilantro, chopped
– 8 lime wedges


1. Thinly slice the tenderloin and set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, toss together the cabbage, avocado, corn, cumin, and garlic powder.

3. Place the tortillas on four plates, top with the pork, and then the cabbage. Add some cilantro and a squeeze of a lime.

*Enjoy on Phase 1 or 2 of Curves Nutrition Program for Lunch or Dinner

One serving: 364 calories, 171mg sodium, 10.5g fat, 32g carbohydrate, and 35.5g protein

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