Empty Nesters' Special: 10 Healthy Dinners for Two

For all you empty nesters out there who are struggling with a fridge overflowing with leftovers, it's time to make some changes! Whether your kids are at a sleepover or off to college, the following recipes will help cut back on waste and help promote a healthy, balanced diet for you and your hubby!

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Kale Chicken Salad: Who says salads can't be filling enough for dinner? Just toss a hearty helping of chicken or shrimp on top of this baby for a fresh, satisfying dish that is sure to become a seasonal favorite! Click here for 12 more healthy salads that will actually fill you up! (via PopSugar)

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Buffalo Cranberry Grilled Cheese: Looking for a casual dinner you can whip together in no time? Check out this flair on your classic grilled cheese! The cranberry pumpkin relish combines with the rich flavors of gouda for a sandwich you won't be able to put down. (via Nosh and Nourish)

buffalo cranberry grilled cheese
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Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf Muffins: This zesty, lean recipe will satisfy all of your Italian cravings without packing on the pounds! We know we said no leftovers, but these muffins make the perfect freezable meal. Just whip up a batch for you and your spouse and toss the rest in the freezer for later in the week. Click here for the recipe.

chicken parmesan meatloaf muffins

Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps: This mouthwatering meal is packed with protein and hearty Asian flavor for a dinner that will take you less than 30 minutes to throw together! Just slice the recipe in half for the perfect two-person dinner. Check out the instructions at Damn Delicious! Want more Asian cuisine? Check out our Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps here.

asian turkey lettuce wraps
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Salmon Quesadillas: How could you possibly go wrong with this delectable combination of mangos, goat cheese, habanero sauce, and roasted veggies? This recipe is packed full of healthy fats and protein for a dinner that is sure to satisfy! (via Nosh and Nourish)

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Steak Fajita Pitas: This lightened-up take on your favorite Mexican meal will keep you full and satisfied all night long! Our Light Buttermilk Chipotle Ranch dressing gives this dish an added kick that you won't be able to resist! Find out how to make them here.

steak fajita pita

Sweet Potato Crust Pizza: If you are searching for a healthy alternative to your go-to pizza delivery place, why not check out this ridiculously tasty recipe? The sweet potato crust is overflowing with healthy carbs and fiber, and you can personalize these individual pies with all the nutritious toppings you love! (via PopSugar)

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Paleo Zucchini Pasta: For a perfect summer meal that is grain-free, stocked full of lean protein, and overflowing with warm, garlicky flavor, check out this simple recipe from PopSugar! It clocks in at less than 300 calories per serving, so you can afford to indulge!

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Skinny BBQ Chicken Flatbread: Nothing satisfies those cheesy cravings like a serving of our succulent BBQ chicken flatbread! This low-cal meal is a quick, filling, and a nutritious alternative to that frozen pizza you've got stashed in your freezer. Check out our recipe here. You can also try these 8 healthy options to beat pizza cravings.

skinny bbq chicken flatbread


Summer Quinoa Salad: Now that those picky eaters are out of the house, you can experiment with this light and refreshing vegetarian dish! Especially with peach season in full swing, this summer salad will have your taste buds tingling in no time. (via Nosh and Nourish)

summer quinoa salad
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