Weeknight Meal Makeovers

Our nutritious new versions of favorite boxed, take-out, and fast foods come in tasty, quick, family-friendly packages.

Takeout containers
Becky Luigart-Stayner

What's for dinner?

Answering the “what’s for dinner” question is something most of us face every night. For those of us who want to watch what we're eating, there are some healthful choices in take-out, as well as boxed and prepared meals from the market.

Yet an even more appealing selection is cooking these favorites yourself. That lets you balance time-saving convenience with fabulous taste and unbeatable nutrition.

Here we offer realistic weeknight options that come together fast. Ingredient lists are short, and the menus are ready in an hour or less (indeed, several are done in about 35 minutes). And when you start with high-quality ingredients, great flavor follows.

Cooking at home, you control what goes into your dinner so you can monitor fat, sodium, and calories. Check the nutritional analyses and see how our home-cooked favorites compare.

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