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We have pretty high standards when it comes to weeknight dinner. We want something that’s speedy, balanced, healthy, delicious and beautiful. Dietitian and nutritionist Carlene Thomas  (author of the blog Healthfully Ever After) revealed nine recipes she whips up when she’s short on time—proving that our unicorn of a dinner does, in fact, totally exist.

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For more tips, tricks and recipes from Carlene Thomas, check out her website, Healthfully Ever After, and her exclusive interview on The Coterie.  

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Roasted Cauliflower and White Beans with Parmesan and Black Pepper Ravioli

Psst: Get fresh pasta from the refrigerated section at the grocery store to make this dish taste homemade.

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Five Spice Chicken Tacos

Speedy but never boring, thanks to the Chinese seasoning made from ground cinnamon, anise, fennel, pepper and cloves.

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Pan Seared Scallops With Creamy Lemon Beet Purée

Tip: Look for pre-cooked, vacuum-packed beets in the  in the produce section at the grocery store.

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Best Easy Cast Iron Skillet Chicken Nuggets

These 25-minute crispy bites are the cleanest around.

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Green Shakshuka with Tomatillos

Basically like one giant skillet taco (minus the carbs).

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Microgreen Watermelon Radish Salad Over Oven Baked Salmon

A completely unintimidating seafood recipe that’s on your table in 20 minutes.

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Gluten-Free Chicken Feta Pasta Salad

Best of all, you can meal prep this big-batch dinner a few days in advance.

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Curry Chickpea Bowl with Black Rice

This rice is packed with antioxidants, just like blueberries.

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Avocado shrimp Toast: Scandinavian Smørrebrød

We love avocado. We love shrimp. Put them together for the most unexpectedly magical dinner.

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