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In this 7-day meal plan, healthy 500-calorie dinners make their way to the table in 30 minutes or less. The key to these quick dinners is the combination of fast recipes and simple sides, and relying on healthy convenience items, like precooked grains and canned chickpeas, to cut down even more on cook time.
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This story originally appeared on CookingLight.com by Lauren Wicks.
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We were in a scrum of diners, pointing at small plates stacked at the counter while servers wrote down orders. Jet-lagged, I gestured at a dish of sliced samosas and cabbage and let my companions choose the rest.
A platter of vegetables—a standard restaurant freebie—arrived ahead of shrimp curry, rice, stir-fried water spinach and bowls topped with shallots, garlic and dried shrimp. Soon the table was covered, with no two dishes alike.
Millions of years ago, before humans walked the earth, a monkey discovered a novel treat on the rainforest floor: a piece of overripe fruit. The strong ethanol smell from the fermenting flesh drew him to the produce's precious calories, and the fruit was safe to eat because the alcohol repelled bacteria. He enjoyed the taste, and experienced a pleasant rush and a full stomach.