+ Quick Healthy Dinner Ideas
Finding quick healthy dinners that you and your family ACTUALLY love is essential for a wholesome lifestyle. From tacos to pizza, to hearty bowls and casseroles, this recipe roundup is focused on comforting, nourishing foods! Heres what youll find in this guide:
When life gets busy, almost one-pan/sheet pan dinners like this Baked Chicken With Turmeric Sauce become staples. And good thing, because this recipe is creamy, savory goodness on a plate!
Healthy Chicken Dinner Recipes:
Check out these Healthy Chicken Breast Recipes for 50+ healthy chicken dinner ideas! We love cooking with chicken during the week! Its one of our favorite proteins. These healthy chicken dinner recipes are all easy to make and taste amazing! We get all of our chicken from ButcherBox. Its so tender and has a minimal amount of fat on it!
Healthy Chicken Pot Pie Recipe is the perfect light dinner. Learn how to make chicken pot pie in under an hour for a delicious meal!
Healthy Orange Chicken is the most popular recipe on our site. Have you tried it?
Healthy Chicken Pot Pie Soup is SO cozy and delicious.
Crockpot Whole Chicken is a must try. If youre afraid of cooking a whole chicken, this recipe is basically fool proof!
Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry is healthy and delicious. Gluten free and easily modified for a paleo/keto friendly dinner.
Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Teriyaki Bowls
Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Teriyaki BowlsGet The Recipe
These Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Teriyaki Bowls could be my all-time FAVORITE summer meal! The bowls start with a layer of coconut rice, topped with grilled pineapple, zucchini, bell peppers, and onions. Then, we add grilled teriyaki chicken and an extra drizzle of homemade teriyaki sauce over the top of everything. This healthy dinner recipe is one rice bowl that is sure to be your new favorite dinner!
This is divine! Even made with sautéed toppings , it was a total winner. I could eat that rice and that teriyaki sauce for every meal! Im actually saving the sauce recipe separately because its the best teriyaki balance of sweet/tangy Ive ever had.
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+ Easy Healthy Dinner Ideas & Recipes
Looking for easy healthy dinner ideas? Youve come to the right place! These healthy dinner recipes are quick to prepare, use simple whole food ingredients, and will please the whole family. These savory dishes are perfect for busy weeknights when you need a meal on the table quickly.
My favorite kinds of healthy meals for dinner are those with liberal spices and seasonings, healthy fats, plenty of protein, and an abundance of vegetables. And just as important, the recipes have to come together fast, with minimal effort. While I dont specialize in vegan recipes, I do have lots of quick healthy dinner recipes to offer that check all the other boxes. They all happen to be gluten-free, and many are low carb as well.
Dinner Recipes With 10 Ingredients Or Less
One of the best ways to cut back on the time you spend on making dinner is to limit the number of ingredients needed to make the meal. Below are some delicious dinner recipes with 10-ingredients or less. Most of the dishes below are low carb options too since grains take the longest to prepare and cook besides proteins.
I love stuffed chicken with veggies like the caprese chicken and jalapeno popper chicken breasts shown below. You basically just cut some slits in the chicken hasselback-style, or you can open up the fold of the breast and stuff with toppings. Grill or bake, and you’ve got dinner ready in under half an hour! You can always serve with a side of potatoes, rice or salad to boot.
Just as you can stuff chicken to keep the ingredient count low, you can also use vegetables as the vessels for stuffing. Add some chicken and quinoa to portobello mushrooms, or saute some ground beef and add to poblano peppers like the ones shown below.
Adding everything to a skillet and choosing a simple sauce as with the sausage, peppers and onions recipe below also allows you to use less ingredients while keeping cook time to a minimum.
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What Is A Healthy Dinner Recipe
In our opinion, a healthy dinner recipe is:
- a balanced meal of protein, vegetables + fats.
- veggie loaded
- made of real food (minimally processed/packaged foods
Your definition might be a little bit different from ours but we think this is a great base, and its how we cook our meals. Many of these recipes are also paleo, whole30, gluten free and dairy free in case you follow those diets!
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Slow Cooker Beef Goulash
Now, you might be thinking that a goulashâwhich is a meat and veggies stewâwould require a lot of time, but our recipe is made for your slow cooker. All you have to do is combine all of the ingredients into it, and let the time-saving appliance work its magic while you do whatever it is you need to do. It’s that easy!
Get our recipe for Slow Cooker Beef Goulash.
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Instant Pot Shrimp And Broccoli
Don’t like salmon? How about shrimp healthy dinner recipes? This Instant Pot shrimp and broccoli recipe is the perfect recipe to whip up on a busy weeknight. Served on rice, or cauliflower rice to keep it low-carb, this recipe is one that you’re going to want to make again and again.
Get our recipe for Instant Pot Shrimp and Broccoli.
Easy Dinner Ideas To Serve With Rice
Quick dinner tip: frozen rice is your friend! You can either cook your own rice and freeze it or buy pre-cooked frozen rice at the store. Once you have it on hand, youll be able to easily make a meal out of these dinner recipes:
Easy Coconut CurryThis recipe is everything I want in a weeknight dinner its healthy, satisfying, flavorful, and easy to make. Its also super flexible, so if you dont have these exact veggies on hand, feel free to swap in what you do have. Sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, and broccoli would all be great here.
These savory, sesame-crusted tofu steaks crisp up beautifully in the air fryer or oven. Serve them with steamed veggies and rice or cilantro lime rice, if you have the time to toss it together.
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Peanut Butter And Banana Roll
Peanut butter and banana is a winning culinary combo, and these roll-ups are great for kids.
Bananas are also one of the best dietary , a mineral that contributes to healthy blood pressure .
Spread about 2 tablespoons of peanut butter on top of an 8-inch flour tortilla. Place a peeled banana toward the bottom of the tortilla, then carefully roll it up.
Slice it into bite-sized pieces. For a peanut-free option, use sunflower seed butter. If you want a little more sweetness, add a drizzle of honey on top of the peanut butter before rolling the tortilla.
Sheet Pan Pork Chops And Sweet Potatoes
Sheet pan meals are the epitome of hassle-free cooking. Plus, they make cleanup a breeze.
This healthy sheet pan meal features pork chops, sweet potatoes, onions, apples, and pantry spices for a wholesome and balanced meal. The leftovers make a great lunch the next day, too.
Pork contains an abundance of nutrients, including selenium, an essential mineral thats necessary for healthy reproduction and thyroid function .
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How To Choose Quick Dinner Ideas
Knowing what to make for dinner is probably the toughest part of dinner itself. Either you don’t know what you’re craving or you’re worried it’s going to take too long. Well, never fret with these strategies!
Quick Stir Fry And Curries
My family loves curry and stir fry dinner recipes. Stir fries are loaded with veggies and are super healthy especially when you make homemade stir fry sauce. You can eat stir fry on its own for a low carb meal or with a complex carb side. Healthy meals made easy!
Craving Asian but not MSG? Try this Healthy Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry with homemade sauce that can be on your family dinner table in 30 minutes.
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Grilled Chipotle Pork Tacos With Red Slaw And Brown Sugar Pineapple
Combine the best of both worlds, savory and sweet, by serving succulent grilled pork tacos with chunks of pineapple. The sweetness of the fruit will perfectly complement the heat from the chipotle chile powder in the pork rub.
Autumn Butternut Squash And Sweet Potato Soup
This hearty soup is loaded with delicious fall flavors, vegetables and packed with protein from the garbanzo beans. The fennel and cumin are stand-outs in making the flavor of this soup amazing, and you will love how hearty and healthy it is!
Loved this!! Just made it for the first time for the family my two year old chowed down!! I added a little garlic as we love garlic It was a hit!!! Thanks for sharing!!
Chocolate Cherry Chia Pudding
With only a handful of ingredients, chia pudding is a simple but filling option for breakfast. The best part is that you can put the recipe together at night and wake up to a creamy and delicious pudding the next morning.
Whats more, chia seeds are loaded with antioxidant compounds. Antioxidants help fight reactive molecules called free radicals, which damage cells and may lead to disease .
Chia pudding can be made in many variations, but this chocolate cherry chia pudding is one of my favorites.
Healthy Tuna Grain Bowl With Turmeric Sweet Potatoes And Spicy Yogurt Dressing
This healthy grain bowl is loaded with fresh ingredients and vibrant flavors, thanks to the tangy, spicy yogurt sauce and turmeric-roasted sweet potatoes. Plus, you can easily make this dish from pantry staples and long-lasting freezer items. Serve with an extra squeeze of lime juice for a nutrient-packed and sustaining meal.
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Yogurt And Fruit Parfaits
Yogurt provides calcium, an important mineral for strong bones, making it a great addition to your breakfast .
Yogurt parfaits are enjoyable for both kids and adults, and you dont even need a specific recipe to make them.
If you have some time in the morning, set out Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, granola, nuts, and seeds for your family to make their own parfaits. To keep the added sugar content low, use plain yogurt and granola that doesnt contain a lot of sweeteners.
You can also prep the parfaits in advance. Put them together in individual jars and keep them in the fridge.
Avocado Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps
If you love chicken salad and avocados you will go crazy for these AVOCADO CHICKEN SALAD WRAPS! They make a healthy and delicious dinner that I cant get enough of.
It sounded so simple that I was a little nervous to try it, but I have yet to have a bad recipe on your blog and this one is just as amazing! It is SO quick to put together and was the perfect picnic entree. My family loved how fresh and yummy this was! It will definitely be a summer stable.
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The best and easiest healthy, comforting recipes that are not boring at all. And they do not taste healthy at all!
Healthy meals dont have to be boring, and they dont have to take hours to make either. And with these 15 recipes, youll have a healthy meal on the dinner table in less than 30 min, and even the pickiest of eaters will be begging for seconds and thirds!
1. Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Sandwich Greek yogurt is a wonderful healthy substitute, but no one has to know because you cant even tell a difference.
2. One Pan Mexican Quinoa -Wonderfully light, healthy and nutritious. And its so easy to make even the quinoa is cooked right in the pan.
3. Easy Burrito Bowls Skip Chipotle and try these burrito bowls right at home. Its easier, healthier and 10000x tastier.
4. Asian Quinoa Meatballs Perfect as a light dinner over brown rice and a side of roasted vegetables.
5. Avocado Pasta The easiest, most unbelievably creamy avocado pasta. And itll be on your dinner table in just 20 min. Done and done.
6. Broccoli Quinoa Casserole Healthy, cheesy comfort food without any of the guilt.
7. Quinoa Chili This vegetarian, protein-packed chili is the perfect bowl of comfort food.
8. Honey Salmon in Foil A no-fuss, super easy salmon dish thats baked in foil for the most tender, most flavorful salmon ever.
9. Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers These stuffed bell peppers will provide the nutrition that you need for a healthy, balanced meal.
Health Fish Dinner Recipes
We love cooking with seafood for light, fresh meals. Seafood is often high in protein and loaded with healthy fats . Most of the recipes below are for salmon because its super easy and quick to cook.
Asian Salmon is super flavorful and easy to make. We love it on a salad
Healthy Shrimp Stir Fry is loaded with veggies and has the most delicious sauce. Done in under 30 minutes, its perfect for a quick healthy dinner!
Everything Bagel Salmon you cant go wrong with Everything Bagel anything!
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Pork & Sausage Make Everything Taste Amazing
- Sausage, Kale and Potato Skillet Dinner. An easy one-pan sausage, kale and potato skillet that pleases everyone, from cook to clean-up crew.
- Hoisin Glazed Pork Chops. Having a few punchy ingredients on-hand is a great way to make a simple dinner out of just a few ingredients. Hoisin sauce is one of our go-to super-ingredients for easy dinnersjust slather it on some pork chops, and youre well on your way to dinnertime bliss.
- Pork Chops with Mushroom Cream Sauce. Speaking of pork chops, this versionwith a super creamy mushroom sauceis ready in just 30 minutes.
- Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Chimichurri. Grilling always makes for an easy dinner, right? Its so fast, and the clean up is minimal. Sliced up this pork tenderloin and serve it with a bowl of chimichurriyoull be hearing raves for days.
- Cauliflower Gnocchi with Bruschetta Sauce and Sausage. This hearty, low-carb supper that bursts with bright, bold flavors and comes together in under ten minutes. It just doesnt get easier or healthier than that!
- Sheet Pan Italian Sausage Heros with Honey Mustard. The brilliant thing about breaking out your sheet pan to make italian sausage sandwiches with peppers is that it makes it so easy to make Italian hoagies for a crowd! Gather the hungry masses and let the feeding begin.
Chocolate Orange Overnight Oats
Overnight oats arent just an easy, healthy breakfast, theyre a great snack too!
Oats are a really versatile grain they keep you full, boost your energy and can help keep your cholesterol in check.
There are so many things you can do with oats, but I love this recipe for Chocolate-Orange Overnight Oats.
You can prepare a batch the day before and refrigerate, so theyre ready when youre feeling peckish!
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