Best Healthy Dinner Recipes
The best healthy recipes for dinner are all about balance. They're all quick and easy to make, with most requiring just 30 minutes or less from start to finish. And they're all delicious!
So, whether you need an idea for tonight's meal or a recipe to add to your weekly rotation, these healthy dinner ideas will be sure to please everyone at the table—no matter what their dietary preferences are!
Vegetarian Lentil Soup
1 cup dried green lentils, rinsed and drained
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth (I use Better Than Bouillon)
1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
Directions: In a large pot set over medium heat, sauté chopped onion and minced garlic in olive oil for about a minute. Add rinsed lentils and cook for 2 minutes more. Add vegetable broth with salt to taste. Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer until lentils are tender (about 15-20 minutes).
You can add any kind of vegetable to this soup to jazz it up. Try some chopped tomatoes and cilantro for a Mexican flair or some carrots, kale, and chunks of butternut squash.
Fish tacos are the perfect way to mix up your healthy dinner recipes routine. They're packed with protein, omega-3s, and plenty of flavor. What's more? They're super easy to make!
First, get some fish from your local grocery store or fish market. We like cod and salmon for their versatility and mild flavor profiles that pair well with any kind of sauce (we'll talk about those later).
Next, find some tortillas--you can buy them at the store or use corn tortillas if you make them yourself. You could also go for flour tortillas if that’s what you prefer. But most importantly—the size matters here so be sure yours fit on your pan without being too big or small.
Now let’s talk sauces because they have quite an impact on the overall taste experience.
One of our favorites is a quick homemade cilantro lime sauce made by mixing together fresh chopped cilantro, lime juice (or lime zest), garlic cloves diced finely along with salt & pepper. Combine all ingredients into a cup of sour cream.
You might also want some salsa verde handy which complements these flavors well too.
Zucchini noodles with roasted tomatoes, pine nuts and Parmesan
This is one of the greatest healthy recipes for dinner if you're looking to add some extra veggies to your diet. Zucchini noodles are low in calories and offer plenty of vitamins and minerals, such as potassium and vitamin C.
Paired with roasted tomatoes, pine nuts, and Parmesan cheese—another excellent source of calcium—this dish will leave you feeling full without feeling weighed down by heavy ingredients.
Simply toast the pine nuts for a few minutes and set aside. Sauté the tomatoes with some oil, garlic, and salt and pepper. Add the zucchini noodles and toss in the pine nuts. Stir in the parmesan just before serving.
Salmon fillets with herb-marinated eggplant and peppers
Heat a large skillet or grill pan to medium-high heat. Add oil and eggplant slices, stirring occasionally, until eggplant is tender and lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
Stir in peppers, garlic, salt and pepper; cook until tender and fragrant, about 5 minutes more (if necessary).
Season salmon fillets with salt and pepper; add to the pan along with lemon juice or vinegar; cook until fish is just cooked through (about 4 minutes per side for thick fillets).
Stir-fried shrimp with asparagus, red peppers and mushrooms
This recipe is a tasty and healthy recipes for dinner that’s an alternative to greasy burger and fries. And if you serve this with a side salad, you'll have yourself a complete meal.
1 pound large or extra-large shrimp in shell
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup thinly sliced green onions
1 cup of sliced mushrooms
3 garlic cloves minced
5 cups fresh asparagus, cut into 2 inch pieces
1/2 teaspoon salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 small red bell pepper cut into thin strips about 2 inches long (or any color will do) - or use whatever vegetable you like instead of them - zucchini would be good too!
In a pan, heat the oil and add the garlic. Cook until fragrant. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook until the shrimp is pink.
Chicken with orzo salad and mushrooms in a lemon cream sauce
In a large pot, heat the olive oil and butter over medium-high heat until melted and bubbly. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes on each side or until browned all over, then transfer to a plate.
Add the mushrooms to the saucepan and cook for 1 minute, until softened slightly but not cooked through. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice, parsley and capers.
Return chicken to pan along with orzo and mushrooms; toss to coat everything evenly before serving.
I hope you enjoyed these delicious and healthy dinner recipes. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be hard. Just be sure to include plenty of vegetables and lean meats.