Delicious and Healthy Dinner Ideas
We know it can feel like your options are limited when you're eating healthy food. That's why we've assembled this list of fast and healthy meals perfect for busy weeknights.
Quick and Healthy Dinner Ideas
It's easy to resort to unhealthy food as it tastes good and is fast to prepare. These healthy dinner recipes are not only full of nutrition but they're also delicious and satisfying to the taste.
And the best part? You can prepare these meals in 20 to 30 minutes!
Stir-Fried Chicken And Veggies
This recipe is packed with nutrition and will only take you about 15-20 minutes in total to prepare.
Some veggies that go well together in this recipe are carrots, celery, zucchini, and green onions but you can make your twist to it and add or switch veggies with different ones you like.
To prepare this meal, add a tablespoon of your favorite vegetable oil in a pan and add in the vegetables.
Stir fry the vegetables for a couple of minutes before adding the chicken strips.
For more flavor and texture, mix 3 tablespoons of soy sauce with one spoon of honey and add them to the mix.
You can serve this healthy stir-fry mix with white rice or plain noodles.
Chicken Rice Bowl
Another very simple and healthy meal that will take around 20 minutes in total to prep. First to prepare the base:
In a bowl add cooked brown rice, shredded rotisserie chicken, and your raw vegetables of choice. (Suggestions: Avocado, shredded carrots, shredded cabbage).
To prepare the dressing, mix a base of rice vinegar with two tablespoons of light soy sauce, one tablespoon of honey, and one tablespoon of sesame oil. (you can swap out the rice vinegar with any type of vinegar you prefer)
Add green onions and/or toasted sesame seeds to the mix per your liking before adding the mixture to your base.
Tuna Lettuce Wraps
This healthy dinner recipe is sure to elevate your average tuna salad! These tuna lettuce wraps are perfect for a quick and easy lunch or dinner option. They're light, healthy, and packed with protein and nutrients.
Mix the tuna, red onion, celery, and bell peppers in a medium-sized bowl.
Add mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, salt, olive oil, and pepper to the bowl and mix until all ingredients are evenly combined.
Take a lettuce leaf and add a spoonful of the tuna mixture to the center of the leaf.
Fold the sides of the lettuce leaf inward and roll it up like a wrap.
Repeat until all the tuna mixture has been used up.
Serve and enjoy your satisfying meal!
Rice and Beef Bowls
This recipe is the perfect healthy weeknight dinner when you want to make something hearty and flavorful but don't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen.
To start, you'll need to cook some plain rice while you prepare the beef mixture.
Heat some vegetable oil in a large skillet and add the ground beef. Cook it until it's browned and cooked through, using a spoon to break up any large clumps.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, and ginger. Pour the sauce over the beef and stir until the beef is coated. Let it simmer for a few minutes until the sauce has thickened slightly.
When the rice is done, top it with the beef mixture and garnish it with green onions, sesame seeds, or your choice of nuts.
Classic Grilled Chicken
Grilled chicken and veggies are a classic in the line of healthy recipes.
This is why there isn't a fixed recipe as everyone can have their take on it.
Some vegetables you could use are red and green bell peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, and red onion for a colorful and flavorful mix.
In a small bowl, whisk together some olive oil, minced garlic, dried basil, and salt and pepper.
Brush the chicken and vegetables with the oil mixture, making sure to coat them evenly.
Then, place the chicken on the grill and cook for 6-7 minutes per side, or until it's cooked through and no longer pink in the middle.
While the chicken is cooking, add the vegetables to the grill and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, or until they're tender and slightly charred.
Cauliflower Fried Rice
With a few easy steps, you can turn a head of cauliflower, some basic vegetables, eggs, and soy sauce into a flavorful and satisfying dinner dish.
You can either pulse the cauliflower in a food processor or grate it with a cheese grater until it mimics rice. This process is important to getting the dish's rice-like texture, and it only takes a few minutes.
After you've prepared your broccoli, it's time to stir-fry the vegetables. Heat some sesame oil in a big skillet or wok and add minced garlic and chopped onions. Once softened, add frozen peas and carrots and boil for a few minutes, or until heated through.
Next, scramble a couple of eggs in a different section of the skillet before combining everything. Stir in the cauliflower rice and simmer for a few minutes more, or until the cauliflower is tender.
Creamy Tuscan Salmon
In a big skillet over medium-high heat, heat some olive oil. Add some chopped onion and minced garlic to the skillet and cook until softened. Cook for another minute after adding some chopped sun-dried tomatoes.
Pour in some chicken broth and heavy cream, and bring the mixture to a simmer. Allow it to cook for about 5 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened to your liking.
Once the sauce has thickened, stir in some shredded Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh basil. To combine the flavors, give everything a thorough stir.
Before putting your salmon fillets in a baking dish, season them with salt and pepper. Pour the delectable sauce over the salmon fillets, making sure to fully cover them.
Bake the salmon for 12-15 minutes, or until it is cooked through and flakes readily with a fork, in a preheated oven.
Remove from the oven and serve immediately, garnished with extra chopped basil if desired.
Veggies and Sausage Stir Fry
To make this dish, you only need a few simple ingredients: sausages, bell peppers, onions, garlic, soy sauce, and oyster sauce. You can use any type of sausage you like, whether it's spicy or mild, pork or chicken.
And feel free to mix and match the veggies based on what you have on hand or what you prefer.
To start, heat some vegetable oil in a large wok or frying pan over high heat. Add the sliced sausage and stir-fry for a few minutes until browned and cooked through.
Then add the sliced bell peppers and onion to the pan and stir-fry for a few more minutes until slightly softened.
Finally, add the minced garlic, soy sauce, and oyster sauce, and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve hot with rice or noodles.
This one-pan recipe is fast, healthy, and super convenient!
In a pan or a deep skillet add sliced tomatoes, zucchini, onion, gnocchi, and garlic. Add two tablespoons of water and one tablespoon of olive oil and mix your ingredients before placing your pan in the oven.
Once it's cooked you can top it off with a bit of cheese or sour cream or any seasoning/garnish veggies you prefer before serving.
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