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Are you looking for easy cheap dinner ideas? Check these 3 healthy meal plans to serve your family. I’ll show you what meals you can cook for less than $15 per person for one week.

Are you looking for easy inexpensive dinner ideas? I have a great list of some of the most delicious and healthy meals that you can easily make in less than 10 minutes.

Don’t get me wrong… I love holiday goodies as much as the next girl (if not more), but there’s something about the new year that makes my body crave a reset. It’s a perfect time to make conscious resolutions, but having a few go-to healthy recipes in my back pocket always brings me closer to my goals. Finding a balance between indulgent and wholesome choices is definitely possible, and these healthy dinner recipes for two will lead you there.

The holiday season is without a doubt my favorite time of the year–friends and families gather to celebrate and the kitchen is never short on sweets. There’s nothing like enjoying your morning coffee with a slice of chocolate chip pumpkin bread on the side. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m usually thinking more about Christmas cookies, holiday cocktails, and carb-loaded breakfasts than nutrient-rich foods as the weather gets colder, but by the time the stockings are put away and we’ve rung in the new year, I can tell my body needs a break.

In addition to being one of my resolutions this year, cooking more meals at home and adding more vegetables to my diet is always on my radar along with lighter, simpler meals that I don’t walk away from feeling saturated. And while leftovers are never a bad thing, these recipes are tailor-made for two (though there’s room to grow if the whole family wants in). Scroll through these conscious creations to find your remedy to combat holiday fatigue.

BLT Salad with 8-Minute Eggs and Avocado

Why We Love It: A salad with toasty bread, eggs, avocado, and bacon… what’s not to love? This easy weeknight dinner comes together in less than 30 minutes and brings a healthy combo of protein, fats, and greens to the table—all while being as comforting as a traditional BLT sandwich. It’s a great way to incorporate vegetables into your dinner and use up that stale bread that’s been sitting on your counter or the almost-too-old lettuce that’s been glaring at you from the fridge. I’m all about it.

Hero Ingredient: The 8-minute egg is the unsung hero of this BLT (BLET?) salad. It’s right on the line between medium-boiled and hard-boiled so that the yolk is set but doesn’t make your teeth stick together. It’s delicious and filling and picks up the flavors of the salad. That’s all.

Pappardelle With Shiitakes, Kale, & Jammy Leeks

Why We Love It: If you’re a mushroom lover like me, this pasta is definitely for you. Not only is it elevated by earthy shiitakes, but the slightly sweet, buttery leeks that cling to the pappardelle give this dish an abundance of flavor without making it too heavy. A hearty dose of kale also brightens up the dish and gives it a refreshing texture. A dash of grated parm and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice finish this pasta to create the perfect bite.

Hero Ingredient: The jammy leeks really send this dish over the edge. By slicing them thinly and cooking them low and slow on the stove, they meld together to create a “jammy” consistency that sticks right to the pasta. Coupled with the mushrooms, these leeks make for a very flavorful pasta dish.

Slow Roasted Cod With Broccolini, Winter Squash, and Mint

Why We Love It: With an elegant feel and easy preparation, this recipe is the definition of working smarter, not harder. Delicate, flakey cod comes together over seasonal broccolini and winter squash to make for a healthy and filling dish. Lemon, garlic, and mint pack a flavorful punch to take this recipe from fish-and-vegetables to a restaurant-quality dinner. Top it off with a few mint leaves and a drizzle of olive oil for a light yet satisfying meal.

Hero Ingredient: Broccolini and winter squash take center stage here as seasonal vegetable stars. The lemony, garlicky flavor of these roasted veggies makes them the perfect sidekick for the fish they accompany.

5-Minute Salmon With Curried Cauliflower & Greens

Why We Love It: Melt-in-your-mouth salmon in five minutes. Do we really need to say more? The crispy, caramelized tops of these salmon fillets are brushed with honey and sriracha to create an indulgent main element to a healthy dinner. Roasted cauliflower, crispy chickpeas, and peppery arugula line the sides of the fish to make a meal full of healthy fat, protein, greens, and fiber. What more could we really ask of a dinner.

Hero Ingredient: Honey-sriracha salmon, hands down. Not only is it a great source of protein and healthy fat, but it also tastes amazing.

Roasted Butternut Squash Stuffed With Goat Cheese, Figs, and Pesto

Why We Love It: First of all, butternut squash never gets old—especially not in the winter. And secondly, this recipe calls for roasting the squash with the skin on (yay!). Easy, flavorful, and filling, this vegetarian dish is both comforting and healthy. Goat cheese and pesto bring the tang while tender figs lend an unexpected sweetness that really ties the flavors together. Beautiful enough for a dinner party but easy enough for dinner for two, this recipe is a real winner.

HEALTHY DINNER RECIPES

11. Spinach-mushroom frittata

This spinach-mushroom frittata makes a healthy and simple low-carb dinner that can be enjoyed at breakfast or lunch.

Together, the eggs and spinach provide 26% of the DV for vitamin A per serving. This vitamin plays a key role in eye health by maintaining your eyes’ light-sensing cells and preventing night blindness (37Trusted Source, 38Trusted Source, 39Trusted Source).

The recipe serves two and is ready in under 20 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of avocado oil
  • 1 cup (70 grams) of white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup (30 grams) of spinach
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (56 grams) of low-fat mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of avocado oil in an oven-safe skillet over high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until tender, then add the spinach and sauté for 1 minute. Remove both from the skillet and set aside.
  3. Mix the eggs with half of the cheese and season with salt and pepper. Pour the mixture into the skillet and top with the mushrooms and spinach. Cook on the stovetop for 3–4 minutes before baking.
  4. Top with the remaining cheese and transfer to the oven. Bake for 5 minutes and then broil for 2 minutes until the top turns golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool before serving.

NUTRITION FACTSPer serving (8Trusted Source):

  • Calories: 282
  • Protein: 20 grams
  • Fat: 21 grams
  • Carbs: 3 grams
12. Chicken-cauliflower rice

Cauliflower rice is a great low-carb substitute for rice. You can buy it packaged or make it yourself by finely chopping cauliflower florets into a rice-like consistency.

This meal packs high-quality protein and many vegetables. High vegetable intake may help you meet your nutrient requirements and reduce your risk of heart disease (40Trusted Source, 41Trusted Source).

The recipe serves two and is ready in under 20 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast (196 grams), cut into 1-inch (2.5-cm) cubes
  • 2 cups (270 grams) of frozen cauliflower rice
  • 1/2 cup (45 grams) of seedless olives, halved
  • 1/2 cup (75 grams) of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh or dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh or dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh or dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Season the chicken with the rosemary, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a pan and sear the chicken for 6–7 minutes on each side or until golden. Remove it from the pan and set aside.
  2. Add the tomatoes to the pan and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the cauliflower rice and olives, then stir until the cauliflower rice begins to soften.
  3. Remove the cauliflower rice from the pan. Divide into two bowls and top with the chicken.

NUTRITION FACTSPer serving (8Trusted Source):

  • Calories: 263
  • Protein: 32 grams
  • Fat: 12 grams
  • Carbs: 8 grams

Quick and healthy recipes

Tuck into healthy recipes that you can make in under 30 minutes. We’ve got plenty of quick and tasty salads, soups and mains to leave you feeling nourished.

  • Two plates serving linguine with avocado, tomato & lime

    Linguine with avocado, tomato & lime

    A star rating of 3.8 out of 5.100 ratings

    Use guacamole ingredients to make this low-calorie vegan linguine which can also be served cold as a pasta salad. It delivers on flavour and it’s healthy.

  • Pork souvlaki served on a plate

    Pork souvlaki

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.55 ratings

    Serve our speedy pork souvlaki skewers when you’re in need of a quick and easy midweek meal. Serve with flatbreads and yogurt and chilli sauces on the side

  • One serving of roasted cod with zingy beetroot salad

    Roasted cod with zingy beetroot salad

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    Make the most of the colour and flavour of beetroot with our easy roasted cod served on a beetroot, new potato and carrot salad with a lovely zingy dressing

  • Pomegranate chicken with almond couscous

    Pomegranate chicken with almond couscous

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.153 ratings

    Jazz up chicken breasts in this fruity, sweetly spiced sauce with pomegranate seeds, toasted almonds and tagine paste

  • Tuna, caper and chilli spaghetti served on a plate

    Tuna, caper & chilli spaghetti

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.25 ratings

    Throw together tuna, capers and rocket with garlic, chilli and spaghetti to make this easy and healthy supper. It takes just 25 minutes to make

  • Salsa verde baked eggs in a baking dish

    Salsa verde baked eggs

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    Dunk flatbreads into these salsa verde baked eggs to soak up the lovely juices. Healthy and low in calories, it takes just 15 minutes to make

  • Turmeric, ginger & coconut fish curry in a saucepan

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    A star rating of 3.5 out of 5.16 ratings

    Serve up this healthy fish curry, with vibrant turmeric, ginger and coconut flavours, for an easy midweek meal. It takes just 30 minutes from prep to plate

  • Crispy grilled feta with saucy butter beans with pitta bread

    Crispy grilled feta with saucy butter beans

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    Stuck in a food rut? Grab a can of butter beans, some feta and passata to make this super-speedy and super-tasty supper. Full of goodness, it’s healthy too

  • Pineapple fried rice served in a large dish

    Pineapple fried rice

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    Add chunks of fresh pineapple to fried rice to transform it into something special. Serve on its own for a family dinner or as part of a banquet

  • Prawn & harissa spaghetti served in a bowl

    Prawn & harissa spaghetti

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.104 ratings

    Try our spaghetti dinner for two, with king prawns and harissa dressing. It only takes 20 minutes to make and is healthy too – great for a midweek meal.

  • A plate of chicken satay with sliced cucumber and sweet chilli dip

    Nutty chicken satay strips

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    Keep these nutty chicken satay strips in the fridge for a healthy choice when you’re peckish. The chicken is served with cucumber and sweet chilli sauce

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