Easy Healthy Recipes For Beginners

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Getting some easy healthy recipes for beginners that not only taste great and easy but healthy is not an easy thing to find. I was giving you a hard time at first but I have received several sweet comments from people who have tried your site and they are making the food and are enjoying it.

No time to cook? Can’t cook? Or just feel like having dinner delivered to your door? Well then I’ve got the recipe for you! Easy Healthy Recipes For Beginners

healthy recipes for beginner cooks

The recipes are quick, easy and simple with minimal ingredients, basic cooking techniques and use equipment you likely already have in your kitchen.

The best way to increase your confidence with cooking is by experimenting, finding a few go-to favorites and practice, practice, practice!

maple mustard salmon + roasted broccoli

This perfectly roasted broccoli and salmon recipe is only 4 ingredients, making it one of the simplest on the list.

Better yet, it takes less than 30 minutes to make and is all cooked on a single sheet pan. Even though it’s simple, it doesn’t skimp on flavor.

Dijon mustard and pure maple syrup create a melt-in-your-mouth flavor that makes this meal so good.

Maple roasted salmon and broccoli on 3 white plates

simple spaghetti with peas, garlic, and parmesan

Everyone needs at least one go-to pasta or spaghetti dish in their cooking repertoire and this one can easily make the cut. This recipe is vegetarian and has a creamier carbonara-like feel from the added egg yolk.

Garlic, peas, and parmesan cheese make a tasty addition that will have you craving more. To top it off, this recipe includes four pasta cooking tips for all your future cooking endeavors.

Simple Spaghetti with Peas, Garlic & Parmesan

sheet pan sausage and potatoes

5 minutes of prep, 30 minutes to cook and one pan!

This recipe also only requires 5 ingredients, so go ahead and give it a try!

Sheet pan sausage, potatoes and bell peppers

taco lettuce cups

A weeknight meal dream, this recipe only takes 20 minutes to make and has endless possibilities for toppings.

While beef is pictured here, you can also make these lettuce cups with chicken or turkey.

If you don’t have the spices in the recipe on hand, you can use a pre-made taco seasoning instead.

And to make clean-up easier, the meat, beans and spices are all cooked using one skillet before being spooned into the lettuce cups.

Taco Lettuce Cups on a white board

rustic yukon mashed potatoes

This recipe for rustic mashed potatoes is no-fuss and requires very little prep. No peeling and no ricing, yet these potatoes are buttery, seasoned and absolutely scrumptious.

Pair them with poultry, beef or pork for any weeknight meal or serve them as a side for a holiday dinner!

Mashed potatoes in a white bowl

maple mustard brussels sprouts

These caramelized and crispy pan-fried Brussels sprouts have a lovely browned crust. They’re tossed with a maple mustard sauce and topped with feta cheese and walnuts.

Easy enough to make any day, but lovely enough to serve your guests at a dinner party.

An overhead shot of a dish of Brussels sprouts.

carrot fries with chipotle aioli

You can grill or roast carrot sticks to make carrot fries!

They’re served with garlic aioli with black pepper for dipping, and they’re truly a side dish or snack that kids and adults will absolutely enjoy.

Grilled carrot fries on a plate

taco-stuffed smashed potatoes

If you haven’t made smashed potatoes before, now is the time! They’re boiled, then smashed and tossed in oil and roasted until crispy.

Then, they’re stuffed with taco meat (with homemade taco seasoning!) and topped with your favorite taco fixins. Again, a recipe the entire family will be asking for on a weekly basis!

Taco-stuffed smashed potatoes on a white plate.

broccoli cheese egg muffins

Egg muffins are the ultimate breakfast prep recipe! You can make several batches in advance and refrigerate or freeze to reheat on busy week days.

This version has broccoli and cheddar – a classic combination – but you can easily swap in any veggie, breakfast meat or cheese you have on hand.

A side shot of an egg muffin.

chorizo fried rice

Thank fried rice, but chorizo-style! Made with chorizo, bell peppers and scrambled eggs, this dish is loaded with flavor and texture (and veggies!).

This one will become a family favorite – I promise.

cajun sausage pasta with peppers

Perfectly cooked pasta is tossed with Italian sausage, lots of bell peppers and spinach and a glossy olive oil and Cajun spiced sauce that is light, yet delicious and wholesome.

This pasta dish comes together in minutes and is flavorful AND colorful!

A side shot of a pot of Cajun sausage pasta.

caprese pasta salad

Caprese salad is made with fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella and is absolutely a classic. And for good reason! It’s fresh, easy and delicious.

This salad is taken to the next level with orecchiette pasta and pesto and is perfect served as a summer side dish.

Healthy Dinner Recipes for Beginner Cooks

Starting to cook more at home can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. These easy recipes help make it fun and delicious! We have pulled together some of our favorite beginner-friendly recipes for those looking to up their dinner game. These recipes take you step-by-step through making healthy meals that taste so good you won’t even miss take out. Some of the fan-favorites include Spinach-Artichoke Pasta and Easy Salmon Cakes, and they’re all ready in 30 minutes or less. Need we say more?

Crispy Panko-Parmesan Baked Shrimp

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Crispy Panko-Parmesan Baked Shrimp

This easy baked shrimp dish is crispy, lemony, garlicky, buttery and simply delicious! Toasting the panko before topping the shrimp makes for a super-crispy topping. Serve these flavorful shrimp with over angel-hair pasta and add a green salad or a side of vegetables for a quick dinner that’s simple enough for weeknights but fancy enough to serve to company. 

Spinach & Cheese Breakfast Skillet

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Spinach & Cheese Breakfast Skillet

Eating a big healthy breakfast’ like this 700-calorie hash-and-egg recipe’ may help lower your levels of ghrelin, a hormone that signals hunger, and reduce snack cravings later in the day. Plus, research shows eating the bulk of your daily calories earlier in the day could help you lose weight. If you’re looking for a lighter breakfast, this recipe can serve two.

Easy Miso-Chicken Ramen

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Easy Miso-Chicken Ramen

Warm up a chilly evening with this healthy chicken-and-vegetable ramen noodle bowl recipe. For a little spice, top with hot sauce, such as Sriracha. Look for dried curly Chinese-style noodles near other Asian ingredients in most well-stocked supermarkets. For a substitute, try whole-wheat angel hair pasta and cook for a few minutes longer. 

Greek Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

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Greek Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

A mixture of tomatoes, spinach, feta, olives and fresh oregano gives portobellos a Mediterranean vibe in this healthy stuffed mushroom recipe. Serve these along with chicken, fish or tofu as a super-satisfying side dish, or add a hearty salad and make them the centerpiece of a vegetarian dinner. 

Salmon with Curried Yogurt & Cucumber Salad

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Salmon with Curried Yogurt & Cucumber Salad

Three ingredients you probably already have on hand–curry powder, yogurt and lemon juice–meld into a mouthwatering sauce that transforms simple grilled salmon. This healthy and easy dinner recipe comes together in just 20 minutes. 

Turkey, Pesto & Broccoli Pasta

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Turkey, Pesto & Broccoli Pasta

This easy pasta recipe is a weeknight dinner lifesaver. While shelf-stable pesto will work here, we prefer the fresh flavor and more vibrant color of refrigerated pesto. Look for it in the refrigerated section of your supermarket, near the fresh pasta and marinara sauce. 

Mushroom & Tofu Stir-Fry

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Mushroom & Tofu Stir-Fry

This tofu veggie stir-fry is quick and easy, making it a great go-to weeknight meal. Baked tofu has a firm, toothsome texture that crisps well in a hot pan. You can find it in flavors like teriyaki and sesame, both of which are delicious here. Or opt for a smoked version, which has the same texture with a more robust flavor. Serve over brown rice. 

Skillet Ravioli Lasagna

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Skillet Ravioli Lasagna

This easy inside-out ravioli lasagna is the ultimate weeknight comfort food–no layering or mixing bowls required. Feel free to swap in ground turkey for the beef. Look for fresh mozzarella balls (also called “pearls”) in the specialty cheese section of your grocery store. 

Antipasto Baked Smothered Chicken

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Antipasto Baked Smothered Chicken

We like the touch of heat that pepperoncini give to this briny chicken, but if you really want to turn up the spiciness, swap them for hot cherry peppers. 

Vegetarian Lo Mein with Shiitakes, Carrots & Bean Sprouts

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Vegetarian Lo Mein with Shiitakes, Carrots & Bean Sprouts

A hit of Sriracha gives a sweet and spicy edge to this healthy vegetarian recipe. Traditional lo mein is made with fresh lo mein noodles, which can be found in Asian markets. You can also use fresh or dried linguine noodles–fresh linguine is in the refrigerated section of some grocery stores. This easy dinner comes together in just 30 minutes, so it’s perfect for weeknights. 

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Rainbow Veggie Wrap

There’s definitely a sushi vibe to these kid-friendly wraps, which are stuffed with vegetables, cheese and hummus and then rolled and sliced. Serve them with store-bought green goddess, a creamy herb-filled dressing, to take it up a notch with ease. They look impressive but they’re easy enough for kids to assemble themselves for an easy lunch or dinner

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Rainbow Veggie Wraps

There’s definitely a sushi vibe to these kid-friendly wraps, which are stuffed with vegetables, cheese and hummus and then rolled and sliced. Serve them with store-bought green goddess, a creamy herb-filled dressing, to take it up a notch with ease. They look impressive but they’re easy enough for kids to assemble themselves for an easy lunch or dinner. 

1. Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Sandwich – Greek yogurt is a wonderful healthy substitute, but no one has to know because you can’t even tell a difference.

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Sandwich - From the plump grapes to the sweet cranberries, this lightened up sandwich won't even taste healthy!

2. One Pan Mexican Quinoa -Wonderfully light, healthy and nutritious. And it’s so easy to make – even the quinoa is cooked right in the pan.

One Pan Mexican Quinoa -Wonderfully light, healthy and nutritious. And it’s 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. It’s easier, healthier and 10000x tastier.

Easy Burrito Bowls - Skip Chipotle and try these burrito bowls right at home. It’s easier, healthier and 10000x tastier!

4. Asian Quinoa Meatballs – Perfect as a light dinner over brown rice and a side of roasted vegetables.

Asian Quinoa Meatballs - Healthy, nutritious and packed with so much flavor. Perfect as an appetizer or a light dinner!

5. Avocado Pasta – The easiest, most unbelievably creamy avocado pasta. And it’ll be on your dinner table in just 20 min. Done and done.

Avocado Pasta - The easiest, most unbelievably creamy avocado pasta. And it'll be on your dinner table in just 20 min!

6. Broccoli Quinoa Casserole – Healthy, cheesy comfort food without any of the guilt.

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.

Quinoa Chili - This vegetarian, protein-packed chili is the perfect bowl of comfort food that you can eat guilt-free!

8. Honey Salmon in Foil – A no-fuss, super easy salmon dish that’s baked in foil for the most tender, most flavorful salmon ever.

Honey Salmon in Foil - A no-fuss, super easy salmon dish that’s 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.

Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers - These stuffed bell peppers will provide the nutrition that you need for a healthy, balanced meal!

10. Cauliflower Chowder – A creamy, low carb, hearty and wonderfully cozy soup for those chilly nights. Or any other night of the week.

Cauliflower Chowder - A creamy, low carb, hearty and wonderfully cozy soup for those chilly nights!

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