Are you always in search of some really good healthy and delicious recipes for dinner? You might be very keen to look for those mouth-watering, easy to make and cook, healthy dinner recipes for the whole family. Sometimes it becomes a bit difficult to find all these things in one place. But I have an amazing list of healthy dinner recipes to make your life easier and you don’t have to spend much time in the kitchen anymore.
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Looking for some healthy dinner recipes? We have plenty of ideas for healthy curries, nourishing fish suppers, high-protein recipes, dairy-free dinners and even gut-friendly meals.
If you want something quick and nutritious to make for lunch, try our healthy lunch ideas, then check out our healthy veg recipes, 15 healthy swaps and high-calorie foods to try.
Sometimes after a long, busy day, deciding what well-balanced, nutritious meal to make can seem like an impossible task. Worry no more – we’ve compiled a list of our favourite healthy dinners that are simple, straightforward and full of flavour. All you have to do is pick which to make first.
What makes a nutritious, healthy dinner?
Like most meals, balance is important, as this will help you to feel satisfied and give your body the nutrients it requires. On a basic level, simply ask: does my plate have at least one source of protein, healthy fat and carbohydrate? Remember, vegetables are carbohydrates too – not just bread, rice and pasta. In fact, dinnertime is a great time to load up on less starchy, fibre-rich vegetables such as broccoli, kale, cauliflower, peppers and mushrooms. Variety is important, as different foods offer different types of nutrients and fibres, so try to aim for at least three or four different ingredients on your plate – if you can make it 10, even better!
Best healthy dinner recipes
Healthy vegan tacos – stuffed with smoky courgette, zesty black beans, pickled red onion and creamy avocado – make a brilliant lighter dinner which the whole family can tuck into.
Healthy turkey stir-fry
Sauerkraut, earthy broccoli and mushrooms combine to make this satisfying healthy stir-fry, balanced with zingy ginger and a sweet and salty sauce.
Cumin-crusted chicken with kale salad and hummus dressing
A clever way to make chicken more exciting is to coat in cumin and paprika before frying. There’s 38.5g of lean protein per serving, plus plenty of nutrients and fibre. It’s light, flavour-packed and ready in 40 minutes.
Healthy sausage traybake
Nadine Brown’s balanced, nutritious and well-spiced sausage traybake is bursting with smoky, succulent flavours, making it a reliable midweek option that’s healthy, too.
Traybakes, the midweek saviour. This vibrant, curried salmon dish is full of healthy omega-3 fats and antioxidants – great for healthy skin and mind. Serve as is or add a nutritious grain like brown rice or spelt when you’re extra hungry.
Not a salmon person? Check out more healthy fish recipes.
Vegan chilli non carne
This sweet and smoky chilli is the epitome of healthy comfort food, providing plenty of satisfying plant protein and fibre from the beans. The tomato sauce is rich in skin-healthy antioxidants and potassium – important for replenishing your salt balance after a workout. It also freezes well, perfect for busier days.
Mexican-style prawn soup
This easy one-pot is packed with flavour from the cumin, smoked paprika and lime. Avocado offers a great source of healthy fats, while the generous helping of fresh coriander is rich in antioxidants.
Discover even more healthy soup recipes.
Korean-style fried cauli rice
This punchy recipe is gluten-free and low in carbs – a great healthy alternative to fried rice. Its variety of vegetables make it rich in fibre and antioxidants, as well as offering 21.1g of protein per serving.
Check out some of our other fried rice recipes.
Moroccan veggie soup
This colourful soup is packed with nutritious veg, pulses and spices for a vegan winter warmer that’s good for you. Spinach, potatoes and chickpeas offer plenty of soluble and insoluble fibre to keep you feeling fuller for longer. Plus, the spices and rich tomato broth provide antioxidants.
Peri-peri chicken mozzarella stacks with ‘macho’ peas
Check out this easy chicken recipe with creamy mozzarella, roasted red peppers and punchy ‘macho’ peas. Nando’s fans will love this lighter version of the restaurant classic, which packs 47.7g of protein per serving alongside plenty of nutrient-dense green veggies.
Squash and coconut dahl with jammy eggs and crispy onions
Liven up lentils with lightly toasted spices, coconut milk and crispy onions in this vibrant, veggie dahl. Red lentils are a brilliant, inexpensive source of plant protein. As well as providing more protein, eggs offer healthy fat and vitamins A, D, B12, zinc and iron. Buy omega-3 rich eggs for added healthy fats.
Try even more of our delicious dahl recipes.
Cajun tofu tacos
Tofu doesn’t have to be boring. These light but flavourful tacos are full of protein (24.6g per portion) and fresh fruit and veg. Added bonus? They’re ready in just 30 minutes.
Discover even more taco recipes.
Use up leftover turkey in this nourishing and restorative ramen that offers 53.3g protein per serving. Broccoli, onions and mushrooms provide a variety of soluble and insoluble fibre, which feed your beneficial gut bacteria and support healthy bowel movements. The turkey bone broth provides several important amino acids and gut supportive nutrients such as vitamin A, zinc and magnesium.
Try even more of our gut-supportive recipes.
Chickpea fritters with yogurt, green chilli and cucumber salad
Turn chickpeas into lightly-spiced fritters, served with a zesty cucumber salad, for a low-calorie meal ready in just 30 minutes. Gram flour is a great storecupboard staple, offering protein, fibre, magnesium and iron. Turmeric adds antioxidants, while Greek yogurt provides bone-supportive calcium.
A traditional Korean fermented food, kimchi adds more than just flavour. It’s a natural source of probiotics and fibre, essentially the gut’s favourite things. Studies suggest that regularly eating kimchi has a positive effect on the gut, immune system, brain function and skin health.
Make our red cabbage kimchi.
Griddled chicken with mustardy lentil salad
This vibrant chicken salad with crunchy green beans, mangetout and lentils is super-simple and quick to make. With just 6.2g of fat per portion, this is a lovely, light midweek meal.
Love healthy salads? Discover even more recipes.
Wild rice and mushroom risotto with roast garlic
Try this moreish take on risotto using wild rice and creamy roasted garlic for a simple, low-fat vegetarian dinner. Wild rice is incredibly nutritious, offering magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium and selenium. Low-fat crème fraîché provides a lovely creaminess, as well as calcium.
Try even more delicious vegetarian risotto recipes.
Vegan fajita bowl with cauliflower rice
Our vegan fajita bowl manages to deliver on flavour despite being low in fat and 5:2 friendly. This simple, quick supper has just 4.4g fat and 0.7g of saturates, great for those watching their fat intake.
BUFFALO CHICKEN SALAD
This easy Buffalo Chicken Salad recipe can be made ahead for lunches throughout the week. Great on lettuce wraps or a sandwich!
BUFFALO CHICKEN SALAD
I’ve been getting requests for quick and easy low-carb lunch recipes that can be prepped ahead and don’t require reheating. So, I created this Chicken Salad, which checks all the boxes! Since I had some cooked chicken breast and we all love my Buffalo Chicken Dip, this recipe works as a lunch idea instead. If you like this buffalo recipe, you should also try this Vegetarian Buffalo Chickpea Salad, Buffalo Shrimp Lettuce Wraps , and Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps.
COCONUT CHICKEN SALAD WITH WARM HONEY MUSTARD VINAIGRETTE
27 Protein 32.5 Carbs 11 Fats
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ITALIAN TURKEY MEATBALLS
25.5 Protein 25 Carbs 11.5 Fats
We love these juicy, Italian turkey meatballs in homemade tomato sauce. Serve them over your favorite pasta, pizza or sandwich! Italian Turkey Meatballs I buy a package of ground…
GRILLED CHICKEN TACOS WITH LETTUCE SLAW, AVOCADO AND COTIJA
33 Protein 22 Carbs 16 Fats
Grilled chicken tacos piled high with a simple lettuce-tomato slaw, avocado, and Cotija cheese on a charred tortilla are a quick weeknight dinner solution! Grilled Chicken Tacos We love…
LEMON ASPARAGUS COUSCOUS SALAD WITH TOMATOES
6.5 Protein 30 Carbs 4 Fats
Lemon Asparagus Couscous Salad with Tomatoes makes a vibrant Spring pasta salad, perfect to bring to a potluck or to serve as a BBQ side dish. Lemon Asparagus Couscous…
LATIN YELLOW RICE
4 Protein 39 Carbs 2 Fats
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EASY WEEKNIGHT DINNERS
Vegetarian Poutine with Mushroom GravyWhether you’re vegetarian or not, you’ll LOVE this vegetarian poutine made with rich mushroom gravy and served over baked french fries.
Instant Pot Basil Chicken with Green BeansThis easy Instant Pot chicken recipe is inspired by one of my favorite take-out meals: Thai basil chicken! You’ll love the vibrant, fresh flavor and the snap of the green beans. Making this take-out favorite at home means you can adjust the spice level to your family’s preferences.
Chicken Caprese One Pot PastaFuss-free one pot pasta is a meal the whole family will love! This 20-minute recipe is inspired by caprese salad, with fire-roasted tomatoes, mozzarella, and plenty of fresh basil. You’ll look forward to eating it all summer long!
Air Fryer EmpanadasCrispy, crunchy air fryer empanadas are so easy to make at home without the mess or uncertain timing of deep-frying. These come out of the air fryer perfectly crisp and golden brown every time. Plus you can use any filling you want, which makes them great for picky eaters!