Have you ever wondered how to cook healthily? To be honest, I have an addiction to food, so to me it’s not that easy! However, I recently put together this healthy dinner ideas list for myself when I feel like eating something other than my old staples. This list is great for anyone looking to mix it up on their next cooking adventure!
If you love to cook, finding some healthy dinner ideas list can help you a lot!
Quick and healthy dinner recipes
Healthy eating doesn’t have to mean hours in the kitchen. Try our easy 20-minute recipes, packed full of nutritional benefits and fresh ingredients
Colourful, nutritious meals don’t have to take hours to make. Tuck into one of our healthy meals that take just 20 minutes to go from prepped to plated up. Using clever store-bought shortcuts, simple recipes and common cupboard staples, you can be eating bowlfuls of goodness in no time. Want to spend as little time as possible prepping? Our spicy chicken & avocado wraps are bursting with flavour and will be ready in just 13 minutes, making them ideal for rustling up in the evening and packing for lunch the next day.
Peruse our top 10 quick and healthy dishes – we guarantee colour, plenty of flavour and less time in the kitchen.
1. Smashed chicken with corn slaw
Add a pop of colour to your plate with our smashed chicken with a crunchy corn slaw. Trust us when we say this low-calorie recipe will leave you feeling full and satisfied. Serve your turmeric-spiced chicken with fresh new potatoes and a squeeze of lime for a zesty kick. This dish makes a great quick family dinner that packs in the veggies.
2. Curried chickpea cake with tomato sambal
We’ve upped our game. Get a whopping four of your five-a-day in one meal with our curried chickpea cake with an Indian-style sambal. Simply blitz your chickpeas with eggs and your favourite spice combination, then fry up a healthy veggie dish. Top with a spicy tomato and cucumber sambal, and voila – supper for two is served.
3. Kimchi fried rice
We’re crazy for kimchi, especially when it’s topped with a runny fried egg. Our kimchi fried rice is an ideal quick-fix dish, using a pouch of ready-made rice to speed up the process. This picture-perfect bowl of tangy pickled veg, fresh broccoli and zesty lime is well worth the 20 minutes it takes to make. For the more daring among you, we also recommend a splash of hot sauce to serve.
4. Spaghetti with smoky tomato and seafood sauce
Want something a little different from your standard tomato sauce? Try our spaghetti with smoky tomato and seafood. Chilli, fennel seeds and smoked paprika bring warmth and flavour to this easy pasta dish. Add a couple of teaspoons of sugar to bring out the sweetness of the tomatoes and save on money and food waste by using frozen mixed seafood.
5. Indian chickpeas with poached eggs
Everything’s better with a poached egg. Try our Indian chickpeas with red and yellow peppers, tomatoes and crunchy spring onions for a pocket-friendly meal that’ll do you good. Use up any veg that’s been languishing in your fridge for this adaptable storecupboard supper.
6. Super-quick sesame ramen
When you’re craving comfort food, our sesame ramen is the answer to your prayers – there’s nothing like noodles for filling up a hungry stomach in minutes. Turn a packet of store-bought instant noodles into something special with pak choi, a scattering of sesame seeds and the humble egg. That’s what we call healthy fast food.
7. Sesame tuna steaks with asian slaw
Give your tuna steak an Asian-inspired twist with sesame and a crisp slaw. If you’re a fish fan, this flavourful dish full of colour and texture is for you. We love the crunch of the toasted peanuts and the hint of heat from the red chilli. Create this restaurant-worthy dish in 20 minutes using just a handful of ingredients.
Simple Dinner Ideas for Healthy
6. One-pot soups
Few meals are more satisfying than a hearty, hot bowl of soup. Fortunately, soup can be simple to prepare and makes a perfect choice for meal prep, as you can make large portions easily.
I like making soups that require only one pot because this means less time cleaning up. I make my soups on the stovetop, but you can make any of the following recipes in an Instant Pot to save time.
- Creamy Yellow Split Pea Soup
- Curry Chicken Soup
- Lentil, Kale, and Quinoa Stew
Curry is a smart choice for a quick, filling dinner because it’s versatile, easy to make, and family-friendly. Plus, eating curry regularly may help improve your health by reducing heart disease risk factors, including high triglyceride and blood sugar levels .
I like whipping up a warming chickpea and sweet potato curry during the winter months and serving it over rice or quinoa.
Burgers are a great choice for families because they’re simple to make and sure to please even the pickiest of taste buds.
Even though beef burgers are a popular choice, you can make burgers out of just about any protein source, including ground chicken, salmon, tuna, and lentils.
My husband makes a delicious chicken burger, and I like to serve it with a large salad and roasted sweet potato fries.
You can serve your burgers on a hearty whole grain bun, in a lettuce wrap, or on top of a bed of greens to suit your dietary needs.
9. Whole roasted chicken
Even though roasting a whole chicken may take some time, it couldn’t be any simpler. Check out this guide on how to roast a perfect chicken.
When I roast whole chickens, I stuff the bottom of the roasting pan with potato wedges, onions, and carrot chunks so the veggies cook along with the chicken.
10. Sheet pan meals
If you’re not a fan of cleaning dishes, this idea is for you.
Most recipes require you to use several pots, pans, and bowls. However, sheet pan meals allow you to pile all of your ingredients onto a single sheet pan to cook, which saves you time in the kitchen.
EASY AND HEALTHY QUICK MEALS
Chicken & chorizo jambalaya
Rating: 5 out of 5.2452 ratingsA Cajun-inspired rice pot recipe with spicy Spanish sausage, sweet peppers and tomatoes55 minsEasyHealthy
Coconut & squash dhansak
Rating: 5 out of 5.301 ratingsThis quick and easy vegetarian curry is perfect for a healthy weeknight dinner – with butternut squash, coconut milk, lentils and spinach20 minsEasyVegetarian
Thai green pork lettuce cups
Rating: 5 out of 5.32 ratingsA healthy, quick and simple midweek meal with fragrant Thai flavours, pork and fresh herbs25 minsEasyHealthy
Indian chickpeas with poached eggs
Rating: 5 out of 5.90 ratingsThis quick, fibre-rich veggie supper is filling and good for you too. Chickpeas are a great source of manganese, which is essential for healthy bone structure15 minsEasyHealthyVegetarian
Simple fish stew
Rating: 5 out of 5.95 ratingsThis quick and healthy one-pot is packed with white fish fillets, king prawns, a rich tomato sauce and enough veg for 3 of your 5 a day35 minsEasyHealthy
Rating: 4 out of 5.93 ratingsThese easy healthy pancakes get their fluffy texture from whipped egg whites. Stack them high with fresh berries and a spoonful of low-fat yogurt45 minsEasyHealthyVegetarian
Stir-fried chicken with broccoli & brown rice
Rating: 4 out of 5.99 ratingsCombine lean chicken with super-healthy broccoli, ginger and garlic for a quick and cheap, weeknight dinner30 minsEasyHealthy
Breakfast egg wraps
Rating: 4 out of 5.40 ratingsEnjoy these protein-rich egg wraps filled with mushrooms and tomatoes for a quick, filling and healthy breakfast. It provides iron, folate and fibre.12 minsEasyHealthyVegetarian
Chinese chicken curry
Rating: 5 out of 5.407 ratingsCook an easy, healthy curry with just 15 minutes preparation. Serve this replica of your favourite takeaway dish with fluffy rice for a wholesome family meal55 minsEasyHealthy
Spiced salmon & tomato traybake
Rating: 4 out of 5.51 ratingsEnjoy this healthy spiced salmon and tomato traybake with a mild curry flavour for a quick and easy midweek meal. Serve with naan bread and lemon wedges30 minsEasyHealthy
Broccoli pesto & pancetta pasta
Rating: 4 out of 5.61 ratingsServe this healthy bowl of pasta topped with cherry tomatoes for a quick and easy midweek meal. It’s tossed with broccoli pesto, and takes just 25 minutes to make25 minsEasyHealthy
Creamy mustard mushrooms on toast with a glass of juice
Rating: 5 out of 5.39 ratingsA quick and healthy vegetarian breakfast with a light cream cheese sauce10 minsEasyHealthy
Chicken noodle soup
Rating: 5 out of 5.715 ratingsMary Cadogan’s aromatic broth will warm you up on a winter’s evening – it contains ginger, which is particularly good for colds.40 minsEasyHealthy
Rating: 5 out of 5.61 ratingsUse chunks of stewing beef in this healthy chilli con carne for a robust and filling dish. Serve with rice and coriander2 h 20 minsEasyHealthyGluten-free
Super-quick fish curry
Rating: 5 out of 5.156 ratingsA low fat fish curry that’s ready in a flash, make sure you buy your fish from a sustainable source.15 minsEasy
Stir-fried beef with hoisin sauce
Rating: 5 out of 5.93 ratingsQuick, easy to make and healthy25 minsEasy
Healthy banana bread
Rating: 4 out of 5.163 ratingsHave your cake and eat it with this low-fat, healthy banana loaf – perfect for breakfast and beyond1 h 35 minsEasyHealthy
Superhealthy Singapore noodles
Rating: 5 out of 5.82 ratingsThese noodles have it all – healthy, flavour-packed and quick to make, they’re sure to be a midweek staple30 minsEasyHealthy
Rating: 5 out of 5.19 ratingsWhip up these speedy puffed flatbreads for an Indian-style feast. They’re like a cheat’s version of naan bread, and are great for mopping up a curry30 minsEasyVegetarian
Healthy tikka masala
Rating: 5 out of 5.39 ratingsEnjoy the spicy, rich flavours of tikka masala with this family-friendly lighter version that’s both healthy and gluten-free. It’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser1 h 5 minsEasyHealthyGluten-free
Healthy beef stew
Rating: 4 out of 5.190 ratingsTry our easy, healthy beef stew recipe that’s packed full of vitamin C. This warming dinner is perfect for chilly nights30 minsEasyHealthy
Healthy pepper, tomato & ham omelette
Rating: 5 out of 5.20 ratingsIf you’re in need of a healthy protein boost, try making this healthy omelette for breakfast – using fewer yolks lowers the cholesterol25 minsEasyHealthy
Egg & rocket pizzas
Rating: 5 out of 5.38 ratingsUse seeded tortillas as pizza bases for a quick and healthy lunch – crack an egg in the centre and bake to boost protein intake30 minsEasyHealthy
Fridge-raid fried rice
Rating: 5 out of 5.15 ratingsPack in the veg with this healthy chicken fried rice, which uses everyday foods you’ll find in the fridge for a quick and easy family supper