Try my healthy dinner lunch ideas for full days of energy and vibrant living. Healthy meals for work or home in 15 minutes or less. Your family will love these recipes.
Are you looking for a quick and easy dinner or lunch idea. I’ve got you covered with these healthy dinner lunch ideas. Whether you are looking for something for your family, for a friend, or even yourself I’ve got you covered.
Easy Heart-Healthy Dinners to Make This Spring
Take care of your heart with these seasonal meals that are low in saturated fat and sodium. We use fresh spring produce like lemons, asparagus, spinach and mushrooms to bring lots of seasonal flavor to every bite of these dinners, from easy pastas to bright salads and sheet-pan roasts. Recipes like our Lemon-Garlic Pasta with Salmon and Apricot Glazed Chicken with Potatoes & Asparagus require just 25 minutes of active prep, so you can have a delicious meal on the table fast.
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One-Pan Chicken & Asparagus Bake
In this chicken and asparagus recipe, we use one baking sheet to whip up dinner quickly, veggies included. Pounding the chicken thin helps it cook quickly alongside the carrots and potatoes, with asparagus rounding out the meal. This is one quick dinner recipe you’ll be returning to again and again.
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Lemon-Garlic Pasta with Salmon
Wondering what to do with leftover salmon? This is a delicious and easy way to turn it into another weeknight-friendly, quick dinner. Don’t forget to reserve some pasta water–its starch thickens the lemon-garlic pasta sauce and makes it silky-smooth.
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Easy Pea & Spinach Carbonara
Fresh pasta cooks up faster than dried, making it a must-have for fast weeknight dinners like this luscious yet healthy meal. Eggs are the base of the creamy sauce. They don’t get fully cooked, so use pasteurized-in-the-shell eggs if you prefer.
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Baked Fish Tacos with Avocado
Instead of deep-frying, the fish fillets in this quick-and-easy 5-ingredient recipe are coated with a flavorful seasoning blend and baked. Several varieties of flaky white fish can be used for these tacos. When you go to the market to purchase fish, the best strategy is to be flexible and choose the variety that looks freshest that day.
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Chicken & Spinach Skillet Pasta with Lemon & Parmesan
This one-pan pasta that combines lean chicken breast and sautéed spinach for a one-bowl meal is garlicky, lemony and best served with a little Parm on top. I call it “Mom’s Skillet Pasta” and she called it “Devon’s Favorite Pasta.” Either way it’s a quick and easy weeknight dinner we created together and scribbled on a little recipe card more than a decade ago, and it remains in my weekly dinner rotation to this day. It’s a simple dinner the whole family will love.
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Mâche & Chicken Salad with Honey-Tahini Dressing
If fresh peas aren’t available, thawed frozen peas make an excellent substitute. Look for tender mâche at farmers’ markets and natural-foods stores.
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Apricot Glazed Chicken with Potatoes & Asparagus
Curry powder is a powerhouse ingredient because it combines a medley of flavorful spices—usually turmeric, fenugreek, coriander and peppers—all in one jar. Increase the heat in this dish by using a hot or red curry powder.
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Orange-Mint Freekeh Salad with Lima Beans
This salad is loaded with colorful produce: fresh mint, snap peas, radishes and oranges. For pretty snap pea slices, cut them into long, thin strips.
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White Bean Soup with Pasta
We use mirepoix—a combination of onion, celery and carrots—to flavor this soup. Keep a store-bought bag of the mixture in your freezer to ensure you always have some on hand without worrying about it going bad.
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Vegan Mushroom Bolognese
This Bolognese sauce recipe is adapted from Marcella Hazan’s Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking. We swap out the beef and pork for button mushrooms to keep this traditional comfort food vegan yet weighty with umami flavor. And while some recipes call for red wine, this recipe sticks with Hazan’s white wine selection.
Healthy Meals You Can Make in 20 Minutes
Think you don’t have enough time to make a healthy dinner? Think again. These healthy dinner ideas are ready in just 20 minutes, so you can get a flavorful dish on the table on even the busiest of days. From Easy Pea & Spinach Carbonara to One-Skillet Bourbon Chicken, these recipes are satisfying and quick to make.
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Breakfast Naan Pizza
Give your morning eggs a tasty spin by building an easy individual pizza on a prepared naan.
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Lentil Curry with Cauliflower Rice
Combine precooked lentils (often located in the produce section of your grocery store) with an Indian-style simmer sauce for a super-fast and flavorful curry. Serving it over riced cauliflower bumps up the vegetable count and keeps carb servings in check. This 3-ingredient dinner (not counting salt, pepper and oil) is really as easy as it gets. To be mindful of the salt, look for simmer sauces with less than or close to 350 mg sodium per ¼-cup serving.
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Crispy Fish Taco Bowls
The adobo sauce in a can of chipotles lends earthy heat to the crema that tops these bowls. Don’t toss out the unused peppers! Freeze them in an airtight container and pull them out to add to sauces, marinades or chili.
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Mozzarella, Basil & Zucchini Frittata
This vegetable-studded frittata recipe is one of the quickest meals you can make. Make it for breakfast, or serve for lunch or dinner with a tossed salad and a slice of olive oil-drizzled crusty baguette.
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Salmon Tacos with Pineapple Salsa
An easy-to-make slaw served on the side of these salmon tacos makes for a filling and fast weeknight dinner. If you prefer more heat in these fish tacos, simply add a pinch or two of chipotle chile powder or cayenne with the chili powder.
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Quick Shrimp Puttanesca
Because refrigerated fresh pasta cooks much faster than dried pasta, this Italian-inspired pasta dish will be on the table lickety-split! Puttanesca, traditionally made with tomatoes, olives, capers, anchovies and garlic, gets shrimp for extra protein and artichoke hearts to boost the vegetable servings (and the fiber!). If you can’t find frozen artichoke hearts, sub in drained canned artichoke hearts.
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Beef Pad Thai
We’ve bulked up the serving size of beef pad thai by adding in lots of healthy veggies like matchstick carrots, snap peas and scallions. Look for whole-grain brown-rice pad thai noodles to add an additional 3 grams fiber to each serving.
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Vegan Coconut Chickpea Curry
To make this 20-minute vegan curry even faster, buy precut veggies from the salad bar at the grocery store. To make it a full, satisfying dinner, serve over cooked brown rice. When shopping for simmer sauce, look for one with 400 mg of sodium or less and check the ingredient list for cream or fish sauce if you want to keep this vegan. If you like a spicy kick, add a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce at the end.
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One-Pot Spinach, Chicken Sausage & Feta Pasta
A little bit of Sunday meal prep goes a long way in this one-dish Mediterranean-inspired pasta recipe. The pasta is cooked ahead of time and stored in the fridge to use for meals all week, but any leftover cooked pasta you have on hand will do. Chicken sausage with feta is especially good in this recipe.
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Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes
Two of our favorite comfort-food sandwiches join forces in these family-friendly dinner sandwiches. We found that softer buns make this easier to eat, and it’s all the better when wrapped takeout-style in a sheet of foil.
HEALTHY MEALS RECIPES
- A star rating of 4 out of 5.28 ratingsEnjoy this easy, speedy cod, broccoli and orzo traybake on busy weeknights. It’s healthy and low in fat, and since it’s a traybake, there’s minimal washing-up!
- Omelette pancakes with tomato & pepper sauceA star rating of 4.6 out of 5.12 ratingsHealthy, low-calorie and gluten-free – these herby egg ‘pancakes’ will become your go-to favourite for a quick midweek meal
- Red lentil pasta with creamy tomato & pepper sauceA star rating of 4.7 out of 5.3 ratingsAdd to your five-a-day with this red lentil pasta. Gluten and dairy free, the sauce is made with peppers and cashews, which add protein and give it a creamy texture
- Chicken fattoushA star rating of 4.1 out of 5.9 ratingsThis healthy Middle Eastern salad topped with sumac-sprinkled pitta bread is a quick and easy lunch or supper
- Veggie hummus pasta saladA star rating of 5 out of 5.1 ratingMake your own hummus in this family pasta salad. Dish up for little ones first, then scatter with pul biber chilli flakes and crumbled feta for the grown-ups
- Masala frittata with avocado salsaA star rating of 4.7 out of 5.43 ratingsA spicy twist on a simple frittata recipe, with Masala paste, coriander and plump cherry tomatoes. Pair it with our avocado salsa for a light and budget-friendly supper
- Seafood tagineA star rating of 3.8 out of 5.15 ratingsUse a frozen mixture of fish and shellfish to make this stew, served over a zesty almond couscous
- Smoky beans on toastA star rating of 4.7 out of 5.36 ratingsForget shop-bought cans of baked beans. This homemade version is tastier and healthier, with an impressive four of your 5-a-day
- Spiced black bean & chicken soup with kaleA star rating of 4.8 out of 5.44 ratingsUse up leftover roast or ready-cooked chicken in this healthy and warming soup, spiced with cumin and chilli
- Steak & broccoli protein potsA star rating of 4.8 out of 5.4 ratingsThese protein pots feature steak with a tasty Japanese twist served with wholegrain rice and a zing of sushi ginger. Rustle them up in less than 20 minutes
- Veggie wholewheat pot noodleA star rating of 3.5 out of 5.4 ratingsThis clever packed lunch is super healthy, with crisp vegetables, wholewheat noodles and a spicy, zingy dressing
- Lemon cod with basil bean mashA star rating of 4.4 out of 5.77 ratingsA heart-healthy supper that makes the perfect midweek meal for two
- Charred broccoli, lemon & walnut pastaA star rating of 3.8 out of 5.15 ratingsMake this quick broccoli, lemon and walnut pasta with simple storecupboard ingredients. It’s healthy, low in fat and calories and full of texture and flavour
- Thai prawn & ginger noodlesA star rating of 4.2 out of 5.61 ratingsThis seafood stir-fry, with fiery ginger and crunchy veg, is as healthy as it is delicious – a low-fat and low-calorie weeknight dinner
- Sesame & spring onion stir-fried udon with crispy tofuA star rating of 4.5 out of 5.17 ratingsDo something different for dinner, with our vegan noodle, tofu, green bean and spring onion stir-fry. It’s quick and healthy, plus it’s budget-friendly too
- Pulled chicken saladA star rating of 4.9 out of 5.33 ratingsPull apart a ready-roasted chicken to whip up this healthy, vibrant, low-calorie dish in just 20 minutes
- Orecchiette with butter beans, parsley, chilli & lemonA star rating of 4.5 out of 5.2 ratingsMake this simple pasta dish using whatever you’ve got to hand, including different pasta shapes, beans or chopped tomatoes. You can leave out the chilli if you prefer
- Spicy chicken & avocado wrapsA star rating of 4.4 out of 5.78 ratingsPan-fry lean chicken breast with lime, chilli and garlic, then pile onto seeded tortilla wraps. Cool before assembling if packing for lunch
- Spaghetti with smoky tomato & seafood sauceA star rating of 4.3 out of 5.18 ratingsChilli, fennel seeds and smoked paprika add warmth and flavour to a rich tomato sauce, served with seafood in this quick pasta dish
- Stir-fried chicken with broccoli & brown riceA star rating of 4.3 out of 5.99 ratingsCombine lean chicken with super-healthy broccoli, ginger and garlic for a quick and cheap, weeknight dinner
- Chicken, broccoli & beetroot salad with avocado pestoA star rating of 4.5 out of 5.21 ratingsThis superfood supper is packed with ingredients to give your body a boost, such as red onion, nigella seeds, walnuts, avocado oil and lemon
- Speedy butternut squash barley ‘risotto’A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.6 ratingsSwap rice for barley to make this easy squash ‘risotto’ with spinach and sage. It’s healthy and low in calories and fat – perfect for a quick supper