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.
Healthy Dinner Lunch Ideas
These seasonal dishes, which are low in sodium and saturated fat, can help you take good care of your heart. With easy pasta dishes, vibrant salads, and sheet pan roasts, we use fresh spring vegetables like lemons, asparagus, spinach, and mushrooms to add tons of seasonal flavor to every bite. With recipes like our Apricot Glazed Chicken with Potatoes & Asparagus and Lemon-Garlic Spaghetti with Fish, you can have a great meal on the table in just 25 minutes.
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One-Pan Chicken & Asparagus Bake
With this recipe for chicken with asparagus, you can swiftly prepare dinner, complete with vegetables, on one baking sheet. Together with the potatoes and carrots, which have been thinned by pounding, asparagus completes the dinner. You’ll make this simple dinner recipe over and over again.
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Lemon-Garlic Pasta with Salmon
What should I do with the remaining salmon? This is a tasty and simple method to make it into yet another quick dinner that is suitable for weeknights. Don’t forget to set aside some pasta water since the starch in it thickens and silkens the lemon-garlic pasta sauce.
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Easy Pea & Spinach Carbonara
Fresh pasta is a need for quick weeknight dinners like this decadent yet healthful dish since it cooks more quickly than dried pasta. The creamy sauce’s foundation is an egg base. If you’d like, you can use pasteurized in-shell eggs because they don’t become totally cooked.
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Baked Fish Tacos with Avocado
In this quick and simple 5-ingredient dish, the fish fillets are baked after being covered with a tasty spice mixture rather than deep-fried. These tacos can be made with a variety of flaky white fish. The ideal approach is to be adaptable and select the variety of fish that looks the freshest that day when you go to the market to buy fish.
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Chicken & Spinach Skillet Pasta with Lemon & Parmesan
This one-pan pasta dish is garlicky, lemony, and tastes best when topped with a little Parmesan cheese. It mixes lean chicken breast and sautéed spinach for a one-bowl supper. She referred to it as “Devon’s Favorite Spaghetti,” and I refer to it as “Mom’s Skillet Pasta.” In any case, it’s a quick and simple weekday dish that my husband and I came up with and jotted down on a small recipe card more than ten years ago. I still make it every week for dinner. The entire family will enjoy this straightforward dinner.
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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
Because it mixes a variety of aromatic spices—typically turmeric, fenugreek, coriander, and peppers—all in one jar, curry powder is a potent ingredient. Use a hot or red curry powder to make this dish hotter.
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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
The Fundamentals of Traditional Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan served as the inspiration for this bolognese sauce recipe. We substitute button mushrooms for the beef and pork to keep this classic comfort food vegan while still packing a punch of umami flavor. Also, this recipe sticks with Hazan’s white wine choices even though several recipes call for red wine.
Healthy Meals You Can Make in 20 Minutes
Consider yourself short on time to prepare a healthy dinner. Reconsider your position. Even on the busiest days, you can get a great meal on the table with one of these quick and healthy supper ideas. These dishes, which range from One-Skillet Bourbon Chicken to Quick Pea & Spinach Carbonara, are filling and simple to prepare.
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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
For a very quick and flavorful curry, combine precooked lentils (typically found in the produce area of your grocery store) with an Indian-style simmer sauce. By putting it over riced cauliflower, you increase the amount of vegetables while limiting the amount of carbs. As simple as it gets, this 3-ingredient supper only requires salt, pepper, and oil. Look for simmer sauces with less than or near to 350 mg sodium per 1/4-cup serving if you’re watching your salt intake.
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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
A quick and satisfying midweek dinner, these salmon tacos are served with an easy-to-make slaw on the side. Simply combine a sprinkle or two of chipotle chile powder or cayenne pepper with the chili powder if you prefer these fish tacos to be hotter.
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Quick Shrimp Puttanesca
This pasta meal with an Italian flair will be ready in a flash since fresh pasta cooked in the refrigerator cooks significantly faster than dried pasta! The original ingredients for puttanesca include tomatoes, olives, capers, anchovies, and garlic. Shrimp are added for more protein, while artichoke hearts increase the amount of vegetables (and fiber!) in the dish. Drained canned artichoke hearts can be used as a substitute if frozen ones are not available.
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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
By purchasing precut vegetables from the salad bar at the grocery store, you can prepare this 20-minute vegan curry even faster. Serve over cooked brown rice to make a filling and enjoyable supper. If you want to keep this vegan, seek for simmer sauces with 400 mg of sodium or less and check the ingredient list for cream or fish sauce. Add a few dashes of your preferred hot sauce at the very end if you like things spicy.
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One-Pot Spinach, Chicken Sausage & Feta Pasta
In this one-dish pasta recipe with a Mediterranean flair, a little bit of Sunday supper preparation goes a long way. Although the pasta is prepared in advance and kept in the refrigerator for use throughout the week, you can use any leftover cooked spaghetti you have on hand. This recipe tastes exceptionally wonderful with chicken sausage and feta.
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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