Healthy Simple Dinner Meals

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You know I have no problem sharing recipes. Today I’m excited to share healthy simple dinner meals with you.

The best part about cooking a healthy dinner for your family is knowing that you’re helping them to eat healthier. They get to be happier, healthier people and you get to enjoy time with your friends and family.

Quick and healthy recipes

Tuck into healthy recipes that you can make in under 30 minutes. We’ve got plenty of quick and tasty salads, soups and mains to leave you feeling nourished

  • Chicken satay saladA star rating of 4.8 out of 5.172 ratingsMarinate chicken breasts, then drizzle with a punchy peanut satay sauce for a no-fuss, midweek meal that’s high in protein and big on flavour
  • Linguine with avocado, tomato & limeA star rating of 3.8 out of 5.100 ratingsUse guacamole ingredients to make this low-calorie vegan linguine which can also be served cold as a pasta salad. It delivers on flavour and it’s healthy.
  • Pork souvlakiA star rating of 4.5 out of 5.55 ratingsServe our speedy pork souvlaki skewers when you’re in need of a quick and easy midweek meal. Serve with flatbreads and yogurt and chilli sauces on the side
  • Roasted cod with zingy beetroot saladA star rating of 5 out of 5.4 ratingsMake the most of the colour and flavour of beetroot with our easy roasted cod served on a beetroot, new potato and carrot salad with a lovely zingy dressing
  • Pomegranate chicken with almond couscousA star rating of 4.7 out of 5.153 ratingsJazz up chicken breasts in this fruity, sweetly spiced sauce with pomegranate seeds, toasted almonds and tagine paste
  • Tuna, caper & chilli spaghettiA star rating of 4.7 out of 5.25 ratingsThrow together tuna, capers and rocket with garlic, chilli and spaghetti to make this easy and healthy supper. It takes just 25 minutes to make
  • Salsa verde baked eggsA star rating of 5 out of 5.2 ratingsDunk flatbreads into these salsa verde baked eggs to soak up the lovely juices. Healthy and low in calories, it takes just 15 minutes to make
  • Turmeric, ginger & coconut fish curryA star rating of 3.5 out of 5.16 ratingsServe up this healthy fish curry, with vibrant turmeric, ginger and coconut flavours, for an easy midweek meal. It takes just 30 minutes from prep to plate
  • Crispy grilled feta with saucy butter beansA star rating of 4.8 out of 5.22 ratingsStuck in a food rut? Grab a can of butter beans, some feta and passata to make this super-speedy and super-tasty supper. Full of goodness, it’s healthy too
  • Pineapple fried riceA star rating of 4.3 out of 5.34 ratingsAdd chunks of fresh pineapple to fried rice to transform it into something special. Serve on its own for a family dinner or as part of a banquet
  • Prawn & harissa spaghettiA star rating of 4.6 out of 5.105 ratingsTry our spaghetti dinner for two, with king prawns and harissa dressing. It only takes 20 minutes to make and is healthy too – great for a midweek meal.
  • Nutty chicken satay stripsA star rating of 4.7 out of 5.154 ratingsKeep these nutty chicken satay strips in the fridge for a healthy choice when you’re peckish. The chicken is served with cucumber and sweet chilli sauce
  • Vegan burgerA star rating of 4 out of 5.13 ratingsMake this fantastic base recipe for a vegan burger and add whatever you fancy – chilli flakes, grated lemon zest or other herbs all work really well
  • Smoky tomato gazpachoA star rating of 1 out of 5.1 ratingPack in the goodness with this speedy smoky gazpacho soup, it’s healthy, low in fat and calories, yet full of flavour. Garnish with basil leaves to serve
  • Spiced carrot & lentil soupA star rating of 4.6 out of 5.1212 ratingsA delicious, spicy blend packed full of iron and low in fat to boot. It’s ready in under half an hour, or can be made in a slow cooker
  • Fresh salmon with Thai noodle saladA star rating of 3.6 out of 5.19 ratingsIdeal for a quick midweek meal, whip up this nutritious salmon and noodle salad in just 20 minutes. The balance of protein and carbs make it super satisfying
  • ExclusiveFragrant pork & lemongrass noodles. This is a premium piece of content available to registered users.A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.4 ratingsIn just 20 minutes you can be enjoying a stir-fry heady with lemongrass, ginger and lime. If you prefer thicker noodles, they’ll also work instead of vermicelli
  • Spinach falafel & hummus bowlA star rating of 4.7 out of 5.3 ratingsMake this easy vegan salad bowl, with homemade spinach falafels and hummus served alongside pitta and salad. It’s packed with nutrients for a healthy supper
  • Egyptian egg saladA star rating of 3.9 out of 5.8 ratingsGive salad a shake-up with an Egyptian-inspired recipe that combines fava beans with egg and the rich flavours of tahini, garlic, lemon and cumin
  • Fridge-raid fried riceA star rating of 4.8 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
  • Spiced salmon & tomato traybakeA star rating of 4.1 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 wedges

Healthy dinner recipes

Discover BBC Good Food’s best ever healthy dinner ideas. Get inspired by our nutritious, triple-tested recipes including vegetarian, vegan and meat options.

  • Spinach, sweet potato & lentil dhalA star rating of 4.8 out of 5.738 ratingsA comforting vegan one-pot recipe that counts for 3 of your 5-a-day! You can’t go wrong with this iron-rich, low-fat, low-calorie supper.
  • Healthy lasagneA star rating of 4 out of 5.6 ratingsEnjoy our lighter version of the family classic – lasagne. It has bags of flavour, but comes in at under 500 calories a portion, as well as packing in four of your five-a-day
  • Air fryer baked potatoesA star rating of 0 out of 5.0 ratingsTry baking potatoes in an air fryer to achieve a crisp skin with a fluffy centre. The process is quicker and more energy-efficient than using the oven
  • Roast chicken thighs with brown rice & salsa verdeA star rating of 3.5 out of 5.4 ratingsHow about a healthy, low-calorie roast chicken dinner? Enjoy this tasty meal with benefits like vitamin C from the salsa verde which helps iron absorbtion
  • Chicken & lemon skewersA star rating of 4.7 out of 5.40 ratingsThese chicken skewers in flatbreads taste great as well as being healthy and an easy-to-make dinner for hectic weeknights
  • Balsamic beef stew with veggie mashA star rating of 4.5 out of 5.10 ratingsGet all five of your five-a-day in this tasty balsamic beef stew accompanied by the ideal comfort food – a veggie mash – perfect for chilly weather
  • Superhealthy salmon burgersA star rating of 4.7 out of 5.358 ratingsIf you’re after something a bit lighter than potato-packed fishcakes, try these simple salmon burgers with ginger, soy sauce and coriander
  • Healthy chicken pasta bakeA star rating of 4.9 out of 5.6 ratingsTry this healthy chicken pasta bake with peppers, courgette and ricotta for a nutritious midweek dinner. It’s sure to be a hit with everyone
  • Healthy roast dinnerA star rating of 4.2 out of 5.5 ratingsCook a healthy, low-fat version of roast beef for two, made with lean, juicy steak and roasted veg, plus gravy on the side
  • Spiced carrot & lentil soupA star rating of 4.6 out of 5.1212 ratingsA delicious, spicy blend packed full of iron and low in fat to boot. It’s ready in under half an hour, or can be made in a slow cooker
  • Smoky cod, broccoli & orzo bakeA 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!
  • 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
  • Veggie yaki udonA star rating of 4 out of 5.102 ratingsPack in the veg with our flavour-packed Japanese-inspired yaki udon. It takes just 25 minutes to make and is healthy and low in fat and calories to boot
  • Tuna, caper & chilli spaghettiA star rating of 4.7 out of 5.25 ratingsThrow together tuna, capers and rocket with garlic, chilli and spaghetti to make this easy and healthy supper. It takes just 25 minutes to make
  • Healthy seafood spaghettiA star rating of 4.4 out of 5.5 ratingsBe transported to a beachside restaurant with a bowl of quick and easy seafood pasta that’s bursting with nutrients
  • Spicy veggie pies with peanut butter mashA star rating of 5 out of 5.1 ratingEnjoy these full-flavoured spicy veggie pies with peanut butter mash. Loaded with protein and carbs, they’re an ideal post-exercise dinner choice
  • Meatball & tomato soupA star rating of 4.8 out of 5.72 ratingsGet three of your 5-a-day in one serving with this healthy, low-calorie tomato soup. The addition of meatballs and giant couscous means it’s filling, too
  • Fennel-roasted cauliflower with quinoaA star rating of 4.4 out of 5.15 ratingsPile this colourful vegetable quinoa salad onto a plate, top with roasted cauliflower and drizzle over the garlic yogurt for a healthy, gluten-free dinner
  • Chicken with crushed harissa chickpeasA star rating of 4.2 out of 5.45 ratingsNeed something speedy for dinner? Try this chicken, coated in flavourful za’atar and served with spiced chickpeas. It’s simple, but seriously delicious
  • Roasted cod with zingy beetroot saladA star rating of 5 out of 5.4 ratingsMake the most of the colour and flavour of beetroot with our easy roasted cod served on a beetroot, new potato and carrot salad with a lovely zingy dressing
  • Broccoli pesto & pancetta pastaA star rating of 3.7 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 make
  • Chinese chicken curryA star rating of 4.7 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 meal
  • Vegan enchiladasA star rating of 5 out of 5.1 ratingTop these plant-based enchiladas with guacamole instead of cheese or soured cream – choose ripe avocados for an extra-creamy texture

Simple Dinner Ideas for Healthy Eating in Real Life

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.

7. Curry

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.

8. Burgers 

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

whole roasted chicken in a pan

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.

When your chicken is done roasting, let it rest for 15 minutes before carving it. You can use that time to make a quick salad like the ones listed below:

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.

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