Healthy Simple Meals For Dinner

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We take a good look at some of the best healthy simple meals for dinner, so you have all the information you need to make an informed decision. What are your favorite healthy meals for dinner?

Do you think that healthy meals for dinner aren’t tasty? Well, you’re probably wrong. I’m going to tell you about a book that can change your opinion about dinner and make it…yummy!

 Simple Dinner Ideas for Healthy Eating in Real Life

You may think that preparing healthy, delicious dinners at home is a complicated process, but I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be.

Even though I love food and enjoy cooking, I like to keep it simple when it comes to mealtime. This means choosing recipes that are easy to follow and don’t involve complicated cooking techniques or seemingly never-ending steps.

Here are 10 of my go-to simple dinner recipes that can help you get a healthy meal on the table quickly.

grain bowls with fresh veggies and egg

1. Stuffed sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are loaded with beneficial nutrients like beta carotene, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber (1Trusted Source).

Plus, they’re delicious and pair well with just about anything. This makes them the perfect base on which to build a filling meal.

At my house, we prepare stuffed sweet potatoes at least once a week. I roast a whole sweet potato, then stuff it with ingredients like sautéed veggies, beans, chicken, and cheese.

This meal is super versatile, and you can choose from a variety of flavor combinations. You can try out one of the simple recipes below or wing it and simply pile your favorite ingredients onto a roasted sweet potato.

2. Grain bowls

Grain bowls are a hit in my kitchen. My husband and I love how simple and adaptable grain bowls are and frequently prepare this dinner when we’re craving a flavorful yet easy-to-prepare meal.

I follow a gluten-free diet, so we use gluten-free grains like quinoa and brown rice. However, you can use any grain you want for grain bowls, including farro, millet, and barley.

Grains provide an important source of fiber and other nutrients like magnesium. Studies have found that diets rich in grains are linked to a lower risk of several health conditions, including colon cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes

To prepare a grain bowl, top a serving of cooked grains with cooked or raw veggies and a protein source like chicken, fried or hard-boiled eggs, grilled shrimp, or salmon.

Then top it with a store-bought or homemade dressing, or keep it simple with a drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice.

For example, this Green Goddess Buddha Bowl uses an irresistible combination of brown rice, roasted broccoli, sugar snap peas, avocado, hard-boiled eggs, toasted pumpkin seeds, and a creamy yogurt-based sauce.

Here are a few more grain bowl recipes that make a perfect dinner option for nights when you’re short on time:

  • Thai Chicken Buddha Bowls
  • Salmon Grain Bowls with Lemon Tahini Sauce
  • Sweet Potato & Chickpea Buddha Bowl

3. Veggie loaded frittatas

veggie frittata in a pan

When you have chickens like I do, eggs make their way into more than just breakfast meals. We regularly use eggs as the protein source for quick and tasty dinners, including frittatas.

Eggs have you covered when it comes to healthy fat and protein, so all you need to do is add a variety of your favorite veggies to cover your fiber needs.

Some of my favorite vegetables to use in frittatas include asparagus, spinach, sweet potatoes, zucchini, onions, broccoli florets, mushrooms, and tomatoes. You can also add in ingredients like cheese, herbs, spices, or pesto to give your frittata extra flavor.

You can even use leftovers like salmon, shredded chicken, and potatoes in your frittata.

I like to serve frittata with some sliced avocado or fresh fruit. It’s a filling meal that you can enjoy at any time of the day or night. Frittatas are super simple to make, and you can whip them up in under an hour.

4. Dinner salad

A large, filling salad is one of my go-to dinners, especially when I’m not feeling up to putting time into a meal.

The problem with most salads is that they’re not well composed, and you end up feeling hungry again just a short while after finishing your meal. The key to making a hearty dinner salad is making sure that you include plenty of protein, healthy fats, and fiber.

Start with a base of your favorite greens, such as spinach, mixed greens, arugula, kale, or romaine. Add a few more veggies, such as peppers, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, or red onions, to your greens to bump up the fiber content.

Then choose a protein source like grilled chicken, shrimp, salmon, or hard-boiled eggs. Adding a fiber-rich carb source, such as beans or roasted sweet potatoes, will bump the fullness factor even higher.

Top your creation with roasted sunflower or pumpkin seeds for a crunchy texture, then drizzle it with a healthy dressing like olive oil and balsamic vinegar, or follow this recipe for Homemade Green Goddess Dressing.

5. Loaded brown rice pasta

Most everyone loves a good pasta dish, but most pasta dishes don’t contain the necessary ingredients, such as protein and fiber, to keep you feeling satisfied

Fortunately, using a few simple tips can help you create a filling and nutritious pasta dinner in no time.

First, choose your pasta. I am a big fan of Tinkyada brown rice pasta, but you can use any pasta you like. You can also use zucchini noodles in place of pasta if you’re following a lower carb dietary pattern.

Next, pick a source of protein. I like to use chicken breast or ground chicken or, if I want plant-based protein, I will add chickpeas.

Next, choose your veggies. I love a classic combo of spinach and broccoli, but almost any vegetable will work. Lastly, pick a sauce, such as pesto, marinara, or olive oil.

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

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

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