Quick Healthy Meal For Dinner

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I’ve been on a quest to find quick healthy meal for dinner and I think I’ve finally done it. Why does having a quick healthy meal for dinner make me so happy? Well, because it’s easy on a Tuesday night and the entire family can eat together, but most of all it’s something the whole family will love.

I know its hard to come up with new healthy dinner ideas. So I have put together a list that will get you out of your meal rut. These meals can be made in under 30 minutes and are healthy, delicious, and fun to make!

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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.

  • Chicken Pesto Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
  • Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
  • Vegetarian Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
  • Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes
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 (2Trusted Source).

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.

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 (3Trusted Source).

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, QUICK & EASY DINNER IDEAS

One pot pasta recipes for dinner

Making dinner in one pot is a great way to minimize your cooking time, and most of the pasta recipes below do just that! Pasta is just an overall great dinner idea because you get in your protein, carbs and veggies all in one meal as opposed to having to make separate side dishes.

But you can also make pasta in one pot! When you do it this method, the pasta soaks up all the broth or water that you pour in among the other toppings, so there’s no need to drain the pasta or make a giant mess.

I’ve included some Instant Pot pastas below but don’t fret, they can be made just as easily in a pot on the stove. All you have to do is saute the meat and veggies first, then cook on med-high for 10-15 minutes once the pasta and liquid is added. Check out my fave pasta recipes for dinner below!

Healthy, Quick & Easy Dinner Ideas

Pasta Primavera with Shrimp // One Pot Arrabiata

Healthy, Quick & Easy Dinner Ideas

Chili Mac and Cheese // Bruschetta Chicken Pasta

Healthy, Quick & Easy Dinner Ideas

Pesto Chicken Pasta // Cajun Chicken Pasta

Easy stir fries and skillet dinners

Speaking of one pot recipes, stir fries and skillet dinners are similar concepts but don’t involve pasta. Again, you’re taking a bunch of protein, sometimes a starch and lots of veggies and adding a sauce to make dinner in less than 30 minutes.

I like to buy some pre-chopped veggies or pre-marinated chicken, beef or shrimp to save on prep time and then I just saute everything up!

I’ve listed some low carb dishes below where you have the option to cook the rice separately, and I’ve also got some chicken teriyaki bowls where the rice cooks alongside the chicken and veggies. These easy dinners come together in a flash! And if you’re looking for more skillet meals be sure to check out this other skillet recipes post with more ideas!

Healthy, Quick & Easy Dinner Ideas

Kung Pao Shrimp // Sesame Chicken

Healthy, Quick & Easy Dinner Ideas

One Pan Chicken Teriyaki // Chicken Marsala

Healthy, Quick & Easy Dinner Ideas

Italian Chicken Skillet // Cashew Chicken

Mix and match dinner ideas

Mix and match dinner ideas are mainly the kinds of dinner where you use up whatever you have lying around in the fridge to make recipes that are more throw-together than pre-planned. Things like  buddha bowls, burritos, tacos, salads, lettuce wraps, burgers, loaded fries, healthy nachos, etc. are great starting points for last-minute dinner ideas.

All you need to do is look at what you have on hand, use a healthy lean protein, then take it from there!

The below recipes are super versatile examples of mix and match dinners. The tequila lime chicken and hasselback Greek chicken use up veggies like tomatoes, bell peppers and simple sauces made from ingredients you likely already have in your pantry at home, while the taco pita pizza and lettuce wraps are great examples of starting with a simple vessel and adding in more ingredients from there.

You can also change up the ingredients and toppings you use for these recipes to account for what you already have on hand at home. Don’t have any ground chicken for the lettuce wraps? Use regular chicken breast or ground beef! Don’t have steak for the carne asada fries? Again, use a different protein! Even just a can of black beans will do. Or you can sub in frozen fries for fresh fries. These recipes are so easy to change up and adjust to what you already have.

Healthy, Quick & Easy Dinner Ideas

Tequila Lime Chicken // PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps

Healthy, Quick & Easy Dinner Ideas

Thai Basil Chicken // Mini Taco Pizzas

Healthy, Quick & Easy Dinner Ideas

Carne Asada Fries // Hasselback Greek Chicken

Healthy, Quick & Easy Dinner Ideas

Chicken Tinga Tacos // Cheesy Grilled Potato Nachos

Reheat dinner from the freezer

Another great dinner idea is to rely on freezer meals. Whether it’s a dinner recipe you’ve made already and frozen, or just some large Ziploc bags full of frozen ingredients and sauces, freezer-friendly recipes can take a lot of stress off of dinnertime! I usually make something like pasta or a protein-rich soup or stew ahead of time and freeze in small glass containers. From there you can reheat in the microwave for 7-8 minutes, stirring halfway through.

However, you can also dump a bunch of ingredients like chicken and freezer-friendly veggies (think carrots, broccoli, green beans, cauliflower, etc.) into a bag along with a sauce or marinade to throw in a crockpot or pot on the stove later.

I also love to make meatballs in advance – you can freeze them raw or after baking, and they make great additions to an easy dinner. See my fave freezer meals linked below to make the best use of this dinner strategy!

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