Simple And Healthy Dinner Ideas

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Yeah, I am a fan of simple and healthy dinner recipes. Who isn’t, when you have to cook for your kids, family or yourself?

I’m sure you are always looking for fast and healthy dinner ideas. So am I. The problem is that fast recipes never seem to be healthy and healthy recipes never seem to be this simple. That’s why I was so excited when I found these three super quick and easy recipes that I wanted to share with you.

Heart-Healthy Dinner Recipes You’ll Want to Make Forever

platter with roast pork and vegetables

A heart-healthy diet can still include flavorful, satisfying meals that incorporate your favorite proteins and flavors—whether that means a delicious veggie burger or a mouth-watering steak. Each of these heart-healthy recipes is lower in saturated fat and sodium, so you can savor a great dinner and take care of your heart at the same time. Recipes like our Basil Pesto Pasta with Grilled Vegetables and Irish Pork Roast with Roasted Root Vegetables will soon be favorites you return to again and again.

Irish Pork Roast with Roasted Root Vegetables

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Irish Pork Roast with Roasted Root Vegetables

In this easy one-pan dinner, boneless pork loin roast is cooked over a bed of carrots and parsnips for an all-in-one dish that makes an impressive centerpiece for a holiday meal or Sunday dinner. Choose free-range heritage pork if you can–its flavor really shines with no more seasoning than a bit of thyme and a little sea salt. If you’d like, dress up the meal with a traditional Irish apple condiment–Ploughmans chutney or Bramley applesauce, which you can find in specialty stores and online.

Basil Pesto Pasta with Grilled Vegetables

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Basil Pesto Pasta with Grilled Vegetables

This dish is an easy way to turn grilled vegetables into a satisfying meal, thanks to hearty whole-grain pasta and a quick homemade pesto.

Spice-Seared Salmon with Greek-Style Green Beans

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Spice-Seared Salmon with Greek-Style Green Beans

Preparing this spice-seared salmon recipe is a joy for the senses! Rubbing salmon with spices creates a light, delicious main course. Serve this recipe with roasted potatoes or brown rice. If you have leftover salmon, serve it on top of a simple salad for a satisfying lunch the next day.

Charred Shrimp, Pesto & Quinoa Bowls

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Charred Shrimp, Pesto & Quinoa Bowls

These shrimp, pesto and quinoa bowls are delicious, healthy, pretty and take less than 30 minutes to prep. In other words, they’re basically the ultimate easy weeknight dinner. Feel free to add additional vegetables and swap the shrimp for chicken, steak, tofu or edamame.

Peppery Barbecue-Glazed Shrimp with Vegetables & Orzo

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Peppery Barbecue-Glazed Shrimp with Vegetables & Orzo

In this healthy BBQ shrimp recipe, shrimp are seasoned with a peppery spice blend and served with zucchini, peppers and whole-grain orzo for a delicious and easy dinner that’s ready in just 30 minutes. The shrimp and veggies are cooked in the same skillet, so cleanup is a snap too.

Zucchini-Chickpea Veggie Burgers with Tahini-Ranch Sauce

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Zucchini-Chickpea Veggie Burgers with Tahini-Ranch Sauce

This vegan burger recipe is one you’ll want to make again and again. Savory chickpea and zucchini patties are topped with a creamy, herb-flecked tahini ranch sauce, juicy tomato slices and peppery arugula for a satisfying and healthy homemade veggie burger. Serve them on buns or stuff them in pitas. We recommend making extra sauce–it’s a great dip for veggie sticks and, thinned with a little water, it makes a wonderful salad dressing.

Mushroom Ragout with Herbed Ricotta & Pappardelle

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Mushroom Ragout with Herbed Ricotta & Pappardelle

This mushroom ragout is topped with dollops of ricotta, which cut through the acidity of the tomato-based sauce for a balanced flavor and creamy texture.

Tabbouleh with Pan-Seared Chicken

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Tabbouleh with Pan-Seared Chicken

Tabbouleh is a Lebanese dish that relies on plenty of fresh parsley and just a hint of mint. Here, we add pan-seared chicken to transform this tabbouleh recipe into a heartier meal.

Beer-Battered Fish Tacos with Tomato & Avocado Salsa

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Beer-Battered Fish Tacos with Tomato & Avocado Salsa

Lovers of fried fish get the taste without all the calories, and the salsa adds a fresh, clean note. To complete the Baja theme, serve with black beans, some diced mango and a bit of light sour cream.

Pan-Seared Steak with Crispy Herbs & Escarole

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Pan-Seared Steak with Crispy Herbs & Escarole

This easy dinner takes just 20 minutes to prepare, meaning that seared steak can be a weeknight meal. Cooking herbs in the pan with the steak releases their aroma, infusing it into the meat while creating a crispy garnish. After the steaks and herbs are pan-seared, the escarole is cooked in the same skillet, so this healthy dinner requires minimal cleanup too.

3-Ingredient Dinners for a Simple, Healthy Night

You only need a few ingredients on hand (not counting basics like oil, salt and pepper) to whip up one of these deliciously simple recipes. From cheesy pasta and fresh salads to savory hash and crunchy tostadas, these dinners are perfect for enjoying at the end of a busy day. Recipes like our 3-Ingredient Sweet Potato & Brussels Sprout Hash with Chicken Sausage and 3-Ingredient Goat Cheese Pasta with Broccoli prove that an easy recipe can still be unbelievably tasty.

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3-Ingredient Cheese Tortellini with Tomatoes & Basil

This Italian-inspired dish is made with just three ingredients—roasted tomatoes, tortellini and fresh basil—to create a delicious, easy dinner. Roasting the cherry tomatoes coaxes out their natural sweetness. It’s worth the time—trust us!

3-Ingredient Sweet Potato & Brussels Sprout Hash with Chicken Sausage

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3-Ingredient Sweet Potato & Brussels Sprout Hash with Chicken Sausage

Apple-flavored chicken sausage adds flavor and protein in this quick dinner hash that uses a bag of shaved Brussels sprouts as its hearty, high-fiber base. Steaming the cubed sweet potatoes in the microwave cuts way down on total cook time.3 of 17

3-Ingredient Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Chickpeas

Boxed blended soups are the perfect canvas for simple stir-ins to make them more substantial and satisfying. Here, roasted red pepper soup is jazzed up with canned chickpeas and fresh baby spinach for a fast, comforting meal.4 of 17

3-Ingredient Goat Cheese Pasta with Broccoli

Swap out regular pasta for pasta made with chickpeas and you’ll more than triple the fiber and double the protein in this simple, satisfying dish. Be sure to save some of the pasta water to make a sauce. Feel free to use frozen broccoli in a pinch (you can blanch the broccoli in the same water you use to cook the pasta).

3-Ingredient Creamy Rotisserie Chicken Salad

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3-Ingredient Creamy Rotisserie Chicken Salad

We put a flavor twist on the classic chicken salad by using a lemon-herb mayonnaise. Try other mayo varieties, like roasted garlic or chipotle lime, in this fast, no-cook lunch recipe. Serve with whole-grain crackers.6 of 17

3-Ingredient Broccoli Mac & Cheese with Rotisserie Chicken

Transform a box of macaroni and cheese for an easy weeknight dinner. Use frozen broccoli, steamed in the microwave, to cut down on prep time. Opt for chickpea-based macaroni and cheese for a boost of protein and fiber.7 of 17

3-Ingredient One-Pot Lemon Pasta with Rotisserie Chicken

This satisfying one-pot pasta cooks with just the right amount of water so you’re left with perfectly cooked noodles and enough starchy liquid to act as a sauce. Stir in lemon juice and zest at the end for a bright finish.8 of 17

3-Ingredient Chickpeas with Kale & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes pull double duty in this recipe. Use the oil from the jar to cook the kale, then stir in the sun-dried tomatoes to add flavor and texture to the dish.

3-Ingredient Farro Bowl with Rotisserie Chicken

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3-Ingredient Farro Bowl with Rotisserie Chicken

To make this hearty grain bowl, grab a salad kit from the grocery store. Then, top the kit with farro and chicken for a high-protein lunch or dinner that’s ready in minutes.

3-Ingredient Chicken Salad Tostadas

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3-Ingredient Chicken Salad Tostadas

For this three-ingredient dinner, a premade salad kit is the perfect shortcut because it has everything you need in one bag, including the dressing. Swap in canned black beans for the chicken to make this vegetarian.

Brain-Healthy Dinners You’ll Want to Make in 2022

Mix some of these delicious meals into your routine to help you stay sharp in the new year. These dinners incorporate brain-healthy ingredients like eggs, fish, olive oil and ample vegetables for meals that pack in flavor and support your mind. Recipes like our Beet, Mandarin & Farro Salad and Creamy Salmon Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes are fresh, tasty dinners you’ll want to return to again and again.

Sheet-Pan Salmon with Sweet Potatoes & Broccoli

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Sheet-Pan Salmon with Sweet Potatoes & Broccoli

The vibrant combo of cheese, cilantro, chili, and lime–inspired by Mexican street corn–makes this salmon sheet-pan dinner burst with flavor.

Chicken Enchilada Skillet Casserole

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Chicken Enchilada Skillet Casserole

This simplified take on cheesy chicken enchiladas only requires one pan for cooking and eliminates the need to stuff and roll corn tortillas. Charring the veggies in a cast-iron skillet adds depth of flavor. Don’t worry if you don’t have one, because you can use any oven-safe skillet instead.

Beet, Mandarin & Farro Salad

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Beet, Mandarin & Farro Salad

Chef Jose “JoJo” Ruiz serves up sustainable seafood in “coastal cuisine”—featuring Mediterranean flavors like the combo of citrus, feta and parsley here—at his San Diego restaurants Lionfish and Serēa. Multicolored beets make this farro salad a pretty addition to any table, but if you’re short on time, store-bought cooked beets (found in the refrigerated produce section) are just as delicious here.

25-Minute Sweet Potato & Bean Enchiladas

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25-Minute Sweet Potato & Bean Enchiladas

These quick sweet potato and bean enchiladas are diabetes-friendly thanks to egg wraps that are lower in carbs than traditional tortillas. The vegetarian filling is both sweet and savory, while the topping adds texture and freshness.

Creamy Salmon Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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Creamy Salmon Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

In this creamy salmon pasta recipe, sun-dried tomatoes are used in two ways. The flavorful oil is used to sauté shallots, while the tomatoes get added to the cream sauce.

Vegetarian Chopped Power Salad with Creamy Cilantro Dressing

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Vegetarian Chopped Power Salad with Creamy Cilantro Dressing

Cilantro adds color and flavor when blended to make a creamy dressing. Serve this healthy salad for lunch or dinner.

Salmon with Lemon-Herb Orzo & Broccoli

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Salmon with Lemon-Herb Orzo & Broccoli

This healthy salmon dish is as balanced as it is delicious. You add broccoli right into the pot along with the pasta during its last minute of cooking to save time here. One less thing to wash too!

Coconut Curry Squash Soup with Spiced Seeds

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Coconut Curry Squash Soup with Spiced Seeds

In this curried butternut squash soup, we leave the tender chunks of squash intact to give the soup texture. If you are starting with a whole squash, you can toast its seeds in place of the pepitas.

Lemon Chicken-and-Egg Soup

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Lemon Chicken-and-Egg Soup

Taking inspiration from egg drop, this chicken-and-egg soup is enriched by drizzling in eggs whisked with fragrant sesame oil at the end of the cooking time. If in-season sweet corn is available, by all means use it—you’ll need kernels from 3 to 4 ears. Add it in Step 3 when you return the shredded chicken to the soup to heat through just before serving.

Egg-in-a-Hole Fried Quinoa

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Egg-in-a-Hole Fried Quinoa

We used quinoa to bump up the fiber and protein in this stir-fry-inspired dish. Rather than making an omelet or stirring in the eggs as you would for fried rice, we cook them in divots right in the veggie-filled quinoa for a fun presentation. Opt for a flat skillet over a wok so you have plenty of room to nestle in the eggs.

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