Simple Healthy Dinner Meals

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Looking for some ideas of what to cook each night? Look no further. Here are some simple, healthy dinner meals that not only taste amazing but hardly take anytime at all to make.

Did you really need a full featured theme to be able to whip up a delicious meal or two? Of course not! You just need simple yet tasty ideas for dinner that will make you stick to your healthy routine. And we’re here to help.

Quick dinner recipes

Make these quick and easy meals on busy weeknights – try speedy stir-fries, pasta dishes, curries and more, all ready in under 30 minutes.

  • Speedy sausage stroganoff tagliatelle Make our budget-friendly quick sausage stroganoff tagliatelle for a simple family dinner. This filling bowl takes just five minutes to prepare
  • Chicken, leek & brown rice stir-fry Combine the classic flavours of chicken and chorizo with kale and rice for a substantial yet speedy dinner, taking less than 20 minutes to make
  • Pasta with salmon & peas Make this salmon pasta in under 20 minutes for a dinner the whole family can enjoy. Kids will love the fun-shaped pasta while packing in fibre and omega-3
  • Easy teriyaki chicken Try this easy, sticky Asian-style teriyaki chicken for a speedy weeknight supper – it takes just 20 minutes to make! Serve it with sticky rice and steamed greens
  • Bean & halloumi stew Use a can of mixed beans to make this tomato-based veggie stew with halloumi. Make it in just 25 minutes for a quick and easy midweek supper
  • Teriyaki salmon with sesame pak choi Sweet chilli, honey, sesame oil, mirin and soy combine to make a punchy sauce for fish. Elaine Paige’s dish is a simple and quick midweek meal
  • Spicy mushroom & broccoli noodles Shiitake mushrooms give a ‘meaty’ texture and flavour to this healthy stir-fry
  • 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
  • Caponata pastaA star rating of 4.6 out of 5.123 ratingsWhip up our easy vegetarian caponata pasta in just 20 minutes. It’s simple to make, budget-friendly and packs three of your five-a-day into one delicious meal
  • Easy sweet & sour chickenA star rating of 4.6 out of 5.280 ratingsDitch the takeaway and make our simple sweet and sour chicken recipe. This speedy Chinese-style rice dish is ready in under 30 minutes and packed with zingy flavours
  • Quick & easy chickpea coconut dhalA star rating of 4.3 out of 5.8 ratingsTry this quick and easy version of dhal. It’s packed with good-for-you ingredients including chickpeas, lentils and spinach
  • Sausage, kale & gnocchi one-potA star rating of 4.6 out of 5.210 ratingsPlate up this delicious one-pot of sausage, kale and gnocchi in just 20 minutes, with just five minutes prep. Midweek suppers never got so easy – or tasty!
  • Smoked salmon & lemon risottoA star rating of 4.8 out of 5.265 ratingsInspired by a risotto from London restaurant Ooze, smoked salmon may sound expensive for a midweek meal, but is no more costly than cooking with red meat
  • Easy chicken fajitasA star rating of 4.8 out of 5.127 ratingsNeed a simple, vibrant midweek meal the family will love? Put together these easy chicken fajitas and people can create their own masterpieces at the table
  • Super-quick sesame ramenA star rating of 4 out of 5.23 ratingsRustle up this warming veggie ramen in just 15 minutes. Think of it as healthy fast food – it’s low-fat, low-calorie and low-cost as well
  • Gnocchi with mushrooms & blue cheeseA star rating of 4.1 out of 5.185 ratingsSoft, creamy goat’s cheese or a deliciously strong blue cheese both work well in this easy veggie supper that’s on the table in just 20 minutes
  • Lemon & greens pesto pastaA star rating of 4.4 out of 5.15 ratingsPrep, cook and serve this quick and easy lemon and green veg pasta in just 15 minutes. It’s perfect for busy days, and will be loved by the whole family
  • Quick & spicy nasi gorengA star rating of 4.5 out of 5.42 ratingsSave on the washing up with this speedy supper for one, with wholesome ingredients like Chinese cabbage and brown rice, finished with a fried egg
  • Super-quick fish curryA star rating of 4.6 out of 5.156 ratingsA low fat fish curry that’s ready in a flash, make sure you buy your fish from a sustainable source.
  • Chicken stuffed with herby mascarponeA star rating of 4.7 out of 5.154 ratingsThis super-quick and special recipe for two is bound to become a My Good Food favourite
  • Coconut & squash dhansakA star rating of 4.8 out of 5.300 ratingsThis quick and easy vegetarian curry is perfect for a healthy weeknight dinner – with butternut squash, coconut milk, lentils and spinach
  • Quick chicken chasseurA star rating of 4.2 out of 5.134 ratingsA classic in a flash, you can also use beef. Either way – it’s a winner
  • 20-minute seafood pastaA star rating of 4.5 out of 5.186 ratingsMake a low in fat, satisfying dish in minutes – ideal for Friday nights

Fast & Easy Dinners When You’re Too Tired to Cook

Sometimes, you’re just too tired to cook dinner, and we can relate to that. But takeout isn’t always an option, so we’ve pulled together these fast and easy dinners to make life a little simpler. These dinners take just 20 minutes to make and have three steps or less, so it’ll barely feel like cooking (and you can always leave the dishes to tomorrow). Recipes like Spinach & Artichoke Dip Pasta and Beefless Vegan Tacos are delicious and a great option for those lazy nights.

20-Minute Chicken Cutlets & Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Tomato Sauce

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20-Minute Chicken Cutlets & Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Tomato Sauce

This low-carb chicken dinner whips up in only 20 minutes, thanks to thin-cut chicken breast and packaged zucchini noodles. If you have a spiralizer and want to make your own zucchini noodles, use two medium zucchini. Source: EatingWell.com, January 2020

Crispy Gnocchi Pasta with Tomatoes & Leeks

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Crispy Gnocchi Pasta with Tomatoes & Leeks

These gnocchi are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside because you sauté them in hot oil. Plus, they leave a little fond (crispy brown bits) in the pan that adds toasty flavor to the tomato and leek sauce, which is cooked in the same pan. Since this easy gnocchi recipe calls for store-bought shelf-stable gnocchi, it’s quick to prepare–just 20 minutes, start to finish. Opt for whole-wheat gnocchi to get 2 extra grams of fiber per serving compared to white. This easy and healthy dinner is easy to customize too: see Tips for variations with shrimp, pesto instead of butter, and pork chops instead of gnocchi. Source: EatingWell Magazine, October 2019

BBQ Shrimp with Garlicky Kale & Parmesan-Herb Couscous

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BBQ Shrimp with Garlicky Kale & Parmesan-Herb Couscous

In the U.S., dry whole-wheat couscous has been partially cooked, making it a quick-cooking (5 minutes!) whole-grain weeknight dinner champ. And when you buy peeled shrimp, plus a bag of prechopped kale and bottled barbecue sauce, the savings in prep time helps to get this healthy dinner done in a jiff. Source: EatingWell Magazine, September 2019

Spinach & Artichoke Dip Pasta

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Spinach & Artichoke Dip Pasta

If you’ve ever wanted to make a meal out of warm spinach and artichoke dip, this creamy pasta is for you. And here’s what’s almost as good as the flavor of this comforting dish: the fact that this healthy dinner takes just 20 minutes to prepare. Source: EatingWell.com, September 2019

Mussels with White Beans & Tomatoes

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Mussels with White Beans & Tomatoes

Cooking mussels may seem intimidating, but here we’ve made it quick and easy. We’ve added white beans to turn this classic mussels-in-white-wine-sauce dish into a heartier weeknight meal. Serve with whole-grain crusty bread to sop up the flavorful broth. Source: EatingWell Magazine, December 2019

Chicken Cutlets with Artichokes & Lemon-Dill Sauce

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Chicken Cutlets with Artichokes & Lemon-Dill Sauce

You won’t want to let a drop of this creamy lemon sauce go to waste. Serve with rice pilaf or roasted potatoes to soak it all up. Source: EatingWell Magazine, September 2020

Sesame Instant Ramen Noodles with Broccoli & Soft-Boiled Egg

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Sesame Instant Ramen Noodles with Broccoli & Soft-Boiled Egg

Jazz up basic ramen noodles with toasted sesame oil, quick-cooked broccoli and a jammy soft-boiled egg. To cut back on sodium, look for ramen varieties with less than 600 mg sodium per serving or use less of the seasoning packet. Source: EatingWell.com, July 2020

20-Minute Creamy Italian Chicken Skillet

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20-Minute Creamy Italian Chicken Skillet

Chicken cutlets cook quickly and are highlighted with a creamy sauce made with tomatoes, zucchini and Italian seasoning. This recipe is sure to become a new weeknight favorite the whole family will love. Serve it with whole-wheat pasta or rice to make it a meal. Source: EatingWell.com, July 2020

Coconut Shrimp Curry with Instant Ramen Noodles

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Coconut Shrimp Curry with Instant Ramen Noodles

A splash of coconut milk and some curry powder elevate ordinary ramen soup into a memorable bowl of noodles. Add protein with cooked shrimp or cubed tofu and a pop of freshness with cilantro and lime juice. To cut back on sodium, look for ramen varieties with less than 600 mg sodium per serving or use less of the seasoning packet. Source: EatingWell.com, July 2020

Beefless Vegan Tacos

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Beefless Vegan Tacos

Take taco night in a new direction with these healthy vegan tacos. We’ve swapped crumbled tofu for the ground beef, without sacrificing any of the savory seasonings you expect in a taco. You can also use the filling in burritos, bowls, taco salads and to top nachos. Source: EatingWell.com, March 2019

HEALTHY, QUICK & EASY DINNER IDEAS FOR BUSY WEEKNIGHTS

Dinner recipes with 10 ingredients or less

One of the best ways to cut back on the time you spend on making dinner is to limit the number of ingredients needed to make the meal. Below are some delicious dinner recipes with 10-ingredients or less. Most of the dishes below are low carb options too since grains take the longest to prepare and cook besides proteins.

I love stuffed chicken with veggies like the caprese chicken and jalapeno popper chicken breasts shown below. You basically just cut some slits in the chicken hasselback-style, or you can open up the fold of the breast and stuff with toppings. Grill or bake, and you’ve got dinner ready in under half an hour! You can always serve with a side of potatoes, rice or salad to boot.

Just as you can stuff chicken to keep the ingredient count low, you can also use vegetables as the vessels for stuffing. Add some chicken and quinoa to portobello mushrooms, or saute some ground beef and add to poblano peppers like the ones shown below.

Adding everything to a skillet and choosing a simple sauce as with the sausage, peppers and onions recipe below also allows you to use less ingredients while keeping cook time to a minimum.

Healthy, Quick & Easy Dinner Ideas

Stuffed Poblano Peppers // Low Carb Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

Healthy, Quick & Easy Dinner Ideas

Sausage, Peppers and Onions // French Onion Chicken

Healthy, Quick & Easy Dinner Ideas

Hasselback Caprese Chicken // Jalapeno Popper Chicken

Make dinner on a sheet pan

When I want to eat a quick, healthy dinner, sheet pan recipes are my go-to. They are usually a no-brainer in terms of eating healthy because you can throw all your ingredients on the one pan, then bake and go. Sheet pan meals are the easiest way to combine lean proteins like chicken and shrimp with all kinds of veggies and healthier starches like sweet potato.

You basically toss all your ingredients in a simple sauce, marinade or seasoning blend, bake for 20-25 minutes and dinner is on the table in no time. There’s also limited mess so you don’t have to worry about a ton of clean up.

You also don’t have to worry about food waste because you can easily clean out your veggie crisper and toss whatever is about to go bad on the baking sheet. Just as long as you add a killer seasoning, you’ll love sheet pan meals – the combinations really are endless.

Here are some of my fave sheet pan recipes below to get you started – they make such great dinner ideas! I’ve also got a super handy round up of more sheet pan dinners right here on the blog if you’d like to check out more of them.

Healthy, Quick & Easy Dinner Ideas

Pesto Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner // Sausage & Root Veggie Scramble

Healthy, Quick & Easy Dinner Ideas

Sheet Pan Chicken & Asparagus // Sheet Pan Bruschetta Chicken

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