Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring or complicated. In fact, cooking a delicious and nutritious meal can be quick and simple. Here are 10 easy and healthy dinner recipes that you can prepare in no time.
1. Sheet pan chicken and veggies
This recipe is a one-pan wonder that packs tons of flavor and fiber. Simply toss your favorite vegetables (like broccoli, bell peppers, carrots, and onions) with some diced chicken breasts and season with olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Roast in the oven at 425°F for 20-25 minutes until the chicken is cooked and the veggies are tender.
2. Quinoa stuffed bell peppers
Bell peppers are a nutritious and colorful vessel for stuffing with quinoa, beans, and vegetables. Cook quinoa according to the package instructions, mix in black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese and your favorite seasonings. Cut the tops off of bell peppers, remove seeds and stuff with the quinoa mixture. Bake at 375°F for 25-30 minutes.
3. Mexican-style baked sweet potatoes
Baked sweet potatoes are a filling and healthy base for a variety of toppings. For a Mexican twist, mix cooked black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, jalapenos, and spices such as chili powder, cumin, and paprika. Cut open the baked sweet potatoes, stuff with the mixture and top with fresh cilantro and a dollop of plain Greek yogurt.
4. Salmon and mixed vegetable stir fry
Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and is easy to cook. Dice up your favorite vegetables such as broccoli, peppers, carrots, onions, and snap peas, and sauté them in a wok or large skillet with garlic and ginger. Add in bite-sized chunks of salmon and cook until the fish is cooked to your liking. Serve over brown rice or quinoa.
5. Zucchini noodles with pesto and cherry tomatoes
If you’re looking for a low-carb option, zucchini noodles (also known as “zoodles”) are a great alternative to traditional pasta. Spiralize zucchini to create thin noodles and sauté with some olive oil, garlic, and cherry tomatoes until tender. Toss with your favorite pesto and top with grated Parmesan cheese.
6. Turkey chili
Chili is a hearty and comforting meal that can be made with lean ground turkey instead of beef. Brown turkey in a large pot and add in diced onions, peppers, and garlic. Stir in canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, canned beans, and your favorite chili spices such as chili powder, cumin, and paprika. Simmer for 20-30 minutes and serve with whole grain crackers or a side salad.
7. Asian lettuce wraps
Lettuce wraps are a fun and tasty way to incorporate more vegetables into your diet. For an Asian-inspired filling, sauté ground turkey or chicken in a large skillet with diced water chestnuts, carrots, onions, soy sauce, and ginger. Serve in butter lettuce leaves and top with chopped peanuts, green onions, and a drizzle of hoisin sauce.
8. Veggie-loaded frittata
Frittatas are a versatile dish that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Whisk together eggs and milk or cream and pour into a greased oven-safe skillet. Add in your favorite vegetables such as spinach, peppers, onions, and mushrooms, and sprinkle with cheese. Bake in the oven at 375°F for 20-25 minutes until the eggs are set.
9. Grilled chicken and vegetable skewers
Grilled chicken and vegetable skewers are a fun way to switch up your dinner routine. Cube chicken breasts and thread them onto skewers with your favorite vegetables such as cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, zucchini, onion, and mushroom. Brush the skewers with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and your favorite herbs. Grill on medium-high heat until the chicken is cooked through and the veggies are tender.
10. Lentil and vegetable soup
Soups are a comforting and filling meal that can be made ahead in a large batch. In a large pot, sauté garlic, onions, carrots, and celery until fragrant. Add in lentils, diced tomatoes, vegetable broth, and your favorite spices such as cumin, paprika, and thyme. Simmer for 30-45 minutes until the lentils are cooked and the vegetables are tender.
In conclusion, eating healthy doesn’t have to be time-consuming, expensive or complicated. By incorporating these 10 easy and healthy dinner recipes into your meal rotation, you’ll be able to enjoy nutritious and delicious meals without sacrificing flavor or convenience.