12 Deliciously Healthy Dinner Recipes
When most people think of healthy dinner recipes, their minds envision bland and boring meals of dry chicken and unflavored veggies.
This does not have to be the case. As shown in the recipes below, dinner can be nutritious, delicious, and beautiful! Willpower runs low by the end of the day, so it is vitally important to have a plan.
Each one of these recipes provides a wide assortment of flavors and ideas when planning a healthy weekly menu.
Try the recipes out and select a few favorites to add as a staple to a clean-eating approach.
1. Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps
The first on the list of healthy dinner recipes is both spicy and delicious!
Check out this twist on the lettuce wrap. Heather at Sugar Dish Me made this recipe packed with protein from the chicken and quinoa making this is a great recipe to promote a lean and healthy body.
The combination of protein and spice will keep the cravings away because they have both been proven to be some of the most satiating foods.
Calories and tips: 286 calories per serving (one of the wraps). Avoid some of the extra calories by going easy on the blue cheese dressing on top! Just a very light drizzle will enhance the flavor without adding too much to the caloric load.
2. Cilantro-Lime Black Bean Burgers
Most burgers are filled with grease and made with low-quality meats, but not this recipe.
It can be easy to make a healthy and delicious burger without the meat, and Lorrie at Be Whole Be You is here to help. Black beans are widely known for their antioxidant benefits and fiber content for a delicious and gut-healthy meal.
The recipe is a great solution if you’re having a cookout or as a fun meal for the family. But of course, skip the bun to make it even healthier. Add some oven-cooked, homemade sweet potato fries to this dish instead!
Calories and tips: Contains only 310 calories per burger. Compare this to the typical 500+ calorie hamburger served at most cookouts, and it’s easy to understand why this recipe is so great. These burger patties are easily frozen for later, so feel free to make a big serving and have some leftovers.
3. Asian Chicken Salad
This Asian chicken salad is a delicious and original way to end a long day.
Made by Liz at Love Grows Wild, it can feed one person or an entire family. It’s very light on the carbohydrates, and the mango chicken combination is always a treat.
Plus there are healthy almonds for a good source of fat, and the overall taste is amazing.
Calories and tips: At 278 grams per serving, this salad is a light treat. Because it only takes around 30 minutes to make, you should always serve this recipe fresh. Also, when selecting mangoes, look for either fresh ones in season or packed in water. Avoid mangoes or any fruits packed in syrup.
4. Salmon and Asparagus in Foil
#4 on the list of healthy dinner recipes is another Avocadu favorite. If the food in most weight loss programs tasted like this, everybody would be skinny.
Jackyln does it again at Cooking Classy with this simple and elegant salmon recipe. Often times, the healthiest meals are simple, because they don’t contain complex ingredients filled with chemicals.
Salmon is a great source of vitamin D, protein, and omega 3s, while asparagus is loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients.
Calories and Tips: Only 230 calories per serving! It is low carb and paleo-friendly as well. After it’s cooked, take an extra 1/2 a lemon and squeeze it on top for some extra vitamin C.
5. Easy Weeknight Vegetable Stir-Fry
Want to cook a healthy, clean dinner that can last for a few days?
Look no further than this easy, weeknight stir-fry. Prepared by Emily at Health and Happy Hour, this delicious meal contains all kinds of vegetables for a wide variety of flavor and nutrients.
Calories and Tips: At 439 calories per serving, this meal is a one and done type recipe. One big bowl and you will be satisfied for hours. If interested, add a couple farm-raised whole eggs on top for more protein.
6. Chili Lime Shrimp
Simple, savory, and healthy.
Bee at Rasa Malaysia shows how to take average shrimp and turn them into a delicious masterpiece. Shrimp contain a unique antioxidant and anti-inflammatory carotenoid called astaxanthin that has been shown to support the nervous system, skeletal system, and decreases the risk of diabetes-related problems.
Add these little guys to a salad or serve them with any healthy vegetable.
Calories and tips: One serving of these bad boys contains around 135 calories. It is likely that you will want more than one serving, which is fine since it is so low- calorie. Pair it with brown rice for an especially yummy and filling meal.
7. Healthy 30-Minute Sriracha Teriyaki Meatball Bowls
Ground turkey meat, brown rice, and homemade teriyaki sauce, what’s not to love?
Ashley at Baker By Nature made this recipe a 30-minute meal to love. Meatballs are best prepared with lean meat, and turkey is a better source of lean protein than chicken because of its amino acid profile.
There are also a variety of other healthy foods in this recipe to make the teriyaki sauce like ginger and garlic cloves.
Calories and tips: 478 calories per serving. Make sure to go easy on the teriyaki sauce, and consider throwing another vegetable like sugar snap peas into this dish. They will help cut down some of the calories and get more greens into this already healthy bowl. Try substituting soy sauce for the teriyaki sauce to avoid those hidden sugars. Also, remember to use brown rice when preparing.
8. Easy Burrito Bowl
#8 on the list of healthy dinner recipes is amazing!
Everybody loves a good chipotle bowl, but the meats are cooked with unsafe oils, and the sodium is far too high to be considered healthy. Chungah at Damn Delicious made an incredible alternative that will leave your stomach and heart happy.
It features healthy tomatoes that contain lycopene and fresh avocados that contain healthy fats.
Calories and tips: 463 calories per serving and takes around 25 minutes to make. Squeeze a fresh lime and/or a lemon on top of the bowl for some added vitamin C, flavor, and nutrition. It does not contain any meat. Also, don’t forget to use brown rice!
9. Mediterranean Chicken
The best part about this chicken meal is the variety of vegetables added to the recipe. Sonia at The Healthy Foodie did a great job making her plate as colorful as possible. The different colors in veggies indicate the different antioxidants and vitamins stored inside of them.
Assorted bell peppers are a yummy and effective way to ensure lots of different nutrients with your meal.
Calories and tips: 293 calories per serving and takes 45 minutes to make. A twist on this great recipe is to prepare some lettuce wraps for the chicken and veggies to go in. Make sure to be generous with the amount of lime squeezed on top of the chicken as well!
10. Crock Pot Honey Sesame Pulled Pork
The crockpot is an amazing addition to any kitchen as healthy food can be easily created and cooked without much hassle. Joanna at Joanna Meyer Culinary Creative has created a truly delicious pulled pork recipe to love. Pork is high in protein, and the onions support bone tissue and contain polyphenols that help fight various diseases.
Calories and tips: Contains 438 calories per serving and takes 4.5 hours to make. Try it without the honey to skip the sugar, and use brown rice.
11. Herbed Chicken Orzo Pasta and Zucchini
Healthy and light, this dinner recipe is another must-try.
Shannon at Food Diva put a special ingredient in this recipe that is extraordinary for the body: zucchini. Zucchini contains a variety of antioxidants and carotenoids that are hard to find. Lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-cryptoxanthin found in zucchini help prevent cancer and help slow the aging process.
It also contains the B-vitamins folate, B6, B1, B2, B3, and choline.
Calories and tips: 335 calories per serving and takes 30 minutes to make. This is a great choice for a weeknight dinner if you find yourself busy and in need of a healthy meal quick. I also recommend wild rice for this recipe.
12. Creamy Chicken Quinoa and Broccoli Casserole
The last on the list of healthy dinner recipes is certainly not least.
A healthy casserole is perfect for serving the family something you’re proud of or having leftovers for a quick and healthy meal later on. Lindsay at Pinch of Yum created this casserole so that it has a perfect balance of macronutrients and veggies. Broccoli is well known for its ability to lower cholesterol, detox the body, and high concentrations of Vitamin K.
This combined with the chicken and quinoa make a deliciously balanced dish you’re sure to love.
Calories and tips: It has 363 calories per serving and takes 1 hour to make. Leave cheese and bacon out, and replace the milk with unsweetened almond, coconut, or cashew milk to cut even more calories. Also, remember to use coconut or almond flour instead of wheat flour.
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