After a long day of work or school, it is so tempting to just go home, sit back, relax, and binge on takeout and ice cream. Let’s skip this part of your everyday routine and start eating healthy! Eating healthy for dinner doesn’t always have to suck. With these healthy dinner recipes, you’ll definitely satisfy your tastebuds just as you would with any other dinners!
1. Chicken Cobb Salad
Don’t expect this dish to be like any other ordinary salad with lettuce and tomatoes. This flavor-packed meal will make you want to eat salad for dinner every day! You will need to put together on a plate some lettuce, 1/2 cup of a cheese of your choice, 1/3 cup of corn, 10 cherry tomatoes, 1/2 of an avocado, 2 boiled eggs, and some grilled chicken with seasoning of your choice. After putting everything together in a bowl or plate, prepare a separate bowl to make the dressing. For the dressing you will need to blend together an avocado, 1 tablespoon of nonfat plain greek yogurt, and 2 limes. You can also add salt and pepper to your dressing to your liking! Pour some dressing over your salad, and enjoy!
2. Spicy Vegan Potato Curry
If you’re looking for a hearty, cozy, warming meal for dinner, this dish is perfect for you! It’s quick, easy, and so delicious that you might even go for seconds! Here’s what you’ll need to do. Cut 2-3 small red potatoes into cubes, and cook them in a pot or pan with a cup of pepper slices, and 1/2 teaspoon of garlic. While the vegetables are cooking, cook some jasmine or brown rice. Add 2 tablespoons of curry paste to your vegetables and continue to stir and cook them. Next, add 1 and 1/2 cups of coconut milk, 1/2 cup of water, 1 cup of shredded spinach, and 1 cup of chickpeas. stir until everything is thoroughly cooked, and transfer some of it to a bowl with your rice.
3. Chicken Fajita Tacos
Healthy, savory, and delicious, these phenomenal chicken fajita tacos will surely pass the test as restaurant quality, or maybe even better! First you’re going to need to heat up 2 cups of shredded chicken, by frying it on the pan until it’s warm, and then transfer them onto 4 corn tortillas. Stir fry some fajita veggies such as bell peppers and onions, and add them onto your tacos as well. Top each taco with pico de gallo, avocado slices, black beans, and a little bit of cotija cheese. Do these tacos sound bomb or what?!
4. Lemon Garlic Shrimp and Quinoa
Looking for a fresh and simple dinner? Try this shrimp and quinoa recipe! Although very light, this dish will definitely keep you full! All you need to do is heat up 16 ounces of shrimp onto a pan, and then add some minced garlic cloves. After stirring this mixture up for a few minutes, add 1 teaspoon of paprika and then set it aside. Cook 1/2 cup of dry quinoa and add some basil, salt, and pepper. Add your quinoa to a plate, top it off with your shrimp, squeeze some lemon all over your dish and dig in!
5. Shrimp Guacamole Tostadas
Speaking of shrimp, here’s another shrimp recipe! I know you’re hungry for dinner and you want to eat as soon as possible, so here’s a super quick and tasty recipe for you! Warm 1 lb. of small shrimp on a stove and add salt and pepper to your liking. Then top 4 tostada shells with homemade or store-bought guacamole, and to that add your cooked shrimp. Top your tostadas off with cherry tomatoes or pico de gallo, and feta cheese.
6. Mushroom and Spinach Pasta Bake
You don’t need to load up on cheese and calories to have a delicious pasta! This recipe is also creamy and cheesy, but what sets it aside from other pastas is that it’s not loaded with excess oil and sodium. First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook 2 and 1/2 cups of whole wheat penne pasta, rinse it with cold water, and then set it aside. Heat 2 cups of Ragu Homestyle Thick and Hearty Mushroom Sauce in a saucepan with 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, 2 cups of mushrooms, and 2 cups of spinach and arugula mix. Stir for a few minutes with cooked pasta and then transfer to a baking tin with fresh mozzarella slices on top. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, and enjoy your cheesy goodness!
7. Ginger Salmon with Green Beans
Fish is a great dinner option, especially salmon! This super yummy recipe is made for people who want to eat as clean as possible! Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and mix in a bowl 1/4 cup of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar, 3 minced garlic cloves, 2 teaspoons of minced ginger, 2 teaspoons of honey, 1/8 teaspoon of salt, and 1/8 teaspoon of pepper. Place two salmon fillets on two separate sheets of foil, folding the edges to create walls around the salmon. Add the sauce to the salmon, and then place lemon slices on top of the salmon. Cook the fish for about 15-20 minutes. Boil some green beans in water and oil, and season them after with salt and pepper. Transfer everything to a plate and enjoy your delicious salmon dinner!
8. Corn and Tomato Fettuccine
YES I’m bringing another pasta recipe for you and it is freaking amazing! Fettuccine doesn’t always have to be super gooey and cheesy. It can also be fresh, light, and heart-healthy! Cook 8 ounces of uncooked whole wheat fettuccine, and add corn to the pasta during the last 9 minutes of its remaining cooking time. After that, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil and add 1/2 cup of chopped sweet red pepper and 4 chopped green onions. Cook this mixture util it is soft and tender. Drain your pasta and corn mixture and add to it 2 chopped tomatoes, salt, pepper, oil, and your pepper and green onion mixture. Toss with crumbled feta cheese and parsley and enjoy!
9. Beef Pad Thai
This beef pad thai is healthy, and definitely worth drooling over! Bulk up on more vegetables and beef than noodles, and you’ll be good to go! Cook 8 ounces of brown rice pad thai noodles, and save 1 cup of the water that you cooked your noodles in. Next, cook beef, carrots, snap peas, and scallions in a pan with some oil. Add 1/2 cup of pad thai sauce with noodles, remaining pasta water, and vegetables, mixing them together thoroughly. Transfer your pad thai to a bowl, and garnish it with chopped peanuts, cilantro, and lime juice.
10. Soba Salad with Grilled Tofu
Looking for a refreshing, deliciously chilled dinner? If so, this recipe was made for you. Cut a 12 ounce pack of extra firm tofu into 1/2 inch slices and press them dry with some paper towels. Then, season your tofu slices with salt and pepper to taste. Grill your tofu, and then cut them into cubes. Next, cook 8 ounces of soba noodles, drain them, and immediately put the hot noodles on top of a handful of baby spinach. Add a splash of ponzu sauce to your noodles with some chopped peanuts, 1/2 tablespoon of sesame oil, and radish and green onion for garnishing!