Quick and Easy Healthy Dinner Recipes

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Do you have 30 minutes? Then you have enough time to make a healthy dinner that's tasty, too! Take a peek at our foolproof and fast recipes for burgers, grilled chicken, seared salmon, and even lasagna, and you'll be convinced that a home-cooked meal is within reach even on the busiest weeknights. Start meal planning now!

Chile-Lime Tilapia with Corn Saute

Fish is a cook’s dream since most varieties take less than 10 minutes to grill or sear to perfection. Try tilapia, cod, or sole in this Tex-Mex skillet dinner that’s loaded with so much color and spice, you won’t even miss the starchy side dish.

Lamb Fatteh with Asparagus

The cleanup for this recipe is even lighter than the calorie count! Fiber-rich whole wheat couscous actually cooks right in the same skillet that sautes the lamb and veggies.

Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad with Chicken

Love the nutrition and heartiness of Brussels sprouts, but loathe how much time it takes to roast them on a sheet pan? Swap in the shaved version, and saute them with aromatics for a fast-fix side that’s a tasty companion for grilled chicken.

Seared Salmon with Pistachio Gremolata

Just one pan and six minutes of cooking time stand between you and this herbacious salmon supper. That means you have zero excuses to not serve it for dinner tonight! Pair it with a side of quinoa or brown rice to round out the meal.

Mini Gyro Burgers with Watermelon-Feta Salad

Opt for half ground turkey and half ground lamb (or beef) to cut down on the fat in these slider pitas. A toss-together fresh watermelon salad balances out the richness of the meat.

Roasted Asparagus, Fish, and Bay Leaves

Whether you're eating low-fat, low-carb, Paleo, or Whole 30, this 30-minute meal fills the bill. If asparagus isn't in season, try the same sheet pan strategy with fresh green beans or Broccolini.

Skillet Lasagna

Pick a large pan with low sides rather than a tall casserole dish to make any meal quicker. Here, we call for a skillet to hold all of the lasagna flavors you love in a low-fuss format. This strategy allows a little cheese to go a long way since it takes center stage right on top.

Veggie Tostadas with Cauliflower Mash

A cheesy cauliflower puree stands in for refried beans in this vegetarian entree. For extra protein, stir some black beans into the corn, asparagus, and tomato topping.

Delicata Squash Salad with Pork Medallions

Eating a nutritious diet is all about balance (so you don’t feel deprived and reach for a pint of ice cream). A little bit of bacon goes a long way to make this 226-calorie salad taste like a splurge.

Cauliflower-Sauced Chicken Skillet

There’s little cauliflower can’t do, including standing in for flour in a pizza crust and grilling as a vegetarian steak. Here, it replaces some of the cheese in the sauce to keep calorie and fat levels low in this healthy chicken dinner.

Veggie Noodles with Cashew-Cilantro Pesto

A vegetable peeler magically transforms carrots, cucumber, and daikon radish into tender noodles that soak up plenty of ginger and cilantro flavors from the creamy cashew pesto.

Southwest Kale Salad with Pepitas

Toss leftover chicken or turkey with kale, carrots, and other nutrition-packed ingredients for this superfood salad that requires zero cooking time.

Skewered Shrimp Scampi

Once you dress each serving with a splash of olive oil, the lemon juice and garlic that seasons the grilled shrimp can drip right down atop a bed of pasta. Light dinner perfection.

Grilled Chicken with Basil Chimichurri

Put your summer basil bounty to good use in this kitchen staple-filled supper. Just don't miss your chance to spoon the chimichurri onto both the chicken and a side of fresh-steamed green beans for maximum flavor.

Tahini-Ginger Noodles and Veggies

Nope, that’s not Alfredo you see! Nutty tahini is the base of the rich, gingery sauce that coats each bite of linguine, broccoli, carrots, and peas.

Basil Halibut with Jalapeno Butter

Warning: Things are about to get real toasty. Butter-seared jalapenos give flaky, iron-rich halibut an undeniable kick. Use a light butter to help cut down on calories and fat. 


Zucchini Ribbons Pasta and Arugula

Reduce carbs in your pasta dinner by combining traditional fettuccine noodles with thinly sliced zucchini ribbons. This al dente dinner calls for slightly punchy pepperoncini and peppery arugula for loads of flavor without empty added calories. Add meat, beans, or eggs to amp up the protein.


Lemon-Thyme Roasted Chicken with Fingerlings

Healthy doesn't have to mean boring. This garlic-sizzled lemon chicken is zippy, high in protein, and only 255 calories. Did we mention it's served with roasted potatoes?


Greens, Cannellini Beans, and Andouille Sausage Pan Stew

Thanks to reduced-sodium chicken broth and chicken sausage, this stew is healthier than it sounds! Cannellini beans give it an even bigger protein boost and a dose of fiber, while onions add tender crunch.


Feta-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

If sauteed chicken breast is your go-to easy recipe for dinner, take it to the next level with a creamy cheese stuffing. Crumbled feta teams up with sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil to upgrade your dinner in less than a half hour.

Fajita-Style Beef Tacos

Beef up your tacos with fiery sirloin steak, subtly sweet onions, and refreshing mango. Add orange and red sweet peppers to bring extra crunch and color to this quick and simple recipe.

Chicken Meatball Noodle Bowl

The next time you crave takeout, try our rice-noodle bowl, complete with juicy ginger-spiced chicken meatballs and a refreshing shredded salad. This low-cal, easy recipe is ready in under 25 minutes, which is probably faster than delivery.

Herb-Crusted Cod with Cauliflower Mash

Dining on cod is a tasty way to get omega-3 fatty acids and mix up your dinner routine. Our simple 30-minute recipe features crunchy dill-and-panko bread crumbs with creamy potato-and-cauliflower mash on the side.

Turkey Steaks with Spinach, Pears, and Blue Cheese

Ready for a sophisticated dinner idea that’s good for you, too? Try our sage-rubbed turkey steaks with crumbled blue cheese. A side of warm, buttery pears and spinach ensures plenty of vitamins and delicious flavor in this quick and easy turkey recipe.

Jerk Chicken and Slaw

Spiced jerk chicken pairs with tangy cabbage and pineapple slaw for a taste of Jamaica that's so easy to make. Chop the slaw ingredients while the chicken cooks for a healthy dinner in 20 minutes.

Asian Pork Skillet

Delicious and easy? Our saucy Asian pork recipe makes it possible. Start with ramen noodles and add fresh veggies, tender pork, and a dab of rich hoisin sauce for a flavorful dinner idea that's ready in just 20 minutes.

Scallops and Spinach with Pomegranate Glaze

Coriander-spiced pomegranate glaze adds a sweet and spicy zip to this savory scallop recipe. For a vitamin-rich base, toss spinach into the skillet for a few minutes.

Maple-Thyme Pork Chops

Snappy pecans tossed in a light syrup add sweetness to plain-Jane pork chops. You'll need just 20 minutes to make this scrumptious and simple dinner recipe.

Red Beans and Rice Burgers

Make four heart-healthy vegetarian burgers in 30 minutes with this easy recipe that's got it all: no cholesterol, little fat, and loads of fiber and flavor.

Macaroni and Cheese

Ooey-gooey macaroni and cheese gets a healthy boost when you toss in mixed vegetables and use reduced-fat cheese. Our made-from-scratch healthy dinner recipe takes just 30 minutes.

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