10 Easy Dinner Ideas to Eat Healthy in Real Life

It may seem not easy to prepare healthy and delicious meals at home. But I can tell you it is not.

I enjoy food and cooking, but I prefer to keep things simple when it comes to eating. This means that I prefer to choose easy-to-follow recipes and avoid complicated cooking techniques.

These are my top 10 easy dinner recipes to help you quickly put together a healthy meal.

Stuffed sweet potatoes contain a lot of beneficial nutrients, including vitamin C, potassium and beta carotene.

They are delicious and go well with almost everything. They are the ideal base for a satisfying meal.

Stuffed sweet potatoes are a staple in my home. We make them at least once per week. I roast whole sweet potatoes, then stuff them with sauteed vegetables, beans, chicken, and cheese.

You can make this meal in many different ways and choose from many flavour combinations. You can either follow one of these simple recipes or wing it.

  • Chicken Pesto Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
  • Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
  • Vegetarian Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
  • Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes
  1. Grain bowls

Grain bowls are a big hit in my kitchen. We love the simplicity and versatility of grain bowls, and we often make them when we want a delicious yet simple-to-prepare meal.

My gluten-free diet requires that I eat gluten-free such as quinoa and Brown Rice. You can use any grain for grain bowls, including farro and millet.

Grains are a good source of fibre as well as other nutrients such as magnesium. Research has shown that a diet high in grains is associated with a lower chance of many health conditions such as colon cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Combine a portion of cooked grains with raw vegetables and a protein source for a grain bowl such as chicken, hardboiled eggs, or grilled shrimp.

You can then top it with either a prepared dressing or a homemade dressing. Or you can keep it simple and add a drizzle of olive or lemon juice.

This Green Goddess Buddha Bowl, for example, uses an irresistible combination of brown rice, roasted broccoli, sugar snap peas, avocado, hardboiled eggs, toasted pumpkin seed, and a creamy yoghurt sauce.

These are some more grain bowl ideas that will make an excellent dinner choice for those nights when time is tight.

  • Thai Chicken Buddha Bowls
  • Salmon Grain Bowls with Lemon Tahini Sauce
  • Sweet Potato & Chickpea Buddha Bowl

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  1. Frittatas with vegetable filling

Eggs are more than just a breakfast option if you have chickens. Eggs are a great protein source for delicious and quick dinners like frittatas.

You have eggs covered for healthy fats and protein. All you have to do to get your fibre intake met is add some of your favourite vegetables.

I love to make frittatas with spinach, sweet potatoes and onions. To give your frittata an extra flavour, you can add cheese, herbs, spices or pesto.

Even leftovers such as salmon, chicken shredded, or potatoes can be used in your frittata.

Frittata is my favourite dish. I love to add fresh fruit or sliced avocado. This is a satisfying meal you can enjoy any time of day or night. You can make frittatas in less than an hour.

Here are some easy and delicious frittata ideas:

  • Spring Vegetable Frittata
  • Cheesy Chicken Pepper Broccoli Frittata
  • Wild Mushroom Frittata – Cheddar, Green Onions and Peas
  1. Dinner salad

When I don’t feel like cooking, a large and filling salad is my go-to meal.

Most salads are poorly prepared, which can lead to feeling hungry again after you finish your meal. A hearty dinner salad requires that you include lots of protein and healthy fats.

You can start with your favourite greens like spinach, mixed greens or kale. Add some vegetables to your greens like peppers, red onions, carrots, and broccoli to increase the fibre content.

Next, choose a protein source such as grilled chicken, shrimp or salmon. You can increase the feeling of fullness by adding fibre-rich carb sources like beans and roasted sweet potatoes.

For a crispy texture, top your creation with roasted pumpkin or sunflower seeds. Then drizzle it with a healthy dressing such as olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Or, follow this recipe for Homemade Green Goddess dressing.

Here are some more ideas for dinner salads:

  • Chicken Shawarma Salad With Tahini Dressing
  • Superfood Salmon Salad
  • Crunchy Asian Chopped Salad
  1. Loaded brown rice pasta

While everyone loves good pasta, most don’t have the right ingredients to satisfy your hunger.

A few easy tips will help you make a delicious and filling pasta meal in no time.

Choose your pasta first. While I love Tinkyada pasta, you can use any pasta. If you are following a low-carb diet, zucchini noodles can be substituted for pasta.

Next, choose a protein source. I prefer chicken breast, ground chicken, or if I need plant-based proteins, chickpeas.

Next, pick your vegetables. A classic combination of spinach and broccoli is my favourite, but you can use any vegetable. Finally, choose a sauce such as pesto or marinara.

These are some recipes you can try next time you crave pasta.

  • Broccoli Pesto Chicken Pasta
  • Roasted Vegetable Chickpea Pasta Salad
  • Zucchini noodles with Mini Chicken Feta, Spinach Meatballs
  1. One-pot soups

A hearty bowl of soup is one of the most satisfying meals. It is easy to make soup and can be made in large quantities.

Because it takes less time to clean up, I prefer soups that only require one pot. To save time, I prefer to make my soups on the stovetop. However, you can also make the following recipes in an Instant Pot.

  • Creamy Yellow Split Pea Soup
  • Curry Chicken Soup
  • Quinoa Stew, Kale, and Lentil
  1. Curry

Curry makes a great choice for quick and filling meals. It’s easy to prepare, versatile, and family-friendly. Eating curry often may improve your health and reduce the risk of developing heart disease.

I love making a warm sweet potato and chickpea curry in the winter and serving it with rice or quinoa.

Most curry recipes can be prepared in 30 minutes or less, even these easy ones.

  • Simple and Quick Thai Chickpea Curry
  • 1-Pan Salmon Red Curry
  • 30-Minute Thai Chicken Curry
  1. Burgers

Because they are easy to prepare and will please everyone, burgers are a popular choice for families.

Although beef burgers are the most popular, you can make hamburgers from any protein source, including ground chicken, tuna and lentils.

My husband makes delicious chicken burgers. I love to add roasted sweet potato fries and large salad to it.

Your burgers can be served on a whole grain bun, in lettuce wraps, or on top of a bed of greens, depending on your dietary requirements.

These burger recipes are easy to make.

  • Chickpea Pizza Burgers
  • Spinach Feta Salmon Burgers
  • Good Sweet Potato Cheddar Barbecue chicken burgers
  1. Roasted whole chicken

Roasting whole chickens can be time-consuming, but it is easy to do. This guide will show you how to roast the perfect chicken.

To whole roast chickens, I fill the bottom of the pan with potatoes, wedges, onions and carrot chunks to ensure the vegetables cook with the chicken.

Let your chicken rest for 15 minutes after it is done roasting. This time can be used to make quick salads like the ones below.

  • Easy Tomato Avocado Salad
  • Favourite Green Salad With Apples, Cranberries, And Pepitas
  • Sun-Dried Tomato Salad With Olives and Feta
  1. Sheet pan meals

This idea might be for you if you don’t like cleaning dishes.

Many recipes call for multiple pots, pans, or bowls. Sheet pan meals save you time and allow you to put all your ingredients on one sheet pan.

These mouthwatering sheet-pan meals are a must-try:

  • Sheet Pan Harissa Chicken With Chickpeas & Sweet Potatoes
  • Sheet Pan Lemon Brown Butter Salmon With Parmesan Asparagus
  • Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas
  • Vegetarian Mediterranean Sheet Pan Dinner

The bottom line

You don’t need to spend hours cooking to prepare a delicious and healthy dinner.

These recipes are easy to make and nutritious.

Next time you feel like there is nothing to eat, try one of these recipes.

 

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