Easy, healthy dinner recipes that are quick, fun to make, and delicious to eat. Preparing healthy meals does not have to mean spending hours in the kitchen. With the right ingredients and a little preparation, your family will be enjoying meals that are tasty and good for them.
Summer is a great time to experience easy healthy dinner recipes. The fresh ingredients you can get at local Farmer’s Markets make your choices for healthy dinners including salads almost endless. For more summer salads, click here.
5 Easy Healthy Dinner Recipes
Greek Chicken Pasta
Prep Time = 15 min/ Cook Time = 15 min/ Ready in 30 minutes
The first of our easy healthy dinner recipes incorporates some of the flavors of Greece. It makes a wonderfully complete and satisfying meal. For extra flavor, you can add a few Kalamata olives. You may substitute whatever pasta you have or prefer. Serve with a salad and some breadsticks.
16-ounce package linguine pasta
½ cup chopped red onion
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 (14 ounce) can marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
½ cup crumbled feta cheese
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons dried oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
2 lemons, wedged, for garnish
Bring salt and water to boiling in a large pot. Cook pasta in boiling water until tender yet firm, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onion. Sauté about 2 minutes or until tender. Add the chicken. Stir occasionally, and cook until the chicken is no longer pink, about 5 to 6 minutes.
Reduce heat to medium-low; add artichoke hearts, tomato, parsley, oregano, feta cheese, lemon juice, and cooked pasta. Cook and stir until heated through, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper, and add lemon wedges to garnish.
Prep Time = 15 min/ Cook Time = 15 min/ Ready in 30 minutes
The second entrée of our easy healthy dinner recipes is made with beef or chicken. Even if your kids do not like peppers, they will enjoy this dinner. Serve with rice and either refried or black beans.
2 green bell peppers, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 cup fresh sliced mushrooms
2 cups diced cooked chicken meat or beef tenderloin strips
1 (7 ounce) package dry Italian-style salad dressing mix
10 (12 inch) flour tortillas
Cut peppers and onion into long, thin slices.
Sauté peppers and onion in a small amount of olive oil until tender. Add mushrooms and chicken. Continue to cook over low heat until heated through. Stir in dry salad dressing mix and blend thoroughly. How to properly sauté vegetables.
Warm tortillas and place a small amount of pepper/mushroom mixture inside. Fold over or roll up. Top with shredded cheddar cheese, diced tomato, shredded lettuce, sour cream, and salsa.
Turkey Veggie Meatloaf Cups
Prep Time=20 min/ Cook Time=25 min/ Ready in 50 minutes
The third item in our easy healthy dinner recipes is an easy way to get your family to eat their vegetables. This recipe tastes so good, your family will ask for it again and again!
2 cups coarsely chopped zucchini
1 ½ cups coarsely chopped onions
1 red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
1 pound extra lean ground turkey
½ cup uncooked couscous
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
½ cup barbecue sauce, or as needed
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly spray 20 muffin cups with cooking spray.
Place zucchini, onions, and red bell pepper into a food processor or blender, and pulse several times until finely chopped, but not liquefied. Put the vegetables into a bowl, and mix in ground turkey, couscous, egg, Worcestershire sauce, and Dijon mustard until thoroughly combined.
Fill each prepared muffin cup about 3/4 full. Top each cup with about 1 teaspoon of barbecue sauce.
Bake until juices run clear, about 25 minutes. The internal temperature of a muffin should be at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit. For more on proper food temperatures, click here. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Cod with Italian Crumb Topping
Prep Time=15 min/ Cook Time=10 min/ Ready in 25 minutes
This option in our easy healthy dinner recipes is a great way to get your weekly fish requirement. Serve with your favorite vegetable and a salad.
¼ cup fine dry bread crumbs
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon cornmeal
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 (3 ounce) fillets cod fillets
1 egg white, lightly beaten
Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. In a small bowl, stir together the bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, cheese, cornmeal, and olive oil. Add salt and pepper, then set aside.
Lightly coat the broiling pan with cooking spray. Place the cod on the rack. Brush with the egg white, then spoon the crumb mixture evenly over the top.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork or is opaque all the way through.
Four Cheese Margherita Pizza
Prep Time= 25min/ Cook Time= 10 min/ Ready in 35 minutes
This classic of our easy healthy dinner recipes will satisfy everyone in the family. Serve with breadsticks and a salad for a complete and nutritious meal. This version is meatless, but you can add meat if you desire.
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
8 Roma tomatoes, sliced
2 (12-inch) pre-baked pizza crusts
8 ounces reduced-fat Mozzarella cheese shredded
4 ounces Fontina cheese shredded
10 fresh basil leaves, washed and dried
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup crumbled fat-free feta cheese
In medium bowl, stir together the garlic, olive oil, and salt. Add the tomatoes, toss to coat. Let stand for 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Brush the tomato marinade onto each pizza crust. Sprinkle the Fontina and Mozzarella cheeses evenly over the sauce. Arrange the sliced tomatoes over the top of the cheeses, then sprinkle with shredded basil, Parmesan, and feta cheese.
Bake in the oven about 10 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly.