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45 Healthy Dinner Ideas

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45 Dinner Recipes Everyone Will Love

Are you busy? Then 45 dinner recipes to the rescue!

Hello. My name is Olena and I am a busy working mom of 2. I know your struggle – I can help you! I hate “What’s for dinner?” question too. During the 8 years of running this blog, I have put a lot of effort in testing and creating healthy meals you can feed your family.

These 45 healthy dinner recipes are:

  • Quick: Ready in 30ish minutes or less for days when you have less than 45 minutes to cook. Think one pot meals, quick stir fry and curry recipes, and everyone favorite hand held foods like tacos and quesadillas all packed with healthy ingredients and a ton of flavor.
  • Easy: All my dinner recipes use simple ingredients you can find at any grocery store. Also I cut back on unnecessary steps and clean up with each single recipe. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
  • Kid approved: Think – now you are armed with 45 healthy dinner ideas your family will enjoy! These are 45 best tasty meals tested on my own children, out of 250 dinner recipes we have here on iFOODreal. Dinner table will be quiet 100%!

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Best, Easy Chicken Dinner Recipes

Chicken dinner recipes are our go-to. I usually serve these simple chicken dishes with a side of quinoa, brown rice, buckwheat or mashed potatoes. And a simple salad like cucumber and tomato salad or lettuce salad.

Baked Chicken Breast

Baked Chicken Breast is easy, juicy and ready with 5 minutes of prep. This simple chicken breast recipe will become your go-to! You can also make this easy Instant Pot chicken breast using spices from this recipe, use leftovers for chicken salad or whip up a batch of healthy waffles to make your own light version of chicken and waffles.

3 oven baked chicken breasts in a baking pan

5 Easy Chicken Marinades

Chicken turns out flavorful and tender with these 5 Chicken Marinades! Choose from faijta, greek, lemon, teriyaki and ranch marinades. Each simple marinade is made ingredients you probably already have on hand!

easy chicken marinades

Healthy White Chicken Chili

Healthy White Chicken Chili is a 30 minute meal with chicken breast, white beans, corn, cumin and yogurt. This healthy dinner idea is easy to make on the stove, crockpot or just make my Instant Pot white chicken chili recipe. A true crowd pleaser!

Healthy White Chicken Chili served in a bowl garnished with peppers and avocado

Honey Garlic Chicken

Honey Garlic Chicken is amazing chicken recipe to have as a backup plan. Delicious honey garlic sauce with simple ingredients from your pantry will transform fresh chicken breasts or thighs in delicious healthy dinner.

honey garlic chicken

Chicken Breast with Tomatoes

Chicken Breast with Tomatoes with quickly seared chicken tenders, then sautéed with fresh tomatoes, garlic and oregano. It is one of healthy dinner ideas inspired by my Ukrainian grandma’s fresh cooking.

chicken breast with tomatoes presented in skillet garnished with basil

Lemon Chicken

Lemon Chicken is quickly pan seared until crispy and then coated in lemon butter sauce. This 30 minute restaurant quality chicken recipe is perfect for a weeknight!

lemon chicken

Cajun Chicken

Cajun Chicken Recipe that can be baked, pan fried or grilled. Lean chicken breast coated in easy homemade cajun seasoning for a healthy dinner with a lot of flavour.

cajun chicken

Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

30 Minute Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps with chicken cooked in tasty savory sauce and loaded up on crispy lettuce leaves.

chicken lettuce wraps served on plates over rice

Healthy Chicken Alfredo

Healthy Chicken Alfredo with less calories and fat but so flavorful. Whole wheat noodles and veggies with delicious creamy sauce for kid approved meal.

chicken alfredo on a plate served with a fork

Finger Food and Tacos

Kids love anything tacos, quesadillas and burritos. Just like they love anything muffins. Can’t get away from cheese when making those. I try to use a bit less of quality natural or organic cheese. And load these finger foods with veggies, protein and wrap in whole wheat or corn tortillas. Easy and healthy!

Chicken Tostadas

Chicken Tostadas with simple ingredients in 20 minutes. Tostada is tasty, healthy and quick dinner if you make it at home. Instant Pot rotisserie chicken leftovers are perfect for chicken tostadas.

Chicken tostadas with avocado, black beans, tomato, red onion and garnished with cilantro on a serving dish

Shrimp Tacos

Make a weeknight meal or last minute entertainment a breeze with these Shrimp Tacos. Spicy, creamy and healthy! I even used store bought packaged slaw. It is one of the top 5 healthy dinner ideas here on the blog because it takes only 15 minutes!

shrimp tacos on turquoise plate

Fish Tacos

THE BEST Fish Tacos with spicy crispy battered fish, diced avocado, crunchy slaw and the best crema sauce. I promise, this healthy fish taco recipe is better than any food truck!

fish tacos in a bowl with lime and red slaw

Ground Chicken Tacos

30 minute Ground Chicken Tacos cooked with vegetables and all the fixings in one skillet for a healthy taco family meal. Perfect for busy weeknights and kids absolutely love these chicken tacos!

chicken tacos with cilantro, radish and limes

Ground Turkey Tacos

Ground Turkey Tacos are saucy, flavorful and oh-so-easy in 20 minutes. Your family will not miss the beef and ask to make them again and again. No dry turkey tacos here!

turkey tacos topped with chopped lettuce, tomatoes, avocados

Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Craving wings? Make these Buffalo Chicken Tacos smothered in Frank’s red hot sauce and dipped into homemade healthy blue cheese Greek yogurt sauce. To die for!

buffalo chicken tacos served on a plate

Chicken Quesadilla

Chicken Quesadilla with lots of veggies, less cheese, whole wheat tortillas and baked instead of fried. Only 5 ingredients! Healthy, easy and delicious Mexican food.

Chicken Quesadilla served on a plate with a side of salsa and sour cream

Vegetarian Quesadilla

Vegetarian Quesadilla with black beans, veggies and a moderate amount of cheese tucked inside a whole wheat tortilla and then baked. You can even turn this into a freezer meal for busy weeknights.

Vegetarian Quesadilla sliced and stacked

Chicken Burritos

Chicken Burrito Recipe is perfect for busy people! Meal prep 17 chicken burritos in an hour in the Instant Pot or on the stove and freeze for later. Turn it into a low carb burrito bowl or try my easy Instant Pot chicken and rice without the tortilla.

chicken burritos wrapped in tin foil

Skillet Healthy Dinner Ideas

Skillets are the best! You throw everything together and adjust the taste as you go. This quick and easy healthy dinner is so hard to screw up. Skillets are great for beginner cooks. And I also love that many can be made low carb with lots of veggies, but also served with a grain.

Which skillet is best? I like to use ceramic non-stick PFOA free skillets and prefer a larger size with deep edges. Keep in mind, any non-stick coating loses its non-stick qualities after about 6 months. So, it’s not you. So far, I had the most luck with Green Pan.

Tex Mex Chicken and Zucchini

Mexican Chicken and Zucchini cooked in one skillet with black beans, corn, fresh herbs, taco seasoning and melted cheese on top. One pan and low carb supper. It is one of top 3 healthy dinner ideas here on the blog.

tex mex chicken and zucchini in a skillet

Teriyaki Chicken and Cauliflower

This Teriyaki Chicken and Cauliflower combines juicy chicken, crispy cauliflower, and a sweet and sticky healthy teriyaki sauce. 30 minute dinner that will satisfy all your take out cravings.

teriyaki chicken and cauliflower

Chicken, Zucchini and Corn

This Garlic Chicken Zucchini and Corn Recipe is a 20 minute healthy meal idea that was inspired by my Ukrainian roots. Low carb, easy and one pan deliciousness!
chicken, zucchini and corn in a skillet

Mushroom Stroganoff

Mushroom Stroganoff is a 30 minute vegetarian meal that is hearty, creamy and flavorful even for carnivores. It is quick, easy and you will not miss the meat!
mushroom stroganoff

Mexican Chicken and Rice

One Pan Mexican Chicken and Rice is an easy chicken skillet recipe made with pantry staples. Rice and chicken breasts are simmered in salsa broth, then finished with gooey cheese and served with avocado.

mexican chicken and rice garnished with avocado

Taco Skillet

Taco Skillet is everything you love about tacos in one pan. Easy, quick and healthy Mexican food you can make exactly the way your family likes it.

Taco Skillet

Caprese Chicken and Zucchini

Caprese Chicken and Zucchini cooked in fresh tomato sauce, with melted buffalo mozzarella cheese on top and garnished with basil. Serve on its own for easy low carb dinner or with spaghetti for a family meal.

Caprese Chicken and Zucchini

Pesto Turkey and Zucchini Skillet

This Low Carb Ground Turkey Zucchini Skillet with Pesto is delicious 30 minute one pot family dinner idea. Minimum ingredients and effort with maximum flavour.

Low Carb Ground Turkey Zucchini Skillet with Pesto garnished with basil

Pasta with Tomato and Broccoli

Healthy Pasta with broccoli, sun dried tomatoes, Parmesan cheese and pasta of your choice in 30-ish minutes. It is in top 7 of quick, easy and delicious healthy dinner ideas here.

pasta with tomato and broccoli in a skillet

Tex Mex Skillet Sweet Potatoes

Quick and easy 30 Minute Skillet Sweet Potatoes with beans, corn, fresh lime juice and melted cheese on top. To die for healthy vegetarian dinner! Want to kick it up a health factor a notch? Make pan world’s most crispy fried tofu at same time and you will never regret it!

tex mex skillet sweet potatoes

Popular Stir Fry and Curry Dinner Recipes

My family loves curry and stir fry dinner recipes. Stir fries are loaded with veggies and are super healthy; especially when you make homemade stir fry sauce. You can eat stir fry on its own for a low carb meal or with a complex carb side. Healthy dinner ideas made easy!

Healthy Chicken Stir Fry

Healthy Chicken Stir Fry is a 30 minute meal everyone will love! Veggies and chicken are thickly coated in homemade sweet and savory sauce in this chicken stir fry recipe.

healthy chicken stir fry

Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls

Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls for a weeknight easy meal or lazy Saturday. Chock full of vegetables with twice less sodium and sugar, your kids will be going for seconds of this healthy 30 minute meal.

korean ground beef and rice served on a white plate garnished with green onion

Mexican Cauliflower Rice

Low carb Mexican Cauliflower Rice with ground turkey and lots of veggies for a healthy 30 minute dinner entire family will love. This quick skillet is easy, flavorful and filling!

Mexican Cauliflower Rice

Salmon Stir Fry

20 Minute Salmon Stir Fry Recipe with vegetables the whole family will love! Healthy, easy and delicious.

salmon stir fry served in a white dish with a lemon slice

Thai Chicken Curry

Make authentic Thai Chicken Curry in 30 minutes with simple ingredients from any grocery store. Healthy dinner ideas like this one save a lot of money on take out.

thai chicken curry

Chicken Curry

This Chicken Curry will be the best you ever tried! Chicken simmered in a flavorful sauce with coconut milk and yellow curry powder, then served over rice. So aromatic!

Chicken Curry

Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry is a simple and healthy 30 minute meal made with chicken breast, broccoli and a sweet tangy stir fry sauce your whole family will love!
chicken and broccoli stir fry

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Cauliflower Fried Rice is healthy, low carb and and so tasty kids will think it is real rice. Ready in 15 minutes with fresh or frozen cauliflower, this will become your new favorite stir fry.

cauliflower fried rice with wooden spoon

Peanut Chicken Soba Noodles

Healthy Peanut Chicken Soba Noodles Recipe with bell peppers, kale and delicious sauce. 30 minute dinner idea your family will actually eat.
Peanut chicken soba noodles in a skillet

Beef Stir Fry

This Beef Stir Fry is loaded with vegetables, tender juicy beef and healthy beef stir fry sauce. Homemade Chinese restaurant style dinner that comes together in 30 minutes.Serve with brown ricequinoa or over cauliflower fried rice for a low carb meal.

beef stir fry served over white rice on white and blue plate

Shrimp Stir Fry

Shrimp Stir Fry with sweet and succulent shrimp, crispy vegetables and homemade stir fry sauce. Serve over brown rice, spaghetti, quinoa or cauliflower rice and best dinner in the world is ready.

Shrimp Stir Fry in skillet

Healthy Beef and Broccoli

Craving Asian but not MSG? Try this Healthy Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry with homemade sauce that can be on your family dinner table in 30 minutes.

healthy beef and broccoli

One Pot and Sheet Pan Healthy Meals

These one pot and sheet pan dinners prove that healthy dinners can be flavorful without washing 3 pots. With one pan cooking it’s important to figure out the right combination of foods, so pasta doesn’t get mushy or meat not fully cooked. Below, are all tried and true one pot wonders and I’m working on more.

Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas

Steak Fajitas with tender juicy slices of beef, onions and bell peppers cooked together on a sheet pan for a quick dinner. Healthy, easy and always a hit with the entire family!

sheet pan steak fajitas served on a plate

Healthy Mac and Cheese

Healthy Mac and Cheese in one pot in 15 minutes. Creamy, cheesy and flavorful and as healthy as it gets.

healthy mac and cheese in a bowl

Chicken Stew

This quick and easy one pot Chicken Stew is made with chicken, potatoes and carrots simmered in a deliciously seasoned broth and garnished with fresh herbs. Anticipating that first hot sip off your spoon is what will happen every time you smell the stew cooking on the stove. This is my Ukrainian grandma’s recipe just like her popular Instant Pot beef stew recipe and borscht recipe.

Chicken Stew

Roasted Chicken Thighs and Potatoes

Roasted chicken thighs, potatoes, carrots and onion tossed in simple spices, garlic and oil. Then oven baked until chicken is juicy with crispy skin and onions are roasted. Major yum! One of my mom’s healthy dinner ideas.

roasted chicken and potatoes in baking dish

Healthy Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Tuscan Chicken Pasta with healthy creamy garlic sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach and chicken. 30 minute one pot meal for busy weeknights. Kids will approve!

tuscan chicken pasta in dutch oven

One Pot Chicken Quinoa

One Pot Chicken Quinoa is loaded with broccoli, wholesome quinoa, juicy chicken and delicious flavours. Nothing is “boring” about this healthy one pot meal perfect for a weeknight dinner!

one pot chicken quinoa

10 Minute Spaghetti Recipe

10 minute spaghetti with tomato sauce. I call it a Million Dollar Spaghetti Recipe because it is easy, quick and tastes like a fancy Italian restaurant meal. Serve with lamb roast or turkey roast for a very fancy meal!

spaghetti and sauce in a dutch oven

One Pan Chicken and Potatoes

One Pan Chicken and Potatoes prepared and baked with tomatoes, garlic and oregano on same sheet pan. Easy, healthy and absolutely delicious quick dinner solution for busy weeknights.

sheet pan of chicken topped with tomatoes and potatoes

One Pot Chili Mac

One Pot Chili Mac Recipe from Thug Kitchen 101 cookbook with beer, beans, pasta, olives, spices and cheese or make it vegan, all in 30 minutes. Also try my easy Instant Pot turkey chili and you will not be disappointed.

thug kitchen one pot chili mac

Ground Turkey and Broccoli Pasta

Pasta with Ground Turkey and Broccoli is 30 minute one pot meal with turkey, broccoli, tomatoes and Parmesan cheese. Inspired by this ground turkey pasta casserole. It is one of those dinner recipes your family will ask to make again and again. And if you make them almond flour banana bread for dessert, they will love you forever!

ground turkey and broccoli pasta in a red dutch oven

Skillet Enchiladas

Skillet Enchiladas is a one pot meal a.k.a wonder. 30 minutes and you have lazy beef enchiladas for supper. And healthy!

skillet enchiladas in dutch oven topped with lime slices and cubed avocado

Family Favorite Dinner Recipes with Ground Turkey

It is true that ground turkey can be dry. But rest assured, I have included only the juiciest turkey dinner recipes.

Turkey Meatballs

Turkey Meatballs without breadcrumbs baked in the oven until juicy inside and golden outside. Serve with spaghetti, add to homemade vegetable soup or double the recipe and freeze. So easy and healthy!

Turkey Meatballs

Turkey Burgers

Juicy and flavorful Turkey Burgers with 5 simple ingredients. Sumptuously moist, smack-your-lips and the best turkey burger recipe on the web!

turkey burger

Mexican Meatballs

Super easy and juicy Mexican Meatballs with ground turkey, baked for 15 minutes, then served with rice or as an appetizer.

mexican turkey meatballs served on a plate with rice

Turkey Sliders

These Healthy Turkey Sliders are fast, juicy and flavourful. With a bit of bacon, cheese and traditional fixings, everyone will love wrapped in lettuce mini burgers!

turkey sliders on a cutting board

Thai Meatballs

Healthy Thai Meatballs with turkey, coconut milk, red curry paste and zucchini instead of breadcrumbs. Rave reviews from EVERYONE!

skillet of thai meatballs in sauce garnished with cilantro

Healthy Salmon Dinner Recipes

Salmon is a treat because of its price. I truly believe in eating wild salmon vs. farmed. These healthy salmon recipes are ready in under 30 minutes. And again, serve them with a whole grain and a side of veggies instead of salad for a change: corn, asparagus, butternut squash and cauliflower.

Thai Salmon

Thai Broiled Salmon with easy homemade sweet chili sauce cooked until caramelized on top and juicy inside.

thai broiled salmon garnished with green onions

Honey Garlic Salmon

Honey Garlic Salmon is the best stove top salmon recipe for busy weeknights. Juicy salmon and crispy skin make this meal crazy good!

honey garlic salmon on skillet garnished with green onion

Lime Ginger Salmon

Lime Ginger Salmon marinated in honey, lime juice and ginger, and then quickly broiled to perfection.

lime ginger salmon served on a blue plate with a side of rice

Baked Salmon in Foil

Easy Baked Salmon in Foil with simple seasonings in 20 minutes. Healthy, moist and delicious meal even picky eaters will enjoy. Flake up cold leftovers and use instead of tuna in this tuna salad recipe.

baked salmon garnished with parsley is quick healthy dinner idea

So, here you have 45 dinner recipes to feed your family well and end a busy day on a good note.

Would you like to start your day right as well? We always drink warm lemon water first thing in the morning, followed by good fats and carbs loaded chia pudding along with 1-2 egg bites for a protein intake. All these dinner recipes are easy to make ahead and are part of 45 easy healthy breakfast recipes collection.

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45 Healthy Dinner Ideas: Chicken Tostadas

One of the most popular dinner recipes, Chicken Tostadas are so tasty and satisfying. And the best part is that you can make these in only 20 minutes with simple ingredients!
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 tostadas
Calories: 391kcal
Author: Olena Osipov


  • 8 corn tortillas or tostada shells
  • 3 medium tomatoes diced
  • 4 medium avocados diced
  • 3 tbsp red onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 15 oz can low sodium black beans drained and rinsed
  • 3 cups shredded chicken like rotisserie or chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup feta or Cotija cheese crumbled
  • Cooking spray I use Misto


  • Tostada shells: Line a large baking sheet with a silicone mat and place tortillas in a single layer. Spray both sides of the tortillas with cooking spray and a sprinkle of salt. Bake at 400 degrees F for 6 minutes per side.
  • Guacamole salsa: Mix tomato, avocado, red onion, cilantro, cumin, chili powder, salt and lime juice.
  • Assemble tostadas: Top each shell with guacamole salsa, beans, chicken and cheese.



  • I like making my own tostada shells, but you can use pre-made.
  • You can substitute refried beans for black beans.
  • In this recipe, adjust the amount of salt in the guacamole salsa to taste. Add more or less depending on the salt content in the homemade chicken, canned beans or store-bought tostada shells.


Serving: 1tostada | Calories: 391kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 451mg | Potassium: 794mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 734IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 2mg
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My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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