The best collection of 45 Quick Healthy Dinner Ideas on the web! Healthy meals with simple ingredients, kid approved and easy enough dinner recipes for beginners.
By the way, I hate “What’s for dinner?” question too. 🙂
45 Easy Dinner Ideas
Are you busy? Then 45 healthy dinner ideas 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!
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 recipes are:
- Quick: Ready in 30ish minutes or less.
- Easy: Use simple ingredients.
- Kid approved: Tasty – tested on my own children.
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I think it’s the best collection of easy dinner recipes on the web.
- Chicken Dinner Ideas
- Finger Food and Taco Ideas
- Healthy Skillets
- Stir Fry and Curry Recipes
- Healthy One Pot Meals
- Healthy Ground Turkey Recipes
- Healthy Salmon Recipes
Chicken Dinner Ideas
Chicken is our go-to dinner meat. 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 is easy, juicy and ready with 5 minutes of prep. This simple chicken breast recipe will become your go-to!
Healthy White Chicken Chili is a 30 minute meal with chicken breast, white beans, corn, cumin and yogurt. This healthy comfort food is easy to make on the stove, crockpot or Instant Pot. A true crowd pleaser!
Chicken Breast with Tomatoes with quickly seared chicken tenders, then sautéed with fresh tomatoes, garlic and oregano.
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.
30 Minute Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps with chicken cooked in tasty savory sauce and loaded up on crispy lettuce leaves.
Healthy Chicken Alfredo with less calories and fat but so flavorful. Whole wheat noodles and veggies with delicious creamy sauce for kid approved meal.
Finger Food and Taco Ideas
Kids love anything tacos, quesadillas and burritos. 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. Healthy and easy!
Chicken Tostadas with simple ingredients in 20 minutes. Tostada is tasty, healthy and quick dinner if you make it at home.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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. Or turn chicken burrito into a low carb burrito bowl.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Healthy Pasta with broccoli, sun dried tomatoes, Parmesan cheese and pasta of your choice in 30-ish minutes. Quick, easy and delicious weeknight food idea.
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!
Stir Fry and Curry Recipes
My family loves curry and stir fries. 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 made easy!
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.
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.
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!
20 Minute Salmon Stir Fry Recipe with vegetables the whole family will love! Healthy, easy and delicious.
Make authentic Thai Chicken Curry in 30 minutes with simple ingredients from any grocery store.
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.
Healthy Peanut Chicken Soba Noodles Recipe with bell peppers, kale and delicious sauce. 30 minute dinner idea your family will actually eat.
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 rice, quinoa or over cauliflower fried rice for a low carb meal.
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.
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 One Pot and Sheet Pan 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.
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!
Healthy Mac and Cheese in one pot in 15 minutes. Creamy, cheesy and flavorful and as healthy as it gets.
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.
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!
Tuscan Chicken Pasta with healthy creamy garlic sauce, sun-dried tomatoes
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!
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.
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.
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.
Pasta with Ground Turkey and Broccoli is 30 minute one pot meal with turkey, broccoli, tomatoes and Parmesan cheese. It is one of those healthy ground turkey recipes your family will ask to make again and again.
Skillet Enchiladas is a one pot meal a.k.a wonder. 30 minutes and you have lazy beef enchiladas for supper. And healthy!
Healthy Ground Turkey Dinners
It is true that ground turkey can be dry. But rest assured, I have included only the juiciest turkey recipes.
Turkey Meatballs without breadcrumbs baked in the oven until juicy inside and golden outside. So easy and healthy, double the recipe and freeze.
Juicy and flavorful Turkey Burgers with 5 simple ingredients. Sumptuously moist, smack-your-lips and the best turkey burger recipe on the web!
Super easy and juicy Mexican Meatballs with ground turkey, baked for 15 minutes, then served with rice or as an appetizer.
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!
Healthy Thai Meatballs with turkey, coconut milk, red curry paste and zucchini instead of breadcrumbs. Rave reviews from EVERYONE!
Healthy Salmon Dinners
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 Broiled Salmon with easy homemade sweet chili sauce cooked until caramelized on top and juicy inside.
Honey Garlic Salmon is the best stove top salmon recipe for busy weeknights. Juicy salmon and crispy skin make this meal crazy good!
Lime Ginger Salmon marinated in honey, lime juice and ginger, and then quickly broiled to perfection.
Easy Baked Salmon in Foil with simple seasonings in 20 minutes. Healthy, moist and delicious meal even picky eaters will enjoy.
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45 Quick Healthy Dinner Ideas: Chicken Tostadas
- 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.
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