You may think that preparing healthy, delicious dinners at home is a complicated process, but I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be.
While I love food and enjoy cooking, I like to keep it simple when it comes to food. That means choosing recipes that are easy to follow and don’t involve complicated cooking techniques or seemingly endless steps.
Here are 10 of my easy dinner recipes that will get you a healthy meal on the table fast.
Sweet potatoes are packed with beneficial nutrients like beta-carotene, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber (
Plus, they’re delicious and go with almost anything. This makes them the perfect base to build a filling meal.
At my house, we make stuffed sweet potatoes at least once a week. I roast a whole sweet potato and then stuff it with ingredients like sautéed veggies, beans, chicken, and cheese.
This meal is super versatile and you can choose from a variety of flavor combinations. You can try any of the easy recipes below, or just give it a go and just pile your favorite ingredients on top of a roasted sweet potato.
Grain bowls are a hit in my kitchen. My husband and I love how easy and adaptable cereal bowls are, and make this dinner frequently when we’re craving a flavorful yet easy-to-prepare meal.
I’m on a gluten free diet so we use gluten free grains like quinoa and brown rice. However, you can use any grain for grain husks, including farro, millet, and barley.
Grains are an important source of fiber and other nutrients such as magnesium. Studies have found that a grain-rich diet is linked to a lower risk of several health conditions, including colon cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes (
To prepare a grain bowl, specify a serving of cooked grains with cooked or raw vegetables and a protein source such as chicken, fried or hard-boiled eggs, grilled shrimp, or salmon.
Then top with a store-bought or homemade dressing, or keep it simple with a drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice.
For example, this Green Goddess Buddha Bowl uses an irresistible combination of brown rice, roasted broccoli, snow peas, avocado, hard-boiled eggs, roasted pumpkin seeds, and a creamy yogurt-based sauce.
Here are a few more grain bowl recipes that make a perfect dinner option for nights when you’re short on time:
If you have chickens like me, eggs find their way into more than just breakfast meals. We regularly use eggs as a source of protein for quick and tasty dinners, including frittatas.
When it comes to healthy fats and protein, eggs have you covered, so all you need to do is add a variety of your favorite veggies to meet your fiber needs.
Some of my favorite veggies for frittatas are asparagus, spinach, sweet potatoes, zucchini, onions, broccoli florets, mushrooms, and tomatoes. You can also add ingredients like cheese, herbs, spices or pesto to add extra flavor to your frittata.
You can even use leftovers like salmon, shredded chicken, and potatoes in your frittata.
I like to serve frittata with sliced avocado or fresh fruit. It’s a filling meal that you can enjoy any time of the day or night. Frittatas are super easy to make and can be made in under an hour.
Here are some delicious and easy frittata recipes:
A big, filling salad is one of my favorite foods, especially when I don’t feel like investing time in a meal.
The problem with most salads is that they are not put together well and you feel hungry again shortly after eating. The key to a hearty dinner salad is making sure you’re getting plenty of protein, healthy fats, and fiber.
Start with a base of your favorite veggies like spinach, mixed leafy greens, arugula, kale, or romaine lettuce. Add a little more veggies like bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, or red onions to your veggies to increase the fiber content.
Then choose a protein source like grilled chicken, shrimp, salmon, or hard-boiled eggs. Adding a high-fiber carbohydrate source like beans or roasted sweet potatoes increases the satiety factor even more.
Garnish your creation with toasted sunflower or pumpkin seeds for a crunchy texture, then drizzle with a healthy dressing like olive oil and balsamic vinegar, or follow this recipe for homemade Green Goddess dressing.
Here are a few more salad ideas for dinner:
Almost everyone loves a good pasta dish, but most pasta dishes don’t have the necessary ingredients, like protein and fiber, to fill you up (
Luckily, with a few simple tips, you can prepare a filling and nutritious pasta dinner in no time.
First select your pasta. I’m a big fan of Tinkyada brown rice pasta, but you can use any pasta you like. You can also use zucchini noodles instead of pasta if you’re following a low-carb eating pattern.
Next, choose a protein source. I like to use chicken breasts or ground chicken, or if I want plant-based protein I add chickpeas.
Next, choose your veggies. I love a classic combination of spinach and broccoli, but almost any vegetable will work. Finally, choose a sauce, e.g. B. pesto, marinara or olive oil.
Here are a few recipes to try next time you’re craving a pasta dish:
Few meals are more satisfying than a hearty, hot soup. Luckily, soup is easy to make and is a perfect choice for meal prep as you can easily prepare large portions.
I like making soups that only take up one pot because it means less time to clean up. I make my soups on the stovetop, but you can make any of the following recipes in an Instant Pot to save time.
Curry is a smart choice for a quick, filling dinner because it’s versatile, easy to make, and family-friendly. Also, regular consumption of curry may help improve your health by reducing risk factors for heart disease, including high triglycerides and blood sugar (
I love making a warming chickpea and sweet potato curry during the winter months and serving it over rice or quinoa.
Many curry recipes take 30 minutes or less to prepare, including these easy curry dishes:
Burgers are a great choice for families as they are easy to make and will please even the pickiest taste buds.
Although beef burgers are a popular choice, you can make burgers from almost any protein source, including ground chicken, salmon, tuna, and lentils.
My husband makes a delicious chicken burger that I like to serve with a large salad and roasted sweet potato fries.
You can serve your burgers on a hearty whole wheat bun, in a lettuce wrap, or on top of a leafy green to suit your dietary needs.
Here are a few burger recipes that are super easy to make:
While roasting a whole chicken can take time, it couldn’t be easier. This guide will show you how to roast a perfect chicken.
When roasting whole chickens, I stuff the bottom of the skillet with potato wedges, onions, and carrot chunks so the veggies cook with the chicken.
After roasting, allow your chicken to rest for 15 minutes before carving. You can use this time to prepare a quick salad like the ones below:
If you’re not a fan of washing dishes, this idea is for you.
Most recipes call for the use of multiple pots, pans, and bowls. However, sheet pans allow you to stack all of your cooking ingredients on a single sheet, saving you time in the kitchen.
Try these delicious sheet metal dishes:
Preparing a healthy and filling dinner doesn’t have to involve complicated recipes and hours in the kitchen.
The recipes listed above are not only nutritious but also easy to prepare.
Try one of the recipes above the next time you draw a blank at dinner.