Just because you’ve been working all day doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a healthy, delicious dinner. If you’re looking to expand your weeknight rotation, you’re bound to find one (or ten) of these healthy dinner recipes that speak to you. We’ve covered all your basis with chicken recipes, beef recipes, vegetarian recipes and more, so no more frozen meals for you. These options are not just good for you, but they’re so good that you’ll most likely be licking the plate clean with each one that you try.
This recipe can roast on high for four hours, but for best results, let it roast on low for eight. The meat will be falling off by the time you start breaking it apart! Serve it with tortillas, limes, queso fresco (or cotija!) cheese, and, of course, some pickled red onions.
Get our recipe for Tangy Slow-Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos.
This cod recipe, made with sweet potato fries, is made by baking the fish and chips in the oven instead of dipping them into a deep fryer. We promise, after taking a bite into this crispy cod recipe, you won’t even miss the deep-fried version.
Get our recipe for Crispy Cod With Sweet Potato Fries.
Lamb kebabs are a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine. Some would even consider it the Middle Eastern meatball! They usually have an aromatic spice blend, which is very specific to that part of the world. Plus, it’s one of our favorite healthy dinner recipes to make.
Get our recipe for Lamb Kofte Kebabs With Tahini Garlic Sauce.
Sick of the usual meat sauce and meatballs on a weeknight? Take your Italian cooking up a notch with this delectable beef ragu recipe. Not only is it easy to make, but this dump-and-go Crock-Pot recipe is perfect to prep and freeze for later!
Get our recipe for Crock-Pot Beef Ragu.
A big bowl of ramen sounds like the perfect meal for a cold, rainy night, right? Well, if you’re paleo, ordering a bowl of ramen isn’t always an option. Nevertheless, a simple swap from noodles to zucchini noodles (also known as zoodles!) can easily solve that salty ramen craving.
Get our recipe for Chicken Ramen with Shiitake Mushrooms and Spinach.
Looking for something on the spicier side? By using a jalapeño in the recipe, this chicken curry comes with a slight kick, but between the sweetness of the coconut milk and the acidity of the crushed tomatoes, this tomato chicken curry is the perfect healthy dinner recipe no matter what season you’re in.
Get our recipe for Tomato Chicken Curry With Cauliflower Rice.
Just because you’re craving a burger doesn’t mean you have to waste more than 1,000 calories on a basic sit-down restaurant or fast food order! While some popular chains do sell burgers with more than 1,000 calories, you can actually enjoy a delicious burger with bacon (yes, bacon!) for a mere 402 calories.
Get our recipe for Bacon-Chile Burgers With Guacamole and Fresh Salsa.
While most fish tacos are battered and fried (usually with a nice piece of cod), making fish tacos at home to be much easier than I anticipated. Because the fish I made for this recipe doesn’t involve breading a fish fillet, you can save major calories and bulk up on some delicious toppings instead.
Get our recipe for Fish Tacos with Tilapia and Avocado.
As if shepherd’s pie wasn’t already delicious enough, this barbecue spin is the perfect twist to the classic dish. This healthy dinner recipe uses a paleo-compliant barbecue sauce, as well as unsweetened plain almond milk, to cut down on extra calories, while still giving the dish a tangy, yet creamy, texture. Plus, the extra kale sneaks in even more nutrients into the meal.
Get our recipe for BBQ Pork Shepherd’s Pie With Sweet Potato Topping.
Break out your cast-iron skillet, or use this opportunity to buy one—it’s the key to getting a delicious sear on these medium-rare lamb chops. The chops take center stage with just a simple rub of rosemary, garlic, salt, and pepper. But the showstopper in this dish is the Swiss Cheese Cauliflower Mash. It’s buttery, creamy, and decadent. You’ll never miss mashed potatoes again!
Get our recipe for Skillet Lamb Chops With Swiss Cheese Cauliflower Mash.
Need more healthy dinner recipes that involve fish? Then you’re going to love this one! Salmon and asparagus are always great together grilled, but this baked salmon recipe is even more appropriate for keto diet followers because it adds more delicious fat to the omega-3 fatty acids found naturally in salmon. The hint of lemon in the mayo-based topping is delicious on the asparagus, too.
Get our recipe for Butter-Baked Salmon and Asparagus.
Don’t like salmon? How about shrimp healthy dinner recipes? This Instant Pot shrimp and broccoli recipe is the perfect recipe to whip up on a busy weeknight. Served on rice, or cauliflower rice to keep it low-carb, this recipe is one that you’re going to want to make again and again.
Get our recipe for Instant Pot Shrimp and Broccoli.
Thanks to a clear list of ingredients on the Wendy’s website, it was easy to put together this recipe. According to the list, Wendy’s chili has a chili base, tomatoes, chili beans, pink beans, kidney beans, onions, celery, green peppers, ground beef, chili pepper, garlic powder, and spices. While the recipe also has sugar and modified corn starch in it, we knew that you can have a delicious chili without either of those additives, so we didn’t bother adding them to my version.
Get our recipe for Copycat Wendy’s Chili Recipe.
Nothing beats a steaming bowl of chicken noodle soup on a cold day, does it? Especially if it can be cooked with minimal effort! This Crock-Pot chicken noodle soup recipe is the perfect meal to warm up a crowd on a winter day.
Get our recipe for Crock-Pot Chicken Noodle Soup.
If you want to make it an even lighter, lower-carb version of pad Thai with pumpkin, you can forego the rice noodles altogether, and replace them with spaghetti squash. Want to make it vegan? Just leave out the chicken.
Get our recipe for Pumpkin Pad Thai.
The standard chicken, potatoes, and vegetable dinner can get old quickly, but that’s why it’s essential to find tasty, healthy ways to spice up this basic meal. Enter our balsamic chicken recipe that we guarantee your tastebuds will thank you for, because of the combination of flavors that are in this dish.
Get our recipe for Slow Cooker Maple-Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables.
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A burger on a list of healthy dinner recipes? Yes, we have them! This recipe takes what you love about pizza—the tomato sauce, the mozzarella, and the seasonings like oregano—and adds them to a juicy turkey burger. Bursting with flavor, as well as fiber, this meal is way more nutritious than the average pizza slice.
Get our recipe for Grilled Pizza Burger.
Sure, traditional pasta is great. But have you tried taco pasta? This easy recipe takes all of the things you love about tacos—seasonings, spice, and yes, cheese—and converts them into a pasta format. Taco Tuesday is about to take on a whole new meaning.
Get our recipe for One-Skillet Taco Pasta.
If you’re looking for easy, healthy dinner recipes, but you’re tired of lettuce-based salads, this butternut squash pasta salad recipe will be a game-changer. Like other Mason jar salads, this recipe can be made in advance, and it’s packed full of nutritious veggies.
Get our recipe for Butternut Squash Pasta Salad.
Craving some Chinese food, but don’t feel like spending the money? Before splurging on some pork fried rice and egg rolls again, why not try making some delicious fried rice at home? This fried rice cups recipe will make perfect portions of fried rice, while keeping that calorie count nice and low!
Get our recipe for Fried Rice Cups.
This chicken taco recipe is made with roasted red pepper, making it a sweeter taco than you normally associate tacos to be. Between the roasted red bell pepper and sweet corn salsa, you’ll find yourself enjoying a satisfying sweet and salty experience when biting into one of these.
Get our recipe for Chicken Taco With Roasted Red Peppers.
Confusingly enough, both Mexicans and Italians have their own salsa verde, and both are ridiculously good condiments that can be used in a staggering number of dishes. This, the Italian version, is based on parsley, anchovies, capers, and lemon juice, a bright herbal punch that pairs especially well with the smoke and char of a grill.
Get our recipe for Grilled Mahi Mahi with Salsa Verde.
The slow-cooker soup here takes a rich ginger and soy-spiked broth with chunks of fork-tender beef, a tangle of springy noodles, and—for a fresh, high note to pair with the dark, brooding ones—a pile of fresh bok choy. This is no appetizer soup; this is a full-on meal.
Get our recipe for Asian Beef Noodle Soup.
In this meal, you get to pour your chimichurri on scallops (and just so you know, we think scallops are the most underrated of all seafood). They’re incredibly lean, but with a sweet, meaty taste that makes them feel indulgent. Plus, they cook effortlessly in about 5 minutes.
Get our recipe for Scallops With Chimichurri.
Are you having a craving for your favorite Chinese takeout dish? Dreaming of chicken dunked in that deliciously sweet orange sauce? Thanks to this recipe, you don’t have to wait for the delivery person to enjoy some orange chicken right at home! Plus, this version slashes the calorie count of your usual orange chicken takeout.
Get our recipe for Orange Chicken.
When we mention this keto-friendly BBQ-flavored slow cooker pork recipe, barbecue purists might scoff at us. But we can’t worry about that: We have day jobs, hungry kids to feed, and no barbecue pit in the backyard. We know smoke is the key to breaking down the fat that adds flavor and moisture to the pork butt or shoulder, but we found a way to get similar flavors and texture by using bone broth and a slow cooker.
Get our recipe for Shredded BBQ-Rubbed Pork Shoulder With Creamy Slaw Recipe.
Our fish sandwich replaces processed patties with fresh tilapia fillets, frying with blackening, and tartar sauce with creamy avocado and crunchy cabbage. You won’t miss the mystery meat alternative you’re used to, as this blackened fish sandwich packs a punch.
Get our recipe for Blackened Fish Sandwich With Avocado and Cabbage.
Looking for a low-carb dish that packs in the protein and is paleo-friendly? This scrumptious turkey bolognese with garlic spaghetti squash fits the bill. So if you’re looking for more healthy dinner recipes using spaghetti squash, you’re going to want to save this one for later.
Get our recipe for Turkey Bolognese with Garlic Spaghetti Squash.
There’s nothing quite like taking a bite out of a juicy burger, and while the idea of firing up the grill might seem daunting, you don’t actually have to cook a burger that way. Instead, you can pan fry your patty for an easy way to satisfy your burger craving.
Get our recipe for Pan Burger with Fried Egg and Special Sauce.
Whoever first placed brick to backbone was smart enough to recognize that the extra weight helped press the bird evenly—and forcefully—against the grill, which translates into a juicier bird with a crisper skin—a win-win in our book.
Get our recipe for Chicken Under a Brick.
Chicken breast may still be king of the American meat market, but pork tenderloin is no less worthy of the crown. Besides being nearly as lean as white meat chicken (a 3-ounce portion of cooked pork tenderloin has only 3 grams of fat), pork also boasts an impressive array of nutrients, including more than a third of a day’s dose of selenium, a trace mineral shown to be effective in cancer prevention.
Get our recipe for Grilled Pork Tenderloin With Pineapple Salsa.
Can you ever go wrong with a spaghetti and meatball dinner? If you’re looking for a meal to serve a crowd, throwing together a large crock-pot of Italian meatballs is one of the easiest tricks of the trade.
Get our recipe for Crock-Pot Italian Meatballs.
If you’re entertaining guests who are following special diets, this simple recipe should fit their needs, too (as long as they aren’t vegetarian). There’s no breading on the chicken, so it’s safe for gluten-free guests to partake in this tasty app. And if your guests do eat gluten? The Greek yogurt-based dip would be perfect for pita dipping, too.
Get our recipe for Garam Masala Chicken Skewers with Fire-Roasted Jalapeno Dip.
An open-face sandwich is an easy way to cut back on calories because there is only one slice of bread involved, so you can still satisfy your sandwich craving.
Get our recipe for Open-Face Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwich With Chipotle Mayo.
Turkey is often restricted to only be the star of the meal at Thanksgiving, but you can—and should!—eat it all year round. That’s why we made it the focal point of our cassoulet recipe.
Get our recipe for Slow Cooker Turkey Cassoulet.
Usually this dish is served with pasta, but if you don’t want it, this recipe is delicious on its own! You could always make this shrimp scampi recipe with some roasted vegetables. Also, that shrimp scampi sauce is so delectable, a fresh loaf of crusty bread would be perfect for dipping! All you have to do is skip making the pasta in the instructions.
Get our recipe for Shrimp Scampi Linguine Pasta.
Thanks to this healthy dinner recipe, you get a steak and a slab of spiked butter for a quarter of the cost and over 500 less calories than that of a similar dish you would order at Outback Steakhouse. Eating in looks good on you, so go ahead and dig on into this grilled steak recipe!
Get our recipe for Grilled Steak with Red ￼￼￼￼Wine Butter.
Now, you might be thinking that a goulash—which is a meat and veggies stew—would require a lot of time, but our recipe is made for your slow cooker. All you have to do is combine all of the ingredients into it, and let the time-saving appliance work its magic while you do whatever it is you need to do. It’s that easy!
Get our recipe for Slow Cooker Beef Goulash.
We all know that wings are best when crispy, so we put together the best crispy baked turkey wings recipe. Not only that, but you can get them crispy by cooking them right in the oven! No deep frying necessary.
Get our recipe for Baked Turkey Wings.
Can frittatas be considered as healthy dinner recipes? Why not! This recipe is not only easy to make and ready in just a few minutes, but also allow you to step outside a basic frittata dish, too, with the creative addition of the salmon and Boursin cheese.
Get our recipe for Smoked Salmon and Boursin Cheese Frittata.
This quesadilla is plenty cheesy, but the abundance of spicy shrimp and caramelized vegetables teamed with the shattering crust of the tortilla means we can cut fat without sacrificing flavor in this recipe.
Get our recipe for Chipotle Shrimp Quesadilla.
With this recipe, you can have a chicken dinner on the table in about 30 minutes. Not to mention, you’ll be using classic Italian ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. That’s our idea of the perfect healthy weeknight dinner!
Get our recipe for Chicken Piccata.
A firm, meaty fish like tuna is prime picking for the burger treatment, and we love making tuna burgers for a protein-packed meal. All it takes is a quick pulse in the food processor or even just a bit of fine chopping.
Get our recipe for Asian-Inspired Tuna Burger With Wasabi Mayo.
Why restrict nachos as an appetizer when it can easily be on your list of healthy dinner recipes? This recipe uses a spicy cheese sauce (which actually saves calories), a healthy amount of salsa, and plenty of fixings to deliver a high-flavor, low-calorie plate of goodness.
Get our recipe for Steak Nachos.
Bacon, lettuce, and tomato may be the finest combination ever introduced to sliced bread (sorry, PB&J…but you are a close second), but that doesn’t mean you need a sandwich to make this cozy relationship work. By turning the bread into crunchy croutons and the lettuce into the base of a salad, you minimize the refined carbs and maximize the healthiest part of the equation.
Get our recipe for Turkey BLT Salad.
It’s amazing that multiple companies make a living selling packets, boxes, and cans of sloppy joe mix, many of them loaded with funky preservatives and fillers that even chemists would have a difficult time deciphering. But thanks to our easy turkey sloppy joes, you’ll have a crowd-pleasing dinner on the table in about 15 minutes. This certainly has the potential to become one of your family’s favorite healthy dinner recipes.
Get our recipe for Turkey Sloppy Joes.
Are you looking to make a twist to your usual Taco Tuesday? Switch up the usual ground beef taco combinations and try making a different type of fish taco with this shrimp taco recipe instead! You can make this entire meal in less than 30 minutes, with the cook time only taking you about five or 10 minutes!
Get our recipe for Shrimp Taco Recipe with Pickled Onions.
This jalapeño cheeseburger recipe packs a bite for you spice lovers, while still staying lean thanks to a few smart swaps (like using lean sirloin and olive oil mayonnaise), which cut calories dramatically. This is a restaurant-worthy burger you can actually perfect right in your own kitchen.
Get our recipe for the Jalapeño Cheeseburger.
This recipe requires absolutely no effort, save for about 2 minutes of slicing and 2 minutes of toasting. Plus, it morphs easily into other dishes. Not in the mood for a sandwich? Ditch the bread and eat this as a salad for one of the easiest healthy dinner recipes you’ve ever made.
Get our recipe for the Caprese Sandwich.
If meatloaf was a family dinner staple growing up, then this recipe will transcend you right back to your childhood. But unlike the usual meatloaf that you make, this particular recipe splits up the meat mixture into tiny meatloaf muffins—baked right in your muffin tin!
Get our recipe for Cheesy Turkey Meatloaf Muffins.
A better grilled cheese needs substance, something to turn it from a high-calorie snack into a low-calorie meal, hence the mushrooms and the pile of caramelized onions here. Mushrooms and Swiss are close buddies, so out goes the processed American cheese.
Get our recipe for Grilled Cheese With Sautéed Mushrooms.
This wrap makes for an easy and delicious lunch or dinner that’s ready in record time. Plus, thanks to the cheese and hearty amount of vegetables, you’ll still get a big boost of protein to keep you feeling satiated.
Get our recipe for Grilled Vegetable Wrap With Balsamic Mayo.
Cozying up to a warm bowl of soup is never a bad idea, but the problem with many canned, store-bought soups is that they are astronomically high in sodium. Thanks to this soup, one of our easiest healthy dinner recipes, you can enjoy a filling soup low in calories that will give you 25 grams of protein and six grams of fiber.
Get our recipe for Slow Cooker Green Chile Pork Soup.
This recipe is fast and easy, and the ingredients are tasty, yet affordable, and they are even nonperishable, so you can keep extras on hand as a go-to during a particularly packed or stressful day, and your waistline won’t suffer a bit.
Get our recipe for Italian Tuna Melt.
Our lighter, more authentic version wraps chicken and sage in a layer of prosciutto, which then becomes a crispy skin that keeps the chicken moist while it sautés. A splash of wine and chicken stock directly into the cooking pan becomes your 2-minute sauce. Just the latest proof of why simpler is so often better.
Get our recipe for Chicken Scaloppine.
Mac and cheese may not seem like one of our healthy dinner recipes, but thanks to our take on it, you can enjoy this indulgent meal for under 400 calories a serving.
Get our recipe for Mac and Cheese.
Not even the relatively healthy genre of grilled chicken sandwiches is a safe bet when you seek sustenance away from home. Our sandwich is a spicy-sweet combination of teriyaki-glazed chicken, juicy grilled pineapple, and fiery jalapeños—a chicken sandwich to end all fatty chicken sandwiches.
Get our recipe for Spicy-Sweet Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Sandwich.
This recipe transforms the high-calorie dressing into a lighter vinaigrette and adds substance, flavor, and nutrition in the form of sun-dried tomatoes and olives. Think of this as the Caesar salad, reimagined.
Get our recipe for Grilled Caesar Salad.
Lighten up a classic dish thanks to our healthier version of baked ziti! You can easily make it at home, and it won’t weigh you down. This is home-cooked comfort food at its finest.
Get our recipe for Baked Ziti.
These enchiladas are not only easier to make than the Americanized versions served in most restaurants, but they’re also tastier and contain just 30 percent of the calories.
Get our recipe for Chicken Mole Enchiladas.
Our recipe turns fried rice on its head, relying on a ton of fresh vegetables, considerably less rice, and a bit of oil for crisping it up.
Get our recipe for Takeout-Level Chicken Fried Rice.
This burrito is American in spirit, which is to say it’s hearty and generously filled, but without the caloric excesses found at Chipotle Mexican Grill, Baja Fresh, and the country’s other burrito barons. We’ve not only made this recipe so that it will save you in calories, but it’s also quick and easy to make, so it’ll save you time, too.
Get our recipe for Chicken Fajita Burritos.
There’s no need to waste your entire daily caloric budget for the day with one sandwich! Enjoy our healthier take on the pulled pork sandwich with just 430 calories per serving.
Get our recipe for Pulled Pork Sandwiches.
Coq au vin, as it’s known in France, is one of the world’s great dishes and all it takes to create it is a whole chicken, half a bottle of wine, and a few vegetables. A slow cooker makes matters even easier, but a good old-fashioned pot will do, too for this classic chicken in red wine recipe.
Get our recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken in Red Wine.
These chicken meatballs are inspired by street-corner grills in Vietnam and Thailand, where ginger, garlic, and chiles reign supreme. With those bold flavors, plus the char of a hot charcoal grill, you won’t need a fat-heavy mix of meat, or even a pile of spaghetti, to make an outstanding dinner with this chicken meatballs recipe.
Get our recipe for Asian Chicken Meatballs.
Here, in this ravioli recipe, you get the depth and nuance of creamy ricotta, smoky mozzarella, and salty, sharp Parmesan, plus a sauce that would make anything taste great for just 510 calories.
Get our recipe for 3-Cheese Ravioli with Cherry Tomatoes.
While there are many different types of taco combinations to make, nothing can truly beat the classic combination of a beef taco. This beef taco recipe is the exact type of thing you would imagine when planning for Taco Tuesday, or better yet when you make a quick order over at Taco Bell.
Get our recipe for Classic Beef Tacos.