10 simple dinner ideas for healthy eating in real life

You might think that preparing a healthy and delicious dinner at home is a complicated process, but I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be.

Although I love food and enjoy cooking, I like to keep it simple when it comes to mealtime. This means choosing recipes that are easy to follow and don’t involve complicated cooking techniques or seemingly never-ending steps.

Here are 10 simple dinner recipes that can help you get a healthy meal on the table quickly.

Sweet potatoes are packed with beneficial nutrients like beta-carotene, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber (1).

Plus, they’re delicious and go well with just about anything. This makes it the perfect base for building a complete meal.

At my house, we make stuffed sweet potatoes at least once a week. I grill a whole sweet potato, then stuff it with ingredients like sautéed veggies, beans, chicken, and cheese.

This meal is very versatile, and you can choose from a variety of flavors. You can try one of the simple recipes below or put it in the wing and assemble your favorite ingredients on roasted sweet potatoes.

Cereal bowls are a hit in my kitchen. My husband and I love how simple and adaptable cereal bowls are, and we often make this dinner when we crave a delicious, easy-to-prepare meal.

I follow a gluten-free diet, so we use gluten-free grains like quinoa and brown rice. However, you can use any grain you like for your cereal bowls, including farro, millet, and barley.

Cereals provide an important source of fiber and other nutrients such as magnesium. Studies have found that diets rich in grains are associated with a reduced risk of several health conditions, including colon cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes (2).

To make a cereal bowl, top a serving of cooked cereal with cooked or raw vegetables and a protein source such as chicken, fried or boiled eggs, grilled shrimp or salmon.

Then garnish with store-bought or homemade sauce, or make it simple with a drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice.

For example, the Green Goddess Buddha Bowl uses an irresistible combination of brown rice, roasted broccoli, peas, avocado, hard-boiled eggs, toasted pumpkin seeds, and a creamy yogurt sauce.

Here are some additional cereal bowl recipes that are a perfect choice for dinner on nights when you’re short on time:

When you have chickens like me, eggs make their way into more than just breakfasts. We regularly use eggs as a source of protein for quick and delicious dinners, including frittatas.

Eggs have you covered when it comes to healthy fats and proteins, so all you have to do is add a variety of your favorite veggies to cover your fiber needs.

Some of my favorite vegetables to use in frittatas include asparagus, spinach, sweet potatoes, zucchini, onions, broccoli florets, mushrooms, and tomatoes. You can also add ingredients like cheese, herbs, spices, or pesto to give the frittata extra flavor.

You can also use leftovers like salmon, shredded chicken, and potatoes for a frittata.

I like to serve a frittata with some avocado slices or fresh fruit. It’s a filling meal that you can enjoy any time of the day or night. Frittas are very easy to make, and you can prepare them in less than an hour.

Here are some delicious and easy frittata recipes:

A large, filling salad is one of my favorite dinners, especially when I don’t feel like making time for a meal.

The problem with most salads is that they are not well made, and you end up feeling hungry again shortly after you finish your meal. The key to making a hearty dinner salad is making sure you have plenty of protein, healthy fats, and fiber.

Start with a base of your favorite greens, such as spinach, mixed greens, arugula, kale, or romaine. Add a few vegetables, such as peppers, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli or red onions to the vegetables to increase the fiber content in them.

Then choose a source of protein such as grilled chicken, shrimp, salmon, or hard-boiled eggs. Adding a high-fiber carbohydrate source, such as beans or roasted sweet potatoes, will increase the fullness factor even more.

Drizzle toasted sunflower or pumpkin seeds over batter for a crunchy texture, then sprinkle with a healthy dressing like olive oil and balsamic vinegar, or follow this recipe for Green Goddess Dressing Sauce.

Here are some dinner salad ideas:

Everyone loves a good pasta dish, but most pasta dishes don’t have the necessary ingredients, like protein and fiber, to make you feel satisfied (3).

Fortunately, using a few simple tips can help you make a filling and nutritious pasta dinner in no time.

First, choose your pasta. I’m a big fan of Tinkyada brown rice noodles, but you can use any noodles you want. You can also use zucchini noodles in place of pasta if you are on a low-carb diet.

Next, choose a source of protein. I like to use chicken breast or ground chicken, or if I want a vegan protein, I’ll add hummus.

Next, choose your vegetables. I love a classic combination of spinach and broccoli, but almost any vegetable will work. Finally, choose a sauce such as pesto sauce, marinara, or olive oil.

Here are some recipes to try the next time you crave a bowl of pasta:

Few meals are more satisfying than a hot bowl of soup. Fortunately, soup can be easy to prepare and is an ideal meal prep choice, as you can easily prepare large quantities.

I like making soup that only requires one pot because that means less time to clean up. I make soup on the stove, but you can make any of the following recipes in a quick pot to save time.

Curry is a smart choice for a quick, filling dinner because it’s versatile, easy to prepare, and family friendly. Additionally, eating curry regularly may help improve your health by reducing heart disease risk factors, including high levels of triglycerides and blood sugar (4And 5).

I like to heat up a chickpea and sweet potato curry during the winter months and serve it with rice or quinoa.

Many curry recipes take 30 minutes or less to prepare, including the following simple curries:

Burgers are a great choice for families because they are easy to prepare and are sure to satisfy even the toughest of palates.

Although beef burgers are a popular choice, you can make burgers with just about any protein source, including ground chicken, salmon, tuna, and lentils.

My husband makes a delicious chicken burger, and I love serving it with a big salad and roasted sweet potatoes.

You can serve your burgers on whole-grain buns, in a lettuce wrap, or on top of a bed of greens to suit your nutritional needs.

Here are some easy-to-cook burger recipes:

Although roasting a whole chicken may take a while, it couldn’t be easier than this. Check out this guide on how to roast a perfect chicken.

When I’m grilling a whole chicken, I stuff the bottom of my grill pan with the potatoes, onions, and carrots so the vegetables are cooked through with the chicken.

When the chicken is done roasting, let it rest for 15 minutes before slicing it. You can use this time to prepare a quick salad like the ones listed below:

If you are not a fan of cleaning dishes, this idea is for you.

Most recipes require the use of several pots, pans, and bowls. However, plate meals allow you to collect all your ingredients in one cooking tray, saving you time in the kitchen.

Check out these mouth-watering bar meals:

Preparing a healthy and satisfying dinner doesn’t have to require complicated recipes and hours in the kitchen.

The above recipes are not only nutritious but also easy to prepare.

Try one of the recipes above the next time you draw a blank at dinnertime.

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