12 Healthy Dinner Ideas You Must Try Right Away

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12 Healthy Dinner Ideas You Must Try Right Away
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Of all the daily meals, dinner can be the most frustrating to prepare, especially if you are the active type. You are most probably stressed after the day’s work and not up to making something elaborate. Yet, it is important to have all your meals. 

If you would like to spice things up a notch, you can have several other recipes such as weed butter, you can learn how to make weed butter. For dessert we hope you would like something chocolaty, we also have the recipe on how to make weed brownies if you would like to check that out.

You can try cbd oil while cooking your meals to add a little kick to your dinner experience.

This compilation of healthy dinner ideas should make things easier. They combine two qualities that rarely go together – healthy and quick to prepare. Getting the dinner of your choice ready in your kitchen is not just possible; it is easy. Plus, you can always make it delicious and healthy.

We put together these dinner ideas to serve at least three purposes. First, we want it to give everyone a chance to spend less time and energy getting a healthy dinner. In addition, we want it to encourage healthy eating. Last, we want it to be your go-to compendium of dinner ideas. Let’s get started.

  • Roasted Broccolini Zucchini Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • Rotini (or any other pasta of your choice)
  • Broccolini
  • Zucchini
  • Garbanzo beans (chickpeas) 
  • Feta 
  • Scallions 
  • Lemon Vinaigrette
  • Olive oil/pesto/marinara
  • Salt 
  • Pepper

Preparation

This vegetable pasta salad is a meal you can pull off within minutes, provided you have some ingredients leftovers in your refrigerator.  

First, chop and dice your vegetables – if that has not already been done. Then get your sliced broccolini and zucchini in a bowl. In another, get ready the feta, parsley, and scallions. You can either slice or chop the scallions and parsley. Make sure to crumble feta into not too fine particles so it will still be noticeable in the meal.

However, you might need to multi-task – simmering your rotini using the stove, and roasting the vegetables in the oven. While thoroughly roasting the vegetables, you will only parboil your pasta to become al dente. Additionally, rinse and strain the pasta, and keep it and your roasted vegetable aside. 

It’s time to prepare your vinaigrette. Make sure you use a bowl that can hold everything when mixed up. Whisk together lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil, pepper, and salt. Next, add the roasted vegetables and the al dente pasta to the lemon vinaigrette. In addition, don’t forget your crumbled feta, parsley, and scallions. Finally, give the mixture a good stir and taste to be sure you’ve gotten the right taste.  

  • Chicken Quesadillas With Red and Green Salsa

Ingredients

  • Lime juice
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Ground cumin
  • Tomatoes
  • Red onion
  • Chili pepper/green bell pepper
  • Chicken breast (flayed and filleted)
  • Whole-wheat tortillas
  • Pine nuts (optional)
  • Chili sauce
  • Pepper jack cheese

Preparation

This healthy dinner idea is highly nutritious and delicious – a sure dish to get you all the calories and diets you need to get a peaceful night’s rest. 

First, preheat the oven at high temperature, ensuring the rack is about three inches from the heat source. While the oven is heating, shred the chicken into consistent thin strips. Then cover the chicken strips with cooking spray. When the oven is hot enough, please place it in the oven, on a baking sheet. Allow broiling for between 10 – 12 minutes.

Moreover, your salsa should be readily available in the refrigerator because it tastes better when it is chill. However, if not, mix your diced tomatoes, onion, chili pepper, lime juice, chopped cilantro, and ground cumin in a bowl. Then, refrigerate for about 10 – 15 minutes. 

Next, get the quesadillas ready while doing the filling. Position your whole-wheat tortillas at a comfortable height – probably on the countertop. Top the tortillas with the broiled chicken, chili sauce, cheese, and other ingredients. In addition, fold the tortillas carefully and put them in the oven. Make sure you line the baking sheet with wax paper to prevent burning. Set your oven to 530 degrees F and bake for 5 – 10 minutes or wait until the cheese melts. You can now get your chill salsa from the refrigerator and serve it alongside quesadillas. 

  • Zucchini Lattice Lasagna

Ingredients

  • Grated parmesan
  • Ricotta
  • Zucchini
  • Shredded mozzarella
  • Ground black pepper
  • Eggs
  • Marinara sauce
  • Salt

Preparation

The zucchini lattice lasagna is a perfect fit for people cutting on carbs. Unlike the classic lasagna, it’s more vegetables than pasta, yet it is as tasteful and delicious. Furthermore, you can prepare the dish within an hour, from preparation to serving. 

Preheat your oven to a temperature of 350 degrees. Next, put the ricotta, grated parmesan, and egg in a bowl and stir thoroughly. Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste. 

Then lay a thin foundation of marinara in a dish and cover it with double layers of broad strips of zucchini. Remember that zucchini gives off lots of water, so you must keep the strips dry using paper towels.

You will then lay the third layer with ricotta mixture and shredded mozzarella over zucchini. To get a satisfactory result, you need to spread around one-third cup of marinara over mozzarella. Next, you will repeat the process thrice.

For the lattice top, you will arrange zucchini noodles diagonally in the dish. Carefully, you raise one end of every other noodle and lay another across it. Moreover, this pattern continues until you have fully weaved the lattice. In addition, lace it with parmesan and add salt and pepper if desired.

All that is left is to bake for about thirty minutes until the zucchini becomes tender and the whole lattice is melty. It is easier to slice when you allow it to cool off for about 10 minutes.

  • Egg Roll Bowls

Ingredients

  • Minced ginger
  • Minced garlic
  • Vegetable oil
  • Low-sodium soy sauce
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Shredded carrot
  • Green onion slices
  • Green cabbage slices
  • Ground beef
  • Sriracha/chili oil 

Preparation

This is a healthier alternative to savory egg rolls. With other healthy dinner ideas, egg roll bowls are time-conserving and pocket-friendly. Furthermore, you can make it fully vegan by swapping beef with mushrooms or any other chewy plant root or stem. Also, you need less than forty minutes to prepare this dish. Put some vegetable oil in a big frying pan over medium heat. After about a minute, add minced ginger and garlic and leave to cook for about two minutes or until you can perceive the aroma. 

Then add beef to it add let it cook for between 10 and 12 minutes. Also, it would help if you stirred once in a while until the meat was tender enough to come apart under spoon or spatula pressure quickly. After mincing the meat, pack it aside and add sesame oil, onion, carrot, and cabbage. Then stir the additions together with the meat before adding your sriracha and soy sauce. Add salt to taste and leave it to cook for another 5 to 8 minutes. Finally, make sure the cabbage is soft. Then it is time to serve egg roll bowls garnished with sesame seeds and scallion slices.

  • Tofu Stir-Fry

Ingredients

For Stir Fry

  • Minced garlic
  • Minced ginger
  • Trimmed string beans
  • Carrot slices
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sliced broccoli florets
  • Seeded red bell pepper slices
  • Green onion slices

The Tofu

  • Extra-firm tofu
  • Ground black pepper
  • Cornstarch
  • Low-sodium soy sauce

For Sauce

  • Sesame oil
  • Water
  • Low-sodium soy sauce
  • Brown sugar
  • Cornstarch

Preparation

Your extra-firm tofu goes first. Put it in a pot of water first, add some salt and let it boil for around two minutes. Once defrosted, turn the pot’s content into your colander to drain. Moreover, lining the colander with paper towels will help to quicken draining time and render your tofu dry in time. Furthermore, you can use your hand, where possible, to remove excess water.

Next, cut up tofu into your desired sizes and add the soy sauce, black pepper, and sesame oil. Toss tofu and these ingredients thoroughly to allow tofu to absorb all liquids evenly. Then add cornstarch and toss well again. 

Now, move to the stove and get a suitably sized skillet—heat two tablespoons of oil over medium heat. Add tofu to the oil and stir intermittently until golden front and back. Moreover, you can achieve this within seven to eight minutes. Add seasons, salt, and pepper, to taste and leave it aside.

Heat tablespoon oil in the skillet and add minced garlic and ginger. Once you perceive the aroma, add green onions, red pepper, broccoli, string beans, and carrots. After cooking for another ten minutes, season it with salt and set it aside.

Get another bowl and mix water, sesame oil, soy sauce, sugar, and cornstarch to make a sauce. Then transfer the tofu back to the skillet and add the sauce mixture. Next, allow it to cook until thickened to desire. Now, you are good to go. 

  • Vegan Seared “Scallops” with Succotash

Ingredients 

For Corn Succotash

  • Shucked corn
  • Diced red onion
  • Diced seeded bell pepper
  • Chopped garlic
  • Canola oil
  • Vegan butter
  • Toasted sesame oil
  • Salt
  • Unsweetened almond milk
  • Peas
  • Smoked paprika
  • Chopped scallions
  • Chopped toasted almonds

For “Scallops”

  • White miso
  • Low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • Diced mushroom caps
  • Sliced mushroom stems
  • Mirin
  • Canola oil

Preparation

Vegan seared “scallops” with succotash is a perfect choice if you want some pleasant, unusual taste. With the superb taste of king trumpet mushrooms, you can savor a replicate of the unique flavor of scallops. In addition, you will find the exquisite display of this delicacy satisfying. Moreover, you need about fifty minutes to an hour to prepare vegan seared “scallops” with succotash. 

  • Making ‘scallops’

The first thing to do is to dice the mushroom caps and slice the stems into strips about half thick. These are your ‘scallops.’ Then, get a medium-sized bowl and whip soy sauce, mirin, and miso into a smooth liquid inside it. Turn some marinade into a baking dish and add your mushroom strips. Toss the strips to get completely coated. Then marinate the ‘scallops’ for about thirty minutes and refrigerate for an hour. 

To prepare corn succotash, pick kernels from corn and put them in a bowl. While standing cobs upright in a bowl, remove leftover juice on the cob into the bowl, and get rid of the cobs. 

Next, gently heat oil in a wide-bottomed frying pan using medium heat. Pour your ‘scallops’ into the heated oil, ensuring none is on another. Then cook in the oil for five minutes, flipping the ‘scallops’ to get the two sides golden brown. Remove the ‘scallops’ from the oil, once golden, and set aside. Afterward, prepare the skillet for making succotash – remove the oil and wipe it clean.

  • Making Succotash       

Get the skillet back on the stove and melt butter and canola oil using medium heat. Add bell pepper and onion to the mixture and allow it to cook for around 3 minutes. Once the content softens, add your chopped mushroom caps and garlic and stir continuously for two minutes. 

Next, add the corn juice, snap peas, paprika, sesame oil, almond milk, and corn kernels. Stir everything together, add seasonings and stir again. Then leave it to boil gently. Ensure the ‘scallops’ are buried in the corn mixture before covering the skillet. Continue cooking gently until corn and peas become crisp-tender and the ‘scallops’ soft. This should not take more than five minutes, maximum. Now, it is time to enjoy your delicacy. Dish it, garnish with scallions.  

  • Baked Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Quinoa
  • Spices
  • Black beans
  • Greek yogurt
  • Lime juice
  • Cheese
  • Other vegetables (Optional)

Preparation

This is another easy healthy dinner idea. This recipe can be innovative, especially if you have time to kill. That mostly goes into what you stuff. You have the option of black beans and quinoa. While many see this recipe as vegetarian, the truth is that non-veggies can equally enjoy it. However, non-veggies may consider adding eggs to the stuffing. 

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Then scrub the potatoes clean. Bake them for 40 minutes and cut them in half once done. Next, scoop out the potato leaving the shells intact. Mash the potato and add your preferred seasoning. Stuff it back into the potato and bake for an extra 15 minutes. Finally, you can serve them hot.  

  • Sheet Pan Harissa Chicken 

Ingredients

  • Whole chicken
  • Harisa spice
  • Olive oil
  • Garbanzo beans
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Lemon 

Preparation

This chicken recipe is for lovers of Middle Eastern or Maghreb delicacies. It is not for you if you don’t enjoy hot spices in your meals. The main spice, harissa spice, is usually a mixture of roasted red peppers, herbs like garlic paste, and olive oil. 

Sheet pan harissa chicken is fast to prepare and does not leave you much work in the kitchen after cooking. You need just one pan. That is where you stack the entire ingredients one after the other. 

The first step is to clean your chicken and season it with harissa spice. Depending on your sensitivity in the taste department, you can be excessively generous with the spice or cautiously sparsely.  

Next, add vegetables, garbanzo beans, sweet potatoes, and some lemon. Ensure to add everything to your choice taste. Then sprinkle it with salt and toss it to ensure everything tastes evenly. 

While doing all this, you can preheat your oven to save time. Now is the time to roast the chicken till it is golden, the beans crisp, the sweet potatoes soft. Finally, you can garnish with olive oil and add yogurt or mint. Furthermore, you can serve it along with nan bread.     

  • Edamame Stew

This recipe is a variant of the Japanese dish – it is a spicy stew, not a snack or appetizer. Edamame stew goes well served with brown rice, and you can freeze it for later use. If you do everything right, you don’t need more than forty minutes to prepare and cook. 

Ingredients

  • Zucchini, cut into four and sliced
  • Olive oil
  • Diced yellow onion 
  • Lemon juice
  • Ground cayenne pepper
  • Dried oregano
  • Salt
  • Frozen shelled edamame
  • Italian whole peeled tomatoes
  • Diced basil chunks 
  • Frozen yellow corn
  • Minced or pressed garlic
  • Ground cumin
  • Ground allspice 

Preparation

Bury frozen edamame in minimal water in a deep saucepan and boil over high heat. After a few minutes, bring the heat down to medium, cover the saucepan, and cook for about five minutes. Then drain edamame and keep it aside. 

Next, move on to cook soybeans. Use the time soybeans cook to chop onions, tomatoes, and zucchini. At this point, you will need a nonstick sauté pan. Next, introduce olive oil into the pan and heat over medium heat. Add your onions and allow to cook until tender. Stir in allspice, cayenne pepper, and cumin; then cook and keep stirring for close to three minutes. 

Add garlic, stir and cook for a minute. Then pour zucchini, corn, tomatoes, and drained edamame. Season it with salt and stir together before covering the pot to allow it to simmer for around fifteen minutes. 

Add lemon juice and oregano when zucchini has become tender, and stir. Moreover, taste that the seasoning is enough for you. Make sure to serve hot.

  • Red Beans and Rice

Ingredients

  • Onions
  • Olive oil
  • Minced or pressed garlic
  • Ground cumin
  • Low-sodium red kidney beans
  • Diced green bell pepper
  • Dried oregano
  • Low-sodium chicken broth/vegetable broth
  • Uncooked instant brown rice

Preparation

The red beans and rice recipe graciously makes it on the list of these healthy dinner ideas. It is a quick and easy traditional Cajun dish you can enjoy at home. At this point, it is a meal that is well known over the wrold. Moreover, there’s nothing extra about this recipe. Cook the rice and red beans like you usually would and make sure to include all the spices you prefer.

  • Lemon Pepper Baked Chicken 

Lemon pepper baked chicken is an effortless dish to prepare. You can prepare the chicken in one pan, which makes it easy to clean when done. Bake the chicken breasts in a homemade dish. Ensure the chicken turns golden and crispy on the outside but soft and juicy on the inside. Lemon pepper baked chicken can go with either Syrian salad or cooked bulgur wheat. The chicken goes with mashed potatoes and rice too. Baked chicken is one of the most versatile dishes on this list as it can go with almost anything. You can choose to season the chicken with whatever spice blends are available.

Ingredients

  • Chicken Breasts (skin on)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Dried parsley
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Bread crumbs

Preparation

Lemon pepper baked chicken is one of the best ways of cooking chicken. It is tasty, soft, and delicious, everything you want in a well-cooked meal. You can start your preparation by zesting one lemon into a bowl. Moreover, zesting the lemon before you squeeze it can be beneficial. A squeezed lemon is quite hard to zest. While you’re zesting, preheat your oven to 350F.

Next, add two tablespoons of the extra virgin oil into the bowl. Follow up with two teaspoons of black pepper, one tablespoon of salt, and two teaspoons of garlic powder, and stir the mixture evenly. After mixing, brush the lemon pepper mix on both sides of the chicken breast. Ensure you apply seasoning on the chicken liberally because you don’t want your chicken flavorless. 

However, you can also follow another method to ensure even distribution of the seasoning. Arrange the chicken breasts in a big baking dish. Next, pour water, olive oil, and lemon juice over the chicken. Sprinkle bread crumbs, paprika, garlic powder, and parsley over it. Finish with salt and pepper and cover the baking dish with aluminum foil. Remember to poke a few holes to act as vents on the aluminum.

Place the chicken into the oven and bake until it’s no longer pink in the center or the juice clears up. The chicken should cook at a temperature minimum of 165F. But if you don’t want to check the meal, you can set the timer to 45 minutes.

  • Buddha Bowl

Don’t let the name scare you; the Buddha bowl is a catchy name for a straightforward concept one-dish meal. The dish combines a healthy combination of all the required types of food into one serving bowl. The dish is an inspiration from the life of Buddha, how he’d carry a bowl filled with food given to him by people he met on his travels. This petite cuisine has been around for decades and has gone by many names like grain bowl, hippie bowl, nourish bowl, and macro bowl.

There is no steady ingredient in the Buddha Bowl; it all depends on your choice. The meal can be eaten either hot or cold; you can whoop it up at the last minute if you’re running late for an event.

The key to preparing the right Buddha Bowl is remembering that any ingredient can be used. You can go with whatever you find in your refrigerator. The main thing is the bowl should have a mix of ingredients that look and taste good.

  • Grain
  • Vegetables
  • Legumes
  • Sauce

However, if after you are done and your bowl isn’t so good, below are ten quick fixes to solve the problem:

  • A squeeze of citrus juice
  • A shake of sesame or flaxseeds
  • A little hot sauce
  • Add a little maple syrup
  • Add a pinch of curry or chili powder
  • Add some barbecue sauce
  • Squeeze some mustard into the bowl
  • Add a little nut butter

Preparation

Start with selecting any grainy base you want to use. Fill the bottom of the bowl with 2 to 3 cups of grains like brown rice, barley, bulgur, polenta, or quinoa. Whole grains are the most common Buddha foundations. But if you want to explore, you can branch out to more complex carbohydrates like potatoes, noodles, or pasta made of whole grains.

Bring in your vegetables and add them to the bowl. A suitable color mixture could be butternut squash with steamed broccoli or crunchy corn kernels with creamy avocado slices. You can use as many vegetables as you like but make them bite size so they can easily be stirred together.

After adding your vegetables, add legumes to the bowl. Fill about ½ to 1 cup of legumes like lentils, chickpeas, black beans, or any other legume you have.

After adding veggies, drizzle with some crunch to add flavor to the bowl. You can go with nuts, diced fruit,

 fresh or dried, chopped onion, seeds, or herbs. You can also include a little of each to add variety to your bowl. Keep this to a maximum of two tablespoons each, so the bowl can still have space to accommodate some sauce.

The sauce is what blends everything in the Buddha Bowl together. You can go with a wide variety of sauces as well. Ultimately, you can use pestos, peanut sauce, pasta sauces, miso sauce, dips, and salad dressings to finish off your bowl. But if you have these in short supply, you can squeeze a slice of lemon, and you’re all set.

Conclusion: Best Dinner Ideas & Recipes That You Must Try At Home 

Well, there you have it. We have graced your menu ideas with several wholesome meals you can incorporate for dinner any day, any time. You can use these ideas to get your best nourishment without wasting time. 

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