Top 10 Healthy Dinner Recipes

Top 10 Healthy Dinner Recipes

At the end of the day, you want to complete your low-calorie diet with a healthy dinner that is not only nutritious and low in fat and cholesterol but also loaded with delicious flavors. Here are ten easy to prepare healthy dinner recipes that you and your family would surely be delighted to eat tonight. Get your apron ready and let’s start cooking these hearty and full-flavored dishes.

1Pasta Puttanesca

This rustic Italian pasta dish is very easy to prepare because the ingredients may already be available in your kitchen. This dish is rich in carbohydrates and protein, and offers 320 calories per serving.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces whole-wheat thin spaghetti or vermicelli
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • ¼ cup Spanish or Greek olives, pitted and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of anchovy paste
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 14 ounce can or 1 can of diced tomatoes, preferably low-sodium or no salt added
  • ¼ cup Parmesan, grated

Directions:

  • Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté garlic for 1 minute, and then add the olives, parsley, anchovy paste, capers, crushed red pepper, and oregano. Sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Mix in the arugula and simmer for one minute or until the green slightly wilts.
  • When the pasta is cooked, drain and add it to the skillet. Toss until the sauce combines with the pasta.
  • Sprinkle with the grated cheese and serve.

2Roasted Parmesan Chicken and Tomatoes

The parmesan and panko-covered chicken paired with Campari tomatoes are truly a delicious and nutritious combination.

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breast fillets, boneless and skinless
  • ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Black pepper and kosher salt
  • ¼ cup Parmesan, grated
  • 1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 pound Campari tomatoes
  • Garlic bread and side salad for serving

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Arrange the chicken fillets on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Season with black pepper and kosher salt.
  • Stir together the panko breadcrumbs, olive oil, parmesan, parsley, and chopped garlic.
  • Spread the Dijon mustard on each of the chicken breast.
  • Sprinkle the panko breadcrumb mixture on the chicken breast.
  • Put the Campari tomatoes around the chicken and bake for 14 to 16 minutes.
  • Serve with side salad or garlic bread.

3Cilantro Lime Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles

The Cilantro Lime Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles is listed here in our healthy dinner recipes because this dish is low in calorie and low in carbs.

Ingredients:

  • 450 grams of shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 3 medium zucchini, cut into noodles or spiralized
  • 2 and 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • ¼ cup vegetable broth
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes – optional
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Juice of 1 ½ lime
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • Salt and cracked pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Combine 2 tablespoons olive oil, red pepper flakes, garlic, 1 tablespoon cilantro, lime juice, lime zest, and honey in a bowl.
  • Add the shrimp and toss until well mixed. Let it marinate for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • In a pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the drained shrimp and cook for 2 minutes. Flip and add the marinade, and cook for 1 minute more. Set the shrimp aside.
  • In the same pan or skillet, add the vegetable broth and simmer for 2 minutes. Add the zucchini noodles and cook for 2 minutes or until tender.
  • Add the shrimp and adjust the seasoning. Toss everything and serve immediately. Sprinkle on top with the cilantro.

4Mustard Maple Roasted Salmon

This 20-minute dish is high in protein, low in carbs, and easy to prepare, which makes it a perfect weeknight dinner.

Ingredients:

  • Four 5-ounce salmon fillets, center-cut and skinless
  • 2 teaspoons of pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon light mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
  • Ground black pepper and Kosher salt

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line the rimmed baking sheet with an aluminum foil.
  • In a bowl, combine and mix the mustard, mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon cilantro, and maple syrup.
  • Put the salmon fillet on the baking sheet and sprinkle on top with ¼ teaspoon each of pepper and salt.
  • Spread the mustard mixture evenly on each of the salmon fillets.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Sprinkle on top with the remaining cilantro and serve.

5One-Pan Asparagus and Balsamic Chicken

Asparagus is a good source of fiber, full of antioxidants, and helps fight cancer. This dish is low in calories and loaded with essential nutrients to boost overall health.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound asparagus with ends trimmed
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2-pound chicken breast tenders
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • A pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 1-pint cherry tomatoes, halved

Directions:

  • First, you have to make the vinaigrette. In a small bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, honey, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Set aside.
  • Heat the remaining oil in a large skillet, over medium-heat. Add the chicken breast and season with salt and pepper. Sear the chicken for 3 minutes per side. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Add the asparagus and tomatoes to the pan and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes or until the asparagus turns bright green and the tomatoes are slightly wilted.
  • Move the vegetables to one side, add the chicken, and pour the vinaigrette. Toss slightly until chicken is cooked and the vinaigrette is thickened.

6Chicken Tostadas

This Chicken Tostadas is a Mexican-made-easy chicken recipe that is loaded with veggies and nutritious salsa.

Ingredients:

  • 8 tostadas
  • 4 cups of cooked chicken, shredded
  • 1 cup of refried beans, warmed
  • 2 cups lettuce, finely shredded
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced thinly into rings
  • 8 radishes, sliced thinly
  • Mexican sour cream or regular sour cream for drizzling
  • 1 cup of crumbled mild feta cheese or queso fresco
  • Tomatillo-Avocado Salsa

Ingredients for the Tomatillo-Avocado Salsa:

  • 8 ounces of tomatillo husk, rinsed and coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 avocado, halved, pitted, and peeled
  • 1 serrano chile
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Cracked black pepper and salt

Directions:

  • Spread the tostadas along with the refried beans, and then top with chicken, onion rings, lettuce, radish, and cheese. Drizzle with your Mexican sour cream, and top with a large dollop of salsa.
  • How to make your salsa: In a blender, combine the tomatillos, cilantro, avocado, chile, and lemon juice, and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours or until ready to use.

7Garlic Lemon Mahi Mahi

Mahi Mahi is a great source of protein, which your body needs to build and maintain tissues. Plus, this healthy dinner recipe can be prepared in only 20 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • Four 4-ounces of mahi-mahi fillets
  • 3 tablespoon butter, divided
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, freshly chopped, plus more for garnish

Directions:

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the mahi-mahi and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 3 minutes per side, or until golden. Transfer to a plate.
  • Add the remaining butter to the skillet. Once the butter is melted, add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Mix in the lemon zest and juice and the parsley. Put back the mahi-mahi fillet on the skillet and spoon the sauce over it.
  • When serving, garnish with more parsley.

8Tomato Spinach Tortellini

Everyone in the family will surely love this easy-to-cook and healthy 20-minute dish.

Ingredients:

  • 220 grams uncooked tortellini
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 2 cups spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup or 60 ml vegetable broth
  • Salt and cracked pepper
  • Crushed red chili pepper flakes
  • Parmesan cheese, grated, for garnish

Directions:

  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil on medium heat and cook onions until translucent and fragrant. Add the tomatoes and season with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and paprika. Allow simmering for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Put in the minced garlic, spinach, and vegetable stock to the skillet and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on medium heat until the spinach wilts just a little. Remove from heat, set aside and cover.
  • Cook tortellini according to the package directions. Drain and rinse.
  • Add the cooked tortellini to the skillet. Stir over medium-low heat until everything combines.
  • Adjust the seasoning and serve with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and drizzle of olive oil.

9Cauliflower Fried Rice With Sausage and Pepper

This hearty dish is a combination of healthy ingredients such as cauliflower, bell pepper, and smoked sausages tossed with a variety of spices.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cauliflower head, cut into small florets
  • ½ yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • ½ red bell pepper, sliced
  • ½ green bell pepper, sliced
  • ½ onion, sliced
  • 9 ounces smoked sausages, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Fresh parsley, chopped
  • ½ cup chicken broth, low-sodium
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes – optional
  • Salt and cracked pepper

Directions:

  • Put the cauliflower florets into the food processor and process until the florets achieve a rice consistency. Add 2 tablespoons of water and microwave for 7 minutes. Set aside.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add sausage and cook for about 5 minutes. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil in the same skillet, and then add onions and peppers. Saute for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning, and cook for about 1 minute. Add ½ cup of chicken broth and whisk until fully combined. Allow to simmer for 1 minute, and then add the cayenne and paprika.
  • Stir in the cooked cauliflower and sausage. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley and serve.

10Roasted Harissa Chicken Breast

This is a very simple low-calorie chicken dish. Our healthy dinner recipes, just like this one, are not only nutritious but also offer a combination of different flavors.

Ingredients:

  • 500 grams of chicken breast, skinless
  • 2 tablespoons harissa
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Sesame seeds, toasted
  • Salt

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Rub Harissa all over the chicken breast and put them in a rimmed baking dish.
  • Sprinkle with salt, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle again with sesame seeds.
  • Roast for 10 to 15 minutes until tender.
  • Brush chicken with its juices and serve with steamed vegetables, rice, or couscous.

Top 10 Healthy Dinner Recipes