Here’s our list of 30 quick and easy Healthy Dinner Ideas to get you through the week in a nutritious, satisfying way without sacrificing flavor. We’ve put together a variety of 30-minute meals, soups, sides, salads, snacks and more to make sure there is something for every taste and situation.
30 Easy Healthy Dinner Ideas
Especially after the holidays, you may find your body telling you it needs something a little healthier than the delicious recipes full of butter, fat and sugar that you’ve been eating for months. But, it can be uninspiring to see a list of recipes that just sound...well... healthy.
We’re here to show you that being healthy does not have to be boring, time consuming or expensive. This handpicked list of 30 Healthy Dinner Ideas incorporates a little something for everyone - stir fry, grilled chicken, fajitas, chicken noodle soup, roasted potatoes and even a couple of healthy sweets!
Healthy 30 Minute Dinner Recipes
Don't let time restraints get in the way of adding healthy recipes to your weeknight meals. These recipes can be ready in just about as much time as it would take you to bake a frozen pizza!
These juicy Grilled Garlic Parmesan Chicken Breasts are quick and easy, full of flavor and only require about 5 minutes of prep. They taste great paired with grilled veggies, baked potatoes or a simple side salad.
2). Steak Fajitas
These fajitas are always a winner, whether it's a casual weeknight or a weekend get-together with friends. We keep ours classic, searing the beef on a hot iron skillet along with bell peppers and onions.
Baked chicken fajitas are a quick, easy and healthy dinner option. They are also a great way to get the kiddos to eat their vegetables!
This recipe is made with the most amazing beef teriyaki marinade, broccoli and red peppers. Serve with brown rice for a truly healthy meal.
These kabobs are the perfect addition to your grilling night. They're packed with flavor with just a little spice and sweetness.
This Basil Chicken Stir Fry recipe makes it easy to have your favorite Thai takeout food at home. It's quick, easy, inexpensive and tastes amazing.
You will love this easy chicken marinade that makes the best grilled chicken. Serve with avocado, tomatoes and a bit of Pepper Jack cheese to keep things interesting!
Another healthy classic that uses simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand. Serve with rice, on a salad or with a baked potato.
This chili recipe can be made in 30 minutes but tastes like it's been cooking all day!
Healthy Soups and Side Dishes
You can pair any of these with one of our Healthy 30 Minute Dinner Ideas for a complete healthy dinner menu. Or, many of these soups, salads and sides can be eaten on their own for a light lunch.
Roasted Acorn Squash Soup is a creamy, satisfying and healthy addition to any fall menu.
Like the name suggests, this hearty homemade soup is naturally low in fat and calories but still packed full of flavor.
If you don't have time to make chicken noodle soup from scratch, this simple and healthy Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup recipe is a great option.
13). Turkey and Rice Soup
This yummy soup is filled with wild rice, turkey and delicious veggies.
14). Best Baked Potato
The Best Baked Potato has perfectly crispy skin and fluffy insides and uses just three ingredients!
This salad is crunchy, creamy and cool - just what you crave on a warm summer day! It's loaded with fresh veggies, and lightly coated in a tangy homemade Italian lemon vinaigrette, and perfect for a light lunch or side dish.
This simple salad recipe includes a delicious pesto ranch dressing and a simple grilled chicken marinade to go along with avocados, tomatoes, lettuce and cheese. Eat as a light lunch or serve as a side dish to just about anything.
Oven-Roasted Brussels Sprouts are a simple, healthy and naturally gluten-free side dish that even kids will enjoy because they are never mushy and taste great.
18). Homemade Rice Pilaf
You'll love this one-pot rice side dish made from both white rice and orzo, and cooked in chicken broth, fresh herbs and veggies.
This tastes just like the real thing! Add to tacos, burritos salads and more.
This is a simple oven-roasted fingerling potato side dish with minimal ingredients but plenty of flavor. It's the perfect side to serve with any other Healthy Dinner Ideas.
These sweet potatoes are the perfect balance of sweet, spicy, chewy and healthy. Serve them with just about anything!
These healthy snack ideas range from slightly sweet to one-bite appetizers and dips.
Energy balls are easy to make, packed with protein and a super convenient snack for any time of the day. Plus, we sneak in enough fun ingredients to make sure the kiddos love them!
These Coconut Peanut Butter Power Balls are full of healthy fat and protein. They also make a perfect snack for families on the go.
24). Wedge Salad Kabobs
These little Wedge Salad Kabobs are the most fun way to enjoy this delicious salad, one small bite at a time! Plus, they are super cute!
During the summer, this fresh garden bruschetta can't be beat. It's made from fresh tomatoes and basil, olive oil, vinegar and served on toasted bread.
26). Italian Mini Kabobs
These Italian Mini Kabobs are a quick and easy no-bake appetizer that is perfect for all sorts of occasions.
This healthy alternative to fried wings is just as crispy and delicious, and sure to become a family favorite.
Homemade guacamole just can't be beat. It's healthy, satisfying, naturally gluten-free and so simple to throw together.
29). Homemade Salsa
Another healthy family favorite is this Homemade Salsa. If you don't want to serve with chips, it also tastes great with fresh veggies.
Made with fresh berries, tossed in a simple orange glaze, this is the perfect simple side dish or light dessert for your next summer BBQ or potluck.
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This handpicked list of 30 Healthy Dinner Ideas incorporates a little something for everyone - stir fry, grilled chicken, fajitas, chicken noodle soup, roasted potatoes and even a couple of healthy sweets!