Learn how to make crispy baked chicken thighs in the oven, perfectly every time! This easy oven baked chicken thighs recipe is juicy on the inside, crispy on the outside, with simple ingredients.
50+ Easy Healthy Dinner Ideas & Recipes
Looking for easy healthy dinner ideas? You’ve come to the right place! These healthy dinner recipes are quick to prepare, use simple whole food ingredients, and will please the whole family. These savory dishes are perfect for busy weeknights when you need a meal on the table quickly.
My favorite kinds of healthy meals for dinner are those with liberal (but simple) spices and seasonings, healthy fats, plenty of protein, and an abundance of vegetables. And just as important, the recipes have to come together fast, with minimal effort. While I don’t specialize in vegan recipes, I do have lots of quick healthy dinner recipes to offer that check all the other boxes. They all happen to be gluten-free, and many are low carb as well.
Healthy Chicken Dinner Ideas
Chicken recipes make my favorite weeknight dinners! They are quick and easy, often make great leftovers, and are generally fuss-free. Add a salad or some veggies for a side dish (plus brown rice or pasta for those who want them), and you’re good to go.
You’ll love this simple recipe for baked chicken leg quarters in the oven! You only need a few simple ingredients for perfectly juicy, crispy roasted chicken leg quarters every time.
This 10-minute-prep easy oven roasted chicken drumsticks recipe will make SUPER crispy baked chicken legs that turn out perfectly every time! It’s the only guide for how to bake chicken legs you’ll ever need.
Learn how to cook chicken breast in the air fryer, in just 10 minutes! It turns out juicy and tender every time with this easy air fryer chicken breast recipe.
This spatchcock chicken recipe in the oven turns out perfectly juicy every time, with super crispy skin. Learn how to spatchcock a chicken step by step — it’s EASY!
Learn how to sear chicken with this EASY stovetop pan seared chicken breast recipe. Just 25 minutes needed for perfectly juicy pan fried chicken breast, using simple ingredients.
An EASY baked tandoori chicken recipe with basic ingredients! Learn how to make tandoori chicken in the oven, including the tandoori chicken marinade and the best method for a crispy skin and juicy inside.
Simply the BEST way to bake chicken breast in the oven! This juicy baked chicken breast recipe at 450 degrees is fast, EASY, and never dry.
Healthy Dinner Sides
Vegetables make easy, delicious sides — and they are a must for a balanced, healthy dinner! These recipes come together quickly in a skillet, casserole dish, or sheet pan, depending on whether you roast them in the oven, saute them on the stove top, or even cook them on the grill or in the air fryer. All these cooking methods have their place.
Healthy Seafood Meal Ideas
With omega 3 fats and plenty of protein, fish and seafood is a staple healthy dinner idea. I like mine seasoned with simple ingredients like butter or olive oil, garlic, lemon, and fresh herbs (parsley, dill, or chives), to let the flavors shine.
Featured Healthy Dinner Recipe
Easy Pan Seared Salmon Recipe
Learn how to pan sear salmon perfectly every time! This 15-minute pan seared salmon recipe (pan fried salmon) is flaky and buttery inside, with a crust on the outside, crispy skin, and herb lemon butter sauce.
Quick Healthy Dinner Recipes For Family
From steak to casseroles to pizza, you might be surprised how many healthy dinner recipes are also quick and easy to make. They are also packed with flavor!
The chicken bacon ranch casserole below is particularly a crowd pleaser, made with my fave ranch dressing (no mystery cream-of soups here!). You can use up leftover shredded, baked, seared, or grilled chicken, and customize it with other veggies, like spinach, carrots, mushrooms, or even sweet potatoes.
Easy Healthy Dinner Ideas For Kids
Kids love pizza, pasta, and chicken, and believe it or not, there are ways to serve these in a healthy way that will nourish them with veggies! Kids will love these healthy dinner ideas and won’t think twice about them being healthy.
Healthy Meals In One Bowl Or Skillet
Skillet meals, bowls, and salads make some of the best healthy dinner options, because you can customize them so easily to match your preferences or what’s in your fridge. Below are some reader favorites, featuring fiber-rich, fresh ingredients like tomatoes, avocado, bell peppers, cucumbers, and cabbage.
Slow Cooker & Pressure Cooker
Your Crock Pot and Instant Pot are two ways to make healthy dinners without a lot of work. With both, much of the cooking time is hands-off, making them a great easy dinner idea.