7 Quick and Healthy Dinner Ideas
Quick and healthy dinner ideas often feel like an insurmountable task at the end of a long day. Whether you are looking for a lighter “soup and salad” type of dinner, or a hearty “meat and potatoes” stick to your ribs meal, here are 7 quick and healthy dinner ideas to turn to when your stomach is grumbling and you desperately want to eat something nourishing and satisfying.
Walk in the front door from work, preheat the oven to 450°F, and pour yourself a glass of wine. Cutting a few vegetables is a great way to relax and unwind. Just give these fingerling potatoes a rinse, and a quick drizzle of olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt and throw them in the oven. While the potatoes are roasting, chop some fresh herbs, zest a few lemons and mince some garlic. Once the potatoes are done, pull them out and turn on the broiler for the shrimp. Toss the potatoes with fresh herbs and lemon zest, and the shrimp will be ready in just minutes. Sit down to a delicious tapas style dinner, and savor every bite.
The best thing about red lentils is how quickly they cook, allowing you to make soup for dinner within an hour. Alternatively, put this recipe on your weekend prep list, and merely heat it up while you massaging away your worries into your kale salad.
A frittata is an egg pie, or crustless quiche, that can be served at any time of day or night. It is a particularly good way to use up bits and pieces of leftovers that you may have lying around in the fridge. Serve with this brightly flavored marinated carrot salad, which can totally be made ahead of time (over the weekend), and dinner=solved.
Some nights, by the time dinner rolls around, I am just starving, and craving something hearty and satisfying. These meatballs fit the bill, and are quick to make. Ground beef (grass-fed is best), onion, salt, and any herbs and spices you want are blended together for a crave-able dinner. While the meatballs are cooking, throw together the chard. If you have a bit more time, add this savory pilaf, or make it on the weekend, and reheat.
Salmon patties are my go-to meal for Mother Hubbard moments. When the cupboard is bare, and all I can scrounge together is a can of salmon and a stick of floppy celery at the bottom of the produce drawer, this salmon patty recipe really works its magic. If you find a can of beans in your cupboard as well, you are in luck for a side dish! White beans are a delicious and quick solution for a filling meal.
6. Chickpea and Butternut Squash Stew with Cilantro-Lime Gremolata and Fruit Tart in an Almond Crust
Truth be told, this butternut squash stew is all you need for a delicious weeknight meal. It comes together in about an hour, and can be made ahead of time. Serve it over a simple side of quinoa or your favorite grain. If you are feeling ambitious, try this delicious gluten-free tart recipe.
Just vegetables for dinner? Absolutely. These classic Turkish recipes can make a full meal, but if these feel like “just sides” to you, cook up a simple piece of protein to accompany them.
What are your favorite weeknight meals?
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