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Healthy Dinner Ideas You'll Love

Looking to incorporate healthy dinner ideas into your week? These recipes from California bloggers are simple, nutritious, and indulgent.

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January 30, 2021

 Wondering how to incorporate easy healthy meals into your week without compromising on taste? We’ve got you covered with eight healthy dinner recipes that only taste like guilty pleasures. Whether you’re looking to get on top of your 2021 resolutions or nudge your family to eat a little healthier here and there, having a few healthy dinner ideas on hand is a step in the right direction. Luckily, we have our favorite California bloggers to rely on for recipes that are simple, nutritious, and indulgently good—you’ll be able to whip these up in no time. 

Easy and healthy dinner recipes to try now

In need of a quick, healthy meal for dinner? Look no further than this honey- and ginger-infused chicken.

Instant Pot Honey and Ginger Chicken

The mastermind behind this easy healthy dinner idea is Courtney of the SoCal-based blog A Thoughtful Place. The zesty honey and ginger chicken packs all of the flavor you expect and none of the post-indulgence guilt.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes
Servings:

Ingredients

  • cup honey
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ⅓ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1½ teaspoons ground ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 jar fresh ginger

Try this super quick recipe if you're craving shrimp and still want a healthy meal.

Easy Shrimp Stir Fry

This recipe from Entertaining With Beth proves healthy dinner ideas that taste good are, in fact, not a thing of legends. Only requiring 20 minutes to make in total, this healthy weeknight dinner is immune to all our usual excuses to order takeout. 

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • A pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 white onion, sliced in half-moons
  • 1 pound shrimp
  • 2 cups broccoli florets

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Healthy dinner ideas for vegetarians

A recipe that's simple and that'll still get you the same rich flavor as in a restaurant.

Easy Peanut Noodles

This creamy peanut noodle recipe from Detoxinista is about to be your go-to vegetarian healthy dinner recipe. Ever-so-slightly sweet and salty—with a slight spicy kick—this simple healthy meal mostly consists of vegetables, but you’d never know it.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces linguine noodles of your choice (chickpea, egg, rice, etc.)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ head green cabbage, shredded
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • ½ red onion, sliced
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped


For the sauce

  • ¼ cup all-natural peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger
  • 1 clove garlic

This Filipino classic is a great idea to bring a a fresh new flavor theme to your week's meal prep.

Filipino Crispy Tofu and Mushroom Adobo

Bay Area-based Kitchen Confidante is the author of this flavorful Filipino classic. Like any good traditional adobo, this healthy meal for dinner goes great with rice. Bon appetit!

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Resting time: 20 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 (11.5-ounce) box firm tofu
  • cup soy sauce
  • cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1½ cups mushroom, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf


Healthy family meals everyone will enjoy

A decadent burger that both meat-lovers and weight watchers will love.

Rosemary and Feta Lamb Burgers

Who said burgers can’t be healthy? This healthy dinner idea from Food Between Friends is hard to say no to, and luckily, you don’t have to—it’s a healthy feast.

Prep time: 30–40 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 40–50 minutes
Servings: 10

Ingredients

For the Tabbouleh

  • 2 bunches parsley
  • 1 cup packed mint leaves + ½ cup whole mint leaves
  • 3 scallions, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ serrano pepper
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 large cucumber, diced
  • 3 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 2 handfuls of mixed green lettuce


For the yogurt sauce

  • 6 ounces Greek yogurt
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons mint leaves, roughly chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


For the burgers

  • 3 pounds lean ground lamb
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 4 ounces feta cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil

This nutrient-packed soul food recipe perfectly healthy and popular dinner idea even for the pickiest of eaters.

White Cheddar Mac and Cheese

A mac and cheese recipe that is healthy, vegan, and dairy-free? Sign us up. This nutrient-packed soul food recipe from Healthy Happy Life is a perfectly healthy dinner idea for the family; even the pickiest of eaters love mac and cheese!

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 2 cups macaroni pasta
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup green peas
  • ¾ cup soy milk
  • 1½ cups cashews
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 white potato, boiled and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 clove garlic (or 2 teaspoons garlic powder)
  • 1 tablespoon white miso paste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegan Parmesan cheese


Healthy dinner ideas for two  

Mini cauliflower pizzas are the perfect healthy pick for a cozy stay-at-home date night.

Mini Cauliflower Pizzas

Nothing says “I love you” like making your partner a pizza dish they can indulge in with no second thoughts. This healthy dinner idea from Damn Delicious would be a perfect addition to the stay-at-home date night you’re planning for February 14.

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Servings:

Ingredients

  • cup marinara sauce
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded 
  • ¼ cup pepperoni minis (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chopped


For the crust

  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • cup mozzarella cheese, shredded 
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan, grated
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Zucchini-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

To be honest, we’d propose to anyone who prepares us this healthy dinner idea for two from the White on Rice Couple. Juicy, filling, and nutritious—this healthy weeknight dinner is a thing of dreams.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • ½ medium onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups zucchini, coarsely grated
  • ¼ cup parsley, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • cup Parmesan
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 pounds boneless chicken breasts
  • 8 ounces cherry tomatoes
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