Tips To Serve Healthy Dinner Recipes The Best

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Cooking a healthy and delicious dinner doesn’t have to take hours. These five recipes are perfect for busy weeknights, all clocking in under 30 minutes from prep to plate. Let’s jump into these flavorful and nutritious options!

1. One-Pan Lemon Garlic Chicken with Roasted Vegetables

Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken and Green Beans Skillet
Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken and Green Beans Skillet

This dish is a fuss-free wonder. Chicken breasts bake alongside colorful veggies, all infused with a bright and zesty lemon-garlic sauce.

Ingredients:

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 small broccoli crown, cut into florets
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
    2. In a bowl, toss chicken breasts with olive oil, oregano, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
    3. Arrange chicken in a single layer on a baking sheet. Scatter lemon slices, bell peppers, and broccoli florets around the chicken.
    4. Pour chicken broth into the bottom of the pan.
    5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are tender-crisp.

    2. Spicy Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles

    This lightened-up scampi swaps pasta for zucchini noodles, keeping the dish satisfying without the extra carbs.

    Ingredients:

    1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust to your spice preference)
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 medium zucchinis, spiralized into noodles

  • Directions:

    1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and red pepper flakes, cook for 30 seconds until fragrant.
    2. Add shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until pink and opaque. Remove shrimp from the pan and set aside.
    3. Pour white wine and chicken broth into the pan, scraping up any browned bits. Bring to a simmer and cook until reduced by half.
    4. Stir in parsley and Parmesan cheese. Return shrimp to the pan and toss to coat.
    5. Meanwhile, prepare zucchini noodles according to package instructions or by using a spiralizer.
    6. Serve shrimp scampi over zucchini noodles.

    3. Black Bean Burgers with Chipotle Mayo

    These vegetarian burgers are packed with protein and flavor, thanks to black beans, corn, and a touch of chipotle pepper.

    Ingredients:

    1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 (15-ounce) can corn, drained
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Chipotle mayo (optional)
  • Hamburger buns

  • Directions:

    1. In a large bowl, mash black beans with a fork.
    2. Add corn, oats, red onion, cilantro, olive oil, cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix well to combine.
    3. Form the mixture into four equal patties.
    4. Heat a grill pan or skillet over medium heat. Cook burgers for 4-5 minutes per side, or until heated through.
    5. Spread chipotle mayo on hamburger buns (optional) and top with burgers.

    4. Salmon with Mango Salsa and Coconut Rice

    This tropical-inspired dish combines juicy salmon with a refreshing mango salsa and fluffy coconut rice.

    Ingredients:

    2 salmon fillets

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 ripe mango, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 cup cooked white rice
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

  • Directions: