65 Healthy Dinner Recipes the Whole Family Will Love

Almost all of these dinners come together in less than 30 minutes.

best healthy dinner recipes 65 light and flavorful dinners to cook
Mike Garten

Our favorite healthy dinners often include savory roasted meats and flavor-packed pasta — far from a boring salad you may expect! The best healthy dinners pack in supercharged whole grains, lean proteins and sauces as well as seasonings to turn up the yum factor on your favorite healthy vegetables. Many healthy dinners are DIY versions of dishes you order for takeout, but unlike delivery, each recipe in this collection keeps the meal to less than 500 calories.

Most recipes are ready in 35 minutes or less, filled with nutritious grocery staples that are known to be weeknight heroes. You'll make 5-ingredient pasta recipes, sear lean beef and cruciferous veggies in a sauté or toss them all together in a super savory salad you'll actually look forward to eating.

This collection of healthy dinners is easy on the wallet, including make-ahead dinners that you can simply reheat later in the week. These healthy dinner ideas will make your good behavior taste so, so good.

best healthy dinner recipes easy lemon chicken
Mike Garten
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Pan-Fried Chicken With Lemony Roasted Broccoli

There's a good chance you already have all the ingredients you need for this easy weeknight dinner.

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low calorie striped bass with radish salsa meal
Mike Garten
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Striped Bass With Radish Salsa Verde

If you buy radishes with the tops still attached, you can use any leftovers in salsas, sauces, and sautés.

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healthy dinner recipes   mushroom risotto
Mike Garten
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Wild Mushroom Risotto

A vegetarian dinner that's packed with protein, this 40-minute risotto feels like a cheat night thanks to a luxe cheese pan sauce.

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best healthy dinners  garam roasted marsala chicken
Mike Garten
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Garam Masala Roasted Chicken and Cauliflower

A one-sheet pan dinner you'll love, this unique savory weeknight protein and veg all come in together in less than 30 minutes.

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grilled steak tortilla salad
DANIELLE OCCHIOGROSSO DALY
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Grilled Steak Tortilla Salad

Satisfy your taco cravings with this salad recipe, then add tortilla slices to the plate when you're done mixing it all together!

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healthy dinner ideas   seared chicken
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Seared Coconut-Lime Chicken With Snap Pea Slaw

Step up an ordinary chicken breast by pairing it with sliced raw snap peas.

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shrimp and polenta
Mike Garten
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Roasted Feta Shrimp and Polenta

It may look fancy, but this shrimp and polenta recipe with oregano, garlic, red peppers, capers and white wine is easy enough to make on a weeknight.

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best healthy christmas dinners  salmon dinner
Mike Garten
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Seared Salmon With Charred Green Beans

Seared salmon is a lot less labor-intensive than you'd think — 15 minutes is all you need to make this beautiful seafood dinner.

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healthy dinner ideas - vegan black bean soup
Mike Garten
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Vegan Black Bean Soup

Vegetables are the true star of this hearty, healthy soup recipe, making it a perfect option for your vegan friends.

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speedy eggplant parmesan
DANIELLE OCCHIOGROSSO DALY
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Speedy Eggplant Parmesan

Take the shortcut to a delicious dinner with this easy (and healthier) recipe.

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low calorie salmon with grilled eggplant and chickpea croutons meal
Mike Garten
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Salmon With Grilled Eggplant and Chickpea Croutons

Roasted salmon offers up plenty of good-for-you fats, which pair perfectly with grilled eggplant.

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best healthy dinners  mediterranean shrimp bowl
Mike Garten
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Roasted Mediterranean Shrimp Bowl

This shrimp grain bowl is just as delicious as a traditional pasta dish; rather than serve them swimming in butter, bright citrus and herbs help transform orzo into a worthy sidekick.

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healthy dinner ideas   mediterranean chicken bowls
Mike Garten
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Mediterranean Chicken Bowls

Proteins aren't the only thing that can be crisped to perfection in an air fryer; these tomatoes take on a new juicy profile just after a few minutes.

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healthy dinner recipes   steak salad with beets
Mike Garten
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Steak Salad With Charred Green Onions and Beets

Steak can be part of a healthy dinner, and this 315-calorie plate is proof! Harness the power of sous vide to ditch fatty oils when cooking up lean beef.

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healthy dinner recipes ideas   chicken curry in a hurry
Mike Garten
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Traditional Chicken Curry

A chicken-and-rice dinner at under 250 calories?! You're looking at it. And it's ready in just 30 minutes.

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healthy dinner recipes   cauliflower pizza
Danielle Occhigrosso Daly
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Roasted Cauliflower Pizza

Who decided pizza can't be healthy?! You'll only need five ingredients to throw this together in 40 minutes, and since each quarter is just over 300 calories, you can even reach for another slice.

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pea pesto pappardelle
DANIELLE OCCHIOGROSSO DALY
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Pea Pesto Pappardelle

This fresh and easy dinner proves that it's possible to make a five-ingredient pasta dish that's good for you, too.

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healthy recipes - Rustic Smoky Glazed Chicken & Veggie Bake
Mike Garten
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Rustic Smoky Glazed Chicken & Veggie Bake

Spice-rubbed chicken with veggies and potatoes baked 'til golden brown — it sounds like a feast ready to be devoured.

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healthy dinner recipes   corn chowder
Mike Garten
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Creamy Corn Chowder

A chowder that simply tastes like a warm hug in a bowl! The best part? There's room for a good punch of starchy potatoes and crisp bacon, making this better-for-you bowl feel like a splurge.

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chicken bolognese recipe
Mike Garten
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Chicken Bolognese

We've given this Italian classic a big healthy makeover by ditching beef for lean ground chicken. Fresh parsley, chives, tarragon, and lemon zest bring a light note to an otherwise savory pasta dish.

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Mike Garten
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Citrusy Shrimp-Stuffed Avocados

All the avocado. None of the carbs. You're welcome.

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chicken soup
Christopher Testani
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Instant Pot Chicken Soup

The high setting on your Instant Pot can hack the arduous process of stewing a homemade soup — without sacrificing any of the flavor. You'll love this rustic take on a healthy dinner classic.

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father's day dinner ideas
Danielle Daly
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Salmon With Grapefruit and Lentil Salad

Salmon atop a bountiful, citrusy salad can be ready in just 15 minutes flat if you have all six of these ingredients at hand.

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low calorie meals grilled asparagus and shiitake tacos
Mike Garten
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Grilled Asparagus and Shiitake Tacos

Let's take Taco Tuesday to the next level, shall we? These beauties are filled to the brim with asparagus, shiitakes, and lots of guac.

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low calorie meals mediterranean baked cod recipe
Mike Garten
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Mediterranean Baked Cod

You'll sear this flaky cod on the stovetop for 10 minutes, and then follow up by finishing it off in a hot stove for another 10 minutes.

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Crispy Tofu Bowl - Vegan Recipes
Danielle Occhiogrosso
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Crispy Tofu Bowl

Whether you're a vegan or not, this bowl, loaded with quinoa, roasted cashews, and crispy tofu, is sure to please.

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Mike Garten
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Wild-Salmon Cakes With Quinoa Salad

These salmon cakes are a must-have. And over a bed of fresh greens and quinoa, they make for a show-stopping meal.

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Veggie Lo Mein
Mike Garten
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Veggie Lo Mein

This take on the classic takeout food is crazy healthy thanks to all the veggies.

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