Many of you think that preparing ‘healthy’ meals at home is a difficult task. All those healthy fancy recipes on YouTube, or the internet seem quite difficult to prepare. So here I am sharing few simple, healthy, and delicious dinner recipes that might help you in staying healthy.
These recipes are easy to cook, tastes divine, and are healthy too. Hope you enjoy preparing and having them.
1) Whole-Grain Spaghetti
To make this healthy Italian dinner, all you need is a whole-grain spaghetti and fresh Mariana sauce. These whole grain substitutes are much healthier than the processed one that most people eat. The taste difference is minimal than the regular ones but the health benefits are important.
Choosing whole grain over refined grains can lower the risk of many major health problems, including cardiovascular disease.
2) Grain Bowls
Grains provide an important source of fiber and other nutrients such as magnesium. Studies have found that diets rich in grains can reduce major health issues in future including colon cancer, heart disease, and type-2 diabetes.
To prepare a grain bowl, All you have to do is, top a serving of cooked grain with cooked or raw veggies and a protein source like chicken, eggs, grilled shrimp or salmon. Then top it with store-bought or home-made dressing. Or you may keep it simple by drizzling olive oil or lemon juice on the top of it.
Few yummy options for grain bowls are
• Thai Chicken Buddha Bowls
• Sweet Potato and Chickpea Buddha Bowl
• Salmon Grain Bowls with Lemon Tahini Sauce
3) Veggie Pizza
If you crave for Pizza but couldn’t have it as it is unhealthy and can gain your weight than this recipe is for you.
Build your own Pizza Canvas by using a whole-grain dough for the crust. Then topping with fresh Mariana sauce. Sprinkle a low-fat mozzarella. Add veggies on the toppings such as mushrooms, peppers, and onions. You can even add Roma Tomato slices and spinach.
Vegetables are good for heart health and is a healthy option than pepperoni and sausages.
4) One-Pot Soup
A hot bowl of Soup is liked by all. Soups are simple to prepare and is a perfect choice for quick meal preparation.
You can try various one-pot soups such as creamy yellow split pea soup, curry chicken soup, lentil, Kale and Quinoa soup.
These soups are quick and easy to prepare in a one-pot and tastes delicious.
5) Brown Rice Pasta
Everyone loves Pasta. Here I am sharing a healthy version for a pasta recipe.
Choose your Pasta. You can add zucchini noodles in place of pasta if you like. Next, pick a source of protein, chicken breast or ground chicken. Or you can choose a plant based protein, such as Chickpeas. Next, choose your veggies, like a combination of spinach and broccoli or any vegetables can work.
6) Dinner Salad
When you don’t want to cook much, Salad is a go-to option for dinner. But the only drawback is that it digest very fast, that you end up feeling hungry again just a while after finishing your meal. So it is necessary to include plenty of protein, healthy fats and fiber to your salad recipe to make it hearty.
For base add your favorite greens, such as spinach, mixed greens, kale. Add more veggies such as cucumber, carrots, broccoli for the fiber content.
Then for the protein choose grilled chicken, shrimp, salmon or hard-boiled eggs. For rich carbs, add beans or roasted sweet potatoes. Top your salad with roasted sunflower or pumpkin seeds for a crunchy effect. Also drizzle some olive oil and balsamic vinegar for more taste.
Other options for dinner salads are:-
• Chicken Shawarma Salad
• Superfood Salmon Salad
• Crunchy Asian Chopped Salad
7) Chickpea Curry (Chhole)
It is made with convenient canned beans. This is a quick and healthy Indian recipe that can be make in minutes. If you want an additional vegetable, stir in some roasted cauliflower florets, and serve it with brown basmati rice or warm Naan.
8) Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are loaded with nutrients including beta carotene, vitamin C, Potassium, and fiber. This is a versatile meal and you can choose various flavour combinations. You can roast a whole sweet potato and then stuff it with ingredients such as sautéed veggies, beans, chicken, and cheese.
Other options are:-
• Chicken Pesto Stuffed Sweet Potato
• Taco stuffed sweet potato
• Vegetarian Stuffed Sweet potato
• Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potato
The Bottom Line
If you are eating healthy, doesn’t mean it requires complex recipes. The above mentioned recipes are healthy and nutritious and don’t require much time to prepare.
You can choose and enjoy cooking any of the above recipes for your dinner. They are quick, simple, healthy, and delicious.