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Regardless of what “healthy” looks like for you, this collection of healthy dinner ideas has a variety of light, fresh, and nutritious recipes for you to feed your family!

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Healthy Dinners to Love!

While eating healthy may look different to various people, there are a few things we can all agree on. Being healthy does not mean these dinners taste like cardboard, require tons of ingredients or “odd” ingredients, or it will take hours to prepare.

How we love to make them healthy:

  • Cooking method. Baked is better than fried.
  • Veggies. There is always room for more veggies.
  • Ingredients. Fresh and “real food” ingredients are the way to go!

Here you will find a fabulous range of meals that will help you keep those healthy goals!

Chicken kabobs on metal skewers on a white platter.

Healthy dinner ideas that are easy

Eating healthy doesn’t mean more work!

  • Make ahead or freezer meals are easy and perfect for busy weeknights.
  • The crock pot and instant pot both naturally make a meal easier.
  • 30-minute meals. Find a few favorite recipes that can be made in 30 minutes or less. Always keep the needed ingredients on hand that way you can serve a quick, healthy, hot homemade meal on even the busiest of days.
  • Leftovers are great to reheat for a quick lunch or can be used to make an entirely different meal. I will often make extra Pot Roast to use the leftovers for Green Chile Burritos later in the week.
Healthy baked salmon topped with a lemon slice on a white serving platter.

The Healthiest Ingredients

No matter your preferred diet, there are a few things that most would agree make food healthy:

  • Herbs. Fresh herbs and spices can be added to healthy dishes to suit your tastes.
    • Add spice with crushed red peppers, ginger, chili powder, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, or curry.
    • Fresh herbs such as rosemary, basil, and thyme add a nice touch.
    • Add a punch of flavor with fresh lemon juice, orange juice, or fresh lime juice to your healthy dishes!
  • Limit sugar. Many foods, notably fruits, naturally contain sugar, but I’m talking about limiting added sugars like granulated, powdered, and brown sugar. Try to use a natural sweetener like honey or maple syrup when adding sugar to healthy dishes.
  • Balance your macros. The three main macros include protein, carbohydrates, and fat. The percentages you consume will differ depending on your eating plan and health goals. Note that many foods can fall into more than one category
    • Protein: chicken, ground beef, ground turkey, shrimp, salmon, eggs, tofu, dairy, beans, and nuts 
    • Carbs: white or brown rice, potatoes, oats, beans, whole grains, and chickpeas 
    • Fats: avocados, almonds, olive oil, eggs, greek yogurt, sour cream, cheese, and peanut butter
  • Homemade. Control what is and is not included and make substitutions that best fit your diet goals. Cooking from scratch means using original ingredients prepared and seasoned by you.
Baked teriyaki chicken on a white plate with a side of steamed broccoli.

Start small

Sometimes it can be a big adjustment to eat healthier, but even making small choices can have good long-term effects.

Bake a dish or use an air fryer instead of frying it in oil. Use cauliflower rice or zucchini noodles in place of rice or pasta in your dishes.

Add color. The idea behind “add color” is that the more colors you provide the bigger variety of nutrients and vitamins you will be providing. 

  • Vegetables are great to serve with almost any main dish. They can be roasted on a sheet pan, sautéed in a skillet, steamed, or even served raw.
  • Carrots, brussels sprouts, squash, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumber, and sweet potatoes are family favorites and make healthy sides. If serving a salad include nutrient-rich greens like spinach and kale.

Best Healthy Dinner Ideas

The best way I have found to create a balanced meal is to determine what nutritional factors the main dish will cover. From there I can add side dishes that will fill in the other nutritional categories.

1 Healthy Chicken Parmesan Recipe

Comfort food gets lightened up with this Skinny Chicken Parmesan! Healthy, easy and totally delicious!
Main Course Healthy Chicken Parmesan Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 19 votes
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2 Baked Salmon Recipe

Main Course Baked Salmon Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

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5 from 17 votes
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3 Zucchini Boats Recipe

Main Course Zucchini Boats Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

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4.97 from 51 votes
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4 Healthy Chicken Piccata Recipe

This "Skinny" Chicken Piccata is easy enough to make on a busy weeknight but also fancy enough to make when you have company over! Plus it's a skinny version, which makes it even better!
Main Course Healthy Chicken Piccata Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 18 votes
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5 Baked Spaghetti Squash Recipe

Main Course Baked Spaghetti Squash Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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6 Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner

Main Course Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner
Total Time: 45 minutes

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5 from 7 votes
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7 Lemon Garlic Chicken Recipe

Main Course Lemon Garlic Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

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5 from 26 votes
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8 Cilantro Lime Chicken

Main Course Cilantro Lime Chicken
Total Time: 55 minutes

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5 from 16 votes
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9 Best Roast Chicken Recipe

Main Course Best Roast Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

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5 from 14 votes
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10 Baked Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

Main Course Baked Teriyaki Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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Healthy Chicken Dinner Ideas

Adding protein is a pretty easy way to increase a dish’s nutritional value. I love adding grilled chicken breasts or chicken thighs, boiled eggs, bacon, or nuts to salads.

Adding meat such as chicken, turkey, or lean beef works great in soups, pasta dishes, and casseroles.

11 Crockpot Roast Chicken Recipe

Main Course Crockpot Roast Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
5 from 25 votes
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12 Bruschetta Chicken Recipe

Main Course Bruschetta Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 45 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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13 Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad Recipe

Salad Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

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5 from 64 votes
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14 Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe

Appetizer Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

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4.90 from 47 votes
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15 Lemon Pepper Chicken Recipe

Main Course Lemon Pepper Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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16 Chicken Stir Fry Recipe

Main Course Chicken Stir Fry Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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17 BBQ Chicken Salad

Main Course, Salad BBQ Chicken Salad
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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18 Chicken Caesar Salad

Salad Chicken Caesar Salad
Total Time: 45 minutes

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5 from 21 votes
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19 Baked Chicken Wings Recipe

Appetizer Baked Chicken Wings Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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20 Chicken Caesar Wrap Recipe

Main Course Chicken Caesar Wrap Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.91 from 11 votes
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21 Cobb Salad

Salad Cobb Salad
Total Time: 15 minutes

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5 from 12 votes
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22 Waldorf Salad Recipe

Salad Waldorf Salad Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes

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5 from 21 votes
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23 Chicken Souvlaki Recipe

Main Course Chicken Souvlaki Recipe
Total Time: 41 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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24 Chicken Kabobs

Main Course Chicken Kabobs
Total Time: 8 hours 50 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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25 Chicken Burrito Bowl Recipe

Main Course, Salad Chicken Burrito Bowl Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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26 Chicken Alfredo Zucchini Roll Ups Recipe

Chicken Alfredo Zucchini Roll Ups
Main Course Chicken Alfredo Zucchini Roll Ups Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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27 Green Chili Chicken Recipe

Main Course Green Chili Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 17 votes
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28 Baked Chicken Nuggets Recipe

Main Course Baked Chicken Nuggets Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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More Healthy Dinner Recipes

Soup, stir fry, salad, and casserole dishes are a few examples of recipes that cover a lot of different nutritional categories in one dish. You may not need very many side dishes.

Some dishes, like pasta recipes, are great at hitting one or two categories but need sides to balance out the meal.

29 Italian Pork Chops Recipe

Main Course Italian Pork Chops Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 25 votes
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30 Steak Kabobs

Main Course Steak Kabobs
Total Time: 8 hours 27 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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31 Steak Bites Recipe

Main Course Steak Bites Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 11 minutes

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5 from 3 votes
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32 Taco Bowl Recipe

Main Course Taco Bowl Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

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5 from 12 votes
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33 Burrito Bowl Recipe

Main Course, Salad Burrito Bowl Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes

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5 from 15 votes
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34 BBQ Pork Chops Recipe

Main Course BBQ Pork Chops Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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35 Roast Turkey Recipe

Main Course Roast Turkey Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes

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5 from 8 votes
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36 Carnitas Recipe

Main Course Carnitas Recipe
Total Time: 9 hours 10 minutes

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5 from 8 votes
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37 Pepper Steak Recipe

Main Course Pepper Steak Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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38 Turkey Meatball Recipe

Main Course Turkey Meatball Recipe
Total Time: 28 minutes

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5 from 12 votes
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39 Pasta Primavera Recipe

Main Course Pasta Primavera Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 17 votes
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40 Sausage and Potatoes Recipe

Main Course Sausage and Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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41 Carne Asada Recipe

Main Course Carne Asada Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes

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5 from 10 votes
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42 Tuna Salad Recipe

Side Dish Tuna Salad Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes

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5 from 24 votes
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43 Healthy Flatbread Pizzas Recipe

Main Course Healthy Flatbread Pizzas Recipe
Total Time: 16 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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A Healthy Favorite

One item we always like to have on hand to help with our healthy dinners is Baked Chicken.

This recipe comes with a marinade that makes the meat so juicy and flavorful. Not only is it great with pasta, but it’s perfect for salads too.

Here is the recipe:

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40+ Healthy Dinner Ideas – Baked Chicken + MORE

By: Lil’ Luna
This easy baked chicken is healthy and comes with a delicious marinade. It makes the meat juicy, tender, and so tasty!
Servings: 8
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes

Ingredients 

  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • Juice of 1 medium lemon
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley chopped
  • 2-3 pounds chicken breast
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Instructions 

  • Make marinade by mixing together the oil, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, pepper, and parsley in a medium bowl.
  • Add the chicken to large zipper bag or storage container. Pour the marinade over the chicken and toss gently to coat. Refrigerate at least 3 hours, or up to overnight.
  • When ready to cook the chicken, preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Bake 35-40 minutes, or until cooked through. Alternatively, you could grill the chicken over medium heat for 5-6 minutes per side.

Notes

You can use boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts.

Nutrition

Calories: 143kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 73mg, Sodium: 649mg, Potassium: 510mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 43IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 18mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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Makes it Easy to Eat Healthy!

We’re sure these healthy dinner ideas are soon to become some of your go to meals for serving up tasty and nutritious dishes!

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5 Comments

  1. Jennie Y says:

    5 stars
    This baked chicken was exactly what I was looking for. Easy and delicious! I saved this collection of recipes too, thank you.

  2. Sha says:

    5 stars
    I just saved these recipe ideas! We just tried the baked salmon and it turned out soooo good! I’m looking forward on making the chicken parmesan recipe next.

  3. Allyson Zea says:

    5 stars
    So many great ideas! I can’t wait to try some of these recipes!

  4. Zee says:

    5 stars
    Thanks for sharing the healthy dinner ideas. I am really happy after reading your blog. Thanks a lot.

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