Let’s keep be honest for a second: healthy dinners don’t have the best reputation. They've been known to be boring and bland, making them very unexciting choices for meals. Well, forget everything you thought you knew about those ho-hum dishes, because there are tons of delicious healthy dinners that you can make every night of the week.
Putting together a weeknight menu of healthful meals may seem like an overwhelming task. Deciding which flavor combinations work together, coming up with creative ways to use vegetables, and just finding the time to cook it are all challenges. But you don't have to be an ace in the kitchen to feed your body good-for-you food. And you don't have to eliminate all your favorites either. These days, you can easily scarf down pasta and pizza that tastes good and is good for you. The key to creating a healthy delicious dinner is simply layering lots of spices and flavor.
So whether you're starting out the year with some new resolutions about your eating habits, or you're looking to kick-up the health factor in your regular weeknight meals, these 11 healthy dinners will fill you up and make you feel good in the process.
1. Pumpkin Black Bean Burgers
Full of nourishing vitamins and protein, this pumpkin black bean burger from Back To Her Roots, will fill you up on flavor. Try this on a weekend when you have the urge to grill, but want something a little lighter than a beefy burger.
2. Crockpot Sweet Potato Chicken Chili
If you want an easy, hands-off dinner that's still healthy, you can't beat Ari's Menu's take on sweet potato chicken chili. A hearty bowl of something warm always hits the spot, and the ease of this makes it perfect for those nights you just don't have the time to cook a big meal.
3. Quinoa Brussels Sprout Gratin With Smoked Cheddar
Thinking of trying Meatless Monday? Give the trend a try with Feed Me Phoebe's recipe for quinoa brussels sprout gratin. With so many rich and satisfying flavors, you won't even miss the meat.
4. Sweet Potato Falafel & Chimichurri Sauce
Be a little adventurous and explore Healhty, Happy, Life's sweet potato falafel. A vegan and gluten-free take on a Mediterranean classic, this dish would make a perfect weeknight dinner.
5. Veggie Tacos With Avocado-Tomatillo Salsa
Get your daily allowance of vegetable with Love & Lemons' veggie tacos. Filled with all the flavors you love in tacos, the avocado tomatillo salsa is the secret sauce that kicks these tacos up a notch.
6. Caramelized Cauliflower Salad
In a hurry to put dinner together but don't want to grab greasy take-out? Toss together a giant bowl of Naturally Ella's caramelized cauliflower salad and chow down on a healthy and delicious meal.
7. Sesame Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry
If you're craving Chinese, skip the to-go line and make your own version of sesame chicken and broccoli stir fry at home, with this recipe from Oatmeal With A Fork.
8. Easy Fish Roll-Ups
The Healthy Foodie's fish roll-ups are as straight-forward as they sound. With very few ingredients, these simple dish also sneaks in a serving of veggies.
9. Grilled Zucchini & Corn Pasta With Parmesan
Don't count pasta out as a healthy dinner option. Keep it clean with The Scrumptious Pumpkin's grilled zucchini and corn pasta. Bonus: it's done in under 30 minutes.
10. Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto
When you have the time, make this butternut squash risotto from Cookie + Kate. The creamy goodness of the butternut squash will make it hard to say no to seconds (and thirds.)
11. Spinach Artichoke Chicken Pizza
You don't have to sacrifice your faves when you want to eat healthy. Gimme Some Oven has your back on this one. Put together this chicken artichoke pizza and indulge without the guilt.
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