Our Favorite Healthy, Quick-Fix Dinner Recipes for Stress-Free Weeknights
On any given weeknight, a healthy meal can help set the week and your family up for success. Sure, it can be tempting to order in pizza or rely upon trusty casseroles you have stored in the freezer—and by all means, do both!—but there really is nothing that compares to a home-cooked supper full of delicious, good-for-you ingredients. Most home cooks (who inevitably have a million other things going on) are in search of weeknight dinner recipes that are tasty, low-stress, quick to make, and nutritious. To that we say, bring it on.
Eating to boost your health doesn’t have to be boring, and these light quick-fix dinners prove it. From sheet pan stars like our reader-favorite Greek chicken and veggies to genius low-carb spins like our spicy spaghetti squash with shrimp, these lightened-up dinner recipes are sure to please the whole family.
Sweet-and-Spicy Sheet Pan Chicken with Cauliflower and Carrots
Healthy and hearty never tasted so good with this sheet pan dinner that gets sweet heat from honey, smoked paprika, and cayenne.
Pork Chops with Spring Onions, Farro, and Asparagus
For when you are looking for a healthier alternative for preparing bone-in pork chops than your grandmother's smothered-in-gravy recipe, this one has you covered.
Spicy Spaghetti Squash with Shrimp
This recipe might convince you to ditch the starchy noodles for good in favor of squash, particularly when covered in a spicy tomato sauce and shrimp.
Sheet Pan Hanger Steak and Vegetables
Your sheet pan makes it enticingly easy to throw together this steak dinner that switches the usual heavy potatoes for nutrient-dense sweet potatoes.
Chicken Parmesan Casserole
Recipe: Chicken Parmesan Casserole
When you're craving a lighter but equally satisfying version of Chicken Parmesan, trust in this similar casserole recipe that uses only a sprinkle of panko in lieu of pan-frying entire chicken filets.
Salmon with Pineapple-Pepper Salsa and Coconut Cauliflower Rice
You'll be blown away by this healthy dinner option that combines tropical flavors like coconut and pineapple with fresh cilantro and lime juice. Serving it with cauliflower rice instead of regular rice cuts down the carbs.
Baked Pork Tenderloin with Shaved Vegetable Salad
You can't beat the simple perfection of this hearty pork tenderloin paired with lemony, Dijon-coated shaved vegetables.
Crispy-Shrimp Salad with Avocado Dressing
Don't let that crispiness fool you—this recipe only requires a small scoop of panko to make shrimp crunchy before topping the otherwise veggie-packed salad and finishing with a delicious avocado dressing.
Instant Pot White Chicken Chili
Recipe: Chicken-Mushroom Skillet
We skipped the heavy cream in this recipe and relied upon a super savory mushroom skillet sauce. Serve with brown rice.
Steak-and-Bell Pepper Salad
Recipe: Steak-and-Bell Pepper Salad
Salads don't have to be boring, courtesy a recipe that tops off nutritious greens with well-seasoned grilled steak and bell peppers, as well as a generous (but optional) sprinkle of blue cheese.
Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos
Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos
Need we say more? Taco night just got even more delicious with tender pulled chicken slow-cooked in enchilada sauce. Tip: Opt for corn tortillas in lieu of flour ones.
Honey-Mustard Salmon with Vegetables
After tasting this quick weeknight meal, you'll be craving the tangy honey-mustard sauce and crunchy panko breadcrumb crust at least once a week.
Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Bacon
Substituting a potato for the usual half-and-half or heavy cream gives this rich, full-bodied cauliflower soup a velvety texture without adding more fat.
Seared Scallops with Fresh Tomato-Basil Sauce and Orzo
Go beyond your usual menu with these super tasty scallops that make great use of your garden tomatoes and basil during summertime.
Oven-Fried Pork Chops with Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans
Make fried pork chops feel a little less heavy by crisping them up in the oven instead. This sheet pan meal is a cinch to make on any weeknight.
Collard Green Salad with Chicken, Bell Pepper, and Roasted Squash
Turns out, you don't always have to cook down collards with ham hock to reap the tasty benefits. Say hello to your new favorite Southern-inspired salad.
Skirt Steak and Cauliflower Rice with Red Pepper Sauce
A lighter take on a burrito bowl, this recipe has all the makings of a filling dinner. You'll want to slather the homemade red pepper sauce on everything.
Sheet Pan Greek Chicken with Roasted Potatoes
We can never get enough sheet pan dinners on the roster, and this Greek-inspired recipe certainly makes the varsity squad.
Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
Recipe: Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
Packed with tons of lemony flavor, this soup feels like a fresher, newer take on chicken noodle soup.
Lemon-Herb Chicken Kebabs
Recipe: Lemon-Herb Chicken Kebabs
When in doubt, fire up the grill and throw on veggie-packed skewers with whatever protein you prefer. (Though, we're definitely partial to this herby recipe.)
Salmon with Lemony Greens and Grains
Salmon is one of the best proteins out there that you can eat, and we'll never turn down black-eyed peas and greens—obviously.
Sausage, Lentil, and Kale Soup
Recipe: Sausage, Lentil, and Kale Soup
This cozy soup won't leave you hungry, that's for sure. Lentils and kale provide so many nutrients and so much fiber, while sausage serves up major protein.
Shrimp Cobb Salad with Bacon Dressing
For a cool, refreshing supper on a warm night, look no further than this classic Cobb salad with easy shrimp and a standout bacon-studded dressing.
Za’atar Chicken Kebabs
Recipe: Za’atar Chicken Kebabs
Take your kebabs on a Mediterranean adventure with flavorful za'atar seasoning, squash, and eggplant.