20 Real Food Recipes for Dinner

These real food recipes are the answer to what to make for dinner! Everyone will love these fresh ideas made with wholesome ingredients.

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Want mealtime inspiration? We get it. Dinnertime is one of the hardest times of the day to get fresh, wholesome meals on the table. So we’ve taken the guesswork out of it. Meet our list of our top healthy whole food recipes that make dinner a breeze!

These ideas are all designed around healthy, whole real foods: ingredients as close to their original state as possible. That means lots of vegetables and fruits, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats like olive oil. Even better: it means easy comfort recipes the entire family will enjoy! These are some of the top dinners we’ve made in our kitchen and now make on repeat (really).

And now…the top real food recipes for dinner!

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Honey garlic shrimp

Real Food Recipes: Honey Garlic Shrimp & More!

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 6 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This honey garlic shrimp is so irresistible, you’ll want to eat it every night! A sweet savory glaze covers succulent shrimp, and it’s done in 10 minutes.


  • 1 1/2 pounds medium or large shrimp, deveined (tail on or peeled)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Heaping 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • For serving: Pan Fried Broccoli (optional)


  1. Thaw the shrimp, if using frozen.
  2. Mince the garlic. Pat the shrimp dry. Stir it together with the minced garlic, onion powder and kosher salt.
  3. Mix the honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and cornstarch in a small bowl, mixing until mostly smooth (a few small lumps are ok).
  4. In a large skillet, heat the sesame oil on medium high heat. Cook the shrimp for 1 to 2 minutes per side until opaque and cooked through, turning them with tongs.
  5. Turn off the heat and remove the shrimp. Add the glaze to the pan and stir until thickened, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Once thickened, stir the shrimp back into the sauce and serve.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Seafood

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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