These easy healthy dinner ideas star the best lean proteins and fresh produce! These recipes will have everyone asking for more.
Need dinnertime inspiration? Try this list of 40 easy healthy dinner ideas! Healthy means something different to everyone. We take our definition from Mediterranean style eating, which echoes healthy diets from around the globe. Each plate has lots of fresh vegetables, healthy fats (like olive oil), lean proteins, and whole grains.
You’ll see no cheesy pastas or greasy burgers below: only pescatarian, vegetarian, and vegan recipes that are full of nutrients. All recipes are listed with total cook time so you have an idea of how long they’ll take to whip up. And keep reading after the list for our favorite healthy side dishes to pair with the meals listed here.
Looking for 5 minute recipes? Seared ahi tuna is a super quick, nutritious and filling 5-minute recipe; serve with leftover veggies and rice. For a fancier plating, lay slices over Sweet Potato Puree and accessorize with Parmesan Broccoli.
Need healthy dinner ideas? Salmon burgers are calling your name! They’re easy and have the best flavor: each bite is perfection slathered with remoulade sauce. For an even healthier sauce, use Greek yogurt-based Dill Sauce.
These are the very best vegan fajitas: a plant based healthy dinner idea that everyone loves! Roast the veggies on a sheet pan for quick and easy prep. Add "guac-ish," a 5-minute fast version of guacamole.
This epic BBQ tofu recipe is fast, easy and full of savory sweet flavor! A great way to make anyone into a tofu fan.
Total time: 20 minutes
Healthy side dishes to pair
Many of the healthy dinner ideas above need a few side dishes to pair to turn them into a meal. But what are some easy healthy side dishes to go alongside, you ask? Here are some of our favorites that don’t take long to whip up:
Minced fresh herbs (like chives, mint or thyme), for garnish
Allow the salmon to come to room temperature.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with foil.
Trim the asparagus. Place it on the baking sheet and toss it with 2 tablespoon olive oil (this also oils the foil). Sprinkle with ½ teaspoon kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper.
Pat the salmon dry and place it on the foil. Drizzle it with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Sprinkle the salmon with ½ teaspoon kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper. Place asparagus around the salmon. Slice the lemon into wheels and place them on top of the asparagus (but not the salmon). Squeeze juice from the two ends of the lemon onto the tray. Then add the chopped fresh herbs on top of everything.
Bake 9 to 12 minutes until the asparagus is tender at the thickest part, and the salmon is just tender and pink at the center (the internal temperature should be between 125 to 130F in the center for done, or 10 degrees less if you’re broiling). If the salmon is done before the asparagus (the asparagus is thick), remove it from the tray and continue cooking just the asparagus until tender.
*Thin asparagus is best, so try to find the thinnest you can when shopping. If all you can find is thicker asparagus, you may need a little longer to roast (up to 15 minutes). Just remove the salmon from the tray if it’s already done and finish the asparagus by itself.