Here’s a list of easy healthy recipes for any meal of the day: breakfast, lunch or dinner! Whatever the meal, we’ve got you covered.
Need healthy recipes inspiration? It can be hard to find recipes that are wholesome, not too hard to make, and delicious all at the same time. So here’s a list of our best of the best nourishing recipes for any time of the day! We’ve got something for every type of eater: there are quick dinners, seafood recipes and plant-based recipes loaded with veggies. There are lunch ideas and tasty ways to start the day! From baked oatmeal to pesto salmon to eggplant pizza: every single recipe has been a huge hit on our table.
What does healthy mean here? The list of recipes below all fit the Mediterranean diet, with seafood, lots of colorful vegetables, whole grains, and olive oil. Most are heavy on the nutrients, protein and fiber.
And now…our top healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch & dinner!
This ultra flavorful shrimp and broccoli comes together in minutes for a fast and easy healthy dinner recipe! It's loaded with protein and 132% of your daily vitamin C. Serve with rice or over noodles.
What makes this the best lentil soup recipe? Let’s just say that everyone we’ve served it to immediately asks for the recipe…and seconds. Lentils are the definition of healthy: low in calories, high in plant-based protein and fiber.
This easy cauliflower stir fry is an ideal healthy and easy dinner idea! It’s full of nutrients and covered in a punchy sauce. This recipe has so many healthy vegetables, it provides 221% of your daily Vitamin C!
First up in our healthy recipes: pesto salmon! Bright green basil pesto is a natural fit with baked fish! This pesto salmon is an easy weeknight meal that also works to impress guests. Salmon is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and a great source of protein (source).
Here’s a Tex Mex favorite recipe that's a great way to infuse loads of veggies: Vegetarian Faijtas! These are so satisfying, they please everyone around the table: even the meat lovers! It stars our favorite fajita veggies, blackened in the oven and finished on the stove, and pinto beans cooked in a flavorful fajita sauce. It’s so satisfying, you’ll promptly add it to your regular rotation.
Here’s how to make a grain bowl! Pair a whole grain, protein and veggies with this amazing tahini sauce to make a healthy, fast and easy dinner. The Easy Canned Chickpeas trick is a life-saver for healthy meals and takes just 5 minutes.
Pesto shrimp is a dinnertime win! Savory basil pesto is a natural pairing with juicy shrimp; serve with pasta or rice for an easy dinner idea. One medium shrimp has only 7 calories, so it’s a great lean protein for a healthy dinner!
Here’s a healthy recipe that makes the most delicious dinner you’ll put on your regular rotation immediately. Try this Tofu Curry! The brilliant red broth is flavored with coconut milk and red curry paste, with the zing of lime and a hint of spicy sweetness. The Thai-style flavors are the perfect way to introduce tofu to those wary of it. And if you’re already a lover (like us!), you’ll appreciate this delightful way to serve it.
Blackened salmon is the ultimate healthy recipe: fast, easy and seasoned to perfection! It’s guaranteed to become a favorite. The homemade blackened seasoning has a savory intrigue and makes a crispy black crust on the outside of the fish.
Did you know stuffed peppers is a traditional Italian way to use up leftover odds and ends in your kitchen? We can’t take credit for this genius move, but here’s our spin on it. Try our favorite healthy stuffed peppers recipe! The filling is seasoned irresistibly with Italian spices, pizza sauce and melty cheese. Even better: it works for many diets.
This pan fried cod is the best white fish you’ll have! Flavored simply with spices and olive oil, it’s healthy, stunning and irresistible all at once. Cod is a great low calorie source of protein and Vitamin B12.
Here’s a fast and easy healthy recipe starring white beans! It takes just 5 minutes in a skillet and they’re full of flavor! Use this trick for cooked or canned beans. Beans may help you live longer: they’re rich in cancer fighting antioxidants and hearty-healthy fiber.
This vegetarian split pea soup is made with a touch of liquid smoke in place of the traditional ham. It’s a filling, easy plant based meal! Split peas are a special type of dried pea that is split in half, making it break down easily into a thick, soup like consistency when cooked.
A 5-minute fast lunch idea! This simple chickpea salad is easy to throw together: the perfect healthy plant based desk lunch or quick fix dinner. Chickpeas are a great way to load up on fiber and plant-based protein.
This easy tofu scramble has the same texture as scrambled eggs, but it’s 100% plant based! It’s a vegan breakfast idea you’ll want to make again and again. Tofu is a great source of protein to start the day.
These healthy banana bread muffins are lightly sweet and made mostly of oats and bananas! They’re blender muffins so they’re easy to make at home. The oats makes them higher in protein and fiber than the standard muffin.
Want a healthy granola recipe that’s actually good for you? Here’s the only recipe you need! The maple pecan flavor is nutrient rich and 100% delicious. This one is only 200 calories per serving with less sugar than usual.
In a measuring cup, stir together the rice vinegar, soy sauce, and chili garlic sauce.
In large skillet or wok, heat the sesame oil over medium-high heat. Add the broccoli, onion and kosher salt and cook 5 to 6 minutes until fork tender, stirring occasionally. Add the shrimp and cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently.
When the shrimp is just about opaque, add the sauce mixture and cook 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Serve with sesame seeds.
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 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.