Healthy Dinner Recipes

Find healthy, delicious dinner recipes including quick and easy dinners for families, vegan and vegetarian dinners, and dinner party ideas. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Roast Chicken & Sweet Potatoes

Rating: 4.55 stars
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This sheet-pan dinner combines chicken thighs and sweet potatoes for a healthy dinner that cooks up fast in a very hot oven. Serve with a fall salad of mixed greens, sliced apples and blue cheese.

Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto & Shrimp

Rating: 4.7 stars
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Cut some carbs and use spiralized zucchini in place of noodles in this zesty pesto pasta dish recipe. Top with Cajun-seasoned shrimp to complete this quick and easy dinner.

Classic Diner Meat Loaf

Rating: 3.5 stars
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Here's a traditional recipe for a family favorite. Buy the leanest ground beef you can find for this home-style meat loaf.

No-Chop Skillet Chili

Rating: 5 stars
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This dump-and-simmer recipe is terrific for camping--or for dinner on a busy weeknight.

Carrot Soup

Rating: 4.72 stars
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This easy carrot soup recipe is a great way to use up a bag of carrots that were forgotten in your produce drawer. The carrots cook together with aromatics like onions, garlic and fresh herbs before being puréed into a silky smooth soup that's delicious for dinner or packed up for lunch.

Chicken Cutlets with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

Rating: 4.93 stars
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Though a chicken cutlet may be a chicken breast cut in half, this recipe shows how to make chicken cutlets with double the deliciousness. A jar of sun-dried tomatoes does double duty for this healthy dinner recipe. The flavorful oil they're packed in is used to sauté the chicken, and the tomatoes go into the cream sauce.

Creamy Chicken & Mushrooms

Rating: 4.53 stars
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Whether you scored wild mushrooms at the farmers' market, found cultivated maitake or shiitake at the supermarket or just have some baby bellas on hand, this healthy creamy chicken recipe is delicious with any of them. Serve over whole-wheat egg noodles or mashed potatoes.

Chicken & Spinach Skillet Pasta with Lemon & Parmesan

Rating: 3.74 stars
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This one-pan pasta that combines lean chicken breast and sautéed spinach for a one-bowl meal is garlicky, lemony and best served with a little Parm on top. I call it "Mom's Skillet Pasta" and she called it "Devon's Favorite Pasta." Either way it's a quick and easy weeknight dinner we created together and scribbled on a little recipe card more than a decade ago, and it remains in my weekly dinner rotation to this day. It's a simple dinner the whole family will love.

One-Pot Tomato Basil Pasta

Rating: 4.63 stars
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This one-pot pasta with tangy tomato-basil sauce is a simple, fast and easy weeknight dinner. All of your ingredients go into one pot, and with a bit of stirring and about 25 minutes of cook time, you'll have a healthy dinner the whole family will enjoy.

Lemon-Garlic Dump Dinner with Chicken, Potatoes & Brussels Sprouts

Tender chicken breast is bathed in a lemony marinade that brings a bright pop of flavor to this one-dish meal. The vegetables get crispy edges and, along with the juicy chicken, make this a winning combo.
By Karen Rankin

One-Pot Garlicky Shrimp & Spinach

Rating: 4.43 stars
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Shrimp, spinach and garlic brown and cook quickly for a simple one-pot weeknight dinner. A fast pan sauce gets life from zesty lemon juice, warm crushed red pepper and herby parsley. Serve with a slice of whole-wheat baguette to swipe up every last drop of sauce.

Greek Turkey Burgers with Spinach, Feta & Tzatziki

Rating: 5 stars
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Creamy tzatziki and crisp sliced cucumber add a refreshing twist to this easy Greek-inspired burger recipe loaded with feta, spinach and Mediterranean spices. No tzatziki? No problem! Make your own at home by combining plain Greek yogurt with a squeeze of lemon, dill and finely chopped cucumber.
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Scallops & Cherry Tomatoes with Caper-Butter Sauce

Rating: 4.71 stars
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These pan-seared scallops come together in just 20 minutes for a delicious, easy dinner. You'll want some whole-wheat angel hair pasta or polenta to sop up all the rich, briny sauce.