Healthy Grain Main Dish Recipes

Find healthy, delicious grain recipes including quinoa, rice, couscous and bulgur. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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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.

Easy Tuna Cakes with Greens & Lemon Dressing

Dried herbs, white beans and canned tuna come together in these easy tuna cakes served over greens. A lemony dressing ties this quick dinner together.
By Julia Levy

Skillet Honey-Lemon Chicken Thighs with Potatoes

Moist chicken thighs, tender potatoes and a bright honey-lemon sauce cook together in this flavorful one-pan dinner. It's tasty enough for company, yet easy enough for a weeknight.
By Julia Levy

Quick King Ranch Chicken Casserole

Rating: 4.8 stars
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Usually made by layering creamy chicken and tortillas (lasagna-style), this classic Tex-Mex chicken casserole gets speedier for an easy weeknight dinner when we mix everything together in a skillet, then pop the whole pan under the broiler to make the cheese topping gooey.

Ground Beef & Pasta Skillet

Rating: 4.67 stars
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Sneak extra vegetables into your child's day (and yours too!) with this easy one-skillet pasta recipe. Finely chop mushrooms to resemble the texture of ground beef and stir them into a classic meat sauce for an extra-healthy twist on a dinnertime favorite.

20-Minute Chicken Cutlets with Creamy Pesto Sauce

Rating: 5 stars
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Serve these quick chicken cutlets with creamy pesto sauce over your favorite pasta or zucchini noodles. This easy dinner recipe is sure to become a new family favorite.

Grilled Caprese Chicken

The topping of this caprese-like chicken gets nice and melty on the grill. While you're there, crisp up some crusty bread to serve alongside. It's great for soaking up all the flavorful juices left on your plate.
By Devon O'Brien

Key West-Inspired Chicken

Chicken breast is marinated in soy sauce, citrus and honey and then grilled as a nod to the tropical Key West chicken. A garnish of chopped cilantro and orange slices keeps it sweet and refreshing.
By Carolyn Casner

Spinach & Mushroom Quiche

Rating: 4.55 stars
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This healthy vegetarian quiche recipe is as simple as it gets. It's a quiche without the fussy crust! It's filled with sweet wild mushrooms and savory Gruyère cheese. Enjoy it for breakfast or brunch, or serve it with a light salad for lunch.

Salmon-Stuffed Avocados

Rating: 5 stars
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Canned salmon is a valuable pantry staple and a practical way to include heart-healthy omega-3-rich fish in your diet. Here, we combine it with avocados in an easy no-cook meal.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Healthy Lemon Chicken Recipes

Lemon chicken is a classic favorite for a reason. Lemon's bright flavor jazzes up chicken and together they create a flavor-packed and satisfying dish. Try our Creamy Lemon Chicken Parmesan, Lemon Chicken Stir-Fry, Skillet Lemon Chicken and more.

Grilled Red Snapper

Rating: 5 stars
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This simple grilled snapper has clean flavors and a nice char flavor from the grill. It's well seasoned but not overly spicy. Serve along with grilled veggies or a fresh green salad to make it a meal.