Healthy Weeknight Dinner Recipes

Find healthy, delicious weeknight dinner recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Mustard-Maple Pork Tenderloin

Rating: 5 stars 34
Pork tenderloin is about as lean as it comes so it's a great healthy option, but it shouldn't be overcooked as it can dry out. Maple and mustard make a sweet-and-savory mahogany-colored sauce. A delicate note of sage gives it a wintery touch. Fresh thyme or rosemary also work if you prefer. Serve with barley, roasted squash and a Pinot Noir.
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Lemon-Garlic Shrimp & Vegetables

Rating: 4 stars 17
Here's a healthy twist on shrimp scampi. We left out the butter and loaded the dish up with red peppers and asparagus for a refreshing spring meal. Serve with quinoa.
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Grilled Fish Tacos

Rating: 4.5 stars 12
Instead of deep-frying the fish for these tacos, we coat the fish with a flavor-packed chili rub and grill it.
Bruce Aidells
By Bruce Aidells

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili

Rating: 4.5 stars 90
Make a double batch of this quick vegetarian chili, full of black beans and sweet potatoes, and eat it for lunch the next day or freeze the extras for another night.
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Chicken & Spinach Skillet Pasta with Lemon & Parmesan

Rating: 4 stars 53
This one-pan chicken pasta combines lean chicken breast and sautéed spinach for a one-bowl meal that's 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.
By Devon O'Brien

American Goulash

Rating: 4.5 stars 24
American goulash, also known as old-fashioned goulash, is the perfect economical family meal. The pasta cooks right in the sauce, so this satisfying dish can cook in just one pot.
By Carolyn Casner

Slow-Cooker Chicken & White Bean Stew

Rating: 4 stars 19
This load-and-go slow-cooker chicken recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. Serve this Tuscan-inspired dish with crusty bread, a glass of Chianti and a salad.
By Adam Dolge

Slow-Cooker Chicken & Chickpea Soup

Rating: 4 stars 28
This set-it-and-forget-it slow-cooker recipe simmers away all day so you come home to a warm and healthy dinner the whole family will love. Using bone-in chicken is the key to making rich soup without adding broth.
By Carolyn Malcoun

Slow-Cooker Mediterranean Diet Stew

Rating: 4.5 stars 10
With a focus on vegetables, fiber-rich legumes and healthy fats, this slow-cooker stew fits the bill for those following the Mediterranean diet. Swap out the chickpeas for white beans for a different twist, or try collards or spinach in place of the kale. A drizzle of olive oil to finish pulls together the flavors of this easy vegan crock-pot stew.
By Sarah Epperson

One-Pot Spinach, Chicken Sausage & Feta Pasta

Rating: 4 stars 21
A little bit of Sunday meal prep goes a long way in this one-dish pasta recipe. The pasta is cooked ahead of time and stored in the fridge to use for meals all week, but any leftover cooked pasta you have on hand will do. Chicken sausage with feta is especially good in this recipe.
Katie Webster
By Katie Webster

Slow-Cooker Arroz con Pollo (Chicken & Rice)

Rating: 4.5 stars 5
This one-pot chicken dinner, inspired by the traditional dish of Spain and Latin America, comes together easily in the crock pot. The instant brown rice is added near the end, to keep it from overcooking.
By Laura Walsh

One-Pan Chicken Parmesan Pasta

Rating: 4.5 stars 28
This chicken Parmesan pasta uses the one-pot pasta method to cook your noodles, chicken and sauce all in one skillet for a fast and easy dinner with minimal cleanup. Finish the dish under the broiler to achieve a delicious melted cheese crust.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer
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Roast Chicken & Sweet Potatoes
Caramelized sweet potatoes and red onion are the bed for chicken thighs that cook up fast in a very hot oven—perfect for a quick healthy chicken dinner.
Chicken Cutlets with Creamy Spinach & Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Rating: 4.5 stars 9

Serve these saucy, ultra-quick chicken cutlets over your favorite pasta. This easy dinner recipe is sure to become a new weeknight favorite.