When it comes to healthy dinner ideas, it’s so easy to get stuck: you come home tired from work, and the last thing you want to do is fuss with a complicated recipe that might end up tasting like cardboard. Isn’t it easier to just pick up a cheap burger? It’s not good for you, but it’s quick and you know it’ll taste okay…right?
Well, not anymore. We’ve rounded up 10 of the besat healthy dinner ideas out there: and we can tell you that they’re amazing, because we’ve tried them all. Whether you’re looking for the most epic kale salad ever or a spinach-sweet potato quesadilla that will make your heart hurt through it’s sheer brilliance, these are the easy recipes that are going to revolutionize your dinnertime. We promise.
This amazing green sauce from Argentina is not only the most delicious thing you can possibly put in your mouth, it's also vegan, gluten free and super good for you. Packed with the goodness of cilantro, garlic and flat-leaf parsley, it's a great healthy sauce to add to practically any dish. Though it's traditionally served over steak, we love it mixed with lean ground turkey or chicken, or spooned over quinoa or brown rice. Epicurious' recipe is one of the best, but a word to the wise: half a cup of olive oil is too much. Try 1/3 cup instead.
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Hummus and Grilled Vegetable Wraps.
Summer and grilling just feel right together, but there's no reason that grilling can't also be healthy! These wraps, featuring superfood superstars hummus, zucchini, red bell pepper and spinach, make the most of cooking out while also managing to be perfectly good for you. Sub in any additional veggies that you like (we add grilled red onions), or chill the wraps after cooking for a delicious, cool lunch.
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For those sweltering summer nights when you just can't stand the thought of sitting down to a hot meal, this veggie ceviche comes through to save your life. The hearts of palm are delicious and match perfectly with lots of cilantro; we like to add extra cucumber and a splash of hot sauce to ours to really up the spice factor. Serve with celery sticks or toasted tortillas and enjoy.
Sweet Potato and Spinach Quesadillas.
We love sweet potatoes, but we never thought to put them in between two whole-wheat tortillas until now: and we are the better for it. This recipe takes around half an hour, is really high in calcium and incredibly tasty. Serve with some Sriracha-spiced sour cream (can you tell we like things hot?) for maximum yumminess.
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Healthy Lemon Chicken.
From the brilliant mind of Ina Garten comes this magnificent chicken recipe, filled with lemon, garlic and oregano. It hits all of our healthy dinner goals: it's quick and easy to prepare, makes our entire apartment smell like a dream of an Italian vacation, and since it's cooked in nothing but herbs and lemon juice, is totally good for you. Plus, you can save the leftovers and serve them sliced up over a leafy green salad the next day.
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Beef-Broccoli Stir Fry.
If you're craving something that tastes like take-out but is like 98% better for you, this beef-broccoli stir fry is for you. This sauce is tastier, not to mention healthier, than anything you can get in a restaurant; add in some extra veggies (like green beans and carrot slices) and serve over quinoa for a meal that's packed with even more nutrients.
Marinated Salmon with Mango-Kiwi Relish.
Salmon is one of the healthiest foods out there, and this recipe is a winner: the marinade imparts a little extra zip to the fish, while the mango and kiwi relish is a delightful addition. We like to add diced Clementine segments to the mango and kiwi; it really enhances the flavors and adds brightness to the dish.