Healthy Dinner Recipe Roundup

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Healthy dinner recipes can only mean one thing… That it’s time to ring in the new year! Goals and resolutions to eat healthier are always on someone’s list so I’ve rounded up the best healthy recipes to start the year off right!

This is a collection of more than 40 incredibly delicious and HEALTHY dinner recipes that will get you started! Start with this Chicken Pasta Salad, this Lemon Parmesan Sardine Pasta, or this amazing Creamy Zucchini Soup!

Collage of healthy dinner recipes.

Amazing and Delicious Healthy Dinner Recipes

A recipe that is healthy and delicious is such a win-win! They are the best kinds of recipes because you can eat them and enjoy them guilt-free! What makes a recipe healthy you may ask? Well, it’s different for everyone! I like to ease up on sugar and salt. Then, add in some turkey meat, vegetables, or fruits and you have yourself a pretty healthy meal! They are absolutely delicious and cooking healthy doesn’t have to be hard! These recipes are simple and don’t take too long to make!

To make things easy for you, I have rounded up all of my favorite healthy dinner recipes that I have. Putting them all in one place will just make it easier for you! That way, you don’t have to go searching for them everywhere. Plus, you know they will be delicious! There is a huge variety to choose from so go ahead and look through this list. There are so many that you are sure to find at least one or two that you love! I know that this is definitely a list that I come back to over and over!

Make it a Healthy Feast!

If you want to finish off these healthy dinner recipes with some healthy sides and desserts then I have a few ideas for you! Eating healthier does not mean that you have to give up delicious food!

Skinny Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken, homemade red enchilada sauce, and cheese combine with better for you ingredients. They are full of amazing flavor and you don’t have to compromise on taste!
Ingredients: vegetable oil, all-purpose flour, chili powder, (8 ounccan tomato sauce, water, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, chicken, (7-incwhole wheat flour tortillas, shredded low fat Mexican cheese, Avocados, Tomatoes, Low fat sour cream, Cilantro

Winter Pomegranate Orange Quinoa Salad with Creamy Lemon Greek Yogurt Dressing

A mouthwatering winter salad with quinoa, spinach, mandarine oranges, and crunchy pistachios. Topped with a creamy lemon greek yogurt dressing and feta cheese this makes one unforgettable salad!
Ingredients: quinoa, spinach, mandarine oranges, pomegranate seeds, pistachios, crumbled feta cheese, juice from one fresh lemon, apple cider vinegar, sugar, minced garlic, plain Greek yogurt, extra virgin olive oil, salt, freshly ground black pepper

Zucchini Noodles

Zucchini noodles are the perfect low-carb option for pasta night. Use these 3 cooking methods to add a little healthy goodness to dinnertime!
Ingredients: zucchini, salt and pepper, olive oil

Slow Cooker Creamy Cilantro Lime Chicken

Tender and juicy seasoned and pan seared chicken thighs slow cook with a flavorful and light cilantro lime sauce. This meal is packed with flavor and absolutely delicious!
Ingredients: boneless skinless chicken thighs*, Chili Powder, cumin, paprika, pepper, olive oil, chicken broth, lime juice, heavy cream, cilantro, cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon cold water

Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki

Easy to make chicken gyros that only take minutes to throw into the slow cooker! They are light and delicious and packed with delicious flavor!
Ingredients: boneless skinless chicken breast, onion, garlic, dried oregano leaves, salt, pepper, olive oil, red wine vinegar, Juice of ½ medium lemon, water, plain greek yogurt, cucumber, garlic, white wine vinegar, dried dill weed, dried oregano leaves, Salt and pepper, Juice of ½ medium lemon, extra-virgin olive oil, warm pita bread, red onion, red pepper, romaine lettuce, cucumber, sliced tomatoes
Spinach Feta Turkey Burgers with fresh spinach, salty crumbled feta cheese and a super tender turkey patty topped with lemony greek yogurt.

Spinach Feta Turkey Burgers

Spinach Feta Turkey Burgers with fresh spinach, salty crumbled feta cheese.
Ingredients: fresh spinach, garlic, yellow onion, dried oregano, Kosher salt, ground black pepper, feta crumbles, ground turkey, hamburger buns, green leaf lettuce, tomato, Greek yogurt, lemon, kosher salt, ground black pepper

Roasted beet, quinoa, and carrot salad

This roasted beet, quinoa, and carrot salad is packed with healthy and good-for-you ingredients! It’s super flavorful and has the best lemon dressing!
Ingredients: medium beets, medium carrots, olive oil,, Fine sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper, mixed greens lettuce, quinoa (uncooked), honey roasted sliced almonds, crumbled goat cheese, red wine vinegar, and ½ tablespoons dijon mustard, dried oregano, dried basil, garlic, olive oil, large lemon

Oven Fried Chicken Tenders

Oven Fried Coconut Chicken Tenders – tender chicken breaded in a delicious coconut panko mixture and baked to crispy perfection!
Ingredients: unsalted butter, boneless skinless chicken tenders or 4 chicken breasts, flour, sea salt, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, black pepper, large eggs, milk, Panko breadcrumbs, shredded sweetened coconut, dried basil, dried parsley

Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Delicious and healthy mexican turkey stuffed peppers with quinoa. Quinoa provides added protein, fiber and minerals and a delicious new texture!
Ingredients: large bell peppers, Kroger® lean ground turkey, red onion, garlic, tomato paste, Kroger® Black Beans, Kroger® petite diced tomatoes, Kroger® sweet corn, Kroger® tri-color quinoa, chili powder, cumin, Juice of one lime, salt and pepper to taste, Kroger® Sharp Cheddar Reduced Fat Cheese

Berry Quinoa and Kale Salad

A delicious berry, quinoa, and kale salad perfect for healthier eating goals!
Ingredients: red quinoa + 1 cup water, large leaves regular kale, coarse sea salt, lemon, fresh strawberries, fresh blackberries, fresh raspberries, red grapes, dried blueberries, pistachios, crumbled Feta Cheese, Store-bought Balsamic Salad Dressing

Slow Cooker Jerk Pork with Caribbean Salsa

A delicious and light slow cooked pork with amazing spices and caribbean salsa on top.
Ingredients: boneless pork shoulder blade roast, garlic, Jerk Seasoning, coarse salt, lime, fresh orange juice, avocado, mangos, red onion, fresh cilantro, fresh lime juice, salt and pepper

Chicken Chimichangas {Baked or Pan Fried}

Try these chimichangas either baked or pan fried with tender chicken, stuffed Mexican filling all wrapped in a soft but crispy crust on the outside. These will become a family favorite!
Ingredients: cooked and shredded chicken, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, salsa, Colby jack cheese, cream cheese, green onions, can refried beans, burrito size tortillas, olive oil

Skinny Fettuccini Garlic Alfredo

A lightened up garlic alfredo sauce that is delicious and creamy and coats the pasta perfectly!  Half of the calories and you won’t even be able to tell! 
Ingredients: whole wheat fettuchini pasta, Butter, garlic cloves, flour, 1% milk, Reduced Fat Cream Cheese, garlic powder, italian seasoning, salt, pepper, grated parmesan cheese, chopped fresh parsley for garnish

Turkey Stuffed Peppers

Turkey Stuffed Peppers combine ground turkey, tons of vegetables, and pepper jack cheese into a satisfying healthy low carb meal.
Ingredients: whole bell peppers, olive oil, ground turkey, yellow onion, garlic, small zucchini, diced tomatoes, salt, pepper jack cheese.

Skinny Baked Cream Cheese Taquitos

Amazing Baked Cream Cheese taquitos with healthier ingredients!
Ingredients: cooked and shredded chicken, ⅓ less fat cream cheese, plain greek yogurt, salsa, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, green onion, Cilantro, Lime Juice, Colby Jack Cheese, small wheat flour tortillas

Peanut Ginger Noodles

Ginger, Lime, garlic and peanut butter create a luscious Thai sauce for these whole wheat noodles! A delicious and flavorful meal that is under 400 calories!
Ingredients: lime peel, lime juice, reduced sodium soy sauce, water, sesame oil, creamy peanut butter, fresh ginger root, garlic cloves, salt, pepper, whole wheat linguine, fresh broccoli florets, carrots, sweet red pepper, green onions

Skinny Slow Cooker Kung Pao Chicken

Skinny Slow Cooker Kung Pao Chicken is a delicious chicken coated in a sweet and spicy sauce with tender vegetables and crunchy cashews. Skip the takeout, this is so much healthier and better!
Ingredients: black pepper, salt, boneless, olive oil, **4 – 6 dried red chili peppers, roasted cashews, red bell pepper, zucchini, low-sodium soy sauce, water, honey, hoisin sauce, garlic , grated fresh ginger, dried red pepper chili flakes, cornstarch or arrowroot powder, water

Perfect and Juicy Baked Chicken

This perfect and juicy baked chicken will be sure to get a WOW at your next family get-together! It is seasoned with a delightful array of spices and baked to perfection! Your tastebuds will thank you later!!
Ingredients: chicken breasts, brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, Italian seasoning, garlic powder

Tuscan Basil Chicken

A quick and easy 30 minute meal that is packed with flavor and a meal that the family will love!
Ingredients: chicken breasts, large carrot, large onion, celery stalk, crushed tomatoes with basil, oregano, and garlic, parmesan cheese, basil, salt, pepper, olive oil

Italian Chopped Salad

Italian Chopped Salad is stuffed with flavor and texture that is highly satisfying. Full of classic Italian flavors, this salad is going to be a huge hit at your next gathering!
Ingredients: romaine, pepperoncinis, cherry tomatoes, olives, red onion, italian salami, mozzarella cheese, Recipe for Homemade Italian Dressing

Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Chicken Quinoa

A creamy skillet dish that is loaded with good-for-you ingredients.
Ingredients: uncooked quinoa, unsalted butter, all-purpose flour, finely chopped red bell pepper, roughly chopped artichoke hearts, roughly chopped fresh spinach, milk, chicken bouillon powder, Italian seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, plain Greek yogurt, shredded cooked chicken, shredded Italian cheese blend, Panko bread crumbs, dried parsley, Johnny’s Garlic Seasoning, butter spray or ½ Tbl. melted butter

Mango Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

Mango shrimp in a lettuce shell and topped with a fresh, zesty, mango salsa. This light lunch is the perfect meal!
Ingredients: medium shrimp, frozen mango chunks, Thai sweet chili sauce, butter, butter lettuce leaves, sweet mini peppers, an avocado. diced, a mango, diced red onion, cilantro, green onion, lime juice, a pinch of garlic seasoning, a pinch of cayenne pepper

Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup is rich, creamy, savory, and just like a warm hug in a bowl.  Classic fall flavor welcomes in the cooler weather with a perfect blend of spices and ingredients.
Ingredients: butternut squash, celery stalks, small onion, shredded carrots, Granny Smith apple, vegetable stock, fresh thyme, of cinnamon, salt and pepper, heavy cream

Air Fryer Zucchini Pizza Bites

Air fryer zucchini pizza bites are the perfect low-carb way to eat your pizza and love it too! Quick and easy these make a perfect snack, appetizer, or light meal any time of the week!
Ingredients: zucchini, salt and pepper, marinara sauce , mini pepperoni, sliced olives, mozerella cheese, Italian seasoning, chopped basil for garnish

Honey Lime Quinoa Fruit Salad

Quinoa, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and mango combine in this incredible salad. The fresh fruit and quinoa are glazed with a honey lime dressing and it will be a hit wherever it goes!
Ingredients: quinoa, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, mango, honey, lime juice, basil

SKINNY SLOW COOKER BACON RANCH CHICKEN

I made this tonight for my family and they all devoured it saying this is definitely 5 stars! 
Ingredients: butterball turkey bacon strips, minced garlic, ranch dressing mix, (10.75 oz) can condensed cream of chicken soup, fat-free sour cream, chicken breasts, pasta

Sausage Pumpkin Pasta

This sausage pasta recipe with pumpkin sauce is an easy dish to make — it takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish. 
Ingredients: olive oil, extra lean sausage, garlic, onion, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, chicken broth, canned pumpkin, heavy cream, ground nutmeg, Salt and pepper, penne pasta, Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Blackened Cajun Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa

Blackened Cajun Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa are made with so many fresh ingredients and the blackened cajun shrimp takes it to the next level with flavor! These are some healthy and delicious tacos you have got to try!
Ingredients: jumbo shrimp peeled and deveined, cajun seasoning, olive oil, roma tomatoes, 11 ounce can yellow corn, drained, 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained, red onion, avocados, chopped cilantro, juice of one lime, salt and pepper to taste, crumbled feta for topping, flour tortillas for serving

Avocado Basil Pasta

Avocado Basil Pasta is the perfect salad for summer! Full of ripe creamy avocados, crisp bacon and juicy tomatoes, you and yours truly are going to love this!
Ingredients: dried bow tie, avocados, ripe tomatoes, bacon, fresh basil, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, ground black pepper, salt, parmesan cheese

Honey Lemon Ginger Chicken

A light and delicious meal that is full of amazing honey lemon ginger flavor that the family will love!
Ingredients: chicken breasts, salt and pepper, olive oil, garlic, ginger, honey, fresh lemon juice, zest, apple cider vinegar, low sodium soy sauce, cornstarch

Quinoa Fried ‘Rice’

My favorite better than takeout fried recipe made with quinoa!  It adds protein and all of the benefits of quinoa and you won’t be able to tell a difference in this better for you dish!
Ingredients: quinoa, vegetable oil, white onion, frozen peas and carrots, soy sauce, sesame oil, eggs, green onions

Grilled Honey Dijon Garlic Pork Tenderloin

Grilled Honey Dijon Garlic Pork Tenderloin is juicy, tangy, flavorful, and cooks up quickly and easily. With a dish this healthy and delicious, you will love having it in your weekly dinner lineup!
Ingredients: pork tenderloin, salt and pepper, olive oil, Dijon Mustard, Honey, Garlic Cloves, fresh parsley for garnish

Skinny Chicken Pesto Bake

I feel like this is something I would have ordered at a nice restaurant but was able to make it at home. This was absolutely fantastic! It will definitely not disappoint.
Ingredients: chicken breasts, salt and pepper to taste, skinny basil pesto *see recipe below, Roma tomatoes, reduced fat mozerella cheese, parmesan, fresh basil, garlic, parmesan, salt and pepper to taste, olive oil

Slow Cooker Kalua Pulled Pork

This Slow Cooker Kalua Pulled Pork is tender, smokey and melt in your mouth perfection. Get that authentic Hawaiian Luau pork flavor at home with this super simple, 3 ingredient masterpiece.
Ingredients: Pork Butt Roast, Coarse Hawaiian sea salt, Liquid Smoke, Buns for Sandwiches

Skinny Chipotle Black Bean & Turkey Enchiladas

I love turkey meat and black beans. The spices and flavor in these were awesome.
Ingredients: ground turkey, black beans, chopped green chilis, garlic, onion, cilantro, chili powder
salt, 6 inch low carb whole wheat flour tortillas, reduced fat shredded mexican cheese, garlic, chipotle chilis in adobe sauce, tomato sauce, chipotle chili powder, ground cumin, fat free chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste

Crock-Pot Lentil Soup

Crock-Pot Lentil Soup is a simple yet elegant dish prepared in a slow cooker. French lentils are simmered with chopped vegetables for a hearty and wholesome appetizer.
Ingredients: extra-virgin olive oil, diced red onion, diced celery, diced carrots, minced garlic, dried herbs de Provence, French lentils or lentils du puy, can diced tomatoes, vegetable broth or stock, kosher salt, black pepper, sliced brown mushrooms, chopped kale, chopped parsley

Slow Cooker Asian Lettuce Wraps

These lettuce wraps were so delicious that they reminded me of a nice restaurant. 
Ingredients: uncooked ground chicken breast, green onions, water chestnuts, shredded carrots, frozen sweet soybeans, reduced sodium soy sauce, Chinese style hot mustard, reduced sodium teriyaki sauce, rice vinegar, ground black pepper, reduced sodium chicken broth, hoisin sauce, butterhead or iceburg lettuce, Asian Chili Sauce, Sesame seeds, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sweet chili sauce, creamy peanut butter, water

Jerk Chicken

Jerk Chicken is a delightful Caribbean chicken recipe that is spicy, sweet, zesty, and has the most delicious crispy skin. Marinating the chicken overnight makes it flavorful and juicy.
Ingredients: bone-in skin on chicken , (packed) brown sugar, ground allspice, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, garlic powder, dried thyme, salt, grated fresh ginger, habanero or serrano peppers, Juice of 1 lime, olive oil, Scallions, for garnish

Skinny Taco Soup

This is our family's go-to taco soup recipe.  I know there are a lot of taco soup recipes out there that claim they are the world's best and so life-changing, but I think this is the only one you need.
Ingredients: ground lean turkey meat, cans or 1 big can of diced tomatoes, taco sesaoning , can tomato soup, can dark kidney beans, small cans diced olives, can corn

Skinny Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

This skinny slow cooker honey sesame chicken is easy to make and delicious tasting. My family loves it!
Ingredients: boneless chicken thighs, honey, low sodium soy sauce, ketchup, Vegetable oil, garlic, diced onion, red pepper flakes, cornstarch, red pepper flakes, sesame seeds

Baked Coconut Shrimp

These super easy baked coconut shrimp will deliver in a flavor so delicious they will be sure to be a favorite among all of your guests! They are golden and crispy and baked to perfection.
Ingredients: large shrimp, eggs, flaked unsweetened coconut, panko breadcrumbs, all-purpose flour, garlic powder, paprika, Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Baked Honey Sesame Chicken

The sauce has a sweet honey flavor to it and is absolute honey sesame perfection. If you love chinese and make one thing from my blog, make this!
Ingredients: chicken breasts, cornstarch, eggs, salt and pepper, canola oil, honey, soy sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, minced garlic, cornstarch, additional sesame seeds for garnish

Skinny Baked Cream Cheese Taquitos

Amazing Baked Cream Cheese taquitos with healthier ingredients!
Ingredients: cooked and shredded chicken, ⅓ less fat cream cheese, plain greek yogurt, salsa, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, green onion, Cilantro, Lime Juice, Colby Jack Cheese, small wheat flour tortillas

Air Fryer Avocado Egg Rolls

Whether it is for a party or for your own private dinner, Avocado Egg Rolls in an air fryer are the appetizers to make. Crispy and golden on the outside, creamy and decadent on the inside. You have to try these!
Ingredients: avocados diced, red onion diced, Roma tomato diced, chopped fresh cilantro leaves, garlic powder, Juice of 1 lime, salt and pepper to taste, egg roll wrappers, olive oil spray

Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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