Healthy Dinner Ideas for Every Occasion

Cooking and eating healthy dinners can help you stay on track with your health and fitness goals. However, it can sometimes be tricky to know just what to make for dinner that fits with your healthy eating regimen while stimulating your appetite. Fortunately, there are tons of simple, quick and healthy dinner ideas to try. Check out some favorite healthy dinner recipes and cooking tips below for some healthy cooking inspiration!

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Tips for Cooking Healthy Dinners

Cooking healthy doesn’t have to be difficult or boring. Here’s a few useful tips to help you keep things interesting in the kitchen:

1. Mix it up.

Certain healthier foods may taste a bit bland on their own. Combine them with other, more flavorful foods for delicious results.

2. Don’t over-complicate things.

Dinner doesn’t have to be incredibly difficult or require a ton of effort. Easy dinner ideas are ideal for those with busy lives.

3. Variation is key.

Try different recipes to keep things interesting, because nobody likes eating the same foods every day.

4. Partner up.

Cooking healthy meals is easier when you have someone to hold you accountable. Team up with a good friend or partner and commit to preparing easy-to-make dinners or two.

Healthy Weeknight Meal Ideas

healthy meals

Sometimes you’re worn out after a long day at work and you just want a simple but healthy meal. Try these recipes for quick and easy healthy dinner options:

Chicken Breasts with Chipotle Green Onion Gravy

chicken breasts

Delicious, filling, and reasonably healthy, this meal can be made in just 20 minutes. All you need to do is pound out the chicken, place it in a skillet and cook it thoroughly. Then, remove the chicken and mix broth, onions and chipotle chili powder in the skillet, and return the chicken to the skillet to coat with the gravy. Bam! A flavorful meal made in no time.


Total time: 20 minutes

Serves: 2 people

Beef Teriyaki

beef teriyaki

This recipe is a delicious, healthier alternative to takeout. Simply heat some oil in a skillet before throwing in the beef and stir-fry. Then, stir in Campbell’s Condensed Golden Mushroom Soup, soy sauce, and brown sugar before adding vegetables. Lower the heat, cover the skillet and cook until the meat is done. Serve over rice and enjoy!


Total time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4 people

Healthy Dinners in Under 30 Minutes

30 minute dinner

Just because they’re quick, doesn’t mean they’re not delicious! These 30-minute meals are perfect for when you’re in a rush or need a recipe that’s fast and easy to prepare:

Fresh Tomato Ravioli Recipe

fresh ravioli

This ravioli recipe is great for a quick and easy meal it serves up to 4 and only takes 15 minutes to prepare. Start by cooking the pasta without salt. Meanwhile, heat Kraft Sun Dried Tomato Vinaigrette Dressing in a skillet and add garlic and tomatoes. Drain the pasta, mix in the tomato sauce and sprinkle on cheese.


Total time: 15 minutes

Serves: up to 4 people

Delicious Dumplings

homemade dumplings

Ready in just 20 minutes, these dumplings are the perfect addition to a vegetable soup. Simply mix flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a bowl before adding milk to make it doughy. Then, drop these babies into a heating soup or stew and let sit for 15 minutes. Serves up to 6 people.


Total time: 20 minutes

Serves: up to 6

Healthy Dinner Ideas for Vegetarians

vegetarian meals

With the vegetarian movement in full swing, it only makes sense that some delicious recipes came to fruition. Let’s look at a couple:

Zavioli with Spinach and Ricotta

zavioli with spinach and ricotta

Zavioli is ravioli but made from zucchini instead of pasta. It’s a low-carb, healthy meal option that will make you happy to be eating well. Simple mix ricotta cheese, egg, pepper and spinach in a bowl before adding ground basil, oil, and garlic. Then, slice up some zucchini, top with the cheese mixture and roll up the filled zucchini slices. Place it in the oven for 20 minutes. This recipe serves up to 4 and takes under an hour to make.


Total time: 55 minutes

Serves: up to 4 people

Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad

vegetable pasta salad

This healthy dinner recipe requires some chopping of healthy veggies, but it’s otherwise quick and simple to prepare. Place sliced squash and red peppers onto a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees F. Cook pasta on your stovetop while the veggies are baking. Once the pasta and roasted vegetables are done, blend in a bowl with KRAFT Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing and mayo and you’re good to go!  This delicious hot or cold and may be served on a bed of leafy green lettuce and topped with chopped tomatoes if serving cold. 


Total time: 1 hour

Serves: 6 people

Black Bean Chili

healthy black bean chili

This is a chili recipe even meat eaters will love. In a large saucepan, heat some oil, then combine vegetables and sauté for 10 minutes. Add seasonings, vegetable broth, and black beans and bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Take 1-1/2 cups of the mixture and puree it in a blender, then add it back into the saucepan. Serve alone or over rice for a tasty and filling meal you can make in no time!

Total time: 40 minutes

Serves: 8 people

Healthy Ideas for Dinner Parties and Celebrations

healthy dinners for party

Hosting a gathering? Look at these time-saving, healthy dinner ideas to cater to crowds:

Southwest Quinoa Burgers

quinoa burger

This Southwest Quinoa dinner recipe is full of protein and is sure to delight all your guests. It serves 8 and only takes an hour to make from start to finish. Start by cooking the quinoa for about 15 minutes. Then, add eggs, garlic, bread crumbs, and additional ingredients and mix well. Mold the mixture into burger patties and heat the patties in a hot skillet for around 8 minutes. Add your tasty quinoa burgers to some buns and serve!


Total time: 1 hour

Serves: 8 people

Slow Cooker Chicken Barbecue

healthy barbecue

This is one of those easy dinner recipes that can cater to many. Simply mix a bowl of barbecue sauce, salad dressing, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce. and pour it over chicken in a slow cooker. Let the dish sit in the slow cooker for three to four hours then serve up to 6!


Butternut Squash & Prosciutto Flatbread

squash flatbread

This dish requires an hour and 15 minutes of prep time and serves up to four. Double the recipe to serve a larger group. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Melt butter in a skillet, throw in the squash and cook for 6 minutes while stirring, then add seasonings. Spread the concoction on a baking sheet and place in the oven for 15 minutes.


Now that you’ve seen what’s possible, get out there and create some fantastic, easy healthy dinner ideas. For additional tips, recipe inspiration and savings, don’t forget to download the Fetch Rewards app