Food is the basic necessity of life. Without food, living a life is impossible. And, in today’s world, we have the endless food items to choose and eat from. Each region and each locality has its own specialty and texture in food.
Whether it is the Italian pasta or the Chinese Manchurian balls- the foods though common, have different recipes. And, when we further narrow down our category to dinner, we have limited choices with the food recipes.
The word “healthy” sets another standard for your dinner.
We know that you are busy in your work and prone to stress and depression in this sedentary lifestyle. And, you have countless things to take care of and the responsibilities to undertake.
In such a situation, remaining healthy and fit is quite a challenge. By controlling your eating habits and choosing the correct food, you can stay in shape and also combat the various health issues.
Worried about the health recipes? We are here to help you. But let me make it clear that what does “healthy” exactly means. Healthy means that it should be able to give you proper amount of nutrients.
Nutrients include protein, carbohydrates, fat, water, vitamins and minerals. Let us make all these nutrients come into your dinner meal!
Healthy recipes for dinner at home
Here are a few recipes which are low on calorie and easy to make. Just next to perfect for your healthy dinner! No need to go out for dinner or order food from outside when you can have the same experience at your home with extra advantages!
- Mushroom Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
We usually use meat, cheese or simple common vegetable fillings generally. Why not try mushrooms this weekend? And, the rolls are made up of cabbage.
The preparation time is almost an hour, so you can think of preparing this healthy food on weekends at least!
Take about 8 to 10 large cabbage leaves. For the filling, you will require the following ingredients:
- Olive oil- 1 tablespoon
- White onion- 1 unit, finely chopped
- Garlic cloves- minced
- Crimini mushrooms-finely chopped
- Salt and pepper for taste
- Half a cup of white wine
- Rosemary or thyme- 1 tablespoon
Rolls are incomplete without the sauce. For the sauce, you need the olive oil, garlic cloves, tomato sauce and white wine.
Let’s focus on the cooking now! Heat a large pot of water. Bring to a boil. Add the cabbage leaves and reduce the heat to simmer. Cook for about 5 minutes till the cabbage leaves become soft and do not fall into pieces.
Now, drain the water out and keep the leaves at the side.
Time to make the filling!
- Take a saucepan, put some olive oil and heat it over the medium flame.
- Now, add the onions and garlic. Sauté till the ingredients in the pan become soft and quite golden.
- Add mushrooms. Salt and pepper should be added according to your own taste.
- Cover the pan with the lid and cook for about 5 minutes.
- Add white wine and let it cook till the fluid gets evaporated. The white wine gives the flavour to your mushrooms.
- Add rosemary or thyme.
Now, take the pan off from the flame and keep it at the side to cool down the contents.
As soon as the contents cool down, you have to mash them, i.e. crush them more so that they become finer and no lumps could be seen.
What about the sauce?
- Warm some olive oil in a pan on medium flame.
- Add garlic, tomato sauce and stir.
- Put the heat to simmer and now add the white wine.
- Let it cook for a few minutes till you see the sauce thickening. 10 minutes would give you a well cooked sauce.
Now, you have the leaves and the filling. Spread the cabbage leaf flat and take about 1 tablespoon of filling. You can have the filling according to your own choice.
Just remember that the filling should neither come out nor be too less. Fold the sides and roll. Make the rolls compact. Do this with each leaf and arrange them in the plate.
Plating is all under your control- pour the sauce over or take it at the side- it has to go inside your stomach soon!
- Butternut Squash, Chickpea and Kale Curry
The name is not so happening, but the recipe and taste is! For making this, you will need some essential ingredients. Do you have coconut milk, fish sauce, and chicken stock or curry paste?
This recipe full of healthy ingredients is unique and special. You can add your own twist to it.
You will need a full can of coconut milk, curry paste- whether yellow or red, onions finely chopped and butternut squash which is peeled and cut into cubes.
You have to take a bunch of kale. Do you know what a kale is? It is the leaf cabbage and belongs to the Brassica family. Tear out the leaves and finely chop the stem.
Take some chickpeas. Rinse them and drain. Also, have about one and a half cup of chicken stock. The vegetarians can use any vegetable stock. If you have the fish sauce, take about 2 tablespoons of it. Have brown sugar and lemons in addition.
Cooking time! Aye, Aye Captain! Take a saucepan, and heat it over a medium flame. Put some coconut oil and add the curry paste to it. Simmer for about a minute till you smell something really good.
Time to add the onions! Simmer for three more minutes and then add butternut squash, kale stems, chickpeas and the coconut milk. Stir and slowly add the chicken stock along with the fish sauce and brown sugar.
Cover with the lid and bring all the contents to a boil. Now, remove the lid and cook for another 8 to 10 minutes to let the moisture evaporate. Add kale leaves and mix the contents for a few minutes more.
The final touch is given by the lemon. Squeeze the lemon and season the dish according to your own taste. Use any suitable sauce or topping. Serve now!
- Roasted Beets and Carrots with Lentils
We do not find the salads full of beetroots and carrots very interesting. Do we?
But, this healthy dinner recipe will urge you to be made once again. There are the lentils and the lemons as well to give it an amazing texture and tangy taste. Let us look at what you shall need to cook this dinner recipe!
- Take about a cup of yellow or red lentils. They should be boiled with no water residual.
- Beetroot and carrots should be properly peeled and chopped off in small cubes.
- Half a tablespoon of butter
- Salt and pepper according to the taste
- Spring onions should be finely sliced
- 1 garlic clove that is minced
- Parsley should be chopped as well.
- Lemon juice or sliced lemon which can be squeezed over
As you have the cooked lentils by your side, toss the vegetables on a parchment lined baking sheet, with butter. Add salt and pepper according to your own taste.
Roast the contents till the cubes become tender. Let the vegetable cool down. Now, you have everything cooked and prepared. Take a bowl and put the lentils, beetroots and carrots. Mix them with the spring onions, parsley and the lemon juice! Eat!
- Slow Cooker Lime Chicken with Rice
This is, obviously, for the non vegetarians and chicken lovers. All you need is the skinless, boneless chicken breast halves and about two cups of chicken broth. 1/3rd cup of the lime juice should also be with you.
About 1 clove of garlic which is minced. Also have about 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 cups of uncooked instant rice.
The negative point is that this requires about 8 hours of cooking. Place the chicken breasts into a slow cooker and pour the lime juice. Also, put the chicken stock along with the garlic, pepper and butter.
Cover the cooker and cook on LOW till the chicken becomes soft and tender. The flavours are instilled in the chicken very well. You have to cook it for hours and hours! When at the last only 15-20 minutes are left, add the rice. Serve when done plating and garnishing!
We have mentioned just the 4 healthy recipes. A whole range is available with the millions of sites. Match your keywords with the recipe you desire to make and enjoy your time making as well as eating it!
Easy healthy dinner recipes for family
When you have a family, whether a joint or a nuclear one, the dinner choices vary. The kids have a different choice than the elders. Here we have the recipes which are easy to make and believe us, everyone will love it.
- Wagon Wheel Beef Soup
This is pasta with soup dish. Healthy and tasty! Kids will love the attractive shape and elders will love the taste. All you need is the 2 and a half cup of uncooked wagon wheel pasta.
Do have the chopped onions and spaghetti sauce with you. You should also have the beef broth cans of low sodium content for the taste of beef. Use the oregano seasoning and kidney beans with no salt added.
You must be well aware of the method of cooking pasta. Cook pasta accordingly and do not put salt and any fat. Drain the pasta and keep it aside. Now take a pan in which you cook pasta.
Add any oil which you use at your home. Make sure you use the least amount of it. 1 tablespoon will work. Pasta tastes best in olive oil, but if you don’t have it, then you can always use the one at your home.
Use HEALTHY oil! Put the onions, cook over medium flame and add beef broth. Continuously stir till the meat becomes brown and then add pasta with the remaining ingredients. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes and then serve.
The calorie per serving is 223, and the fats are 4.2g. Protein content is 17g along with 29g of carbohydrates.
- South-western Chicken Roll ups
The appearance of this healthy dinner recipe makes my mouth go watery! Again, for this recipe, you will need skinless, boneless chicken breast halves. Use the cream and cheese with less fat.
Picante sauce will give your dish an exclusive Mexican taste. Also, you will need the cilantro sprigs or coriander sprigs. Use the one easily available in your locality.
The crunchy texture will be given to your rolls by the breadcrumbs. Use Italian or Mexican seasoning in breadcrumbs.
You have to make the chicken breasts into small beaten up size. Use picante sauce, sprigs and cheese to add the flavour to your pounded chicken. Use rolling pin to make it flat, and then slowly roll with narrowing the ends.
Make the rolls completely covered with breadcrumbs. Now, heat some olive oil or any healthy oil in a pan. We are not supposed to deep fry the rolls. Only the surface need to be made a little golden and cooked.
You can use the toothpicks to fix the rolls to avoid opening up.
The calorie per serving is 257 and the fats are only 5.8g. Protein content and calcium content is high, and this makes this recipe healthy for you and your family.
- Mini Roasted Cauliflowers with Tomato Sauce
Finally we have something for the vegetarians! You will need the following ingredients:
- Olive oil (1 tablespoon)
- Onions should be finely chopped
- Carrots should be chopped in small cubes
- Take about 250g of mushrooms and chop them as well in small cubes
- About 350 ml tomato puree or passata
- Take the favourable sauce, the one you like the most.
- Take about 4 to 5 small cauliflowers. They should be whole.
- Take about 75g of baby spinach
Take some olive oil in a pan and heat it over the medium flame. Add onions and cook till they become quite transparent. Now, add the carrots and mushrooms. Cook for 10 minutes.
Add the tomato puree/passata and the sauce. Simmer for about 10 to 12 minutes. You will need a microwave to pop the cauliflowers and cook them till they become soft to be eaten.
In an ovenproof bowl, put the baby spinach at the bottom as the lowest layer of your dish. Top with the cauliflowers and add the sauce which has all your mushrooms and carrots.
Cover with the foil properly and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Now, take out the bowl, add the cheese on the top and any other seasoning you wish to add. Keep the bowl back again into the oven for the cheese to melt.
Take out and enjoy the vegetable fun!
Most simple healthy dinner recipes
Dinner is the meal of the day which creates lots of confusion and stress! What to cook and what not to cook! And, the taste! And, the time! The homemakers need to look at each aspect of the dinner. And, most important of all, the food should be healthy.
To simplify the conventional and typical method of making a healthy dinner, we have the simplest recipes to try. Solve the numerous questions regarding dinner going in your mind and opt for any of the recipes!
- Veggie Curry
The best part in this curry is that you can take as many vegetables as you want. Let this curry be full of surprises for your family. You can take squash, carrots, bell peppers (yellow and red both), beetroot and cabbage.
All the vegetables should be diced properly or finely chopped. Take some coconut oil as well. Ginger and garlic should be minced. Full fat coconut milk can be used.
Take about 1 tablespoon of the red curry paste, which is a key ingredient of Thai food. Soy sauce and corn starch are also needed. Take a lemon as well.
Now, heat some coconut oil in a pan over the medium flame. Add the vegetables and cook for a few minutes till they become soft and tender. Add ginger and garlic, and cook for a few minutes more.
Stir the contents well while cooking. On the other side, whisk together the remaining ingredients, that is, the coconut milk, corn starch, curry paste and the soy sauce.
When the vegetables are well cooked, put the sauce over the vegetables. Let the curry thicken up and add flavours to the vegetables. Remove and let the contents cool down a little bit.
Add lemon juice and you can serve this curry over rice. You can have the simple steamed rice or brown rice. The curry is full of flavours and taste, and is really easy and quick to cook.
- Power Veggie Dinner Bowl
This is a dish that can be eaten hot or cold, and is full of nutrients. The preparation time is just 15 minutes and the healthy content makes it rich in flavours as well!
You will need the following:
- Sunflower seeds
- Salt and pepper according to the taste
- Olive oil
- Garlic should be finely chopped
- Chickpeas should be cooked, drained off water and dried.
- Baked sweet potato, which is peeled and cut into pieces.
- Soy sauce
- Kale leaves and stem chopped
- Brown rice
Over the medium flame, roast sunflower seeds along with the honey. Use only two tablespoons of honey. Salt and pepper should be added according to your own taste.
Now, put the honey and seed mixture over the parchment paper and place it inside the refrigerator.
Now, while your seed mixture is cooling for brittle, you can heat a pan over a medium flame and add olive oil to it. Add garlic and chickpeas. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the sweet potatoes.
Cook till you can see the golden brown appearance of the contents. Add honey and cook till “caramelization“occur. Set it aside. Take a large bowl now for serving.
Put the kale leaves combined with the lemon juice. Place the chickpea and the sweet potato mixture over your cooked brown rice. Add the topping of the sunflower brittle. Enjoy your healthy meal!
Healthy dinner recipes for kids
Making kids eat the healthy food is a real challenge for most of the parents. Children are usually not so obedient to follow what the elders say and eat whatsoever is given to them.
They are very preferential about their food and do not eat what they don’t want to eat. On top of that, they really don’t like the green leafy vegetables and pulses.
Thus, we need to have some twists and turns in our cooking methods and recipes which should impress the little kids and make them eat the healthy food.
- Cauliflower Pizza
Children run away when they hear the name of the cauliflower in any dish, but since this is the pizza, which is their favourite food, they will be curious to know about what you really are going to make. This is very simple and easy. Have the following ingredients:
- Cauliflower, of about 250 grams
- Eggs, one or two
- Oregano seasoning
- Cooking spray
- Tomato puree
- Mozzarella cheese
- Sweet corn
- Red pepper or green pepper should be cut into thin strips
Process the cauliflower in a blender and put the contents in a microwave safe bowl. Keep the oven at 200C and gas 6. You have to cook the cauliflower for about 5 to 7 minutes till it becomes soft and tender.
Add oregano, parmesan, eggs and extra seasonings accordingly. Now, spread the cauliflower mix you just made on to a baking tray.
The baking tray should be lined with a non-sticky baking paper. Use the cooking spray and bake for about 10 minutes.
Now, mix the tomato puree with some hot water. You can also use a saucepan to thicken your tomato puree and give it a typical saucy taste.
Spread the prepared sauce on the base and add the toppings of sweet corn, mozzarella cheese and pepper strips. Cook for another 10 minutes.
Take it out and then serve. You can also make it attractive for your child by adopting various plating techniques.
- Fresh Corn Cakes with Summer Salsa
You will need the following ingredients:
- White whole wheat flour of about 3/4th cup
- Half a cup of plain yellow cornmeal
- About 2 tablespoons of baking powder
- Salt according to taste
- Black pepper grounded, of about 2 tablespoon
- Sour cream
- 2 to 3 eggs
- Olive oil, only 2 tablespoons
- Fresh corn kernels
- Minced jalapeno
- Yellow squash diced into small pieces
- Spring onions should be finely chopped
- Fresh basil leaves
- White wine or vinegar
- Tomato should be chopped
Take the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mix the contents. Now, add sour cream, eggs and about 1 tablespoon of olive oil in the bowl.
Stir continuously till the lumps vanish. Add more sour cream mixture along with the corn kernels and the jalapeno. Keep on stirring. Heat a pan over a medium flame.
Shape the mixture into small patties. You can also use the cookie cutters to give the shape and try the interesting shapes such as hearts, stars, fish and many more. Put some olive oil in a pan to fry a little the patty on both the sides.
Now, mix the squash, spring onions, basil leaves, vinegar and tomato into the heated olive oil in the pan. Toss and turn. Add salt and pepper. You can add the corn kernels as well. Now, on each patty, you can put this over with a salsa Mexican sauce.
Kids love the creativity in food items. They like new things with interesting shapes and ingredients. Make this point as your strength in cooking healthy dinner for your kids!