Healthy Weeknight Dinner Recipes

Looking for dinner ideas for tonight? These healthy weeknight dinner ideas are perfect when you’re tired of takeout but don’t know what to make for your family. 

With over 300 healthy dinner ideas (that taste good!) you’ll be sure to find a ton of new favorites for your family. These nourishing homemade dinner recipes focus on fresh produce, lean meats, and whole grains so you feel healthy inside and out.

This collection of healthy weeknight dinners includes plenty of options no matter what diet you follow -- from gluten free and low carb recipes to Whole 30 and Paleo options to healthier spins on classic comfort food favorites. 

You’ll also find tons of sheet pan dinners and one pan meals that make clean up so easy! 

Your whole family will love this sheet pan chicken recipe with crispy gnocchi and my favorite goulash soup. In the summer, grill up some Greek burgers. Or make an easy marinade for sirloin tip steak as a quick Monday night meal. 

Who knew healthy could taste so good -- or be so simple? 
Instant Pot Chicken Carnitas 1

Instant Pot Chicken Carnitas

This Instant Pot chicken carnitas is a delicious and versatile 8-ingredient dinner that’s ready in just about a half-hour! Serve in tortillas for tacos, over nachos on a salad, or in a baked potato.

Summer Zucchini Salad 2

Summer Zucchini Salad

Zucchini salad is a super simple side dish made with just 5 ingredients! This healthy recipe will be a favorite on your table all summer long.

Chicken Caprese One Pot Pasta 3

Chicken Caprese One Pot Pasta

Fuss-free one pot pasta is a meal the whole family will love! This 20-minute recipe is inspired by caprese salad, with fire-roasted tomatoes, mozzarella, and plenty of fresh basil. You’ll look forward to eating it all summer long!

overhead view of tabbouleh salad in a white bowl.

Cauliflower Tabbouleh Salad

Cauliflower tabbouleh is a healthy summertime staple. This easy, no-cook side dish keeps well in the fridge and goes with everything from burgers to grilled chicken — or serve it with hummus and pita chips for an easy appetizer! It’s low cal, low carb, and gluten-free but most of all, it’s absolutely delicious.

Air Fryer Empanadas 4

Air Fryer Empanadas

Crispy, crunchy air fryer empanadas are so easy to make at home without the mess or uncertain timing of deep-frying. These come out of the air fryer perfectly crisp and golden brown every time. Plus you can use any filling you want, which makes them great for picky eaters!

Baked Crab Cakes (with Minimal Filler!) 5

Baked Crab Cakes (with Minimal Filler!)

This Maryland crab cake recipe is baked in the oven instead of fried, so they come out perfect every time with less oil. My simple recipe uses minimal filler (and no mayo!) for the best texture and intense crab flavor. They’re so easy to make, with just 5 steps.

Creamy Mushroom + Quinoa Soup 6

Creamy Mushroom + Quinoa Soup

This creamy mushroom and quinoa soup is one of my new favorites. It’s warm and hearty, with tons of nutrition. Even better, this vegan mushroom soup is entirely plant-based!

Harvest Kale Salad with Pomegranate + Apples 7

Harvest Kale Salad with Pomegranate + Apples

Harvest kale salad is a healthy recipe that’s perfect for winter and fall. Kale is massaged with a tangy lemon vinaigrette, then topped with crunchy apples, juicy pomegranates, and protein-packed quinoa for tons of flavor and texture in every bite.