350+ 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? 
Pepper Jack Mac & Cheese (Secret Recipe Club) 1

Pepper Jack Mac & Cheese (Secret Recipe Club)

creamy pepper jack macaroni and cheese

I’ve been a little obsessed with pepper jack cheese lately. After basically forgetting that it even existed for a long time, I’ve gone through three bricks of it in about a month. What can I say? It’s delicious on burgers, in grilled cheese, and in eggs. It turns out that it’s also the key to a fantastically creamy, comforting macaroni and cheese with just the slightest bit of extra oomph.

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This recipe for pepper jack mac and cheese comes from Nicole at Colie’s Kitchen. I was paired up with her for this month’s Secret Recipe Club. It’s been a while since I’ve done a secret recipe club post, so if you don’t remember what it’s all about it’s a cooking club where bloggers are paired up with another blog and are tasted with testing out one of their recipes. I’ve had a few big projects going on that have been sopping up all of my creative energy, so it seemed like a good time to give myself a break and try out someone else’s food. I’m really glad that I was assigned to Colie’s blog – it’s great and I had a hard time picking just one recipe to try!

This mac and cheese, which is a riff on her jalapeño monterey jack chicken penne is super creamy, and monterey jack gives it a classic, mild flavor. I opted to leave the chicken out of the pasta itself and served it with homemade baked chicken tenders instead. All in all, it was the perfect comfort food for a rainy Friday night!

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Pepper Jack Mac & Cheese

Pepper Jack Mac & Cheese

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces ridged pasta, such as cavatappi
  • 3 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons white whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 8 ounces (1 brick) Cabot pepper jack light, shredded
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat sour cream

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil; add the pasta and cook according to the directions on the package.
  2. While the pasta cooks, add the bacon to a cold pan. Turn the heat to medium and cook until the fat renders and the bacon crisps, about 7 minutes. Add the butter, onion, bell pepper, garlic, and jalapeno; cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with flour and cook 1 minute.
  3. Pour in the broth and milk and cook until the mixture begins to thicken and starts to bubble, about 10 minutes. Slowly stir in the cheese and sour cream. Drain the pasta, then stir into the sauce.
Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving Calories 489Total Fat 15gFiber 3.5gProtein 26g

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chipotle veggie burger

Smokey Chipotle, Lentil, and Cauliflower Burgers

chipotle veggie burger
I’ve been really lazy about cooking lately. I just haven’t felt like putting together a weekly plan or going grocery shopping… and without a plan, any chance of me cooking goes right out the window. We were both getting kind of cranky about it, so a few weeks ago I promised Shawn that I would actually cook the next day. Of course, I had no inspiration. So I did what any 20-something (err… 30-something) would do – I turned to Pinterest. It’s such a great resource for keeping things organized! I had pinned these gorgeous lentil cauliflower burgers to my “to make” board at some point, and the second I saw them on there I knew what we were having for dinner.

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Chicken and Pepper Pasta {+ Marzetti Giveaway!}

Grilled Chicken and Pepper Pasta

Spring is finally here! It was so gorgeous this weekend that I wanted to spend every second possible outside. From the looks of my blog analytics, we’re all on the same page… there weren’t very many people looking at recipes this week and I definitely don’t blame them. I have the perfect recipe for you though – it takes practically no time or effort at all. If you have a burner on your grill, you can even make the whole thing outside (and it will be done in even less time, since those grill burners are so hot that they bring water to a boil in the bat of an eye!)

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Farro Risotto with Roast Mushrooms

farro risotto with roast mushrooms from healthy-delicious.com

Do you ever have one of those days where by the time you get home from work you’re so tired of thinking that the idea of cooking dinner seems like a form od cruel and unusual punishment? (Please tell me it isn’t just me!) I’ve been having a lot of those lately, which is why there was a full week between the time I bought the ingredients to make this farro risotto with roasted mushrooms to the time that I actually made it. 

Of course, once I did make it, I regretted waiting so long. The recipe is so simple and requires almost no thought at all. And those roast mushrooms… have you ever had roast mushrooms? They might just be the things that dreams are made of. The flavor gets concentrated in the oven, making them super earthy and woodsy. They add so much flavor to the risotto that you hardly need to add anything else at all! (Of course there isn’t much that can’t be improved by topping it with a poached egg!)

Roast Grape and Goat Cheese Flatbread from Healthy-Delicious.com

Roasted Grape + Goat Cheese Flatbread

Roast Grape and Goat Cheese Flatbread from Healthy-Delicious.com

I have a terrible habit of never leaving good enough alone. I always want more. I get greedy.  One of these days I’ll finally learn that some things – like, say, coding a blog – are best left to professionals. I was tinkering around with the site the other day, and I messed things up pretty badly.  Like, I couldn’t access my log in page. And then I attempted to fix it myself and all hell broke loose. After a few late nights, a LOT of coffee, and several long chats with tech support, and a considerable amount of freaking out, everything seems to be back up and running properly. (If you notice something isn’t working right, please let me know!)

bean and chorizo stuffed peppers from healthy-delicious.com

Bean + Chorizo Stuffed Peppers

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Shawn’s first reaction to these bean and chorizo stuffed peppers was, “wow, these are really cheesy!” Surprisingly, there’s actually not that much cheese in them at all. Just like the sweet potato enchiladas I posted a few weeks ago, it’s all the magic of refried beans.

Balsamic Chicken and Mushrooms & a Giveaway 6

Balsamic Chicken and Mushrooms & a Giveaway

simply dressed balsamic chicken with mushroom

Balsamic chicken with mushrooms might not be the prettiest dish to look at, but it tastes absolutely lovely. The chicken is browned on the outside and juicy  in the middle, the mushrooms are earthy, and the balsamic gravy has the perfect touch of sweetness. Served over creamy parmesan polenta with a bitter green vegetable like broccoli rabe or swiss chard on the side, this is the kind of meal that will leave everyone (including the cook!) impressed.