Healthy Dinners: Three Recipes that Will Help Maintain A Healthy Diet

After a long day at the office or running the kids around to soccer, dance class, and band practice, the last thing you want to do is come home and make dinner. But you have to eat.  And if you have teenagers, you better have a hearty meal planned otherwise they will be back in the kitchen looking for something to munch on before you wipe the dinner dishes clean. The solution: healthy dinners in under 30 minutes.

Grocery shopping and prepping meals can be time-consuming, You want to eat and you want to eat healthily but you also want to eat NOW. This is the reason the fast food industry is a multi-million dollar business. We like ease and convenience but today’s consumer is also concerned about health and nutrition.

Because being trim and fit is important, we need to find solutions that are better than fast food bacon burgers and baskets of french fries. We need healthy dinners and recipes that don’t challenge our skillet skills.

To satisfy all your needs we put together 3 recipes for healthy dinners we know you will love. Your taste buds will be pleased, your wallet will be happy, your kids will be full and the reflection in the mirror will smile back at you as the pounds fall off. Looking good just got a lot easier with our selection of healthy dinners that can you can prepare in 30 minutes or less. But the best part is the ingredients we use in our healthy dinners are easy to find at your local grocery store.  There is no need to stop at the health food store or specialty shop for these healthy dinners.

We start off with a chicken recipe. If you are like us, sometimes chicken can be a bore. It is a healthier meat choice but we need to make it exciting. This usually takes lots of creative ideas, sauces and that dreaded marinating. Chicken is such a perfect meat because it absorbs many herbs, spices, and flavors. It is easy to turn chicken into an exotic tasty meal and that is one reason it is so popular.  But we want outstanding taste without the long wait. In the healthy dinner recipe below you will discover you can make chicken magnificent with only a few powerful ingredients. Garlic has anti-bacterial properties, so expect your immune system to feel boosted. The lemon is a refreshing flavor with detoxing and cleansing effects. We made the butter optional because we understand some people want to eat healthy dinners without dairy. However, if you can tolerate the ingredient, we suggest you dribble some on your chicken. Studies are now showing butter has incredible health benefits and is loaded with vitamin D.

 

Balsamic Garlic Chicken

Balsamic Garlic Chicken

  • Prep time: 5 mins
  • Cook time: 13 mins
  • Total time:  18 mins

Ingredients 

  • 3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon Cayenne Powder
  • 5-6 cloves of Garlic
  • 3 ripe medium-sized Tomatoes
  • ⅓ cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 1 tablespoon Butter to finish sauce (optional)
  • 2 large handfuls of rinsed Fresh Spinach

INSTRUCTIONS

 

  1. Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper and cayenne powder.

  2.  Place pan on medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

  3. Swirl oil around the pan.

  4. Add chicken breasts and then reduce heat to medium.

  5. Cover for 5 minutes  or longer, depending on the thickness of  breasts.

  6. Flip chicken breasts.

  7. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and close lid for another 5 minutes.

  8. Turn heat to med-low, remove the lid, and add the garlic.

  9. Sauté garlic for 30 seconds, till color turns a light brown.

  10. Add tomatoes.

  11. Add balsamic vinegar and ⅓ cup water. Cover and simmer on medium heat until tomatoes are softened (about 5 minutes).

  12. Add lemon juice.

  13. Add in 1 tablespoon of butter right before serving to get a slight richness to the sauce.

  14. Serve over a bed of spinach and top with the balsamic-lemon sauce.

This dinner is perfect the way it is. The bed of fresh spinach adds iron to the meal. but some people love side dishes. If that is the case we suggest a quick cook rice. We love wild rice or brown rice for extra nutrients and B vitamins.

Hearty Tacos with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

Hearty Tacos with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

Ground meat at your local grocery store or butcher is easy to find. Because we have so many options today, you may want to get assistance from the butcher or meat manager at your preferred place of business. If you are concerned about where your meat is coming from and how it is raised many grocers now offer, free range or organic meats to choose from. Ground turkey is best if you are looking for meat that is low in fat but for this dish healthy dinner recipe we prefer ground lamb. Lamb is traditionally used in gyros and our delicious cucumber yogurt dressing will take your taste buds to the isle of Greece. It really is that good. Traditional gyros are made with flatbread, but feel free to use corn taco shells if you want to avoid bread, grains, and gluten when making your healthy dinners.

Ingredients

  • 1 (6-ounce) container plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 4 multigrain or sprouted flatbreads
  • 1 cucumber
  • 12 ounces lean ground beef, turkey or lamb
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can unsalted diced tomatoes

Instructions

1. Preheat broiler to high.

2. Combine yogurt, olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1/8 teaspoon salt.

3.  Toast flatbreads to your liking.

4. Cut green peppers into thin slices.

5. Cut cucumber into 1/4-inch slices.

6. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground beef to pan, stirring to crumble.

7. Add green peppers and canned tomatoes to pan. Stir and cook 6 minutes.

8. Stir in remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt.

9. Spread 1 tablespoon yogurt mixture on each flatbread half.

10. Divide meat mixture evenly among flatbreads. Top evenly with cucumber slices and remaining yogurt mixture.

Nothing says healthy like a vegan meal. This fantastic taco dinner recipe has zero cook time because there s no meat to prepare. However, you will need a blender or food processor to make your “meat” mixture, which is actually made from walnuts. With the right equipment using nuts as a meat substitute is easy. Plus your meal will be loaded with antioxidants and much-needed minerals. If you aren’t familiar with raw vegan meals, don’t dismiss the idea. We promise the experience will be surprising. Vegan meals can be scrumptious if you use the right ingredients. Clean up time is usually quick too because there are no pots and pans to wash. Going vegan does not have to be a full-time lifestyle, but it will jump start your energy levels and get you that slim, sleek, healthy figure you have been craving.

Raw Vegan Tacos

Raw Vegan Tacos

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: Zero
  • Total Time: 30 minutes

Taco Shells

  • 12 leaves of romaine lettuce

Walnut Meat

  • 2 cups raw walnuts
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pinch of cayenne

Pico De Gallo

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • juice of 1 lime
  • salt to taste

Additional Toppings

  • Avocado
  • low-fat cheese.
  • shredded carrots

Cashew Sour Cream

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked 4-6 hours
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions  

  1. Blend all taco meat ingredients in a food processor until walnuts break down into small crumbs. Do not over mix or the nuts will turn into a buttery paste. Remove from processor and set aside.
  2. Combine the ingredients for the pico de gallo topping. Place in refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Drain and rinse cashews. Place in a high-speed blender or food processor with the remaining sour cream ingredients. Blend until smooth. Transfer to a glass container and refrigerate until ready to use. Glass cools faster and will keep your sour cream mix firm.

Your Romaine lettuce is your taco “shell”  Place 2-3 tablespoons of walnut meat on the bottom of a leaf. Top with Pico de Gallo, avocado, fresh cilantro, and cashew sour cream. Serve immediately

 

Healthy Dinners – Conclusion

We love to eat, and we love to eat well. Our bodies feel better when we load it up with nutritious whole foods. Chicken and beef provide the protein we need but they also give us extra collagen for clear, smooth skin, longer nails, and thicker hair. Fruits and vegetables are jam-packed with immune building vitamins. Nuts and grains contain vital antioxidants and the list goes on. But how many of these important ingredients are in your diet?

With healthy dinner recipes, you can gain all that your body needs without dining at expensive health food restaurants. We know you are hungry, we know what your body needs and we know you want it fast. With our healthy dinner recipe choices, you can enjoy great food in next to no time.

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