Healthy eating doesn’t have to mean eating flavorless meals that take forever to prepare. We’ve rounded up nine easy, healthy dinner recipes your whole family will love. Loaded with veggies and lean protein, these low calorie recipes fit any diet and are tasty enough that even kids will eat them!
Whether you’re following a vegan, vegetarian or keto diet, we’ve got something for you!
Strawberry and Avocado Spinach Salad
Craving something sweet but wanting to keep it low-cal? This fruity summer salad is sweet and creamy, topped with ripe strawberries and sliced avocado. The flavors in this salad are perfectly balanced by the addition of salty feta cheese and crunchy nuts.
To add extra protein, you can always add grilled chicken, sliced steak or even shrimp! This salad is sure to be a favorite in your home as a quick and easy dinner recipe or a refreshing side for any barbeque. Clocking in at 340 calories per serving and packed with vitamins, there’s nothing about this recipe we don’t love!
Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos
Any way you slice it, cauliflower is a dieter’s best friend. The hearty veggie is low in calories, high in fiber and surprisingly nutritious. This recipe for buffalo cauliflower tacos is a healthy, delicious way to upgrade Taco Tuesdays – plus, it’s completely meat and dairy free.
The spicy, tangy buffalo cauliflower nuggets are topped with a fresh crema that gets its creamy texture from avocado. We doubt you’ll have any leftovers, but if you do, these healthy nuggets also make a great spicy snack!
Greek Turkey Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce
Classic burgers get Mediterranean upgrade in this Greek turkey burger recipe. These lean burgers each contain under 400 calories and are loaded with flavor.
One of the things we love best about this recipe is that you can prep your patties and sauce in advance and cook the burgers up in a matter of minutes. For an even lighter meal, just swap the buns for a whole wheat or lettuce wrap!
Keto Beef and Broccoli Stirfry
Swap your sugary takeout for this keto homemade beef and broccoli. Not only is this homemade version low carb and high protein, but it also takes under 10 minutes to make! It’s also loaded with nutrients including vitamins A and C, iron, calcium and potassium.
If you’re looking for something more, you can pump up the takeout theme by adding a side of 10-minute keto cauliflower fried rice! Full in veggies and even more protein, this super healthy side is also incredibly filling and only 177 calories per serving.
Shrimp Scampi with Broccoli Orzo
Sneaking veggies into a classic Italian dish, this lightened up shrimp scampi feels like a splurge but is completely guilt-free. Shrimp is a naturally lean source of protein, and along with broccoli, contributes several vitamins and minerals to this dish.
This recipe layers buttery garlic shrimp over a mixture of orzo pasta and fresh broccoli. Drizzled with fresh lemon juice and parmesan, this scampi is just as bright and comforting as the classic, at less than 300 calories per serving.
Blackened Catfish with Mango Avocado Salsa
We love the combination of bold and fresh flavors in this recipe for blackened catfish with mango avocado salsa. The homemade spice rub comes together in a matter of minutes and is full of flavor, with a hint of smokiness from the paprika.
Topped with fresh mango salsa, this dinner brings the tropical flavors of an island vacation to your kitchen for a fun, easy way to spice up weeknight dinners. Although filling, the light flaky fish and fruit won’t weigh you down – this recipe is less than 400 calories per serving and loaded with vitamins A and C, protein and a host of other nutrients.
Vegetarian Coconut Curry
This coconut currry recipe is ultra comforting and creamy. The recipe is so versatile – you can add any veggies you love and either cook this one on your stovetop or just throw it in a slow cooker. You can also keep it vegetarian, make it vegan or add your favorite lean protein!
However you choose to make this, it’s loaded with vegetables and nutrient-rich coconut milk. Plus, this recipe includes turmeric which is widely known to reduce inflamation.
Low Carb Cheesy BBQ Chicken Stuffed Zucchini Boats
These cheesy barbeque chicken stuffed zucchini boats have everything you need in comfort food: flavorful sauce, chunks of meat and a topping of melted cheddar cheese. With all these ingredients loaded on top, you won’t even realize that the base is a healthy vegetable!
The loaded zucchini boats are also a great way to integrate veggies into family dinners, luring kids in with the savory barbecue sauce and cheese. In addition to being an all-in-one dinner, these are also great for parties!
Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Another way to get kids (and adults) to eat their veggies is to hide them in this creamy cauliflower vegan mac and cheese! Topped with a crispy breadcrumb topping and vegan parmesan, this is a healthy homemade dinner that will keep you coming back for seconds… or even thirds!
The creamy cheese sauce is completely dairy-free, made with sweet potatoes, cashews, nutritional yeast and more healthy ingredients. The other great thing about this cheese – you can make extra and use it for nachos or drizzled over loaded baked potatoes later in the week!