Medically reviewed by Shahzadi Devje, Registered Dietitian (RD) & Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)
The best healthy recipes for a dinner menu are tasty, nourishing, and can be pulled off - without breaking a sweat! Assembling meals for your family may feel overwhelming during this unique time. And besides work and kids, you may also be struggling with emotional eating.
Healthy Dinner Recipes For Your Family
If you're looking to get "back-to-routine," you'll love this collection. They're fantastic as those "regular everyday kind" recipes, but their deliciousness also lends itself beautifully to more grand occasions. This dinner menu is a good mix of one-pot/sheet pan meals that freeze and reheat well, easy to make, and feature some of our favourite family-friendly desi dishes - brimming with ethnic South Asian flavours.
Isn't dinner time the best? Honestly, I've been trying hard to gather the herd around the table because I think it's the perfect vehicle to connect. Given a choice, I know my cheeky monkeys would be happy to be left on their own accord. Although not always possible, they do enjoy joining in on my healthy cooking adventures.
Health Seekers, it's time to skip those "on-repeat" boring meals and serve up these healthy dinner recipes for your family. Whether you're looking for colourful salads, foolproof fish or plant-powered 30-minute creations (bonus: I've also added some easy healthy recipes done and dusted in 20 minutes), you'll find plenty of colourful ideas. We're talking, gluten free pilau, healthy chicken dishes, quick and easy curries using heart-healthy cooking oils, like olive oil, and easy dinner ideas using pantry staples, such as black beans and chickpeas.
Bear in mind, though, these are recipes I regard part of an everyday healthy eating pattern, but what's healthful for one "body" is not fundamentally healthy for another. If you have specific health issues, restrictions, dietary concerns or cultural preferences, talk to a suitable registered dietitian. You can also find dietitian-approved Desi~licious meal plans at the link.
Your Dinner Menu
Vegetable Quinoa and Garlic Shrimp Recipe
Slow Cooker Vegan Black Eyed Peas Recipe
Vegan Shepherd's Pie
Jewelled Persian Rice
Egg Curry Recipe With Turnips
Desi Pumpkin Bean Burger
Oven-Roasted Baingan Bharta (Indian Eggplant Recipe)
Daal Makhani | Coconut Lentil Curry
Vegan Chickpea Curry Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
The Best Healthy Chili Recipe You'll Ever Eat
Grilled Tandoori Chicken
30-minute Healthy Recipes
Lazy Vegan Tikka Masala (Wholesome & Hearty!)
Wholesome Veggie Omelette (Desi-Style!)
Easy Tomato Soup With Fennel
Vegan Kebab Recipe
Bharazi (Vegan Coconut Curry)
Egg Bhurji (Indian Scrambled Eggs)
Mediterranean Style Crispy Tofu Recipe
Tandoori Cauliflower Tacos
20 Minute Pan-Fried Basa Fish Fillets
Portobello Mushroom Leek Pizza
Ginger Lime Chicken with Broccoli
Kale and Quinoa Salad
Dinner Recipe Ideas Done in 20 minutes or less
In the recipe below, I show you how to use this tomato sauce to create THREE simple heart healthy recipes to enjoy at dinner.
20-Minute Tomato Sauce
15-Minute Easy Salad Recipe
Coconut Shrimp Curry
Easy Lemon Pepper Salmon
Tomato Asparagus Frittata
Okra Recipe (Bhindi)
Fed up with hearing that the ONLY way to health is cutting out your favourite foods. Fix meal planning overwhelm with:
- Done-for-you meal plans that will end your cooking wars!
- A selection of mouthwatering eco-friendly and plant-focused whole food recipes, complete with grocery lists.
- Food shopping and meal prep tips to make the most of your time in the kitchen and take the guesswork out of what to eat and how to prepare it!
What healthy recipes are your go-to for your dinner menu? Have you tried any of my dinner dishes before? Share in the comment section below!
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Shahzadi is an award-winning registered dietitian (RD) regulated by the College of Dietitians of Ontario and a certified diabetes educator (CDE), approved by the Canadian Diabetes Educator Certification Board. A notorious foodie, she's dedicated to helping you end your cooking wars, transform your health, and be the best version of yourself! Shahzadi is an on-air nutrition expert for CTV Your Morning and a regular contributor to other national media outlets.