When you think of healthy dinner ideas, does your nose curl in disdain, remembering those canned peas?

Well, today, a healthy dinner does not need to earn your contempt

Nikole at HealthNut Nutrition is sharing 3 super easy and healthy 10-minute dinner recipes that you can make Monday-Friday night in a pinch!

Oh, and by the way, I included the video transcript in case you would rather read than watch. Go below to see it…

 

 

Healthy Dinner Ideas – Easy Dinner Ideas for Healthy Menu

Yes,  there are tons of healthy dinner ideas which include tasty and nutritious meals you will enjoy.

But, remember fresh ingredients are the key to a good meal you’ll look forward to eating.

Although convenient and tasty, most fast food shops do not constitute a healthy dinner. Overloaded with salt, sugar, additives and preservatives, these dinners aren’t going to rate very high on the healthy scale.

I hear you. “It tastes good! Healthy means yukky and boring fare!” That’s absolutely a myth.

Healthy cooking is becoming a lost art in the United States, a truly sad commentary on our society.

You’d be surprised to learn that even as a non-cook, if you just choose ingredients you like the taste of and combine them in your own style of savoir faire, you’ll be able to produce a few healthy meals you actually like.

The rule of thumb in this cooking without recipes approach is simply to include foods from the major food groups. You can employ the “Dutch eater’s” approach, with segregated foods on a plate that make a healthy and delicious dinner.

For example, a lean fish or piece of chicken and a little sauce, with a mound of rice and your favorite vegetables is a complete healthy dinner that beats the fast food counterpart all across the board.

Quick & Easy Healthy Meals

For those of you who like the one-dish dinner, you’re in luck. Most recipes that claim to be a one-dish meal usually automatically include all the components necessary to be declared healthy.

Fried rice is a good example. You’ve got your grains, protein and vegetables all in one spoonful.

A glass of milk or fruit and yogurt for dessert satisfies the definition of a healthy dinner. Much better than a greasy burger and greasy fries!

If you’re not concerned with your weight, your possibilities expand. Take a batch of lasagna. By itself, it fulfills all the criteria for a dinner you can love to love eating.

With grains, vegetables, meat and cheese, lasagna is truly healthy and nutritious, filling and you don’t even need the classic garlic bread as an accompaniment.

The old standby of soup and salad is another healthy dinner choice. Again, the pyramid of food groups is covered, providing all the nutrition, but most importantly to your taste buds, a yummy dinner.

So shed the memories of the canned pea and get with the modern age. Use olive oil to do your cholesterol level a favor.

Now, use these easy healthy dinner ideas to throw together a dish of your favorite ingredients and enjoy healthy eating every night!

Creamy Coconut Mushroom Chicken

Chicken and mushrooms smothered in a creamy dairy-free golden sauce that is as delicious as it looks and ready in 10 minutes!

Servings: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 2 small chicken breasts 425g thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
  • 2 cups sliced mixed mushrooms shitake, cremini
  • 1/2 cup full fat canned coconut milk
  • 3 to 4 handfuls of fresh baby spinach
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Parsley or cilantro for garnish
  • Plain greek or coconut yogurt for garnish

Instructions:

Step 1: In a large non stick skillet, heat the avocado oil on medium-high heat.

Step 2: Add the chicken strips to one side of the pan and sliced mushrooms on the other side.

Step 3: \Season with garlic powder, turmeric, chill flakes, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir and cover.

Step 4: Cook the chicken on each side for 4 minutes, while tossing the mushrooms occasionally to sautė them. Depending on the thickness of your chicken you may need to cook for an extra minute or until no longer pink in the center.

Step 5: Turn the heat up to high. Pour in the coconut milk and toss in the spinach. Stir, cover, and cook for another 2 minutes.

Step 6: Uncover the pot, stir and let sit for 2 minutes with the heat turned off to thicken up sightly.

Step 7: Serve on brown basmati rice or quinoa and garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro and a dollop of yogurt. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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Three-Bean Turkey Chili

This hearty chili is packed with lean ground turkey, three types of beans, spiced to perfection and cooked in diced tomatoes. A delicious comforting meal that’s ready in 10 minutes!!

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 lb extra lean ground turkey (450 g)
  • 1 clove garlic minced, or 1 tsp minced garlic from a jar
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp cayenne
  • 1 can seasoned canned diced tomatoes I used petite cut stewed tomatoes with green pepper, celery, and onion by the brand Aylmer Accents)by the brand Aylmer Accents
  • 1 cup canned refried pinto beans
  • 1 ½ cups cooked or 1 can 15oz/398mL) black beans, drained and rinsed15oz/398mL) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 ½ cups cooked or 1 can (15oz/398mL) red kidney beans, drained and rinsed cooked or 1 can (15oz/398mL) red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Plain Greek or coconut yogurt for garnish
  • Sliced green onions for garnish
  • Corn Tortilla Chips on the side for dipping

Instructions:

Step 1: In a large pot, heat the avocado oil on medium-high heat.

Step 2: Add the turkey, garlic, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, cayenne and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Step 3: Break up the meat with a spatula, then cover and cook for 5 min, stopping halfway to stir and break up the meat.

Step 4: Add the crushed tomatoes and refried beans, stir well to combine then cover and cook for 1 minute.

Step 5: Stir in the black beans and red kidney beans, cover and cook for another 3 minutes, stirring halfway to prevent sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Step 6:Uncover the pot and simmer on high heat for 1 min, stirring often to evaporate some liquid and thicken the sauce.
Step 7: Serve hot with a dollop of plain greek yogurt and sliced green onions with corn chips. Store any cooled leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days.
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Shrimp Fried Cauliflower Rice

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 clove of garlic minced or 1 teaspoon minced garlic from the jar
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger grated
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 1/2 lb. or 12 large raw shrimp tail removed and defrosted if using frozen
  • 1/2 teaspoon chinese five spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
  • 4 cups cauliflower rice or 1 small head of cauliflower grated
  • 2 cups mixed frozen vegetables corn, green beans, green peas, carrots
  • 3 tablespoons tamari
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 large eggs
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Sliced green onions for garnish
  • Black sesame seeds for garnish

Instructions:

Step 1: In a large pot, heat the sesame oil on medium. Add the garlic, ginger and onions and sauté for 30 seconds.

Step 2: Add the shrimp, Chinese five spice, dried chill and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring continuously until the shrimp is mostly pink and opaque.

Step 3: Add the cauliflower rice, frozen vegetables, tamari, water and stir until well combined. Bring the heat up to high, cover and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 4: Create a well in the middle of the cauliflower rice and break the eggs into the well.

Step 5: Season with salt and pepper and using your spatula, scramble up the eggs to cook for about 1 min until slightly firm before mixing through into the rice and shrimp for another minute until cooked.

Step 6: Serve immediately garnished with sliced green onions and sprinkled with sesame seeds. Store any cooled leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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In conclusion, I hope you found these crock pot healthy recipes ideas, along with Nikole’s healthy dinner recipes to be just what you were searching for!

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