Healthy eating is not about deprivation, it’s about choosing the most nutritious foods possible and enjoying them in sensible portions. Here are six healthy dinner ideas that will help you stay on track without feeling like you’re on a diet.
Oven-Roasted Chicken with Zucchini and Tomatoes
Whole Foods, an American supermarket chain with a wide selection of healthy gourmet products, recently published a recipe for oven-roasted chicken made with zucchini and tomatoes. It’s easy to prepare and tastes absolutely delicious. Just combine two skinless boneless chicken breasts, a yellow pepper, a handful of halved cherry tomatoes and half a zucchini cut into chunks. Season with a pinch of salt, ground black pepper to taste, dried basil leaves or thyme. Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius).
Roast Salmon with Sweet Potatoes and Asparagus
You don’t have to be a gourmet chef or spend hours in the kitchen preparing an elaborate meal. This simple recipe by Tasting Table for roast salmon with sweet potatoes and asparagus takes just 30 minutes to prepare, including heating up the oven. Just layer one large nori sheet on top of two small sweet potatoes sliced into rounds, season with olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius) before adding two skinless salmon fillets seasoned with olive oil, salt and pepper. Top off with five trimmed asparagus spears distributed evenly across the baking dish before continuing to cook for another 10 minutes.
If you’re a taco lover but you’re worried about your carbohydrate intake, this recipe by Cooking Classy for broccoli tacos is a must-try. To make a healthy substitute for taco shells, finely chop two small heads of cauliflower and mix with egg whites from two large eggs. Season with salt and ground black pepper to taste before baking at 425 degrees Fahrenheit (220 degrees Celsius) for 30 minutes. Add a layer of diced onion and shredded cheese atop the tortilla-like base, then add your favorite taco fixings such as lettuce, tomato or salsa.
Salmon with Quinoa Salad
Another fuss-free but tasty recipe by Tasting Table that will take no more than half an hour to prepare is a salmon fillet with quinoa salad. To prepare the salad, mix together one cup of cooked quinoa, diced celery, chopped fresh parsley leaves and two tablespoons of lemon juice before adding in two skinless wild-caught salmon fillets seasoned with salt and pepper to taste.
Ground Beef Stir Fry
If you’re looking for an alternative to beef burgers, this healthy ground beef stir fry by California Food is a must-try. Remove excess fat from one pound of lean ground beef before adding it into a skillet with grape seed oil along with three cloves of minced garlic and half a chopped onion. Season with salt, red pepper flakes and dried basil leaves to taste before sautéing for five minutes. Serve with a side of steamed broccoli, carrots and mushrooms.
Another simple and satisfying dish is a Greek-style chicken by Skinny Taste. Just combine two skinless boneless chicken breasts cut into chunks, one tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil, four cloves of minced garlic, half a seeded and diced cucumber, one cup of halved cherry tomatoes and half a cup of crumbled feta cheese. Top off your gourmet Greek meal with fresh chopped parsley leaves before serving with quinoa or brown rice on the side.