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Easy And Healthy Recipes for Dinner

Dhanya Joy Mar 13, 2020
After a long day at work, all one wants to do is to have a quick dinner and then hit the bed. Tiredness takes over our will to cook something fancy, which requires some time. So here are a few healthy dinner recipes that will definitely help you in such situations.
Healthy recipes, that are easy as well, are required by every household since spending too much time on cooking dinner is not preferred, unless, it is a celebration or a holiday. Getting dinner prepared quickly also enables spending quality time with the family.
Cooking a full-fledged dinner after a long and tiring day at work, is also not a feasible option for working moms. Most people rely on fast food, often junk food, to tackle such situations, which obviously is not very healthy. So here are a few easy dinner ideas and healthy recipes, that you can prepare in 30 minutes or less and are yummy too!

Healthy Dinner Recipes

Chicken Breasts with Mushroom Cream Sauce

  • Boneless chicken breasts, trimmed, 2
  • Chicken broth, ¼ cup
  • Cream, 2 tbsp.
  • Mushroom caps, thinly sliced, 1 cup
  • Shallot, minced, 1
  • Fresh chives, 2 tbsp.
  • Canola oil, 1 tbsp.
  • Ground pepper, ½ tsp.
  • Dry white wine, 2 tbsp.
  • Salt, ¼ tsp.
  • Coriander leaves, for garnishing

Chicken Breasts :
  • Marinate the chicken well with salt and pepper.
  • Heat the canola oil in a pan, drop into it the chicken breasts and cook both sides well until it turns golden-brown.
  • Remove from heat, place in a plate covered with foil and keep aside.
Mushroom Cream Sauce:
  • Heat the canola oil in a shallow pan and add the shallots.
  • Cook until it starts emitting fragrance and then add the mushroom caps to it.
  • Cook them until they turn tender for around 2 minutes.
  • Pour the dry white wine into the pan, simmer and cook for a minute and a half.
  • Then, pour in the chicken broth and cook until it reduces to half its quantity.
  • Add the cream and chives to this, simmer and cook for about 2 minutes.
  • Transfer the chicken breasts from the plate to the pan and let them cook well in the mushroom sauce.
  • Coat the chicken breasts with the remaining mushroom sauce and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
  • Serve with rice or garlic bread.

Peanut Ginger Pasta

  • Whole-wheat spaghetti, 8 oz.
  • Smooth peanut butter, ½ cup
  • Ginger, minced, 1 tsp.
  • Fresh vegetables like broccoli, carrots and green peas, 12 oz.
  • Chilly-garlic sauce, 1½ tsp.
  • Soy sauce, 2 tbsp.
  • Boil a large pot of water and put the spaghetti into it. Once it turns tender, add the fresh vegetables and let them cook.
  • In the meanwhile, make the sauce by whisking together peanut butter, chilly-garlic sauce, soy sauce and minced ginger in a large bowl.
  • Once the spaghetti and vegetable have cooked well and are tender, remove them from the heat and drain.
  • Keep aside one cup of drained water. Rinse the spaghetti and vegetables in cool water and add the drained water to the sauce and mix well.
  • Toss the spaghetti with the sauce and serve hot.

Baked Chicken with Rice

  • White rice, cooked, 1-½ cup
  • Boneless chicken breast, 1 lb.
  • Frozen corn, 2 cups
  • Eggs, 2
  • Whole wheat bread crumbs, 1-½ cups
  • Brown rice, cooked, 1-½ cups
  • Canned black beans, rinsed and drained, ¼ cup
  • Heat the oven to 425°F. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs and one tablespoon of water.
  • Cut the chicken breast into strips and dip the strips into the whisked eggs.
  • Then, coat the chicken strips with the bread crumbs and bake for around 12 minutes.
  • Cook the beans and corn in a microwave until they turn tender, for around 2 minutes.
  • Serve the baked chicken with the mixed brown and white rice along with beans and corn.

Porcini-Parmesan Frittata

  • Porcini mushrooms, dried, 2 cups
  • Olive oil, 1 tbsp.
  • Egg whites, 6
  • Salt, ½ tsp.
  • Parmesan cheese, preshredded, ½ cup
  • Freshly ground black pepper, ¼ tsp.
  • Eggs, 4
  • Place the mushrooms in a pan, add some water and let it cook for around 2 minutes.
  • Once they are a little tender, remove them from the pan and pat them dry with a paper towel.
  • In a bowl, add the eggs, salt and pepper and whisk well. Add the mushrooms and the Parmesan cheese and whisk well.
  • Heat some olive oil in a shallow pan and pour the frittata mixture.
  • Cook for around 3 minutes till the egg turns brown and then turn over to the other side and cook until the side turns brown.
  • Serve with whole wheat bread.
Try out these really easy healthy recipes and enjoy a nutritious and tasty dinner every night!