Take the guesswork out of what's for dinner tonight and use these simple, healthy dinner ideas! Eating healthy doesn't have to be terrible. These simple dinner recipes come together in under forty minutes and are perfect for the whole family! Make dinnertime less stressful with this 30-day plan, specific to healthy dinner ideas.
Getting simple dinners on the table can be an overwhelming challenge (which is why sometimes I think having a staple crockpot dinner ready to go is crucial!). Most families don’t want to eat the exact same thing every other day and being creative each night is hard. This is why this 30-day plan for simple, healthy dinner ideas can help!
My biggest pet peeve has always been the question of “what’s for dinner tonight” which is only ever asked thirty minutes before dinner needs to be on the table.
It's why I went through the trouble at one point in writing down what we ate for dinner for two solid months. So that I would have some dinner ideas to fall back on!
And when you’re kid-less, simple healthy dinner ideas are not as big of a deal. It’s easy to whip up a wrap or munch on something and you’ll be fine.
However, it’s a bit trickier with kids and ensuring that your simple dinner recipes are healthy, tasty, and kid-approved. This is why as a mom, I like to have a game plan for what to make for dinner tonight.
Sure, there are some nights that dinner is a random “picnic” of what we have in the fridge. But for the most part, I enjoy sitting down with my family over a nicely cooked (okay decently cooked because I’m always rushing) meal (like comforting, Sunday-night, venison chili)
The Problem With Most Healthy Dinner Recipes
When it comes to many healthy dinner recipes, they're not always practical for busy moms.
- They cannot include twenty ingredients or an hour of prep work. Seriously, weeknight, simple, healthy dinner ideas need to be far less complex
- They have to be healthy. It’s easy to whip up a pot of KD but it’s not what I’d like to feed my girls
- They have to be balanced. Likewise, noodles and tomato sauce is simple but my major goal is to always strive for nutrient-dense foods
The list above seems simple enough but coming up with a healthy dinner recipe idea on the fly each night is not.
So, I’ve done it for you.
To keep myself and my clients more organized I created a 30-day, dinner menu meal plan loaded with real food-based, simple, healthy dinner ideas.
We love these easy, healthy dinner recipes.
These easy, healthy recipes are based around clean eating, real food recipes. They’re gluten-free (a few involve wraps so you would just snag some GF wraps) and most are dairy-free (I tweak them a bit for myself like omitting cheese).
This 30-day dinner meal plan is a busy mom's dream if she wants to stay sane but still give her family healthy, nourishing meals.
Grab Your Printable & The Healthy Dinner Recipes:
You can print off a copy of the simple dinners meal plan here. Then, throw it on your fridge so you know what’s happening for tomorrow.
Likewise, you can grab a copy of the two-page pdf with all the easy, healthy dinner recipes hyperlinked here
Note: a few of the recipes are not linked but for good reason.
Extra Notes On The Dinner Recipes
Fajitas: cook some chicken or beef. Then, sautee up some peppers and onions, toss it all in fajita spice mix (I make my own) and throw it onto gluten-free wraps with your favorite toppings (lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, avocado).
Roasted veggies: chop up your favorite veggies, toss in avocado oil, garlic powder, and sea salt and roast in the oven until cooked. Here is our favorite sesame roasted veggie recipe.
Homemade burgers: everyone has their own way of rocking these, so I left them blank.
Whipping up healthy, simple dinner recipes doesn’t have to be horrific. Nonetheless, it does go smoother if you have a plan. Considering this, I’ve also listed all the dinner recipes with appropriate links below so you can save this page and refer back to it.
- Beet & Orange Buddha Bowl
- Crockpot Vegan Chili
- One Pan Orange Garlic Chicken
- Spicy Thai Noodle Bowl
- Chicken Fajitas
- Chicken, Roasted Potatoes & Slaw
- Vegan Thai Curry
- Teriyaki Meatball Bowls
- Sheet Pan Chicken & Veg
- Tangy Lemon Noodle Bowl
- Vegan Broccoli Stir Fry
- Sweet Peach Curry
- Homemade Burgers & Roasted Veg
- Grilled chicken & Roasted Brussels
- Thai Quinoa Stir Fry
- Lemon Garlic One Pan Chicken
- Peanut Chicken Power Bowl
- Maple Balsamic Crockpot Chick
- Vegan Enchiladas
- Spicy Meatballs On Spag Squash
- Balsamic Veggie Pasta
- Buddha Bowl On Cauli Rice
- Slow cooker cashew chicken
- Sesame Orange Noodle Bowl
- Quinoa Power Bowl
- Steak Fajitas
- Chicken Burrito Bowl
- Shrimp Scampi On Zoodles
Don’t forget to pin these simple, healthy dinner ideas!
Make life a bit easier and keep your house healthy by having a plan. This 30-day dinner menu plan is real food-based, mostly gluten-free, dairy-free, and loaded with healthy dinner recipes. Thus, it’s perfect for busy mamas who can’t spend eons in the kitchen but want to give their family the best fuel they can.
A few other notes before I leave you… you need to be organized! Consequently, it goes without saying that it’s easy to have a thirty-days of dinner ideas, but the healthy dinner recipes don’t cook themselves (haha).
Make a list, grocery shop, and prep what you need to.
Personally, I do one big cook-off of chicken/beef and grains (rice/quinoa/beans) per week. Thus it’s easy to throw it into the recipe.
You do still need to put some effort into it. However, if you’re a real food junkie like I think you are, you probably already know that 😉 Use these simple, healthy dinner ideas to make your life easier and keep you organized.
Still, need help? The Busy Mom's Cookbook was created with easy, healthy recipes in mind. These dinner ideas are perfect for busy weeknights because they're all made in... thirty minutes or less!
I’ve gathered 30 healthy dinner recipes that can be made in thirty minutes or less. From easy vegan tacos to beef and quinoa chili, simple chicken pasta to a bok choy and mushroom bowl. Thus, these dinner recipes share a few things in common:
- They are healthy and simple to make
- All of the recipes are dairy-free or could easily be made dairy-free
- The majority of the recipes are gluten-free
- All of the recipes are real-food based and focus on nutrients not fillers
- They’re all tasty!
To make dinner-time even LESS stressful, I’ve also included several bonus tips on food prep, pantry staples, and how to make healthy eating simple. Grab your copy of The Busy Mom’s E-Cookbook