I’m a sucker for an exciting dinner. Breakfast and lunch? I could probably eat the same thing every day, but dinner? I love having something new to look forward to! Outside of the fact that I could eat some form of Mexican food on the regular, I do my best to switch up the menu each week and incorporate new healthy dinner ideas. Today I wanted to share some keepers that I’ve tried recently in case you are looking to switch things up too!
Hm, where to start…? How about last night when we had this…
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Chili Lime Vinaigrette. I hate that this picture does not do the recipe justice. It is bursting with bright flavor and I loved the unique flavor combos of the lime and sweet potato (trust me, it’s good!). Since I ate a tub of hummus while making it, I stuck to simple grilled chicken on top, but I will definitely be making it again as a dinner side.
Ginger Beef, Mushroom and Kale Stir Fry. I know I’ve shared this before because it’s on the repeat list. I don’t make stir fry very often, but when I do, this is my go-to. The shiitake mushrooms and fresh ginger really elevate the dish to something to get excited about.
Roasted Pork Tenderloin with a Warm Potato and Arugula Salad. I used this easy and delicious marinade for the pork, then seared and baked it. Meanwhile I roasted a bunch of small red potatoes in olive oil, salt and garlic powder. Once roasted I tossed them (still hot) into a big bowl of arugula and tossed the entire thing in a simple vinaigrette of spicy mustard, vinegar, olive oil and a little honey.
Chicken Picatta with Roasted Asparagus. Hands down, this is always one of my favorite dinners, most likely because of the capers. I really need to write down my specifics, because I always use a modified version of this one.
Salads. Ok, this is more of my lunch option, but they could totally pass for dinner, especially if you add a little protein on top.
Mixed baby greens, walnuts, blueberries, goat cheese, craisins and a little leftover diced ham.
Mixed baby greens with blue cheese, roasted sweet potato, quinoa, roasted pumpkin seeds and Garlic Expressions.
Mixed baby greens with quinoa, cucumber, tomato, kalamata olives, red onion, parsley and Greek dressing.
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Paleo Spaghetti Squash Pie with Roasted Broccolini. Hm, maybe I don’t mix it up as much as I thought, because I definitely repeat this dish too. It’s easy to make and is a dish made mostly with spaghetti squash that David actually loves too!
Bangkok Coconut Curry Bowls. My version definitely did not result in as much broth as the original recipe pictures, but the flavor in this one was on point! If ethnic flavors intimidate you, give this veggie-packed dish a try. Though be warned, it says 4 servings but David and I downed this one between the two of us.
You can find more family-approved healthy dinner ideas here (the lentil dal is on tonight’s menu!) and we are having David’s famous chili from the freezer tomorrow. Mmm… and now I’m off to the kitchen because I’ve made myself hungry!
Have you made anything lately that is just plain delicious?!
Please share it in the comments!
I would love to eat at your home cooking restaurant any day! They all look delicious! I’ll play with the kids and clean up while you cook 🙂
Brittany Dixon says
Beautiful recipes there to pick from. I am just wondering would you have Any homemade ketchup recipes that kids would like?? Thanks
Brittany Dixon says
I’m sorry I haven’t found a homemade ketchup recipe that I’ve really liked yet so I don’t have any to point you to. If you find one, please come back and share!
The Curry Bowl looks amazing! I’ve been looking for a way to switch things up in the curry area, because I’m starting to get tired of my go-to variations! I will definitely give this a try.
I’m super excited to make asparagus this weekend – it’s the first for this season and I’m dying to have one…
Kim @ Brightly Brewed says
Your salads look amazing! Now I’m craving one…and it’s only 10:00am!
Bookmarking this post! And pinning those noodles…YUM!
I love cooking dinner every night, but my 1 year old has really sucked the fun out of it. Witching hour begins the moment I step into the kitchen EVERY NIGHT! Please tell me it gets better. Do you have any tips for keep little ones happy (13 months)? Or do I just give up for now?
All of these sound so amazing!! I can’t wait to try some of them!!
Julia @ Drops of Jules says
I’m just like you- I could eat Mexican every week!.. or every day. Not that this is healthy, but my friends and I just made chocolate chip cookies that were pretty plain delicious 🙂
Alyssa @ renaissancerunnergirl says
Definitely putting the pork tenderloin and potato/arugula salad on the menu, never would have thought of that combination! Pork and applesauce, pork and potatoes, pork and spinach…it’ll be a nice twist! I cook dinner just for me usually since my boyfriend eats at work (getting home after 9pm most nights) but weekends are fun to experiment on when we aren’t eating out!
Thanks for the meal ideas Britttany! I made a couple of these for our lunches and dinners this week!
Brittany Dixon says
Awesome- so glad they were helpful!! 🙂
Annette H. Rizer says
You have shared some really good tips to stay healthy. A balanced diet is one that gives your body the nutrients it needs to function correctly. Now I am going to add more fresh fruits and
fresh vegetables in my diet. Beautiful recipes there to pick from. Thanks for sharing these valuable tips. Keep sharing more…
Annette H. Rizer