Hopefully these healthy dinner ideas will help bust you out of a recipe rut while ensuring every member of the family enjoys their meal!
Has anyone else noticed the days slowing stretching out just a little bit? The main reason I’ve taken note is because of trying to take pictures of my dinner. You can clearly tell what time I eat dinner based on the picture. Bright and vibrant? I ate at 5:30 while the sun was still up. Artificially/poorly lit? Probably around 7:00 when my overhead kitchen light had to make do. This probably means nothing to most of you but my goodness I get a kick out of how much better my foods pictures look in summertime.
Back in reality, we’re in February now, despite what the tulips alongside my mailbox think as they are now popping through the ground. And dinners during winter are still healthy and satisfying despite the less than stellar photography. In case you’re burned out on your winter favorites (we all are at some point or another, right?!), here are some healthy dinners we’ve enjoyed lately to help spark some mealtime inspiration!
I’ve tried taco salads with every lettuce under the sun and realized nothing can replace iceberg. Yes, I know it’s basically solid water, but it CRUNCHES so beautifully. I add in more nutrients by adding finely diced onion and zucchini in with the ground beef, which also makes it “go a little further.”
Greek Shrimp with Feta over Zoodles
I love this Greek Shrimp dish because everyone loves the taste and it’s customizable. The girls usually eat it with a small, easy to eat pasta (lately radiatori has been a favorite) and I will usually mix David’s regular spaghetti with some zoodles.
Shredded Chicken with Oven Fries & Sauteed Baby Kale with Pine Nuts
We’ve been on an oven fry kick. I think Yukon Gold are my favorite, but good ‘ol Russets have worked really well too. I slice them fairly thin and evenly, place them on a baking sheet, spray all sides with avocado oil, sprinkle them with salt and garlic powder, then roast them for about 40 minutes at 375 (each batch differs so I just watch it), flipping half way. My family has destroyed these lately! David and I opt for BBQ sauce and the girls usually have a ketchup dipper.
Portabella & Gouda Stuffed Peppers with Roasted Potatoes & Steamed Broccoli
The peppers are from The Fresh Market and were super easy to bake up. I bake the tiny potatoes the same was as I outlined above, but for less time. So addicting!
Shredded Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken over Cauliflower Rice
The teriyaki chicken slowcooker recipe I used tasted really good but had way too much sugar in it for my liking. I’d love to try to make it again, cutting the sugar in half and trying honey instead. If you like sweet teriyaki though, give it a try! I find the cauliflower rice in the frozen section at Whole Foods and LOVE keeping it on hand. It cooks up in less than 5 minutes and works really well as a sub for rice in a multitude of dishes.
Balsamic Marinated Pork Chops over Brown Rice with Roasted Brussels
I really enjoyed this maple balsamic pork recipe, especially because I’ve finally learned that using a good meat thermometer makes ALL the difference when cooking pork. Pork has a tendency to dry out quickly, so if you think you dislike pork chops, I recommend using bone in and getting a quality meat thermometer. (I have this one)
Mahi Tacos with Crunchy Cabbage Slaw
Fish tacos are something I totally wing and rarely follow a recipe with. I’m working on a solid apple cider vinegar based slaw recipe but haven’t perfect it yet. I love the crunch cabbage adds, so I always include it, along with a sour cream (or Greek yogurt) based sauce with lime and cilantro.
Glowing Spiced Lentil Soup
Ok, this delicious soup was actually my lunch for a week, but I had to include it because I love it so much. Angels is a kitchen wiz and this turmeric powerhouse is one of my favorite go-to winter recipes.
Marinated Chicken over Orzo with Roasted Okra
An underwhelming picture for a really awesome meal. If you haven’t tried my marinated chicken recipe, please, please do. It was one of my favorites growing up and still a favorite today. The girls love this meal, and Kaitlyn who isn’t a big meat eater even gobbles up the chicken. I was actually surprised my family enjoyed the roasted okra, but it just goes to show, when it doubt, roast that veggie!
Shredded Buffalo Chicken Wraps
Super simple. I cooked the chicken in a slow cooker with a little broth, shredded it in my Kitchen Aid (find my other favorite kitchen hacks here!), put some on the girls’ plates then added buffalo sauce to the rest for David and me. I piled it on a La Tortilla Factory wrap with iceberg, avocado, blue cheese crumbles, red onion, tomatoes, and drizzle of ranch. YUM. I had planned on making my favorite blue cheese dressing, but left the Greek yogurt at the store after I bought it. That’s what happen when you let your toddler bag the groceries!
Now share with me- what is your favorite recipe you’ve tried lately?!
Had your family loved anything that has surprised you?