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Recipes for light dinner

Welcome to my collection 45 quick healthy dinner ideas. From chicken tostadas to baked chicken breast, and from beef stir fry to shrimp tacos, be sure you will find an answer to “What’s for dinner tonight?” among these easy 30 minute healthy dinner recipes.

By the way, I hate that question too!

Healthy Dinner Recipes

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What Is a Healthy Dinner?

What make dinner healthy? Let me just say first and foremost that everyone has their own understanding of “healthy”. What’s healthy for someone on a paleo diet isn’t healthy for a vegan. You know what I mean?! So, let’s be nice to each other and except our differences.

Without Googling the definition “healthy”, here is what I strive to put on my family’s dinner table 80% of the time. Because let’s be honest, there is real life with mall outings, travel and because everyone gets sick and tired of cooking by Friday. Even me!

Our family healthy dinner is:

  • Made with real food (my list). All ingredients are simple: grains, meat, veggies and 1-3 ingredient condiments.
  • Covers all food groups: protein, carbs and fats.
  • Moderate amount of meat because I’m convinced we in North America eat too much of it.
  • Always has veggies.

That’s it. I personally think it is quite easy to eat healthy if you do not overthink it.

Now let’s help you to put easy dinner on the table!

45 Easy Healthy Dinner Recipes – Quick Links

I think it’s the best collection of easy dinner recipes on the web.

  • Healthy Chicken Recipes
  • Healthy Tacos and Finger Food
  • Healthy Skillets
  • Healthy Stir Fry and Curry
  • Healthy One Pot Recipes
  • Healthy Ground Turkey Recipes
  • Healthy Salmon Recipes

Please don’t be shy to share! The more people eat healthy, the lower our medical bill. I’m serious. YOU CAN make a difference. So, share away, share away.

Healthy Chicken Dinners

We eat a lot of chicken. Probably just like you. When buying chicken I usually buy organic because of what it was fed and the way it was raised. Costco is my go-to source for chicken.

I usually serve these simple chicken dishes with a side of quinoa, brown rice, buckwheat or mashed potatoes. And a simple salad like cucumber and tomato salad and lots of lettuce salad. When we are “lazy”, my husband makes a green smoothie.

  • Baked Chicken Breast
  • Healthy White Chicken Chili
  • Chicken Breast with Tomatoes
  • Cajun Chicken
  • Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps
  • Healthy Chicken Fingers
  • Healthy Chicken Alfredo

Healthy Tacos and Finger Foods

Kids love anything tacos, quesadillas and burritos. Can’t get away from cheese when making those. I try to use a bit less of quality natural or organic cheese. And load these finger foods with veggies, protein and wrap in whole wheat or corn tortillas. Healthy and easy!

  • Chicken Tostadas
  • Shrimp Tacos
  • Fish tacos
  • Chicken Tacos
  • Buffalo Chicken Tacos
  • Chicken Quesadilla
  • Vegetarian Quesadilla
  • Chicken Burritos

Healthy Skillets

Skillets are as forgiving as soups. You throw everything together and can adjust taste as you go. This quick and easy healthy dinner is so hard to screw up. Skillets are great for beginner cooks. And I also love that many can be made low carb with lots of veggies and served with a grain for more hungry people like kids and husbands.

Which skillet is best? I like to use ceramic non-stick PFOA free skillets. Large size with deep edges. Keep in mind, any non-stick coating loses its non-stick qualities after about 6 months. So, it’s not you. So far, I had the most luck with Green Pan.

  • Tex Mex Chicken and Zucchini
  • Chicken, Zucchini and Corn
  • Zucchini Noodles with Chicken
  • Pesto Turkey and Zucchini Skillet
  • Pasta with Zucchini and Tomatoes
  • Healthy Pasta with Tomato and Broccoli
  • Sweet Potato Skillet
  • Teriyaki Chicken and Cauliflower
  • Vegetable Frittata

Healthy Stir Fry and Curry

Again, kids love stir fry and most love curry. What makes these curry healthy is canned full fat coconut milk and no store-bought sauces. And I always use super easy homemade stir fry sauce in my stir fries. Again, no bottled stuff with preservatives or complicated ingredients.

Stir fries are loaded with veggies, therefore are so healthy. So serve on its own for low carb meal (for a mom) and with complex carb side for everyone else. Healthy dinner made easy!

  • Healthy Chicken Stir Fry
  • Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls
  • Salmon Stir Fry
  • Thai Chicken Curry
  • Cauliflower Fried Rice
  • Instant Pot Stir Fry
  • Peanut Chicken Soba Noodles
  • Healthy Beef Stir Fry
  • Healthy Beef and Broccoli

Healthy One Pot and Sheet Pan Dinners

These one pot and sheet pan dinners prove that 30 minute healthy dinner can be flavorful without washing 3 pots. With one pan cooking it’s important to figure out the right combination of foods, so pasta doesn’t get mushy or meat remains not fully cooked. Below, are all tried and true one pot wonders and I’m working on more.

  • Steak Fajitas
  • Healthy Mac and Cheese
  • Roasted Chicken Thighs and Potatoes
  • Healthy Tuscan Chicken Pasta
  • Quinoa, Chicken and Broccoli
  • Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce
  • One Pan Chicken and Potatoes
  • One Pot Chili Mac
  • Ground Turkey and Broccoli Pasta
  • Penne with Broccoli
  • Chicken Quinoa Bowls

Healthy Ground Turkey Dinners

It is true that ground turkey can be dry. I love adding shredded zucchini when cooking with ground turkey. Be sure, only juicy turkey recipes are included. I like to serve meatballs with whole wheat spaghetti, and kids squeeze organic ketchup all over them. It’s fine by me. Also that’s Mexican street corn salad in case you are wondering. I truly do not overthink if Mexican goes with Italian. We just eat healthy.:)

  • Turkey Burgers
  • Mexican Meatballs
  • Turkey Sliders
  • Thai Meatballs
  • Turkey Meatballs

Healthy Salmon Dinners

Salmon is a treat because of its price. I truly believe in eating wild salmon vs. farmed. These healthy salmon recipes are ready in under 30 minutes. And again, serve them with a whole grain and a side of veggies instead of salad for a change: corn, asparagus, butternut squash and cauliflower.

  • Thai Salmon
  • Honey Garlic Salmon
  • Lime Ginger Salmon
  • Baked Salmon in Foil

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45 Quick Healthy Dinner Ideas

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Hey hey it’s Tiffany from Creme de la Crumb! It’s blowing my mind a little bit that it’s January and that 2017 is HERE. I made a big long list of New Years resolutions – cause I’m a goal junkie like that – and healthy eating is near the top, as always. I’ve rounded up 40 incredibly tasty, healthy meals to keep me (and YOU!) on track this year. Take your pick, they’re all so delicious I can’t decide where to start!

Skinny Chicken Enchiladas

Healthy Baked Chicken Parmesan

Chili Lime Chicken Fajita Salad

Greek Chicken Souvlaki

Honey Garlic Salmon

Healthier Skillet Chicken Parmesan

Healthier Taco Pasta

Skillet Zucchini Noodle Lasagna

One Pan Healthy Sausage & Veggies

Zucchini Boat Chicken Enchiladas

Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken

Baked Sweet & Sour Cauliflower

Chicken & Broccoli Stirfry

Greek Kale Quinoa Salad

Healthier Skillet Lasagna

Chicken Corn & Sweet Potato Chowder

Mexican Quinoa Tacos

Mango Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Smoky Turkey Veggie Wraps

Blackened Shrimp Salad

Kung Pao Chicken Zoodles

Crockpot Quinoa Chicken Veggie Soup

One Pan Creamy Balsamic Chicken & Green Beans

Hoisin Salmon & Veggies in Salmon

Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Gryos

Teriyaki Chicken & Zoodles

Easy Healthy Baked Lemon Chicken

Slow Cooker Chicken Quinoa Vegetable Soup

Skillet Chicken & Butternut Squash

Slow Cooker Parmesan Herb Chicken & Orzo

Skillet Enchilada Pasta

20 Minute Chicken Parmesan Soup

Slow Cooker Mediterranean Chicken

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Burrito Bowls

Chili Lime Chicken Salad

Crockpot Turkey Chili

Baked Greek Chicken & Veggies Sheet Pan Dinner

Women have different daily nutritional requirements to men and, below, our nutritionist has offered guidance and recipe ideas for women seeking a balanced diet for good health. But what exactly is meant by a ‘balanced diet’?

The Eatwell Guide defines different types of foods we should be eating and in what proportions. These include some simple rules to follow like getting a minimum of five fruit and veg a day, including wholegrains and choosing more fish, poultry, beans and pulses, less red meat and opting for lower fat, lower sugar dairy (or dairy-free alternatives). But that’s not the whole story. How much should you be eating and is there an ideal time to eat protein, carbs or fats? Read on for our guide to healthy eating around the clock.

Reference Intakes (RI)

Nutritional needs vary depending on sex, size, age and activity levels so use this chart as a general guide only. The chart shows the Reference Intakes (RI) or daily amounts recommended for an average, moderately active adult to achieve a healthy, balanced diet for maintaining rather than losing or gaining weight.

The RIs for fat, saturates, sugars and salt are all maximum amounts, while those for carbs and protein are figures you should aim to meet each day. There is no RI for fibre, although health experts suggest we have 30g a day.

Perfect portions

Numbers and figures are all very well but how does this relate to you? Keeping the Eatwell Guide in mind, you can personalise your portion sizes with our handy guide.

Foods Portion size
Carbs like cereal/rice/pasta/potato (include 1 portion at each main meal and ensure it fills no more than ¼ of your plate) Your clenched fist
Protein like meat/poultry/fish/tofu/pulses (aim to have a portion at each meal) Palm of your hand
Cheese (as a snack or part of a meal) 2 of your thumbs
Nuts/seeds (as a snack or part of a meal) 1 of your cupped hands
Butter/spreads/nut butter (no more than 2 or 3 times a day) The tip of your thumb
Savouries like popcorn/crisps (as a snack/treat) 2 of your cupped hands
Bakes like brownies/flapjacks (as an occasional treat) 2 of your fingers

Don’t forget, as set out in the Eatwell Guide, we should all be aiming for a minimum of five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Discover what counts as one portion using our five-a-day infographic.

Breakfast

Kick-start your metabolism by including protein at breakfast, choose from eggs, salmon, lean ham or dairy. We burn more calories digesting protein rather than carbs so, by making your breakfast a protein one, you’ll be revving up your metabolism and because protein keeps you fuller for longer, you’ll eat fewer calories the rest of the day.

A protein breakfast needn’t take any longer to prepare. Top your morning toast with a scrambled egg, a slice of smoked salmon or some lean ham and when you do have a little more time, enjoy an omelette or frittata.

Whatever you do, don’t skip breakfast as this sets your blood sugar off on a roller-coaster that means you’ll end up choosing the wrong foods later in the day. Remember breakfast makes an important contribution towards your daily intake and it plays a key role in maintaining a healthy weight.

Protein breakfast recipes:
Spinach protein pancakes
Mushroom baked eggs with squished tomatoes
One-pan summer eggs
Smoked salmon & mascarpone tortilla
Pear & blueberry breakfast bowl
Berry omelette
Dippy eggs with Marmite soldiers
Egg & tomato baps

Mid-morning snack

Many people find eating little and often helps them manage their blood sugar levels. This doesn’t mean they eat more but instead spread their day’s intake evenly throughout the day. Make every snack count with nourishing options that supply both the ‘pick me up’ you need while topping up your five-a-day.

Swap your morning biscuits for oatcakes spread with peanut or almond nut butter and a banana, or have a tasty dip with veggie sticks.

Energy-giving snacks:
Almond butter
Bean, feta & herb dip
Spicy chickpeas

Lunch

Make lunch a mix of lean protein and starchy carbs. Carb-rich foods supply energy and without them you’re more likely to suffer that classic mid-afternoon slump. The key is to choose carbs that produce a steady rise in blood sugar, which means passing on the sugary ‘white’ foods and going for high-fibre wholegrains that help you manage those afternoon munchies.

Opt for an open rye-bread sandwich topped with salmon, chicken or lower fat dairy as well as plenty of salad, or choose wholegrain toast topped with baked beans.

Protein and carb lunch recipes:
Open chicken Caesar sandwich
Open cottage cheese & pepper sandwich
Salmon & chive bagel topper
Veggie wholewheat pot noodle
Smoked salmon, quinoa & dill lunch pot
Spicy tuna quinoa salad
Indian chicken protein pots
Tuna Niçoise protein pot
Steak & broccoli protein pots

Mid-afternoon

Satisfy that sweet craving and the need for energy with fruit. A handful of dried fruit combined with unsalted nuts or seeds provides protein and healthy fats to keep you satisfied till supper.

Swap your chocolate or cereal bar for a handful of dried apple rings with a few almonds or walnuts. Dried fruit is four times as sweet as its fresh equivalent, which is great if you’ve got an exercise class or a gym session planned for the afternoon. Combining dried fruit with nuts helps stabilise the release of their sugars keeping you energised for longer. Alternatively stock your fridge with plenty of low-calorie nibbles like cherry tomatoes, apples and vegetable crudités that will prevent you reaching for the biscuit tin when you fancy something sweet or crunchy.

Satisfying snacks:
Date & walnut cinnamon bites
Iced grapes with cheddar cubes & celery
Almond, raisin & popcorn trail mix

Dinner

Don’t curfew carbs. They’re low in fat, fibre-rich and help you relax in the evening. Combine them with some healthy essential fats, the ones you find in oily fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines as well as nuts, seeds and their oils. Your body can use these healthy fats along with protein overnight for regeneration and repair, important for maintaining healthy skin and hair.

Fill half your plate with a colourful variety of vegetables or salad, drizzle with a dressing made from cold-pressed flaxseed, olive or rapeseed oil and add meat, fish or beans with brown rice, quinoa or wholemeal pasta.

Nutritious dinner recipes:
Wild salmon veggie bowl
Moroccan-spiced tuna
Mexican chicken stew with quinoa & beans
Miso prawn skewers with veggie rice salad
Nutty crusted fish
Tomato & crispy crumb chicken
Spicy root & lentil casserole
Lamb & squash biryani with cucumber raita
Mexican penne with avocado
Lamb dopiaza with broccoli rice

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This article was last reviewed on 4 July 2019 by Kerry Torrens.

Kerry Torrens is a qualified Nutritionist (MBANT) with a post graduate diploma in Personalised Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy. She is a member of the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) and a member of the Guild of Food Writers. Over the last 15 years she has been a contributing author to a number of nutritional and cookery publications including BBC Good Food.

All health content on bbcgoodfood.com is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional. If you have any concerns about your general health, you should contact your local health care provider. See our website terms and conditions for more information.

A week eating Lite n’ Easy

Getting started

Registering with Lite n’ Easy was all very straightforward. I entered my details (gender, age, weight etc) in the website tool and was recommended the 1200 calorie plan, which is the number of calories I’d be limited to on average each day. That’s about 5000kJ, for those who prefer to think in metric (for context, the average Australian adult consumes about 8700kJ per day).

Then I set up an account with my address and (CHOICE’s) credit card details and made note of the delivery day for my area.

Placing the order

Placing my order was a little more complicated, as I have a few food allergies. Lite n’ Easy makes it pretty clear that it doesn’t cater for specific dietary requirements (such as gluten free) or food allergies.

Its website, however, provides comprehensive ingredients information for all the foods it supplies, along with allergen details for each food, so I figured I’d be able to navigate my way around the menu, and select food that suited.

Lite n’ Easy Spring menu brochure

For breakfast and lunch it’s a matter of choosing between two different options each day – ‘popular’ (the default) or ‘optional’. But it took me a while to work out what I could and couldn’t eat. Because I wasn’t choosing between brands I buy on a regular basis, I had to check the ingredients lists for each type of bread, cereal, salad dressing, cracker and cake. This was rather arduous, although I imagine it would get faster each week once you became familiar with the options.

So I was pleasantly surprised to find I was able to select seven breakfasts and lunches from the menu that catered to my allergies, and only have one snack that I wouldn’t be able eat. I’m not sure if I’d have the same experience each week, as you can’t go off-menu and request the same snack every day of the week, for example (although you can swap items around and eat them on different days once they’ve been delivered).

For the dinners, I selected seven meals from a list of about 50 options. I had to check the ingredients lists for these too, but it was a straightforward process.

After placing my order, I set the delivery schedule in my account to ‘on-call’, which means you only receive a delivery when you place an order – I didn’t think CHOICE would appreciate paying for my food on an ongoing basis. You can select a regular weekly, fortnightly, three-weekly, or four-weekly delivery if you prefer.

Delivery

Lite n’ Easy delivery box contents

I was more than a little excited about receiving my delivery – a whole week of food that I haven’t had to shop for, what luxury! It turned up just as I as was rushing out of the house in the morning, so I left the large polystyrene box inside the door to attend to later. I didn’t get back until lunchtime, and was pleased to find the contents were still perfectly chilled.

A quick word on dry ice. After I’d removed the contents from the boxes, I picked up what I assumed was an ice-block with ‘Warning’ on its plastic wrapper. I quickly dropped it after noticing a burning sensation in my fingers, and when I read the small print under the ‘Warning’, discovered it said ‘Contains dry ice. Do not touch. Can burn skin’ (or similar). I can now vouch that this is true.

Storage

One week of Lite n’ Easy in bags

The bags are all clearly marked with the day (one to seven), the meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner) and where you need to store the food (fridge or freezer).

I hadn’t really considered the quantity – my fridge was already heaving from a recent grocery shop for the family – and it quickly became apparent that I’d struggle to make all the Lite n’ Easy bags fit.

It took a bit of reorganising, but I managed to squeeze them into one large shelf in the fridge, and two drawers in the upright freezer we (thankfully) have in our garage. I’m not sure what I’d have done if I only had a little fridge or freezer.

Packaging

Packaging from lunch on Day 6

At the end of every day there was a certain amount of leftover packaging, and for some meals the amount of packaging was quite substantial.

According to the Lite n’ Easy website, all of its plastic containers are recyclable, and its dinner trays and lids are made from sustainable paperboard and can be recycled in some Australian councils if clean and dry – so I’ll be checking with my council quick smart. The website also claims that the day bags and shopping bags are degradable and will break down in landfill. However I’m pleased there’s a REDcycle bin at my local supermarket, as I wasn’t keen on contributing so much plastic to landfill.

Breakfast and lunch

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
Day 5 Day 6 Day 7

For the most part breakfast wasn’t dissimilar to what I’d normally eat – a bowl of cereal and maybe a piece of toast. The lunches as well – a sandwich or a wrap, a bowl of pasta, or a salad.

Most days the options I selected had some form of bread – sliced for toasting, a roll for lunch or flat bread for a wrap – and it was always multigrain or full of seeds, which I enjoyed. And there were two serves of fruit daily, including at least one fresh item such as an apple, mandarin or kiwifruit, paired with a packaged fruit cup.

Each day you also got a small snack, which in the week I ordered included choc cranberry trail mix, rosemary and rock salt crackers, roasted almonds and double chocolate cake. And I found these just right to tide me over until the next meal.

Lite n’ Easy cereal portion (L) vs my usual cereal portion (R)

One thing that struck me was the portion sizes. The cereal serves were all about 35g, which if you check the label on your cereal box, is pretty standard. But it’s tiny compared to what I normally eat (I weighed what I normally serve myself, and it tipped the scales at around 80g!). The bread rolls for lunch are of the rather diminutive ‘dinner roll’ proportions, where I’d normally buy a much larger roll from the bakery. And most of the snack serves are quite small, around 25g. Even the portions of yoghurt are smaller than what I’d serve up myself. Regardless, each day I felt pretty satisfied with the quantity of food I ate.

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
Day 5 Day 6 Day 7

Another thing that stood out for me was the quantity of fresh produce. The week started off strong with salad leaves on offer the first three days – my first lunch was a tasty crispy noodle salad with cucumber and Vietnamese vinaigrette, for example. But in the last four days across breakfast and lunch I was reduced to a single tomato each day, in addition to the fresh fruit. Obviously any fresh items need to remain edible and appealing over a whole week. However more salad ingredients wouldn’t go astray, in my opinion.

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
Day 5 Day 6 Day 7

I sometimes feel bored to death with my own cooking, so I was excited to be having new dinner options for a change. I was also pleasantly surprised by how substantial the portion sizes seemed, and I was comfortably full after finishing each meal.

Honey soy chicken after heating

The dinners are all frozen, apart from a handful of salads which are only available in Queensland. I rarely eat frozen dinners, and being a bit of a food snob I had quite low expectations. But the first meal I ate (creamy tomato tortellini) I thought was quite delicious. And I was pleasantly surprised to find that the veggies in the honey soy chicken and the spinach & ricotta tortellini dishes in particular were plentiful, vibrant in colour and still quite crisp.

Of the seven meals I ordered, however, I only really enjoyed three. But with 40-odd more to choose from, I assume (hope) I’d find others I’d be happy to eat on a regular basis.

And while I loved being able to eat just minutes after I’d taken the box out of the freezer, the novelty did wear off by the end of the week and I missed eating the same meals as my family.

How do Lite n’ Easy dinners and supermarket alternatives stack up? See our comparison of 132 products.

Convenience

There’s no denying that Lite n’ Easy is incredibly convenient. For a whole week I didn’t have to meal-plan, shop, cook or even think about food for myself. I pretty much just had to eat, which I can manage rather well. And I think it’s this convenience I was most looking forward to experiencing.

But because I still have a family to cook for, I didn’t feel like I was getting the full benefit of the convenience Lite n’ Easy offers. I couldn’t exactly turn around to my partner and young kids and say, “Right, I’m sorted for food this week. You’ll all have to fend for yourselves.” But I can see how handy it would be if I lived on my own or if every member of my household was using it – not least how much time it would free up.

My verdict

All in all I quite enjoyed my Lite n’ Easy experience. If I wanted to lose weight, then I think it could really help to kick-start the process. At the very least, the additional cost on top of my family’s usual grocery bill would be an incentive for me to stick with it until I saw some results.

Even if I don’t use it again, I feel I’ve learnt something from my week on Lite n’ Easy that I can benefit from going forward. Particularly in relation to the amount of food I serve up for myself, and how much – or indeed little – I need to feel satisfied. So for that, it was worth it.

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14. One-Pan Herb-Roasted Arctic Char With Asparagus and Tomatoes

There’s a reason grilled fish plus veggies is a pretty standard light dinner—it’s nutritious, easy, and tasty. But this recipe adds a little something extra: an avocado basil sauce. It takes all of one minute to throw together, but it totally elevates the entire dish.

15. Cauliflower Fried Rice

Just like zucchini can be a great substitute for noodles, cauliflower is quickly becoming rice’s No. 1 understudy. Sautéed here with plenty of other veggies, just a touch of sesame oil, and eggs for some protein, it becomes a much lighter version of Chinese fried rice.

16. Zucchini Noodle Pho

Spiralized zucchini can be a real lifesaver when you’re trying to eat a little lighter. Soaked in the fragrant broth that pho is famous for, the zoodles will make you feel like you’re eating a big bowl of carbs, when really, there isn’t a single pasta noodle in sight.

17. Chickpea Chard With Roasted Carrots

When it comes to making meals less heavy but not bland, herbs and spices play a huge role. This recipe is a great example. Coriander, cumin, and cinnamon season the chickpeas and chard, adding so much flavor you’ll forget this dish is free of gluten, grains, and meat.

18. Grilled Chicken Milanese

An Italian chicken dish may seem like it’ll come doused in sauce and cheese, but this recipe couldn’t be further from that. Some dried herbs and a light olive oil are all it takes to give the chicken breasts a ton of flavor. Pile the grilled meat onto beds of greens and dig in.

19. Tofu Veggie Lettuce Wraps

Inspired by the lettuce wraps at P.F. Chang’s, this vegan recipe cuts way down on the oil but doesn’t skimp on the ginger or garlic, so you get all the tasty spice and none of the unnecessary fat. A big plate of these make a light dinner one to look forward to.

20. Light Shrimp Scampi With Spaghetti Squash

Not only does this recipe swap out pasta for spaghetti squash, but it also ditches the regular scampi sauce ingredients (lots of butter, probably some cheese) for just a tablespoon of olive oil. The lemon juice, garlic, and parsley guarantee you’ll still enjoy the classic, scrumptious scampi flavors.

21. Charred Cauliflower Steaks With Romesco Sauce

This romesco sauce does have bread and almonds in it, but just a drizzle of it on top of the cauliflower goes a long way. Seasoned with garlic, parsley, and red pepper flakes, it takes the humble veggie to new heights.

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40 of the BEST Light & Easy Gluten Free Recipes filled with fresh ingredients and flavor!

40 of the BEST Light & Easy Gluten Free Recipes – recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner all made with fresh ingredients and filled with flavor!

I know a lot of people who eat “gluten free” now. Some people do it for medical reasons. Some do it because they have an intolerance. Some do it because they BELIEVE or THINK they have an intolerance. And some do it because it’s the “thing” to do.

Me?

I eat that way when I can, not because I have to or want to. But more because it’s pretty easy to do and to go without gluten works for us. I do, however, notice that I don’t feel as bloated when we are conscious of gluten so I do feel better. 🙂 And for that reason I wanted to give you guys a roundup of some of my favorite …. and in my humble opinion 40 of the BEST Light & Easy Gluten Free Recipes out there!

Not only are they absolutely gorgeous to look at, but they are filled with flavor and super easy to make. Every last one of these are must makes, so go ahead and pin this post to your Pinterest boards and start putting them on your meal plan.

Bon Appetit!

Vegan Chickpea Cookie Dough made in a blender. A healthy eggless no bake cookie dough recipe to satisfy that sweet tooth!

30 Minute GRILLED FISH TACOS topped with a fresh MANGO SALSA, Avocado, and Chimichurri! This easy grilling recipe is one “winner” of a meal that you’re family will fall in love with!

Grilled Buffalo Chicken Salad an easy 30 minute recipe smothered in buffalo sauce and filled with grilled vegetables for one delicious bite! Summer salads never tasted so good!

Healthy Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Tostadas topped with creamy avocado and pickled onions. These breakfast tostadas are a delicious breakfast option that are high in protein and fiber with only 292 calories a serving!

A Gluten Free Blueberry Breakfast Cookie baked to perfection, moist, naturally sweetened, high in fiber and perfect for a grab ‘n go breakfast! These cookies will rock your world!

Easy Thai Chicken Grain Bowl drizzled with a Creamy Peanut Dressing. These Grain Bowls are filled with veggies, thai flavors, 17 grams of protein and come together in 15 minutes. The perfect start to a healthy new year!

Turkey Stuffed Poblanos filled with fire roasted tomatoes and black beans then topped with melted cheese and an Avocado Crema to die for. A gluten free meal that will quickly become your families favorite!

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups using simple ingredients!

Gluten Free Cherry Crisp using fresh cherries, honey, and almonds! The ultimate HEALTHY cherry crisp recipe. It’s the perfect dessert recipe for the spring and summer months!

Combine roasted sweet potatoes, black beans, corn, red onion, avocado and chopped greens to create this Southwest Sweet Potato Chopped Salad. Serve with fresh avocado cilantro dressing for a light lunch or dinner!

Easy Strawberry Avocado Pasta Salad tossed with fresh arugula, bacon, and a balsamic vinaigrette. The perfect summer salad or side dish to bring for all those backyard BBQ parties!

Caramelized Onion & Mushroom Burgers served “bunless” then topped with a creamy homemade Horseradish Aioli. This gluten free burger recipe will be on your menu all summer long!

This Lentil Burger is the ultimate in tasty veggie burgers that you can make right at home! Inspire yourself and others with this healthy patty that’s high in fiber, folate and flavor!

Coconut Dark Chocolate Chia Pudding – a creamy guilt free dessert that’s dairy free and only 120 calories a serving.

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins: you would never believe that oats, bananas, and yogurt could together create something this amazing…until you try them.

Easy One Pan Balsamic Chicken with Roasted Vegetables – a healthy paleo & gluten free recipe your family will devour! Tender juicy chicken covered in a sweet balsamic glaze has this one pan chicken bursting with flavor!

One Pot Mexican Shakshuka an easy dinner recipe made in 30 minutes only 206 calories a serving. Eggs baked in a spicy mexican inspired tomato sauce – it’s egg-cellent!

Dark Chocolate dipped Almond Butter Breakfast Cookies, paleo friendly breakfast cookie made with simple wholesome ingredients and unrefined natural sugars. Portable, easy, delicious!

Shish Taouk Chicken Thighs with Mediterranean Eggplant Salad are a twist on traditional shish taouk grilled chicken kebabs

Easy Low Carb Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Mushrooms filled with tender steak, sautéed vegetables and gooey cheese. These Stuffed Mushrooms are done in 30 minutes and loaded with flavor!

These Blistered Green Beans are the perfect accompaniment to practically any meal!

30 Minute Chicken Fajita Salad with fresh veggies, chipotle chicken, creamy avocado then topped with a zesty Chimichurri Dressing. This Chicken Fajita Salad is one flavorful dinner recipe that’s sure to please any crowd.

Gyro Turkey Meatball Grain Bowls drizzled in a creamy Tzatziki sauce make the perfect high protein meal prep recipe or weeknight dinner, only 370 calories a serving.

Easy sweet kale superfood salad with lemon vinaigrette, smoked salmon and avocado is like a better Costco kale salad. 5 ingredients, plus 5 in the dressing!

Easy Low Carb BBQ Chicken Pizza Stuffed Spaghetti Squash – filled with sweet tangy BBQ sauce, 22 grams of protein and gooey cheese. All your favorite things about BBQ Chicken Pizza for under 300 calories!

Basil Pesto Pasta tossed with fresh Grilled Vegetables a 30 minute meal your family will love! This light fresh gluten free pasta recipe will quickly become a summer favorite!

Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad, made with grilled pineapple, red onions, avocado, cherry tomatoes and served on a bed of lettuce. Healthy, Paleo and W30.

Honey Sriracha Grilled Shrimp these are hands down the BEST grilled shrimp you’ll ever have and the Honey Sriracha Glaze is totally swoon worthy!

Paleo Singapore Street Noodles, made with zucchini noodles, shrimp, chicken and tasty mild curry flavored sauce with added turmeric! Gluten free, healthy and low carb with Whole30 options

Paleo Vanilla Panna Cotta with Passion Fruit – a slightly sweet creamy Panna Cotta recipe that’ll quickly become your new favorite dessert! And guess what, it’s guilt free too!

Spicy Shrimp Tortilla Soup ready in under 30 minutes and so crazy tasty! We are so totally in love with this delicious dairy-free soup.

Greek Yogurt Cheesecake for two, the perfect light healthy sweet treat!

FISH TACO RICE BOWLS with avocado and pickled onions, topped with a Cilantro Lime Dressing! The perfect 30 minute meal to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters!

This cold zucchini noodle salad recipe is a delicious, healthy way to enjoy raw spiralized zucchini noodles. Quick & easy with common ingredients!

SKILLET GARLIC PARMESAN CHICKEN THIGHS, an amazing one pan skillet meal that will rock your socks off on flavor. This healthy meal is done in 30 minutes and finishes off at 262 calories a serving.

Combine a few simple ingredients and enjoy these Healthy No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies for breakfast, snack or dessert! Kids and adults will love these naturally gluten-free and dairy-free no-bake cookies

These Paleo Crock Pot Balsamic Braised Short Rib Tacos will be your new favorite Crock Pot recipe! Cuz Tacos… duh! They are sweet & spicy, easy, healthy, and totally deliver on flavor! You’re gonna be in love!

Snack healthy with No Bake Raspberry Protein Energy Bites (gluten free + vegan). These raspberry energy balls are dairy free, naturally sweetened with dates and have a raspberry center.

Healthy zucchini noodles “zucchini pasta” are tossed with lemon garlic shrimp for an easy, family favorite dinner recipe. It’s naturally gluten-free and paleo-friendly and can easily be made Whole30 by replacing the white wine with chicken broth.

Healthier Zucchini Banana Bread Muffins are soft, squishy, and just sweet enough. Pair with coffee or tea for a tasty, gluten-free snack or breakfast idea!

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