Nourishing your body doesn’t have to be time-consuming or complicated. From refreshing salads to satisfying stir-fries and portable jar meals, these quick healthy recipes will help you easily cook delicious dishes that fit into your busy lifestyle.
Try this Creamy Lemon Chicken and Asparagus recipe, or this Meatless Healthy Mushroom Stroganoff made with mushrooms, pasta and creamy sauce. These easy clean eating dinner ideas will make you feel energized and satisfied after a long day at work!
1. Chicken Stir Fry
Stir fry is an easy dinner option that can be made in a variety of ways. This Chicken Teriyaki stir fry is made with crunchy green broccoli and tender crispy chicken smothered in a beautifully flavoured teriyaki sauce.
This stir fry is quick and easy to make and you can use whatever veggies you have on hand! It uses the restaurant velveting technique which produces tender melt in your mouth chicken.
Serve with a side of brown rice, white rice or quinoa to soak up all the delicious sauce. Try adding fresh bean sprouts, water chestnuts or cashews for added texture and crunch.
2. Korean Inspired Ground Beef and Rice Bowl
This easy ground beef recipe checks all of the boxes for a quick and satisfying meal. It has a mouthwatering sauce made with ginger, garlic, brown sugar, soy sauce, and sesame oil. It’s topped with savory sauteed vegetables and crunchy pickled cabbage or radish for an added pop of flavor.
Then, top with an over-easy fried egg and serve with rice or zoodles for a delicious, low carb meal. You can even swap out the white rice for cauliflower rice or zoodles to make this a healthy dinner that is gluten-free!
3. Buffalo Chicken Casserole
This easy chicken casserole recipe is a perfect dinner for the whole family and can even be used as a dip with chips. The ingredients are all easy to find and it bakes quickly in the oven. You can also serve this creamy buffalo chicken as a delicious appetizer with a side of celery or other vegetables that will help cut the spice.
To make this easy buffalo chicken casserole, mix together the soup, softened cream cheese, milk, shredded chicken, and dry ranch dressing in a large bowl. Spread potato mash on the bottom of a baking dish, then top with the buffalo chicken mixture and melted cheese.
4. Instant Pot Orange Chicken
This Instant Pot Orange Chicken recipe is a fast and easy way to make this takeout classic at home. Instead of battered and fried chicken, this version uses non-battered skinless chicken thighs. It’s made with a simple sauce that is easy to make in the pressure cooker.
To make this Instant Pot Orange Chicken, add canola oil, chicken thighs, orange juice, zest, soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar and chicken broth to the Instant Pot. Seal the lid and cook at high pressure for 5 minutes. Once the pressure has been released, stir in broccoli and then thicken with a cornstarch slurry.
5. Chicken Paella
Paella is one of the most delicious and satisfying Spanish dishes you can make. This version includes chicken, chorizo and short-grain rice, with saffron in the mix to add color and flavor. This is a one pot meal that’s easy to throw together and full of protein and healthy carbs.
In a lidded pan over medium heat, place a lug of oil and add garlic, onion, carrot, parsley stalks and chorizo. Cook and stir for a couple of minutes. Season chicken with black pepper and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Add to pan and brown.
6. Salsa Verde Chicken
Salsa Verde Chicken is a tangy, flavorful and easy recipe that can transform salads, tacos, burritos and quesadillas into drool worthy meals. The ingredients are simple and it can be made on the stove top or in the oven.
Place raw chicken breast, spices and a jar of salsa verde into a baking dish. Bake until chicken is cooked through and cheese is melted. If you prefer a shortcut, place the same ingredients into your slow cooker and cook on low for 4 hours or high for 2 hours. Once done, shred and serve.
7. Honey Mustard Chicken Salad
A deliciously filling salad packed with crunchy bacon, creamy avocado and juicy grilled honey mustard chicken all smothered in an amazing sweet and tangy dressing. This hearty salad is Paleo, Grain Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Specific Carbohydrate Diet Legal!
Make the Honey Mustard Dressing ahead of time. It will keep in the fridge for up to a week!
To assemble the salad – Combine lettuce, chicken, gorgonzola and dried cranberries. Drizzle with the remaining honey mustard dressing and serve.
Optional add ons/toppings – diced tomatoes, cucumbers or canned corn, sliced olives or shredded carrots.