In a food rut and looking for some new dinner ideas? I’ve compiled a list of healthy weeknight meals your family will love!
We’ve all been there. We’re trying to do the best we can and feed our families healthy, well rounded meals, and one of two things happens.
One, we find a new recipe that looks good and we realize about 2 hours in that this is not a practical dinner idea. Or two, we end up in a food rut, making the same things over and over because we know they’re easy and fast.
Neither of those is a good option, so today, I’ve compiled a list of healthy weeknight meals for you! They’re easy, quick, and family friendly.
Healthy Weeknight Meals
Of course, everyone has a different idea of what “healthy” means, so I’ve included a bit of variety. My family eats whole foods (including meat) that are as close to their natural state as possible. I’ll do my best to include a variety here, but most will be considered “clean,” and loaded with veggies.
Low Carb and Keto Meal Ideas
Low Carb Turkey Zucchini Taco Boats
These taco boats from Key to My Lime are full of flavor and require very little hands-on time! You can save even more time by using pre-prepped taco meat. They’re low-carb and take less than 30 minutes start to finish. That’s a huge win in my house!
Rotisserie Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Peppers
First. you had me at “enchilada stuffed peppers.” Then, I got even more excited when I realized this recipe utilizes a rotisserie chicken. Talk about an easy meal to make! This recipe from Key to my Lime is low carb, easy, and only takes about 30 minutes to cook! It’s perfect for a weeknight meal.
Keto Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas
Okay, I love one pot or one pan meals, and these shrimp fajitas from Melanie Cooks fit right in! They’re loaded with colorful peppers and roasted shrimp, and full of flavor. You won’t even miss the tortillas, but if you do, you can also pair them with lettuce wraps or try the Wonder Wraps from Trim Healthy Mama to pair with them!
Easy Keto Beef Stew
Like most stew recipes, this one from Primal Edge Health is pretty easy. Plus, one batch makes plenty to feed your family and still have some to freeze! What a perfect recipe for winter meal prep days. Plus, it’s loaded with veggies and so easy to customize for what you have on hand. I love recipes that don’t require me to run to the store!
Pizza Chicken Skillet
This low carb pizza chicken skillet from Low Carb Yum is so simple I kind of wish I’d thought of it! Seriously. Chicken breasts covered with pizza toppings? Who even needs crust at that point? The recipe doesn’t include any veggies on it’s own, outside of the sauce) but this would be really good paired with roasted broccoli or green beans.
Paleo and Primal Meal Ideas
Eggroll in a Bowl: Paleo, Low Carb, and Whole30!
This recipe from The Rising Spoon is quick, easy, and loaded with veggies and fresh ingredients. Plus, it uses inexpensive staples like cabbage, carrots, broccoli, and pork or chicken! Eggroll in a Bowl is one of my family’s favorites, and for good reason. I love that it gets my kids to eat their veggies, but they love that it’s packed full of flavor!
Pressure Cooker Whole Chicken Recipe
Literally the only way I cook a whole chicken anymore is in my pressure cooker. This recipe from Dr. Davinah’s Eats really breaks down how to cook chicken in the pressure cooker, and includes some great tips for those new to using this method! Go check it out here and try it next time you buy a chicken!
Spinach Tomato Meatza Pizza
This paleo friendly low carb meatza pizza from Low Carb Yum is a cheesy, veggie filled plate of heaven. (Can you tell I love cheese?!) It’s low carb, primal, and a great source of protein and veggies. Of course, you could easily overdo it on the meat and under-do it on the veggies, so just be mindful of what you’re including for the topping. Keep in mind, the crust is already made of meat, so you really don’t need to add any more.
Easy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe
This Shepherd’s pie recipe from Cook at Home Mom is so easy to throw together in a pinch. It’s loaded with veggies, and it’s even Whole30 compliant! I especially love that the author included options to make this low carb as well, although I’m not going to lie. Mashed potatoes are my weakness.
Sheetpan Salmon and Brussels Sprouts Salad
This salmon recipe is a one-pan meal and quick to make, which makes it a great option if you’re looking for healthy weeknight meals. But, it’s also so good that it’s perfect for entertaining! It’s Whole30 approved, and low carb as well, so it’s a great option for a variety of dietary needs. Find the recipe here!
Vegetarian and Vegan Meal Ideas
Lemon Garlic Zoodles
This zucchini noodle recipe from Pink Fortitude is not only vegan, but it’s also Paleo and Whole30. It’s loaded with good ingredients, and as a bonus, it only takes about 10 minutes to make! Zoodles are such a healthy alternative to traditional noodles, and if you buy them pre-spiraled from the store, it’s so, so easy!
Vegan Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
I’m a big fan of stuffing just about anything in a sweet potato, and this vegan recipe from Delightful Adventures is no different! This recipe would be great as a light lunch or dinner, or even as a side! It’s stuffed with black beans and other whole foods ingredients. Tip: To save more time on this, try cooking your sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot! It takes about 20 minutes and they’re done to perfection.
Crispy Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tacos
I made up this recipe during what I call my daughter’s “vegetarian phase.” It didn’t last long, but while it did, we experimented a lot with vegetarian dinners for her. This crispy taco recipe was one of her favorites, and it’s still one I add to the rotation regularly! Pair it with salsa or guacamole, and if you’re also feeding people who eat meat, chicken pairs really well!
Gluten Free Meal Ideas
Gluten Free Pasta e Fagioli
My family errs on the side of gluten free more often than not, so I love finding easy, yummy gluten free options to share and try. Especially when it’s a healthier version of a childhood favorite! This pasta and bean soup used to be a favorite of mine growing up, but we always had it from a can (so funny the author said the same!) It’s so hearty and perfect on a cold night!
Slow Cooker Cabbage Soup
This slow cooker cabbage soup from The Helpful GF is gluten free and packed with veggies. Plus, it can be customized easily to be vegan, paleo, or keto! In fact, the author even outlines how to change up the recipe to meet your dietary needs! I love it when bloggers to that. It sure makes changing up recipes so much easier!
More Healthy Weeknight Meals
Mango Chicken Bake
This chicken dish from My Sugar Free Kitchen is a simple dish that only takes 10 minutes of prep. Perfect for any rushed weeknight! It’s a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy, and packed with good-for-you ingredients. As a bonus, the post includes time-saving tips and different options to meet a variety of dietary needs. Give it a try next time you’re looking for something new!
Wine Poached Code with a Sweet Onion Drizzle
I’m not going to lie. I’ve never poached anything, ever, because it just sounds so intimidating. But, this recipe from Strength and Sunshine makes me want to give it a try! She actually makes it sound so easy, and now I feel a little silly for being scared of the process. Sometimes, the things that sound the fanciest are really, really simple. Check it out here and give it a try when you need a fast and healthy weeknight meal!
Tuna Patties from The Rising Spoon
I don’t know about you, but tuna patties just scream “comfort” to me. Maybe because I grew up eating tuna noodle casserole, but regardless, it takes me back. This recipe is quick, easy, and budget friendly. Perfect for those weeknight meals where you just need to throw something together from the pantry! Grab the recipe here!
Hearty White Bean and Barley Soup
This bean and barley soup from Sustain my Cooking Habit is a protein and fiber rich food that’s perfect for Sunday afternoons. Make a big pot on the weekend, and enjoy it all week! It takes a little longer to cook than most of the recipes I’m sharing, but since most of that is just simmering time, you can easily get this started a bit earlier and go about your evening until it’s done. The recipe does call for ham or bacon, but you can easily exclude that for a vegetarian option that’s just as tasty!
Easy Cheeseburger Pie
You really can’t go wrong with a meat pie, and this one from Primal Edge Health is loaded with good ingredients! You can pretty much add in any vegetable you want, which makes it easy to customize. And, it only takes about 30 minutes to cook. I really like that the author gives a lot of substitution ideas and info about the ingredients used, too.
Greek Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner
Sheet pan dinners are always a favorite around here when I’m looking for healthy weeknight meals. This Greek version from Tasty Galaxy is full of fresh flavor from lemon, oregano, and olive oil. Find the recipe here and give it a try next time you want to change things up!
Cheesy Enchilada Casserole
This cheesy enchilada casserole is one of my family’s favorites, and it’s one of my favorites to cook! It’s so easy to make, and cooks up quick. Plus, it makes even better left-overs for lunch the next day. Unlike regular enchiladas, this recipe doesn’t include rolling tortillas or standing over a stove all day. In fact, all you have to do is layer the ingredients in the pan and throw it in the oven until it’s done!
Healthy Weeknight Meals Don’t Have to be Hard!
As you can see, healthy weeknight meals don’t have to be hard. They don’t have to take a long time or use expensive ingredients. In fact, many of the recipes shared here today include pantry staples and take less than 30 minutes to make. Don’t let the idea of eating healthy scare you away because it seems hard. Give these recipes a try and see just how easy it can be!