Healthy Dinner Ideas

Do you love to eat but are afraid of your increasing weight? Here, we have some healthy dinner ideas and recipes, which would not only be a treat for your taste buds also a healthy food for your body.

Healthy Dinner Ideas and Tips:

  1. Eating in proportions: Increase your vegetable, salads, beans and fruit intake, cutting the intake of high-calorie foods like cheese, butter, meat, fish, etc.
  2. Opt for juices as beverages instead of going with heavy cream smoothies or sundaes and alcoholic beverage. You can save a lot of calories through this.
  3. You can also go for sweetened yoghurt for desserts.
  4. Wisely select your dressing. Avoid cream based dressing always go for vinegar based dressing.
  5. If you are going for a dinner at a restaurant try avoiding appetizers, especially when they are fried foods. Sometimes these appetizers are more calories containing than your main course dish. Surprised??
  6. Don’t over eat. If you have food left after your dinner pack them in an airtight sealed bag and refrigerate.
  7. Instead of fried meat prefer grilled ones. Sauté your vegetables in a lesser amount of oil.
  8. Make sure you have plenty of water.
  9. Prefer olive oil to butter.

 

Here are a few dishes, which can be good healthy dinner ideas for your family:

  1. Egg White Omelet and Vegetables
  2. Broccoli Stuffed Chicken Breasts
  3. Gnocchi and Leek Bake
  4. Chicken with Lime
  5. Chicken Sandwich

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Egg White Omelet and Vegetables

Healthy Dinner Ideas Eggwhite

A dish with lots of antioxidants, vitamins and proteins.

Ingredients:

  • 4 egg whites, beaten
  • 1 cup spinach,chopped, rinsed and dried
  • 1/4 cup mushrooms diced
  • 1/4 cup carrots diced
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper diced
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt n pepper to taste
  • Dried herbs
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Method:

  • In pan heat oil.
  • Add all the veggies and cook for about 1 minute or so till they get soft.
  • Add salt and pepper to them and mix well.
  • In the egg white bowl add salt and pepper and mix well.
  • Pour the egg white into the pan and let it cook till your omelet becomes fluffy.
  • Garnish with dried herbs and serve hot.

 

Here’s a video which shows how to make a healthy and cheap vegetable omelet:

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Broccoli Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Healthy Dinner Ideas Broccolistuffedchicken

A tasty way of losing weight.

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breasts, boneless
  • 1 cup blanched and chopped broccoli
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt n pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs

Method:

  • Beat the chicken to even them out. Keep aside for 30 minutes.
  • Make pockets in the chicken breasts and refrigerate for the next 1 hour.
  • For the filling take a bowl.
  • Add broccoli, parmesan, lemon juice, olive oil, salt n pepper.
  • Fill the chicken breasts with this mixture. Bulging mixtures is good but try not to over stuff it thereby splitting its ends.
  • Spray a baking tray with olive oil and keep these chicken breasts in it.
  • Sprinkle bread crumbs over them and grill them in a pre heated oven at 350°F for 30 minutes.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley.

On thing I would like to add here that you should not consume broccoli stuffed chicken breasts if you are suffering from acne as it can further boost the acne effect on your body.

Here’s a video which shows how to make a healthy broccoli stuffed chicken breasts:

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Gnocchi and Leek Bake

Healthy Dinner Ideas Gnocchileek

A brain food…

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups gnocchi
  • 3 large leeks sliced
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach
  • Salt n pepper to taste

Method:

  • In a pan heat oil and add the leeks.
  • Add salt n pepper and cover it to cook for 5 minutes.
  • In the meanwhile cook the gnocchi by putting them in boiling water for 5 – 7 minutes or follow the instructions on the pack.
  • Spray a baking tray with olive oil and layer it with the cooked leeks.
  • Drain the gnocchi and layer them over the leeks.
  • Top them with half of the cheese.
  • Pour the tomato sauce over and make the final layer with the cheese.
  • Bake the dish in a pre heated oven at 350°F for 25 minutes.

 

Here’s a video which shows how to make a healthy gnocchi dish:

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Chicken with Lime

Healthy Dinner Ideas Limechicken

A nice and easy healthy dish for your dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup olive/vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons red chili flakes
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • Salt n pepper

Method:

  • Sprinkle salt over the clean chicken thighs to make them soft.
  • In a flat bottomed dish mix lemon juice, vegetable oil, garlic, shallots, sugar, soy sauce, chili flakes and parsley.
  • Mix well so that the sugar dissolves.
  • Sprinkle some pepper on the chicken and grill it for 7 minutes each on side.
  • Dip the chicken in the lemon juice made and pan fry for 5 minutes.
  • Serve hot.

 

Here’s a video which shows how to make a healthy chicken with lime:

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Chicken Sandwich

Healthy Dinner Ideas Chcikensandwich

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breast
  • 1 tablespoon lemon  juice
  • Salt n pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Tomato slices
  • Onion rings
  • Burger buns or garlic and rosemary focaccia bread
  • 2 Cheese slices
  • 2 tablespoon southwest sauce

Method:

  • In a bowl mix lemon juice, olive oil, salt n pepper.
  • Dredge the chicken pieces in the mixture and grill them for 5 minutes each side.
  • Take the pre buttered burger buns and grill for 1 – 2 minutes
  • Layer the chicken pieces with the cheese slices and grill for another 2 minutes or until the cheese melts.
  • Put the chicken fillet on the burger bun and top it with tomato slices and onion rings.
  • Add the southwest sauce.
  • Serve hot.

 

Here’s a video which shows how to make a healthy chicken sandwich:

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