It’s unfortunate that many of our favorite meals have to be so high in calories, whether it’s that juicy cheeseburger now and again or a delicious rack of ribs, while there are some absolutely delightful dinner choices out there, they are often not the best for our bodies.
Luckily, dinner doesn’t have to be a chore to eat as soon as you make it a little healthier, there are a wide variety of easy weight watcher dinner recipes that you can make with just a few ingredients lying around the house.
That’s exactly what we are here to show you today as we have laid out 21 incredibly easy, tasty and delicious healthy dinner recipes that are a must try when trying to keep a close eye on your calorie intake.
|Turkey Vegetable Soup||242||35 minutes|
|Grilled Cilantro-Lime Shrimp||74||25 minutes|
|Instant Pot Salsa Shredded Chicken||125||25 minutes|
|Weight Watchers Pizza||250||25 minutes|
|Spinach, Sweet Potato & Lentil Dhal||397||30 minutes|
|Zucchini Lattice Lasagna||300||1 hour|
|Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili||220||6 hours|
|Chicken Salad With Grapes||343||10 minutes|
|Beef & Broccoli||267||10 minutes|
|Buddha Bowl||170||35 minutes|
Soup really is the king when it comes to healthy dinner options, however rather than using the classic combination of some chicken tossed in with a few vegetables, ground turkey provides a much tastier but still healthy alternative that goes great as a mid-afternoon meal.
Of course, you can’t forget the added in tomato, beans, spices to really bring out the maximum amount of flavor and any extra vegetables of your choosing to add that bit of an extra crunch.
While these delightful appetizers are great when served as part of a backyard party or a get-together, because of how filling they are and how many more additions you can add onto each skewer, they make for a hearty solo meal too.
With the grilled shrimps skewered and covered with cumin, garlic and some freshly squeezed lime juice and cilantro, this recipe manages to strike the perfect balance between being sweet and spicy, making each and every bite better than the last.
Being incredibly low in calories while having high amounts of protein, and ready to serve in just 25 minutes,, this is a healthy afternoon meal you won’t want to miss, especially if you’re a big fan of seafood.
For all those fans of the spicy sensation of some salsa, this delicious meal can be made in little to no time when made in an instant tot or electric pressure cooker.
With just two ingredients required, being the chicken and salsa, along with a few spices to enhance the flavor as much as possible, there are no added ingredients to spike up the calorie count or add in any extra fats.
Instead, you get a protein rich and incredibly easy dinner option that goes great for any time of the day.
Let’s be honest, as much as we try to stick to a healthy diet, pizza is one of the only foods that can cause us to steer away from the cleaner options, however what if we were to tell you that you can actually make it incredibly healthy?
With a 2 ingredient pizza dough made from some creamy Greek yogurt and some self raising flour, along with a few light toppings including tomatoes, basil and red peppers, you can make a nutritious pizza alternative that tastes just like the real thing.
A one-pot recipe that contains 3 of your 5 a day while also being incredibly rich in iron and protein, and with the slightly more earthy taste from the lentil that mixes elegantly with the spinach and some spicy cumin, if you have the ingredients lying around this recipe is easy, delicious and healthy all at the same time.
You no longer have to dream about ways to make lasagna a little more healthier, try out this alternative recipe which uses 3 large zucchinis along with some light marinara sauce, freshly grated parmesan and some kosher salt.
This lasagna is far lower in carbs and is the perfect alternative for when you get that craving for the cheesy and rich taste of lasagna that we all love so much.
If you have a spare crock pot lying around and want a largely hands-free meal which can be eaten the moment it’s piping hot, or even saved as a healthy and nutritious lunch for the day after, this chicken taco chili is the perfect choice.
Simply dump all the ingredients, including the meat and veg, into the slow cooker, let it heat up and when you get home, you’ll have a delightfully healthy dish for the entire family to enjoy.
When many of us mix up a chicken salad, we will usually throw in some bacon, maybe some boiled eggs and often a thick layer of mayo.
This recipe instead substitutes the mayo for some creamy fat-free yogurt, along with some juicy grapes and apple bits thrown in to add a hint of sweetness, while also making the dish all the more sweeter.
The combination of beef and broccoli has always been a tasty pairing, however when mixed in with some ginger root, red pepper flakes for a just a hint of extra heat and low sodium soy sauce to take the sweetness levels to the max, it becomes a nutrient dense dish that tastes elegant with every crunch.
10. Buddha Bowl
A bowl full of nutritional goodness that is packed full of delicious ingredients to keep you going for the rest of the day ahead, the Buddha Bowl has a mix of everything from chicken, honey and brown rice all the way to soy sauce and red onions.
If you like the idea of packing as many ingredients into a tasty afternoon dinner as possible while also being one of the healthiest small meals out there, you won’t want to miss out on serving up a Buddha Bowl.
Ready in just half an hour and a perfect combination of some savory cod mixed in with a few potatoes and just a little bit of bacon, the added vegetables and limited fatty ingredients makes this a protein-rich dinner idea for all those seafood lovers who are looking for a healthy alternative.
The very prominent, nuttyy flavor of tempeh goes perfectly with some extra greens and veggies and with a wallop of creamy and healthy Greek yogurt to finish the whole meal off, this is a meatless recipe that can be made in as little as 20 minutes.
13. Vegan Meatloaf
Another vegan-friendly option that uses chickpeas and baby bella mushrooms as part of the ‘bread’, when paired up with some green beans or even vegan mashed potatoes to add some softness to the overall meal, this is a delightfully healthy recipe that can be made in just a few minutes with barely any ingredients required.
14. ‘Skinny’ Alfredo
By switching out the heavy cream for some fat-free Greek yogurt, which is just as creamy and twice as delicious, you can make a signature alfredo dish much healthier while still retaining a lot of that thick and chewy texture that we all love snacking on so much.
Seared salmon is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids and protein, however the benefits don’t just stop there as it’s one of the healthiest seafood options you can eat and when mixed with that extra crunchiness of some cauliflower, it makes for a nutritious and mouth watering combination that you need to try out.
Speaking of cauliflower, try roasting them and pairing them up with a nice fresh bowl of kale along with some juicy raisins and pine nuts to make for one of the crunchiest healthy meals you will find.
If you want to make this dish even more filling, consider adding in some lightly crumbled feta cheese as a delicious extra.
If you’re looking for a healthy meal that is filled to the brim with flavor, you can’t go wrong with tilapia, a mild tasting fish that has a distinctive flavor that stands out even more thanks to the added mixture of cumin and paprika spices.
While you can also spread a smooth and creamy avocado salsa over the fish, if you want it to be as clean as possible you can just as easily leave this aside as the fish will still be bursting with flavor for you to enjoy.
When trying to keep your meals as clean and healthy as possible, while it is definitely a good idea to leave big beef cheeseburgers behind, baked ground turkey burgers are not only much leaner and healthier as they contain much less fat, but even without oil they still taste delicious, especially thanks to the low-sodium soy sauce that takes the sweetness factor to another level.
19. Crispy Tofu Bowl
A sweet-chili bowl of tofu has never tasted so good than when packed with a few crunchy cashews and resting on a bed of delicious quinoa.
Feel free to add any of your favorite veggies or light spices to this dish if you want to ramp the heat up even more.
While vegan black bean soup is often served as a side salad, by making a bigger portion with a few more added ingredients it can just as easily be enjoyed as a delicious afternoon main meal, especially when it’s a little chillier outside.
Always make sure you have a slice or two of crusty bread to soak up the delicious chicken broth and black bean flavor to make the meal as filling as possible.
With the soy sauce, ginger and jalapenos adding some extremely potent and delicious flavor to the ground turkey, this Thai-flavored meal puts a creative spin on the regular turkey and veg dinner by using a range of spicy ingredients that only adds up to 250 calories overall.
Perfect for when you are craving a bit of spice, but still want the meal to be as healthy as possible.
When switching to a healthy diet, there’s no reason you can’t still enjoy your meals to the fullest.
Try out a few of these delicious healthy dinner recipes to find your new favorite that you can prepare for the whole family today.