Healthy Dinner Ideas

Charlotte's easy peasy Pesto Recipe

As a Registered Nutritionist, I regularly get asked about healthy dinner ideas that are quick, simple and not too expensive.

Healthy Dinner ideas

Mexican Dish Mix

There are some great websites out there that provide recipes and healthy dinner ideas that are quick, simple and often delicious too. Some of the websites I use include: BBC Good Food, Jamie Oliver’s recipe books and website, NHS recipe ideas, Love Food Hate Waste and Change 4 Life. Additionally, some of the supermarkets, such as Sainsburys Healthier Recipes, have great healthy dinner ideas that are often vetted by the Supermarket’s Nutritionists.

However, I’ve been meaning for a while to write down some healthy lunch ideas and healthy meal ideas that I can refer people too on my blog. Below is a list of some of my favourite dinner ideas that are – more or less – quick, simple, cheap, healthy and delicious – what more could you want from a “healthy dinner ideas” blog post? I’ve also included some vegetarian recipes and salad recipes in the list too.

  • Wholemeal toast with low sugar baked beans and a sprinkling of cheese

Extra tip: Add a side salad to make it at least 2 of your 5 A Day 

  • Baked potato with tuna and sweetcorn

Extra tip: If you like tuna mayo, try using some plain yoghurt instead of the mayonnaise and add a side salad to make sure you’re getting some of your 5 A Day

  • Spanish omelette with mixed vegetables and potatoes

Extra tip: Add some cheese to make it a completely balanced meal with food from all 4 food groups! Use free range eggs.

  • Spaghetti bolognaise with wholemeal pasta

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    Healthy Spaghetti Bolognaise Recipe

Extra tip: Halve the meat in the recipe and add some kidney beans to add fibre, one of your 5 a day and some plant-based protein. For a vegetarian recipe, just add all kidney beans or use Quorn for the mince

  • Homemade Caesar salad with salad greens, avocado and one crushed garlic and some lemon juice as a dressing

Extra tip: Make some homemade croutons by grilling some stale bread in a little oil and adding some rosemary. Add some free range chicken if you’d like, too

  • Grilled fish – salmon, mackerel with vegetables such as frozen green beans and some boiled potatoes

Extra tip: Try using cheaper, more sustainable fish options. Click here for a list of sustainable fish

  • Roasted new potatoes with homemade tomato and vegetable sauce and humous

Extra tip: Use leftover sauce the next day for a bolognaise or as a pasta sauce

  • Soups and stews – you can make these with whatever you like of course, but it’s a good idea to add some whole-wheat spaghetti for energy and some beans/lentils or meat and plenty of mixed veggies for a balanced plenty of veggies

Extra tip: Use up any veggies that are almost on their way out this way. It’s a great way to save money and reduce food waste

  • Whole-wheat lasagne with vegetables, beans or mince. Add an extra side salad to boost your vegetable intake.

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    Charlotte’s take on Ceasar salad

Extra tip: A lasagne isn’t such a quick recipe, so you could try using yoghurt or crème fraiche for a quick alternative to white sauce

  • Vegetables with couscous, feta cheese and harissa sauce. One of my favourite ever Delia recipes!

Extra tip: you could try adding chicken or fish on the side for a bit of extra protein

  • Sweet potato Shepherd’s pie with Quorn mince and beans and vegetables

Extra tip: Leave skin on some of the sweet potato, it might not look quite as good but it adds extra fibre into the meal

  • Baked sweet potato with baked beans, feta cheese and some green beans and carrots

Extra Tip: Try making your own baked beans or use the 5 Beans option from Heinz for added variety

  • Mini pitta pizzas with wholemeal pitta bread, tomato puree, plenty of vegetables and some cheese grated on top

Extra Tip: Add some quality meat as an extra topping, if you fancy it

  • Free range egg and cress sandwich on whole wheat bread

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    Wrap pizza anyone? So quick and delicious

Extra tip: Use different types of bread to spice up your sandwich, so you don’t get bored and to add variety

  • Mixed bean chilli with homemade guacamole (mash avocado, add lemon juice and chilli flakes) and quinoa

Extra Tip: Add some fresh chilli or chilli powder to taste and for some extra nutrients!

Extra Tip: You can actually use avocado instead of butter for this recipe

  • Ploughman’s salad with crackers, cheese, humous, grapes and plenty of vegetable sticks

Extra Tip: Make your own dips such as guacamole, tomato salsa and yoghurt dip

  • Salad recipes – I have too many ideas for these to list them here. Check out some of my salad recipes on previous blogs and ones I post on SR_Nutrition’s instagram

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    Anything goes with salads. The brighter and more colourful, the better

Extra Tip: Remember ANYTHING goes with salad these days – strawberries, watermelon, grapefruit, nuts, seeds, dried fruits….just toss it in

  • Porridge oats with nuts, fruit and yoghurt/milk

Extra Tip: Try making up your own muesli with oats, nuts, seeds and dried fruit for a quick breakfast recipe or as a quick meal idea when you’re in a rush

  • Vegetable stir-fry with added beans/chicken/quorn and some whole-wheat noodles

Extra Tip: Add nuts to your stir-fry or use peanut butter as a healthy stir-fry sauce

Extra Tip: Use plain yoghurt as an alternative to sour cream

  • Falafel in wholemeal wraps with humous and salad

Extra Tip: Falafel is ridiculously easy to make in a blender. Check out this healthy falafel recipe

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Healthy Dinner Ideas blog. Please do feel free to send or tweet me photos of your meals and if you have any healthy dinner ideas to add to this blog, send them in too.

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