Healthy Dinner Recipes For a Healthier You

We know we should eat healthy. We want what is best for our family. So why don’t we eat the way we are supposed to eat? Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why we tend to make unhealthy choices along with some helpful suggestions for healthy dinner recipes.

No Time to Make and Eat a Healthy Dinner

In today’s society, we are always on the go – working, running errands, driving our children to and from school and extracurricular activities; the list is endless. Grocery stores are turning into food malls. With all the aisles and selections to navigate, we may feel we don’t have time to go grocery shopping.

Because most people only have a few minutes to get dinner, they usually choose fast food, which is a convenient, albeit unhealthy choice. As a nation, the U.S. is getting fatter and unhealthier. What we need to combat this dilemma are healthy dinner recipe choices that can be prepared fast.

Quick and Healthy Dinner Choices

There are literally thousands of cookbooks on the market and many of them have exactly what we need: quick and healthy dinner recipes. But if you absolutely can’t find the time to make a healthy dinner at home; go to the grocery store. Most supermarkets have an area where they sell roasted chicken and deli meats such as sliced turkey. Both these options can be part of a healthy dinner. Grab a loaf of healthy whole grain bread, a bag of apples, and a gallon of milk and you have something much better for you than a quarter pound hamburger with greasy fries.

Healthy Dinners Save You Money

So you’ve decided that fast food isn’t the way to go. What about a sit-down restaurant? The food looks mouth-watering good! At only $12 a meal, you can have enough to satisfy you for hours. They serve steak, potatoes, pastas… and the desserts are to die for! When you look at their fantastic dinner menu you may want to think about what all the sugar, cholesterol and fat will do to your body.

As far as cost goes: It doesn’t cost $12 a person to eat at home. In fact, it doesn’t have to cost $12 for an entire meal for 5! What is more, you don’t save time this way. How long does it take to drive to the restaurant, wait for a table, wait for the food to be prepared, eat and drive home? In that amount of time you could have made an inexpensive, healthy dinner and eaten it at home.

How to Pick a Healthy Dinner Recipe

– Use recipes that contain low-fat ingredients like fresh vegetables, fruits, lean meat, whole grains and skim milk.

– Choose the freshest ingredients possible.

– Organic foods are grown without the use of pesticides and hormones and are the best food for your body.

It is all about having the best ingredients on hand at home to select and prepare a healthy dinner recipe for your loved ones.

Preparing dinner at home benefits you in more than time, money and health. It allows you priceless, quality time with your family. Sharing a nutritious meal around the family table is one of the many ways of enjoying healthy dinner choices.

Healthy Dinner Recipes Using Power Foods Will Help Erase Belly Fat!

Use these power foods in your healthy dinner recipes. You will have a full and satisfying dinner, without loading up on the wrong amounts of calories.

Power Foods
Almonds, and other nuts.
Beans
Berries (raspberries, blueberries)
Dairy (Yogurt, cheese, low fat milk)
Eggs
Instant Oatmeal (regular, unsweetened)
Olive Oil
Peanut Butter
Protein Powder
Spinach and other green veggies
Turkey and other lean meats
Whole grain breads and cereals

Now…here are some awesome healthy dinner recipes for meals using the power foods that I mentioned earlier.

Enchiladas
1 lb chicken breast, cubed
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 can (16 oz) fat-free refried beans
1 c wheat germ
6 whole wheat flour tortillas
1 can (10 oz) spicy salsa
3 oz reduced-fat Cheddar cheese, shredded
Salsa and sour cream for garnish

How to put it all together:
Cook the chicken, pepper, and spices in a nonstick pan over medium-high heat for 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the beans and wheat germ. Add 3/4 cup chicken filling to each tortilla, roll up, and place seam side down in a nonstick baking dish. Top with the salsa. Cover and bake at 350 F for 40 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese. Garnish with salsa, sour cream, and cheese.

Mighty Muffins
(Power foods: 3)
1 egg
1 pound lean ground beef
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup minced onion
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl, whisk egg and add everything else, mixing it with your hand until well blended. Divide mixture evenly into a 6-cup nonstick muffin pan. Preheat the oven to 375 F and bake for 25 minutes.

BBQ Pork Recipe
1/2 c uncooked instant brown rice
1/2 c frozen mixed vegetables
2 center-cut pork chops, 1 1/4 inches thick
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp mustard
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1/4 c bottled barbecue sauce
1 c applesauce

Cook the brown rice according to directions. Adding the vegetables as it cooks. Place the pork chops in a broiler pan. Mix together the garlic powder, mustard, brown sugar, and barbecue sauce, and brush the mixture on the chops. Put the broiler pan on the top oven rack, 4 to 5 inches from the heat source, and broil for 8 to 10 minutes per side. Serve with the rice, vegetables, and applesauce.

Pesto Pasta
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 c walnut pieces
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 c torn baby spinach leaves
1 tsp dried basil
4 oz whole-wheat spaghetti, cooked
2 Tbsp shredded part-skim mozzarella
Salt and pepper to taste

How to Make this healthy dinner recipe. Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add the nuts and toast them for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the garlic, spinach, basil, salt, and pepper. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes more, turning frequently. Toss with the cooked pasta and top with cheese. Makes 2 servings per 1-cup serving

Tortilla de Godzilla
(number of Power foods: 4)
1/2 pound extra-lean ground beef or ground turkey
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup canned kidney beans, rinsed and mashed
2 green chile peppers, seeded and diced
2 teaspoons chili powder
4 large whole-wheat tortillas
2/3 cup shredded lettuce
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup grated low-fat Monterey Jack cheese

How to prepare:
1. In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, cook the beef, onion, and garlic until the beef is browned. Drain the fat.
2. Stir in the beans, chile pepper, and chili powder, and cook until hot. Remove from the heat.
3. Warm the tortillas in the microwave for 20 seconds, then fill each tortilla with half the mixture. Top with lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese, and roll each tortilla tightly into a tube.

Bodacious Brazilian Chicken
(number of Power foods: 2)
1 lemon
1 lime
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1 can (6 ounces) frozen orange juice concentrate
11/2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 teaspoon hot pepper salsa
3/4 cup chunky salsa

How to Make this healthy dinner recipe.
1. Grate the zest of the lemon and lime into a resealable bag. Squeeze the juice from both fruits into the bag, and throw out the pulp and the seeds.
2. Mix in everything else except the chicken and salsa.
3. Drop in the chicken, reseal the bag, and refrigrate for a few hours.
4. Grill the chicken, turning and basting with marinade a few times, for 10 to 15 minutes or until the center is no longer pink. Serve with salsa.

Mas Macho Meatballs
(number of Power foods: 3)
1 pound extra-lean ground beef
1/2 cup crushed saltine crackers
1 large onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or whey powder
1 jar (16 ounces) tomato sauce
4 whole-wheat hoagie rolls
1/2 cup reduced-fat mozzarella cheese, shredded

How to prepare:
1. Mix the beef, crackers, onion, garlic, and flaxseed or whey powder into golf ball-size meatballs.
2. In a nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook the meatballs until browned all the way around. Drain the fat from the skillet, and add the tomato sauce.
3. While the mixture is warming, use a fork to scoop out some of the bread in the rolls to form shallow trenches. Spoon the meatballs and sauce into each trench, and sprinkle with shredded mozzarella, and top with the top half of the roll.

Chili Con Turkey
(number of Power foods: 4)
1 pound ground turkey
1 can (14 ounces) Mexican-style diced tomatoes
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14 ounces) whole-kernel sweet corn, drained
1 package (11/2 ounces) dried chili mix
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
1/4 cup water
1 cup cooked rice

How to Make this healthy dinner recipe.
1. In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, brown the turkey.
2. Add everything else but the rice, and cook over low heat for 10 minutes.
Serve over rice.

Salmon Rushdie Dinner
(number of Power foods: 5)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
1 clove garlic
4 6-oz salmon fillets
1 c cooked rice
Green vegetable of choice

How to Make this healthy dinner recipe.
1. In a baking dish, combine the oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, flaxseed, and garlic.
2. Add the fish, coat it well, cover it, and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
3. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.
4. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat it with cooking spray. Remove the fish from the marinade and place the fish skin-side down on the baking sheet.
5. Bake for 9 to 12 minutes. Serve with rice and a green vegetable.

This list of healthy dinner recipes will satisfy you without filling your body full of calories.

An Easy Dinner Recipe – Broiled Garlic Ginger Pork Tenderloin with Broiled Vegetables

This easy dinner recipe is also an easy clean up. You need only a broiling pan and a cutting board to make the complete meal. The menu features broiled pork tenderloin and broiled vegetables. Add a nice slice of bread to round out the meal. The vegetables are broiled right alongside the meat for a quick, easy dinner recipe that is sure to please.

Garlic Ginger Pork Tenderloin Dinner

3/4 pound pork tenderloin

1 Tablespoon garlic, minced

1 Tablespoon fresh ginger root, minced

seasoned salt

1 large onion, sliced thin

2 small yellow squash or zucchini squash

2 medium size tomatoes

1-2 Tablespoons olive oil

Few drops balsamic vinegar (optional)

kosher salt

  1. Preheat the broiler
  2. Combine the ginger and garlic. Pierce the tenderloin all over the surface forming little pockets. Rub the ginger and garlic mixture into these pockets. Season the outside well with seasoning salt.
  3. Place onto a broiler pan. Slice the onions, squash and tomatoes for broiling. Slice the squash in half lengthwise and the tomatoes crosswise. Slice the onion into slices and place on the broiler pan, cut side up, around the pork tenderloin.
  4. Brush the onions, squash and tomatoes with oil, then sprinkle with kosher salt. Optional: sprinkle the tomatoes with a little balsamic vinegar.
  5. Broil 4 – 6 inches from the heat for 8 minutes.
  6. Turn the pork tenderloin over. Broil for another 6 minutes.
  7. When the pork is done, transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes.
  8. Cut the pork into thin slices and arrange on dinner plates with the onion, squash and tomato. Enjoy!

You can roast any other vegetables you desire with this easy dinner recipe as well. Use sliced peppers, leftover boiled or baked potatoes or sweet potatoes.

This easy dinner recipe for pork tenderloin prepared is very with garlic and ginger, but it is delicious! It is worth the effort to make the pockets for the ginger and garlic. The spiciness penetrates the meat. If you don’t want to be bothered making the pockets, then coat the meat with the spices on the outside. I prefer Lawry’s Seasoned Salt for coating the outside, give it a good sprinkle. The salty spiciness makes this dish.

You can prepare a pork loin this way as well, but it will need to cook much longer. Usually, when preparing a loin, I prepare it this way, then put it on the grill for about 30 – 45 minutes or until done.

I hope you enjoy this easy dinner recipe and that it will inspire you to try broiling other vegetables and meats for an easy and quick meal.