21 Easy and Delicious Dinner Recipes

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If the word “easy” in our title, “21 Easy & Delicious Dinner Recipes”, didn’t catch your attention, I know that the combination of “easy” and “delicious” did. It was probably shocking to you when you first started your health and fitness journey and realized that healthy does not equal “bland”, “disgusting”, or my favorite commonly used adjective: “dirt-tasting”. You and I both know that people who don’t eat healthy foods use these adjectives to describe them.

We, the people who do eat and thoroughly enjoy healthy foods, know the truth: instead of tasting bland, disgusting, or like dirt, healthy food is actually delicious! With that in mind, be prepared to be amazed by the fact that healthy equals both delicious and EASY. With these 21 easy and delicious dinner recipes, you can have three weeks of healthy, tasty, simple dinner recipes.

Eating a Healthy, Balanced Diet

I remember when I first started eating a healthy, balanced diet…My boyfriend was livid. I turned down our usual dinner: pizza. I stopped buying sweetened iced teas and soda at the grocery store. And, I even said “no, thank you” to sharing ice cream (my favorite pastime). While all of these things took a while for him to get used to, what he just couldn’t get used to was how long it would take me to cook us dinner.

“Dinner will be ready in an hour.” I’d say, after work.

“Can’t we just order pizza? It’s eight o’clock,” he’d moan.

You can probably assume how that situation ended…with us eating a very yummy, healthy dinner, but at nine o’clock at night. The worst part for me wasn’t the timing, though, it was how stressed out I was in the kitchen during that hour it took to cook dinner! I couldn’t even talk to him while I was cooking because I was trying so hard to concentrate on the meal.

With that being said, I have fallen in love with these 21 recipes that take healthy dinner to the next level: the level that’s both flavorful and stress-free. After reading through these delicious and easy dinner recipes, you’ll want to grab your apron and take dinner to the next level, too!

1. Quick & Easy Herb-Crusted Cauliflower Steaks

This SkinnyMs meal may be vegetarian, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t capture the savory flavors of steak. It’s perfect for those of us who enjoy meat from time to time, but also like a good vegetarian meal. It’s also perfect for those of us who are looking for an easy, yet delicious, dinner recipe!

2. Cheesy Chickpeas

Chocolate Covered Katie’s Cheesy Chickpeas are delicious (especially when served over whole grain pasta) and so easy that they’re ready in just 15 minutes! The chickpeas and beans will fill you up and leave you satisfied, while the richness of the dish will please the whole family–again, in just 15 minutes of cooking!

3. Sheet Pan Marinated Steak Tips with Veggies

I swear by sheet pan recipes because not only do they make for easy recipes to cook, but they also make for a super easy clean up. Double the easy! Double the easy is brought to you here, meat-style, by Lexi’s Clean Kitchen.

4. Easy Vegan Gluten-Free Pizza

My boyfriend and I don’t even need to miss ordering pizza for dinner with this recipe! Minimalist Baker does not disappoint with this pizza recipe that everyone will enjoy–even all of you vegans and gluten-free eaters! This recipe is so easy to make and it calls for healthy ingredients like:

  • Almond flour
  • Flaxseed meal
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Olive oil

It’s, therefore, sure to make for a great dinner any day of the week! But, then again, when does pizza NOT make for a great dinner any day of the week?

5. 5-Ingredient Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Behold! The ultimate crowd-pleaser: our SkinnyMs 5-Ingredient Instant Pot Mac and Cheese!

Kids will love this mac and cheese recipe because, well, mac and cheese is just a childhood favorite of pretty much everyone. Adults, you’ll all love this recipe too! I mean, who doesn’t love to reminisce on the good old days of being a kid without breaking your diet or slaving in the kitchen?

6. Chicken Fajita Stuffed Zucchini

With this recipe, you can have your fajita and eat it too! Sugar Free Mom has developed this recipe so that you can get your veggies in with zucchini and sweet peppers, while also getting your cheese fix, all in one delicious and easy dinner.

7. Easy Slow Cooker Taco Chicken

The Pretty Bee has created this super easy dinner recipe for all of us who want to celebrate Taco Tuesday without spending hours in the kitchen cooking. Tuesdays are work nights, after all. Luckily, the slow cooker does all the work here!

I love coming home from a long day of work to a delicious-smelling house and a meal that’s basically done and ready-to-eat! We tend to lightly toast some mutli-grain tortillas and then fill them with this easy peasy taco chicken. If we’re looking for a low-carb night, though, we just eat the chicken as is! It’s THAT good!

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