Healthy Dinners for Two
Having a nice dinner in together doesn't mean you have to splurge. Keep on track with your health goals while eating some delicious dishes, by using our collection of recipes for two. These meals serve a pair, so you don't have to worry about leftovers. They also mainly focus on veggie-heavy ingredients lists, utilize plant-based proteins, and emphasize whole grains.
Simple Lemon Herb Chicken
This no-fuss recipe makes the perfect main dish for dinner. The simple ingredients list means you'll almost have everything you need on-hand. Serve the chicken over a salad, with a side of vegetables and grains, or chopped in a whole-wheat wrap.
Individual Grilled Veggie Pizzas
Firing up the grill together can be a fun activity for an evening in. This recipe loads up your pizza crust with pesto, two cheeses, and a variety of vegetables. For an extra kick of flavor, some reviewers recommended briefly marinating the veggies.
Grilled Salmon with Curried Peach Sauce
Change up your seafood game with this Indian-inspired dish. A grilled salmon steak is smothered in a sweet and savory peach curry sauce, perfect for serving with a side of steamed green beans and basmati rice.
Baja-Style Chicken Bowl
Not only is this dish just the right serving for two, but it also cooks in one pan so you don't have to worry about washing up afterwards.
Stuffed Peppers My Way
Stuffing peppers is one of the easiest ways to dress up a combination of grains and vegetables. Seasoned Arborio rice is paired with tomatoes and feta cheese in this recipe. For extra flavor, cook the rice in broth, but remember to use vegetable broth if you want this to be a vegetarian main dish.
Zucchini e Pomodori Gratinati (Zucchini and Tomato Gratin)
Cheesy, herby, and savory, this Italian casserole is sure to be a showstopper. Zucchini and tomatoes are layered with fresh herbs and Parmesan cheese before baking. Serve with a side salad and crusty baguette for a complete meal.
Chicken, Asparagus, and Mushroom Skillet
Dishes will be easier than ever with a one-skillet dinner. In this recipe, chicken breast, fresh asparagus, and hearty mushrooms are sautéed in an herby butter until deliciously tender. Serve with a side of whole-wheat pasta or brown rice to soak up the excess sauce.
Stir-Fry Chicken and Vegetables
Stir-fry is a simple way to add more veggies to your dinner. Broccoli, bell pepper, and zucchini all make an appearance in this dish. The vegetable combination is cooked with chicken in a savory soy sauce, making it perfect for serving with a side of rice.
Salmon Fillets with Spinach for Two
A healthy dinner for two is ready in about 35 minutes! "Frozen spinach and garden vegetable cream cheese combine with salmon fillets," says Bibi. "This is easy to double to 4 servings. Created for a regular oven, this recipe is easily prepared in an air fryer by reducing the temperature by 25 degrees and reducing the time by five minutes. Be sure to monitor for doneness, because overcooking will dry out the salmon."
Grilled Tofu Skewers with Sriracha Sauce
This simple recipe is perfect for tofu novices and experts alike. A marinade of Sriracha, soy sauce, and sesame oil to give the tofu and vegetables flavor from the inside out. Then, a few minutes on the grill adds an extra layer of taste thanks to the smoky char left on the skewers.
California Bounty Beef and Vegetable Noodles
Lightly seasoned beef is served up on a fresh bed of shredded zucchini, creamy avocado, crunchy radishes, and juicy cherry tomatoes in this colorful dinner for two.
Broccoli and Chicken Stir-Fry
Skip ordering takeout and instead throw together this flavorful recipe. Tender pieces of chicken are tossed with sautéed broccoli in a sweet and salty soy-brown sugar sauce. Serve over rice or noodles for a complete meal.
Pasta with Swiss Chard
"Garden fresh Swiss chard is quickly cooked with olive oil, garlic, and capers in this quick and easy Italian-inspired meal," describes recipe creator JNADRIG. Use whole-wheat pasta for an even healthier meal.
Grilled Fish Steaks
Simple and light, these halibut fillets are dressed up with a squeeze of lemon, sprinkling of fresh parsley, and plenty of a pinch of dried basil. Try it with a side salad or steamed veggies.
Ultra Easy Pineapple Chicken Kabobs
Get a serving of veggies and fruits in with these super simple chicken kabobs. Some reviewers swapped in teriyaki sauce for the barbeque sauce to give the recipe a more Asian flair.
Vermicelli Noodle Bowl
Throw some shrimp on the grill to make this easy dinner for two recipe. Since rice noodles cook in minutes, and half of the ingredients are served fresh, it comes together quickly.
Tender Tomato Chicken Breasts
"This is a light, juicy, flavorful dish," says recipe creator Erin. "Being a mom of a 7 month old, I've learned to take a lot of shortcuts and still be able to cook quality food. This is quick, easy, and tasty. If you absolutely must use fresh veggies, that's ok, but frozen veggies, in my opinion, work a little bit better."
Mushroom and Black Bean Quesadillas
Packing in the plant-based protein with black beans, alongside fresh mushrooms and onions, these quesadillas are a healthy option for a dinner in. Serve with a side of your favorite salsa, sour cream, or guacamole.
Grilled Tilapia with Mango Salsa
A little smoky, a little sweet, your date night at home will be all the better for trying this fish dish. "Don't let the list of ingredients fool you: this is super-easy, and gets rave reviews whenever I serve it. The salsa can be made the day ahead to save time," shares recipe creator Naomi Witzke.
Mediterranean Chicken and Pepper Casserole
Cheesy pasta may not sound ultra healthy, but with plenty of vegetables, herbs, and slices of chicken breast, it's a well-rounded meal for two. "I like to serve this with a light salad and crisp white wine," suggests recipe creator Buckwheat Queen.
Naan Veggie Pizza
Resist the temptation to call up your local pizza joint and instead make this produce-packed pizza at home. Using naan bread as the base keeps things simple, with the two of you able to customize with your favorite toppings.
Stuffed Butternut Squash
This vegan-friendly dinner is the ultimate autumnal recipe. A split butternut squash is stuffed with rice, chickpeas, and Brussels sprouts to create a hearty main for two.
Italian White Bean Chicken
The dynamic duo of protein, chicken breasts and beans, are dressed up with fresh vegetables in this bright dinner dish. Since the flavors are simple, you can customize to your heart's content with herbs and spices.
Zucchini Noodle Primavera
Switch up your usual pasta night in with spiralized zucchini instead. Each bite is pepped up with rich olive oil, creamy pecorino cheese, and herbaceous oregano.