Healthy Main Dish Recipes

Chicken, vegetarian, and more ideas for healthy dinners. Choose from more than 980 healthy main dishes, tested and rated by home cooks like you.

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Carrot, Tomato, and Spinach Quinoa Pilaf with Ground Turkey

Rating: Unrated
I took some leftover quinoa pilaf and added black beans and ground turkey. It made an excellent one-dish meal that hits the table in a hurry. I found it was a good way to use up the leftovers from another dinner. We have the pilaf as a side dish for the two of us, and it is always too much. Adding ground turkey and black beans makes another unique meal that is quick to prepare. Enjoy!

Caribbean-Inspired Grilled Chicken Kabobs

Rating: Unrated
Caribbean-inspired chicken kabobs. You can substitute green pepper for the red pepper, if desired.

Chana Masala (Savory Indian Chick Peas)

Rating: Unrated
Indian food is not just curried sauces. It's not too exotic either. Unless 'exotic' is code for 'yummy and full of flavor.' This dish features a healthy mixture of chickpeas, tomatoes, onion, and spices. Both carnivores and vegetarians will enjoy this meal. My kids love it. Leave out the green chile if the kiddies will be eating. Serve over basmati or jasmine rice and enjoy. Namaste y'all!

Spaghetti Diablo with Shrimp

Rating: Unrated
The sauce was tangy and sharp, mellow by my standards for spice, but just right for Nancy and Quinn. Topped with the shrimp, Pecorino cheese and some parsley, it was very satisfying.

Parchment Baked Salmon

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Salmon baked in parchment paper is the best way to steam in great taste.

Red Split Lentils (Masoor Dal)

Rating: Unrated
Indian-inspired lentils the whole family will love and babies, too. Once the dal and rice are at the desired consistency, it's ready to eat or freeze. Make sure mixture is completely cool before freezing. I use freezer ice trays and small individual glass bowls with lids.

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes with Angel Hair

Rating: Unrated
This is something I threw together one day when I was faced with an abundance of fresh cherry tomatoes and basil from my garden. Delish!

Lemon Asparagus Risotto

Rating: Unrated
Lower in fat than most risotto recipes but no one will know! I like to serve this as a main dish under some steamed halibut or other white fish.

Gnocchi I

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This simple potato, flour, and egg recipe is one my family has used for generations.

Pesto Pasta

Rating: Unrated
Easy to make, but full of flavor! Good hot or cold.

Amazing Pork Tenderloin in the Slow Cooker

Rating: Unrated
This will melt in your mouth! This pork tenderloin soaks up the yummy juices as it cooks. Make sure to serve up the au jus on the side - its amazing! This recipe is so simple, you will love it!
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Maple Salmon

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This is the best and most delicious salmon recipe, and very easy to prepare. I love maple in everything and put this together one night. My husband totally loved it; he did not like salmon that much until he had this.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Unbelievable Chicken

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One-Dish Rockfish

Rating: Unrated

Rockfish fillets are placed on a bed of fresh spinach, seasoned with dill, lemon pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper and topped with lemon, onion, and baked for a great-tasting, one-dish meal.