Meal planning week after week can get exhausting—especially when you’re trying to come up with new, but still healthy, ideas.
Luckily, you don’t have to spend hours scouring the web for the perfect recipes—because we’re going to come up with them for you! Get your shopping list ready, because it’s time to get your ingredients together for some easy-to-cook, nutritious meals.
What follows are seven days-worth of healthy dinners that’ll help you master your meals for the week ahead:
1. Turkey Taco Quinoa Skillet
We all know how healthy quinoa is, but cooking with it can sometimes seem bland and boring. Not with this skillet! This turkey-filled one-pan taco dish is not only flavorful, but it’s loaded with protein and other important nutrients — and it’s easy to make for the family.
Recipe: Spoonful of Flavor
2. Crispy Parmesan Garlic Chicken
Crispy chicken? Yes please. This 30-minute dinner is prepared with zucchini on the side, making it a balanced meal that requires very little effort. Tender chicken is breaded with breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese then cooked to perfection, and you can always use leftovers for lunch the next day.
Recipe: The Recipe Critic
3. Broccoli And Cheese Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
Whether you’re vegetarian, gluten-free, or just love squash, you’ll want to try this vegetable-filled spaghetti squash dish. The seasonal vegetable is loaded with broccoli and cheese, and it’ll be sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.
Recipe: Domestic Super Hero
4. Zucchini Lasagna
Everyone loves a classic lasagna, and this version is lightened up, using zucchini instead of regular pasta noodles. This version still includes beef, but you can make it vegetarian, or even use ground chicken or turkey instead. Note: If you want to cut back on carbs but not replace the pasta entirely, you could so half-zucchini, half-pasta instead.
5. Mushroom Pasta
This 20-minute pasta is loaded with mushrooms and flavor. All you need is some garlic, butter, parsley and onions, and you’ve got a restaurant-quality dish that’s much healthier than what you may find dining out. No heavy cream or extra salt necessary.
Recipe: RecipeTin Eats
6. Grilled Vegetable Quesadilla
When you think quesadilla, you think a heavy meal loaded with cheese and meat. But this version is loaded with grilled vegetables, mozzarella cheese, and pesto, making it still tasty, but much lighter and filled with an abundance of nutrients.
Recipe: Jo Cooks
7. Simple Salmon And Asparagus
If simplicity is your thing, you’ll want to try this healthy combination of salmon, rice, and asparagus. Salmon is seasoned with some spices and lemon and served with garlicky asparagus and a side of rice for a well-balanced meal that’s ready in under 30 minutes.
Recipe: Garnish and Glaze