Wondering what to make for dinner? You're in the right place! Below, you'll find easy dinner ideas to satisfy any craving. Think tacos, pasta, and more!
Do you ever have nights when you just don’t know what to make for dinner? When you run through a mental list of easy dinner ideas, but nothing sounds good? If you do, you’re in the right place. Below, you’ll find 60 healthy dinner recipes that are perfect for busy weeknights. Each one is quick and easy to make, but it still packs a punch of flavor.
Think roasted veggie tacos with a creamy, zesty sauce. Imagine luxurious baked feta and a comforting pasta ready in under 30 minutes. You’ll find all that and more among the easy dinner ideas below. I hope you enjoy looking through them! And the next time you’re craving something healthy, delicious, and quick, and I hope you try one. Fingers crossed it makes it into your regular rotation. 🙂
Easy Dinner Ideas for Taco Night
It doesn’t matter if it’s Tuesday, Thursday, or Monday. Any night can be taco night, especially if you keep a stash of tortillas in your freezer!
If you’re serving picky eaters, a taco bar is one of the BEST weeknight dinners. Set out a stack of tortillas with toppings like refried beans, fajita veggies, cilantro lime rice, salsa, and guac, and let everyone customize their meal.
These simple veggie tacos are such a fun, healthy dinner! They’re stuffed with spiced roasted cauliflower, cabbage, and a creamy avocado sauce.
Love all things sweet and spicy? These tacos are the easy dinner for you! A refreshing mango salsa accents the meaty, jerk-spiced jackfruit filling.
No cooking required! These energizing tacos are stuffed with cabbage, mango, avocado, and black beans. Serve them with drizzles of sriracha mayo.
Adobo sauce from a can of chipotles is the secret ingredient in this easy taco recipe. It’s a quick way to add rich, smoky flavor to the simple filling.
Ok, it’s not a taco, but it’s still an easy dinner that’ll use the tortillas in your freezer. This recipe calls for vegan cheese, but if you’re not vegan, feel free to swap in regular cheddar or Jack.
Healthy Grain Bowl Dinner Ideas
I hope you’ll get creative with the recipes below. Grain bowls are some of the most forgiving, flexible healthy dinner recipes, so you should feel free to make them your own. If you don’t have a particular veggie on hand, swap in one that you do have. Change up the grain, or replace one yummy sauce with another. With these recipes, you really can’t go wrong.
Guaranteed to give Chipotle a run for its money.
A scoop of sauerkraut adds a pop of bright, funky flavor to this healthy, gluten-free grain bowl.
This simple bowl is so light and refreshing! I love how the sweet mango and pickled ginger play off the earthy vegetables and savory tamari dressing.
The ultimate feel-good food! I steam the veggies here instead of roasting them, which makes this bowl extra-quick to assemble.
Simple, Dinner-Worthy Soups
Just add crusty bread to make them a meal!
A nourishing, comforting classic for chilly nights.
Jack’s favorite dinner recipe! Luckily for me, it couldn’t be easier to make.
This recipe is a Love & Lemons fan favorite, and it’s one of our favorites, too! I love it because it’s satisfying, flavorful, and easy to make with pantry staples. An herb-flecked broth surrounds aromatic veggies and French green lentils.
Can’t pick between pasta and soup? This recipe is the one for you!
This spicy soup is great on its own, but a few toppings – think Greek yogurt, avocado, pepitas, and pickled onions – will take it to a whole new level.
Once you add the ingredients to the Instant Pot, this healthy veggie soup practically cooks itself.
Quick and Easy Chili Recipes
Chipotles in adobo sauce add tangy, smoky flavor to this hearty weeknight chili.
Homemade chili powder adds extra complexity to this creamy vegan chili, but if you’re short on time, the store-bought kind works too. Save any leftovers for lunch the next day; the flavor improves after a night in the fridge.
My plant-based spin on white chicken chili! Blended white beans give it a wonderful creamy texture, and fresh lime juice and diced green chiles add zingy, zesty flavor.
This set-it-and-forget-it recipe is a lifesaver on a busy weeknight. You just have to sauté the onions and bell pepper–the Instant Pot takes care of the rest for you! In under an hour, you’ll be sitting down to a steaming bowl of smoky, spicy chili.
Easy Dinner Ideas to Serve with Rice
Quick dinner tip: frozen rice is your friend! You can either cook your own rice and freeze it or buy pre-cooked frozen rice at the store. Once you have it on hand, you’ll be able to easily make a meal out of these dinner recipes:
This recipe is everything I want in a weeknight dinner – it’s healthy, satisfying, flavorful, and easy to make. It’s also super flexible, so if you don’t have these exact veggies on hand, feel free to swap in what you do have. Sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, and broccoli would all be great here.
These savory, sesame-crusted tofu steaks crisp up beautifully in the air fryer or oven. Serve them with steamed veggies and cilantro lime rice for a healthy meal that’s better than takeout!
Easy Dinner Ideas for When You Have a Jar of Marinara
I love to make homemade marinara sauce when I have the time, but on busy weeknights, the jarred stuff can really come in handy. For instance, it gives you a head start on making these healthy dinner recipes:
Filled with a bright, creamy mixture of ricotta, lemon zest, and fresh spinach, these stuffed shells are pure comfort.
If you want to sneak some extra veggies onto your family’s plates, this recipe is a great way to do it. There’s an entire pound of spinach hiding among the pasta, tomato sauce, and cheese!
I blend marinara sauce with cashews to make the creamy sauce for this recipe. Then, I toss it with pasta and sautéed veggies to create a quick and healthy vegan dinner.
Quick Pasta Tosses
I always have an assortment of dried pasta in my pantry, so when I don’t know what to make for dinner, I often turn to these recipes. They’re quick and easy, and they come together with minimal ingredients. There’s a good chance you have everything you need to make one tonight!
My fresh take on the Italian classic. I add a big bunch of kale and–of course–lots of lemon.
If you have a jar of store-bought pesto on hand, this recipe comes together in minutes. But even if you make your own pesto, it’s still pretty quick. It’s my weeknight go-to when I have a bunch of herbs to use up in the fridge.
This colorful veggie pasta is a cinch to make on the stovetop. Ready in just 30 minutes!
If you score some baby artichokes at the farmers market or grocery store, you HAVE to put this easy dinner recipe on your to-make list. You’ll roast the artichokes until tender and toss them with pasta, pine nuts, and a rich lemon butter sauce. Take it from me, the combination is absolutely delicious.
I toss a medley of roasted veggies with penne, feta cheese, fresh herbs, and a bright lemon dressing. The exact veggies aren’t important here. Roast up whatever you have in the fridge!
Fresh tarragon, Dijon mustard, and sautéed mushrooms add sophisticated flavor to this weeknight pasta dish.
Easy Creamy Pasta Recipes
Need a quick comfort food fix? These easy dinner ideas are the ones for you.
This pasta tastes rich and decadent, but it’s actually lighter than you might guess. I blend cooked cauliflower into the sauce to create a creamy, velvety texture without any cream. Trust me, you won’t taste it!
In this recipe, blended cashews and roasted butternut squash create the sauce’s luscious texture – no dairy required! Balsamic, nutritional yeast, and fresh sage round out its cozy, savory flavor.
A hit with kids and adults alike, this plant-based riff on mac and cheese is the perfect family meal. It’s creamy, tangy, and unbelievably cheesy! Just 10 ingredients.
Blended white beans add plant-based protein to this pasta’s creamy sauce.
Easy Dinner Ideas to Use Up That Carton of Eggs
We’ve all been there – you’re not sure what to make for dinner, you open the fridge, and the first thing you see is a carton of eggs. If you’re really short on time, simple scrambled eggs are always a solid dinner option, but eggs can also do a whole lot more (and do it quickly!). Try using them in one of these easy dinner recipes:
Shakshuka is a traditional breakfast throughout North Africa and the Middle East, but it’s just as good for lunch and dinner. Serve it with pita or good crusty bread for scooping up the flavorful tomato and red pepper sauce.
Out of all the easy dinner ideas out there, a frittata might be the one I rely on most. It’s simple, fast, and amazingly flexible. Try one of the 5 variations in my recipe, or toss in whatever veggies you have on hand.
These savory Japanese pancakes come together with a few basic ingredients: eggs, cabbage, panko, and scallions. But they’re not complete without toppings. Load them up with vegan Worcestershire sauce, mayo, pickled ginger, sesame seeds, and sliced nori before serving.
This satisfying, healthy meal cooks up in a single skillet in under 30 minutes. Spice it up with dashes of your favorite hot sauce!
Weeknight Noodles and Fried Rice
Start keeping dry soba and rice noodles in your pantry, and these easy recipes will quickly earn a spot in your weeknight dinner rotation.
You can have these bright, nutty noodles on the table in under 30 minutes.
It’s impossible to talk about easy dinner ideas without mentioning stir fry! This one is heavy on the veggies, made with a colorful medley of broccoli, bok choy, carrots, and shiitake mushrooms.
The only thing you have to cook in this recipe is the noodles. Once that’s done, stir together the sauce, dice the mango and veggies, toss it all together, and eat!
The sauce is the star of this recipe. It has a creamy cashew butter base and a bright, citrusy flavor from fresh orange and lime juice.
Fresh orange segments add a welcome sweetness to this hearty noodle bowl. They contrast perfectly with the umami sautéed mushrooms and savory miso dressing.
Blitz together your own cauliflower rice if you have the time, but if not, the store-bought kind will work here too.
Stuffed Veggies and Potatoes
These healthy dinner recipes put veggies at the center of the plate!
You have two options for serving these zesty stuffed peppers: melt cheese on top (Jack’s favorite version), or drizzle them with chipotle sauce (my favorite). Either way, garnish them with avocado slices and a squeeze of lime juice before digging in.
In my opinion, stuffed sweet potatoes are one of the BEST healthy dinner ideas! They’re cozy, customizable, and easy to make. To streamline the process, prep the filling while the sweet potatoes bake.
Load yours up with cashew sour cream and plant-based bacon, or experiment with other fixings. A little cheddar cheese, roasted broccoli, a scoop of guac… So many different toppings can turn a baked potato into a satisfying, healthy meal.
While the squash is in the oven, cook the filling on the stove. It’s a hearty, flavorful blend of sautéed mushrooms, tempeh, walnuts, and fresh herbs that tastes fantastic with the sweet, creamy squash.
Super-Fast Veggie Burgers
Making homemade veggie burgers can be a time-consuming process, but it doesn’t have to be. These two recipes come together in under 30 minutes:
Serve these smoky, spicy patties with a slather of chipotle sauce and your favorite burger fixings.
Tamari and balsamic vinegar add rich, tangy flavor to these meaty grilled mushroom caps.
Healthy Sandwich Recipes to Make for Dinner
On busy weeknights, sandwiches are a great easy dinner. They’re unbeatably fast to make, and, with the right fixings (and good bread!), they’re filling and fun, way better than the average lunchbox fare.
This toasty sandwich is the perfect partner for a bowl of tomato soup.
This recipe is one of our go-to easy dinners in the summertime, when fresh tomatoes are at their peak.
Heads up: you’ll need to make the pickles for this recipe a day or two in advance. Once you make them, though, this crave-worthy sandwich will come together quickly. Sear the tofu in a hot skillet and stuff it into baguette with the pickles, cilantro, and a good slather of mayo. Drizzle with sriracha before you eat.
This recipe is one of my go-to easy dinner ideas in the spring, when I often have crisp veggies like radishes and cucumbers on hand in the fridge. It’s my vegan version of a pan bagnat, made with a briny chickpea salad, fresh basil, olives, and blanched green beans.
Healthy Dinner Recipes for Pizza Night
Did you know homemade pizza dough and sauce freeze perfectly? The next time you make them, double the recipe, and freeze half for an easy dinner down the road. If making dough from scratch isn’t your thing, good store-bought options are out there too. I recommend looking for fresh dough in the refrigerated section of your grocery store. It’ll work great in all of these recipes:
Love thick-crust pizza? Then break out your cast-iron skillet! It’ll help you make homemade pizza that’s crisp on the bottom and thick and chewy around the edges. Any toppings are fair game here. Pile on roasted red peppers, roasted tomatoes, pesto, sautéed mushrooms, or anything you like!
Who says you need cheese to make a delicious pizza? I top this one with a luscious cashew cream sauce and flavorful veggies like tomatoes, jalapeños, broccoli, and corn.
60 Easy Dinner Ideas
- 4 cups (32 ounces) marinara sauce
- 2 cups (16 ounces) ricotta cheese
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ¾ teaspoon sea salt, more for the pasta water
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 pound ziti pasta
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
- 1 pound fresh spinach
- 1½ cups smoked mozzarella cheese
- ¼ cup grated pecorino or Parmesan cheese
- Preheat the oven to 425°F. Spread ½ cup marinara in the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish.
- In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, garlic, lemon zest, oregano, red pepper flakes, ½ teaspoon salt, and several grinds of fresh pepper.
- In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain.
- Return the pot back to the stove. Over low heat, drizzle the bottom of the pot with a little olive oil and add the spinach. Toss and sauté 1 to 2 minutes until just wilted, working in batches if necessary. Turn off the heat, remove the spinach from the pot, and gently squeeze out some of the excess water. Coarsely chop it and set aside.
- Add the pasta back to the pot along with the remaining marinara, most of the chopped spinach, ¼ teaspoon sea salt, and more fresh pepper and toss until combined.
- Add half the pasta to the baking dish, top with dollops of the ricotta, the remaining spinach, and scoop the remaining pasta on top. Top with the mozzarella and pecorino cheese. Drizzle with olive oil and bake until the cheese is browned, 16 to 22 minutes.
- Garnish with fresh basil or parsley and serve hot.