Cooking for the week: 5 Healthy Dinner Recipes

Greetings! The holiday season is upon us! Parties, gifts, decorations, shopping, it’s all ramping up in the next few weeks. After the indulgences of Thanksgiving, I’ve been making an effort to cook some simple, healthy dishes. Last week, I made Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili as well as Bok Choy Fried Rice.

I spend the weekend cooking up some goodies that you will see over the next few days. But first, I thought I would start the week with a roundup post of some healthy weeknight dinner recipes. These tasty dishes are all quick, tasty and filling and utilize a variety of fresh veggies, whole grains and lean protein. What’s your favorite easy dinner recipe? Tell me in the comments!


MONDAY: Winter Minestrone

This healthy, hearty soup is a great way to start your week. Packed with healthy vegetables, beans and grains it’s a filling meatless meal. This recipe will make ample leftovers for lunches and the rest can be frozen in single servings to pull out of the freezer when you don’t have time to cook. Learn how to freeze soup here.

TUESDAY: Lemon Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

Tilapia is an inexpensive, readily available mild white fish. It pairs well with almost anything and makes for a super fast and healthy dinner. It’s low in mercury, safely farmed and can be found fresh or frozen year round. This simple preparation used the tasty flavors of lemon and parmesan to dress up this dish. Start to finish this dish takes only 15-20 minutes total and is a perfect way to enjoy this healthy fish.

WEDNESDAY: Mini Turkey Meatloaves

These cute mini meatloaves are a perfect quick and healthy dinner. The entire recipe takes only 20 minutes and utilizes lean ground white meat turkey with healthy spinach for a filling meal. This lightened up comfort food is a perfect midweek meal.

THURSDAY: Skillet Lasagna

Lasagna is no longer a weekend treat! This easy recipe uses your cast iron skillet and takes only 40 minutes to make, start to finish. The leftovers will keep for 3-4 days and it is soooo tasty and comforting. It’s leaner than a traditional recipe because I added chicken sausage and cut way back on the cheese. Skim milk ricotta adds just enough creaminess without too many calories.

FRIDAY: Baked Coconut Chicken Fingers

This is one of my favorite recipes I’ve featured on this site. Healthy, fun, and simple it’s a perfect weeknight dinner. Everyone loves chicken fingers, but these are a healthier and tangier version than the deep fried nuggets you may be used to. Coated in unsweetened coconut and bread cumbs and baked till crispy, these go well with a fresh and light pineapple sauce. It’s a tropical treat you can enjoy for days.


11 Responses to Cooking for the week: 5 Healthy Dinner Recipes

  1. Jenn and Seth December 4, 2012 at 2:11 am #

    i wanna eat everything on on here – looks soooo good! those chicken fingers are such an inspired dish, i think i need to make those soon! and the skillet lasagna is absolutely genius! and the turkey meatloaves are so cute, and i have turkey in the freezer so i might have to do those soon as well!

  2. CCU December 4, 2012 at 9:41 am #

    I am inspired to make savoury my friend LOVE it 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  3. Anne @ Webicurean December 4, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    That minestrone looks so good! I need to make a soup with the turkey broth I just made–I’ll bet that would be perfect!

  4. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies December 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    Okay, I totally need to try skillet lasagna–you sold me. That looks so good!

  5. Joanna @ Chic & Gorgeous Treats December 4, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

    I love the idea of healthy dinners..despite that my blog is about indulgence, lol..Thanks for coming over Dara! Truly appreciate the support. xoxo

  6. GiGi Eats Celebrities December 5, 2012 at 4:21 am #

    I am loving the idea of meat muffins these days, but of course that would require me to have a muffin tin, which I do not have – Ah ha… And I am kinda too lazy to buy one because well, I feel like I might make the meat muffins once and then just get too lazy to cook – Wow, my excuse is laziness, I am sad! LOL

  7. marla December 5, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    Love this recipe! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post :)

  8. lisaiscooking December 6, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    The minestrone looks so good, and I love the mini meatloaves! For quick meals, I often turn to pasta with lots of vegetables.

  9. Lauren December 6, 2012 at 11:10 pm #

    Oh my goodness all of these looks amazing especially the minestrone soup!

  10. Nami | Just One Cookbook December 14, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    Ohhhh I have to make that skillet lasagna!! It’s so cold here (40F) today and I need some comforting dish like that. YUM!


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