Eight Healthy Dinner Recipes

With a few simple swaps, your favorite dinner recipes can be healthy and low calorie.

Dinner table image via shutterstock

Dinner table image via shutterstock

Looking for a healthier version of your favorite dinner recipes? With some easy swaps, these classic recipes can be made healthy and low calorie, while still tasting just as delicious as the original. Try these healthy dinner recipes this weekend.

1. Cod Fish Tacos
via Urban Cookery

Fish tacos sometimes have a tendency to be bland, but this recipe uses a tomatillo and avocado salsa to punch up the flavor. Try roasting the tomatillos before adding them to the salsa for added smokiness.

2. Oven Baked Turkey Meatballs
via The Honour System

These meatballs would be great over whole wheat pasta or steamed spaghetti squash. You can substitute bread crumbs for the coconut flour and olive oil for the coconut oil, but then the meatballs will no longer be gluten-free (as advertised).

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3. BBQ Chicken Pizza with Cauliflower Crust
via Peaches & Cream 

Slash calories from pizza night by making the crust from cauliflower. You can also use all coconut flour (instead of the almond flour). When looking for BBQ sauce, try to find one without sugar added (such as a brown sugar flavor) and one that is low in sodium.

4. Chickpea Vegetable Curry
via Oatmeal with a Fork

You can whip up a vegetable curry in no time with this recipe. It’s a good base recipe for adding your favorite vegetables or even cubed lean meat such as chicken or turkey. Serve over rice, quinoa, or even lentils for a complete meal.

5. Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
via Peanut Butter and Peppers

This recipe is written for a crockpot, but you can make it on the stove and allow the soup to simmer for several hours. Alternatively, you can also put a dutch oven in a 350 degree oven for four hours. Which ever way you choose will be equally as delicious when finished.

6. Roasted Chicken and Kale
via Simple Roots

Few dinners are as classic as roasted chicken and potatoes. This recipe only uses bone-in chicken breasts to eliminate the dark meat (plus extra roasting time). Use low sodium soy sauce but don’t add anymore salt to the chicken before roasting, or the chicken will be too salty to eat.

7. Whole Wheat Lasagna Roll Ups
via Wishful Chef

This is lasagna jazzed up for a fun meal for the kids. The current recipe is a plain lasagna but try adding frozen spinach, mushrooms, zucchini, or olives for an added veggie punch. Low-fat cheese and whole wheat lasagna noodles will make this even healthier.

8. Eggplant Parmesan
via Citron Limette

The easiest way to make a great eggplant parm healthy is to skip the frying stage and use panko breadcrumbs for a little crunch. If you want a play on eggplant lasagna, try layering in browned ground chicken mixed with marinara sauce.