5 Light & Healthy Dinner Ideas
When I like something I always add it into my usual rotation and eat it again and again. One of the reasons I wanted to make this website was to share healthy delicious recipes via text and photos. That's because that's how I learn best. I never like going back to a video to have to rewatch it again, just to find a small part I forgot, I'd rather have everything clearly laid out. So that's what I'm doing (I will still make the occasional video though for those who learn best with that!). Here are my recent 5 favourite healthy recipes, I hope a couple can make it into your weekly/biweekly rotation!
1. Roasted Vegetables with 3 Kinds of Dip
This recipe is delicious the day-of and for days to come, which makes it the prefect food prep meal (I make a big batch of it). The 3 sauces are all different, giving the veggies a slightly tangy, nutty, or herby taste. This dish is naturally colourful (rich in so many different nutrients), healthy, and super easy to make.
click here for the full recipe.
2. Zoodles with Creamy Tomato Sauce & Turkey Meatballs
I eat this at least once a week for dinner and 1-2 times for lunch the days after (I always make extra). I saw Ariana Grande post her homemade zoodles on her instagram story once, and since her family is Italian, it must be an acceptable way to make pasta🤔.
Click here for this recipe.
3. Baked Chicken Loaded Veggie Salad
This recipe was inspired by my first official job at Swiss Chalet (a restaurant in Canada). I was a hostess at lunch/dinner time, but sometimes in the morning I also did prep work for things like salads and side dishes. Their 'Garden Salad' uses similar vegetables but I added in a few more of my favourites, plus some sunflower seeds for a little more texture and crunch (I also took out that one tomato wedge, because no one ever ate that anyways). My dressing of choice is honey mustard...because everything is better dipped in honey mustard. This dressing is homemade and vegan, so you can easily make this whole salad vegan if you just don't add the chicken (maybe some baked tofu or tempeh instead?). Also, this method of baking the chicken makes it really tasty and juicy, but if you're pressed for time you could just simply fry or grill it. This is my dream salad because it has all of my favourite components mixed in with a little nostalgia. Also, it's packed with vitamins and healthy fats! Feel free to swap out any ingredients for ones that you prefer to make your greatest salad too (but also try mine because I think these items work well together!).
See how to make this salad here.
4. Vietnamese Sweet & Sour Soup with Salmon
Whenever I went to a Vietnamese restaurant I usually stuck to what I knew I liked, Pho. One time my husband decided to order a Sweet & Sour Clam soup to share, and it was love at first bite (sip?). This recipe is an adaptation of that. It's one I make often (almost every week) because it's healthy and full of flavour. As I mentioned, the more traditional soup I tried had clams in it. I swapped those for salmon because I like the taste of salmon better, it's a great source of omega-3 fatty acids (healthy fat), it's a little easier to find, and easier to clean and cook with. If you prefer a different fish or clams you can go for that instead of salmon. Also I should mention, there is fruit in this soup. I found this really weird at first because I had never seen or tried it before, BUT I'M TELLING YOU, it's amazing! Maybe it's like the pineapple on pizza idea..it's not for everyone, but somehow it works, and you should try it before you form an opinion on it. The fruit adds this sweet essence to the other salty, spicy, sour, and herby flavours to give that complex, rich taste of asian cuisine that I love. I like mine with a lot of dill because its adds an aromatic, fresh, delicate oomph to the dish. I always make a big batch of this recipe and warm up leftovers for lunch days after, I never get sick of it.
Check out the full recipe here.
5. Steamed Chicken With Ginger & Spring Onion
As we head into fall; this is the perfect healthy, comforting, light but deliciously flavoured dish. It's something I often make when I have dinner guests because everyone likes it and it goes great with a number of side dishes and rice (it's also not too complicated or time consuming). This is a Cantonese dish that's both my husband and I's frequent go-to when we don't know what to eat. Steaming is a big part of Cantonese cuisine and I've come to love this healthy way of cooking that gives a very delicate taste.
Get the recipe here.
Please share links to your favourite recipes below in the comments, I'd love to discover some new ones!