5 Quick and Healthy Recipe Ideas for Busy Weeknights

Do you want to make a healthy, easy dinner for your family? These easy weeknight dinners are great for those with busy schedules.

Recipe Ideas for Busy Weeknights

Chicken Tikka Masala

This is a rich, spicy curry with charred, marinated chicken pieces in a bronze-orange sauce made from cream, tomatoes, and spices.

This recipe makes a delicious weeknight meal because it is easy to prepare with ingredients from the grocery store. This recipe is also a great source of protein. You can swap out the chicken with shrimp or lamb to make a more flavorful and nutritious dish. You can make the tikka masala up to three days before and store it in the refrigerator. Just reheat the day of serving. This is a great meal with rice sprinkled with saffron and some grilled flatbread to mop up all that silky, delicious sauce. 

Lemon Garlic Butter Salmon

Try this shrimp and zucchini noodles recipe for a healthy weeknight dinner low in carbs. It’s a deliciously light meal you can whip up in 30 minutes.

This baked salmon recipe with lemon garlic butter sauce is a must-try! It’s easy and fast with only ten ingredients and tastes delicious. 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat it lightly with olive oil or nonstick cooking spray—place salmon skin-side down on foil and generously season with salt and pepper. Top with butter/garlic mixture and bake for about 5 minutes or until fish is cooked and flakes easily when poked with a fork. Serve with roasted veggies or rice. You can find more easy recipes online through websites like GoodCook recipes.

Sheet Pan Chicken

Sheet pan dinners are a great way to get a healthy meal on the table fast. They are easy to prep and hands-off while they cook so you can get other things done.

This healthy sheet pan chicken has a bold, warm spice blend that makes this a great fall recipe. Add seasonal vegetables like green beans or carrots if you need sweet potatoes.

This hearty sheet pan meal has meaty chicken thighs and broccoli florets tossed in a simple scallion-ginger sauce. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to feed more people. You can substitute the broccoli florets with kale or any other leafy green.

Carrots Bacon, Split Pea Soup

There’s nothing better than a warm bowl of soup, especially one you made yourself. This simple split pea recipe is a tasty meal that combines vegetables such as onions, carrots, potatoes and green split peas with bacon.

In a large pot, sauté the celery, onion and carrot until softened. Stir in the bay leaf, garlic and spices. Add the split beans and vegetable or chicken broth.

Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until the peas are cooked down. Serve the soup garnished with crumbled bacon or chopped parsley.

Pure half the soup to make it creamier. Blending hot liquids can cause you to burn yourself if they spout quickly.

Grilled Shrimp Pasta

This quick and easy shrimp pasta recipe is a marriage made in dinner heaven. Juicy shrimp bathed in a simple tomato sauce full of fresh herbs and just the right amount of spice! A delicious weeknight meal that is perfect for a family dinner or a date night dinner.

Cooking this healthy dinner in foil packets makes it easy to assemble and allows the flavor to marinate while everything cooks simultaneously. The flavors of this tangy eggplant dish pair well with a wild rice salad and some crunchy flatbread for the ultimate meal!

This creamy and hearty chicken and broccoli skillet is the definition of a comforting yet healthy one-pan dinner.