If you’re wondering what to make for dinner tonight, browse through this list of 60 healthy dinner ideas that take 30 minutes or less. Including omni, veggie, and vegan salads, soups, pasta dishes, and more!
As a food blogger, I’m constantly on the hunt for new and delicious recipes and fun dinner ideas to try. But even I get the “kitchen slumps”. There are evenings when you’re just struggling to decide on a quick dinner idea.
So let this list of simple and healthy 30-minute dinner ideas eliminate the stress. And keep you from giving in to takeout or unhealthy freezer food for dinner.
Luckily, here is a list of over 60 quick and easy healthy dinner ideas. So you’re bound to find the perfect options for dinner tonight, tomorrow, and perhaps the rest of the month. You might even return to some of the recipes to time and time again! Whether you’re in the mood for a light bite, a hearty salad, warming soup, quick and delicious pasta, or more.
I’ve also included a “build your own” section at the bottom of the post. It includes some of my favorite simple proteins and sides to assemble simple and delicious healthy meals for busy weeknights in no time!
Plus, for those running particularly low on time, about 1/3 of the recipes below can be prepared in 15 minutes or less. These recipes also primarily use inexpensive and easy-to-find ingredients. And they are often vegetarian, vegan, or can be adjusted to be so. For some of them, I also have the option to use an Instant Pot.
So, let’s jump into the healthy recipes for dinner success!
Easy Healthy Dinner Recipes
Quick And Healthy Salads
Whenever I’m struggling to come up with easy healthy food ideas for dinner, salads are my go-to. Even with minimal time and effort, you can prepare a hearty and delicious salad. It will be packed with nutrients and macros to keep your body nourished and satisfied.
Crunchy Asian Salad (10 Minutes)
Greek Pasta Salad (10 Minutes)
Thai Cucumber Salad (5 Minutes)
Red Cabbage Salad (10 Minutes)
Cold Broccoli Apple Salad (5 Minutes)
For even more salad dinner ideas for family, feel free to check out my list of 40+ salads!
If you aren’t in the mood for anything too heavy or filling, try one of these light, easy healthy dinner options in under 30 minutes.
Grilled Cheese (10 Minutes)
Avocado Toast (Multiple Toppings) (5-10 Minutes)
Chili Oil Noodles (10 Minutes)
Zoodles (5-10 Minutes)
Soups and Curries
Soups, stews, and curries make perfect sense on a list of healthy dinner recipes. However, they can often require an hour or more of low and slow simmering. Luckily, I’ve compiled a collection of my favorite quick dinner soups for you and your family!
Cream of Mushroom Soup (15 Minutes)
This 30-minute soup was just one of several recipes I created when competing on Netflix “Crazy Delicious”. You can check out my full Crazy Delicious recipe round-up for more fun family dinner ideas.
I also have an equally simple, versatile, and delicious Thai red curry recipe. You could enjoy it as a healthy 30-minute meal with rice.
Healthy Pasta Recipes in Under 30 Minutes
Choose a pasta dish below for a simple weeknight dinner. It will be packed with flavor but made with minimal ingredients, prep, and fuss. As easy dinner ideas go, pasta is one of my go-to’s for a meal that never lets me down. Even better, they’re highly versatile too – and easy to boost with extra veggies and proteins, for quick and healthy 30-minute meals.
Pesto Pasta (10-15 minutes)
You can use homemade (like the below traditional basil pesto, vegan green pesto, or sun-dried tomato pesto) or store-bought pesto. It all depends on how fuss-free you want your healthy dinner recipe to be. Match it with the pasta of your choice, along with quick-cooking veg and protein. Voila – a quick meal idea in under 15 minutes.
Avocado Pasta Sauce (15 Minute)
You may enjoy this roasted red bell pepper pasta sauce instead. Make it from scratch in just 30 minutes, or use canned peppers for a super quick dinner option.
You can enjoy this Bolognese sauce with spaghetti/pasta. Or, you could also pair it with mashed potato, nachos, fries, or even use it to stuff veggies. All of these make for hearty, plant-based 30-minute dinner ideas!
Wraps, Rolls, and Burgers
I nearly always have some form of pita bread or tortilla wraps (regular or gluten-free) in my kitchen. And they are just waiting to be turned into a quick weeknight meal. Best of all there are 1001+ ways to fill them!
For a meat-free, vegan alternative, you might enjoy this mushroom shawarma.
Eggplant Halloumi Wraps (15 Minute)
Looking for more burger ideas? This falafel burger is also a great healthy dinner recipe in under 30 minutes. If you have a little more time, you might also enjoy this sweet potato black bean burger. Or even this sweet potato burger in a mushroom bun.
Other 30-Minute Dinner Ideas
For those meals that I struggled to categorize, here are more delicious, quick, easy, and healthy dinner recipes for the entire family.
Stir-Fry Thai beef (15 Minute)
Vegetable Omelette (15 Minutes)
Build Your Own Healthy Dinners
Another simple way to pull together healthy 30-minute dinner ideas is by making the classic pairing of Protein + Starch (carbs) + Veggies. Below I’ve compiled my favorite of all three categories that you can mix and match for last-minute healthy meals for dinner.
Depending on what you have in your kitchen and the healthy dinner you’re planning, you could alternatively prepare sweet potato mash or mashed purple potatoes. Or, if you prefer, serve boiled potatoes or roasted new red potatoes.
Veggie and Egg fried Rice (15 Minute)
Alternatively, for a different flavor profile, give this super quick kimchi fried rice a try!
The Vegetable Side Dishes
Perfectly Cooked Asparagus (5+ Minute methods)
I’ve also previously shared a quick recipe for air-fried asparagus.
Sautéed Zucchini (10 Minute)
Garlic Sauteed Spinach (10 Minute)
Sautéed Sugar Snap Peas (5 Minute)
Sauteed Green Beans (10 Minutes)
More Recipe Roundups
- 30 Hot Lunch Ideas
- 50+ Healthy Breakfast Meal Prep Ideas on the Go
- The Essential Guide to Meal Prep + Meal Prep Ideas
- 50+ Healthy Vegetarian Breakfast Ideas
- 40 Easy Summer Salad Recipes – The Best Summer Salads
- 40+ Delicious Summer Drink Recipes
If you try any of these 30 minutes dinner idea recipes, I’d love to hear your thoughts/questions below. I’d appreciate a recipe card rating below and feel free to tag me in your recipe recreations on Instagram @Alphafoodie!