Whether you’re wooing your date or just having dinner with a friend, it’s nice to impress them with a home-cooked meal. These quick dinner ideas for two healthy will do just that!
Impress your love with pistachio crusted salmon or whip up this easy, creamy and nutritious Roasted Sweet Potato Black Bean Salad.
1. Pistachio Crusted Salmon
A flavorful pistachio Parmesan crust adds texture and crunch to this simple salmon recipe. It’s easy enough for a weeknight dinner but impressive enough to serve at a dinner party.
The best part is that this healthy fish recipe can be made in less than 30 minutes! To make this quick meal even easier, you can use store-bought pistachios in place of the homemade ones.
This healthy dinner idea for two is perfect for those nights when you’re craving something comforting but light. It’s a great way to get your veggies and protein in all at once!
This healthy salad recipe is packed with fresh flavors and ingredients like roasted sweet potato, black beans, crunchy cucumber ribbons and creamy avocado. It’s topped with a delicious lemon tahini dressing and is definitely one of our favorite quick healthy meals! It also makes a great lunch the next day.
2. Shrimp Stir Fry
A quick and easy dinner that’s healthy, light, delicious and full of flavor. Juicy shrimp, crisp veggies and a homemade stir fry sauce that’s a little sweet and a little spicy come together to make this quick dinner recipe that the whole family will love.
This quick and easy dinner idea is perfect for a weeknight! It’s loaded with roasted sweet potatoes, black beans, avocado and fresh spinach tossed in a zesty lemon tahini dressing. This is a reader favorite and a must try!
This 20 minute tilapia dinner is a quick and easy way to have a healthy meal that’s loaded with plant-based protein. This dinner is made in one pan and is so simple to make! This is a great vegetarian dinner for two. It’s also freezer friendly!
3. Taco Salad
This delicious healthy dinner idea for two is loaded with protein and a variety of flavorful veggies. You can make it lighter by using turkey instead of beef or skip the chips altogether (see my tip below). It’s so fresh, tasty and healthy, it may be one of my favorite salad recipes ever!
You’ll love this easy, light dinner recipe that is perfect for weeknight meals or meal prep. You’ll find everything you need to whip this up in under 30 minutes!
Skip the store-bought dressing and use this simple homemade taco salad dressing recipe that includes sour cream, salsa and a bit of cayenne pepper. Then add the other ingredients like romaine, pico de gallo and crumbled Doritos. This healthy taco salad is best served room temperature or chilled and can be made ahead of time, too! You can even substitute the Doritos for other flavors if you like.
4. Smoked Salmon Salad
This salad recipe combines savory salmon, crisp cucumber, fresh arugula and pomegranate seeds with a creamy turmeric ginger dressing. Use grilled salmon instead of smoked if you prefer and substitute the avocado with another green, such as pepitas.
Use a high-quality extra virgin olive oil for this recipe – it’s worth the investment! Slowly whisk in the oil while mixing – this creates the perfect emulsion and keeps the dressing light and fluffy.
For this recipe, you’ll need thin slices of smoked salmon (also known as lox) or gravlax – or cooked flaked salmon for an easy substitute. Use a high quality, low-sodium variety for best results.
This easy healthy dinner is loaded with protein and veggies, all wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla for a delicious meal the kids will love. It’s also an awesome freezer meal option!
5. Loaded Baked Potato
The traditional loaded baked potato is stuffed full of butter, sour cream and bacon and while delicious, it’s definitely not the best meal option for your waistline. This recipe is a lightened up version and, depending on the toppings you choose, this can work for omnivore, vegetarian or pescatarian diets. Add grilled chicken for a meat-based version, or stir in black beans and corn to make a delicious Mexican-style potato that’s perfect for a vegetarian dinner.
Serve these twice-baked potatoes with a fresh green salad and you’ve got the perfect meal to balance out all that rich cheese, bacon and creamy potatoes. You can even prep these spuds ahead of time and bake them in the oven as needed for a quick weeknight dinner option. Try experimenting with the toppings to create different flavor combinations that your family will love.
6. Bok Choy Tofu
For a quick dinner idea that is easy, healthy, and delicious this baked tofu and baby bok choy dish hits the spot. With just a few simple ingredients this dish will be on the table in under 30 minutes.
Start off by preparing your rice and slicing the bok choy. You will want to clean your bok choy thoroughly, especially near the base of the stem. You may need to submerge your bok choy in water after cutting it to help dislodge any dirt that may be trapped within.
Heat the oil in a large skillet or wok over medium high heat, add scallion and cook until fragrant. Then add in bok choy and cook until just wilted. Once bok choy is cooked, add in the tofu and stir in sauce. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and serve. Alternatively, you can substitute the tofu with chicken or shrimp for a different flavor and more protein!