Don’t get me wrong, I love sweet treats as much as the next girl (if not more). The beginning of January is a long way off, but now is the perfect time to double down on your intentions. And personally, in my quest to prioritize healthy eating, having a few go-to nourishing recipes in my back pocket always brings me closer to my goals. Finding a balance between indulgent and healthy options is definitely possible, and these healthy dinner recipes for two will get you there.
It was a few months ago, but I can assure you. The holiday season is my favorite time of the year. Friends and family gather to celebrate, and the kitchen never runs out of sweets. Nothing beats having chocolate chip pumpkin bread with your morning coffee. As the weather gets colder, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m thinking more about Christmas cookies, holiday cocktails, and carb-heavy breakfasts than nutrient-dense foods. , you know your body needs a break.
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14 healthy dinner recipes for two
And it still is. I fell prey to his mid-January slump, regained my resolve, and returned to eating less intentionally (i.e., doing a lot of takeout and cooking at home very little).Needless to say, I put inspiration on the back burner, but now I’m craving it all New dishes and colorful recipes. And since my partner and I are tasked with the ever-challenging task of cooking for the pair, we appreciate that these recipes are tailor-made for the two of us. Scroll through these conscious creations that will save you from the pile of
Sweet potato and chickpea bowl with feta yogurt
Why we love it: This bright bowl is packed with so many flavors and different textures.But here it is: the way Easier than it looks. Chickpeas and sweet potatoes are roasted in a trio of warm, savory spices (cumin, coriander, and paprika), and a mix of honey and maple his syrup adds just a touch of sweetness. Serve it all over a lemon-kissed blend of feta cheese and plain yogurt for the simplest and most outstanding meal.
Hero Ingredients: When can you eat sweet potatoes? no Was it hero material? Well, I’ll make an exception here — Harissa adds the perfect punch of heat.
Vegan flatbread with roasted carrots and red pepper hummus
Why we love it: When I think of flatbread, my head immediately goes to pizza and back a few notches to its light, flavorful cousins. The dough is still soft and slightly chewy, but the toppings are much more refreshing and packed with flavor. Store-bought naan is piled high with bright, spice-infused hummus and all the veggies your heart desires.
Hero Ingredients: I double the hummus. It’s exactly what you want when 3 o’clock hunger strikes.
green goddess pasta salad
Why we love it: It’s always a celebration when a recipe ticks all three boxes: easy, healthy, and delicious. And this riff on viral salads does just that: no frills but elegant, this simple pasta his salad is completely vegan and packed with a surprising amount of veggies. (Ok, probably not too surprising given the vibrant green hue.
Hero Ingredients: Nutritional yeast is a vegan favorite secret. It adds a delicious, cheesy flavor, minus the cheese, of course.
Why we love it: If you want something simple and comforting, then Stadt Kitchari is the place to go. A blend of split mung beans and basmati rice makes the base incredibly cozy, while the mixed spices keep you warm throughout. It’s our food editors’ go-to comfort food and is popular in Ayurveda for its detoxifying abilities.
Hero Ingredients: Ghee adds richness to your kitchari. Pro Tip: Add more on top to sweeten the deal.
Farinata with caramelized onions and pesto
Why we love it: This elegant and easy farinata is ready to take you on a warm day or sweet spring picnic. You can eat it at room temperature, so it’s a perfect dish for a planned assortment. And since chickpea flour is the base for farinata, this delicious main is naturally gluten-free.
8 Minute Egg and Avocado BLT Salad
Why we love it: Salad with toasted bread, eggs, avocado and bacon… no love? This easy weekday dinner is put together in under 30 minutes (win!). Plus, it’s as comforting as a traditional his BLT sandwich, yet brings a healthy combination of protein, fat, and veggies to your table. It’s a great way to incorporate veggies into your dinner and use up that stale bread on the counter or the almost-too-old lettuce glimpsed from your fridge. I’m all about it.
Hero Ingredients: 8 minute eggs are the unsung hero of this BLT (BLET?) salad. It’s just between medium-boiled and hard-boiled, so the yolk will harden but your teeth won’t stick to it. Tasty and hearty, it enhances the flavor of salads. that’s all.
Pappardelle with Shiitake Mushrooms, Kale and Jammy Leeks
Why we love it: If you’re a mushroom lover like me, this pasta is definitely for you. A dash of grated palm and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice finish this pasta, creating the perfect chewiness. increase.
Hero Ingredients: The jammy leeks really send this dish over the edge. By slicing them thin and cooking them slowly on the stove, they create a ‘jam’ consistency that sticks to the pasta perfectly.
Roasted cod with broccolini, winter squash and mint
Why we love it: With its elegant flair and easy preparation, this recipe is the definition of working smarter. Delicate, flaky cod meets seasonal broccoli and winter squash for a healthy, hearty dish. A savory punch of lemon, garlic and mint takes this recipe from fish and vegetables to a restaurant-quality dinner. Top it off with a few mint leaves and a drizzle of olive oil for a light and satisfying meal.
Hero Ingredients: Broccolini and winter squash take center stage here as seasonal vegetable staples. The lemony and garlicky flavors of these roasted vegetables make them the perfect companion for fish to eat with.
5 Minute Salmon with Curry Cauliflower and Vegetables
Why we love it: Salmon that melts in 5 minutes. do i really need to say more? The crispy, caramelized tops of these salmon fillets are brushed with honey and sriracha to create the indulgent main ingredient of a wholesome dinner. Pepper arugula flanks the fish to create a meal full of healthy fats, protein, veggies and fiber. What more could you ask for for dinner?
Hero Ingredients: Honey sriracha salmon, lore. Not only is it a great source of protein and healthy fats, it also tastes great.
Roasted butternut squash stuffed with goat cheese, figs and pesto
Why we love it: First of all, butternut squash never gets old. Especially not in winter.Second, this recipe calls for the pumpkin to be roasted with the skin on. (yay!). This easy, flavorful and filling vegetarian meal is both comforting and healthy. Goat cheese and pesto bring tangy flavors, while soft figs bring unexpected sweetness and tie the flavors together. Beautiful enough for a dinner party but easy enough for a dinner for two, this recipe is a true winner.
Hero Ingredients: Are figs a bad idea? Sweet, textural and slightly berry-flavoured fruit takes this squash to the next level by incorporating a delicious sweetness that’s ready to be welcomed with open arms.
Sheet pan veggie bowl with yogurt and herb dressing
Why we love it: Nothing beats a really good dinner that only takes 30 minutes to throw together. And bonus points when healthy! Stuffed with roasted vegetables and tossed with a creamy yogurt and herb dressing, this bowl ticks all the boxes flavor while filling your vegetable allotment.
Hero Ingredients: A yogurt and herb dressing transforms a sheet pan full of roasted vegetables into this sophisticated meal. Bright, tangy and smooth, drizzle plenty of yogurt-like goodness over these vegetables and enjoy a decadent bowl.
banh mi bowl
Why we love it: If you hate tofu, don’t write this off. Sometimes it’s bland, sometimes it’s boring, sometimes it’s weirdly cavernous. But sautéing it with lemongrass and soy sauce really transforms the golden protein, bringing in a lot of flavor and texture. It will surely satisfy the appetite of banh mi.
Hero Ingredients: The lightly pickled veggies bring a tangy and crunchy texture to this bowl, which contrasts with the delicious umami. You can use any veggies you like, but be sure to make extra snacks while piecing this bowl together.
Spring salmon and veggie grain bowl
Why we love it: The combination of healthy fats and grains in this bowl makes for a hearty meal that will fill you up without being too heavy. So you can keep feeling full without getting bored. Additionally, the dressing contains anti-inflammatory ingredients like ginger, turmeric, and honey to keep your body happy.
Hero Ingredients: Don’t skimp on the turmeric and citrus vinaigrette…the ginger dressing takes this bowl to another level and can be used as a dip for raw vegetables or as a dip for other salads.
healthy mexican bowl
Why we love it: We love melted cheese, flour tortillas, and oversized margaritas, but this Mexican bowl is lighter and healthier than your neighborhood Tex-Mex restaurant. This bowl of cabbage, cauliflower, and black beans doesn’t feel heavy when polished. Vegetable-focused, fresh and healthy, this recipe is the foundation of a fiesta.
Hero Ingredients: Agave-infused lime dressing is the topping for this bowl, adding a tangy flavor to the vegetables. Don’t skimp on this delicious sauce or pickled onion.