Healthy Main Dish Recipes

Chicken, vegetarian, and more ideas for healthy dinners. Choose from more than 980 healthy main dishes, tested and rated by home cooks like you.

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Easy Baked Tilapia

Rating: 4.5 stars 1242
This easy recipe for tilapia only takes a few minutes to prepare, uses few ingredients, and is flavorful.

Carrot, Tomato, and Spinach Quinoa Pilaf with Ground Turkey

Rating: 4.5 stars 61
I took some leftover quinoa pilaf and added black beans and ground turkey. It made an excellent one-dish meal that hits the table in a hurry. I found it was a good way to use up the leftovers from another dinner. We have the pilaf as a side dish for the two of us, and it is always too much. Adding ground turkey and black beans makes another unique meal that is quick to prepare. Enjoy!

Caribbean-Inspired Grilled Chicken Kabobs

Rating: 4.5 stars 38
Caribbean-inspired chicken kabobs. You can substitute green pepper for the red pepper, if desired.

Spaghetti Diablo with Shrimp

Rating: 4.5 stars 35
The sauce was tangy and sharp, mellow by my standards for spice, but just right for Nancy and Quinn. Topped with the shrimp, Pecorino cheese and some parsley, it was very satisfying.

Parchment Baked Salmon

Rating: 4.5 stars 84
Salmon baked in parchment paper is the best way to steam in great taste.

Red Split Lentils (Masoor Dal)

Rating: 4 stars 16
Indian-inspired lentils the whole family will love and babies, too. Once the dal and rice are at the desired consistency, it's ready to eat or freeze. Make sure mixture is completely cool before freezing. I use freezer ice trays and small individual glass bowls with lids.

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes with Angel Hair

Rating: 4.5 stars 255
This is something I threw together one day when I was faced with an abundance of fresh cherry tomatoes and basil from my garden. Delish!

Lemon Asparagus Risotto

Rating: 4.5 stars 171
Lower in fat than most risotto recipes but no one will know! I like to serve this as a main dish under some steamed halibut or other white fish.

Garlic Shrimp Linguine

Rating: 4.5 stars 951
A dazzlingly simple and delicious recipe. This is an elegant dish to serve drop-in dinner guests.

Chicken and Red Wine Sauce

Rating: 4 stars 972
A simple red wine sauce with brown sugar, garlic, paprika, salt, and pepper makes this dish simply yummy! Braised chicken breasts, brazenly good taste.
By Robin

Healthier Homemade Mac and Cheese

Rating: 4 stars 32
To make this rich mac and cheese recipe healthier we use whole wheat bread crumbs, low-fat milk and cheese, whole wheat noodles, and reduced the amount of butter. Serve with a salad for a healthy meatless dinner.
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Pesto Pasta
Rating: 4.5 stars 204

For a simple, savory dish cook chopped onions in olive oil and ready-made pesto. Toss with hot pasta and grated Parmesan cheese, then serve up hot or cold. Either way it's deliciously easy!