Tried and true healthy family favorite main dishes that we make again and again! Easy to make with choices from meatless to seafood, there’s a new recipe for you here that you’re sure to love.
This installment of our Healthy Eating series is all about main dishes. Not just any mains, though – these are the whole food recipes our family loves and eats time and again, so you know they have all passed the “this is so good” test.
Not only are they delicious and healthy, the recipes are also easy. There are a few that may take a bit more preparation since the maple-mustard chicken comes to mind, since the chicken needs to be coated, but even then we’re talking about an hour instead of 15-30 minutes.
Wait. 15 to 30 minute meals, really?
I’m always doubtful of the times given on some recipes, since chopping vegetables seems to take a long time, but there are honestly some 15 minute meals here, usually made with eggs or precooked chicken (either rotisserie or homemade rotisserie) that I like to keep in the freezer for times we need to eat quick.
Most of the time, though, I like to have 45 minutes to an hour for dinner prep and cooking, since that seems to be the sweet spot for meals that are healthier with more vegetables and with thought given to using up what we have.
I believe what we put into our bodies is so important that it really does deserve the time to plan and prepare on a regular basis. You can read more on this and tips to streamline cooking here.
You’ll find this list of more than 25 recipes organized into Seafood, Chicken, Beef & Pork, and Meatless sections.
I hope you’ll find some recipes here to add to your dinner rotations that are both healthy and worth your time, whether that’s 15 minutes or 45.
Easy Healthy Family Favorite Main Dishes
Seafood Dinner Ideas
Chicken & Turkey Dinner Ideas
Chicken Lime Lettuce Wraps (a true 15 minute meal using precooked chicken)
Beef & Pork Dinner Ideas
Kale/Swiss Chard & Sausage Frittata (a standby recipe for a quick, one-dish meal!)
Meatless Dinner Ideas
Be sure to check out all of our healthy family favorite main dishes here in the recipe index.
Read all of the Healthy Eating Series:
- What Is Healthy Eating
- Healthy Eating Tips: Making Time to Cook
- Healthy Grocery Shopping Tips: Shop Smart & Stay On Budget
- 17 Essential Cooking Tools for Healthy Eating: Cookware & Small Appliances
- 18 Essential Tools, Knives & Gadgets for Healthy Kitchens
- 25 Healthy Family Favorite Main Dishes (you are here!)
- 19 Healthy Soups, Stews & Slow Cooker Dishes
- 22 Healthy Bread and Breakfast Recipes
- 19 Healthy Snacks and Desserts