Healthy dinner ideas for beginners
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Eating healthy and good food is one of the most enjoyable things we can do in life. We all know how important it is so keep a good diet and lifestyle, but many of us struggle greatly with coming up with ideas for a healthy quick meal or some healthy dinner ideas.
Most of us associate nutritious meals with being time consuming and pricey, but the truth is actually that eating healthy does not have to be difficult or expensive at all.
Cooking up a good healthy dinner can be like a form of self care for many, much more than just a hobby. We are using our creativity and skills to make something with love to nourish ourselves from within and there is something just beautiful and calming about that knowledge.
Enjoying a delicious dinner that we made from scratch in the safety of our home can remove all the stress and tiredness that a busy day gave us. Having a hearty and wonderful meal also helps to prevent depression and lifts our spirits.
Your idea of a delicious dinner may consist of recipes involving things such as sausages, barbecues, pizzas or other types of fattening foods. The sad reality is of course, that if we continue to eat like that for a longer period of time, we are bound to suffer from high blood pressure or heart problems in the long run.
The good news are though that it is very easy to start eating extravagant and healthy dinners from home! All you must do is to be smart regarding your recipe choices and your shopping habits. If you must, keep a reminder on your fridge as a motivation to eat healthy. Here in this article you will find some healthy dinner ideas which are really simple to follow and do at home in easy steps.
Zoodles are Zucchini cut like noodles…
Heavenly Chicken Pesto Zoodle Soup
This particular recipe is a relatively simple chicken peso recipe that has zoodle added to it. But just what is zoodle anyway? To put it simply, zoodles are simply a zucchini that has been spiraled into noodles.
It looks like noodles but isn’t. By cleverly combining zoodles and chicken pesto you will get a broth-based Italian delicacy that tastes wonderful and doesn’t have any gluten, but a lot of healthy proteins.
You will need:
1 pound of skinless and boneless chicken breasts (sliced into one inch pieces)
extra virgin olive oil
pepper (1/4 teaspoon)
minched up garlic (1 1/2 teaspoon)
sea salt (1/2 a teaspoon)
dried oregano (1/2 a teaspoon)
spinach pesto (1/2 a cup)
diced up tomatoes (1 can)
rinsed and drained cannellini beans (1 can)
diced up and roasted bell peppers (1/3 a cup)
Chicken broth (2 liters)
1 spiralized zucchini
chicken seasoning (1 1/2 teaspoons)
How to make:
To begin you must take a stockpot and prepare it. You place it upon the stove and set the stove temperature to medium heat.
Next you warm some olive oil in the pot, add garlic, the sliced chicken breasts, and the seasoning. Then you let it sauté for around 8 minutes, and once the chicken breasts become light brown you add the zucchini and the bell peppers.
Once you have the zucchini and bell peppers in on the mixture you must carefully add the chicken broth to it. Also add the cannellini beans, the diced tomatoes and the spinach pesto.
Stir it up for a bit as you add flavor using sea salt, pepper and oregano. Let the mixture simmer for around 20 minutes in medium heat, stir a bit more and then serve.
You can also add basil or parmesan cheese as garnish if you wish, it adds a special something to the recipe.
This is enough for around 4 servings.
What is special about this recipe…
This is one of my all time favorite healthy dinner ideas. It has organic healthy ingredients that are easy to come by and is quick to make as well.
Each ingredient boosts the meals nutritional value and the ingredients used are pure and not full of bad chemicals like many things today. If you have a sensitive stomach, this recipe is a safe bet.
Tasty Avocado Caprese Chicken Flatbread
Avocado by itself is a widely loved and popular fruit. It is known as a super food because of it’s unique health benefits and it is full of healthy fats and vitamins which are good for us. Considering how healthy avocados are we ought to search and explore more fun ways to use it in our cooking.
As mentioned above, avocados are practically bursting with healthy fats such as alpha-linolenic and oleic acids. They also have more nutrients such as vitamin k, fibers, folate, potassium and much more.
Avocados helps in the fight against various diseases and makes your body stronger in the mean time. This is all possible with phytonutrients, which avodaco is so rich of and this is not found in many other fruits making avocado unique on it’s own.
You may enjoy reading more about the avocado health benefits here.
There are many worthy avocado recipes out there, but the one that really stood out is the Avocado Caprese Chicken Flatbread one. It is simple to make and has common, easy to find ingredients which is always a plus. This recipe is great as an appetizer during parties or as a weeknight dinner with family and friends.
You will need:
Flatbread (2 pieces)
Parmesan Cheese (1/2 a cup)
Seasalt (1/4 teaspoon)
pepper (1/2 teaspoon)
coconut sugar (1 tablespoon)
minced garlic (2 tablespoons)
basil paste (2 tablespoons)
white balsamic vinegar (2 tablespoons)
extra virgin olive oil (1/4 cup)
1 pitted and diced avocado
quinoa-lentil blend (1 cup)
Mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
Diced up grape tomatoes (2 cups)
Shredded rotisserie chicken (2 cups)
How to make:
You begin by turning your oven on and preheating it to 400 F (200 C).
This is very easy to make, so don’t get discouraged by the many ingredients we are going to use. As we wait for the oven to properly heat up, get a large bowl and mix up all the ingredients needed for the caprese well and nicely. That’s it, all done.
When you have finished the caprice, place the flatbreads on a baking paper, or a baking sheet.
Place the caprese mixture evenly between the two breads. Remember to add 1/4 cups of parmesan cheese on, before putting it in the oven.
Then we let it bake for 10-12 minutes in the oven.
Once the cheese has melted and the caprese has turned brownish, we will know it is ready.
A great choice of drinks to serve this with is homemade orange juice or healthy lemonade.
What is special about this recipe…
The thing that is really great about this recipe is how easy it is to make and the simple steps required. All you really need to do is to mix the caprese ingredients together in the bowl and then put it nicely on the flat breads. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.
This is especially nice for beginners or those that are looking for healthy, cheap dinner ideas but don’t have the energy or time for something extravagant and time consuming. Avocado being one of the main ingredients also helps, health wise and it is a healthy good recipe to do at home.
Now that you know how to cook up these healthy dinner ideas yourself, you can share them with your friends and family to enjoy them with. The only thing that improves good food is good company to share it with.
We must remember to eat healthy because it is one of the biggest steps to a more fulfilling and happier lifestyle.
Don’t end your days by eating some basic, horribly unhealthy fast food that may taste nice but is hazardous for your long term well being… Instead, start by cooking a nutritious dinner right now using these simple recipes in this article. Who knows, maybe you are a master chief.