Cooking is simple (once you’ve mastered a few basics), but planning meals isn’t always so easy. In fact, coming up with a meal plan that you know you’ll actually stick to and shopping for the ingredients to make it possible can be a real pain in the ass. I know this because I regularly find myself totally stumped on what to cook for dinner, and I’m someone who literally writes recipes for a living.
To take the guesswork out of your weeknights, we put together seven easy, healthy dinner recipes you should cook this week. Several ingredients appear in multiple recipes—potatoes, cabbage, zucchini, quinoa, dark leafy greens, and basil—which helps keep your grocery list short. There are three chicken recipes, one salmon recipe, and three meatless recipes, so you won’t get bored. And, since quinoa appears in five of the recipes, it’s worth it to make a huge batch and store it in the fridge to repurpose for recipes throughout the week. Anything you’re not eating within five days should go in the freezer and thawed as needed.
Each recipe serves one or two people, but you can easily halve or double them as it suits you. Plus, they all make for excellent lunch leftovers.
Oh, and if these recipes don’t do it for you? We have a whole archive of healthy, easy dinner recipes right here.
Quinoa, Mozzarella, and Tomato Zucchini Boats
To be clear: I know that zucchini isn’t exactly in season. The thing is, it’s an inexpensive and versatile vegetable that you can find at the grocery store year-round, so many of this week’s dinners feature it. These zucchini boats are meat-free but still totally satisfying. Get the recipe here.
Stir-Fried Quinoa With Chicken and Veggies
Even quinoa on its last legs can be revived if you stir-fry it with flavorful ingredients like garlic, soy sauce, and rice vinegar. Get the recipe here.
Skillet Chicken Thighs With Cabbage and Quinoa
In case you don’t already know: Chicken thighs are one of my all-time favorite foods, especially when they’re pan-roasted in a skillet so that the chicken fat and juices can flavor whatever other ingredients are in there. In this case, it’s cabbage and quinoa that soak up all that savory goodness while the thighs cook. Get the recipe here.
Zucchini, Black Bean, and Potato Hash With Fried Eggs
This breakfast-for-dinner takes about an hour to cook, since you’re roasting potatoes in the oven. That said, there’s only about 10 minutes of active time (meaning the amount of time you actually have to spend in the kitchen, tending to the recipe), so it’s perfect for nights when you want to chill on the couch for a little while before sitting down to eat. Get the recipe here.
Sheet Pan Chicken Breast With Potatoes and Cabbage
Cabbage and chicken twice in one week? Yes, but hear me out: The cabbage in this recipe gets soft on the inside but crispy around the edges (as opposed to getting wilted and caramelized like it does when you crowd it into a skillet), which goes really well with perfectly roasted potatoes and skin-on chicken breast. I like serving this with super grainy mustard, but ketchup or barbecue sauce would also pair really well. Get the recipe here.
Sheet Pan Salmon With Chard, Apple, and Quinoa
For a night that you want to get dinner on the table quickly, go for this sheet pan salmon. As long as your quinoa is already cooked (which it should be, since so many of these recipes call for quinoa that it’s worth making a big batch and storing it in the fridge or freezer, per the instructions above), this simple, healthy dinner comes together in just 15 minutes. If you want to shorten your grocery list, sub kale or cabbage for the chard, since you’ll already be buying those things for other recipes. Get the recipe here.
Wilted Kale, Chickpea, and Quinoa Bowl With Tahini
The simple combination of chickpeas, kale, quinoa, and tahini (a paste made of ground sesame seeds that you can find in any supermarket) really goes a long way in this quick dinner, which you can serve hot or cold. Get the recipe here.
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