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Our 25 Most Pinned Healthy Dinners

Sep 28 2014 - 4:30pm

If you spend hours scouring Pinterest [1] for the most delicious healthy recipes out there, it's time to spend some time checking out the following delicious dinners — all 25 of these healthy meals have each been pinned thousands of times! Whether you follow a gluten-free, vegan, or Paleo lifestyle, there are a number of dishes here that deserve a home on your healthy recipe board.

Photos: Jenny Sugar, Leta Shy, and Lizzie Fuhr

Apple and Cabbage Salad

For a detox salad that satisfies, you need to try this Candice Kumai recipe [2]. Apples marry with the dynamic duo of red and Savoy cabbage, combining for a fiber-filled meal that aids in digestion. The addition of fennel seeds adds to the fiber factor, plus a kick of cayenne boosts your metabolism. Feel free to serve with a grilled chicken breast or turkey slices to round out this meal.

Total Calories: 289

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Sweet Potato, Chickpea, and Quinoa Veggie Burger

A riff on a traditional veggie burger, this bean- and grain-based spicy chickpea, barley, and quinoa burger [3] offers over 16 grams of protein. This recipe is easy to prepare: just make sure you have all these grains cooked in advance.

Total Calories (without bun): 202

Photo: Jenny Sugar

Cheddar-Cauliflower Soup

For a lighter twist on this favorite, try our simple-to-make cheddar-cauliflower soup [4]. It's easy to throw together on a weeknight and even better as healthy leftovers for lunch the next day.

Total Calories: 247

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Fresh Burrito Bowl

Cut all the long lines — and more than half the calories! — with this quick and delicious burrito bowl [5] you can make at home in less than 10 minutes. A precooked chicken breast, fresh produce, and a few healthy staples are all you need for this nutrient-dense, low-calorie meal.

Total Calories: 350

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Spaghetti Squash Bake

If you can't have gluten, you can still enjoy this cheesy, pasta-inspired spaghetti squash bake [6] that's full of fresh veggies. You'll never even realize it's gluten-free.

Total Calories: 208

Photo: Jenny Sugar

Quinoa Pizza Bites

If you're craving pizza, opt for these quinoa pizza bites [7] instead. This nutritious treat features the goodness of the whole grain packed with fiber and protein with the flavors of your favorite Italian dish. They're a great snack or special party appetizer, but a plate of these can make a great dinner in place of ordering takeout.

Total Calories (for one bite): 48

Photo: Jenny Sugar

Hungry Girl's Slaw and Order

This cheesy, garlicky "pasta" [8] from healthy chef Hungry Girl is the best of both worlds — it's just as fast to make as any simple pasta dish and doesn't come overloaded with carbs.

Total Calories: 134

Photo: Leta Shy

Cucumber Caprese Salad

Bulk up your standard caprese salad with this tasty and refreshing salad recipe [9] that adds hydrating cucumber and omega-3-rich avocado to the mix.

Total Calories: 236

Photo: Jenny Sugar

Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese

Is there anything more comforting than macaroni and cheese? If you're looking to lighten things up the next time you dig into this indulgent dish, opt for this twist on tradition that amps up the nutritional value as it cuts back on calories and carbs: spaghetti squash mac [10].

Total Calories: 296

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Zucchini Boats

Here's a delicious recipe that pairs the zucchini and fresh basil. A plate of these zucchini boats [11] is savory, warm, soft, delicious, and reminiscent of a cheesy pizza pie.

Total Calories (for one boat): 26

Photo: Jenny Sugar

Baked Coconut Shrimp

If your taste buds are craving a quick trip to the tropics, this baked coconut shrimp [12] will get rave reviews. Typically served with a sweet and spicy Asian sauce, this version is paired with something a little creamier and with less sugar.

Total Calories (including 1/4 of dip): 214

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Cauliflower-Crust Pizza

If you're cutting back on gluten and grains, this veggie-powered pizza [13] needs to make its way to your kitchen. Freshly grated cauliflower serves as the base for the creative and delicious crust that you can fold up just like traditional pizza.

Total Calories: 272

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Roasted Shrimp Over Spaghetti Squash

High in protein but low in calories, shrimp is a healthful option for a seafood-loving bunch. This play on shrimp scampi [14] takes the gluten and pasta out of the equation and offers a tasty vegetable in its place: the spaghetti squash.

Total Calories: 312

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Lemony Toasted Quinoa and Cabbage Salad

This lemony toasted quinoa and wilted cabbage salad [15] is the perfect recipe for any clean-eating endeavors; not only do the flavors meld well together, but each ingredient helps aid digestion, like the fiber in the quinoa, chickpeas, and cabbage and the detoxifying properties of lemon.

Total Calories: 348

Photo: Leta Shy

Greek-Yogurt Chicken Salad

Sub in nonfat Greek yogurt to keep the same texture and tang you love but cut the calories and fat of the traditional in half. Serve your healthy chicken salad [16] over a bed of lettuce, tucked in a pita pocket, or on top of a toasted English muffin for a light yet satisfying dinner.

Total Calories (without English muffin): 138

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Kale and Quinoa Superfood Salad

This kale and quinoa salad [17] gets an Asian twist with sesame soy ginger dressing and sliced nori. Blueberries, tomatoes, and carrots add a bit of sweetness, while sliced almonds give it a satisfying crunch.

Total Calories (including tablespoon of dressing): 434

Photo: Leta Shy

Zucchini Noodles

When you're craving a big bowl of garlicky pasta, cook up these zucchini noodles aglio et olio [18] (garlic and oil) instead. The real comfort here, other than that fragrant garlic, comes from "breadcrumbs" created from toasted almond meal.

Total Calories: 257

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

The unexpected addition of pureed squash to mac and cheese recipe [19] may raise a few eyebrows, but not only does the puree help the recipe keep the nostalgic orange hue (without any food coloring!), but also the taste remains traditional.

Total Calories: 285

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Citrus Chicken Salad

This version of Trader Joe's citrus chicken salad [20] tastes better than the original and is just as low in calories. A mix of digestion-relieving cabbage and papaya and hydrating, antioxidant-rich daikon — along with a tangy Thai-inspired citrus dressing — makes for a flavorful, filling lunch that's high in protein and low in fat and calories.

Total Calories (including dressing): 223

Photo: Leta Shy

Vegan Chickpea Curry

After one bite of this chickpea and sweet potato curry [21] with coconut rice, you will be sold. Each serving is about 400 calories, and because this recipe serves six, you can impress your friends with this bold yet easy-to-make dish or save the rest for tomorrow's lunch.

Total Calories: 397

Photo: Jenny Sugar

Pumpkin-Coconut Bisque

It's possible to warm up with a creamy bowl of hot soup that doesn't lay on the cream or calories too heavily. This light pumpkin-coconut bisque [22] will curb your dairy cravings and keep you on track.

Total Calories: 202

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Czech-Spiced Meatballs

A creative blend of traditional Czech spices and fresh herbs give these nutritious, protein-packed Paleo pork meatballs [23] their delicious flavor, while just one egg and a little mustard act as the binders that hold these balls together.

Total Calories: 244

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Colorful Veggie Salad

High in fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin A, this raw rainbow salad [24] will add some color and flavor to a day of detox. The water content in romaine works to hydrate your body, while the high fiber content in the red cabbage and carrots aids in healthy digestion.

Total Calories (with dressing, not including avocado): 131

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Mexican-Style Crockpot Chicken

For a healthy, protein-rich meal that doesn't rely on dairy for flavor, try this delicious Mexican-style chicken [25] recipe full of fresh ingredients. Make sure to leave 15 minutes for the first two steps; then pour everything into your slow cooker and let it do its magic.

Total Calories (not including black beans): 381

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Spicy Sweet Potato Salad

High-fiber sweet potatoes can regulate blood sugar and help you lose weight, while an antioxidant-rich red pepper and jalapeño dressing ties everything in this spicy recipe [26] together beautifully. Be prepared to leave a lunch-sized portion aside, since this easily portable salad is even more delicious the next day.

Total Calories: 270

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr


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