These 40 Fast Easy Dinner Ideas are perfect for busy nights. From veggie-loaded stir-fries and healthy grain bowls, to flavorful tacos and simple pastas, these easy healthy dinners can be made in no time flat. Many vegan options! 

 

Most of these Healthy Easy Dinner Recipes can be made in under 30 minutes (or otherwise have very little hands-on time before going into the oven to bake) allowing you more time to get everything done on busy nights.

Whether it’s a hearty soup, that can double as lunch the next day or fast easy stir-fries, easy instant pot recipes or simple sheet pan dinners, you’ll find inspiration here.  And guess what?  Your kids will love them too!  Kid-friendly, these super-fast dinners are just the ticket when things get busy.


 

Healthy Dinners Ideas

These Easy Dinner Ideas are perfect for busy nights. From veggie-loaded stir-fries and healthy grain bowls, to flavorful tacos and simple pastas, these easy healthy dinners can be made in no time flat. Many vegan options! 

Italian Baked Beans

A simple recipe for Italian Baked Beans, made with cannellini beans, kale, and your favorite homemade (or store-bought) Marinara sauce-just 10 minutes of hands-on time before baking in the oven until golden and bubbling. A delicious vegetarian main!

These Easy Dinner Ideas are perfect for busy nights. From veggie-loaded stir-fries and healthy grain bowls, to flavorful tacos and simple pastas, these easy healthy dinners can be made in no time flat. Many vegan options! 

Creamy Polenta!

Creamy Polenta with Wild Mushrooms, Garlic and Sage. A simple EASY dinner that can be made in under 30 minutes.

These Easy Dinner Ideas are perfect for busy nights. From veggie-loaded stir-fries and healthy grain bowls, to flavorful tacos and simple pastas, these easy healthy dinners can be made in no time flat. Many vegan options! 

Vegan Bulgogi Bowl

A Korean recipe for Vegan Jackfruit Bulgogi and the most flavorful sauce. Create a vegan Bulgogi Bowl with rice, veggies and kimchi!

These Easy Dinner Ideas are perfect for busy nights. From veggie-loaded stir-fries and healthy grain bowls, to flavorful tacos and simple pastas, these easy healthy dinners can be made in no time flat. Many vegan options! 

Butternut Risotto

Cozy up with a comforting bowl of Butternut Risotto with Leeks and Spinach made with very little fuss, in your Instant Pot pressure cooker. Vegan-adaptable and Gluten-free.

 

40 Easy Dinner Ideas: Simple Enchilada Casserole w/ Two Minute Enchilada Sauce! A fast and healthy version of enchiladas  made with layered tortillas instead of rolled- very time saving! Keep it vegetarian or add chicken! | www.feastingathome.com #enchilada #enchiladacassarole #enchiladas #vegetarian #chickenenchiladas

 Enchilada Casserole with 5 Minute Enchilada Sauce

Healthy veggies layered with tortillas, cheese and slathered with our 5-minute enchilada sauce (or use store-bought). Add ground meat or chicken. Only 25 minutes of “hands-on time” before it goes into the oven to bake!

 

40 EASY Dinners Ideas | Healthy Baked Vegetarian Tacos - Kid friendly and just 15 minutes of prep before going into the oven to bake. | #tacos #bakedtacos www.feastingathome.com

EASY Baked Tacos!

Kid-approved, these are for those of you who have hungry mouths to feed and need to get something on the table ASAP. Not only are they simple and quick to put together, but they are also really adaptable. Keep them vegetarian and affordable by using organic refried beans as the protein, or if so inclined, add left-over rotisserie chicken, or browned, seasoned ground beef. But I will say that even my meat-loving husband loves these, prefers them, with the refried beans! 

These Easy Dinner Ideas are perfect for busy nights. From veggie-loaded stir-fries and healthy grain bowls, to flavorful tacos and simple pastas, these easy healthy dinners can be made in no time flat. Many vegan options! 

Kimchi Noodles!

Here’s a super tasty recipe for Veggie Kimchi Noodles, stir-fried with lots of healthy veggies you probably have on hand. Keep it vegan or add an egg, chicken or shrimp! Crispy tofu is also a delicious option here! A fast and easy dinner recipe!

 

40 Easy Dinners! | Farmers Market Veggie Quesadillas with black beans and farmer's market veggies like bell peppers, zucchini, sweet potato, greens, and melty cheese (optional) seasoned with Mexican spices. Vegan-adaptable and Gluten-free adaptable!

Farmers Market Veggie Quesadillas

Farmers Market Veggie Quesadillas with black beans and farmer’s market veggies like bell peppers, zucchini, sweet potato, greens, and melty cheese (optional) seasoned with Mexican spices. Vegan-adaptable and Gluten-free adaptable!

Easy Dinners Ideas -Stirfry!

40 Easy Dinner Ideas : Vegetable Fried Rice, made with seasonal veggies and edamame! A highly adaptable recipe that can be made vegan, vegetarian or add chicken or shrimp.

Farmers Market Fried Rice

Leftover rice is turned into a healthy dinner in no time flat! Made healthy with seasonal veggies and edamame! A highly adaptable recipe that can be made vegan, vegetarian or add chicken or shrimp- perfect for busy weeknight meals.

40 Easy Dinner Ideas: This flavorful Broccoli Stir fry can be kept vegan with Crispy Tofu (or sub shrimp, chicken or beef). A fast and easy dinner recipe that can be made in under 30 minutes.

 

Broccoli Stir fry

This flavorful Broccoli Stir fry can be kept vegan with Tofu (or substitute shrimp, chicken or beef). A fast and easy dinner idea that can be on the table in under 30 minutes. Healthy and nourishing!

 

40 Healthy Dinners Ideas| Singapore noodles— stir-fried rice noodles with curry, tofu and vegetables—a Chinese take out menu classic - easy recipe, vegetarian and full of authentic flavor! #meifun #singaporenoodles #currynoodles #chinesenoodles #stirfry #stirfrynoodles #vegetarian #noodles

 Singapore Noodles!

This easy dinner idea is one of our favorites. Stir-fried rice noodles with curry, tofu and vegetables—a Chinese take-out menu classic – easy recipe, vegetarian and full of authentic flavor!

Black Pepper Tofu with Bok Choy - a simple healthy tofu stir fry that is vegan and can be made in under 30 minutes! Vegan and Gluten Free! #tofustirfry #tofustirfryreicpes #blackpeppertofu #vegan #healthystirfry #stirfry #tofu #bokchoy #veganstirfry

 Black Pepper Tofu with Bok Choy

A simple healthy tofu stir fry that is vegan and can be made in under 30 minutes! Vegan and Gluten-Free! Even non-tofu eating people will like this one, I promise!!!

 

40 Healthy Dinners Ideas| Korean-style Kimchi Fried Rice!

 Korean-style Kimchi Fried Rice!

A fast and healthy dinner, packed with flavor & veggies, topped with an optional egg (or crispy tofu). Swap out Cauliflower Rice for low-carb! Healthy and flavorful!

40 Easy Dinner Ideas! This fragrant, turmeric infused, Indian Fried Rice is full of healthy veggies and can be made in under 30 minutes. Vegetarian, Gluten-free and Vegan adaptable, it is a fast and easy weeknight meal- great for using up leftover rice and veggies in the fridge.

 Indian Fried Rice

Full of healthy veggies and can be made in under 30 minutes. Vegetarian, Gluten-free and Vegan adaptable, it is a fast and easy weeknight meal- great for using up leftover rice and veggies in the fridge.

Fast and Easy Soups and Stews!

This Creamy Broccoli Soup with Pesto is deeply nourishing, full of flavor, and made with simple ingredients in under 35 minutes. Gluten-free & Vegan-adaptable!

Broccoli Pesto Soup

This Creamy Broccoli Soup with Pesto is deeply nourishing, full of flavor, and made with simple ingredients in under 35 minutes. Gluten-free & Vegan-adaptable!

40 Easy Dinner Ideas! Instant pot chicken tortilla soup

 Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

Loaded up with healthy veggies- just 20 minutes of pressure cooking time and dinner is done! A fast and easy dinner idea the whole family will love! You can also make this on the stove-top!

Homemade Tomato Soup made with fresh or canned tomatoes, made in under 30 minutes. Creamy, easy and Vegan-adaptable! #tomatosoup

Homemade Tomato Soup

Simple Homemade Tomato Soup made with fresh or canned tomatoes, made in under 30 minutes. Creamy, easy and Vegan-adaptable, a delicious and nourishing dinner idea perfect for busy nights!

 

40 Easy Dinner Ideas: 15 MINUTE THAI CURRY NOODLES (KHAO SOI)  Make this flavorful curry with tofu, shrimp or chicken, with a rich coconut curry sauce and rice noodles. Flavorful, not too spicy and super satisfying!

 15 MINUTE THAI CURRY NOODLES (KHAO SOI)  

Make this flavorful Northern Thai Stew in just 15 minutes with tofu and veggies, or sub chicken or shrimp.  Flavorful, yet not too spicy – kids love this recipe too! Super easy and satisfying! Vegan adaptable and GF! A fast and healthy Weeknight Dinner!

 

Mexican Noodle soup .. with chicken or chickpeas - topped with avocado, cilantro and Lime | www.feastingathome.com

Mexican Noodle Soup

One of my all-time favorite soups- very adaptable! Make it with chicken or keep it vegan with chickpeas ( my favorite! ). Easy and quick to make, full of flavor… this is a weeknight dinner the whole family will love this. I promise!

 

Instant Pot Minestrone Soup - vegan and gluten free adaptable!

Make life simple, Instant Pot Minestrone Soup

Full of healthy veggies and vegan and gluten-free adaptable! Cooks on your stovetop or in an instant pot! A healthy, vegan weeknight dinner the whole family will love!

40 Easy Dinner Ideas: 15 Minute Wonton Soup with Lemon Ginger Broth-loaded up with healthy vibrant greens - a fast and easy weeknight diner! #wontonsoup #broth #brothbased #brothysoup

 15 Minute Wonton Soup 

Loaded up with your favorite wontons and lots of healthy greens – this fast and easy dinner recipe is something the whole family will love. Keep wontons in the freezer for dinner “emergencies” – then you always have something on hand!

 

 Easy Pasta Dinner Ideas!

20 Vegetarian Dinner Recipes for Fall! Mushroom Baked Ziti- a simple, vegetarian, one-pot meal that is perfect for fall! PLUS 15 cozy Fall Dinners that are Vegetarian! #bakedziti #fallrecipes #vegetariandinners #mushroomziti #onepot #meatless

 Baked Ziti with Spinach, Mushrooms and Ricotta

This can be made in one pan and requires no pre-boiling of pasta. 15 minutes of hands-on time before baking! Perfect for weeknight dinners! Vegan-adaptable!

 

40 Fast and Easy Dinner Ideas: This simple Pasta with Broccolini, Preserved Lemon and Chickpeas is punchy and bright and comes together quickly and easily - on the table in under 30 minutes!  A tasty healthy weeknight dinner! #spaghetti #broccolipasta #broccolini

Broccolini Chickpea Pasta 

This simple pasta with Broccolini, Preserved Lemon and Chickpeas is punchy and bright and comes together quickly and easily – on the table in under 30 minutes!  A tasty healthy weeknight dinner!

Instant Pot Mushroom Stroganoff - a simple, easy vegetarian weeknight dinner that is creamy, hearty and full of delicious depth and flavor!  Vegan Adaptable! #vegetarian #stroganoff #mushroompasta #veganpasta #instantpotrecipes #instantpot #healthtypasta

Instant Pot Mushroom Stroganoff – a simple, easy vegetarian weeknight dinner that is creamy, hearty and full of delicious depth and flavor!  Vegan Adaptable!

Spaghetti with Quick Tomato Sauce! Fresh tomatoes are cooked into a Quick Tomato Sauce with garlic and basil. Keep it vegan or add cheese. Simple, easy, so delicious. A great way to use up all your sweet garden tomatoes! #tomatoes #spaghetti #freshtomatosaauce #tomatosauce

Spaghetti with Quick Tomato Sauce

Fresh tomatoes are cooked into a Quick Tomato Sauce with garlic and basil. Keep it vegan or add cheese. Seriously one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE recipes on the blog. SO Simple, easy, delicious. A great way to use up all your garden tomatoes!

 

40 Best Pasta Recipes

Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e Pepe is a fast, flavorful four-ingredient pasta recipe that can be topped with your favorite seasonal veggie (or protein!). We love it loaded up with broccoli (cooked right in the pasta water!). An easy dinner idea that can be made in under 30 minutes!

Quick and Easy Fish and Seafood Recipes

40 Easy Dinner Ideas: Salmon Cakes- a simple pantry recipe that can be whipped up in 20 minutes, perfect for midweek meals! The recipe features 3 different variations - Asian Salmon Cakes, Mediterranean Salmon Cakes and Nordic-style Salmon Cakes! #salmoncakes #salmonpatties #cannedsalmoncakes

 Quick and Easy Salmon Cakes Recipe

A simple pantry recipe made with canned salmon, that can be whipped up in 20 minutes, perfect for midweek meals! Serve with a side of  Crunchy Asian Slaw!

 

40 Easy Dinner Ideas: Simple Baked Cod with Tomatoes, Basil, Garlic Lemon- a fast and easy weeknight dinner that is healthy and delicious! #bakedcod #bakedfish #keto #keporecipes #weeknightdinner #weeknightdinners #easyfishrecipes

 Simple Baked Cod

A simple meal with Tomatoes, Basil, Garlic Lemon- a fast and easy weeknight dinner that is healthy and delicious!

 

Simple tasty Grilled Fish Tacos with a delicious Cilantro Lime Cabbage Slaw- a "go-to" healthy dinner that be made in 30 minutes flat. | www.feastingathome.com #slaw #fishtacos #tacos #cabbageslaw

 Fish Tacos with Cilantro Lime Cabbage Slaw

Our “go-to” healthy weeknight dinner that be made in 30 minutes flat. These can be grilled or roasted and feel free to sub tofu for a vegan option!

Fast and Easy Chicken Dinner Ideas

burmese chicken in a wok

 Fiery Burmese Chicken (or Tofu) and Veggies

A fast and full-flavored, Burmese-style stir-fry that can be made in 20 minutes flat! Vegan and Gluten-free adaptable, this tasty weeknight dinner is low in carbs.

 

 

instant pot peanut chicken recipe

 Instant Pot Peanut Chicken

This can be made in a pressure cooker or on the stovetop!  A simple, delicious one-pot meal that can be made in 25 minutes! Paleo and GF adaptable, this delicious weeknight dinner can be prepped ahead, or cooked ahead for the busy work week!

 

 

15 MINUTE PAD THAI- an easy & authentic recipe made with simple ingredients! Make with chicken, shrimp or tofu! Gluten free, Vegan adaptable with Incredible flavor ! | Plus more FAST healthy weeknight dinners! | #authenticpadthai #easypadthai #padthai #padthainoodles #weeknightdinners www.feastingathome.com

 The BEST Pad Thai Recipe!

This adaptable Pad Thai can be made with tofu, chicken or shrimp. No hard-to-find ingredients, this recipe is stripped down to the basics. Once you have the ingredients gathered, this tasty weeknight dinner cooks in under 15 minutes!

 

Clean out your fridge Tandoor Bake | www.feastingathome.com

 Clean Out Your Fridge Tandoori Bake.

Make this with chicken, fish or tofu (or some of each for mixed households) and load it up with healthy veggies. Just 15-20 minutes of hands-on time. So easy and full of soul-satisfying Indian flavors, this weeknight dinner is perfect for all.

 

Hope you enjoy these Healthy Easy Dinner ideas…please leave your favorites in the comments below!

xoxo

Sylvia

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40 easy dinner ideas

40 Easy Dinner Ideas

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine | feasting at home
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: easy dinner ideas
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Global
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This Creamy Broccoli Pesto Soup is one of our favorite easy dinner ideas! Serve it up with crusty bread and it’s a meal. Vegan adaptable.


Ingredients

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  • 1 1/2 lbs broccoli, use the stems too!
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or butter, or ghee)
  • 1 white or yellow onion, diced
  • 46 garlic cloves, rough chopped
  • 3 cups veggie broth or chicken stock, divided ( or use water and 2-3 teaspoons- Better than Boullion)
  • 1 cup almond milk (or cashew milk, whole milk or half and half)
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • Pinch cayenne (optional)
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt (or sour cream-feel free to use vegan, or a splash of heavy cream), more to taste.

Garnish: Pesto (store-bought, Homemade Pesto, or Arugula pesto), Parmesan Crisps, Vegan Cheesy Sprinkle


Instructions

  1. Thinly slice the broccoli stems and break apart the florets into very small pieces. Chop the onion and garlic.
  2. In a heavy bottom pot or dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat. Saute the onion and garlic with a pinch of salt, until golden and fragrant, about 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add the broccoli stems, and pour in the stock or broth and bring to boil. Cover, lower heat, and simmer gently 3-4 minutes.
  4. Place the broccoli florets over the top. Don’t mix them in. Cover, and simmer gently, allowing the florets to steam, until fork-tender, about 5 minutes. You want them tender enough to blend but not overly cooked or you’ll lose that vibrant color.
  5. Turn the heat off. Blend in two batches (I found using a blender was better here, my immersion blender did not work as well) adding half of the almond milk to each batch, along with the basil. Blend until smooth. Add a handful of spinach for richer color if you like.
  6. Return the soup to the pot and stir in the yogurt or sour cream or even a splash of heavy cream. Gently warm the soup and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve with a swirl of pesto, crusty bread, or Parmesan crips. Enjoy!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 ½ cups with 1 tablespoon pesto
  • Calories: 269
  • Sugar: 8.6 g
  • Sodium: 966.4 mg
  • Fat: 17.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 24.5 g
  • Fiber: 6.3 g
  • Protein: 7.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 8.5 mg

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Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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  1. My kids are always hungry when they come home from school. They always say they don’t like my organic/vegan food. Once I found these recipes they haven’t made another mean comment about the food. I love these recipes they are quick and easy. There is absolutely nothing that i can complain about.

  2. Be assure you are my #1 recipe site. I love the way you cook! and have loved every recipe I try!!!! Thank you! I especially loved the black lentil wrapes!

  3. Wonderful!! Feeds the soul also! Thanks my friend! Peace,Love and sharing wonderful food. ❤️✌️

  4. I have to let you know that I just made this and it is delicious – I don’t cook too well and this recipe has given me more confidence to try more – thank you Sylvia

  5. I have discovered “Feasting at Home” and i love love love your recipes… Totally hooked and so are my ocean swimming “Golden Girls” group…we live in the Midwest of Australia. We love cooking light,fresh and easy meals, so your recipes are perfect for us… thank you.

  6. Now my favorite go to recipe site! Love so many of the offering here. Thanks for all you do in making this happen.

  7. These all look so amazing! Do you have a cookbook option? I would love to have all these beautiful recipes in a book!

  8. Thanks for making my life so much easier. Some of my favorites are the Thai curry Noodles, Photon Soup and my kids love the Baked tacos with refried beans! So fast and easy.

  9. Hi Sylvia,
    The enchilada pie was a great success with my husband and son! They said it was the best Mexican meal they ever had. I was SO pleased. You are right, the enchilada sauce is so easy to make. I mixed black beans that I seasoned myself with about a cup of rotisserie chicken. I did not find fire roasted frozen corn so I just used regular organic frozen corn. Thank you so much for your amazing recipe. 5 stars for sure! From a happy family.

    1. Thanks Caroline, Appreciate the comment and feedback and so happy it worked out and your family liked it!

  10. That minestrone soup and the turmeric broth soups look amazing! It’s raining today so I just might have to get my instant pot out and try!

  11. Needed a quick pasta dish on the spur of the moment, I had a jar of artichoke hearts and some mushrooms that needed using up so I tried the “creamy artichoke pasta”. It was very quick very tasty and vegan to boot! It would be lovely with some calamata or dry cured olives. It’s a great go to when I need to add another dish to a larger meal or when I need something f a s t! Great recipe, thanks. Oh a note, my blender is not that great, it came out a bit chunky and it was fine!

    1. Thanks for sharing Sophie, I’m glad you enjoyed it. I love the sauce when it’s blended really really smooth, but good to know it turned out ok, regardless!

  12. I can’t stop making the pho-ton soup! I’ve done it twice this week already… soon I’ll be moving far, far away from a Trader Joe’s ? … do you have a recipe for home-made mini wontons?