These Healthy Easy Fast Dinner Recipes come together quickly for healthy meals on busy weeknights! The majority of these easy recipes come together in 30 minutes or less and result in nourishing, balanced meals.

Easy fast dinner recipes roundup. Over 30 recipes that are quick and easy to meal prep

Because my ultimate goal is to be a resource for those who want to simplify healthy cooking, I rounded up all of my favorite quick and easy dinner recipes and placed them in one spot.

I find fast and easy healthy recipes to be so useful when preparing my own weeknight meals. They help me get the nutrition I’m looking for, and they help save time, and are budget-friendly!

So if you’re looking for quick dinners with big flavor and plenty of health benefits, you’re in the right place!

All of the recipes you’ll find in this post are made with nourishing ingredients to give you plenty of healthier options for weekday meals.

The majority of the recipes are full meals, including a balance of protein and veggies and come together in 30 minutes. 

For the few recipes that are only a main dish, you can complete the meal with side dishes you love, like salad, roasted vegetables, rice, etc.

In my household, roasted vegetables are a hot commodity to eat alongside virtually everything, so each week we make a Big Batch Roasted Vegetables to enjoy throughout the week. I also make big batches of brown rice so that I always have an option to add carbs to a meal. 

I also love making Broccoli Salad and Potato Salad ahead of time for delicious sides. Green beans and roasted asparagus are always winning side dishes due to their fresh flavor and easy prep.

Whether you enjoy clean eating, follow a keto diet, paleo diet, macro diet or a specific medically restrictive diet, you will find plenty of options in this recipe roundup. All of these fast dinner ideas are healthy recipes so nothing is being sacrificed for convenience.

All of the fast easy dinner recipes here are gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and dairy-free. In addition, there are many grain-free and low-carb options in these easy weeknight dinners.

For those of you who pay attention to your macros, know that any of these fast easy dinner recipes can be modified to include more carbohydrates or fats depending on your specific macronutrient goals.

From one-pot meals, sheet pan dinners, and air fryer recipes to healthy dinner recipes made in a single skillet, you’ll find the best easy dinner ideas right here that even a picky eater can enjoy. Put these 30-minute meals on your to-make list for quick weeknight dinners.

In addition to the fast weeknight dinners found here, I encourage you to check out my slow cooker recipes. They require more time to cook but very little prep time so that you aren’t having to monitor the meal.

So let’s dive in! Here are delicious and nutritious easy fast dinner recipes!

Easy Fast Delicious Dinner Recipes:

4-Ingredient Mediterranean Stuffed Salmon – One of my most popular dinner recipes, this simple approach to salmon transforms the whole experience into a restaurant quality meal. It only takes about 30-40 minutes from start to finish.

Mediterranean Stuffed Salmon on a large rimmed baking sheet, fresh out of the oven with a fork taking a bite out of it.

Thai Zucchini and Chicken Skillet – A light yet filling and delicious dinner featuring chicken thighs, zucchini, carrots, onion, cabbage, and a mouth-watering Thai inspired creamy sauce.

close up two bowls of Thai zucchini and chicken

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Hamburger Helper – The ultimate comfort food! This gluten-free dairy-free hamburger helper recipe is a healthier option than the store-bought boxed version! The entire family is bound to love it, and I’ve received countless positive reviews! Use grain-free or low-carb noodles to fit any further dietary restrictions. 

Finished Hamburger Helper in a pot with parsley sprinkled on top.

30-Minute Paleo Mongolian Beef – This healthier version of Mongolian Beef includes tender yet crispy chunks of flank steak in a sweet and tangy sauce that will knock your socks off! Serve it with cauliflower rice, white rice, or brown rice and vegetables for a balanced meal.

Stainless steel skillet full of healthy Mongolian beef with a blue napkin to the side. Ready to serve.

Air Fryer Steak Bites – Believe it or not, these easy steak bites take 15 minutes to make from start to finish! Pair them with any side dishes you have on hand, like rice and roasted veggies.

Blue plate full of air fryer steak bites with a small bowl of melted butter and a fork dipping a steak bite into the butter.

Thai Ground Turkey Lettuce Wraps – Fresh and flavorful low-carb lunch or dinner. Vegetables and an amazing Thai-inspired sauce make these easy lettuce wraps so inviting.

blue plate of Thai ground turkey lettuce wraps with golden napkin to the side.

30-Minute Healthy Sesame Chicken – Serve this healthier takeout recipe with rice and veggies for a complete meal! Made with better-for-you ingredients, soy-free, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free. A fresh take on the classic takeout recipe.

Plate of brown rice, sesame chicken, and asparagus, ready to eat.

30-Minute Vegetable and Ground Beef Skillet – A no-brainer for my carnivorous companions, this easy recipe requires just 8 ingredients and is so customizable. 

Close up of a cast iron skillet with ground beef and vegetables inside sitting on a wooden backdrop with a golden napkin.

Salmon Stir Fry with Vegetables – Ideal for those who adore salmon and veggies, you can now whip them up together in a skillet! 

Black bowl of stir fry salmon and vegetables with chopsticks to the side and a dark blue napkin, ready to consume.

Mediterranean Shrimp Skillet – Flavorful shrimp made in a skillet with just 8 fresh, basic ingredients. A deliciously rustic dinner recipe that happens to be low-carb, keto, whole30, and paleo.

Easy Mediterranean Shrimp Skillet comes together in less than 30 minutes - paleo, keto, whole30

30-Minute Garlic Ginger Chicken Stir Fry – A complete low-carb high-protein meal that’s packed with fresh veggies and a whole lot of flavor! Serve it with steamed white rice or brown rice to add a bigger dose of carbs to this healthy dinner.

Top down photo of a stainless steel skillet full of chicken stir fry with vegetables. A golden napkin and a bowl of sesame seeds to the side.

Easy Beef Bulgogi – Sweet, savory sticky beef with an amazing crisp on the outside and a perfectly tender inside. Serve it with rice (or cauliflower rice) and veggies for a balanced meal.

Close up top down photo of bulgogi beef on a bed of white rice with sesame seeds and green onions

30-Minute Healthy Thai Basil Beef – This simple healthy dinner recipe is a classic Thai dish, best served with steamed rice or fried rice. It comes together lightning fast yet is powerfully flavorful! 

Healthy 30-Minute Thai Basil Beef (Pad Gra Prow) is savory, sweet, with just the right amount of kick. Easy to prepare any night of the week for a healthy dinner! Gluten-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free and paleo.

30-Minute Cabbage and Sausage Skillet  Requiring just a handful of simple ingredients, this healthy recipe makes a delicious low-carb dinner featuring Italian sausage and fresh cabbage! Whip it up any time you’re looking for something quick, tasty and filling! 

cabbage and fresh vegetables with sausage in a skillet.

Crunchy Detox Salad – Packed with fresh vegetables like kale, cabbage, bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, and more! Tied together with a fresh and zesty lemon parsley dressing. Add protein for a more substantial meal.

Big bowl of salad with fresh vegetables, almonds, avocado and lemon-parsley dressing. A purple napkin and fresh parsley to the side.

30-Minute Paleo Mango Cashew Chicken  Mango lovers, this is a must-make! This soy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free take on cashew chicken is clean, healthful, and tastier than takeout!

Paleo Mango Cashew Chicken - an easy dinner recipe that's gluten-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free and takes very little time to prepare

Crispy Salmon Salad  Featuring crispy salmon bites, cabbage, carrots, cashews, sliced almonds, dried cranberries, and an amazing peanut dressing to tie it all together. This one takes just slightly longer than 30 minutes (35 minutes) but the extra 5 are worth it!

White bowl full of salad fixings with cooked salmon on top.

30-Minute Mexican Ground Beef and Zucchini Skillet – A flavorful high-protein, low-carb meal for Mexican food lovers! Packed with fresh vegetables, this healthy dinner recipe takes taco night to a whole new level!

30-Minute Teriyaki Beef and Zucchini - a quick, easy 5-ingredient dinner recipe that is loaded with flavor and nutrients!

Mediterranean Salmon Salad – This chilled salmon salad is made with canned salmon and a handful of delicious ingredients for a high-protein lunch or dinner. Perfect for the warm months of the year when you’re craving something fast and nutritious. 

Wooden bowl of Mediterranean salmon salad

Grilled Steak Kabobs – Steak and veggies ready in a jiffy! Pair it with a side dish or two for a more substantial meal. I have included grilling instructions and oven instructions.

Stack of steak kabobs, ready to serve.

30-Minute Kung Pao Shrimp – If you love shrimp, stir fry, or Chinese takeout, this recipe is for you! 

Easy 30-Minute Kung Pao Shrimp Recipe - this healthy dinner recipe comes together lightning quick!

30-Minute Creamy Lemon Chicken  Best served over cauliflower rice, regular rice, or pasta noodles. Loaded with creamy, zesty garlicky flavor, you’ll never look at bland chicken breast the same way! 

Quick and easy 30-Minute Lemon Garlic Chicken (Dairy-Free, Paleo, Keto, healthy) - a fast, delicious healthy dinner recipe with amazingly tender, lemon chicken!

Easy Steak Fajitas  Made with only 5 basic ingredients, this simple recipe is loaded with flavor and couldn’t be any easier to make! Serve it as tacos or with rice and veggies for a complete meal.

Quick & Easy Steak Fajitas made with only a few basic ingredients. These incredibly flavorful fajitas can be used in tacos, burritos, burrito bowls, and more!

My Current Favorite Salad Recipe – Salads make ultra quick and easy meals! This one features spring greens or fresh spinach, roasted chicken, spring greens, avocado, pumpkin seeds, pecans, carrot, heirloom tomato, and green onion, all swaddled in Caesar salad dressing. This easy-to-assemble meal is incredibly satiating and loaded with nutrients! Add creamy feta cheese if you do dairy!

Amazing Filling Salad Recipe with chicken, avocado, spring greens, carrot, pumpkin seeds, pecans, green onion, and tomato

Turmeric Ginger Ground Turkey Bowls  – Packed with nutrients and antioxidants. This well-balanced bowl is packed with lean protein and fiber and you can adjust your carbohydrate intake through adding rice according to your needs.

Turmeric Ginger Ground Turkey Bowls - whole30, paleo, AIP, keto, low-carb, low-fodmap, healthy and delicious!

30-Minute Spring Salmon Bowls with Asparagus and Peas – You’re getting a huge dose of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and fiber in this fresh and easy meal!

Spring Salmon Bowls with asparagus, peas, spinach, and radishes. A healthy, vibrant dinner recipe!

30-Minute Sesame Ginger Broccoli Beef  If you’re into broccoli beef Chinese takeout, this healthier version can be tossed together at a moment’s notice! Serve it with cauliflower rice, or steamed white or brown rice.

Ginger Garlic Broccoli Beef Stir Fry with green onion - an easy, quick dinner recipe that can be made any night of the week

Pesto Chicken Salad – Use rotisserie chicken or leftover grilled or baked chicken for the quickest main dish! Turn it into a sandwich or enjoy it with veggies.

large bowl of pesto chicken salad with avocado, red onion and sun-dried tomatoes.

Honorable Mentions:

The following recipes are made in 35 to 40 minutes so they don’t quite make the 30 minute cut. They are still relatively fast and easy to prepare and happen to be ultra popular! They are worth the extra time if you can spare it.

Crispy Bang Bang Salmon Bites Bowls  Featuring incredible glazed crispy salmon bites, fresh vegetables, steamed rice, creamy avocado, and creamy bang bang sauce, these salmon and rice bowls include everything you need and nothing that you don’t.

Wooden bowl of salmon bites and veggies.

Salisbury Steak  – Ready in 35 minutes, Salisbury Steak is an absolute MUST for those who love burgers, meatloaf, mushrooms, or gravy! Best served with rice or noodles with a side of steamed veggies.

Salisbury steaks in a stainless steel skillet, smothered in gravy.

Teriyaki Ground Turkey Skillet with Vegetables – Easy to customize, you can mix and match your favorite veggies and use any type of ground meat. This simple yet complete meal is low-carb and paleo.

Stainless steel skillet at an angle, filled with ground turkey and vegetables.

Crispy Mediterranean Air Fryer Chicken Thighs – whip up these expertly seasoned chicken thighs and pair them with any side dishes you already have on hand.

Top down plate of Mediterranean chicken sprinkled with green onions and slices of lemon on a rustic wooden background.

Sheet Pan Salmon and Vegetables  I love that this super quick and easy nourishing dinner recipe is ready in 40 minutes and involves hardly any cleanup! 

White plate with a salmon filet on it and roasted veggies next to it. Sheet pan of veggies in the background.

Ground Turkey Egg Roll Bowls – Delicious ground turkey and veggies that tastes just like the filling of egg rolls. Use coleslaw mix to cut down the prep time and turn it into a 30-minute meal.

close up egg roll in a bowl with chop sticks to the side.

Healthy Beijing Beef – Tender yet crispy beef in a sweet and sour sauce with a slight kick, this flavorful meal takes less than 40 minutes to prepare! Pair it with cauliflower rice or steamed rice plus sauteed vegetables.

Blue plate of healthy Beijing Beef with a side of cauliflower rice

And that’s it! A preponderance of healthy fast easy dinner recipes that you can fall back on for all of your meal prepping adventures.

The best thing about these quick meals is they require minimal effort and result in next level quality. I hope you enjoy these favorite easy dinner ideas as much as I do!

All of the ingredients found in each and every one of these easy dinner recipe ideas can be found at any grocery store. Nothing esoteric or uncommon here!

What will you make for dinner tonight?

Julia Mueller
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Julia Mueller

Julia Mueller is a recipe developer, cookbook author, and founder of The Roasted Root. She has authored three bestselling cookbooks, – Paleo Power Powers, Delicious Probiotic Drinks, and The Quintessential Kale Cookbook. Her recipes have been featured in several national publications such as BuzzFeed, Self, Tasty, Country Living,, etc.

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