Dinner Done Light: 9 Tasty and Satisfying Recipes

burrito bowls

Healthy food doesn’t have to be tasteless or leave you hungry. These light dinners are packed with flavor and guaranteed to hit the spot.

  1. cauliflower fried rice

    Cauliflower Fried “Rice”

    In this quick and easy recipe, grated cauliflower is sautéed with aromatics, vegetables, soy sauce, and eggs, like Chinese-style fried rice. It’s a healthy, low-carb dish that’s hearty enough to serve as a main course.

  2. white chicken chili

    White Chicken Chili

    Here’s a chili that you can feel good about eating. It’s loaded with veggies, chicken and beans -- plus, it’s a one pot meal that you can have on the dinner table in under an hour.

  3. turkey meatloaf

    BBQ Turkey Meatloaf

    This turkey meatloaf is generously seasoned with sautéed onions, garlic and a tangy-sweet barbecue glaze, which makes it full-flavored and satisfying.

  4. Thai minced chicken lettuce cups

    Thai Minced Chicken Lettuce Cups

    This dish is similar to Larb Gai, the Thai dish made from minced chicken, fish sauce, lime juice, chilies, and fresh herbs. The combination of sweet, salty, tangy and spicy flavors makes it highly addictive. Bonus: it’s ready in 30 minutes.

  5. Egyptian Barley Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

    Inspired by the flavors of Egypt, this barley salad is made with crunchy pistachios, tangy pomegranate molasses and cilantro, all balanced by warm, earthy spices and sweet golden raisins. It's crowned with chunks of feta, scallions, and pomegranate arils.

  6. burrito bowls

    Chicken & Quinoa Burrito Bowls with Spicy Green Sauce

    The dish is really three stand-alone recipes in one: an easy, flavorful grilled chicken recipe; an addictively creamy green sauce that you’ll want to put on everything; and foolproof quinoa. The toppings are up to you.

  7. chicken thighs

    Spicy Chicken Thighs with Sweet & Tangy Honey Glaze

    In this recipe, adapted from Cooking Light, chicken thighs are seasoned with garlic, chili powder, cumin and smoked paprika, and then broiled with a sweet and tangy honey glaze.

  8. frittata

    Zucchini and Cheddar Frittata

    Eggs for dinner? Yes, please! Most frittatas are dry and tough but this one is delicate and creamy, almost like a crustless quiche. Serve it with a salad or bowl of soup for a satisfying weeknight meal.

  9. Broiled Salmon with Thai Sweet Chili Glaze

    In this recipe, salmon fillets are quickly marinated in Thai sweet chili sauce, soy sauce and ginger, and then broiled until caramelized on top. Main courses simply do not get any easier, more delicious or elegant than this.

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