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5 Unique Healthy Dinner Ideas and 1 Dessert: Good For You and Tasty Too!

You guys are always asking us for healthy dinner ideas and dessert recipes, especially ones that are don’t take much effort to throw together. Well, when you ask, we listen! If you haven’t noticed already, we’ve been featuring all kinds of healthy tips and tricks sure to make eating healthy easier, tastier, and a lot more fun.

With that in mind, we’ve got even more fantastic recipes for you today, from the amazing Robyn Youkilis—five super tasty, super nutrition dinner recipes and one incredible healthy dessert recipe, to be exact.

Enjoy!

By Live Well 360 Guest Blogger Robyn Youkilis

The Worlds Most Craveable Salad

This spring I was lucky enough to host a detox workshop for a group of ladies in Santa Monica, California.  5 Unique Healthy Dinner Ideas and 1 Dessert: Good For You and Tasty Too!I had been playing with a new mint/daikon radish/carrot combination in my own salad bowls and knew I had to share!

So, I present to you without further ado, my creation – The World’s Most Craveable Salad!  Not only is it super satisfying and insanely delicious, it’s a detox salad too!

Daikon radishes have numerous health benefits like aiding in weight loss and cancer prevention, as well as being an anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial food.

It’s also great for digestion, as well as bone, skin, and respiratory health.  Micro greens also come packed with vital nutrients that add a punch to this salad (check out more info on the benefits of sprouts in my Your Bella Life article).

And let’s not forget how powerful cayenne pepper is with its incredible ability to lower cholesterol, aid in circulation, and help regulate blood pressure.

I hope you love this salad as much as I do.  For a lighter version try swapping out the quinoa for mesclun greens or baby kale.

Detox Quinoa Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 daikon radish, grated
  • 2-4 carrots, grated
  • ½ -1 cup micro greens
  • 1/2 bunch mint leaves, roughly chopped or torn (the best part!)
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • Handful of raw sunflower seeds
  • Juice of 1 lemon, preferably Meyer
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and serve!

Kale, Fennel, and White Bean Soup

5 Unique Healthy Dinner Ideas and 1 Dessert: Good For You and Tasty Too!This is the perfect soup all year round.  It fills you up and is loaded with heart healthy beans, naturally sweet fennel and good for your greens.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 large Spanish onion
  • 3-4 cloves sliced garlic
  • 1/4-1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 tbsp fresh thyme (off the stem and finely chopped- rosemary, sage, marjoram or basil all work if you prefer)
  • 1 head fennel (no stems or core)
  • 1 can organic Cannellini (white) beans or 1-2 cups freshly prepared white beans
  • 1 (16 oz) container organic chicken broth
  • 2-3 tbsp Braggs liquid aminos (optional)
  • 4 cups chopped fresh kale
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Fresh squeezed lemon and parsley to serve
  • Grated Parmesan/Provolone/Romano cheese (optional)

Directions:

  1. Add chopped fennel, onion and garlic into ROOM TEMP olive oil in large soup pot. Set stove on low medium until all warm together (this allows the flavor infuse into the oil). Once they’re sweating add the beans, thyme (herbs) and kale.
  2. Fold and coat the kale in the oily mixture add sea salt and fresh black pepper.
  3. Pour in organic chicken broth and liquid aminos, increase heat to high and cover.
  4. Once it is boiling reduce heat and allow to simmer for 40 minutes.
  5. Serve with a squeeze of fresh lemon, parsley and cheese (optional).

Kelp Noodles AKA Your New Favorite Food

Kelp noodles are quite honestly, the bomb.  Yup, I feel that strongly about them.

Why are they so great?

Allow me to list the ways:

1. Kelp noodles are made purely of a seaweed called kelp. Seaweed is a hugely beneficial food to add to our daily diets as it’s full of iodine and helps nourish our thyroid (which helps regulate our metabolism!).

2. Kelp helps you focus.  Have a looming writing deadline?  A morning packed with meetings?

Plan some kelp noodles into your day and you’ll feel totally focused.  You can even take kelp tablets to up your results.

3. I am not a calorie or carb counter BUT that doesn’t mean I don’t get super jazzed when I find a product that is high on nutritional value for very few cals.

An entire package of kelp noodles contains only 18 calories and zero carbohydrates.  There are 3 grams of carbs listed on the nutrition facts label, but these carbs are made up entirely of fiber so your body processes it differently than a typical carbohydrate.

4. Kelp noodles store easily, don’t require prepping or cooking, have a long shelf life and make a great base for sauces and dressings. WHOA!  I love me some convenience foods.  Additionally, they are 100% raw, vegan and gluten-free.

Having a well stocked fridge and pantry is the key to cooking easily and healthily (which really is the key to long term weight loss), and kelp noodles brilliantly hit the mark on all these fronts.

I could keep going on and on about how great they are, but I want you to try them yourself!  Kelp noodles used to be carried at only a few select health food stores but with the recent popularity of the Paleo diet, I’ve started seeing them more and more in places like Whole Foods and even Amazon.

One major thing before you start diving in – the noodles themselves are totally neutral tasting (no fishy taste, really no taste at all), and have a slightly gelatinous and crunchy consistency meaning they just simply can’t go naked!

But have no fear, with the right sauces—tahini dressing, marinara sauce, pesto, peanut miso and more are all yummy options—they are absolutely delicious.  I’ve included a great recipe for Kelp Noodle Salad with Peanut Miso dressing below.

Give this awesome new food a try and it’ll too be your favorite food in no time.

Kelp Noodle Salad with Peanut Miso Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 5 Unique Healthy Dinner Ideas and 1 Dessert: Good For You and Tasty Too!1 package Kelp Noodles (Sea Tangle is a popular brand)
  • ½ cup cucumbers, thinly sliced or julienned
  • ½ cup carrots, thinly sliced or julienned
  • ½ cup peppers, any color, thinly sliced or julienned

Sauce:

  • 2 tsps miso paste
  • 1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp nut butter, peanut butter works great
  • ½ cup warm water to thin
  • Dash of white pepper
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

Optional Add-ins:

  • 1 tsp of Sriracha or chili flakes
  • ¼ freshly chopped herbs such as cilantro and parsley
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • Juice of ½ lime

Directions:

Rinse the noodles according to package directions.  You can also soak them in a bowl of warm water to loosen them even more.  Switch the water out once for optimal results.

In a large bowl mix all the dressing ingredients with a whisk until blended well.

Add noodles and chopped veggies (and any or all optional add-ins) to dressing and toss well for 2-4 minutes to combine.  Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.  Best if refrigerated for 10 minutes to an hour and then serve!

This article was originally written for and published by the on-line Magazine Bella Life.

Gorgeous Glazed Salmon

You know when you have someone coming over and you really want to dazzle them with deliciousness but you just don’t have time to get all Julia Child and spend the day in the kichen?  Yeah, I do too.

That’s why I have this ace in the hole of a recipe.  So simple to execute and it will impress your friend/ date/ in-laws/ boss every time!5 Unique Healthy Dinner Ideas and 1 Dessert: Good For You and Tasty Too!

Ingredients:

  • 4 pieces of wild caught salmon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or honey
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon (1 Tablespoon)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
  • Place salmon pieces on baking sheet lined with parchment paper or tinfoil.
  • Season generously with salt and pepper and coat each piece with a good amount of mustard (at least 1 tablespoon per piece, feel free to use more until completely coated).  Roast for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes pull out oven rack and drizzle a small amount of maple syrup or honey directly over fish pieces.  Squeeze lemon juice and return to oven.
  • Continue to bake another 5-10 minutes depending on thickness of fish.

Serves 4.

Chickpea Flatbread Pizza Crust

Who doesn’t love pizza?  It’s most people’s favorite comfort food. The only problem is–it makes you feel like complete crap after you eat it!

5 Unique Healthy Dinner Ideas and 1 Dessert: Good For You and Tasty Too!

I love using this chickpea flatbread as a pizza crust for a truly fabulous, filling and fun pizza alternative. It’s full of protein, fiber and did I mention it tastes uh-mazing?

But the best part – It requires just a few ingredients and barely any time to prepare.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chickpea flour
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Pour 1-1/3 cups water into a medium bowl and slowly whisk in the chickpea flour. Add salt and pepper and allow it to stand at room temperature for as long as possible, at least 30 minutes.
  3. Heat a 10 inch, oven safe cast iron skillet on medium high heat.  Add in 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil then pour in the chickpea batter and allow it to cook for about 30-60 seconds until the edges harden.  Do not flip.
  4. Place skillet in oven for about 25 minutes, until crisp around the edges and light golden brown.
  5. Serves 4-8.

Spicy Krispy Treats

The perfect sweet and spicy snack!  I adapted this recipe from Alicia Silverstone’s, The Kind Diet, by adding a little spicy flare and voila!  The perfect treat.

Ingredients:

  • 5 Unique Healthy Dinner Ideas and 1 Dessert: Good For You and Tasty Too!1 box brown rice crispy cereal (Erewhon makes a great one and gluten-free too!)
  • 1 3/4 cups brown rice syrup
  • 3/4 cup almond butter
  • 1 pinch coarse sea salt
  • 2 tsps cinnamon plus more for sprinkling on top
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

Directions:

  1. Pour cereal into a large bowl.
  2. Melt brown rice syrup in a pot on the stove on low heat, until liquid. Add almond butter and all spices and mix well.
  3. Pour mixture over the cereal and mix well with a wooden spoon.
  4. Put the mixture into a 9×13 baking dish. Wet wooden spoon and press mixture evenly into the dish. Sprinkle more cinnamon on top.
  5. Let cool for 1 hour, cut into bars.

About Robyn

5 Unique Healthy Dinner Ideas and 1 Dessert: Good For You and Tasty Too!Robyn Youkilis, a board certified Health Coach and Healthy Cooking Expert and founder of Your Healthiest You and co-founder of {Healthy} Cooking Camp, was coined by Pure Wow as “the busy ladies health coach”, supporting busy guys and gals on their journey to becoming the healthiest that they can be.

Looking for even more on-the-go tips for your busy life?  Download Robyn’s free On-the-Go Guide packed with ideas and inspiration to help you feel awesome here, there and everywhere

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