Favorite Healthy Weeknight Meals

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Michael and I usually cook dinner at home Monday through Thursday. If it were up to me, I could eat the same things every week, but Michael likes to mix things up. So I’m always on the hunt for new, healthy weeknight meals. My go-to spots for recipes are Half Baked Harvest and The Defined Dish. Both include recipes that are relatively simple to follow and healthy too! While I get Half Baked Harvest’s recipes from her website, I have The Defined Dish cookbook although she has tons of recipes on her website too!

I like to plan out our meals at the beginning of the week – I write them down as a “menu” and post it on our fridge. It makes weeknight cooking so much easier! I’m able to grocery shop ahead of time, and I know what’s coming each night. To get you started, I’m sharing a handful of my favorite healthy weeknight meals below! Check out more of my favorite recipes here!

Greek Chicken Chopped Salad with Lemon Tahini Vinaigrette

Favorite Healthy Weeknight Recipes | Favorite Healthy Weeknight Recipes

Photo via Half Baked Harvest

A hearty salad that’s packed full of flavor! I even make the homemade tahini dressing, and it’s definitely worth the effort. A hot tip for the chickpeas – if you have an air fryer, pop them in there for a few minutes. It crisps them up perfectly for even more added texture to the salad!

Orecchiette Pasta with Sausage, Broccolini, and Roasted Red Peppers

This recipe is via The Defined Dish cookbook. It’s a different Italian meal than traditional noodles and red sauce. I’d never made orechiette pasta until this recipe! The flavors here are fantastic! I usually sub regular broccoli for the broccolini since it’s easier to find.

While this recipe can only be found in her cookbook, she has TONS of recipes available on her website!

30 Minute Thai Peanut Chicken Ramen

Favorite Healthy Weeknight Recipes | 30 Minute Thai Peanut Chicken Ramen

Photo via Half Baked Harvest

It’s no secret that I love this recipe! I share it on IG Stories often. If you’re a ramen fan, you need to add this Thai peanut ramen recipe to your weeknight meal plan immediately! Half Baked Harvest nailed it on this one! This ramen recipe is easy, quick, flavorful, and yields a lot for two people!

The ingredients might not be ones that you’d normally have on hand, but they’re all ingredients that keep well, so once you stock up, you’ll have almost everything you need to whip this recipe up in a pinch!

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

Another recipe via The Defined Dish cookbook. It’s worth snagging! I like to sub Thai noodles for spaghetti squash, but if you’re trying to keep it low carb or gluten free, spaghetti squash is a great option! This recipe hits the spot if you’re craving Thai takeout!

While this recipe can only be found in her cookbook, she has TONS of recipes available on her website!

Easy Weeknight Turkey Meatballs

Favorite Healthy Weeknight Recipes | Turkey Meatballs

Photo via Liz Adams at Hello Adams Family

A departure from Half Baked Harvest and The Defined Dish! Liz from Hello Adams Family has a ton of great, easy recipes on her website. Michael and I make some variation of these turkey meatballs every couple of weeks.

They are so easy to make and incredibly flavorful! I’ve even used the same recipe with ground beef, and they turned out just as yummy (but a little bit greasier). Another twist on the recipe is to use the same ingredients but make the meatballs into turkey burgers!

If we’re going the traditional route, I’ll usually pair the meatballs with linguine and Raos’ Marinara Sauce. You could easily sub zoodles if you’re going for low carb. I always have greens on hand so we usually have salads with the pasta as well. My favorite salad dressing as of late: Tessamae’s Green Goddess, so good!

I hope those recipes spurred some healthy weeknight meal inspiration!

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