Dinner Tonight: 5 Healthy Recipes to Try for a More Balanced Diet

Are you tired of eating the same old unhealthy meals every night? Are you looking for something new and exciting to try for dinner tonight? Look no further than these 5 healthy recipes that will not only make your taste buds happy but will also help you maintain a more balanced and nutritious diet.

1. Quinoa Salad with Avocado and Mango – This delicious salad is packed with healthy ingredients like quinoa, avocado, mango, and black beans. It’s a great way to get your daily dose of protein, fiber, and vitamins all in one meal.

Ingredients:
– 1 cup cooked quinoa
– 1 ripe avocado, diced
– 1 ripe mango, diced
– 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
– 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
– 2 tbsp lime juice
– Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
1. In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, diced avocado, diced mango, black beans, and cilantro.
2. Add the lime juice, salt, and pepper, and toss to coat.
3. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

2. Grilled Salmon with Lemon and Herb Butter – This grilled salmon is a great source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and is paired perfectly with a flavorful lemon and herb butter.

Ingredients:
– 4 salmon fillets
– 1 tbsp olive oil
– Salt and pepper to taste
– 4 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
– 2 tbsp chopped fresh herbs (such as parsley, basil, and dill)
– Zest of 1 lemon
– 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

Directions:
1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
2. Brush the salmon fillets with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
3. Grill the salmon for 5-7 minutes per side, or until it flakes easily with a fork.
4. While the salmon is grilling, make the lemon and herb butter by mixing together the softened butter, chopped herbs, lemon zest, and lemon juice.
5. Once the salmon is cooked, top each fillet with a generous spoonful of the lemon and herb butter.

3. Vegetable Stir-Fry with Brown Rice – This vegetable stir-fry is a great way to pack in a variety of veggies in one meal, and the brown rice adds a healthy dose of fiber.

Ingredients:
– 2 cups cooked brown rice
– 1 tbsp sesame oil
– 1 tbsp soy sauce
– 1 tsp honey
– 1 garlic clove, minced
– 1/2 inch ginger, grated
– 2 cups mixed chopped vegetables (such as carrots, broccoli, bell pepper, and snap peas)
– Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
1. In a large wok or skillet, heat the sesame oil over medium heat.
2. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant.
3. Add the chopped vegetables and stir-fry for 5-7 minutes, or until tender.
4. In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce and honey.
5. Add the cooked brown rice to the vegetables, along with the soy sauce and honey mixture, and toss to coat.
6. Serve immediately.

4. Greek Salad with Grilled Chicken – This Greek salad is a refreshing and healthy meal that’s perfect for a hot summer night.

Ingredients:
– 2 grilled chicken breasts, sliced
– 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
– 1 cucumber, diced
– 1 tomato, diced
– 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
– 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
– 2 tbsp chopped fresh oregano
– 2 tbsp olive oil
– 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
– Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
1. In a large bowl, combine the chopped romaine lettuce, diced cucumber, diced tomato, thinly sliced red onion, crumbled feta cheese, and chopped fresh oregano.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper.
3. Toss the salad with the dressing, and top with the sliced grilled chicken.

5. Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas – These vegetarian enchiladas are filled with nutritious sweet potatoes, black beans, and spinach, and are topped with a flavorful enchilada sauce.

Ingredients:
– 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
– 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
– 2 cups fresh spinach
– 1 tbsp olive oil
– 3 tbsp chili powder
– 1 tbsp cumin
– 1 tsp smoked paprika
– 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
– 2 cups enchilada sauce
– 8-10 corn tortillas
– 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:
1. Preheat your oven to 375°F.
2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
3. Add the diced sweet potatoes and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until tender.
4. Add the black beans, spinach, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper (if using), and cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until the spinach has wilted.
5. Pour 1 cup of the enchilada sauce into the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish.
6. Place a spoonful of the sweet potato and black bean mixture onto each corn tortilla, and roll up tightly.
7. Place the rolled-up tortillas seam-side down in the baking dish.
8. Pour the remaining enchilada sauce over the top of the rolled-up tortillas, and sprinkle with the shredded cheddar cheese.
9. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Incorporating healthy recipes and a balanced diet is one of the best things you can do for your overall well-being. These 5 recipes are just a starting point, and there are endless possibilities to explore when it comes to healthy, yummy meals. Give them a try and see how they can make a difference in your life!