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9 Easy and Healthy Weeknight Dinner Recipes

9 Easy and Healthy Weeknight Dinner Recipes |

Tired of your go-to dinners? Or perhaps need a little break from ordering takeout from your favorite local restaurant? We’ve got you. We’ve rounded up some easy and healthy weeknight dinner recipes on Instagram that you can put together quickly, and without a lot of effort. Bonus: they don’t require a ton of ingredients which means fewer trips to the grocery store for you. Stay healthy and safe, friends.

1. Scallops, Cauli Mash, Greens & Tomatoes

If you’re not following @sara.haven on Instagram, you must start immediately. Her recipes are super simple, yet super tasty. Our favorite part? No need to click a link to find the recipe – she puts the instructions right in the caption.


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Dreaming of this dinner tonight! ? Seared sea scallops, creamy cauliflower mash, sautéed greens, and blistered tomatoes look fancy take just 30 minutes from start to finish to face plant (really!) ?. Unlike chicken and beef, which seem to always be either undercooked (or overcooked (dry chicken breast is the *worst* amiright), scallops are pretty much foolproof, sear in under 6 minutes, and make you feel like a domestic goddess ??. What are you guys cooking this evening?! Tell me in the comments below! ❤️ – #whatsonmyplate: SEARED SCALLOPS: heat 1 tablespoon @fourthandheart garlic ghee in a pan for a minute, add 1 lb. sea scallops (make sure to pat them VERY dry with paper towels first); sear 2-3 minutes per side •• CREAMY CAULIFLOWER MASH: 1 head cauliflower + 3 garlic cloves + 2 tablespoons ghee (or butter) + 3-4 tablespoons milk (I use almond) + 1/4 cup parmesan + salt & pepper, to taste. Place cauliflower and garlic in a steamer over a large pot of water; steam until tender. Transfer to a food processor and add remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth •• sautéed spinach w/ garlic & parmesan cheese • pan-blistered tomatoes.

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2. Mini Meatloaf Muffins

This delicious comfort food meal is surprisingly Keto and Whole30 friendly! Get the recipe here or in the caption.


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Mini Meatloaf Muffins ❤️ It’s Natalie from @tasteslovely! Not only is this the juiciest, most flavorful meatloaf, but the mini muffins bake in a fraction of the time! Plus, they’re just so dang cute. This meal makes a perfect meal prep and/or freezer meal! . Recipe below, swipe left for tips + FAQs! . INGREDIENTS: ∙2 pounds ground beef (I use 85% lean) ∙ 1 tablespoon olive oil ∙ 1 large onion, diced ∙4 cloves of garlic, grated or finely minced ∙1 cup almond flour ∙1 cup Whole30 friendly ketchup (I *love* @truemadefoods ketchup the best!), divided ∙1 bunch of parsley, finely chopped ∙2 eggs ∙2 teaspoons salt ∙2 teaspoons pepper . DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF. Get out your muffin pan. 2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil, onion, garlic + pinch of salt. Cook for 5-7 minutes until the onion is soft. 3. In a large bowl, add the ground beef, cooked onion mixture, almond flour, 1/2 cup of ketchup, parsley, eggs, salt + pepper. Stir to combine. (I like using a potato masher to mix up my meat!) 4. Fill each muffin pan with 6 tablespoons of the meatloaf. I love using a large cookie scoop, 2 scoops with the cookie scoop fills each muffin cup. Flatten down with your hands to completely fill the muffin pan. Top the meatloafs with the remaining 1/2 cup ketchup. 5. Bake for 25 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before removing from the muffin pan. Serve warm. 6. I love mine with roasted green beans and mashed cauliflower! 7. Leftovers will keep in an airtight container refrigerated for at least 5 days, or frozen for at least 6 months. .

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3. Salmon Cakes

Huzzah – here’s another easy and healthy Whole30 dinner recipe from @marywholelife. Serve with roasted potatoes or just plate them on top of a bed of spinach. Recipe here!


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Happy Saturday! These Whole30 SOUTHWEST SALMON CAKES with AVOCADO RANCH AIOLI are one of my meal prep go-tos! They reheat so well (and the leftovers are delish topped with a runny egg ?). A reader recently said: “These are delicious!! Even my kids who are usually a little seafood averse were obsessed, they asked for leftovers multiple times. The aioli is bomb and I’ll be making it on the regular for everything ?” (thanks, Jodi!❤️) . And check out the @whole30recipes highlights for a full tutorial on how to make these! (Just scroll to the right to find my week!) . Recipe is linked in my bio: . . . #whole30 #realfood #salmoncakes #whole30recipes #paleo #dairyfree #wholefoods #glutenfree #grainfree #iamwellandgood #easyrecipes #sheetpandinner #salmon #healthyfats #f52grams #feedfeed #imsomartha #theeverygirlcooks #aioli #healthyliving #healthymom #kidfriendly #paleomom #januarywhole30 #foodtographyschool #whole30alumni #leftovers #mealprep #keto #lowcarb

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4. Salmon With Leftovers

Have some more greens you need to use up before they go bad? Pop them on a plate with this super easy to make salmon. Recipe is in the caption!


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Went for a run this morning which was good, did some work and enjoyed the sun ! Dinner tonight was baked salmon seasoned with salt, pepper and mixed herbs- really simple. In the oven for 190 degrees for 12 minutes. Served with some tender stem brocolli which I just put in with the salmon for the remaining 4 minutes ! & smokey Bbq Uncle bens rice. Then just a handful of spinach with some leftover red pepper. Proper tasty, easy to make and healthy ☀️? really nice summer meal too! #salmondinner #healthylifestyle #healthydinner #healthyliving #quarantinecooking #salmonrecipe #easycooking #summerfood #summerrecipes #summermeal #mealinspo #foodiesofinstagram #leedsfoodie #newcastlefoodies #foodblogger #foodinstagram

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5. Grilled Lemon Chicken Salad

Anyone up for a virtual grill session this weekend? Get the recipe here.

6. Crustless Quiche

Eggs for dinner? Why not? This gluten-free and vegetarian dish comes together in no time. Get the recipe here.

7. Balsamic Chicken & Veggies

Sheet pan dinners are essential for those nights you don’t feel like spending too much time in the kitchen. Get the recipe here.

8. Sesame Encrusted Chicken Tenders

She had us at sesame. Toss these delish chicken tenders with broccoli and brown rice. Eating less carbs? Try it with cauli rice! Get the easy recipe here.

9. Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

So easy, so delicious. Get the sizzlin’ recipe here.


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Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas ♥️ When clean eating seems hard, make a sheet pan dinner! This chicken fajita one is such a winner. Add in cauliflower rice and guacamole, dinner is done! ⁠ .⁠ #whole30 #keto #dairyfree #glutenfree ⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ (For the recipe, click @tasteslovely to visit my profile, click the blue link, then click this post photo)⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #whole30recipes #whole30approved #decemberwhole30 #foodfreedom #ketorecipes #ketodiet #lowcarb #dairyfreeketo #nsng #paleo #paleorecipes #grainfree #sugarfree #cleaneating #healthyliving #tasteslovely #feedfeed @thefeedfeed @thefeedfeed.glutenfree #f52grams @food52 #sheetpandinner #fajitas #chickenfajitas

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