3 Easy Dinner Ideas That Won’t Spoil Your Diet

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Easy. Tasty. Healthy. You might think you have to pick two out of the three on any given night, but sometimes you really can have your cake and eat it too. Here are five easy dinner ideas that you can try tonight without worrying about expanding your waistline. They each take around 30 minutes or less to cook, so no more excuses about how hard it is to eat right!

Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken

Healthy Dinner Idea: Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken

Grilled chicken breast is the quintessential “healthy” meal. Packed with lean protein, it’s great for your macros, but it’s not always the most appetizing. Sure, it’s easy to ramp up the flavor by breading and frying, but that packs on the calories. Fortunately, a quick and easy honey mustard sauce can really give your chicken a bit of pizazz without busting your gut. Here’s how to make some great honey mustard grilled chicken.

Recipe from Allrecipes.com.

Makes 4 servings. Click for nutrition information.



  • 4 Skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 2 TBSP Mayonnaise
  • 1 TSP Steak sauce

  1. Set the grill for medium heat (or use your stove and a grill pan).

  2. In a bowl, mix the Dijon mustard, honey, mayonnaise, and steak sauce. Set aside a small amount for basting.

  3. Marinate chicken in honey mustard sauce for 1 hour. If you're short on time, simply dip each chicken breast into the sauce.

  4. Spray your grill/pan with canola oil/cooking spray.

  5. Grill chicken, turning every few minutes, until deep brown char marks are present or juices run clear.

  6. Baste with remaining sauce and serve.


Hall of Fame Veggie Burger

Hall of Fame Veggie BurgerThis is based off of the All-Star Veggie Burger recipe on Allrecipes.com (it’s even better, hence the name “Hall of Fame”). Made with a variety of nutritious ingredients, it offers a lot of flavor and texture while still being 100% vegetarian.

The original recipe is intended for vegans, but really suffers from the lack of a binder. Adding in an egg helps keep the burger together instead of crumbled all over your plate.

Makes 8 servings. Click for nutrition information.



  • 15.5 oz Canned chickpeas (drained, mashed)
  • 1/4 cup Oat bran
  • 1/4 cup Quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup Brown rice (cooked)
  • 14 oz Extra-firm tofu
  • 1 Large egg
  • 3 TBSP Sriracha sauce
  • 2 TBSP Soy sauce
  • 1/2 TSP Salt
  • 1/2 TSP Black pepper
  • 3/4 TSP Minced garlic
  • 8 Fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 3/4 TSP Dried sage

  1. Rinse tofu, then squeeze out water with paper towels. Mash in a large mixing bowl, adding sriracha and soy sauces. Set aside.

  2. Prepare brown rice. For convenience, use quick cooking/minute rice.

  3. In another bowl, mix basil and sage with mashed chickpeas. Fold in oats, bran, and rice.

  4. Add chickpea mix to tofu, then add minced garlic and large egg, mixing thoroughly.

  5. Season with salt and pepper. Continue mixing until well blended.

  6. Set a skillet over high heat and spray with cooking oil. Form patties out of the bean mixture and grill until golden brown on either side.

  7. Serve with bun and condiments as desired.


Black Bass with Warm Rosemary-Olive Vinaigrette

Rosemary-Olive Black Bass FiletsFish is a great source of lean protein and omega 3 fatty acids, which are great for heart health. In fact, it’s a good idea to eat fish regularly or take an omega 3 supplement (fish oil or flax oil tablets) daily to ensure that you’re getting enough omega 3. This easy dish helps you get that nutrition with a delicious bittersweet flavor.

Recipe from Epicurious.

Makes 4 servings. Click for nutrition information.



  • 4 4-5 oz Black bass filets
  • 2 TBSP Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • 2 cloves Garlic, thinly sliced
  • 3 TBSP Black olives
  • 1 TBSP Rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 cup Orange juice
  • 3 cups radicchio leaves

  1. Head oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.

  2. Season fish with salt and pepper, then cook skin-side down until golden brown and crisp.

  3. Turn fish and add garlic, olives, and rosemary to skillet.

  4. Cook for 3 minutes (or until fish is opaque), stirring frequently.

  5. Add orange juice to skillet and swirl once to combine.

  6. Divide radicchio and fish into separate plates. Spoon warm vinaigrette over top.

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