The 12 Healthy Dinners That Aren’t Salad to Get You Through the Winter Months

As much as we love salads, there comes a point in the year when a cool, crisp dinner just isn't satisfying. However, when salad is forced off the menu in favor of warmer, heartier dishes, it suddenly presents a problem: how do you cook healthy dinners that are still satisfying?

It turns out that it's not as big of a challenge to make healthy recipes as I presumed. All you need to do is to identify the flavors you like, find a few healthy dinner recipes, and practice.

To cut down on your time sifting through recipe archives or spending hours on pinterest, here are 12 healthy dinners that will be welcome on the table any night.

1. Crispy Black Bean and Feta Tacos

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Dinner With Julie

Crispy corn tortillas folded around a protein-filled helping of black beans and feta cheese is a recipe for a successful quick dinner. Add a pinch of chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime and it's like having dinner out.

Get the recipe here.

2. Spring Vegetable Potstickers

spring vegetable potstickers
Smitten Kitchen

Dumplings are undeniably a year round treat, But often you don't want the same combination of squishy peas, carrots, and mushrooms, or the even worse questionable pork filling.

So, in an effort to keep things fresh, here is an elegant interpretation of potstickers filled with chopped asparagus, mellow nutty favas, and sweet little peas.

Get the recipe here.

3. Tomato, Basil, and Balsamic Chicken

tomato basil chicken
The Wanderlust Kitchen

Who doesn't want familiar flavors served up in an inspiring way? Thankfully, this easy recipe of chicken breasts topped with tomatoes, onions, and basil does just that.

You can always serve this as a pasta dish as well, using whole-wheat spaghetti or even angel hair pasta.

Get the recipe here.

4. Honey Dijon Roasted Pork Tenderloin

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The Seasoned Mom

It could be a holiday main dish or it could be a healthy weeknight dinner. Don't you love when a dinner recipe is that flexible?

This pork tenderloin is roasted with simple ingredients, making this elegant meal a snap to put together.

Get the recipe here.

5. Chicken Enchilada Casserole

chicken enchilada casserole
The Seasoned Mom

With four ingredients and five minutes of prep time, you might find yourself making this easy dinner a lot more often than you anticipated. Plus, this recipe allows you to take advantage of shortcuts by using rotisserie chicken or last night's roasted chicken.

This is a sure bet for your heathy weeknight dinner conundrum. 

Get the recipe here.

6. Slow Cooker Lentil and Vegetable Soup

slow cooker lentil soup
Sweet Phi

Slow Cooker recipes are some of our favorites! Hearty and flavorful, this set-it-and-forget-it recipe and is great for making healthy meals that are as restorative as they are satisfying. 

Make a double batch of this slow cooker soup to bring as a healthy lunch the next day.

Get the recipe here.

7. Tilapia and Quinoa with Feta and Cucumber

tilapia with cucumber and feta
Martha Stewart

Protein keeps you full longer, and this recipe has a genius combination of quick-release animal protein paired with slow-burn, plant-based protein from quinoa.

You won't even want that late-night snack after this dinner filled with fresh flavors.

Get the recipe here.

8. Paleo Shrimp and Avocado Salad

shrimp and avocado
Kalyn's Kitchen

For this recipe, you only need four ingredients and five minutes to make yourself a supercharged meal that will help get you through even the longest days.

Use fresh (not frozen) shrimp to get the fresh flavor you desire.

Get the recipe here.

9. Turkey Chili

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Ambitious Kitchen

What do you do with all that Thanksgiving turkey? You make it into chili of course!  With an unbeatable texture and lots of spice, including chili powder,  you're going to wish that this was Thanksgiving dinner.

Get the recipe here.

10. Kickin' Cajun Chicken and Rice

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Half Baked Harvest

Chicken and rice is an economical and comforting dish but it can also get really boring fast. Kick things up a notch and add some bell peppers and spice to jazz up an otherwise ubiquitous weeknight meal.

Healthy recipe tip: use brown rice in this recipe to up your whole grain intake.

Get the recipe here.

11. Spicy Ethiopian Lentil Stew

Ethiopian lentil stew
Connoisseurus Veg

If you've never had Ethiopian food, get ready to be blown away.

Of course, this is an interpreted version of a traditional dish, but with bright veggies and hearty potatoes simmered in creamy sauce of berbere-spiced red lentils, you won't be complaining about the creative license used for this dish.

Get the recipe here.

12. Garlicky Shrimp

Garlicky Shrimp
Jay's Baking Me Crazy

Don't be shocked when you see that this recipe uses 10 cloves of garlic. Yes, ten. Somehow that many cloves just magically blends with the briny shrimp to create a pleasant medley of flavors.

Get the recipe here.

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