Need something healthy for dinner? It’s a challenge to try to come up with new meal ideas that are healthy, delicious and that won’t take you long to whip up! So I’m here to make things easy for you with 10 of my favourite quick and healthy dinner recipes.

These recipes not only tick all the boxes nutritionally but they will take you less than 30 minutes to whip together – perfect for weeknight dinners!

Tangled Thai Chicken Salad

Healthy Thai Chicken Salad Recipe

Just chop and toss! This Thai chicken salad is prepared in 15 minutes with no cooking time. It’s crunchy, zesty, super nutritious and insanely delicious! Perfect for a family dinner, or why not make it on Sunday night as there will be enough for easy Monday leftovers the next day!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Serves: 4
Course: Dinner, Salad
Cuisine: Thai

Ingredients

For the Thai salad dressing

  • 1 clove garlic minced.
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 1 lime juiced.
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 2 teaspoons I Quit Sugar Organic Rice Malt Syrup.

For the thai salad

  • 1 cup kale finely shredded.
  • 1 carrot large, julienned.
  • 1 small napa cabbage.
  • 1 red capsicum
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves picked.
  • 1 cup fresh coriander leaves picked.
  • 400 g roast chicken shredded

For the garnish

  • 1/2 cup cashews roasted
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients for the salad dressing into a large mixing bowl. Whisk to combine.
  • Add the ingredients for the salad into the bowl and toss to combine.
  • Serve the salad into four bowls, then top with nuts and coconut flakes to serve.

Notes

How to use your leftovers and skip cooking the next day!
This Thai salad recipe is the perfect vehicle to use up leftover produce. We also love adding in finely shredded broccoli florets, thinly sliced snow peas, herbs like flat-leaf parsley and chives and diced cucumber.
Nutrition Facts
Tangled Thai Chicken Salad Dinner Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 385 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 75mg25%
Sodium 633mg28%
Potassium 1215mg35%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 6731IU135%
Vitamin B3 10mg50%
Vitamin C 130mg158%
Vitamin K 236µg225%
Calcium 260mg26%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Skillet Korean Chicken Nachos

There’s nothing I love more than ‘cheat meals’ (or treat meals as I like to call it) that’s actually healthy. Trust me, after trying these 15-minute nachos you won’t make them any other way. With delicious glazed Korean chicken, crunchy corn chips, fresh avo, cucumber, carrot and plenty of cheese these nachos are the ultimate crowd pleaser.

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Five Minute Fig Radicchio

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Mushroom Chilli Spinach Pasta

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This is one of my favourites when I feel like something hearty and packed with Asian flavour. The best part about this dish is that it’s cooked in one pan and we’ve managed to sneak in four different vegies and so it’s a healthy meal that’s great for the whole family.

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Lentil Meatball Wraps with Avocado and Cucumber Salsa

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Coconut Curry Meatballs

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Father and husband, on a mission to help people move more, eat better and make a positive change to their lives. Sam Wood has over 20 years experience as a personal trainer and is recognised as one of Australia’s leading experts and media commentators in the health & fitness industry. Sam is the founder and personal trainer of 28, Australia’s #1 home fitness and nutrition program, and he's also the proud owner of Australia’s largest personal training studio, The Woodshed, based in Brighton, Melbourne.