21 healthy dinner ideas for every night of the week in January

21 healthy dinner ideas for every night of the week in January

21 healthy dinner ideas for every night of the week in January

The hustle and bustle of the week oftentimes has you scrambling to make a healthy, satisfying dinner. One way to overcome this barrier is planning. But don’t worry – we’ve done the hard part for you and found all the recipes! All you need to do is organize your shopping list, so that you have what you need at the start of each week.

Every Saturday or Sunday, put together a shopping list of the five recipes based on the meals you plan to make before you head to the grocery store. The selected recipes use ingredients that you can easily find at your local market. You’ll also find suggestions for easy exchanges you can make for some of the recipes.

Get excited and kick off 2023 with these 21 weeknight dinners planned for January. Also, feel free to use it again for February or any month you choose! And if you’re interested in learning about other healthy dinner ideas geared specifically toward your New Year’s weight-loss goals, be sure to also check out our 5 Easy Weekend Dinner Recipes for Weight Loss.

Chicken burger with sundried tomato olia
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Start your January night dinner with a simple chicken burger. You can always substitute ground chicken for ground turkey. Feel free to add more vegetables to this dish with a side salad or a side of steamed broccoli or carrots.

Get our recipe for Chicken Burger with Sun-Dried Tomato Aioli.

Paleo sweet and spicy beef
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Stir-fry dishes are always a go-to for a quick and easy dinner. Serve over brown rice, and for more veggies add a side salad with a vinaigrette dressing.

Get our sweet and spicy stir-fry recipe.

Sweet and spicy glazed salmon with vegetables
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

This fried salmon dish is no fuss and not many dishes. Add whole grains on the side, like quinoa and farro, or use leftover brown rice from your Wednesday night stir-fry.

Get our recipe for Sweet and Spicy Salmon with Grilled Vegetables.

Paleo chicken scallops
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This better-for-you Italian-inspired dinner contains a fraction of the calories and saturated fat compared to your local Italian restaurant. Serve over whole-grain pasta with steamed cauliflower and broccoli on the side

Get our recipe for Simple Chicken Scaloppine.

Healthy sesame noodles with chicken
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This Asian-inspired dinner uses fettuccine noodles, peppers, and shredded chicken, which you can make yourself or use store-bought rotisserie chicken. Add more veggies by serving it with a side salad or crêpes with dip as an appetizer.

Get our recipe for Asian-inspired Sesame Noodles with Chicken.

Sloppy healthy turkey
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Sloppy Joes is a family favorite and uses many ingredients you probably already have in your pantry and spice cabinet. Serve with sweet or russet fries or healthier slaw.

Get our recipe for Turkey Sloppy Joes.

Healthy shrimp from Diavolo
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Shrimp is a low-calorie protein that can be cooked up in no time. To get more fibre, replace traditional spaghetti with whole wheat or legume-type spaghetti. Serve with a side salad with vinaigrette or steamed green beans or both!

Get our low-calorie shrimp recipe from Fra Diavolo.

Greek chicken and rice dishes
Image courtesy of Gail Watson Photography.

These Mediterranean-inspired dishes use rotisserie chicken, which helps reduce overall cooking time. Paired with brown rice and a very simple chopped salad, you’ll have a delicious, well-balanced meal on the table in no time.

Get the recipe from Toby Amidor Nutrition.

Lemon Salmon Orzo Skillet
Courtesy of The Creative Bite

One-pot meals are a lifesaver when it comes to a busy workweek. This dinner balances salmon, orzo, asparagus, and tomatoes. Add more greens by chopping vegetables at the table or making a simple side salad.

Get the recipe at The Creative Bite.

Paleo turkey meatloaf
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Meatloaf is a crowd-pleasing favorite, plus you can bring leftovers for lunch the next day. Serve with roasted potato wedges or roasted sweet potatoes on the side and roasted vegetables.

Get the Turkey Meatloaf with Spicy Tomato Sauce recipe.

Paleo Seared Tuna Tacos
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Make it Taco Tuesday with tuna and avocado sandwiches. Served with rice and beans on the side.

Get our recipe for Spicy Tuna and Avocado Fish Tacos.

Lemon chicken tray with potatoes and carrots
Image courtesy of Elisa Witala

These chicken thighs are paired with potatoes, carrots, and parsnips. You can also add a parsnip or two if you like. Add a fruit salad or a piece of fruit like a clementine or sliced ​​pineapple for dessert for a complete meal.

Get the recipe from Toby Amidor Nutrition.

Easy Beef Chili
Image courtesy of Mittera.

This chili recipe is made with lean beef and three (yes, three!) beans, each serving packed with 9 grams of fiber. Serve with slaw and serve with Greek yogurt or low-fat sour cream as an optional topping.

Get the recipe from Toby Amidor Nutrition.

Healthy Thai chicken curry
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Instead of eating out Thai food, cook this curry recipe where you control the ingredients. Per serving, they provide 340 calories, 13 grams of fat — 6 grams saturated, and 400 milligrams of sodium. Serve with flatbread on the side to top off this delicious curry!

Get our recipe for Thai Chicken Curry.

Shrimp and feta cheese in orzo bread
Courtesy of The Creative Bite

This vegetarian dish is another one-dish meal that can help cut back on dishes and your overall effort especially when you’re stressed out. Complete the meal with steamed or grilled vegetables on the side; I recommend the brussels sprouts or the beans.

Get the recipe at The Creative Bite.

Grilled chicken dinner plate on marble table
Kirsten Hickman / Eat This, Not That!

Some nights of the week, all you want to eat are five ingredients. This simple dinner uses bottled barbecue sauce, so compare labels to make sure you’re getting the one with the least amount of added sugar. If you’re cooking for more than two people, double or even triple this well-balanced meal.

Get our recipe for five-ingredient grilled chicken dishes.

Disassemble the lasagna pan
Image courtesy of Ashley Lima

A lasagna pan uses less lasagna noodles to help reduce total carbohydrates. If you want more vegetables, you can add 1 cup of grated carrots, grated zucchini, or chopped cauliflower to the recipe.

Get the recipe from Toby Amidor Nutrition.

Thai tofu with basil
Courtesy of Healthy Maven

Tofu is a vegetable protein made from soybeans and is quick to cook. Serve it over brown rice or quinoa for a complete meal.

Get the recipe from Healthy Maven.

Healthy Alfredo with chicken and vegetables
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This light Alfredo sauce uses smaller amounts of butter, 2% milk, and Parmesan cheese. By adding cooked chicken breast or grilled chicken and vegetables, it makes for a balanced meal that is both healthy and delicious.

Get our Alfredo pasta stuffed with chicken and vegetables recipe.

Spanish style chicken
Image courtesy of Helen Dujardin.

This recipe is another simple meal that will become your go-to this year. Serve over whole-wheat couscous, brown rice, or quinoa for a complete meal.

Get the recipe from Toby Amidor Nutrition.

Glazed hoisin meatball bowl
Courtesy of The Creative Bite

This savory bowl features roasted carrots and simple white rice flavored with garlic, ginger, and butter, meatballs made from lean beef, and plenty of flavor from hoisin-soy sauce. Serve fruit such as fresh berries or orange slices for dessert.

Get the recipe at The Creative Bite.

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