15 Surprisingly Healthy Dinner Ideas


Hellllo weekend! And hellllo 78 degrees!

We are tilling and planting the garden this weekend! Well, my dad and husband are tilling the garden while me and the little guy remove the dirt clods.  I think I underestimated the amount of time and labor that it would take to till up your first garden. Maybe it will be done in time for the fall garden ;)

Also on the to do list for this weekend are plans and preparations for our upcoming Easter brunch. I don’t want to give away too many details because I’ll be posting about it next week, but let’s just say it involves some delicious Pinterest inspired farm fresh food. And who doesn’t love fresh food, whipped up from scratch, to create a mouthwatering Easter brunch?! And I won’t be the only person creating Pinterest inspired recipes for Easter.  I’ll be doing this as part of HelloSociety’s Easter Potluck. So follow along next week so you can grab not only my Easter brunch creation, but tons of other Easter and spring recipes from other HelloSociety Influencers!

So, if you are busy like me this weekend and are looking for quick, healthy dinner ideas,  I’ve got you covered.  Here are some of my family’s favorite dinners. They are inexpensive, quick, and surprisingly healthy. And an added bonus, they are toddler and husband approved. What makes these usually unhealthy dinners, healthy?  They are from scratch with good, wholesome ingredients… grass-fed beef, pasture raised meat, grass-fed butter, organic vegetables, and other organic ingredients. Now you are probably thinking that these aren’t inexpensive meals if you include organic ingredients.  Which could be partly true if you buy specialty organic ingredients at full price.  For some ideas on how to save money when buying organic food be sure to check out Eating Organic on a Budget.


15 Surprisingly Healthy Dinner Ideas


1. Beef Bourgignon from The Elliot Homestead

This recipe blew the socks right off my husband.  It is that good.  I love that Shaye from The Elliot Homestead uses all organic and farm fresh ingredients in her recipes! They are all so tasty and good for you and your family. Make sure to check out her blog and her cookbook for all her recipes.

2. Shepherds Pie from The Elliot Homestead

I had no idea how wonderful and simple Shepherds Pie was until I made it for the first time a couple weeks ago.  It will forever remain in my family’s top favorite meals. Carrots, celery, onions, garlic, organic potatoes, and grass-fed ground beef.

3. Sloppy Joes  from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

I’ve blogged about these sloppy joes before. These are not the manwich sloppy joes you ate as a kid.  These are gourmet as far as sloppy joes go.   Look for condiments and sauces that are organic to avoid the additives and high fructose corn syrup found in many store-bought sauces.  Serve with a salad, green beans, or organic baked potato fries or organic sweet potato fries.  And an added health bonus would be to serve with lacto-fermented ketchup.  Last night we had these, only I didn’t have any buns, so I toasted and buttered some homemade french bread for sloppy joe sandwiches.

4. Crock Pot Broccoli and Beef from Table for Two

Also a delicious and simple meal.  I use grass-fed beef and basmati rice.  The beef comes out melt-in-your mouth tender. Also it’s a great way to use up that frozen broccoli or that over abundance of garden broccoli.

5. Homemade Spaghetti from The Elliot Homestead

If you don’t already, learn how to make your own spaghetti sauce.  Most spaghetti sauce that comes in a jar has added ingredients, unless it’s an organic brand which is usually pretty expensive.  This recipe is delicious and uses healthy ingredients.  Make enough to freeze so you have spaghetti sauce on hand and then you just have to cook the noodles and homemade french bread (but only if you are feeling ambitious).

6. Roasted Chicken and Butternut Squash from Betty Crocker

Use organic chicken broth or better yet, use homemade chicken broth from the recipe below. And we also like to use organic, natural chicken breasts so we avoid the added antibiotics and growth hormones that come in conventional chicken.

7. Crock Pot Whole Chicken from The Happy Housewife

I love cooking a whole roaster chicken in the crock pot.  You get shredded chicken for several meals and homemade chicken broth. This recipe shares just how to make your own chicken broth.  We use shredded chicken for Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup, quesadillas, Homemade Pizza, tacos, soup, you name it.

8. Chicken and Black Bean Quesadillas from Deliciously Organic

What a simple, yet tasty meal.  Quesadillas are always a favorite.  We like to use raw cheddar cheese for the good probiotics. The only way to make sure you are getting real raw milk cheese is to buy from a local farm.  Many of the store bought “raw” cheeses have actually been pasteurized, which means they aren’t truly raw.  We  also like to top our quesadillas with fermented salsa for more of that probiotic goodness and some cream greek yogurt in place of sour cream.

cheese you buy comes from truly raw milk is to buy from a preferably local, small dairy farm – See more at: http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/raw-cheese-from-store-is-not-raw/#sthash.WKnhCUvD.dpuf
cheese you buy comes from truly raw milk is to buy from a preferably local, small dairy farm – See more at: http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/raw-cheese-from-store-is-not-raw/#sthash.WKnhCUvD.dpuf
cheese you buy comes from truly raw milk is to buy from a preferably local, small dairy farm – See more at: http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/raw-cheese-from-store-is-not-raw/#sthash.WKnhCUvD.dpufAnd add whatever toppings you like.  Salsa, guacamole, greek yogurt, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos.

9. Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup from gimmesomeoven

This is a great soup for soothing colds or just to enjoy on a rainy day.  I think the taste of this soup is best when I use shredded chicken from my whole roaster in the crock pot. Plus you can use the chicken broth from the whole roaster from crock pot too!

10. Crock Pot Salsa Chicken from gimmesomeoven

Another delicious and versatile crock pot chicken dinner. This chicken is great for any Mexican dish. The only thing left to do when this is done is to shred that raw cheddar cheese, warm the sprouted tortillas, shred the lettuce and top it with fermented salsa, greek yogurt, onions, and jalapenos.

11.  Red Chile Chicken with Rice and Black Beans from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

Chicken, rice, and black beans are probably one of the cheapest meals you can prepare. Quick and tasty too! It gets even cheaper if you buy bulk in dry beans and cook and store your own.  Here’s how to cook them in the slow cooker.

12. Asian Lettuce Wraps from Skinnytaste

The chicken in this recipe is great, but I also like to use ground turkey when I have it on hand.

13. Homemade Pizza.  Pizza Dough from Emeril Lagasse and Pizza Sauce from allrecipes.com.

I know pizza isn’t usually thought of as healthy, but it can be with good ingredients.  Okay, well healthier.  And I know, making your own pizza dough doesn’t sound quick and easy either, but I promise it is.  You just have to plan for it so you can give your dough time to rise.  We like to do a veggie pizza with whatever veggies we have on hand.  And even better if we have leftover shredded chicken or pasture-raised Italian pork sausage.  I also like to make double dough and sauce for freezing so I can have it on hand.  Just pull the dough and sauce out of the freezer a few hours before baking.  Oh, and if you have a kitchen aide mixer with a dough hook be sure to make use of that bad boy instead of kneading the dough by hand.

14. Grass-Fed Beef Burgers from Whole Lifestyle Nutrition

We love using homemade sourdough buns and then top our burgers with raw smoked cheddar cheese. Don’t forget the homemade mayo and homemade ketchup! Burgers aren’t usually considered health food either, but with grass-fed beef, homemade buns, and fermented condiments this burger is packed with nutrition! Serve with a side salad and roasted vegetables! And remember to start your sourdough buns in the morning to give them time to rise.

15. Chipotle Apple Turkey Chili from Pass the Sushi

This is probably one of my favorite chili and cornbread recipes ever! It is a great fall chili recipe, but really it is so wonderful I could eat it any time of the year. And the honey cornbread is to die for. Alright, alright, the cornbread may not necessarily be a health food either, but make it from scratch and it is better for you than cornbread out of the box. ;) Just make this, enjoy it, and thank me later.

Well there you have it! Now, do some dinner prep if need be, then go outside and enjoy the beautiful day without worrying about what you will have for dinner.  And if you’ll excuse me, I have a garden bed of dirt to rake….


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1 Response

  1. Hi Jen!
    Love the Sheperds Pie recipe……going to give it a try next week! love your blog….signed up for your emails!
    Have a Blessed week……


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