When you have a busy life, it can be an overwhelming task to cook a healthy dinner every night. Planning meals, shopping for ingredients and cooking them from scratch takes some time and effort, which is difficult to muster if you’ve had a busy day at work or if you’re just plain exhausted in the evening.

As a nutritionist, I am always looking for healthy recipes for my clients that taste amazing, but more importantly are super quick and easy to prepare, as I know the temptation of the ready meal is always there!

These are 3 of my favourite easy healthy dinner recipes for 2. They are all low GL (glycemic load), so they are great for balancing your blood sugar and avoiding the energy crash a few hours later.

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1. Thai green chicken curry

I love this aromatic creamy curry, it’s so quick and easy to make, and keeps really well in the fridge for leftovers. You can use any vegetables you like in this, and prawns work well too. You can even add more coconut milk and turn it into more of a soup.

Nutritionally, this is low carb, has good protein, healthy fats, and lots of fibre. The healthy fats like coconut oil, coconut milk and chicken stock are all great for boosting metabolism and hormone function. The vegetables provide fibre and lots of vitamins/minerals and the chili helps to burn fat.

Ingredients

– 1 tbsp coconut oil
– 2 organic chicken breasts
– 1 large onion
– 2 garlic cloves
– 1 inch piece ginger
– 1 red chilli
– Packet of thai green paste
– Handful green beans/sugar snaps
– Handful of mushrooms
– ½ can coconut milk
– 100ml chicken stock
– 1 tbsp fish sauce
– 1 tsp lime juice
– handful of coriander, chopped

Method

Heat coconut oil in pan. Add onion and gently fry til soft. Add chopped ginger, chilli and garlic, cook for a minute.

Add mushrooms and cook for a minute or two. Add chicken pieces and brown. Add chicken stock and coconut milk, salt and pepper, stir and leave to simmer for 15 minutes, then add green beans/sugar snaps and cook for another 5 mins. Add fish sauce and lime juice, a sprinkling of coriander and serve in a bowl, with brown rice or quinoa.

2. Mango spicy salmon with sauted greens

Salmon is a favourite in our house. It’s quick to make and this recipe is super easy to put together. Salmon is a great source of omega 3 fats, which we need for our cell membranes and to fight inflammation.Most recommended healthy dinner recipes for a couple_2Cooking greens with garlic and chilli (swap for ginger if you don’t like too much chilli) is a great way to eat them. Really tasty and full of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.

Ingredients

– 2 salmon steaks (Wild Alaskan)
– 200ml organic natural yoghurt
– 2 tbsp mango chutney
– 1 tbsp curry powder
– small red chilli
– juice of a lime
– handful of coriander
– salt and pepper

For the greens:

– Large bunch greens (eg kale, chard, collard greens)
– 2 cloves garlic
– ½ small red chilli, deseeded (optional)
– 1 tbsp coconut oil
– 2 tsp sherry or cider vinegar
– salt & pepper

Method

Place salmon in an ovenproof dish. Mix all ingredients apart from salmon in a bowl. Pour half the mixture over the salmon and cook in the oven for 10-12 mins. Heat the remaining sauce gently in a pan.

For the greens, wash and slice thinly. Heat coconut oil in a large frying pan. Add chilli and garlic. Then add greens and cook until wilted. Add vinegar, salt & pepper and serve.

Once salmon is cooked, pour over dressing and serve with brown rice and greens.

3. Chicken and prawn stir fry 

A super quick and tasty stir fry, you can use anything you have in the fridge for this. I use cooked brown rice as its easy, but you can also use noodles. Tamari is a gluten free soy sauce which I prefer, but using soy sauce is fine.

Ingredients

– 1 tbsp coconut oil
– 1 organic chicken breast
– 1 large onion
– 1 clove of garlic
– ½ inch piece of ginger
– 1 red pepper
– 1 packet cooked brown rice (or you can use noodles if you prefer)
– 150g raw king prawns
– 100g frozen peas
– 1 tbsp tamari (or soy sauce)
– juice of half a lime
– Salt & pepper

Method

Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces and season with salt, pepper. On low heat sauté onion, ginger and pepper in the oil until soft. Add chicken and cook through. Add garlic and cooked rice/noodles. Stir in the peas and prawns and cook until pink. Add the tamari and lime juice, season and serve.

So why don’t you try one of these recipes this week and see how easy it is to cook healthy delicious dinners!

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