Cooking dinner for just two doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavor or health. These easy healthy dinner ideas for two include plant-based proteins, whole grains and minimal cooking time.
Creamy lemon kale gnocchi is an easy low-calorie and nutritious meal that you can customize with your favorite veggies. This recipe is perfect for weeknights because it’s ready in 20 minutes!
1. Air Fryer Catfish with Green Beans
Southern-style catfish is a staple in many households. It’s easy to make and a great source of protein. Air frying makes this dish even more flavorful and crispy. Serve it with a side of green beans and you have a delicious dinner on your hands that only has 0 Blue Plan SmartPoints.
Start by soaking the fish in buttermilk. This helps remove any muddy fish flavor and allows the batter to crisp up better. Then, mix the flour and yellow cornmeal together for the dredge and season with salt and pepper. Then, lay the fillets in a shallow bowl and dip each piece of fish in the breading. Use tongs to move them around and evenly coat each fillet.
Place the coated fish into your air fryer basket and spray lightly with olive oil cooking spray. Cook for about 20 minutes and flip the fish a couple times, as needed. Serve with homemade tartar sauce or malt vinegar and lemon wedges on the side. This is a tasty meal that will quickly become a family favorite.
2. Beef with Zucchini and Avocado
Whether as a dip or in salads, avocado recipes are a delicious way to add some heart-healthy fat to your meal. They’re also full of fiber, vitamins and minerals. These healthy dinner ideas for two will show you how to make the most of this versatile ingredient.
Light and refreshing, this lemon balsamic lentil salad is a great choice for summer meals. It’s topped with creamy avocado and savory Lebanese beef meatballs for a delicious combination of flavors that is both nourishing and filling.
Roasting is one of the fastest ways to cook a protein-packed meal. This easy healthy oven roasted salmon with Cajun spices is ready in just 20 minutes!
A healthy weeknight dinner that’s easy to make and will impress your family. This one pan salmon stir fry is a quick and easy meal for two that’s made in under 30 minutes.
One of our reader’s favorite healthy meal ideas for two. This easy, healthy and flavorful chicken tostada is a perfect dinner for a busy night! This recipe combines a tasty tortilla, chicken, black beans and avocado all in one dish.
3. Chicken with Broccoli in Soy-Brown Sugar Sauce
A quick and easy healthy dinner idea for two made in one pan. Lean chicken, fresh veggies and savory lentils are coated in a sweet and tangy sauce that’ll have your family asking for seconds!
We recommend using dark meat chicken, such as chicken thighs, for this dish. This type of chicken has more flavor and will stay juicy when seared in a hot wok. Blanching the broccoli is a must, as it ensures that the florets remain crunchy and crisp. Once cooked, add it to the chicken and stir-fry. The sauce is made with basic ingredients like dark and regular soy sauces, sesame oil, Chinese rice wine (shiaoxing), white pepper, ginger and garlic and cornstarch for thickening.
Toss all the ingredients together and enjoy this dish with a side of brown rice or noodles. For extra crunch, you could also serve it with a salad or whole-wheat wraps. For an extra tasty twist, add toasted peanuts or cashews to this recipe! They’re a great source of protein and will make your meal tastier, too.
4. Swiss Chard with Olive Oil and Garlic
Swiss chard is a leafy green that’s loaded with vitamins and heartier than spinach, but not as tough as kale. Loaded with flavor, it makes a simple, quick side dish and goes well with most any protein.
To prepare the chard, trim and discard the stems. Wash the leaves in a sink full of cool water and swish them around to remove any dirt. Drain the chard and spin it dry in a salad spinner. (If you have a lot of chard, make sure to rinse and spin several times so that the greens stay as clean as possible.)
Heat the olive oil in a wide sauté pan until warm and add garlic. Fry for 30 seconds or so to develop a little color. Add the chard in large handfuls, giving each batch a minute or so to wilt before adding more. Season the chard with salt and pepper, and transfer to a serving bowl. If you like, stir in a teaspoon of aged balsamic vinegar to provide a balancing tartness to the savory greens.
5. Tofu with Bok Choy
This black pepper tofu with bok choy is an easy and delicious vegan dinner. It’s the perfect healthy weeknight meal that can be served on rice, noodles or its own!
To make the sauce, whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, ginger, garlic and cornstarch. The cornstarch will help the sauce thicken and cling to the vegetables and tofu. It also helps prevent the sauce from burning, so it’s important to use a bit of it in this recipe.
Prepare the bok choy by washing it and cutting off the bottoms. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large pan and add the bok choy, cooking for a few minutes until tender.
Once the bok choy is cooked, stir in the teriyaki sauce and tofu, and serve immediately. This stir fry pairs well with white rice or quinoa. You can also top it with a sunny-side up egg for a hearty and filling meal. This is one of our favorite quick dinner ideas for two healthy individuals! The best part is that it comes together in about 20 minutes!