25 Healthy Weeknight Meal Ideas

September 6th, 2012 at 8:08 am

It may not officially be fall yet, but with September comes the back-to-the-grind routine of the new season. It’s easy to fall prey to the “I’m too busy to cook!” mantra that September ushers in, but I’m here to encourage you to press on, plan out some meals, and get in the kitchen!

With busy weeknights upon us once again, how about 25 healthy options that you can whip up for the hungry fam in a flash? You don’t have to sacrifice flavor for nutritional integrity, either. These 25 recipes are guaranteed to be just as delicious as they are nutritious.

Pull up a chair and browse for a while. I’m pretty certain that just about anyone can find something they love on this list.

From the Pasture

Crock-Pot Beef Carnitas Tacos from Eat Live Run

Paleo Picadillo Casserole from Healthful Pursuit

Coconut Chicken with Greens from Stone Soup

Chicken & Balsamic Peppers from Gluten-Free Goddess

Grilled Chicken Fajita Kabobs from Two Peas & Their Pod

Raw Power Salad with Coconut Lime Chicken Bites from Daily Bites

Twice-Baked Acorn Squash with Beef & Vegetable Filling from Daily Bites

BBQ Chicken Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa from Queen of Quinoa

Chicken Fajita Salad with Avocado Dressing from The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen

Kale Chip Nachos from The Urban Poser

Paleo Shepherd’s Pie from Elana’s Pantry


From the Sea

Thai Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Watermelon & Avocado from Cara’s Cravings

Sesame Salmon Burgers from Elana’s Pantry

Pan-Roasted Red Snapper with Summer Couscous from Roost

Melon Mojito Fish Tacos from Cara’s Cravings

Pistachio-Encrusted Salmon from Sprouted Kitchen (via Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef)

From the Earth

Garden Pasta Salad with Horseradish Dressing from Daily Bites

Lentil Cakes with Roasted Carrot Romesco Sauce from Simply…Gluten-Free

Jerk Chickpeas from Plant-Powered Kitchen

Heirloom Tomato, Kale & Basil Pumpkin Seed Napoleon from Choosing Raw

Quinoa Pizza Balls from Diet, Dessert and Dogs

Dahl Maharini from My Darling Lemon Thyme

Summer Stuffed Patty Pans from My New Roots

Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa, Vegetables & Pesto from Jeanette’s Healthy Living

Roasted Portobello Soft Tacos from Keepin’ It Kind


  1. Thanks for including my tacos Hallie. This is a great list, full of tons of inspiring meals!

  2. Thanks so much for including my tacos! I’m so flattered that you liked them! :-)

  3. Wow! Lots of great ideas. I love it when you do your massive posts like this :) Thanks for the inspiration Hallie.

  4. Massive list, Hallie! Thanks so much for including my Quinoa Pizza Balls. I want to try all the “From the Earth” options! :)

  5. Awesome round-up Hallie! I love the categories too.

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