How to make exciting dinners

I'm not sure if you ever feel this way, but sometimes dinner can seem so routine. The same old meals cooked in the same way. When I start getting bored with cooking dinner, I seek out new recipes to try. If you follow my blog, most of you know that I am going to "veg it up" so even if a recipe doesn't highlight vegetables as the main course, I am definitely serving them on the side! For at least two dinners this week, we will eat two vegetables with the main course - no carby side dishes, such as rice, pasta or potatoes.

I hope you enjoy the recipes below. There are 5, one for each night of the week. If you try any of the recipes below, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram as @heatherleehurst and use the #heathershealthhabits hashtag. I love seeing your takes on the recipes I share!

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Homemade vegetable soup is an easy, healthy dinner option when the weather starts to cool down. Click here for a recipe from The Spruce Eats. But the soup is not the star of this meal. I serve it with Stuffed Bread! OH YEAH! Stuffed bread is easy to make and there are vegetarian options!! I love making this Vegetable Stuffed Bread recipe from The Healthy Foodie. It is so good! Click here for the recipe.

recipe vegetarian

Tilapia is a versatile white fish that can baked, fried, sauteed or put into fish stew. We like to have a spicy coating on our fish and this recipe from 101 Cooking for Two really hits the mark. The tilapia is baked so it is a healthy cooking method. Of course, you can modify the spice to your own families taste. Cayenne pepper is the only spicy ingredient so simply eliminate it and your fish will be blackened but not spicy. I serve this with steamed broccoli and a salad. Click here for the recipe.

tilapia oven baked and blackened

Stuffed Steak is a beautiful presentation and a treat. We don't eat much red meat in our house but every once in a while it is a nice treat. When I feel the urge to cook something creative, stuffing a steak hits the mark. Plus, you don't need to buy an expensive cut of meat to make this main dish. Flank steak works really well for this dish and is usually inexpensive. I serve this with green beans and roasted potatoes. Click here for the recipe from Homemade Hooplah.

stuffed flank steak on a cutting board with green beans in a bowl

Roasted chicken is a favorite dinner in my house because you can do so many things with the left-overs. I really like the organic roasted chicken from Whole Foods. Organic meat just makes me feel so much lighter and not bogged down, like non-organic meat makes me feel. Try this Pot Pie recipe using left-over roasted chicken. I am sure it will become a favorite dinner dish at your house! Click here for the recipe found on Delish.

chicken pot pie on a plate with a flaky crust

Ham is an ingredient that is very versatile and can jazz up any meal. However, it can be expensive if it is not on sale. At the supermarket I shop at, it is more economical to buy Ham steaks and dice them to be used in main dishes. I really like this healthy ham casserole using cauliflower as a sauce.Plus, this can be made on the weekend and simply reheated during the week for a quick dinner. There is also enough left over for lunches! Click here for the recipe from Lee A Licious.

cauliflower recipe

I hope this post inspired you to plan dinners for next week. If you try any of the recipes above, I'd love to hear about it! If you would like healthy living tips and recipes for free, follow my blog on Bloglovin.

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