Whether you're a veggie- or meat-eater, we've got a main dish (or 10) for you. From zucchini noodles to BBQ chicken, here are our Greatist-approved main dish ideas for a healthier lunch or dinner any day of the week.
Need a healthy lunch? Here are 35 options. With a little planning, they can all be prepared in seven minutes or less. It's time to kick that brown-bag lunch up a notch!
This hearty but healthy side dish is perfect for a rainy day.
Hop on the veggie-lover wagon with this super-simple zucchini pasta and simple homemade marinara sauce.
These simplified veggie-filled cabbage rolls are the perfect homemade, comforting meal to tackle on a lazy weekend day.
This harty vegetarian chili is the perfect way to warm up on a cold winter weekend! Plus, one batch will last you all week.
A hearty, protein-rich, vegetarian strew is a perfect mid-week meal that's easy to throw together in less than 45 minutes flat.
Try a healthier take on the classic lunch wrap by using kale as the bread in this veggie-packed rollup "sandwich."
Need a quick, filling, vegetarian-friendly snack or easy lunch? Try these simple (and super cheesy) stuffed tomatoes.
For a healthy hearty and decadent casserole, try this protein-packed lentil-based dish.
Try this unique lentil salad for a fiber-packed, filling meal.
Looking for a comforting, warm dish that still passes the healthy meal test? Try this hearty warm vegetable and quinoa salad with roasted broccoli pesto.
Looking for something new to do with sweet potatoes? Try this fiesta-style side. Ole!
Looking for a way to fit more whole grains into that dinner dish? Try this hearty whole-wheat pasta dish with seasonal greens.
Need an alternative to classic noodles? Try this inventive take on the classic sesame noodle dish by swapping in kelp noodles and almond butter.
Get into the full swing of spring with this bright and lemony healthy whole-wheat pasta recipe with asparagus and fresh Parmesan!
Give this basil-packed grown up version of the classic cheese pizza a try!
Take advantage of fig season and try this fresh, quick pizza recipe!
Try this meat-free take on a classic hearty Italian pasta dish.
Try this vegetarian quesadilla for an easy dinner-for-one!
Seasonal veggies stuffed with even more veggies? Yes, please! These eggplant, onion, and bell pepper-stuffed zucchinis are a great vegetarian main dish alternative.
This black bean and quinoa based burger is packed with protein (just like the real thing) and adds a fun flavor twist to the traditional veggie burger.
Mix up the pizza game with this interesting take on a classic Italian dish that uses grated cauliflower as the crust. Buono appetite!
These herb- and veggie-packed chickpea burgers are a great Mediterranean meat-free twist on the classic burger.
This light and tasty pasta dish is done in minutes and healthfully satisfying to the last bite.
This Italian classic takes a healthier twist with quinoa and spinach. Plus, it’s super quick to make!
These quick, easy, and healthy veggie burgers will crush their pre-made frozen competition in any taste (or nutrition) test.
These little patties are packed with basil, fun to make, and make the perfect portable meal when paired with salad or made into a sandwich (for breakfast, too!).
These sweet potato and quinoa stuffed mushroom caps are just as filling as a hunk-o’-meat and can be enjoyed by anyone around the dinner table—meat eater or not.
Pizza in less than 20 minutes? Pass the pie, please! This recipe for a classic Pizza Margherita is a perfect Italian food fix without excess calories and additives.
Get a little creative with this filling and flavorful tortilla packed with potatoes and onions.
This quick-and-easy veggie-packed dinner is the perfect way to fulfill that pizza craving without ditching the diet plan.
Whether enjoying a long, luxurious weekend breakfast or last-minute dinner, this open-faced sandwich is full of good-for-you ingredients and cooks up in less than 20 minutes.
They may look similar, but these bean relatives have some health benefits of their own. Check ‘em out for a high-protein, meatless stapl—that also happens to be super inexpensive!
This mushroom risotto will kick up any old rice to a special side for the table.
A healthier take on a classic comfort food, this casserole (sans pasta) is the perfect choice for a family dinner.
This simple recipe requires only five easy-to-find seasonal ingredients. Whip it up when tight on time for a quick and healthy meal.
Wanna feel like Popeye? Spinach contains a heaping helping antioxidants, anti-inflammatory nutrients, and vitamins that promote vision and muscle health.
This hearty autumnal meal will leave you feeling full of the good stuff!
If you can, start marinating the salmon in the morning and let it sit in the fridge all day. By the time dinner comes, it’ll be packed with flavor.
Try these tasty fajitas for an easy weeknight meal with some serious nutritional punch!
Try this healthier take on a classic takeout dish next time you're craving Chinese!
The big feast is over, and now the fridge is packed with leftovers. Here's a healthy sandwich idea to use up that turkey and cranberry in a healthier way.
Try this super simple salmon preparation for an easy way to entertain or for a healthy weeknight meal in 20 minutes or less.
These fresh fish tacos are perfect for a hot summer night. The flavors of the fish with the peaches, cilantro, and avocado brighten up any dinner table.
A hearty take on the classic Middle Eastern dish Shakshouka, this potato, sausage, and tomato sauce-based spicy egg dish is perfect for any meal when it’s a comfort food kind of day.
With a little planning ahead, this 24-hour marinated chicken and sweet potato dish is an easy answer to post-work fatigue.
There are countless variations on the traditional tomato sauce. Well, there's no right or wrong method to sauce-making—it all comes down to your personal taste and preference. Here's one super-fresh option!
This recipe for a healthy turkey chili is the perfect game-day meal without the added grease and carbohydrate-overload.
Our Manly Marmalade Chicken gets you in and out of the kitchen in 20 minutes flat, leaving plenty of time for a quick shower and set-up before guests (or that special someone) arrive.
Who doesn't love a little lox and egg? This salmon and egg breakfast dish is the perfect way to jump-start the morning without the carby bagel base.
This super-easy seafood dish can go from fridge to table in less than 15 minutes and is sure to satisfy any grumbling stomach.
Mozzarella, chicken, and fresh veggies. What isn’t there to love about this healthy dinner option?
Bite into a beet, the vegetable that fights disease, strengthens neural tubes, and regulates digestion.
Nothing says “Fall” like a big bowl of creamy butternut squash soup—but the creamy part often pushes this cold-weather favorite to the unhealthy side. Try this protein packed version for the same great flavor with extra nutrients—and much less fat.
Hosting Thanksgiving can be a hassle, and wrestling a 20-pound turkey can make things extra stressful. Take this less-traditional route and choose a smaller piece of the bird—the breast—for a creative (and equally delicious) main-dish.
It doesn’t get any more American than a 4th of July BBQ. Try our take on the classic hot dog for an equally tasty (but lighter) version of the summer staple.