25 Easy Healthy Make Ahead Dinner Recipes for your slow cooker, instant pot, oven, stove, and air fryer!
It’s day THREE of healthy eats.
The hardest question to answer each week is the infamous: WHAT’S FOR DINNER?! I don’t know about you, but I always struggle to answer this. I want something healthy and homemade, but I’m also tired at the end of the day, and often find myself caving and going with something easy like frozen pizza or picking something up from the nearest restaurant.
But having a healthy home cooked meal doesn’t have to be any less delicious than that restaurant take-out. It also doesn’t have to be hard or take a ton of time . . . or dishes.
All of today’s healthy make ahead dinner recipes are:
- Quick and Easy.
- Meal prep friendly.
The crockpot is the ultimate tool for easy healthy make ahead dinners: throw the ingredients into your crockpot before work and BAM dinner is ready right when you walk through the door. Pair with a light, crisp salad for a complete meal!
Don’t have time before work? Prep the ingredients the night before and store them in a ziplock baggie in the fridge. If you’re looking for exact meal prep directions on a certain recipe, let me know in the comments below!
Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Crockpot Orange Chicken
Slow Cooker Carnitas Recipe
Slow Cooker Vegetable Curry Recipe
Crockpot Thai Chicken Curry
I like to call the Instant Pot, the slow cooker for people who don’t plan ahead. 😉 It has the ease of a slow cooker, but it’s much much faster. If you DO plan ahead and want to meal prep, all of these recipes can be stored in the fridge and re-heat beautifully!
Healthy Instant Pot Turkey Cheeseburger Soup
Instant Pot Lentil Sloppy Joes Recipe
Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili
Instant Pot Shredded Chicken
Instant Pot Chili
Say goodbye to boring healthy baked chicken breasts and helllooo to these easy, flavorful oven baked dinners. Everything from scallops, to turkey, chicken, and everything in between.
These are great quick, last minute dinner ideas, but if you’re looking for exact make ahead directions on a certain recipe, let me know in the comments below!
BBQ Cheddar Turkey Meatloaf Muffin Cups
Walnut Baked Scallops
Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas Recipe
Easy Lemon Honey Baked Salmon
Sweet Potato Tacos Recipe
An air fryer is a fun way to “deep fry” in a healthier way . . . no oil necessary! I also love reheating leftovers in the air fryer to re-crisp. 🙂
Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets
Homemade Healthy Air Fryer Fish Sticks Recipe
Air Fryer Chicken Taquitos
Whether you’re looking for Mexican, Chinese, pasta, or something in between, I’ve got you covered with these quick and easy stovetop dinners.
Taco Cauliflower Rice Skillet Recipe
Healthy Mexican Casserole
Blackened Tilapia with Homemade Spice Rub
Healthy Alfredo Sauce Recipe
Ground Turkey Fried Rice
Looking for more? Be sure to see all our healthy dinner recipes.