Dinner Ideas for the Health Buff

We are now seeing a time when people are becoming more and more concerned about the state of their health, the kinds of workout that they do to maintain a fit body, and the food that they eat and the nutrition they get every day. This is why a lot of people are looking into dinner ideas or meal menus from My Food Bag or food network channels so that they can still explore ways to serve healthy food without sacrificing taste and indulgence.


Here we will explore two dishes you can serve during dinner time that is healthy and delicious.

Spicy Tex-Mex Bowl with Quinoa

If you haven’t heard of quinoa, it is a type of grain that has good fat and complete essential proteins needed for good health. It has become a popular substitute for rice or pasta. Some people playfully describes it as looking like bird food because of its small grains, but those small grains are not only packed with full nutrients, but they taste darn good when cooked with amazing dishes as well.

Which is why if you’re trying it out for the first time, cook it with a healthy and flavourful dish, like the Tex-Mex bowl.

Put water and quinoa into a medium pan and wait until it boils. Once it does, reduce the heat and wait for the grain to absorb the water. Take it off the heat once it’s done, partially cover it, and then set aside.

In a bowl combine about 2 tablespoons of vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper. Then add in cabbage, pinto beans, black beans, chopped tomatoes, and onion, then toss like you would a salad. Add in spices like cumin and chili for that needed kick.

Finally, add in the quinoa and toss.

This is perfect for light dinners or when you want something quick and healthy to eat for movie night.

Pasta with Sweet Potatoes

The best thing about pasta is even a small serving of it is enough to make a person feel full. But most importantly, it is the most versatile dish you can make because you can always reinvent it.

For our Sweet Potato pasta you can choose what type of pasta you want to use, although spaghetti, bucatini, or linguine is preferred.

Cook the pasta until it is al dente. Take half a cup of the cooking water aside to be used later, then drain the pasta and leave it in the cooking pot.

On a skillet, heat up 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Then add chopped sweet potatoes, a pinch of salt and pepper. Cover the skillet, but stir it occasionally. Do that for about 10 minutes.

Next, you can add in shallots for that mild but sweet onion flavour and rosemary. If you don’t know yet, rosemary contains iron, calcium, and vitamin B6, so it is not only fragrant and a delicious addition to food, it is packed with nutrients to improve memory, concentration, and even digestion.

Add the pasta, parmesan cheese, and the half cup of cooking water you set aside then toss. If you want you can add more parmesan, or add at least a dollop of ricotta cheese on top of the pasta.

A lot of people are wary of healthy dishes because some would still feel hungry after eating the meals. But our dishes here are not only healthy, they are also delicious and satisfying. These two healthy dishes will definitely make for a good cap for an awesome day outside.

Try out these dishes and maybe you can even reinvent them to make your own version of the recipes. Happy eating!