35 Light Dinner Ideas That Are Quick And Easy

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Need to cook dinner but don’t have much of an appetite? These light dinner ideas are packed with wholesome ingredients that will fill you up without weighing you down. Plus, they’re all super easy to make!

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If you’ve just arrived home from a stressful workday, cooking a mammoth meal might not sound appealing.

But don’t worry – I’ve got you.

This list of light dinner ideas includes everything from tasty soups to sheet pan recipes that will keep you satisfied until breakfast

If you’re a meal prep mogul, there are also several dishes that you can make ahead for a fuss-free dinner.

Oh, and did I mention that these recipes are loaded with healthy fats, proteins, and wholesome ingredients?

35 Light Dinner Ideas

Here you’ll find my favorite dinner recipes, perfect if you want to enjoy a satisfying meal with a touch of healthy goodness. 

Get ready to start whipping up some magic in the kitchen!

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Light Dinner Ideas: Hummus Bowl

This easy hummus bowl is made with rich and creamy hummus and tender quinoa, cool and refreshing Mediterranean veggies, crispy chickpeas, creamy feta cheese, and simple citrus and olive oil dressing. This lunch bowl is an excellent option for a light dinner and takes no time to throw together!
Prep Time15 minutes
Assembly10 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 4 bowls
Calories: 478kcal
Author: Sara Trezzi

Ingredients

For the bowls

  • 1 cup hummus
  • 2 cups quinoa - cooked
  • 3 cups baby greens - or baby spinach, or chopped lettuce
  • ½ red onion - sliced
  • 20-30 cherry tomatoes - sliced
  • 1 cucumber - sliced
  • ½ cup black olives - pitted
  • ½ cup roasted chickpeas
  • 4 tablespoons feta - crumbled (use vegan feta for a vegan alternative)
  • Fresh parsley
  • 2 pita bread

Dressing

Instructions

  • If making homemade hummus, prepare it according to this recipe.
  • Prepare the dressing: in a jar or a small bowl, mix the extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  • Place the cooked quinoa and greens into the bowl.
  • Top with the hummus, roasted chickpeas, sliced cherry tomatoes, cucumber, onions, olives, and feta cheese.
  • Top with some fresh parsley, drizzle with the dressing and serve with warm pita bread.

Notes

Note 1: For best results, assemble the bowls immediately before serving.
Note 2: Experiment with lots of different flavor combinations for more variety in your meals.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate per serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 478kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 22g | Sugar: 5g

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