10-Minute Delicious and Healthy Dinner Recipes For Tired Nights

Most of us have days wherein we feel exhausted and we lack creative inspiration for dinner. For me, I don’t want to use that as an excuse to eat anything (especially non-healthy options). So, what I do is I create dinners for this type of situation. I have a special 10-minute healthy dinner that I like to do on a rotation and it avoids adding stress to our already busy weeks.

I also make sure that I purchase my ingredients over the weekend and portion them out on a Sunday night. I find that it cuts a lot of time from my meal preparation throughout the week.

Kale & Mushroom Cauliflower Rice

This is very easy to make and it has liver-detoxifying enzymes. Not only that, but it’s brilliant for good skin, balanced hormones, and energy.

10-Minute Delicious and Healthy Dinner Recipes For Tired Nights

Ingredients:

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ leek, chopped finely
  • ½ head cauliflower, pulsed into cauliflower rice (you can use store-bought cauliflower rice instead)
  • 250 grams (about 1 cup) button mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ bunch kale, chopped
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • chili flakes (optional)
  • fresh parsley, chopped, to garnish

Directions:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium-size frying pan and heat over medium heat. Add the chopped leek and sauté until they turn translucent and golden.
  2. Add cauliflower rice and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes or until it starts to brown. Next, add the mushrooms and kale to the pan. Continue to sauté for another 4 to 5 minutes, or until the vegetables are cooked through. Season with salt, curry powder, the remaining olive oil, and chili flakes, if using.
  3. Plate up and garnish with fresh herbs, to serve.

Lentil Curry

This dish is a great protein and fiber packed option for lunch or dinner. If you’re after a curry in a hurry, you should definitely try this one.

10-Minute Delicious and Healthy Dinner Recipes For Tired Nights

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ medium eggplant, cut into cubes
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons tamari sauce
  • 1 x 400g-tin (about 14 ounces) organic lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1 to 2 cups baby spinach
  • a handful of fresh parsley, chopped

Directions:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium-size frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the diced red onion and season with sea salt, pepper, and curry powder. Sauté for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the onion is translucent and fragrant.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes, eggplant, and a drizzle of tamari sauce. Sauté the vegetables until they start to soften.
  4. Add the lentils, baby spinach, and the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Stir until heated through and combined.
  5. Divide into two bowls and garnish with fresh parsley.

Asian Cucumber Salad

This is super simple and you can do it on your weekday lunch and a healthy dinner.

10-Minute Delicious and Healthy Dinner Recipes For Tired Nights

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. lower-sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • 1 large English cucumber, shaved or sliced thin
  • ½ cup shaved red onion
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • ½ cup thinly sliced radish (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp. white or black sesame seeds
  • 3 Tbsp. thinly sliced green onion
  • ½ cup sesame sticks
  • Cherry tomatoes (optional)

Directions:

  1. Combine oil, vinegar, honey, tamari, ginger, and salt in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Add remaining ingredients; toss to combine.
  2. If you’re making ahead of time, do not add sesame sticks until ready to serve.

I find that these healthy dinner options are perfect for tired nights. If you want to add your personal touch in these recipes, feel free to do so!

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41 Comments

  • Sheri Lawrence says:

    That asian cucumber salad looks really delicious. For dinner, I really want something that’s just light and nothing too heavy.😋

    • Rebecca Givens says:

      I totally agree. I think dinner isn’t meant to be heavy unless you eat early and you have enough time to digest it before you go to sleep.

  • Penny Ryan says:

    On busy days, I really just make it my cheat day because I eat almost anything as long as I don’t sleep hungry.

  • I really love mushrooms when you mix it with veggies. It adds a lot of rich flavor. I don’t think I’d add curry in that mushroom with kale rice though.

  • Aww I’m getting hungry just by starting at the photos. Thanks for also reminding us that we shouldn’t eat unhealthy just because we’re tired or stresssed out.

  • I’ve been looking for new recipes that are really quick to prepare. This is very useful.😍

  • I super love curry. Definitely trying the curry lentils recipe. YAY!

  • Elsa Morales says:

    It’s usually at night that I don’t eat proper meals. It can be a little sad because I get home from work tired and I just want to feel better by eating something delicious. Most of the time, probably 9 out of 10 times, I’ll just eat anything random and go straight to bed.☹️

    • Freda Miles says:

      I’m the same! Sometimes I would eat cookies for dinner.

  • Lula Burton says:

    I love cucumber in salads. They just add really fresh flavor and texture in almost anything. I also think that anything that you add in cucumber taste great, whether it’s sesame oil or olive oil.

    • Rebecca Givens says:

      I love it’s versatility too. Plus, it’s packed with vitamin C!

  • Rosie Jenkins says:

    I prefer lettuce than kale, I find kale a little too… Uhm, bitter? Or is that just me?

  • Just wanted to share with all of you that quinoa is actually a good addition to almost anything if you want a quick dinner fix.😉

  • I’m not really picky with dinners. Sometimes, I just have smoothies and I’m all good.😊

  • Elle Edwards says:

    Just looking at this makes me want to drool.😬

  • Myrtle Bailey says:

    I’m getting hungry just by checking your blog sometimes. Huhuhuh…😭

  • Julia Hopkins says:

    I always have microwavable food for times like this but I do realize how it’s not healthy at all.

    • Kathryn Hill says:

      OH NOO, that has so much MSG.

    • Rebecca Givens says:

      Myrtle, try your best not to choose microwavable food over healthy food. I hope these 10-minute meals can help you!

  • Ebony Moore says:

    Whenever I can’t cook anything creative, salads are really easy to do. Just toss every veggie that you have in your fridge and you’re good to go! 🤭

  • Muriel Zager says:

    I know where to look if I need something quick now.

  • Romy Babcock says:

    I don’t cook generally but once in a while, it can be nice. These ideas are really awesome and I can try my hands on cooking when I invite people at home.

  • Olivia Melton says:

    We can all pretend all we want, but nothing will ever be easier or tastier than take-out.

  • Betty Schulz says:

    I think these recipes are great! Maybe just a snack, or get your kid to eat something good. They all look really delicious.

  • Filipa Ford says:

    This is why America is considered as the laziest nation in the world. They literally have everything canned and or cooked or even if they cook they want something instant and fast.

    • Rebecca Givens says:

      I agree. But we should try our best to change that mindset. We always have a choice to eat healthily.

  • Lorene Arellano says:

    They all look great. Love the cauliflower rice recipe. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  • Pearl Stricklin says:

    They all look delicious making Kale & Mushroom Cauliflower Rice soon.

  • Mariana Lu says:

    Love your recipes and cooking methods.

  • Rosy Harriss says:

    Asian Cucumber Salad looks like they’ll be favorite of mine.

  • Amelia Prieto says:

    Cauliflower rice for sure!! I would be making this week!!

  • Allison Scoggins says:

    All these look so good!! I can’t wait to try these. But why do I feel like they truly won’t take only 10 minutes?

  • Anissa Barlett says:

    Oh, all sounds great!! For me it’s a tough choice between the lentil and the cauliflower rice, I do have cauliflower in the fridge though.

  • Naomie Caperton says:

    Looks yummy!! I want to try having a meatless Monday so now I have some good choices.

  • Michaela Kim says:

    Hi Rebecca!! I can’t wait to try these 10 mins meals, they all look delicious.

  • Tiffany Wafer says:

    They all look extremely yummy and fast to make!!! I’ll be cooking it next week.

  • Alberta Spigner says:

    It looks delicious from the appearance and it’s healthy. No complaints!!

  • Rosie Wixom says:

    All looks yummy!! Thank you for sharing these quick recipes. Looking forward to more.

  • Emi Cottman says:

    I hate when people make things look easier than they actually are.

  • Joy Greenough says:

    These are actually great I am trying out that Lentil curry for sure because I am definitely after a curry in the hurry.

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