6 No-Cook Dinner Recipes

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5 No-Cook Dinner RecipesWhether the day’s been too hot, too busy or too lazy, we all have those days when we just don’t feel like cooking. But you don’t have to resort to restaurant fare or take-out, with all its added calories, processing and expense – it’ll pad your waistline while draining your budget. The good news is that healthy dinner recipes don’t have to involve a stove or an oven. No-cook dinners composed of healthy food can be satisfying and support a healthy lifestyle, while still being simple, delicious, and the perfect solution to those long, hot, can’t-bare-to-cook days..

6 No-Cook Healthy Dinner Recipes

1482316681) Mediterranean Platter

The Mediterranean diet is full of healthy food that is rich in unsaturated, heart-healthy fats and antioxidants to fight inflammation.

10-oz. container of hummus
12 Mini whole-grain pita breads
Assorted olives
Feta cheese
Assorted vegetables such as baby carrots, sliced red pepper, celery sticks, grape tomatoes, romaine hearts, etc.

Cut the pita into halves and arrange the vegetables and pita on a platter. Serve with hummus, feta and olives. Serves 3-5 people

Next: Gazpacho…

865073702) Gazpacho with a Pear and Blue Cheese salad

Gazpacho is a collection of healthy food, specifically fresh veggies and olive oil, blended into a cool, summery soup. Of all the healthy recipes offered, this is most appropriate for a hot summer’s evening. Serve these healthy recipes with crusty whole grain baguettes.


  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and halved
  • 2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped coarsely
  • 4 plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 1 red onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups tomato juice
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Place the chopped vegetables into a food processor and chop until fine, but not puréed. Pour into a large bowl and top with the juice, vinegar, garlic, olive oil and seasoning. Stir together and allow the flavors to mellow in the refrigerator. The longer the soup sits, the more the flavors develop. Serves 3.

Next:Pear and Blue Cheese Salad…

1583413013) Pear and Blue Cheese Salad

  • Mixed greens including butter lettuce, arugula, and baby greens (washed and torn into bite sized pieces)
  • Bartlett pear, sliced thinly
  • Thinly sliced red onion
  • Crumbled blue cheese
  • Fresh pecans or pine nuts
  • Balsamic vinaigrette

Arrange a handful of lettuce on a plate. Top with the sliced pear and onion and a tablespoon or two of blue cheese and pecans. Drizzle vinaigrette over the top and serve. Serves 3.

Next: Tropical Chicken Sandwich…

865266944) Tropical Chicken Sandwich

A sandwich can be a disappointingly blah dinner. This healthy recipe twists healthy food into a delicious taste sensation.

Ciabatta roll
3 oz. oven-roasted chicken breast (leftover or packaged, preservative-free and low-sodium)
2 or more tablespoons Mango chutney (found in the Indian section of many grocery stores)
3-4 thin slices of avocado
Arugula leaves

Slice the ciabatta rolls in half and spread with a tablespoon or two of mango chutney. Pile on the chicken breast, a few arugula leaves and sliced avocado. Serves 1.

Next: High Protein Protein Niçoise Salad

1059502345) High Protein Niçoise Salad

This healthy recipe features plenty of muscle-supporting protein.


Salad Dressing:

  • 1/2 fresh squeezed lemon
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Fresh chopped thyme, basil and tarragon
  • 4 tbsp olive oil


  • 4 ounces white albacore tuna packed in spring water
  • 2 oz. pre-washed romaine lettuce
  • Optional: 2 hard boiled eggs (boiled earlier or while you’re prepping the salad)
  • 1 sliced tomato
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 oz. raw green beans, trimmed and halved
  • 1/4 cup niçoise olives
  • 1 tablespoon capers

In a large platter or bowl, arrange the ingredients neatly in sections. Sprinkle on the sliced onion and capers, top with the dressing and enjoy. Serves 2. 

Next: Black Bean Burrito…

1756892676) Black Bean Burrito

This healthy recipe isn’t the oozing, fatty burrito you get at the local greasy taco joint. Healthy food, such as a whole wheat tortilla, veggies and fresh salsa, combine to create a no-cook, healthy recipe for a Mexican-inspired dinner that pleases all tastes. Serve with guocomole and extra salsa.

2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
½ cup salsa
1 cup shredded carrot
1 cup shredded lettuce
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 avocado, sliced
Chopped green onions, minced cilantro
4 large, whole wheat tortillas

Lay out a tortilla and top with ½ cup black beans, 2 tablespoons salsa, ¼ cup shredded carrot, ¼ cup shredded lettuce, 2 tablespoons cheese and a few slices of avocado. Top with onions and cilantro if desired and then roll up. Repeat with remaining tortillas. Makes 4 burritos.

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