20 Healthy Recipes for Two

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Steamed Mussels in White Wine

The Spruce

Whether you're sharing dinner on a weeknight or date night, making a home-cooked meal is a great way to show someone how much you care. Whip up a delicious dinner you can be proud to serve and avoid the bloat that can descend after indulgent restaurant meals with our best healthy recipes for two. These dinner recipes are uncomplicated, with many taking 30 minutes or less to prepare and are designed to leave you feeling satisfied (and without too many leftovers).

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    Clam Pasta With Garlic and White Wine

    Clam Pasta With Garlic and White Wine

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    Create an Italian restaurant vibe at home with a clam pasta that's perfect for Valentine's Day or romantic date nights at home. Use fresh clams for this recipe, steaming them in their shells in a light broth of tomatoes, white wine, onion, and garlic. Serve with spaghetti, linguine, or other long noodle.

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    Vegan Broccoli and Tofu in Garlic Sauce

    Vegan Broccoli and Tofu in Garlic Sauce

    The Spruce

    Transform tofu into a saucy vegan dish that rivals the flavors of take-out with this Asian-inspired stir-fried broccoli and tofu. Onion, garlic, and dried spices add flavor to the pan and a little cornstarch helps the sauce thicken up nicely, just like the restaurant dish you know and love.

  • 03 of 20

    Pan-Fried Trout With Garlic and Lemon

    Pan-Fried Trout With Garlic and Lemon

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    A little minced garlic, lemon juice, and butter are all that's needed to highlight the flavor of delicate fresh trout fillets. Two healthy vegetable sides are included in this recipe that takes less than an hour in total to assemble. It's an easy, complete healthy dinner for two.

  • 04 of 20

    Skillet Chicken Dijon

    Skillet Chicken Dijon

    Diana Rattray

     

    You don't even have to turn on the oven to make this 15-minute chicken dinner that makes a great weeknight meal for busy couples. Slice large chicken breasts in half to turn them into quick-cooking cutlets, then brown them in a pan, adding broth, white wine, Dijon mustard, and seasonings, and simmering until cooked through.

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  • 05 of 20

    Steak Salad

    Steak Salad

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    Stretch one eight-ounce steak into a nutritious, satisfying meal for two with this delicious main-course salad. Season the meat with salt and pepper, then cook it to your preferred temperature in a hot skillet. While it rests, mix up an easy vinaigrette dressing to toss with salad greens, topping these with steak slices, carrot rounds, and cornichon pickles.

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    One-Pan Roasted Pork Chops with Apples and Fennel

    One-Pan Roasted Pork Chops with Apples and Fennel

    Diana Rattray

    Roasted fennel and apples add great flavor to pork chops, transforming the inexpensive protein into something special. Use a cast iron skillet to sear the chops on the stovetop, then add vegetables and transfer the pan to the oven, so the veggies can caramelize. Serve drizzled with the included pan gravy.

  • 07 of 20

    Moroccan Chicken and Apricot Tagine

    Moroccan Chicken and Apricot Tagine

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    You don't need a clay tagine to make this impressive North African-style chicken entree. A Dutch oven works just fine for stewing chicken pieces with onions, saffron, cinnamon, ginger, and pepper, until they become fall-apart tender. Top with dried apricots, honey-cinnamon syrup, and optional sesame seeds, for a stunning presentation.

  • 08 of 20

    Steamed Mussels in White Wine

    Steamed Mussels in White Wine

    The Spruce

    Steamed mussels with white wine is an elegant bistro-style dish that's perfect for sharing with someone special. The mussels cook in just a few minutes on the stovetop and their natural liquid combines with white wine and butter to create a sauce that calls for dipping into with crusty bread.

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  • 09 of 20

    Asparagus, Mushroom, and Tomato Frittata

    Asparagus, Mushroom, and Tomato Frittata

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    Cook up a tasty Italian-style frittata to satisfy your breakfast-for-dinner cravings. In just 30 minutes, you can be sitting down to a colorful egg strata loaded with asparagus, potatoes, tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, and turkey bacon. Serve with a side of green salad.

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    Vegetarian Pad Thai

    Vegetarian Pad Thai

    The Spruce

    Make a vegan-and vegetarian-friendly pad Thai when you're craving the classic noodle dish, but prefer a lighter version without the meat. This version includes the traditional rice noodles and offers plenty of protein in the form of eggs (vegans can swap soft tofu for these) and crunchy ground nuts, plus veggies for extra color and nutrition.

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    Chinese Steamed Lemon Chicken

    Chinese Steamed Lemon Chicken

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    If date night usually involves making restaurant reservations, why not surprise your sweetie by making this popular Chinese restaurant dish at home? Steamed lemon chicken is moist and tender with a wonderful flavor from soy sauce, lemon juice, ginger, brown sugar, and sherry. Serve with rice.

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    Oven Salmon With Roasted Plantains and Pineapple

    Oven Salmon With Roasted Plantains and Pineapple

    Marian Blazes

    Put a tropical twist on dinner and get some brain-boosting omega-3s with this 30-minute oven-roasted salmon dish that's special enough for date night. The meaty fish is accompanied by tender, caramelized plantains and a tangy, tasty pineapple salsa.

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    Zucchini Noodles With Shrimp Scampi

    Zucchini Noodles With Shrimp Scampi

    The Spruce

    "Zoodles" (spiralized zucchini noodles) are the secret to this lighter shrimp scampi dinner for two that makes a great alternative to carb-heavy pastas. It takes only 10 minutes to cook spaghetti-shaped zucchini in a pan with plump pink shrimp, in a delectable, garlicky lemon sauce.

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    Nicoise Tuna Salad With Dijon Dressing

    Nicoise Tuna Salad With Dijon Dressing

    Diana Rattray

    Tuna salad goes gourmet in this French-style Nicoise salad that uses fresh fish instead of the canned stuff and makes an elegant light dinner. Arrange seared tuna strips on a bed of spinach with steamed green beans, sliced hard-boiled eggs, cooked new potatoes, grape tomatoes, red onion, and chopped olives, drizzling the salad with a tangy garlic-mustard vinaigrette dressing.

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    Roasted Chicken Thighs With Brussels Sprouts and Pears

    Roasted Chicken Thighs With Brussels Sprouts and Pears

    Diana Rattray

    This cast-iron chicken and vegetable dish is salty, sweet, savory, and nutritious, with minimal clean-up involved. Pan-saute brussels sprouts, pears, and chicken thighs (plus optional bacon, if you like), add honey-mustard sauce, then place the skillet in the oven, to cook until the chicken is done.

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    Sweet and Smoky Mahi-Mahi

    Sweet and Smoky Mahi-Mahi

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    Smoked paprika and chipotle chile powder add deep flavor to firm, sweet mahi-mahi fillets in this healthy fish dinner. Sprinkle the fish with spices, drizzle with a little olive oil, spritz with lemon juice, and pop it into the oven to cook to perfection in only 10 minutes.

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    Grilled Skirt Steak Tacos

    Grilled Skirt Steak Tacos

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    Lean, protein-rich skirt steak has a rich, beefy taste without the fattiness of other cuts. Use it to make outstanding steak tacos by marinating the meat in lime juice, garlic, and smoky Mexican spices. Grill and wrap up in corn or flour tortillas, then top with salsa, avocado, green onions, cheese, or other favorite taco toppings.

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    Vegan Pasta E Fagioli With White Beans and Basil

    Vegan Pasta E Fagioli With White Beans and Basil

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    Pasta e fagioli (the name means "pasta and beans") is a nutritious, filling Italian stew that makes a great meal on cold evenings. This high-protein vegan version features great northern beans, which cook along with small pasta shells in a tasty, Italian-seasoned tomato sauce. Make it with wheat-free pasta for a gluten-free meal.

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    Tilapia Piccata

    Tilapia Piccata

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    Tilapia piccata is a clever take on a classic recipe, replacing the usual veal with delicate white fish fillets. Dredge the fish in flour before pan frying it and dressing the pieces with an incredibly delicious lemony white wine sauce brimming with briny capers.

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    Beef and Snow Peas Stir-Fry

    Beef and Snow Peas Stir-Fry

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    When you come home hungry, make a Asian-style beef and snow pea stir-fry that's healthier and quicker than ordering delivery. Marinate strips of budget-friendly flank steak in soy sauce, sesame oil, and a few other ingredients, then flash fry them in a pan with crunchy, fresh green snow peas. Serve with rice.