Planning dinner can often be a burdensome task, especially when you’re time-strapped and lacking inspiration. And to make that meal nutritious, well, that’s just asking too much. Don’t worry, we get it. We know that planning a “healthy” dinner can often feel like a challenge, but lucky for you, we’re here to help. How? Well, besides providing a line of amazingly nourishing meals ready in minutes, we’ve got an outside-of-the-box idea for inspiring your next dinner. We tuned-in and dug deep to create these 7 Healthy Dinner Ideas Inspired by some of our favorite TV Shows.
What do all of these healthy dinner ideas have in common? Just like any good tv show, you’ll see a theme – lots of lean proteins, vegetables and whole grains. Sound familiar? It’s the same recipe we use for our Luvo meals too! It’s a “theme” that just works! So, without further ado, I’ll return you to your previously scheduled programming!
TV Show – Friends
Theme: Joey’s Thanksgiving Pants Episode – Remember this one? It’s the episode where Joey puts on Phoebe’s maternity pants so that he can be comfortable while completing the challenge of enjoying copious amounts of Thanksgiving turkey. It’s funny, but please, don’t “pull a Joey.” Instead, try this Friends-inspired meal.
Inspired Meal: Turkey Sweet Potato Meatballs by Lindsay Livingston, RD of The Lean Green Bean. Serve these awesome meatballs with a big side of sautéed green beans and a salad made with kale, walnuts, apples and balsamic vinaigrette.
TV Show – The Office
Theme: The Pasta Alfredo “5k Race” episode – Office boss Michael decides that the whole office should participate in a charity 5k. Michael means well, as always, but his employees just aren’t into it. The shining moment is when he scarfs down a bowl of fettuccini alfredo to “carbo-load” for the race. And let’s just say things don’t go so well for him after that.
TV Show – Seinfeld
Theme: “The Soup Nazi” – The soup is soooooo good that people wait outside for it. Too bad the staff clearly isn’t interested in customer service. When George declares his soup bag is sans bread, he asks for some. Not interested in negotiating the three dollar price tag (waived to previous customers), the employees take back George’s turkey chili and he winds up leaving empty handed. Don’t worry, we won’t leave you empty handed, check out this super satisfying chili meal below.
TV Show – Sex and the City
Theme: Almost every episode features Carrie and her “besties” enjoying that fabulous late morning/early afternoon meal we call brunch. Gossiping never looked or tasted so good! Brunching can be an amazing way to get a nutritious meal in on a lazy Saturday or Sunday, see our idea below.
Inspired Meal: Shared plates! Start with this Smoked Salmon Crustless Quiche by Kaleigh McMordie, MCN of Lively Table then indulge in this Protein Rich Cherry French Toast by Amy Gorin RD of Amy Gorin Nutrition. Pair with a “skinny” latte and generous bowl of seasonal fruit.
TV Show – The Sopranos
Theme: Italian family dinners are a place of conversation and confrontation. What would a Soprano table be without piles of lasagna, “sauce” and Chianti. But how about a nutritious spin? We’ve got it for you here.
Inspired Meal: Healthy Skillet Lasagna by Holley Grainger MS, RD of HolleyGrainger.com. Holley’s healthy take on lasagna pairs magically with a peppery arugula salad topped with fresh lemon juice and olive oil. Finish with a 1/2 cup portion of vanilla gelato.
TV Show – Game of Thrones
Theme: Fantasy or not, this show has us all captivated. With all of that fighting and drama, it’s amazing they even find time to eat. Foraging and hunting leads to some pretty interesting meals too. Big cuts of meat satisfy, but big pots of stew are an excellent way to feed this brood.
Inspired Meal: Beef and Mushroom Stew by Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD of BetterIsTheNewPerfect.com. This earthy stew tastes great with a small hunk of whole grain bread and an extra serving of roasted carrots!
TV Show – Modern Family
Theme: Celebrating “Americana” as we know it today, this show hits home when it comes to showcasing just how crazy our “normal” can often be. Claire and Phil Dunphy work hard raising their 3 kids, all while trying to manage their extended family’s shenanigans. The one thing they all agree upon? The importance of family meals, which they celebrate at Claire’s dad’s house once a week.
Inspired Meal: A modern version of the classic all-American hamburger, try these Moroccan Spiced Lamb Burger by Jessica Fishman Levinson, MS, RD, CDN of Nutrioulicious. Pair them with baked Sweet Potato Fries and a fresh tomato and corn salad tossed with fresh basil.
What are your foodie favorites? Let us know in the comments below!
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