20+ Quick and Easy Dinner Recipes for a Healthy Pregnancy

20+ Quick and Easy Dinner Recipes for a Healthy Pregnancy

Everyone experiences pregnancy differently, so this mix of casseroles, soups, salads and more has something to offer any palate. Whether you’re in the mood for a quick pasta for two, a small plate of grilled meats, or a veggie-packed dinner, these dinners only require 20 minutes of activity time or less. Calcium, iron, and folic acid are important during pregnancy, so these recipes are a good source of one or more of these important nutrients. Recipes like Skillet Ravioli Lasagna and Hearty Chickpea & Spinach Stew are easy and delicious meals that support a healthy pregnancy. For more information, visit our Pregnancy Diet Center.


Roasted chicken with farro and roasted cauliflower


You can find farro in most grocery stores near the rice. If you can’t find farro, you can use wheat berries or brown rice instead; Cook according to package directions.



Ravioli lasagna skillet


This easy, inside-out ravioli lasagna is the ultimate weeknight comfort food—no layers or mixing bowls needed. Feel free to swap out ground turkey for beef. Look for fresh mozzarella balls (also called “pearls”) in the specialty cheese section of your grocery store.



Chicken Fajita Bowls


Flip the tortilla in favor of warm fajita salad, which contains a nutritious mix of chicken with roasted kale, bell peppers, and black beans. The chicken, beans, and vegetables are cooked in the same pan, so this healthy dinner is easy to prepare and easy to clean up, too.



Delicious chickpea and spinach stew


This satisfying soup comes together in a flash. Mashed chickpeas add body to the gravy, and tomato paste adds delicious flavor without accumulating sodium. To simplify the preparation process, look for fresh chopped onions, grated carrots or soup mix in the produce section.



Creamy mushroom and spinach pasta


Jennifer Causey

Make this creamy mushroom and spinach pasta for an easy, healthy dinner. Be sure to reserve some of the pasta cooking water as it helps emulsify the sauce.



One bowl of lentil and vegetable soup with parmesan


Antonis Achilleus

This lentil and vegetable soup is packed with kale and tomatoes for a flavor-packed main dish. If you have it, the Parmesan cheese rind adds a nutty flavor and gives the broth some body.



Cooked halibut with Brussels sprouts and quinoa


Fish plus sides? It sounds fancy but this healthy dinner comes together in just 30 minutes.



A sweet and savory hummus dish


Fresh vegetables with dip, delicious fruits, and even dessert make up an easy-to-make picnic dinner that’s great for packing or enjoying at home. Plus, this combo excludes the most common allergens and food intolerances (it’s free of dairy, eggs, soy, nuts, and gluten) so almost everyone should be able to enjoy it without worry.



Vegan coconut chickpea curry


To make this 20-minute vegetarian curry even faster, buy cut vegetables from the salad bar at the grocery store. To make it a complete and satisfying dinner, serve with cooked brown rice. When shopping for calm sauce, look for one with 400 mg of sodium or less and check the ingredient list for cream or fish sauce if you want to keep this sauce vegetarian. If you like your meal spicy, add a little of your favorite hot sauce at the end.



Spaghetti and spinach with sun-dried tomato cream sauce


Photography/Kelsey Hansen, Design/Greg Luna

To quickly achieve flavor in this pasta recipe, we use oil from sun-dried tomatoes to create the cream sauce base. Meanwhile, the residual heat from the pasta wilts the spinach in record time for a quick weeknight dinner.



Homemade testaroli with pesto


Francesca Zani and Goncarlo Zani

Testaroli is a classic Italian pasta that is cooked in two steps: first it is baked in the oven, then it is boiled until tender. Here we top it with basil pesto and fresh parsley. Read more about Testaroli here.



Spinach and artichoke pasta with chicken


Jimmy Vespa

If you love warm spinach and artichoke dip, you’ll love that we’ve transformed this classic dip into a creamy pasta dish with chicken. Here’s what’s almost as good as the flavor of this comfort dish: the fact that this healthy dinner only takes 20 minutes to prepare.



Creamy lemon pasta with shrimp for two


Pre Bassano

This healthy dinner recipe comes together in record time thanks to quick-cooking shrimp. Lemon juice brightens the sauce while yogurt adds creaminess. This recipe is adapted from the famous Creamy Lemon Pasta with Shrimp to serve two people instead of four.



Tabbouleh, hummus and pita


This Mediterranean-inspired vegetarian picnic dinner features traditional fare like tabbouleh, hummus, olives, and fresh fruits and vegetables. They’re perfect to pack up and take with you or even serve as an easy, healthy meal at home.



Türkiye Pumpkin Chili


Caitlin Bensel

Canned pumpkin adds a subtle background flavor and intensifies the pumpkin chili. Smoked paprika adds flavor with a hint of spice. This chili is on the thicker side, if you want it thinner, add more water.



Spicy chicken pasta with pepper and onion


Kelsey Hansen

Inspired by the flavors of fajitas, this healthy chicken pasta is packed with color and spice. We use a combination of chili powder, cumin, and chipotle powder to add heat and flavor.



Chicken and vegetable quesadilla


This easy quesadilla recipe uses canned cooked chicken to save time. You can also use leftover cooked chicken or turkey if you have it. Cut the vegetables into cubes a day ahead for quicker preparation.



Chopped cobb salad with chicken


This healthy chopped salad is a great way to use up leftover cooked chicken. You can reserve half of the remaining boiled egg for a snack.



Pork, mozzarella and watermelon platter


This perfect picnic for two is great for a night out or even just a quick romantic dinner at home. Fresh fruit, vegetables and cheese pair perfectly with prosecco to sip on. Chocolate covered strawberries for dessert make the meal extra special.



Sloppy Joe’s Beef and Beans


This healthy take on the comfort food classic trades beans for some meat to boost fiber by 7 grams. We also reduced the sugar and ketchup in this Sloppy Joe recipe to save 12 grams of added sugar.



Pumpkin soup with avocado and chickpeas


You can prepare a can of soup by adding protein with chickpeas and flavoring with curry powder. Add a little Greek yogurt to make it creamy.


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