What's for Dinner? 30 Easy, Healthy Meals for April

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Starting this month, we're offering up some of our favorite recipes from Chef Meg, the SparkPeople Team and members to last you the entire month. This handy list is packed full of meal ideas that are healthy and delicious. Whether you use these recipes in order and every day, or just use a couple a week is up to you. We hope this inspires you to get into the kitchen and get cooking!
We even threw in a few probable scenarios that could prevent you from eating right. See these as a chance to "take off the training wheels" and get creative while sticking with your healthy eating plan.
Sunday, April 1:
Easy Slow Cooker Lemony Garlic Chicken Breast--add asparagus (it's in season!) and whole-wheat couscous (ready in minutes!)

Monday, April 2:
Serve the leftover chicken from last night with a green veggie and Cauliflower "Mashed Potatoes"

Tuesday, April 3:
Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken served with baked tortilla chips

Wednesday, April 4:
Pantry night: Low-sodium canned soup with Coach Nicole's Grown Up Grilled Cheese

Thursday, April 5:
Chef Meg's Super Fast Pork and Veggie Stir Fry with brown rice

Friday, April 6:
Leftover Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken as burritos. Tip: Use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream!

Saturday, April 7:
Crockpot Spicy Beef Brisket with roasted sweet potatoes and steamed veggies, plus whole-wheat bread

Sunday, April 8
Honey Roasted Ham and with Light and Spicy Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

Monday, April 9:
Chef Meg's Massaged Kale Salad with grilled chicken breasts

Tuesday, April 10:
Home late! Pair a low-fat frozen dinner with extra veggies and a cup of milk.

Wednesday, April 11
Chef Meg's Eggs Nested in Spicy Tomato Sauce

Thursday, April 12:
Chef Meg's Slow Cooker Rice and Chef Meg's Vegetarian Vindaloo

Friday, April 13:
Stepf's Easy Bean Tostadas: add meat if you want! and tomato salad with onions, cucumbers, and low-fat bottled dressing on the side

Saturday, April 14:
Homemade pizza night Pick the perfect pie for you!

Sunday, April 15:
Stepfanie's Quinoa-Black Bean Casserole

Monday, April  16:
Salad night! Use the Salad tab on the Mix and Match Meal Planner to build a better bowl of greens.

Tuesday, April 17:
Three-Cheese Macaroni
Tip: This goes great with spinach or broccoli--you could even mix (cooked) veggies into the dish before baking!

Wednesday, April 18:
Chef Meg's Heart-Healthy Pork Feast

Thursday, April 19
Chef Meg's Better than Takeout Chicken Fried Rice

Friday, April 20:
Breakfast for dinner. Per person: 1 egg and 1 egg white scrambled with 1-2 cups chopped veggies, 1 piece breakfast meat, 1 slice whole-grain toast. Add fruit and milk!

Saturday, April 21:
Peppercorn Steak with Herbed Blue Cheese with baked potatoes

Sunday, April 22:
Chef Meg's Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili
And don't forget the cornbread. Take some help from the store or make it from scratch.

Monday, April 23
Chef Meg's Not-Fried Shrimp with Japanese Cocktail Sauce
Serve with stir-fry vegetables and brown rice

Tuesday, April 24:
Chef Meg's Slow Cooker Lasagna.
Tip: Pair cheesy dishes with a green salad to balance out the meal.

Wednesday, April 25:
Taco night: Simmer the leftover chili with a pound of browned lean beef or turkey and serve with all your favorite trimmings.

Thursday, April 26

Chef Meg's Spicy Sliders --and don't forget the Sweet Potato Fries!

Friday, April 27:
Date night: Treat yourself to a dinner out. Be sure to check out SparkPeople's Dining Guide first!

Saturday, April 28:
Chef Meg's Healthy Chicken Vegetable Casserole

Sunday, April 29
Slow Cooker Marinara Chicken and Vegetables (Chef Meg's Makeover)

Monday, April 30:
Chef Meg's Grapefruit Salad with chicken (grill it if the weather permits or pick up a rotisserie bird from the supermarket if you're short on time!)

Tips: We know you're busy, so whether you prepare side dishes like brown rice, sweet potato fries, and broccoli from scratch or take some help from the supermarket is up to you. What's important is that you're eating your whole grains and veggies!

Make sure every meal includes at least one veggie (we love the green and leafy ones!), a cup of milk, and a piece of fruit.
Click on any recipe link to see the full recipe, add it to your planner, or even create a recipe makeover to suit your needs.
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GEORGE815 3/7/2018
Nice recipes Report
Would highly appreciate a vegetarian version of this, as almost every meal contains meat. Report
I really liked this. I wish I could print it. Does anyone know how? Report
You might want to edit out the day of the week to keep this reusable year to year. This year, April first was a Friday, not a Sunday. Report
Lots of great ideas here. Unfortunately, so many are "spicy," which I have to pass up. Report
I see this isn't for THIS year. LOL Someone needs to remove the days of the week and just leave the date. Report
Awesome idea! Many great choices. Thank you Report
So....how do I save this as a Spark Favorite so I can see it and find when I need it? Help? Report
This is great! I agree with the other comments! Finally a monthly dinner plan that is: Practical, Realistic, Easy, Low Prep, Quick, Convenient, HEALTHY, In season, Easy Ingredients, Incorporates Leftovers so I don't spend a fortune on 30 different meals, YUMMY.

This should be a meal plan option! Well thought out, Chef Meg! Thank you! Report
Are these menu ideas available every month? This is awsome! Especially if its planned to go along with what's in season. Report
Lovely, lovely ideas! Report
love this article, I too would like this on a monthly basis.. It would be very helpful Report
Awesome!! Please do this for every month!! I am always so good for breakfast and lunch but dinner has always been a problem so I hope this helps! Starting Monday! Report
I love this (agree with other comments about doing it in calendar format.) I can always use help with meal planning ideas! Report
Love this idea!
This is a great idea. I wonder it it could be made into a monthly calendar, like the motivational one. Report
Great feature! I will be using a lot of these. I heart Chef Meg and the SparkPeople cookbook! Report
Pork for Easter Sunday????? Report
Thank you so much for the work involved in putting this together! Report
Yum. This is great! Report
This is a great idea ! Please continue.....being prepared is half the battle !! I also would appreciate recipes that cut down on wheat items. Thank you. Report
Super recipes! I have selected several of them that I will prepare very soon. Thank you. Report
What a great idea! After years of cooking I am tired of the same receipes. This will give me new ideas to try and the receipes are on the SP site. Please keep this as a monthly feature. Report
I agree with Maverick - more gluten free please. Report
More gluten free vegetarian options would be welcomed. Report
Thanks, great list! Report
A great idea. Not every recipe is for me, but I can fill in the blanks with favorites of my own. Report
Great idea! I second the PDF download idea:) Report
What a great idea. Thanks for the listing. This blog would also be great in a calendar format as a PDF download. Any chance we could have something like that for May?

Also, nice to see that Pierce Brosnan is a member of SparkPeople (see comment #2). Talk about yummy! Report
Great idea, thanks for sharing! Cant wait to try the yummy food! Report
Im looking forward to trying a few of these recipes.
They all sound so yummy! Report
Thank you for this post - what a great help! Report
Some of these recipes sound just WONDERFUL! I'm looking forward to trying them. Report
I love this blog and the recipe suggestions!! The only problem in my house with 3 "adopted" teenagers/young adults staying at my house, there are NEVER leftovers!! Report
This would be a great feature every month. Would be very easy to follow and do. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Report
I like this blog, Please do this every month! Report
Whaaaat? Nothing suitable for Passover? Report
I hate to cook, but do love being organized. Report
This is a great idea! Thank you!! Report
I love it! As previously, this would be a great feature every month. Report
Thank You ! Please make this a regular feature. So much easier to plan ahead for groceries. Report
I love it! I have saved to my favorites! Report
Great idea! This will help when I'm planning for the week ahead. What could be easier? Report
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