Healthy and Easy Dinner Ideas
Fish Tacos with Salsa Verde
Fish tacos often involve deep-frying and heavy sauces. But here, broiled tilapia is topped with a crunchy radish salad and zingy cilantro-lime sauce -- fresher and tastier!
Seared Salmon with Oranges and Fennel
Not only does the salmon take mere minutes to cook, but a refreshing seasonal topping also turns it into a sophisticated supper.
Grilled Salmon with Spicy Honey-Basil Sauce
Cook this grilled salmon with spicy honey-basil sauce on the backyard grill or under the broiler for a quick and easy dinner. Cook salmon that's 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick for 5 to 8 minutes total; cook salmon that's 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick for 8 to 12 minutes total. When broiling, keep fish 4 inches from flame. You can buy salmon as fillets or as steaks. Skin on the fillets comes off easily after cooking.
Lemon-Rosemary Grilled Shrimp
This simple and healthy recipe for lemon-rosemary grilled shrimp comes from "The Ciminelli Solution," by Sue Ciminelli.
Honey-Glazed Pork with Wilted Greens
A different take on the pork chop, the honey glaze kicks these chops up a notch. So tasty, you would never know they're good for you.
Walnut-Crusted Chicken Breasts
Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, walnuts add richness to this light breading; the coating keeps the chicken moist. For longer shelf life, store nuts in the freezer.
Mediterranean Veggie Burger with Mint-Yogurt Sauce and Carrot Salad
Hearty burgers get a healthy makeover with canned lentils. Spread on a tangy yogurt-mint sauce, and serve a zesty carrot salad on the side. When combining the burger ingredients in the food processor, don't overprocess; you want some small chunks to remain to give the patties a nice texture.
Stir-frying is one of the quickest and easiest methods of cooking. With one pan, a little oil, and constant stirring, you can make a healthful meal.
Roast Chicken with Potatoes, Lemon, and Asparagus
Here's our pick for poultry one-pan wonder: One whole chicken, cut up, and a single pan -- plus some citrus, new potatoes, butter, and newly in-season asparagus -- create a meal to welcome spring. We like scrumptious, dark, crispy skin; to achieve this, use a shallow roasting pan (that means three inches deep or less). Deeper pans trap more steam, which keeps meats from browning well.
Spaghetti with Shaved Asparagus
Try this recipe instead of traditional spaghetti and meatballs, we promise, you won't miss the meat!
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Marissa Lippert is a registered dietitian in Manhattan and knows great food when she tastes it. Voted by Citysearch as one of New York's "Best Nutritionists" for the past three years, Marissa is the founder of Nourish, a nutrition counseling and media communications firm, where she helps individuals live, eat and cook more healthfully without giving up delicious food.