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Nonstarchy veggies—like asparagus, peppers and mushrooms—are packed with vitamins and minerals, yet low in calories and carbohydrate. Use simple, delicious ideas like this recipe to fill half your plate with nonstarchy veggies!
Smoothies topped with some crunch and nuts make for a complete breakfast in a bowl! The extra ingredients make this thick fruit-and-veggie blend more filling than a drinkable smoothie.
Greek yogurt and cashews make for a deliciously creamy pesto to top poached shrimp or fish fillets.
The peppery flavor of baby arugula pairs well with sweet, fresh citrus and crispy bacon in this side salad.
Serve this dish with whole-wheat couscous for a traditional Moroccan meal.
Here's a new way to enjoy fresh apricots for dinner this spring! Serve this chicken with a whole grain of your choice and an arugula side salad for a complete seasonal meal.
Slow-cooker recipes like these spicy-sweet tacos are great time-savers for weeknight meals. If you don't use all of the pork at once, freeze some for another quick dinner!
Broiling fish fillets and stir-frying vegetables makes this savory 20-minute meal come together in a flash. Serve with brown rice or another whole grain if desired.
Pair these braised beans and fennel with a side of a chicken for a complete, comforting meal.
This is a wonderful way to use fresh produce from first harvest to last. The contrast of the warm dressing, tender cooked veggies, and crunchy radish and walnuts over the salad greens is a treat for your taste buds.
This is a great dish to serve to company. It serves 8 as a main dish, or more if you cut it into small cubes and use it as an appetizer.
Lamb is often used in delicious Moroccan dishes such as this one. Lamb can be expensive, so feel free to substitute a pound of cubed chicken breast with 1 Tbsp of olive oil if you like. Serve with whole-wheat couscous or triangles of whole-wheat pita bread.
Never tried asparagus raw? This is your chance! Parmesan cheese, tangy Dijon mustard and lemon in this dressing are a bold accompaniment for the thinly sliced asparagus and peppery radishes.
This recipe for a spiced Indian spinach dish replaces the regular potatoes with sweet potatoes for a delicious and healthful new take on curry.
This healthier take on trendy ramen noodle bowls yields a savory broth you can customize. No chicken or bell peppers? Mix it up with other proteins and vegetables, such as shrimp, bean sprouts and shredded carrots.
This lower-carbohydrate version of luxurious lobster mac and cheese features crisp-topped, cheesy cauliflower florets and tender poached lobster.
Fast, nutritious and smells like apple pie—what’s not to like? Make this sliced fruit glazed with cinnamon, vanilla and honey for your next quick dessert. For even more flavor, top with toasted chopped walnuts.
Yes, you can make crispy, cheesy eggplant parmesan the whole family will love—with whole grains and without deep frying!
Spaghetti squash is a low-carb alternative to the traditional rice noodles in Pad Thai. One cup of cooked spaghetti squash contains just 10 grams of total carbohydrate, compared to 42 grams for the rice noodles!
Finely chopped cauliflower can be a remarkable nonstarchy side that’s lower in calories and carbohydrate than rice. Or make it a main dish by adding chicken breast, shrimp or tofu.
These roulades make for an elegant—yet easy and nutritious—weeknight dinner. Eggplant slices cook more quickly than lasagna noodles and add nonstarchy vegetables that casseroles and noodle dishes are often missing.
Searing beef on the stovetop adds a few minutes to your slow cooker routine, but it’s well-worth the payoff in flavor. Serve this stew with a side of steamed green beans for a balanced weeknight meal that makes your kitchen smell inviting all day long.
This scrumptious chicken cooks so quickly because of the high heat and the chicken’s proximity to the oven’s heating element. It’s adapted from a Weight Watchers recipe.
The salad tastes not only super nourishing, but is also bursting with flavor. Boost the flavor even more by adding 4 tsp dried cranberries, 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds or a diced orange. Or choose baby arugula for the greens.
Sloppy Joes get a makeover with lean ground turkey instead of beef, plus plenty of zing from garlic, onions, peppers, tomatoes and hot sauce.
It’s hard to believe, but frozen bananas make a great base for this four-ingredient soft-serve “ice cream” that’s low in saturated fat. Shop for small ramekins or cups to make portion control easy when serving desserts like this one.
Shakshuka is a popular breakfast in North Africa and the Middle East. If you don’t have time for a breakfast that takes 30 minutes, try this flavorful and savory dish for dinner. No zucchini? Use bell peppers or eggplant. This recipe is adapted from Melissa Clark's version in The New York Times.
A traditional Croque Madame—a ham and cheese sandwich with a fried egg—is high in calories, fat and sodium. This open-faced version with deli turkey and a creamy spinach sauce makes for a lighter take on the French classic.
Bay scallops are smaller and sweeter than their sea scallop cousins. Paired with whole-grain pasta, they make for a simple yet elegant dish that’s heart-healthy as well.
If you’re not sure how to start cooking fish, try a simple and delicious method like this packet. It’s full of fresh flavors from lemon, orange and dill.
Why stop at chickpeas? Sub in black beans and add some cumin for a zesty new take on hummus.
This shrimp paella is full of flavor from sausage, bell peppers, turmeric and paprika. Using instant brown rice makes it a time-saving, whole-grain main dish—it's ready in just 20 minutes!
Scallops are a very lean—yet moist and buttery-tasting—protein that’s perfect for a special occasion. The secret is searing them quickly over high heat.
Don’t be surprised when these appetizers are devoured at your next party. This classic take on shrimp proves that sometimes the simplest recipes are crowd pleasers!
Chinese food minus the takeout menu? It's possible to produce satisfying results that keep sodium and calories in check. This recipe calls for tofu that's patted dry and sprinkled with cornstarch before baking, so it gets brown and crispy without deep frying.
Try making large batches of this sauce in summer and freezing or canning the excess so that you’ll have fresh, homemade sauce on hand all year long. If good-quality fresh tomatoes are not available, substitute approximately 24 oz good-quality jarred or boxed strained Italian tomatoes.
Dal is a thick Indian lentil stew that's often served with naan flatbread. You can reduce the grams of carbohydrate by serving this dal with peeled and sliced jicama. It’s a crunchy, slightly sweet vegetable that looks like a potato.
Want winter comfort food? Try cassoulet! This recipe for slow-cooked French casserole replaces the traditional pork and duck ingredients with turkey kielbasa and chicken thighs.
The combination of golden raisins, pine nuts and orange zest gives this cake a uniquely Sicilian flair. Keep in mind that those same flavors make a great addition to savory whole-grain rice pilafs as well.
French toast doesn’t need to be a sweet treat. Skip the maple syrup and give this savory bake with mushrooms, fresh thyme and crumbled goat cheese a try!
This tried-and-true stir-fry keeps things simple—and fast—with just six ingredients, but plenty of vegetables, lean protein and whole grains. Like many meals with tofu, it’s budget-friendly to boot!
This “recipe” is so simple, but it’s an easy, healthful and tasty way to cook fresh spinach. Vegetables of any kind—cauliflower, broccoli, peppers, potatoes and/or green beans—can be blanched until just tender, and prepared the same way.
This recipe calls for 95% lean ground beef, but you can use ground turkey or chicken if you’d like. These meatballs can be added to sauces, soups or other recipes.
This simple salad can be on the table in 15 minutes. No queso fresco? You can use feta cheese instead.
This cilantro-lime dressing pairs sweet honey and savory garlic.
It’s a good luck tradition to eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day. Why stop there? Enjoy this hearty take on Hoppin’ John any day of the year!
Honey Dijon mustard makes these chicken thighs sweet and tangy. Add a side of nonstarchy vegetables and dinner is done!
No raspberries? Serve with strawberries or another fruit. When you want to enjoy a quick treat, a dessert like this mug cake with fruit is a good portion-controlled choice.
When you want dessert, this cake that’s made inside a coffee mug is a great way to enjoy a portion-controlled treat.
With our tips for bulk cooking barley in advance, this soup can be a quick and easy weeknight meal. If you’re tight on time, pick up a pre-chopped blend of onion, carrots and celery.