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Here's a healthy lunch that is quick, fun, and tasty. Your child (and you) will love it! You can modify portion sizes based on your child’s age and appetite. For example, an older child may need two mini-sandwiches.
Pico de gallo is a fresh salsa made of diced tomato, onion, cilantro and green or jalapeño peppers. You can buy it freshly prepared in the produce section of most grocery stores. You can also top these tasty tacos with avocado and cheese if desired. Flank steak is a leaner cut of red meat.
Wheat berries are a type of whole grain that normally take an hour to cook on the stove. But this recipe slow cooks your wheat berries, making them easier than ever to prepare. Make this recipe on the weekend and serve it up for weekday lunches over a bed of fresh greens.
Who doesn’t love chicken and rice? This recipe will be a family favorite. Plus it sneaks in some non-starchy vegetables!
Serve up this dish up with a cup of egg drop soup.
Zipping to lots of game watches and tailgate parties this fall? Here’s a tasty artichoke dip that you can bring to the party. It’s simple to make and can be kept hot in your slow cooker.
This soup makes a great vegetable side dish. Serve it alongside roasted chicken or fish. It freezes well, so you can save part of it for a later date if you’d like.
If you are tired of the same boring sandwich for lunch, try this restaurant-style wrap. It’s packed full of flavor, low in carbs, and also gives you a serving of veggies. Use cooked rotisserie chicken from your grocery store for a time-saver.
These zucchini noodles keep the amount of carbohydrate in this dish low. You could also try sautéing the zucchini noodles if you’d like.
This tasty grilling recipe is also packed with vegetables. To make this dish even more colorful, add in some green and yellow pepper pieces on your kabobs.
Don’t underestimate this simple and cost-friendly dish. It’s a great mix of flavor with beans, chicken, and sweet mango. Serving the quesadilla over salad turns it into a complete meal.
Roasting brings out the natural flavor and sweetness in these carrots. You could substitute tarragon for parsley here if desired.
Pack your lunch the night before to start your morning with little stress!
Take the stress out of the morning by preparing a delicious breakfast in advance! These frittatas are pre-portioned and easy to pack in your bag on your way out the door. Plus this delicious blend of eggs, yogurt, vegetables, and cheese will help keep your taste buds satisfied!
Got a last minute invitation to a barbeque or dinner party? This tasty and refreshing salad with broccoli, almonds, and creamy yogurt sauce is quick and simple to prepare. It can also be made in advance so you can grab and go! Impress your friends with this delicious blend of sweet and savory flavors.
These muffins are kid-friendly and freeze well for a quick breakfast. If desired, you can try replacing the sugar in this recipe for a sugar substitute that's meant for baking to reduce the carbohydrate count.
When fresh produce is in season, cut up and freeze the fruit yourself. Otherwise, you can find an abundance of frozen fruit in the grocer's freezer.Play around with other fruit combinations like mango-strawberry, peach-raspberry or pineapple-banana.
Fresh mozzarella is found in the deli case or with the specialty cheeses. It is the perfect flavorful addition to this fresh summer salad!
These pickles will keep in the refrigerator for up to two months as long as they stay covered. Try this homemade pickle recipe instead of the sodium-packed pickles from the grocery store.
Serve this dish with jicama sticks and fresh guacamole. If you'd like, you can make this colorful dish even more vibrant by using different color peppers or purple onion.
This easy appetizer is perfect for summer and uses garden fresh ingredients. These kabobs are packed with flavor and low in carbohydrates. They also look beautiful on a serving platter and are sure to impress guests!
Here's a tasty and easy vegetable dish that you can make using a budget-friendly bag of frozen broccoli. Aim to fill half of your plate with nonstarchy vegetables like broccoli, carrots, greens and more!
Serve this pizza with a big garden salad drizzled lightly with low-fat Ranch dressing. It's a quick, easy and budget-friendly meal!
Gazpacho is a soup primarily made with non-starchy vegetables. It is served cold and can be a great summertime snack. Plus it's an easy way to get more veggies into your day!
This recipe is healthy, quick and budget-friendly.
Try this super simple breakfast. Both kids and adults will love it and it can be ready to eat in a matter of minutes! If it works better with your budget, switch out the almond butter for peanut butter.
These frittatas make a quick and healthy breakfast! Experiment with different veggies, such as zucchini, asparagus or spinach.
This is a light and fluffy egg soufflé with added veggies.
Don't let this simple salad fool you – it may be simple but it's also incredibly refreshing and delicious. It makes the perfect side at a summer barbecue!
Grilling is a quick and healthy way to eat more veggies. This recipe is simply delicious and an easy side that can be added to any meal. If you have any leftovers from this recipe, the grilled zucchini would go great in a breakfast omelet the next day.
This burger recipe calls for ground chicken but lean ground turkey would also work well. Offer these healthier burgers as an option next time you host a barbecue!
Nothing says summer like corn on the cob. It's an American favorite and this recipe puts a nice twist of flavor into it. Remember, corn is a starchy vegetable, so serve it with some lean protein and a low-carb vegetable like green beans, zucchini or a salad.
Chicken fajitas are one of the best choices when it comes to Mexican food because chicken is a lean protein and grilling is a healthy cooking method. Also, fajitas are topped with low-carb veggies like onions and green peppers.
This salsa is better than anything you will buy in a jar! It's delicious, quick, and uses all fresh ingredients that you might already have in your kitchen. If you don't want to serve it with chips, try it with cucumbers, celery or jicama. It would also make a great topping for tacos!
A good salad needs veggies, protein, flavor, and different textures. The chicken in this recipe provides the protein. When combined with avocado and sunflower seeds, you get the perfect flavor, texture and crunch.
For an even shorter prep time, use store-bought guacamole to make this recipe.
Here's a light and tasty summer taco recipe that's great for a family dinner or the next time you have guests.
Save yourself time prepping this recipe by buying watermelon that is already cut and cubed!
These flavorful chicken kabobs are lean and you can add whatever veggies you'd like to them.
Try this tasty smoothie for breakfast or lunch. It's June, so you could experiment with fresh peaches since summer is the peak season!
Add rotisserie chicken or grilled shrimp to turn this salad into an entrée. Otherwise, it can be served as a tasty side dish to complement grilled chicken or fish.
The marinade for this grilled beef is super easy to throw together. This recipe calls for beef tenderloin, which is a lean cut.
Summer is a great time for smoothies, so we're bringing you a unique bonus recipe from the American Diabetes Association's Simply Smoothies cookbook by Linda Gassenheimer.
Cook fresh corn on the cob for this recipe by simmering it in boiling water for 8 minutes. Let the ears of corn cool, and then use a sharp knife to cut the kernels off the cob.
Beat the heat with cool creaminess of ginger and sesame with this fun and family-friendly recipe! It can be used as a dip for vegetables or to dress a colorful summer salad. It's both refreshing and creamy on a hot summer day!
It's summer time, pool time and BBQ time! Add a delicious twist to your barbeque chicken and cole slaw with a creamy yogurt sauce. It is sure to be a hit with the entire family after a day of fun in the sun!
You can make this recipe with any fruit and flavor of yogurt. Try mango chunks with pineapple yogurt, or kiwi halves with strawberry yogurt. You could also try other toppings like coconut or sprinkles instead of pecans.
French fries are an American favorite food, but they're also loaded with unhealthy fat, calories, and carbohydrate. Try these "fries" for a healthier alternative and a way to help your kids eat more veggies.
If you are tired of the same boring breakfast, try this satisfying and tasty burrito. You can experiment with different veggies in this recipe too.
Serve these low-cost egg toasts with a green salad tossed in a light balsamic vinaigrette.