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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!
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.
This lower-carbohydrate version of luxurious lobster mac and cheese features crisp-topped, cheesy cauliflower florets and tender poached lobster.
Yes, you can make crispy, cheesy eggplant parmesan the whole family will love—with whole grains and without deep frying!
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.
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.
Sloppy Joes get a makeover with lean ground turkey instead of beef, plus plenty of zing from garlic, onions, peppers, tomatoes and hot sauce.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Why stop at chickpeas? Sub in black beans and add some cumin for a zesty new take on hummus.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 “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 cilantro-lime dressing pairs sweet honey and savory garlic.
This simple salad can be on the table in 15 minutes. No queso fresco? You can use feta cheese instead.
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.
There’s no need to soak dry lentils before cooking. That makes this quick recipe ready in just 20 minutes.
When you want dessert, this cake that’s made inside a coffee mug is a great way to enjoy a portion-controlled treat.
Honey Dijon mustard makes these chicken thighs sweet and tangy. Add a side of nonstarchy vegetables and dinner is done!
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.
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!
Here’s how to make a restaurant-style burrito fresh at home. You could also substitute lean beef or pork for chicken in this recipe.
Spice up your next weekend breakfast or brunch with this Huevos Rancheros recipe. It’s a great way to use leftover rice and beans.
This hearty soup is a play on red beans and rice made with the whole grain quinoa.
Making your own pico de gallo in this recipe helps skip the sodium found in jarred store-bought salsas. The fresh flavor is a bonus!
Chinese five-spice powder is a mixture of five spices: star anise, cloves, cinnamon, Sichuan pepper and fennel. It gives a sweet, salty, sour, bitter and pungent taste to dishes. Don’t have it? Try a simplified Asian three-spice powder: mix equal parts ground cloves, ginger and cinnamon.
The balanced use of “sweet” and “heat” is notable in Thai cuisine. The “heat” in this dish comes from the Thai chile peppers and the “sweet” from mango.
This recipe makes a vivid green, fragrant beverage. By whirling the whole vegetables and fruits into a smoothie rather than juice, you’re still getting the full nutritional benefit of each, including all of the fiber.
So easy—just three steps from start to finish. Roasting wakes up the sweetest flavors in these veggies.
Trade the carbs of the pasta for vegetables with this easy and quick fall recipe. Spaghetti squash is easy and versatile.
Slow cookers allow for a no-fuss meal that everyone will enjoy. Serve steamed nonstarchy vegetables or a salad with this stew for a complete meal.
This recipe is simple and will be sure to satisfy your sweet tooth!
Savor rich fall flavors with this delicious and fast squash soup.
This no-cook dessert is a great substitute for pumpkin pie—and it’s only 100 calories! For a quick, healthy, delicious, pumpkin dessert, look no further—this pudding parfait is amazing and ready in minutes.
This rich side dish is oh-so-creamy and satisfyingly cheesy but 1 serving is still less than 100 calories.