15 Healthy (and Hearty) Dinners
No-Cream Clam Chowder
This recipe calls for 2% milk instead of heavy cream, and the starch from the potatoes takes care of the rest. Just two slices of smoked bacon adds flavor without all the extra fat.
Recipe: No-Cream Clam Chowder
Coconut (Un-)Fried Shrimp
These scrumptious shrimp (perfect for an appetizer or main dish) are dipped in egg whites, breaded, and then baked instead of deep-fried.
- Recipe: Coconut (Un-)Fried Shrimp
Low-Fat Lobster Rolls
Using reduced-fat mayonnaise and whole-wheat buns cuts out calories in this lightened-up version of typical lobster rolls. When toasting the buns, use a butter-flavored cooking spray instead of real butter.
- Recipe: Low-Fat Lobster Rolls
Cumin-Spiced Mahi Mahi Tacos with Nectarine-Avocado Salsa
The secret to this dish: adding flavor using zesty spices is much more healthful than breading and frying. Serving the fish in corn tortillas instead of flour ones cuts back on refined sugars.
Shrimp, Tomato, and Watermelon Salad
Delectable shrimp are a good source of protein in this light, fresh salad. Serving it over leafy greens, such as spinach or arugula, adds even more nutrients.
Avocados are high in monounsaturated fats, which are good for your heart, while pineapples are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants.
Recipe: Avocado-and-Pineapple Salad
Hoisin-Glazed Wild Alaska Salmon in Ginger Broth
Get your omega-3 fatty acid with this salmon dish that makes its mark with a bold ginger broth and zesty green onions and cilantro.
Mixed Grill Kebabs with Guava BBQ Sauce
These veggies, shrimp, and bites of fish are lightly brushed with olive oil and a fruity barbecue sauce for lightened-up (but not sacrificed!) flavor.
Grilled Salmon-and-Spinach Salad with Peach Dressing
Attention veggie lovers! Here’s your perfect summer salad. Coat some salmon with a combination of brown sugar, cumin, and coriander and grill on an oiled grate for 10-12 minutes. Place on a bed of fresh baby spinach, then dress with our tangy, Latin-tinged peach dressing, which utilizes peak season peaches pureed with lime juice, cumin, and olive oil. Take it to the next level with extra greens (arugula, friseé, Bibb), crunchy components (toasted nuts, pumpkin seeds), and fresh herbs (cilantro would be perfect here!).
Lime Shrimp Salad
The key to its amazing flavor: Let the dish marinate, covered, in a refrigerator for two hours before serving. Avocados, tomatoes, and watercress are nutritious additions to the shrimp and potatoes.
Recipe: Lime Shrimp Salad
Orange-Sesame Noodles with Grilled Shrimp
Add low-fat flavor to soba noodles with a splash of orange juice. To give an extra dose of fiber, look for whole-wheat or multigrain spaghetti.
Poached Cod with Roasted Peppers, Capers, and Spinach
Bell peppers are packed with vitamin C, while spinach, garlic, fresh basil, and capers deliver a bold medley of flavors.
Grilled Shrimp with Asian Barbecue Sauce
Offer this low-fat dish as an appetizer or an entrée served with hot steamed brown rice—and be sure to use reduced-sodium soy sauce.
Grilled Halibut with Lemon-Mint Gremolata
Halibut is rich in tryptophan, selenium, and niacin, while the gremolata (a combination of chopped fresh mint, grated lemon rind, and finely minced garlic) is simple yet divine.
Garden Fresh Green Beans
Green beans are packed with nutrients, and mushrooms add texture and flavor. For an even healthier twist, season with lemon juice and black pepper instead of butter.
- Recipe: Garden Fresh Green Beans