A little miso makes this one flavor-packed, energy-boosting meal.
The rice in this meal is inspired by Nasi Goreng, a traditional Indonesian fried rice dish. While the recipe differs by region, it’s often made with chicken, shrimp and a variety of vegetables. Here, we swap in fiber-rich brown rice to make this a well-rounded, nutritious meal for a high-carb day.
Buffalo wing sauce is the signature ingredient that gives this casserole its tangy, fiery kick. Since this recipe uses cooked chicken, this is a delicious dish to whip up when you have leftover rotisserie chicken hanging out in the fridge.
If you’re looking for the appeal of a deep-fried appetizer without any frying at all, these just might become your go-to option. Panko makes the exotic vegetable fries deliciously crunchy, while the cool, creamy, cashew-based dip adds a fresh, bright note.
Roasting tomatillos softens their sourness while adding a little sweetness, making them the ideal topping for chicken and zucchini. If you can't find poblano pepper, a red or green bell pepper can substitute.
By baking these wings on an oven-safe rack elevated over a baking sheet, air can circulate around the wings, making them perfectly crisp. Roasted cauliflower and garlic spinach round out the meal.
Vibrant in color and loaded with flavor, this slaw is the perfect side for protein. You can prep it entirely at home and take it on the road – or take it camping, as Melissa Urban suggests in her book. If making it ahead, simply pack the salad, dressing and garnishes separately and toss together right before serving.
The fiber- and protein-rich filling with tempeh and pinto beans is packed with flavor while a bonus tomatillo sauce gives this plant-based dish a zesty kick. Because they’re frozen separately, both the filling and sauce retain maximum flavor and texture when reheated. It’s like a taco kit in your freezer!
Our version of coconut shrimp has a crunchy coating of fiber-rich coconut flour with unsweetened coconut flakes and toasty whole-wheat panko bread crumbs. Breading and freezing the shrimp raw ensures they will be perfectly cooked inside with a crispy crust. Omit the sriracha in the pineapple dipping sauce if you prefer less heat.
No need for a bottled sauce — here, you can make a quick, zesty teriyaki using orange juice, ginger and a few pantry staples. The recipe makes enough to coat the fish before roasting with plenty left over for drizzling and dipping at the table. (Tasty tip: Try it on the broccoli!)
Creamy, nutty and loaded with fresh veggies, this vegan meal is one you'll want to eat again and again.
These hearty meatless burgers have serious buffalo wing flavor and a tangy blue cheese sauce drizzled over top. The patties freeze well, so make a double batch and store some for impromptu meals later.
Savory soy sauce, sweet honey and fiery ginger give this stir-fry personality, but the chunks of juicy mango are really what take this dish up a notch. Serve with brown rice or quinoa to round out the meal.
Get ready for the biggest revelation in dorm-room cooking: kettle eggs! Yes, you can actually make hard-boiled eggs in an electric kettle. (Fun fact: Our senior graphic designer, Alaina Greenberg, makes them almost daily in our office!) If you don’t have a kettle, you can also buy packaged pre-boiled eggs for this recipe.
Chickpeas and an array of colorful veggies combine for a complete meal.
Kimchi is a probiotic-packed superstar, full of good-for-your-gut bacteria. As well, the cabbage in the kimchi, the green onions, mushrooms, ginger, garlic and snow peas all promote a healthy environment in which good bacteria can flourish in the digestive tract — so it’s a win-win.
Cutting chicken breasts into thin cutlets helps them cook quickly on the grill – if you can find pre-sliced cutlets, use them instead and save yourself the prep work. A quick blender sauce with fresh basil and lime is smothered over top for a zesty, spicy kick.
Made from fermented soybeans, miso paste is a probiotic food that helps improve gut health. Miso paste also contains minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc and magnesium. This dressing serves beautifully alongside summer slaws, soba noodles or grilled chicken.
Craving Chinese? This vegetable-packed stir-fry with a speedy five-ingredient sauce can help thwart a costly and unhealthy trip to your local takeout joint.
Creamy, zesty and filled with good-for-you greens, these lobster bites are the ultimate summer appetizer or snack. Serve with a warmed all-natural jarred tomato sauce on the side for dipping. For a kick of heat, try adding a pinch of ground cayenne pepper to the mixture.
Sweet, juicy grilled peaches add a lovely warm-weather flair to this salad packed to the brim with beautiful vegetables. The true star of this meal, though, is the creamy cashew dressing spiked with just a touch of cayenne. If you have time, we suggest making the candied pecans as they add an addictive sweet-salty crunch.
Cauliflower is a great substitution for rice – whether you’re looking to up your veggies, reduce your carbs or go grain-free. We love this Asian take on “cauli-rice” with sesame oil and tamari. If you’re following a gluten-free diet, check the bottle to ensure tamari is gluten-free.
This lighter take on chili is made without tomatoes, leaving room for fiber-rich greens. We’ve kept the spices mild to please many palates, but you can easily add more chile powder if you prefer a spicier dish – here at the CE office, we love this meal smothered in hot sauce!
En papillote is French for “in parchment” – a classic technique that holds in moisture and cooks food by the steam created inside the packet.
Tart red wine and sweet honey combine to make a balanced and bold glaze for the chicken. Sweet potato fries with a sour cream and onion dipping sauce makes for an addictive side to the meal.
Grilled oregano-kissed cod fillets are paired with a classic tzatziki sauce for a fresh and tasty meal with just 134 calories per serving. Serve fish on a bed of greens if you have some on hand.