Portobello mushrooms have a meaty texture that makes them a stellar swap for beef patties in veggie burgers. But here's the trick: We've actually used the mushroom caps as the bun, then filled the middle with warmed marinara sauce, provolone and fresh, crisp greens.
A winter version of the spring roll, these portable handheld delights and their addicting 4-ingredient sauce make a satisfying snack or a perfect lunch paired with your favorite soup.
This creamy carrot cashew sauce with roasted broccoli is a healthy substitute that will fill those cheesy potato cravings. Serve it like you would any traditional cheese sauce over a baked potato or as a sauce for potato gratin or whole-grain pasta, or try serving it fondue-style accompanied by your favorite veggies, crackers, pickles or whole-grain crusty bread for dipping.
Gut-friendly kefir adds creaminess to salad dressings. This salad makes a large portion and can be topped with a protein such as chicken or tofu. You can also serve it as a side or starter salad for 6 people.
Black beans add a delicious punch of protein to these meatless burgers while sweet potato gives them a subtle sweetness. Spicy oven fries and a zesty avocado mash round out the meal.
A simple lemon and chile pepper marinade allows delicately flavored calamari, also known as squid, to truly shine. Paired with a protein-packed lentil salad, this makes for a hearty warm-weather meal.
This zucchini noodle pasta dish isn't only gluten-free, it's loaded with powerful vitamins and phytonutrients. Zucchini is a prime source of vitamin C that promotes cardiovascular health; it also contains lutein, a phytonutrient that's good for vision.
Any kind of bread will work well in this recipe, but for best-ever veggie melts, start with a nice thick slice of your favorite artisan (or homemade) whole-grain loaf. We love the mild, smoky flavor of smoked mozzarella, but you can substitute with your favorite cheese: Gouda, provolone or smoked cheddar are great options. Don’t worry if your fennel bulb doesn’t come with the fronds attached – sprinkle the melts with fresh parsley or dill instead.
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.
Crisp salad is topped with a spiced coconut-crusted chicken breast in this salad that’s a cinch to put together. The mango dressing is truly heavenly, with a commingling of sweet, tart and spicy notes.
Frozen scallops and thin white fish fillets are real time-savers for busy weeknights, as they thaw in a flash and take just minutes to cook. If your fennel bulb comes with the green fronds attached, feel free to use them as a pretty garnish on the soup instead of the parsley. You can use any firm white-fleshed fish for this soup – Pacific cod is another great option.
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!
This purple potato salad is given a protein boost with hard-boiled eggs and all-natural turkey bacon to give you 12 grams of protein per serving. Protein combined with slow-burning carbs like purple potatoes can provide you with sustained energy throughout the day.
Zucchini and squash make this salad from Curtis Stone a prime source of manganese, dietary fiber and Vitamins A and C. Eat it before an afternoon workout for an extra boost of energy and strength.
Curtis Stone's Middle Eastern style grilled chicken lunch will satisfy all of your taste buds. The spice rub seasoning gives the chicken a hot flavor, and the cooling yogurt topping sauce is made with real cucumbers.
What’s Jennifer Iserloh’s secret sensuous ingredient? Kale. Her recipes prove that incorporating the antioxidant rich superfood into three meals a day is easy and delicious.
Fresh lobster and crunchy jicama take the ordinary street taco to new heights. No lobster? Substitute cod or another white fish.
Get into the autumn mood with an apple salad that is perfect for a quick and healthy lunch that won't leave you feeling hungry throughout the remainder of the workday.
Homemade coconut bacon with smoked paprika and maple syrup is the star of these piled-high sandwiches. We suggest making extra coconut bacon to use on salads, pastas or to eat out of hand – you’re going to want to put it on everything in your meal plans!
An ooey-gooey pizza without cheese? You bet! Our creamy cheese made from blended pine nuts, garlic and dill adds serious flavor and texture to this whole-grain pizza with roasted sweet potato and balsamic-glazed fennel.
A rainbow of vegetables – butternut squash, Brussels sprouts and radicchio – makes this whole-grain bowl a powerful medley of fiber and antioxidants. We use ground turmeric to add flavor and anti-inflammatory properties to the roasted squash. Turmeric is being studied for its ability to prevent or slow the spread of cancer, so we suggest keeping it handy in your cupboard and using it liberally.
Aromatic soup with green peas, cool mint and fresh basil contrasts with zesty orange sautéed shrimp in this light meal.
Serve fruit warm off the grill, or grill them in advance and serve at room temperature.
This satisfying salad is a quick dinner recipe with a delicious combination of crisp veggies, juicy steak and pungent blue cheese.
Sweet roasted peppers are drizzled with a citrus vinaigrette and just a touch of heat.
The juiciness of blackberries complements rich herbed yogurt and hearty barley. The Yogurt Thyme Dressing can also double as a marinade for chicken or lamb.
We love using large green Spanish olives for this recipe, which are sometimes stuffed with pimentos – but any flavorful variety works.
This spice-rubbed steak on the grill is special enough. But here, a good thing gets even better with a bold tomato and pepper sauce reminiscent of gazpacho. For a change of pace, try substituting chicken, pork chops or even shrimp for the beef.
Zucchini is the secret to these extra-moist, Mediterranean-inspired burgers. Serve with lemon wedges alongside.
This salad is inspired by an Israeli sandwich known as Sabich – containing fried eggplant, boiled eggs, chopped vegetables and tahini all stuffed into a pita. In our satisfying main dish salad, we’ve taken all those same ingredients but roasted the eggplant instead.
A colorful salad with a raspberry shallot vinaigrette makes for a fresh and speedy meal.
Slices of creamy goat cheese are crusted with pistachios then lightly toasted in a skillet for a decadent topper to this exquisite salad.
Eggs and arrowroot starch help hold these California-fresh patties together, while quinoa, scallions, lemon zest and dill give them flavor and a nutrition boost. If desired, set aside a few tablespoons of the homemade dressing to use as a dipping sauce or drizzle over the patties.
Sweet and spicy chicken tops saucy pinto beans in this easy recipe. For a change, you can make this dish into a wrap – simply shred the chicken and serve it with the beans in warm whole-wheat tortillas.
Chickpeas and walnuts add flavor and protein, while cherries add a touch of sweetness to these quick couscous lettuce wraps.
Navy beans stand in for chickpeas in this twist on falafel. Sweet and sour pickled radish, garlic yogurt sauce and pita triangles round out the meal.
A honeyed orange dressing adds sweet and tart notes to this veggie- and bean-packed salad with shrimp.