I love Eating Well’s recipes, and I love one pot meals, so this one grabbed my attention when I saw it. Featuring chicken, kale, and couscous, it provides all sorts of macro and micro nutrients into one dish. Substitute chicken breast for the chicken thighs if you are calorie conscious, but expect it to be slightly drier. www.eatingwell.com/recipe/252518/chicken-thighs-with-couscous-kale/
Crock pot dinners are a regular feature in our house. We love that we can start something in the morning that turns into a hot meal when we get home at night. This recipe from Yummy Healthy Easy does exactly that. Featuring all sorts of yummy vegetables and slow cooked beef, it is perfect for dinner after a crazy long, cold day. Enjoy! www.yummyhealthyeasy.com/crock-pot-roast-with-vegetables/
I love cocktail party food, and my friends will tell you I have a mean recipe or two up my sleeve for such occasions. Many, however, are calorie bombs, which is why I love this decadent yet semi-healthy recipe from Baker By Nature for cucumber bites with salmon and cream cheese. Go easy on the cream cheese to scale back the calories with little impact on flavor. bakerbynature.com/smoked-salmon-cream-cheese-cucumber-bites/
Are you looking for something that tastes decadent but secretly has some hidden nutrition in it? If so, check out Pinch of Yum’s no bake mini fruit pizzas. Filled with fresh fruit, these tasty treats will satisfy your sweet tooth and help you stay on track with your nutrition goals. pinchofyum.com/no-bake-mini-fruit-pizzas
Are you looking for an elegant but easy meal that involves little clean up? If so, Cooking Light’s Steak Diane recipe may be just what you seek. Featuring lean steak and bold flavors, this tried and true recipe will please any meat lover! Serve with vegetables on the side for a complete and delicious meal. www.cookinglight.com/recipes/steak-diane-1
Monday Menu Minute: Are you craving beef stew but don’t have four hours or more for it to cook? If so, try this recipe for Quick Beef Stew from Healthy Seasonal Recipes. It’s packed with protein, too! www.healthyseasonalrecipes.com/quick-beef-stew/
I know a lot of people aren’t fans of Brussels sprouts, but I am on a mission to convert some of you. This vegan recipe from Connoisseurus Veg features delicate sliced Brussels sprouts, Dijon mustard, and white wine sautéed into a delicious side. Give it a try - you may discover you like Brussels sprouts after all! https://www.connoisseurusveg.com/dijon-sauteed-brussels-sprouts/
The winter holidays always bring with them lots of cocktail parties. I am always looking for new appetizer ideas and I love this spin on stuffed mushrooms from Sandra Lee of Food Network. Reduce the oil to save calories and swap out the pork for more rice to go vegan. Enjoy! https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/ginger-rice-stuffed-mushrooms-recipe-1923001
Are you in search of a non-traditional side for your Thanksgiving meal? If so, try Healthy Nibbles’ Fall Harvest Quinoa Salad. Filled with all sorts of delicious fall flavors, it isn’t light on calories but is packed with nutrition. If you want to save a few calories, cut the oil, feta, and cranberries in half. Enjoy! healthynibblesandbits.com/fall-harvest-quinoa-salad/
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Amy Mariani is the owner of Fit & Fabulous LLC in Winchester, Massachusetts. She is also the nutrition coach at mountainstrength.com. Her mission is to help people eat healthy and love life.
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