A popular misconception about healthy eating is that it's boring, bland or gross. And while these dishes do contain less sugar, butter, and salt than popular dishes you'll find at your local diner, they're just as satisfying for your taste buds as they are for your health.
If you're ready to try some new recipes that taste great and won't leave you feeling guilty, try one of these dinners tonight:
1.Chicken Souvlaki Skewers
You can enjoy this traditional Greek meal from Good Housekeeping for about 415 calories. Each serving contains 20 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. If you're on a low-carb diet, skip the pitas in favor of a salad or more veggies.
2. Kale and Portabello Lasagna
At just 290 calories per serving, you can still enjoy your favorite Italy-inspired pasta. The recipe contains only 11 grams of fat and 5 grams of sugar. Crammed with mushrooms, spinach, and cheese, you won't even notice that there isn't any meat in this dish from the Food Network.
3. Roasted Parmesan Chicken and Tomatoes
This dish almost feels too fancy to be healthy. But, with 389 calories and 50+ grams of protein, you can enjoy this tasty chicken with a side salad or your favorite vegetable, guilt-free. Get the full recipe from Country Living.
4. Beef and Veggie Salad Bowl
At just 320 calories, this dish is surprisingly filling. The combo of quinoa, beef, broccoli and bell pepper with red wine vinegar is tasty. If you're still feeling a bit peckish, try sprucing up this dish from Women's Health with some baked zucchini or baked sweet potato.
5. Baked Honey Garlic Salmon in Foil
This heart-friendly dish is also time-friendly. You can have the flaky fish ready to serve in less than 30 minutes. Serve with a salad, quinoa, or your favorite whole wheat bread to turn this 2-person dish into a meal for four. Check out the full recipe from Eat Well 101.
6. Spinach Quesadillas
You can nosh on three wedges of this quesadilla for less than 300 calories! Filled with goodies like spinach, tomato, onion, and cheese, this dish is fast and kid-friendly too. Try serving with a low-sodium soup when you're feeling extra hungry. Check out the full recipe from Taste of Home.
7. Balinese Chicken Curry
In the mood to try something a little fancier? This dish will prove that eating healthy is far from boring! The recipe serves 6 and takes about an hour from start to finish. The flavors of gingerroot, garlic, chiles, lime, and turmeric bring this meal to the next level. Each serving is just over 500 calories and has 36 grams of protein. Check out the full recipe from Jamie Oliver.
8. Turkey Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Feed the family in a hurry with a recipe that combines the best parts of Thanksgiving in one meal! Save time on the baking the sweet potatoes by cooking them in the microwave and this dish is ready in 20 minutes! Each serving is 267 calories and contains 21 grams of protein. Check out Cookin Canuck for the full recipe.
Don't forget to share these recipe ideas with your friends and family so they can enjoy a yummy dinner that's healthy too!