Healthy Weeknight Dinners
1. Lighter Shrimp Scampi
Traditional shrimp scampi is loaded with butter, however this version is cooked in chicken broth instead and gets an extra punch of flavor from kalamata olives.
2.Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos
Start the meat in a slow-cooker before you go out for the day and come home to tender, flavorful pork tacos. Or, if you don't want to wait, make this recipe in a Dutch oven in half the time.
This salmon dinner couldn't be simpler. Season the fish with with salt and pepper, and then pop it in the oven to bake to perfection in 15 minutes. An easy-to-make parsley and almond salsa goes on top.
Giada De Laurentiis packs her chicken dish with fresh herbs, tomatoes and peppers, keeping it light yet satisfying.
5.Asian Turkey Burgers
Food Network Kitchen lightened these burgers by cutting back on the meat and adding some texture with bulgur. Top burgers with quick-pickled cucumbers and onions and a spicy yogurt sauce.
No tortillas? No problem. Take advantage of summer's squash bounty and wrap your enchilada filling up in zucchini.
7.Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and Grits
You won't find sticks of butter in this comfort food. Don't worry about flavor, though; these shrimp are plenty zesty from the lemon and garlic.
8.Pan-Seared Salmon with Kale and Apple Salad
This dish may look fancy, but it's easy enough to be a weeknight main course. The salmon cooks in a skillet in less than 10 minutes while the flavors in the crunchy kale salad meld. Add a whole-wheat roll and dinner is ready.
Update this dish while still keeping all classic elements: crisp broccoli, juicy chicken and a tasty Parmesan sauce. Food Network Kitchen used a mixture of low-fat evaporated milk, broth and sherry for a creamy, rich-tasting sauce.
10.Lighter Spaghetti and Meatballs
Food Network Kitchen stretched out the decadence of the beef by adding a portobello mushroom and using an egg white in the meatballs. Use whole-wheat spaghetti for added fiber.
11.Coconut Shrimp with Tropical Rice
This simple oven-baked coconut shrimp recipe pairs perfectly with a light coconut-scented rice.
12.Grilled Steak With Green Beans, Tomatoes and Chimichurri Sauce
Stretch your strip steaks by serving smaller portions alongside a hearty serving of grilled green beans and tomatoes.
13.Ellie's Buffalo Chicken Salad
By making her own sauce and dressing, Ellie Krieger packs all the Buffalo kick and creaminess of blue cheese in this restaurant-favorite salad, without all the fat.
14.Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe Pesto
If you're craving pesto-laced pasta, give Anne Burrell's veggie-rich version a try. To cut down on oil, she adds ricotta cheese to the sauce, then blends in bitter broccoli rabe, toasted walnuts and a bit of Parmesan cheese.
15.Roasted Zucchini Flatbread with Hummus, Arugula and Goat Cheese
This pizza-like meatless meal comes together easily using store-bought pita and hummus, plus oven-roasted zucchini, lemon and goat cheese.
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