February 12, 2017
Nutrition

Easy and Delicious Dinner Recipes

A Thai-inspired stir-fry sounds innocent enough (veggies! meat! dairy-free!), but it can be a minefield such as soy sauce, honey, and peanut butter. This recipe gets around those roadblocks, subbing in coconut aminos for the soy, a mashed date for sweetness, and sunflower butter as a vitamin E-rich replacement for the peanutty stuff.

 

Chicken Balance Bowl

 

This fresh bowl has all our salad favorites—chicken, sweet potato, and avocado—and a sauce so good you’ll want to make extra and keep it in the fridge. A delicious dinner whipped up in 30 minutes? We’re sold.

 

Jalapeno Turkey Burger

With gluten, dairy, and even ketchup out of the picture, you’ve got to get creative to make burgers taste good. Here, guacamole, a poached egg, and jalapeños up the ante.

 

Roasted Lemon Chicken With Potatoes and Rosemary

It’s a great way to ease yourself into the plan. Just spruce up the protein with a spritz of lemon and the carbs with garlic and rosemary (another can’t-be-beat combo), and you’ve got a succulent dinner that’ll make you forget you gave up anything at all.

 

Mango Chicken With Coconut Cauliflower Rice

This recipe makes two clever swaps: The first is cauliflower “rice” instead of the usual white grain, and the second is tapioca flour as breading for the chicken. Add ginger and trusty coconut aminos to round out this healthier version of a take-out classic. Genius.

 

Skillet Beef Fajitas

This homey Tex-Mex favorite is packed with veggies and a spicy kick. Throw everything in a skillet, and you’ll be done in 30 minutes.

 

Hearty Vegetable Soup

With only one tablespoon of olive oil in the entire six-serving recipe, this may be a lower fat dish, but it’s no “diet” soup. Packed with potatoes, lean ground beef, and chunky tomato sauce, it’s a filling and nutritious dinner that’s also easy to make in big batches.

 

Sweet Potato and Pineapple Beef Bowls

A hearty salad bowl can be the perfect quick fix when you don’t feel like getting out the pots and pans. This one gets its sweetness from pineapple and mango. Just be sure you opt for the real thing (not the canned versions) to avoid added sugars.

 

 

Pork Roast With Sweet Potatoes, Apples, and Onion

Instead of sugary or preservative-laden applesauce, the favorite pork and apple combo uses fresh chunks of the fruit, roasting it for a naturally sweet side to the protein. With diced sweet potato pitching in for some additional carb action, this meaty dish scores plenty of produce points.

 

Lamb, Mint Chimichurri, and Butternut “Rice”

Cauliflower isn’t the only veggie you can morph into rice-like granules! Butternut squash also makes an awesome substitute for the grain. Here it’s made all buttery and wonderful with the addition of ghee and then topped with grilled lamb and drizzled with a fresh, herby chimichurri. This is dinner party-worthy stuff.

 

Balsamic and Basil Marinated Steak With Roasted Red Pepper Pesto

With just 10 main ingredients, skirt steak gets elevated from mere hunks of meat to seared strips loaded with flavor—and a ton of muscle – aiding iron. Soaked in a tangy marinade before generous dollops of the zippy red pepper pesto are spooned on top.

 

Meatless

 

Paleo Eggs in Hell

Eating clean, real foods doesn’t mean splurging on pricey or obscure ingredients. Take this dinner, which turns a modest ingredient list into a protein-rich dish that, contrary to its name, tastes pretty heavenly. The blogger serves it with bread to sop up the sauce, but it’s perfect on its own.

 

Slow Cooker Ratatouille Soup

With a whopping eight different veggies, this may as well be called “the one-stop stew for your daily recommended fiber and vitamin intake” (although “ratatouille soup” sounds much more appetizing). The produce is cooked down in a mix of its own juices and fruity olive oil, yielding a large batch that will have dinner covered for days.

 

Zucchini Noodles With Everything Pesto and Fried Eggs

If spiralized zucchini never seemed like an adequate pasta alternative before, maybe this recipe will convince you. Lathered in a dairy-free pesto and topped with a fried egg, the zoodles are every bit as tasty as real spaghetti but with none of the gluten and a fraction of the carbs.

 

Sweet Potato and Kale Gratin

This gratin may be grain-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free, but it makes no compromises when it comes to flavor. A coconut milk-based cream sauce, fragrant with nutmeg, and an entire head of garlic, gets slathered generously between layers of sweet potato disks and kale for a one-pan dinner that’s light and decadent all at once.

 

 

 

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