Healthy Dinner & Meal Recipes for Weeknights : Cooking Channel

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Chili-Rubbed Steak Tacos

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Chili-Rubbed Steak Tacos

Turkey Meatballs with Quick and Spicy Tomato Sauce

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Turkey Meatballs with Quick And Spicy Tomato Sauce and Whole-Wheat Spaghetti

TERIYAKI CHICKEN THIGHS

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Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

Bobby’s Stuffed Red Peppers

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Bobby’s Stuffed Red Peppers

Zucchini Ribbon Pasta

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Zucchini Ribbon Pasta

LEMON CHICKEN WITH ARTICHOKE HEARTS

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Lemon Chicken with Artichoke Hearts

Parmesan Fish Sticks

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Parmesan Fish Sticks

MAPLE MUSTARD CHICKEN THIGHS

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Maple-Mustard Chicken Thighs

Roasted Salmon With Shallot Grapefruit Sauce

A uniquely tangy-sweet grapefruit and shallot sauce livens up Ellie’s simply roasted salmon. Serve with a side of couscous to make it a meal.

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Roasted Salmon with Shallot Grapefruit Sauce

Chipotle Chicken Fajitas

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Chipotle Chicken Fajitas

Pork Chops with Fennel and Caper Sauce

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Pork Chops with Fennel and Caper Sauce

Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Lemon, Basil and Salmon

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Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Lemon, Basil, and Salmon

The Girl Burger

Instead of a meat patty, fill a soft ciabatta bun with grilled veggies. Pesto, Cajun mustard and crumbled goat cheese make tasty stand-ins for traditional ketchup.

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The Girl Burger

Spiced Chicken and Grape Skewers

A quick marinade of lemon juice, cumin and coriander lends moisture and bright flavor to Ellie’s chicken skewers. Use a grill pan with a quick spritz of cooking spray to get smoky, char-grilled flavor and beautiful grill marks.

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Spiced Chicken and Grape Skewers

Marinated Flank Steak

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Marinated Flank Steak with Blue Cheese Sauce

Crunchy Parmesan Chicken With Arugula

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Crunchy Parmesan Chicken with Arugula

BLT Steak Salad

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BLT Steak Salad

40 Cloves and a Chicken

Even the garlic-averse can’t deny that baking a whole chicken with 40 cloves infuses the bird with deep, savory flavor, accented by sprigs of fresh thyme.

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40 Cloves and a Chicken

Pasta With Winter Squash and Tomatoes

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Pasta with Winter Squash and Tomatoes

Lettuce Cups With Tofu and Beef

Though lettuce wraps may seem like a healthy menu option, the fillings are often made with high-calorie, high-sodium sauces. Ellie uses a moderate amount of sweet hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, low-sodium soy sauce and powerful chili-garlic paste that flavors her lettuce cups, and saves calories by mixing lean ground beef with tofu.

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Lettuce Cups with Tofu and Beef

Fish Tacos With Chipotle Cream

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Fish Tacos with Chipotle Cream

Greek-Style Stuffed Peppers

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Greek-Style Stuffed Peppers

Grilled Chicken With Spinach and Pine Nut Pesto

Add a small amount of flavorful pesto to grilled chicken breasts to keep this meal’s fat content in check.

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Grilled Chicken with Spinach and Pine Nut Pesto

Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Ellie lightens up — and simplifies — this traditional Southern staple by using lean, prepared rotisserie chicken meat, low-sodium tomato sauce and whole-wheat hamburger rolls.

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Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Three-Bean and Beef Chili

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Three Bean and Beef Chili

Fisherman’s Stoup

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Fisherman’s Stoup

Sloppy Joes

These meaty, cafeteria-style sandwiches have all the flavor of the ones from your school days, so you won’t realize they’re leaner.

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Sloppy Joes

Fettuccine With Creamy Red Pepper-Feta Sauce

Roasted red peppers and naturally light feta cheese are blended to form this pasta’s indulgent yet lower-calorie creamy sauce.

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Fettuccine with Creamy Red Pepper-Feta Sauce

Thai-Style Halibut With Coconut-Curry Broth

Ellie gives mild halibut distinct Thai flavor with red curry paste, coconut milk and fresh lime juice.

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Thai-Style Halibut with Coconut-Curry Broth

Mom’s Turkey Meatloaf

Quick-cooking oats add fiber, protein and great texture to this leaner turkey meatloaf.

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Mom’s Turkey Meatloaf

Healthy Sweet-and-Sour King Prawn Stir-Fry

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Healthy Sweet and Sour King Prawn Stir-Fry

Sichuan Peppercorn Steak With Grilled Green Onions

A tangy, spicy rub of papaya seeds and both black and Sichuan peppercorns gives this steak distinct Asian flavor, complemented by aromatic grilled onions.

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Sichuan Peppercorn Steak with Grilled Green Onions

Sesame-Ginger Salmon en Papillote

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Sesame-Ginger Salmon en Papillote

Tri-Tip Steak With Tomato Romesco

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Tri-Tip Steak with Tomato Romesco

Beef Tacos: Tacos de Carne Asada

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Beef Tacos: Tacos de Carne Asada

Chicken Parmesan

We can’t stop drooling over Ellie’s healthier Chicken Parmesan — baked, not fried, and breaded with fiber-rich whole-wheat crumbs. Mix part-skim mozzarella with regular Parmesan for full flavor and fewer calories.

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Chicken Parmesan

Old-Fashioned Salisbury Steak With Shiitake Mushroom Gravy

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Old-Fashioned Salisbury Steak with Shiitake Mushroom Gravy

Chicken Kebabs

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Chicken Kabobs

Bobby’s Southwestern-Style Pizza

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Bobby’s Southwestern-Style Pizza

Penne With Tomatoes, Garlic and white beans

Ellie enhances tomatoes’ natural sweetness by roasting them in the oven with just a touch of olive oil. All her pasta dish then needs is some aromatic roasted garlic cloves.

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Penne with Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic, and White Beans

Stuffed Turkey Burgers

Ellie’s simple lean ground turkey patties gain extra flavor from a mozzarella cheese stuffing and tangy roasted red peppers.

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Stuffed Turkey Burgers

Shepherd’s Pie

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Shepherd’s Pie

Chicken Stir-Fry Soup

Half chicken stir-fry, half chicken soup, this bowl gains flavor from a hot and spicy preparation of the chicken and low-sodium additions to the stock.

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Chicken Stir-Fry Soup

Smothered Pork Chops With Onion-Gingersnap Gravy

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Smothered Pork Chops with Onion-Gingersnap Gravy

Insalata di Pasta con Tonno: Pasta Salad With Tuna

David Rocco’s mayo-free twist on tuna salad layers seared, sushi-grade tuna, fresh mozzarella and tomatoes atop pasta.

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Insalata di Pasta con Tonno: Pasta Salad with Tuna

Broiled Catfish With Fresh Thyme, Garlic and Lemon

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Broiled Catfish with Fresh Thyme, Garlic and Lemon

Grilled Vegetables With Tofu

High-protein, lean tofu, asparagus and portobello mushrooms take on the flavors of garlic, cumin and coriander when grilled with these aromatics.

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Grilled Vegetables with Tofu

Slow-Cooker Shredded Pork

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Slow Cooker Shredded Pork

Salt-Crusted Snapper

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Salt Crusted Snapper

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