Big Italian dinners and diets typically don’t mix. But watching your waistline doesn’t have to mean rich, savory meals are always off limits. Rather than pining away for pasta, make a mouthwatering main dish with tender chicken, loads of veggies and bold flavor brought on by a long, slow simmer in tomato sauce with authentic Italian spices. You won’t miss the carb-heavy bed of noodles or rice under classic cacciatore combos thanks to this recipe’s 55 grams of protein per serving!
Category: Main Courses
Pad thai isn’t exactly hard to find — pick up the phone, pick up your order. But if you want a mind-blowingly delicious dish, look no further than your kitchen. This veggie-packed variation of the classic Asian fave is made with a spicy coconut-peanut sauce that will give anyone’s taste buds a kick. Best of all, it’s 100% vegan and gluten free.
Little white cartons are cute, but takeout can be costly—and the food’s never as tasty as when it’s homemade. Stir up an Asian creation of your own with healthier ingredients, better flavor and a swift kick of spice (if that’s the way you like it!). It’s a great way to use up brown rice leftover from last night’s dinner, or lonely veggies lurking in that produce drawer.
Pizza lovers, it’s time to celebrate! With National Pizza Day less than a week away (February 9, for those counting down), now’s the time to load up on veggies and creative crust ingredients for a vegan and gluten-free pie everyone can enjoy. Golden cornmeal, nutty teff and crunchy hemp seeds make a crisp, tasty base for piled-high toppings that pack in plenty of nutrition along with amazing flavor. Go sauceless for a gourmet twist—the traditional tomato layer is replaced with light and creamy cashew cheese (it’s simple to make from just nuts and water!).
The simmering of soy sauce, sesame oil and ginger transport us to the far eastern corner of the globe – which is exactly how these Asian-inspired lettuce wraps so graciously honor the Chinese New Year. You’ll find all those familiar flavors sautéed into mixed veggies and protein-packed tofu. Whether you’re celebrating this momentous day or gearing up for a socially slammed weekend of your own, this low-carb dish is a light and delicious way to kick things off.
Burgers are better when they’re made from beans! Get your (gluten-free) buns ready for a patty with plenty of sass. These tasty temptations may be tiny in size, but they’re big in flavor, spiced nicely with cumin, cilantro and rosemary. Simply pick your bean pleasure, whether it’s black, kidney, pinto or garbanzo, and give the ingredients a whirl in a food processor or high-speed blender. Shape, cook and serve with your favorite toppings for a healthy “fast food” meal!
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