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Orlando resident Shannon Melnick suffered a terrible family tragedy. But in...

Orlando resident Shannon Melnick suffered a terrible family tragedy. But instead of succumbing to grief, she vowed to use that adversity to become a better example for her two children. And she received a little help from the Cooking Light Diet along the way. This is her story.

  • Author : The Editors of Cooking Light
  • Publisher : Time Inc. Books
  • Release Date : 2016-06-01
  • Genre: Cooking
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780848750787

Summer is officially here and that means backyard barbecues, camp fire cookouts, frozen treats after a day at the pool or the lake, and potluck picnics for all-day outings. No matter what the occasion, the editors of Cooking Light want you to enjoy the flavors of the season delicious recipes made fast and with as little fuss as possible. Cooking Light Ultimate Summer Recipes, brings you 89 seasonal dishes that take advantage of the summer season. Many of these delicious recipes can be made in 20 minutes or less—from Ancho Chicken Tacos with Cilantro Slaw and Avocado Cream to a Stovetop Summer Fruit Crisp—and recipes that require marinating or freezing can easily be made ahead. Offering ideas for meats and poultry dishes, salads and sides, grilling vegetables, desserts and more, Cooking Light Ultimate Summer Recipes will have you eating and enjoying summer like you never have before!

100+ Healthy Dinner Ideas That'll Keep You Full Long After You Eat

A light and healthy recipe doesn't have to be boring.

Coming up with exciting, delicious dinners for your family can feel overwhelming, especially if you're trying to eat a healthy, well-balanced meal. In fact, finding the time, effort, and energy to create healthy meals that your kids will actually eat can feel downright impossible. But even the pickiest of eaters will love these healthy dinners, so before you know it the following light, easy recipes will be part of dinner rotation with no complaints.

From different types of pizzas, to tacos, to all of the kebobs they could possibly want, these recipes prove that healthy dinners don't have to be boring. "The components of a 'healthy' meal, whether breakfast, lunch, or dinner, are like the legs of a stool &mdash they all need to work together to give us strength and balance," Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, creator of BetterThanDieting.com, author of Read It Before You Eat It &mdash Taking You from Label to Table, tells Woman's Day. "My recommendation for a meal trifecta is a combo of lean protein, whole grain carbohydrates, and healthy fats." Following Taub-Dix's trifecta allows you and your family to feel full and satisfied after eating, without relying on large portions or restrictive dieting. "As an example, a healthy plate for lunch or dinner should contain a protein like seafood, poultry, eggs, or beans a side of veggies or salad, and a whole grain like bread, farro, brown rice, or pasta," she says. "Adding fruit to your salad boosts this meal even further."

With over 100 light yet filling dinner recipes, you'll never substitute flavor for substance again. Packed with tasty, good-for-you ingredients, these recipes won't have your family scrounging the kitchen for after-dinner snacks, and there's enough variety to keep them interested every night.

Our 50 Most-Popular Healthy Recipes

Looking for a few good-for-you recipes to add to your weekly rotation? Count down through the 50 healthy recipes our Food Network fans love most.

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No. 50: Herbed Chicken Marsala

Smothered in low-calorie sauteed mushrooms and sundried tomatoes, this dish is both healthy and satisfying. A little bit of butter goes a long way in the sauce &mdash just a touch adds creamy richness.

No. 49: Lemony Yogurt Pound Cake

Heart-healthy olive oil and protein-rich Greek yogurt take the place of butter in this lemony pound cake. Egg whites also help reduce calories, fat and cholesterol.

No. 48: Sloppy Joes

These meaty, cafeteria-style sloppy joes have all the flavor of the sandwich you grew up on, but they're extra-lean so you can feel good about making them for your family.

No. 47: Pan-Seared Salmon with Kale and Apple Salad

The star of this dish is the kale salad. It's crunchy, tangy and sweet!

No. 46: Ina's Lentil Vegetable Soup

Trust in Ina and her recipe for healthy Lentil Vegetable Soup. The fan-favorite has earned hundreds of 5-star reviews.

No. 45: Mixed Berries and Banana Smoothie

If you've got just 5 minutes, you've got time to blend up this nutrient-packed, 5-ingredient breakfast or snack.

No. 44: Breakfast Casserole

Healthy cooking doesn't always mean using low-fat products. The full-fat Cheddar and Parmesan together are so satisfying in this easy-to-make casserole that a little goes a long way.

No. 43: Giada's Broiled Salmon with Herb Mustard Glaze

It takes less than 20 minutes to make Giada's succulent, 5-star Broiled Salmon. Make it for dinner one night, and use the leftovers to top greens or make into salmon salad later in the week.

No. 42: Whole30 Bacon and Egg Cups

Everything you've ever craved from a diner breakfast is present in this Whole30-friendly recipe, which is easy to prepare for a crowd.

No. 41: Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos

It's impossible to resist flavorful and tender pork shoulder after it's been slowly simmered in chicken broth and aromatic spices.

No. 40: Vegetable Noodle Soup

This soup is just as good for dinner as it is for lunch -- it's warming and comforting and perfect for a rainy day.

No. 39: Angel Food Cake

Alton adds orange extract to his angel food cake for a citrusy variation on this classically low-fat dessert.

No. 38: Blueberry Compote

You only need 4 ingredients to make this sweet fruit topping. Try it over steel-cut oats or whole-wheat pancakes.

No. 37: Giada's Chicken Saltimbocca

One bite and you'll see why Giada's Chicken Saltimbocca (made with tender chicken, leafy spinach, plus salty prosciutto and Parmesan) is a 5-star fan-favorite.

No. 36: Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

Everyone will love nutrient-rich spaghetti squash when you it like pasta with juicy meatballs and a quick homemade marinara.

No. 35: Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Sauce

Forget the chicken wings. Our healthy Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Sauce gives you all of the tangy Buffalo flavor without all the fat and calories.

No. 34: Ellie's Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli

Roast a batch of Ellie's Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli on a Sunday, and you'll find new ways to add the veggies to dishes like salads, pastas and grain bowls all week long.

No. 33: Ellie's Tuscan Vegetable Soup

Make a big batch of Ellie's comforting, veggie-packed soup and eat well all week long. It only takes 35 minutes to cook up, and clocks in at just 145 calories and 4 grams of fat per serving.

No. 32: Ellie's Three Bean and Beef Chili

The secret ingredient in Ellie's hearty beef and bean chili is bold chipotle chiles in adobo sauce.

No. 31: 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.

No. 30: Oil and Vinegar Slaw

This crunchy, tangy slaw is perfect for everything from topping turkey burgers to eating alongside seared salmon.

No. 29: Quinoa Salad

Quinoa, a "new" ingredient that has been around for thousands of years, is a tiny, high-protein grain from South America. It's nicknamed the "wonder grain" because it cooks more quickly than rice, is virtually foolproof, and is lighter and more nutritious than other grains.

No. 28: Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

Fresh garlic and ginger, spicy red pepper flakes, toasted sesame seeds &mdash there's so much to love about these simple (and delicious) chicken thighs.

No. 27: Ree's Shrimp Stir-Fry

Packed with color, flavor and lean protein, Ree's Shrimp Stir Fry is a fan favorite.

No. 26: Low-Cal Fettuccine Alfredo

Smart swaps like low-fat cream cheese and milk create a version of Alfredo sauce that's still silky and rich, but with much less fat and calories than traditional versions.

No. 25: Marinated Chicken Breasts

Our Marinated Chicken Breasts are just what chicken should be: juicy, tender and oh-so-versatile. Pair them with a green salad or steamed veggies for a healthy, complete meal.

No. 24: Breakfast Burrito

Ellie's whole-wheat breakfast burritos make for a hand-held, vegetable-packed way start to your day.

No. 23: Giada's Chia Seed Pudding

Giada's creamy and sweet Chia Seed Pudding is a snap to put together. Plus, it's healthy enough to eat for a dessert, snack, or even breakfast.

No. 22: Healthified Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Who says you have to cut out cheese in order to eat healhy? This creamy, Cheddar-packed soup proves that good-for-you can be just as delicious.

No. 21: Pork Chops With Apples and Garlic Smashed Potatoes

Our pork loin chops with smashed fingerling potatoes is the perfect cozy meal to whip up on a cold night. And best yet, everything's ready in just 40 minutes.

No. 20: Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

Hasselback potatoes are whole potatoes that have been cut into a fan shape, dotted with butter, then roasted. The result is a crispy-on-the-outside, creamy-on-the-inside spud.

No. 19: Ina's Herb-Marinated Pork Tenderloins

Spend a couple minutes throwing together a citrusy, herbed marinade in a plastic bag, and then add pork tenderloins. Let the flavors meld for a few hours or overnight, roast them for just 15 minutes, and you'll see why Ina's lean and flavorful pork dish is a fan favorite.

No. 18: Rachael's Pasta e Fagioli

Rachael credits her grandpa for this warming low-fat recipe, a hearty mix of ditalini pasta, cannellini beans and veggies.

No. 17: Beef Stir-Fry

"The best thing about a stir-fry is that you can substitute the vegetables you like most," Trisha says.

No. 16: Gazpacho

Alton's recipe for summer in a bowl uses vine-ripened tomatoes and cucumbers for a bright, clean taste studded with flavorings like balsamic vinegar and cumin.

No. 15: Green Beans with Lemon and Garlic

Keep this recipe for garlicky, citrusy green beans in your back pocket. They go with almost anything, take just 17 minutes to make from start to finish, and clock in at only 122 calories per serving.

No. 14: Healthy Cauliflower Rice

Carb-conscious eaters everywhere have jumped on the cauliflower rice trend (and at about 1/4 of the carbohydrates of traditional rice, it's no wonder why). Once you see how easy it is to make this healthy side dish home, you'll never shell out for store-bought varieties ever again.

No. 13: Ellie's Oven "Fries"

Sate your cravings without all the fat and calories of traditional fries with Ellie's oven-baked version.

No. 12: Giada's Roman-Style Chicken

Giada's saucy, flavorful chicken is perfect for entertaining, since you can cook it ahead and simply heat it up when it's time to serve.

No. 11: Giada's Salmon Baked in Foil

Baking the salmon in foil allows it to fully soak up the lemon juice and flavor of the herbs without the need for added fats.

No. 10: Alton's Garden Vegetable Soup

Tomatoes, greens beans, leeks, carrots, corn, and potatoes. they all go into the pot to make Alton's Garden Vegetable Soup. Each serving has just 255 calories.

No. 9: American Macaroni Salad

Pile this crowd-pleaser into a bright bowl and watch it disappear it's classic cookout fare at its finest. This version uses less mayo than traditional recipes, but it has all the creaminess you crave.

No. 8: Garlic Sauteed Spinach

If you've got 10 minutes, you've got time to cook up Ina's classic lemony Sauteed Spinach.

No. 7: Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry

Marinate the chicken while you prepare the rest of the ingredients and this quick-cooking takeout classic is ready in under 30 minutes &mdash that's faster than delivery, with less sodium and fat to boot.

No. 6: Alton's Lentil Soup

Alton's nourishing 5-star soup is packed with lentil and vegetables. Plus, it clocks in at 372 calories and 8 grams of fat per serving.

No. 5: Ellie's Pork Tenderloin with Seasoned Rub

A rub made with 6 spices and seasonings you probably already have in your pantry is the key to Ellie's tender pork dish.

No. 4: Frozen Fruit Smoothies

Keep some fruit in the freezer, and chances are you'll always have on hand the ingredients you need to make this nourishing and highly-adaptable smoothie.

No. 3: Ina's Roasted Carrots

Carrots, olive oil, dill, salt and pepper: that's all you need to make Ina's fan-favorite Roasted Carrots.

No. 2: Ina's Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Ina's tender, crispy sprouts are simply roasted with olive oil, salt and pepper for a classic side that you just can't beat. One reviewer said it even won the kids over: "My kids have always hated Brussels sprouts, until I cooked this recipe. They loved it!"

No. 1: Oven-Baked Salmon

Keep this recipe in your back pocket for nights it seems you don't have time to cook dinner. It takes just 20 minutes from start to finish.

18 Light Summer Dinners

We’ll cross into 90-degree weather this weekend, so I rounded up a collection of seasonal tacos, salads and pastas for you. These recipes are light and fresh, so the only “trick,” if you want to call it that, will be to eat enough to fill you up. I know you can do it.

If you don’t see exactly what you’re craving below, be sure to check out my full summer recipe archives. We just got a grill as a group wedding gift, so I’ve been playing around with that and you can expect some grilled recipes soon. Cheers to summertime!

1) Veggie Sushi Bowls

Gluten free, with vegan suggestion in notes

“OH my goodness Kate, I have loved every recipe I’ve made from your site….but I have to say the Sushi Bowl is the best yet, YUM!!” – Charlene

2) Kale, Black Bean and Avocado Burrito Bowl

“I’m not vegan but this is delicious. I used leftover beans and it turned out great. My aunt (who is vegan) has asked me make it two nights in a row. Thanks for the recipe it was the only one I found that I had all the ingredients in hand.” – Emma

3) Zucchini Noodles with Basil-Pumpkin Seed Pesto

“We are volume eaters in my household and we need large quantities of food to feel full! This pesto was a total hit, my kids were shovelling down the whole meal and begging for more. VEGETABLES. MORE VEGETABLES? That’s a first! THANK YOU!” – J Marie

4) Lemony Broccoli, Chickpea & Avocado Pita Sandwiches

See notes for gluten free and vegan ideas

“I just had to come here to say that my husband LOVES this recipe. He begs for it every week and even told me he loves it just as much as pizza! haha :) Of course I love it too – so easy and delicious!” – Erin

5) Arugula, Dried Cherry and Wild Rice Salad with a Zippy Lemon Dressing

Gluten free and easily vegan

“I made this salad for our family and they LOVED it. I’m making it again this week on their request!” – Deb

6) Caprese Pasta Salad

“I loved this pasta! It was so easy and fast to make, and so fresh even when I heated it up the next couple of days. I’ll definitely be making this again.” – Rachel

7) Vegetable Paella

“Wow – This dish is amazing! The smoky rice and colorful veggies make this recipe pop both in flavor and aesthetically. My first time making Paella and it came together easily. I was even successful with the socarrat. Thanks for another delicious recipe :-)” – Dani

8) Sweet Corn & Black Bean Tacos

Gluten free and easily vegan

“I made these last night and they were WONDERFUL! I loved the flavor the lime adds a lot. I followed the recipe exactly and they are fabulous the next day for lunch!” – Laura

9) Summertime Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Easily gluten free and easily vegan

“I made this yesterday and it was soooo good! We have a heat wave here in Germany right now so this was the perfect balance between refreshing and something warm for lunch. Will definitely make again :)” – Sam

10) Quinoa Black Bean Tacos with Avocado Sauce

“These tacos are so good and filling! The sauce was super easy to make too. I live in Austin and have eaten a lot of tacos and salsa – these are one of the best I’ve tasted.” – Alice

11) Summertime Pasta Salad

Easily gluten free and easily vegan

“I made this last night to pack for lunches this week. Easy ingredients, simple to pull together, incredibly delicious, and so beautiful! I’ll definitely be bringing this as a side to summer cookouts!” – Lauren

12) Green Goddess Hummus Sandwich

“This was amazing!! My husband and I made this for lunch today with your GG hummus recipe and we both loved it. The smoothness of the hummus did not fail. What an amazing tip. Thanks for another great recipe.” – Tara

13) Double Tomato Pesto Spaghetti with Zucchini Noodles

Easily gluten free and easily vegan

“Made the double tomato pesto last night! Whoa–it was soooo delicious!! I served it to the fam with a combo of pasta and zoodles, but I had mine with all zoodles. The flavors were fresh and complex and everyone, even the teenager, loved it. Thanks for the great ideas!” – Michelle

14) Thai Pineapple Fried Rice

Gluten free and easily vegan

“I made this last week. It was delicious! This was a hit with my entire family including two picky preschoolers.” – Brenna

15) Pesto Squash Noodles and Spaghetti with Burst Cherry Tomatoes

Easily gluten free and easily vegan

“This recipe is divine! I’m a newlywed looking for easy, but delicious recipes and this was exactly it my husband loved it! Plus I just planted basil…making a perfect excuse to make this all the time!” – Grace

16) Heart of Romaine Salad with Pico de Gallo and Avocado Dressing

“Wow, just wow! I made this for supper tonight with salsa chicken burgers, and I am SO glad that I made enough pico, avocado dressing and black bean puree to have leftovers, because this ROCKED!I didn’t add any crumbled feta, and I don’t think it needed any, it was soooooo flavourful. Thank you SO MUCH for developing and sharing this!” – Denise

17) Cilantro-Pepita Pesto with Squash Ribbons and Fettuccine

Easily gluten free and vegan

“Not only was this delicious when I made it, the leftovers were just as good – a major plus for me because I always want to have good leftovers to bring to work for lunch. I added some roasted sweet potato to one of my portions of leftovers and the flavors worked well together. I know this has been up for awhile, but thanks for another great recipe Kate!” – Amanda

18) Build-Your-Own Buddha Bowl

“LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe. The carrot ginger dressing is so delicious! A great vegetarian dish. Even my die hard carnivore husband loves it for dinner.” – M

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Light Summer Dinner Recipes

Grilled meats and fish, better-for-you burgers and hearty main-dish salads are but a few of the healthy dinner recipes that will keep you slim this summer.

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Grilled Mahi Mahi with Jerk Spice

Make your own jerk marinade ahead of time (it can be refrigerated for one week or frozen for up to two months) to prepare a flavorful fish dinner in only five minutes. Simply season the mahi mahi with the marinade, grill it on both sides and dinner is ready.

Better Burger with Green Olives

Green olives help keep these lean turkey burgers moist, in addition to adding a ton of salty flavor.

Soba Noodle-Vegetable Salad

Basil, mint and cilantro give this Asian-inspired dish plenty of herby flavor, so you can go light on the lime and chili dressing.

Salmon with Lemon Capers and Rosemary

Giada bastes her salmon in a mixture of lemon juice, sweet Marsala wine and fresh rosemary and then sprinkles on capers for a briny touch before wrapping it in foil and throwing it onto the grill. The trio of Tuscan flavors nicely complement the oiliness of the salmon.

Shredded Pork and Pineapple Tacos

Adorn slow-cooked shredded pork tacos with quick pickled red onions and an array of garnishes for a winning fiesta dish.

Salmon Cakes with Creamy Ginger-Sesame Sauce

Tweak these light salmon cakes with Asian flavors by pulling in scallions and water chestnuts, then pairing with a ginger-sesame sauce.

Pork Souvlaki with Grilled Citrus

Michael Symon seasons his pork souvlaki skewers with traditional Mediterranean flavors like oregano and garlic, but he dials them up a notch by adding sliced jalapeno.

Lobster Roll

This lightened-up lobster sandwich has all the flavor of the classic shore food without the guilt.

Greek-Style Stuffed Peppers

By stuffing sweet red peppers with lean ground beef and loads of veggies and topping the halves with a sprinkling of lean feta cheese, Ellie creates a meal that tastes indulgent but will only cost you about 200 calories.

Grilled Thai Beef Salad

Ellie Krieger's tangy Asian dressing with lime and ginger does double duty as a salad topper and a meat-tenderizing marinade for the flank steak.

Hummus and Grilled Vegetable Wrap

Grill zucchini and layer with hummus, slices of sweet red peppers, fresh spinach and mint for a colorful and crunchy wrap that's as delicious as it is nutritious.

Buffalo Chicken Salad

If you love Buffalo wings (and who doesn't, really?), then this is one recipe that's worth a test drive. Ellie's blue cheese dressing delivers salty, creamy flavor with a fraction of the fat thanks to fat-free yogurt in place of mayo.

Smokey Salmon Lettuce Wraps

Replace that bagel-and-lox standard with these crisp and crunchy low-carb salmon lettuce wraps. Three wraps contain only 145 calories.

Fish Tacos

Bobby Flay marinates flaky white fish in lime juice, ancho chile powder, jalapeno and cilantro before tossing it on the grill. The result is a spicy, smoky fish taco that's mildly addictive.

Easy Chicken and Mushroom Quesadillas

Ellie's light quesadillas take only 20 minutes to prepare. Filled with chicken, mushrooms, spinach, three cheeses and a mixture of spices, this Mexican main packs plenty of oomph.

BBQ Mango Tilapia

Hungry Girl transforms mild tilapia fish with a sweet-and-tangy tomato-based barbecue sauce and a chunky mango salsa.

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.

Grilled Vegetable Panini with Herbed Feta Spread

The salty, herby feta spread, made thick, creamy and tangy with cream cheese and sour cream, almost overshadows all the fresh veggies in this sandwich.

Grilled Garlic Shrimp with Romesco Sauce

Romesco sauce, made with toasted Marcona almonds and roasted red peppers, makes the perfect accompaniment to shrimp grilled with smoky paprika and garlic.

Grilled Shrimp with Mango, Lime and Radish Salsa

Simply grilled shrimp is livened by a sweet mango, lime and radish salsa.

Pasta Primavera

This Pasta Primavera highlights crisp spring vegetables, such as grape tomatoes, asparagus and zucchini, for a refreshing, light dish with bright colors and aromatic herbs.

Balsamic Roasted Pork with Berry Salad

Satisfying and slimming, this salad pairs roasted pork tenderloin with potassium-rich produce — including strawberries, blackberries and baby spinach — which helps keep blood pressure in check. Toss with a no-fuss mustard vinaigrette that's whisked together in minutes.

Flounder with Corn and Tomatoes

Steaming this fresh fish in parchment paper, a healthy technique called en papillote, will result in a delicate, moist fish gently flavored with lemon, leek and thyme.

Salad Nicoise

This classic French salad is packed with protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and topped with an herby parsley vinaigrette dressing.

Texas Chicken Burgers

These light chicken burgers get hit with a double dose of flavor from the shredded vegetables and the smoky, deep spices.

Salmon Over Sweet and Sour Cabbage

Get your fill of omega-3 oils and vitamin C with this dish — it's healthy and satisfying, with a slightly sweet touch from the braised cabbage with blackberries.

Curried Chicken and Mango Salad

Since this yogurt-based curry sauce is filled with chunks of rotisserie chicken, sweet mango and apple, this dish is both healthy and incredibly flavorful.

Pulled Pork Sandwich

This pulled pork, made out of pork tenderloin rather than fattier pork shoulder, is rubbed in smoky spices and steamed until fork-tender. Serve on a whole-wheat bun with a vinegar-based slaw.

Planked Salmon with Honey-Balsamic Glaze

Cedar-planked salmon, a smoky, earthy take on the favorite fish, is a dish commonly prepared in Washington state, where salmon are plentiful. To add this woodsy flavor to your fillet, brush the salmon with a honey-balsamic mixture, and then broil the fish atop soaked, browned cedar planks.

East Meets West Grilled Salmon with Mango Masala

Bal Arneson flavors her salmon with an "Eastern" rub made of ground garam masala, mustard seeds, curry leaves and asafoetida, a spice found in the Middle East and India that has a rich earthy taste (a cross between onions or even truffles).

Saucy BBQ Seafood Skewers with Not-So Secret BBQ Sauce

This pulled pork, made out of pork tenderloin rather than fattier pork shoulder, is rubbed in smoky spices and steamed until fork-tender. Serve on a whole-wheat bun with a vinegar-based slaw.

40 Lightened-Up Versions of Your Favorite Comfort Foods

Delicious recipes that will help you eat well while slimming down.

Healthy food doesn't have to be tasteless likewise, delicious, comforting dishes don't have to be chock-full of fat and calories. Check out these tasty, nutritious recipes that will help you eat well while slimming down.

Finally, a guilt-free way to indulge in the best thing on Earth&mdashpizza.

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This filling recipe will satisfy your takeout cravings&mdashwithout the calories.

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Lighten up this recipe by using ground turkey instead of sausage, plus 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano and 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes. Omit the bread, and opt for fat-free ricotta. Total savings: 57 calories and 6 fat grams per serving.

Just because you're cutting back on take out doesn't mean you can't enjoy a healthy take on a delicious orange chicken.

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By using skinless chicken and less oil and andouille than in traditional gumbo, this version saves 357 calories, 32 grams of fat, 345 milligrams of sodium, and 49 milligrams of cholesterol per serving.

We have a satisfying low-carb alternative you might just prefer to heavy pasta.

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To lighten up this soup, substitute low-sodium chicken broth and use only 3 tablespoons of heavy cream, and you'll save 68 calories, 8 grams of fat, and 453 milligrams of sodium per serving.

Your childhood favorite is just as ooey gooey without the bread.

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This drink skips sugary triple sec, instead gaining its flavor from fresh lime juice, agave syrup, orange zest, and mint&mdashfor a savings of 80 calories per cocktail.

Tortillas are great, but we feel confident enough to say you will prefer your enchiladas with zucchini.

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Premade empanada dough saves time, as well as 9 grams of fat and 88 calories, versus piecrust. That, plus opting for all-white chicken meat and low-fat milk (no cream or butter), brings the total to 196 calories, 22 grams of fat, and 83 milligrams of cholesterol per serving.

15 Light and Healthy Vegetarian Recipes

Here’s a list of 15 Meatless Main dishes everyone will love whether you’re a vegetarian, have a vegetarian in your life or you’re just trying to incorporate more plant based meals into your diet (Meatless Mondays!).

Easiest Pasta and Broccoli Recipe is one the quickest pasta dishes I make for my family, I make it at least twice a month when I need a quick meal and they all devour it. With just a few ingredients and only one pot, this recipe will put dinner on the table in 15 minutes.

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna is a wonderful way to prepare spaghetti squash a winter squash that resembles strands of spaghetti when cooked.

Cheesy Zucchini Enchiladas – meatless enchiladas filled with zucchini and cheese, topped with my homemade enchilada sauce they’re so delicious whether you’re vegetarian or not.

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad – a protein packed salad with Mediterranean flavors – quinoa, cucumbers, tomatoes, kalamata olives, red onion, extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon and a little feta cheese combined makes a healthy salad with fresh clean ingredients.

Skinny Baked Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese – cheesy macaroni and broccoli are topped with bread crumbs and baked to perfection. Kid friendly, vegetarian and comfort food at it’s finest. This has been popular on the blog since 2011 when it was first posted.

Crock Pot Minestrone Soup by far the best recipe you’ll ever try for Minestrone soup – a classic, hearty Italian soup with tomatoes, white beans, vegetables and pasta. You can use Swiss chard or baby kale instead of spinach if you wish and you can omit the pasta if you don’t want the carbs – honestly you won’t miss it with everything else in this soup.

Skinny Mushroom Stroganoff – a quick and easy meal, perfect for Meatless Mondays! I love the combination of Shiitake, Baby Portabella and Cremini mushrooms along with the noodles in a light creamy sauce. Using a variety of mushrooms gives a nice texture and flavor. The Worcestershire sauce and tomato paste help give you some of that beef flavor you find in a traditional beef stroganoff recipe.

Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Chipotle Mayonnaise – One bite of this spicy black bean burger with spicy chipotle mayo and creamy avocado and you won’t miss the meat!

Spaghetti with Creamy Butternut Leak Parmesan Sauce – Something magical happens to pasta when you combine it with a creamy butternut squash puree. This recipe is super easy to make with only a few ingredients, and is very filling. Your family will love it!

Three Cheese Tortellini and Mushroom Soup – is the perfect one pot meal. Vegetarians can swap out the chicken broth for vegetable broth (also perfect for Meatless Mondays). This soup is warm and satisfying, with tortellini in every bite!

Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas – Butternut squash, black beans, tomatoes, cilantro and spices are simmered in a skillet with green chilies and jalapeno, then wrapped in tortillas and baked in the oven with enchilada sauce and cheese – these vegetarian enchiladas are delicious and perfect for meatless Mondays, or any day of the week!

Crock Pot Creamy Tomato Soup – This creamy, rich tasting tomato soup is made in the slow cooker, with tomatoes, herbs, milk and Pecorino Romano cheese. Add the cheese rind for an added flavor boost.

Baked Spaghetti Squash and Cheese – Cheesy baked spaghetti squash and baby spinach is a comforting, cheesy dish, without the guilt. If you are looking for a dish that is gluten-free, low-carb, vegetarian and comforting, give this a try. You’ll love it!

Spaghetti Squash Primavera – Spaghetti squash and fresh vegetables simmered with a quick marinara sauce and topped with fresh mozzarella make this recipe delicious. To speed things up you can make the spaghetti squash in the microwave, which takes only about 8 minutes to cook, but if you have more time you can make it in the oven, the directions for both ways are listed with the recipe.

Three Cheese Zucchini Stuffed Lasagna Rolls – These EASY lasagna rolls are stuffed with zucchini, ricotta and Parmesan, then topped with marinara and mozzarella cheese – delicious, kid friendly and perfect if you want to feed a crowd. You can make them a day ahead and refrigerate, or if you like to cook for the month, these are also freezer-friendly. Double it up, or bring an extra to a friend in need, they’ll thank you!

Lighter Appetizer Recipes

While the holiday season is a time to indulge in treats we look forward to all year long, there's no rule that says every bite we take between November and January must be soaked in butter and covered in cheese. Intersperse some lighter appetizers amongst the rich dips and Christmas cookies, and your guests will thank you for it.

Lemon zest, lemon juice, and fresh thyme add fresh flavor to a creamy combination of light mayonnaise and reduced-fat sour cream. Serve this dip with whole-wheat crackers and vegetables such as endive, carrot sticks, broccoli and cauliflower florets, and blanched Brussels sprouts.

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