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Diabetic-Friendly Recipes

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    Greek Yogurt with Mixed Berries and Almonds

    Preparation Time: 5 minutes
    Serves: 1

    Ingredients:

    1 cup Greek yogurt
    1/2 cup mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
    2 tablespoons sliced almonds
    1 tablespoon honey

    Directions:

    _In a bowl, scoop the Greek yogurt.
    _Top the yogurt with mixed berries and sliced almonds.
    _Drizzle honey over the yogurt and berries.
    _Gently stir to combine.
    _Enjoy your Greek Yogurt with Mixed Berries and Almonds as a nutritious and satisfying breakfast or snack!

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 350
    Total Fat: 15g
    Saturated Fat: 2g
    Cholesterol: 10mg
    Sodium: 60mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 38g
    Dietary Fiber: 6g
    Sugar: 29g
    Protein: 18g

    Scrambled Egg Whites with Spinach and Tomatoes

    Preparation Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 5 minutes
    Total Time: 15 minutes
    Serves: 2

    Ingredients:

    4 large egg whites
    1 cup fresh spinach leaves
    1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
    1/4 cup diced red onion
    1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    Salt and black pepper to taste

    Directions:

    _In a bowl, whisk the egg whites and season them with a pinch of salt and black pepper.

    _Heat the olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat.

    _Add the diced red onion and sauté for 2 minutes until they soften.

    _Add the cherry tomatoes and cook for another 2 minutes until they begin to soften.

    _Add the fresh spinach and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until it wilts.

    _Pour the whisked egg whites into the skillet with the vegetables.

    _Stir the mixture gently as the eggs cook until they are no longer runny but still slightly moist.

    _Sprinkle the crumbled feta cheese on top of the eggs and cook for another 1-2 minutes until the cheese begins to melt.

    _Serve your Scrambled Egg Whites with Spinach and Tomatoes hot, and enjoy a healthy and delicious breakfast!

    Nutrition Facts (per serving, serves 2):

    Calories: 150
    Total Fat: 8g
    Saturated Fat: 2g
    Cholesterol: 8mg
    Sodium: 290mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 8g
    Dietary Fiber: 2g
    Sugar: 4g
    Protein: 12g

    Oatmeal with Sliced Strawberries and Chia Seeds

    Preparation Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 5 minutes
    Total Time: 10 minutes
    Serves: 1

    Ingredients:

    1/2 cup rolled oats
    1 cup almond milk (or milk of your choice)
    1/2 cup sliced strawberries
    1 tablespoon chia seeds
    1 tablespoon honey
    1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Directions:

    In a saucepan, combine the rolled oats and almond milk.

    Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until the oats are soft and the mixture thickens.

    Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.

    Transfer the oatmeal to a bowl.

    Top with sliced strawberries and chia seeds.

    Drizzle honey over the oatmeal.

    Enjoy your Oatmeal with Sliced Strawberries and Chia Seeds, a delightful and nutritious breakfast!

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 320
    Total Fat: 7g
    Saturated Fat: 1g
    Cholesterol: 0mg
    Sodium: 170mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 57g
    Dietary Fiber: 9g
    Sugar: 14g
    Protein: 8g

    Avocado and Tomato Toast on Whole Wheat Bread

    Preparation Time: 5 minutes
    Serves: 1

    Ingredients:

    1 slice whole wheat bread, toasted
    1/2 ripe avocado
    1 small tomato, sliced
    Salt and black pepper to taste
    Red pepper flakes (optional)
    Fresh basil leaves (optional)

    Directions:

    _Toast the whole wheat bread until it's crispy.

    _While the bread is toasting, cut the avocado in half, remove the pit, and scoop the flesh into a bowl.

    _Mash the avocado with a fork and season it with a pinch of salt and black pepper.

    _Spread the mashed avocado onto the toasted bread.

    _Arrange the tomato slices on top of the avocado.

    _If you like a bit of heat, you can sprinkle some red pepper flakes.

    _Garnish with fresh basil leaves if desired.

    Your Avocado and Tomato Toast is ready to be served. Enjoy this simple and nutritious toast for breakfast!

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 250
    Total Fat: 15g
    Saturated Fat: 2g
    Cholesterol: 0mg
    Sodium: 220mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 29g
    Dietary Fiber: 8g
    Sugar: 3g
    Protein: 5g

    Cottage Cheese and Pineapple Bowl

    Preparation Time: 5 minutes
    Serves: 1

    Ingredients:

    1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
    1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks
    1 tablespoon honey
    1/4 cup chopped nuts (e.g., almonds, walnuts)
    Fresh mint leaves for garnish

    Directions:

    _In a bowl, scoop the low-fat cottage cheese.

    _Top the cottage cheese with fresh pineapple chunks.

    _Drizzle honey over the pineapple.

    _Sprinkle chopped nuts on top.

    _Garnish with fresh mint leaves.

    _Your Cottage Cheese and Pineapple Bowl is ready to enjoy as a nutritious and satisfying snack or breakfast.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 320
    Total Fat: 10g
    Saturated Fat: 1g
    Cholesterol: 10mg
    Sodium: 580mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 33g
    Dietary Fiber: 3g
    Sugar: 29g
    Protein: 28g

    Sweet Potato Hash with Poached Eggs

    Preparation Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes
    Serves: 2

    Ingredients:

    2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 small onion, finely chopped
    1 red bell pepper, diced
    1 teaspoon paprika
    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    Salt and black pepper to taste
    4 large eggs
    Chopped fresh parsley for garnish

    Directions:

    _In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.

    _Add the diced sweet potatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10-12 minutes or until they are tender and slightly crispy.

    _Add the chopped onion and red bell pepper to the skillet. Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes until the vegetables are tender.

    _Season with paprika, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Stir to combine.

    _Create four small wells in the hash with a spoon and crack an egg into each well.

    _Cover the skillet and cook for 4-6 minutes, or until the egg whites are set, but the yolks are still slightly runny.

    _Remove from heat and garnish with chopped fresh parsley.

    Serve the Sweet Potato Hash with Poached Eggs hot and enjoy!

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 370
    Total Fat: 17g
    Saturated Fat: 3g
    Cholesterol: 185mg
    Sodium: 250mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 49g
    Dietary Fiber: 7g
    Sugar: 13g
    Protein: 11g

    Whole Grain Pancakes with Sugar-Free Syrup

    Preparation Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 25 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    For Pancakes:

    1 cup whole wheat flour
    1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 cup low-fat milk
    1 large egg
    2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    For Sugar-Free Syrup:

    1/2 cup water
    1/2 cup fresh berries (e.g., strawberries, blueberries)
    1/4 cup sugar substitute (e.g., erythritol or stevia)
    1 teaspoon lemon juice

    Directions:

    For Pancakes:

    _In a large bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, baking powder, and salt.

    _In a separate bowl, whisk together the honey or maple syrup, low-fat milk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla extract.

    _Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Do not overmix; lumps are okay.

    _Heat a non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat and lightly grease it.

    _Pour 1/4 cup portions of pancake batter onto the skillet. Cook until bubbles form on the surface (about 2-3 minutes).

    _Flip the pancakes and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes or until they are golden brown and cooked through.

    _Keep the pancakes warm while you prepare the sugar-free syrup.

    For Sugar-Free Syrup:

    _In a small saucepan, combine water, fresh berries, and sugar substitute.

    _Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for about 5-7 minutes, or until the berries break down and the mixture thickens.

    _Remove from heat, add lemon juice, and let it cool slightly.

    _Strain the syrup to remove any solids.

    _Serve the whole grain pancakes with sugar-free syrup drizzled over the top.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 250
    Total Fat: 7g
    Saturated Fat: 3g
    Cholesterol: 55mg
    Sodium: 390mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 42g
    Dietary Fiber: 5g
    Sugar: 11g
    Protein: 9g

    Smoked Salmon and Cucumber Roll-Ups

    Preparation Time: 10 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    4 large cucumber slices
    4 oz smoked salmon
    1/4 cup cream cheese
    1 teaspoon fresh dill, chopped
    1 teaspoon capers (optional)
    Fresh lemon zest for garnish

    Directions:

    _Lay out the cucumber slices on a clean surface.

    _In a small bowl, mix the cream cheese with the chopped fresh dill.

    _Spread a thin layer of the dill cream cheese onto each cucumber slice.

    _Place a piece of smoked salmon on top of the cream cheese.

    _Add a few capers (if desired) for an extra burst of flavor.

    _Roll up the cucumber slices, securing them with a toothpick.

    _Garnish with a little fresh lemon zest.

    _Your Smoked Salmon and Cucumber Roll-Ups are ready to be served as a delicious and refreshing appetizer.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 140
    Total Fat: 9g
    Saturated Fat: 5g
    Cholesterol: 30mg
    Sodium: 470mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 3g
    Dietary Fiber: 1g
    Sugar: 2g
    Protein: 12g

    Almond and Blueberry Smoothie

    Preparation Time: 5 minutes
    Serves: 2

    Ingredients:

    1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
    1 ripe banana
    1/2 cup Greek yogurt
    1/2 cup almond milk
    2 tablespoons almond butter
    1 tablespoon honey (optional)
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    Ice cubes (optional)

    Directions:

    _Place the blueberries, banana, Greek yogurt, almond milk, almond butter, honey (if using), and vanilla extract in a blender.

    _If you prefer a colder smoothie, you can also add a handful of ice cubes.

    _Blend until smooth and creamy.

    _Taste and adjust sweetness or thickness if necessary by adding more honey or almond milk.

    _Pour into glasses and serve immediately.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 220
    Total Fat: 7g
    Saturated Fat: 0.5g
    Cholesterol: 3mg
    Sodium: 90mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 35g
    Dietary Fiber: 5g
    Sugar: 23g
    Protein: 7g

    Veggie Omelette with Feta Cheese

    Preparation Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 5 minutes
    Total Time: 15 minutes
    Serves: 2

    Ingredients:

    4 large eggs
    2 tablespoons water
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1/2 cup bell peppers, diced (any color)
    1/2 cup onion, diced
    1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
    1/2 cup baby spinach leaves
    1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
    Fresh herbs (e.g., parsley, chives) for garnish

    Directions:

    _In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, water, salt, and pepper.

    _Heat the olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat.

    _Add the bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms. Sauté until the vegetables are tender, about 3-4 minutes.

    _Add the baby spinach to the skillet and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until wilted.

    _Pour the egg mixture over the sautéed vegetables and cook without stirring until the edges start to set.

    _Using a spatula, gently lift the edges of the omelette to allow the uncooked eggs to flow underneath.

    _Sprinkle the crumbled feta cheese evenly over one half of the omelette.

    _Once the eggs are mostly set but still slightly runny on top, carefully fold the other half over the cheese.

    _Cook for another minute or until the cheese is melted and the omelette is cooked through.

    _Slide the omelette onto a plate, garnish with fresh herbs, and serve.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 270
    Total Fat: 20g
    Saturated Fat: 7g
    Cholesterol: 385mg
    Sodium: 360mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 10g
    Dietary Fiber: 2g
    Sugar: 4g
    Protein: 15g

    Quinoa Breakfast Bowl with Nuts and Berries

    Preparation Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 25 minutes
    Serves: 2

    Ingredients:

    1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
    1 cup almond milk (or any milk of your choice)
    1/4 cup mixed nuts (e.g., almonds, walnuts), chopped
    1/4 cup mixed berries (e.g., strawberries, blueberries), fresh or frozen
    1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup (optional)
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    A pinch of salt

    Directions:

    _In a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa and almond milk. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

    _Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the quinoa is cooked and the liquid is absorbed.

    _Remove the saucepan from heat and stir in the vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Add honey or maple syrup if you prefer extra sweetness.

    _Divide the cooked quinoa into two bowls.

    _Top each bowl with mixed nuts and mixed berries.

    _Drizzle with additional honey or maple syrup if desired.

    Serve warm and enjoy!

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 280
    Total Fat: 9g
    Saturated Fat: 1g
    Cholesterol: 0mg
    Sodium: 175mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 45g
    Dietary Fiber: 5g
    Sugar: 10g
    Protein: 7g

    Chia Pudding with Kiwi and Almonds

    Preparation Time: 5 minutes (plus chilling time)
    Chilling Time: 2-4 hours or overnight
    Total Time: 5 minutes (plus chilling time)
    Serves: 2

    Ingredients:

    1/4 cup chia seeds
    1 cup almond milk (or any milk of your choice)
    1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 ripe kiwi, peeled and sliced
    2 tablespoons slivered almonds

    Directions:

    _In a bowl, combine chia seeds, almond milk, honey (or maple syrup), and vanilla extract.
    Stir well to combine.

    _Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 2-4 hours or overnight, allowing the chia seeds to absorb the liquid and create a pudding-like consistency.

    _Before serving, give the chia pudding a good stir to redistribute the seeds.

    _Divide the chia pudding into two serving glasses or bowls.

    _Top with sliced kiwi and slivered almonds.

    _Drizzle with additional honey or maple syrup, if desired.

    Serve chilled and enjoy!

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 250
    Total Fat: 11g
    Saturated Fat: 1g
    Cholesterol: 0mg
    Sodium: 90mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 35g
    Dietary Fiber: 12g
    Sugar: 16g
    Protein: 7g

    Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie

    Preparation Time: 5 minutes
    Total Time: 5 minutes
    Serves: 1

    Ingredients:

    1 ripe banana
    2 tablespoons peanut butter
    1 cup almond milk (or any milk of your choice)
    1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/2 cup ice cubes

    Directions:

    _Place the ripe banana, peanut butter, almond milk, honey (or maple syrup), vanilla extract, and ice cubes in a blender.

    _Blend until smooth and creamy.

    _Pour into a glass, and it's ready to enjoy!

    Nutrition Facts:

    Calories: 375
    Total Fat: 17g
    Saturated Fat: 3g
    Cholesterol: 0mg
    Sodium: 190mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 50g
    Dietary Fiber: 6g
    Sugar: 30g
    Protein: 9g

    Spinach and Mushroom Breakfast Quiche

    Preparation Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 35 minutes
    Total Time: 50 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    1 prepared pie crust (store-bought or homemade)
    1 cup spinach, chopped
    1 cup mushrooms, sliced
    1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
    4 large eggs
    1 cup milk (or non-dairy milk)
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

    Directions:

    _Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

    _Place the pie crust in a greased 9-inch pie dish.

    _In a skillet, sauté the spinach and mushrooms until they're slightly softened.

    _Spread the sautéed spinach and mushrooms evenly in the pie crust.

    _Sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese over the veggies.

    _In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, black pepper, and ground nutmeg.

    _Pour the egg mixture into the pie crust.

    _Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes or until the quiche is set and the top is golden.

    _Let it cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

    Nutrition Facts:

    Calories: 275
    Total Fat: 15g
    Saturated Fat: 6g
    Cholesterol: 185mg
    Sodium: 480mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 22g
    Dietary Fiber: 1g
    Sugar: 2g
    Protein: 13g

    Brown Rice Cake with Hummus and Veggies

    Preparation Time: 5 minutes
    Total Time: 5 minutes
    Serves: 1

    Ingredients:

    1 brown rice cake
    2 tablespoons hummus
    Assorted veggies (e.g., cucumber slices, carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes)
    A pinch of salt and black pepper

    Directions:

    _Spread hummus evenly on the brown rice cake.

    _Top with assorted veggies, arranging them as you prefer.

    _Season with a pinch of salt and black pepper.

    Enjoy this simple and nutritious snack or light meal!

    Nutrition Facts:

    Calories: 140
    Total Fat: 6g
    Saturated Fat: 1g
    Cholesterol: 0mg
    Sodium: 300mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 20g
    Dietary Fiber: 4g
    Sugar: 3g
    Protein: 4g

    Grilled Chicken Breast with Steamed Vegetables

    Preparation Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes
    Serves: 2

    Ingredients:

    2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    Salt and black pepper, to taste
    2 cups mixed vegetables (e.g., broccoli, carrots, and green beans)

    Directions:

    _Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.

    _In a small bowl, combine olive oil, dried oregano, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.

    _Brush the chicken breasts with the seasoned olive oil.

    _Place the chicken breasts on the grill and cook for about 6-8 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).

    _While the chicken is cooking, steam the mixed vegetables until tender, about 5-7 minutes.

    _Serve the grilled chicken with the steamed vegetables.

    Nutrition Facts:

    Calories: 300
    Total Fat: 12g
    Saturated Fat: 2g
    Cholesterol: 85mg
    Sodium: 180mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 8g
    Dietary Fiber: 4g
    Sugar: 3g
    Protein: 38g

    Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

    Preparation Time: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 15 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    1 cup quinoa, cooked and cooled
    1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
    1 cup corn kernels (fresh, frozen, or canned)
    1 red bell pepper, diced
    1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
    1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
    Juice of 2 limes
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    Salt and black pepper, to taste
    Optional toppings: avocado, diced tomatoes, or shredded cheese

    Directions:

    _In a large bowl, combine cooked quinoa, black beans, corn, red bell pepper, red onion, and cilantro.

    _In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, ground cumin, salt, and black pepper.

    _Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.

    _Serve as a side dish or add optional toppings for extra flavor.

    Nutrition Facts:

    Calories: 270
    Total Fat: 7g
    Saturated Fat: 1g
    Cholesterol: 0mg
    Sodium: 140mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 46g
    Dietary Fiber: 8g
    Sugar: 4g
    Protein: 9g

    Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken Breast

    Preparation Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 25 minutes
    Total Time: 40 minutes
    Serves: 2

    Ingredients:

    2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    2 cups fresh spinach
    1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    Salt and black pepper, to taste
    Toothpicks

    Directions:

    _Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

    _In a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté until fragrant.

    _Add fresh spinach to the skillet and cook until wilted. Remove from heat and let it cool.

    _Cut a pocket into each chicken breast by slicing horizontally.

    _Stuff each chicken breast with the wilted spinach and crumbled feta cheese. Use toothpicks to secure the pockets.

    _Season the stuffed chicken breasts with salt and black pepper.

    _Place the stuffed chicken breasts on a baking sheet and bake for about 25 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

    Serve and enjoy!

    Nutrition Facts:

    Calories: 300
    Total Fat: 12g
    Saturated Fat: 5g
    Cholesterol: 125mg
    Sodium: 350mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 3g
    Dietary Fiber: 1g
    Sugar: 1g
    Protein: 45g

    Grilled Salmon with Lemon-Dill Sauce

    Preparation Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 25 minutes
    Serves: 2

    Ingredients:

    2 salmon fillets
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
    Salt and black pepper, to taste
    Lemon wedges for garnish

    Directions:

    _Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.

    _In a small bowl, combine olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, chopped fresh dill, salt, and black pepper.

    _Brush the salmon fillets with the lemon-dill mixture.

    _Place the salmon fillets on the grill, skin-side down. Grill for about 6-7 minutes per side or until the salmon flakes easily with a fork.

    _Serve with lemon wedges and an extra drizzle of lemon-dill sauce.

    Nutrition Facts:

    Calories: 340
    Total Fat: 22g
    Saturated Fat: 4g
    Cholesterol: 95mg
    Sodium: 180mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 2g
    Dietary Fiber: 0g
    Sugar: 0g
    Protein: 32g

    Turkey and Avocado Lettuce Wraps

    Preparation Time: 15 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    1 pound ground turkey
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 small onion, finely chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 teaspoon chili powder
    1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/2 teaspoon paprika
    Salt and black pepper, to taste
    1 large avocado, diced
    1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
    1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
    8 large lettuce leaves (such as iceberg or Romaine)

    Directions:

    _Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

    _Add the chopped onion and cook until translucent.

    _Add the minced garlic and ground turkey. Cook until the turkey is browned and cooked through, breaking it into small crumbles.

    _Add the chili powder, ground cumin, paprika, salt, and black pepper. Stir to combine and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.

    _Remove the skillet from the heat.

    _To assemble, take a lettuce leaf, add a spoonful of the turkey mixture, top it with diced avocado, cherry tomatoes, and fresh cilantro.

    _Repeat for the remaining lettuce leaves.

    _Serve and enjoy these healthy lettuce wraps.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 280
    Total Fat: 17g
    Saturated Fat: 3g
    Cholesterol: 65mg
    Sodium: 240mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 11g
    Dietary Fiber: 6g
    Sugar: 3g
    Protein: 24g

    Mixed Greens Salad with Grilled Shrimp

    Preparation Time: 20 minutes
    Cook Time: 5 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    For the salad:

    1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    Salt and black pepper, to taste
    8 cups mixed greens (e.g., lettuce, arugula, spinach)
    1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
    1/2 cucumber, sliced
    1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
    1/4 cup Kalamata olives, pitted
    1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
    For the dressing:

    1/4 cup olive oil
    2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
    1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    1 clove garlic, minced
    Salt and black pepper, to taste

    Directions:

    _Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.

    _In a bowl, toss the shrimp with olive oil, salt, and black pepper.

    _Grill the shrimp for about 2-3 minutes per side or until they turn pink and opaque.

    _In a large salad bowl, combine the mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, Kalamata olives, and crumbled feta cheese.

    _In a separate small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, salt, and black pepper to make the dressing.

    _Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.

    _Top the salad with the grilled shrimp.

    _Serve and enjoy this refreshing and protein-packed salad.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 290
    Total Fat: 20g
    Saturated Fat: 4g
    Cholesterol: 185mg
    Sodium: 440mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 12g
    Dietary Fiber: 3g
    Sugar: 5g
    Protein: 21g

    Broccoli and Cheddar Stuffed Baked Potatoes (small portions for controlled carb intake)

    Preparation Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 60 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    4 small russet potatoes
    2 cups broccoli florets
    1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
    1/2 cup sour cream
    2 tablespoons butter
    Salt and black pepper, to taste
    Chopped fresh chives (optional, for garnish)

    Directions:

    _Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).

    _Wash and scrub the potatoes, then prick them with a fork.

    _Bake the potatoes on a baking sheet for about 45-60 minutes or until they're tender.

    _While the potatoes are baking, steam the broccoli florets until they're tender, about 5-7 minutes. You can use a steamer basket or microwave them with a little water.

    _When the potatoes are done, remove them from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes.

    _Slice the tops off each potato and scoop out most of the flesh, leaving a thin layer against the skin.

    _Mash the scooped potato flesh in a bowl and combine it with 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, and butter.

    _Season with salt and black pepper.

    _Fold the steamed broccoli into the potato mixture.

    _Stuff each potato skin with the mixture and top with the remaining cheddar cheese.

    _Place the stuffed potatoes back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

    _Garnish with chopped chives if desired.

    _Serve these delicious stuffed potatoes as a side or a light meal.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 280
    Total Fat: 13g
    Saturated Fat: 8g
    Cholesterol: 35mg
    Sodium: 160mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 31g
    Dietary Fiber: 3g
    Sugar: 2g
    Protein: 8g

    Lentil and Vegetable Soup

    Preparation Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 40 minutes
    Serves: 6

    Ingredients:

    1 cup green or brown lentils, rinsed and drained
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 onion, chopped
    2 carrots, chopped
    2 celery stalks, chopped
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
    1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
    6 cups vegetable or chicken broth
    2 cups water
    1 bay leaf
    2 cups diced tomatoes (canned or fresh)
    2 cups chopped kale or spinach
    Salt and black pepper, to taste
    Fresh lemon juice (optional, for garnish)
    Fresh parsley (optional, for garnish)

    Directions:

    _In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.

    _Add the chopped onion, carrots, and celery. Sauté for about 5 minutes until the vegetables begin to soften.

    _Add the minced garlic, ground cumin, ground coriander, and dried thyme. Cook for another 2 minutes until fragrant.

    _Pour in the vegetable or chicken broth and water. Add the rinsed lentils, bay leaf, and diced tomatoes. Bring the mixture to a boil.

    _Reduce the heat to low, cover, and let it simmer for about 30-35 minutes or until the lentils are tender.

    _Stir in the chopped kale or spinach and cook for an additional 5 minutes until wilted.

    Remove the bay leaf, and season the soup with salt and black pepper to taste.

    _Optionally, squeeze fresh lemon juice over each bowl and garnish with fresh parsley before serving.

    Enjoy this hearty and nutritious lentil and vegetable soup.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 220
    Total Fat: 4g
    Saturated Fat: 0.5g
    Cholesterol: 0mg
    Sodium: 420mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 36g
    Dietary Fiber: 9g
    Sugar: 7g
    Protein: 11g

    Zucchini Noodles with Pesto and Cherry Tomatoes

    Preparation Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    4 medium zucchinis, spiralized into noodles
    1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
    1/2 cup basil pesto
    1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
    2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted (optional)
    Salt and black pepper, to taste
    Fresh basil leaves, for garnish

    Directions:

    _Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.

    _Add the cherry tomatoes to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes until they start to soften and blister.

    _Remove the tomatoes from the skillet and set them aside.

    _In the same skillet, add the zucchini noodles and cook for about 3-4 minutes, tossing them gently until they are heated through and slightly softened. You don't want to overcook them; they should remain slightly crisp.

    _Return the cooked cherry tomatoes to the skillet and stir in the basil pesto. Toss everything together to coat the noodles and tomatoes evenly.

    _Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

    _If desired, sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and toasted pine nuts.
    _Garnish with fresh basil leaves.

    _Serve immediately as a light and delicious pasta alternative.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 250
    Total Fat: 18g
    Saturated Fat: 4g
    Cholesterol: 7mg
    Sodium: 380mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 17g
    Dietary Fiber: 5g
    Sugar: 8g
    Protein: 7g

    Grilled Tofu and Vegetable Skewers

    Preparation Time: 30 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    14 oz (400g) extra-firm tofu, pressed and cubed
    1 red bell pepper, cut into chunks
    1 yellow bell pepper, cut into chunks
    1 zucchini, sliced into rounds
    1 red onion, cut into wedges
    1/2 cup teriyaki marinade or sauce
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    Salt and black pepper, to taste
    Wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes

    Directions:

    _In a bowl, combine the teriyaki marinade, olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.

    _Thread the tofu cubes and prepared vegetables alternately onto the soaked wooden skewers.

    _Place the skewers in a shallow dish and brush them generously with the marinade mixture. Allow them to marinate for at least 15 minutes, turning occasionally.

    _Preheat your grill to medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.

    _Grill the skewers for about 4-5 minutes on each side or until the tofu and vegetables are nicely charred and tender.
    _Continue to brush with the marinade while grilling.

    _Once done, remove the skewers from the grill.

    _Serve the grilled tofu and vegetable skewers as a delightful and healthy dish.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 280
    Total Fat: 16g
    Saturated Fat: 2g
    Cholesterol: 0mg
    Sodium: 680mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 23g
    Dietary Fiber: 4g
    Sugar: 14g
    Protein: 16g

    Baked Cod with Asparagus

    Preparation Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    4 cod fillets
    1 bunch of fresh asparagus, trimmed
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 lemon, thinly sliced
    2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
    Salt and black pepper, to taste

    Directions:

    _Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).

    _Place the cod fillets and trimmed asparagus on a large baking sheet.

    _Drizzle olive oil over the fish and asparagus. Sprinkle minced garlic, chopped dill, salt, and black pepper evenly over the top.

    _Lay lemon slices over the cod fillets.

    _Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until the cod is flaky and the asparagus is tender.

    _Serve the baked cod and asparagus with lemon slices as a light and nutritious dish.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 280
    Total Fat: 11g
    Saturated Fat: 2g
    Cholesterol: 80mg
    Sodium: 450mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 5g
    Dietary Fiber: 2g
    Sugar: 2g
    Protein: 38g

    Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Salad

    Preparation Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    1 lb (450g) Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
    4 slices of bacon, chopped
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    Salt and black pepper, to taste

    Directions:

    _Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).

    _In a large mixing bowl, combine the halved Brussels sprouts, olive oil, salt, and black pepper. Toss until the sprouts are evenly coated.

    _Spread the Brussels sprouts on a baking sheet and roast for about 15-20 minutes or until they are tender and slightly browned.

    _While the Brussels sprouts are roasting, cook the chopped bacon in a skillet until crispy. Drain excess fat and set aside.

    _In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, and a pinch of salt and black pepper.

    Once the Brussels sprouts are done, transfer them to a serving platter.

    _Sprinkle the crispy bacon and grated Parmesan cheese over the top.

    _Drizzle the balsamic vinaigrette over the salad.

    _Toss everything together and serve this warm and flavorful Brussels sprouts and bacon salad.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 220
    Total Fat: 14g
    Saturated Fat: 5g
    Cholesterol: 25mg
    Sodium: 360mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 12g
    Dietary Fiber: 4g
    Sugar: 3g
    Protein: 10g

    Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Feta

    Preparation Time: 10 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    2 cucumbers, sliced
    2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
    1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
    1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
    1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
    2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
    Salt and black pepper, to taste

    Directions:

    _In a large bowl, combine the sliced cucumbers, halved cherry tomatoes, and thinly sliced red onion.

    _In a separate small bowl, whisk together the extra-virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, and black pepper.

    _Drizzle the dressing over the cucumber and tomato mixture.

    _Add crumbled feta cheese and chopped fresh basil.

    _Gently toss all the ingredients together.

    _Serve this refreshing cucumber and tomato salad as a side dish.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 120
    Total Fat: 8g
    Saturated Fat: 3g
    Cholesterol: 15mg
    Sodium: 240mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 11g
    Dietary Fiber: 2g
    Sugar: 6g
    Protein: 3g

    Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry with Brown Rice (in moderation)

    Preparation Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into thin strips
    2 cups broccoli florets
    1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
    1 cup snap peas
    2 carrots, thinly sliced
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
    1 tablespoon oyster sauce
    1 teaspoon ginger, minced
    2 cups cooked brown rice

    Directions:

    _In a small bowl, whisk together the low-sodium soy sauce, oyster sauce, and minced ginger.

    _Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add a splash of oil.

    _Add the sliced chicken to the skillet and cook until no longer pink. Remove the chicken from the skillet.

    _In the same skillet, add a bit more oil and stir-fry the minced garlic, broccoli florets, red bell pepper, snap peas, and sliced carrots until they're tender yet crisp.

    _Return the cooked chicken to the skillet and pour the sauce over the chicken and vegetables.

    _Toss everything together until the chicken and vegetables are evenly coated.

    _Serve the chicken and vegetable stir-fry over cooked brown rice.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving, excluding rice):

    Calories: 200
    Total Fat: 3g
    Saturated Fat: 0.5g
    Cholesterol: 65mg
    Sodium: 400mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 12g
    Dietary Fiber: 3g
    Sugar: 6g
    Protein: 30g

    Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry

    Preparation Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    1 lb (450g) flank steak, sliced into thin strips
    2 cups broccoli florets
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
    1 tablespoon oyster sauce
    1 tablespoon brown sugar
    1 teaspoon ginger, minced
    1 teaspoon cornstarch
    2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    Cooked brown rice, for serving

    Directions:

    _In a small bowl, whisk together the low-sodium soy sauce, oyster sauce, brown sugar, minced ginger, and cornstarch.

    _Heat a large skillet or wok over high heat and add vegetable oil.

    _Add the sliced flank steak and stir-fry until it's no longer pink. Remove the beef from the skillet.

    _In the same skillet, stir-fry the minced garlic and broccoli florets until the broccoli is tender-crisp.

    _Return the cooked beef to the skillet and pour the sauce over the beef and broccoli.

    _Toss everything together until the beef and broccoli are coated with the sauce.

    _Serve the beef and broccoli stir-fry over cooked brown rice.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving, excluding rice):

    Calories: 250
    Total Fat: 12g
    Saturated Fat: 3g
    Cholesterol: 40mg
    Sodium: 450mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 12g
    Dietary Fiber: 2g
    Sugar: 5g
    Protein: 23g

    Grilled Chicken Breast with Roasted Vegetables

    Preparation Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 25 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    2 red bell peppers, cut into strips
    1 zucchini, sliced
    1 red onion, cut into wedges
    1 cup cherry tomatoes
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    3 tablespoons olive oil
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    Salt and black pepper, to taste
    Fresh basil leaves for garnish

    Directions:

    _Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.

    _In a large bowl, toss the red bell peppers, zucchini, red onion, cherry tomatoes, minced garlic, olive oil, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper.

    _Grill the chicken breasts for about 6-8 minutes per side or until they are no longer pink in the center.

    _At the same time, grill the marinated vegetables until they are tender and have grill marks.

    _Remove the chicken and vegetables from the grill.

    _Serve the grilled chicken with the roasted vegetables, garnished with fresh basil leaves.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 300
    Total Fat: 12g
    Saturated Fat: 2g
    Cholesterol: 80mg
    Sodium: 250mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 15g
    Dietary Fiber: 4g
    Sugar: 8g
    Protein: 35g

    Baked Salmon with Lemon-Dill Sauce

    Preparation Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    4 salmon fillets
    1 lemon, sliced
    2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
    3 tablespoons olive oil
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    Salt and black pepper, to taste
    Lemon wedges for serving

    For the Lemon-Dill Sauce:

    1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
    1 tablespoon lemon juice
    1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
    1 clove garlic, minced

    Directions:

    _Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).

    _Season the salmon fillets with salt, black pepper, and minced garlic.

    _Place the lemon slices on top of the salmon fillets.

    _Drizzle olive oil over the salmon and sprinkle with fresh dill.

    _Bake the salmon in the preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes or until it flakes easily with a fork.

    _While the salmon is baking, prepare the lemon-dill sauce by mixing together Greek yogurt, lemon juice, fresh dill, and minced garlic.

    _Serve the baked salmon with a dollop of lemon-dill sauce and lemon wedges on the side.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving, including sauce):

    Calories: 320
    Total Fat: 18g
    Saturated Fat: 3g
    Cholesterol: 90mg
    Sodium: 150mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 4g
    Dietary Fiber: 1g
    Sugar: 2g
    Protein: 34g

    Turkey and Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

    Preparation Time: 20 minutes
    Cook Time: 40 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    4 large bell peppers, any color
    1/2 pound ground turkey
    1 cup cooked quinoa
    1 cup diced tomatoes
    1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
    1/2 cup corn kernels
    1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
    1/2 teaspoon chili powder
    1/2 teaspoon cumin
    Salt and black pepper, to taste
    Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish

    Directions:

    _Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

    _Cut the tops off the bell peppers and remove the seeds and membranes.

    _In a large skillet, cook the ground turkey over medium heat until it's no longer pink, breaking it into crumbles as it cooks.

    _In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked turkey, cooked quinoa, diced tomatoes, black beans, corn, shredded cheddar cheese, chili powder, cumin, salt, and black pepper.

    _Stuff each bell pepper with the turkey and quinoa mixture.

    _Place the stuffed peppers in a baking dish, and cover the dish with aluminum foil.

    _Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the peppers are tender.

    _Remove the foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

    _Garnish with chopped cilantro before serving.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 300
    Total Fat: 10g
    Saturated Fat: 3g
    Cholesterol: 40mg
    Sodium: 550mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 34g
    Dietary Fiber: 6g
    Sugar: 5g
    Protein: 20g

    Seared Tofu with Stir-Fried Vegetables

    Preparation Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    1 block extra-firm tofu, pressed and cubed
    2 cups broccoli florets
    1 red bell pepper, sliced
    1 cup snap peas
    1 carrot, thinly sliced
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 tablespoon soy sauce
    1 tablespoon sesame oil
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 teaspoon ginger, minced
    Salt and black pepper, to taste
    Sesame seeds for garnish

    Directions:

    _In a large skillet or wok, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.

    _Add the cubed tofu and cook until all sides are golden and crispy. Remove from the skillet and set aside.

    _In the same skillet, add sesame oil and minced garlic. Sauté for about 1 minute.

    _Add broccoli, red bell pepper, snap peas, and carrot to the skillet. Stir-fry the vegetables for 5-7 minutes or until they are tender-crisp.

    _Add the seared tofu back to the skillet and drizzle soy sauce over the tofu and vegetables. Add minced ginger, salt, and black pepper. Stir-fry for an additional 2-3 minutes.

    Garnish with sesame seeds before serving.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 220
    Total Fat: 14g
    Saturated Fat: 2g
    Cholesterol: 0mg
    Sodium: 380mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 16g
    Dietary Fiber: 4g
    Sugar: 4g
    Protein: 13g

    Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry with Brown Rice

    Preparation Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    1 pound flank steak, thinly sliced
    2 cups broccoli florets
    1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
    2 tablespoons brown sugar
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 tablespoon ginger, minced
    2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    1/4 cup beef broth
    1 tablespoon cornstarch
    Cooked brown rice for serving
    Sesame seeds for garnish

    Directions:

    _In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, vegetable oil, beef broth, and cornstarch to make the sauce. Set it aside.

    _Heat a large skillet or wok over high heat and add a bit of vegetable oil.

    _Add the thinly sliced flank steak and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes or until it's no longer pink. Remove the beef from the skillet and set it aside.

    _In the same skillet, add a bit more oil if needed and stir-fry the broccoli florets for about 4-5 minutes, or until they are tender-crisp.

    _Return the cooked beef to the skillet, and pour the prepared sauce over the beef and broccoli. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes or until the sauce thickens.

    _Serve the beef and broccoli stir-fry over cooked brown rice and garnish with sesame seeds.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 350
    Total Fat: 12g
    Saturated Fat: 3g
    Cholesterol: 60mg
    Sodium: 800mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 30g
    Dietary Fiber: 3g
    Sugar: 6g
    Protein: 28g

    Garlic Shrimp and Zucchini Noodles

    Preparation Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
    3 medium zucchinis, spiralized into noodles
    4 cloves garlic, minced
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
    Juice of 1 lemon
    Salt and black pepper, to taste
    Red pepper flakes (optional, for extra heat)

    Directions:

    _In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.

    _Add minced garlic and cook for about 30 seconds, or until fragrant.

    _Add the shrimp to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes per side or until they turn pink and opaque.
    _Remove the shrimp from the skillet and set them aside.

    _In the same skillet, add the spiralized zucchini noodles and cook for about 3-4 minutes until they are tender but still crisp.

    _Return the cooked shrimp to the skillet with the zucchini noodles. Drizzle with lemon juice and add chopped fresh parsley.

    _Season with salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes if desired. Toss everything together and cook for an additional minute.

    _Serve immediately.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 190
    Total Fat: 7g
    Saturated Fat: 1g
    Cholesterol: 180mg
    Sodium: 250mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 7g
    Dietary Fiber: 2g
    Sugar: 3g
    Protein: 23g

    Lemon Herb Grilled Tilapia

    Preparation Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    4 tilapia fillets
    2 lemons, juiced and zested
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
    2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    Salt and black pepper, to taste

    Directions:

    _In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, lemon zest, minced garlic, chopped parsley, chopped basil, and olive oil.

    _Season the tilapia fillets with salt and black pepper.

    _Brush the lemon herb mixture over both sides of the tilapia fillets.

    _Preheat your grill to medium-high heat and lightly oil the grates.

    _Grill the tilapia for about 3-4 minutes per side, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.

    _Serve the grilled tilapia with extra lemon wedges and fresh herbs.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 180
    Total Fat: 9g
    Saturated Fat: 1g
    Cholesterol: 50mg
    Sodium: 130mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 3g
    Dietary Fiber: 1g
    Sugar: 1g
    Protein: 23g

    Baked Chicken Thighs with Brussels Sprouts

    Preparation Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 40 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
    1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 teaspoon dried thyme
    Salt and black pepper, to taste
    Lemon wedges for garnish (optional)

    Directions:

    _Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).

    _In a large bowl, toss the Brussels sprouts with olive oil, minced garlic, dried thyme, salt, and black pepper.

    _Place the chicken thighs, skin-side up, on a baking sheet.

    _Arrange the seasoned Brussels sprouts around the chicken on the baking sheet.

    _Bake for about 35-40 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) and the skin is crispy, and the Brussels sprouts are tender.

    _Serve the baked chicken thighs with Brussels sprouts and garnish with lemon wedges if desired.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 350
    Total Fat: 24g
    Saturated Fat: 6g
    Cholesterol: 130mg
    Sodium: 260mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 11g
    Dietary Fiber: 4g
    Sugar: 3g
    Protein: 26g

    Spaghetti Squash with Marinara and Turkey Meatballs

    Preparation Time: 20 minutes
    Cook Time: 1 hour
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    1 medium spaghetti squash
    1 pound ground turkey
    1/4 cup breadcrumbs (gluten-free if desired)
    1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (or a dairy-free alternative)
    1 egg
    1 teaspoon dried basil
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    Salt and black pepper, to taste
    2 cups marinara sauce
    Fresh basil leaves for garnish

    Directions:

    _Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

    _Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds.

    _Place the squash halves, cut-side down, on a baking sheet and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the flesh can be easily scraped into "spaghetti" strands with a fork.

    _While the squash is baking, prepare the turkey meatballs. In a bowl, combine the ground turkey, breadcrumbs, grated _Parmesan cheese, egg, dried basil, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper. Mix until well combined.

    _Form the mixture into meatballs and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

    _Bake the meatballs in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until they are cooked through.

    _Heat the marinara sauce in a saucepan.

    _Once the spaghetti squash is done, scrape the flesh into strands with a fork.

    _Serve the spaghetti squash with marinara sauce and turkey meatballs. Garnish with fresh basil leaves.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 290
    Total Fat: 9g
    Saturated Fat: 2g
    Cholesterol: 85mg
    Sodium: 710mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 27g
    Dietary Fiber: 7g
    Sugar: 11g
    Protein: 29g

    Grilled Vegetable Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

    Preparation Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    2 zucchinis, sliced lengthwise
    2 red bell peppers, quartered
    1 red onion, sliced into thick rings
    8 asparagus spears
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    Salt and black pepper, to taste

    For the Balsamic Vinaigrette:

    1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
    1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    1 clove garlic, minced
    Salt and black pepper, to taste

    Directions:

    _Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.

    _Brush the vegetables with olive oil and season with salt and black pepper.

    _Grill the zucchinis, red bell peppers, red onion, and asparagus for about 5 minutes on each side or until they have grill marks and are tender.

    _Remove the grilled vegetables from the grill and allow them to cool slightly.

    _In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, salt, and black pepper to create the vinaigrette.

    _Slice the grilled vegetables into bite-sized pieces and arrange them on a serving platter.

    _Drizzle the balsamic vinaigrette over the grilled vegetables.

    _Serve the salad warm or at room temperature.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 250
    Total Fat: 22g
    Saturated Fat: 3g
    Sodium: 40mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 11g
    Dietary Fiber: 3g
    Sugar: 7g
    Protein: 2g

    Chickpea and Spinach Curry

    Preparation Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 25 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    1 onion, chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1-inch piece of ginger, grated
    1 tablespoon curry powder
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1 teaspoon ground coriander
    1/2 teaspoon turmeric
    1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
    1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes
    1 can (14 ounces) coconut milk
    2 cups fresh spinach
    Salt and black pepper, to taste
    Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish
    Cooked rice or naan bread for serving

    Directions:

    _Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan over medium heat.
    _Add the chopped onion and sauté for 3-4 minutes until it becomes translucent.
    _Stir in the minced garlic and grated ginger, and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
    _Add the curry powder, ground cumin, ground coriander, turmeric, and cayenne pepper. Cook the spices for about 1 minute to release their flavors.
    _Add the drained chickpeas, diced tomatoes, and coconut milk to the pan. Stir to combine.
    _Simmer the curry for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it thickens and the chickpeas are heated through.
    _Fold in the fresh spinach and cook until it wilts.
    _Season the curry with salt and black pepper to taste.
    _Serve the chickpea and spinach curry over cooked rice or with naan bread. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving, without rice or naan):

    Calories: 330
    Total Fat: 20g
    Saturated Fat: 14g
    Sodium: 450mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 30g
    Dietary Fiber: 9g
    Sugar: 6g
    Protein: 9g

    Lentil and Vegetable Stew

    Preparation Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 30 minutes
    Serves: 6

    Ingredients:

    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 onion, chopped
    2 carrots, chopped
    2 celery stalks, chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 cup dried green or brown lentils, rinsed and drained
    1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes
    6 cups vegetable broth
    1 teaspoon dried thyme
    1 teaspoon dried rosemary
    Salt and black pepper, to taste
    Fresh parsley for garnish

    Directions:

    _In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.

    _Add the chopped onion, carrots, and celery. Sauté for 5-7 minutes until the vegetables soften.

    _Stir in the minced garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes.

    _Add the lentils, diced tomatoes, vegetable broth, dried thyme, and dried rosemary. Stir to combine.

    _Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 20-25 minutes or until the lentils are tender.

    _Season the stew with salt and black pepper to taste.

    _Serve the lentil and vegetable stew garnished with fresh parsley.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 220
    Total Fat: 5g
    Sodium: 690mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 34g
    Dietary Fiber: 13g
    Sugar: 4g
    Protein: 12g

    Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Quinoa

    Preparation Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    4 large Portobello mushrooms, stems removed
    1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    Salt and black pepper, to taste
    1 cup quinoa
    2 cups vegetable broth
    1 red bell pepper, diced
    1 cucumber, diced
    1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
    Lemon wedges for garnish

    Directions:

    _In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, minced garlic, salt, and black pepper.

    _Brush the Portobello mushrooms with the balsamic mixture and let them marinate for 15 minutes.

    _While the mushrooms marinate, rinse the quinoa under cold water.

    _In a saucepan, combine the quinoa and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is cooked.

    _Grill the Portobello mushrooms for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until they are tender.

    _In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, diced red bell pepper, diced cucumber, and chopped fresh parsley. Season with salt and black pepper.

    _Serve the grilled Portobello mushrooms on a bed of quinoa salad. Garnish with lemon wedges.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 350
    Total Fat: 8g
    Sodium: 260mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 60g
    Dietary Fiber: 8g
    Sugar: 4g
    Protein: 11g

    Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken Breast

    Preparation Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 30 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    2 cups fresh spinach leaves
    1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
    1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    Salt and black pepper, to taste
    Olive oil for cooking

    Directions:

    _Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

    _Using a sharp knife, create a pocket in each chicken breast by slicing horizontally, being careful not to cut all the way through.

    _In a mixing bowl, combine the fresh spinach, crumbled feta cheese, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, minced garlic, and dried oregano. Mix well.

    _Stuff each chicken breast with the spinach and feta mixture, then secure the openings with toothpicks.

    _Season the stuffed chicken breasts with salt and black pepper.

    _Heat olive oil in an ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat.

    _Place the chicken breasts in the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until they are browned.

    _Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink inside.

    _Remove the toothpicks before serving.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 290
    Total Fat: 11g
    Saturated Fat: 4g
    Cholesterol: 100mg
    Sodium: 320mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 4g
    Dietary Fiber: 2g
    Sugar: 1g
    Protein: 41g

    Cauliflower Fried Rice with Shrimp

    Preparation Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    1 head cauliflower, riced (or 4 cups store-bought cauliflower rice)
    1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
    2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    1 onion, chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 cup frozen peas and carrots, thawed
    2 eggs, beaten
    3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
    1 teaspoon sesame oil
    2 green onions, chopped
    Salt and black pepper, to taste

    Directions:

    _If using a whole cauliflower, cut it into florets and place in a food processor. Pulse until the cauliflower resembles rice. If using store-bought cauliflower rice, skip this step.

    _In a large skillet or wok, heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium-high heat.

    _Add the shrimp and cook for 1-2 minutes per side, or until they turn pink. Remove the cooked shrimp from the skillet and set aside.

    _In the same skillet, add the remaining tablespoon of vegetable oil.

    _Add the chopped onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes until it becomes translucent.

    _Stir in the minced garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes.

    _Add the riced cauliflower and stir-fry for 5-7 minutes until it becomes tender.

    _Push the cauliflower to the sides of the skillet, creating a well in the center. Pour the beaten eggs into the well and scramble them.

    _Combine the scrambled eggs with the cauliflower.

    _Add the thawed peas and carrots, cooked shrimp, low-sodium soy sauce, sesame oil, and green onions. Stir-fry for another 2-3 minutes to heat everything through.

    _Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 260
    Total Fat: 10g
    Saturated Fat: 2g
    Cholesterol: 245mg
    Sodium: 530mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 14g
    Dietary Fiber: 5g
    Sugar: 6g
    Protein: 30g