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    Scrambled Egg Whites with Spinach and Tomatoes

    Preparation Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 5 minutes
    Serves: 2

    Ingredients:

    4 large egg whites
    1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
    1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
    1/4 cup low-fat feta cheese, crumbled
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Cooking spray or a touch of olive oil

    Directions:

    _Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat and lightly coat it with cooking spray or a small amount of olive oil.

    _In a bowl, whisk the egg whites until they become slightly frothy.

    _Pour the whisked egg whites into the skillet and let them cook for a minute without stirring.

    _Add the chopped fresh spinach and halved cherry tomatoes to the eggs.

    _Gently scramble the mixture until the eggs are fully cooked and the spinach is wilted.

    _Season with salt and pepper to taste.

    _Top with crumbled low-fat feta cheese.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 120
    Total Fat: 2g
    Saturated Fat: 1g
    Cholesterol: 5mg
    Sodium: 360mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 5g
    Dietary Fiber: 1g
    Sugar: 2g
    Protein: 20g

    Greek Yogurt Parfait with Fresh Berries

    Preparation Time: 5 minutes
    Serves: 2

    Ingredients:

    1 cup Greek yogurt
    1 cup fresh mixed berries (e.g., strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
    2 tablespoons honey (optional)
    1/4 cup granola

    Directions:

    _In two serving glasses or bowls, start by layering a spoonful of Greek yogurt at the bottom.

    _Add a layer of fresh mixed berries on top of the yogurt.

    _If desired, drizzle honey over the berries for extra sweetness.

    _Continue layering with yogurt and berries until you've filled the glasses or bowls.

    _Top with granola for some crunch.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 220
    Total Fat: 2g
    Saturated Fat: 0g
    Cholesterol: 10mg
    Sodium: 50mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 40g
    Dietary Fiber: 3g
    Sugar: 26g
    Protein: 14g

    Whole Grain Oatmeal with Cinnamon and Apple Slices

    Preparation Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 5 minutes
    Serves: 2

    Ingredients:

    1 cup whole grain oats
    2 cups water or milk of your choice
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1 apple, sliced
    2 tablespoons honey (optional)
    1/4 cup chopped nuts (e.g., almonds, walnuts) (optional)

    Directions:

    _In a saucepan, combine the whole grain oats and water or milk. Bring to a boil.

    _Reduce the heat to low and add the ground cinnamon. Stir well and let it simmer for about 5 minutes or until the oats are tender.

    _While the oatmeal is cooking, slice the apple.

    _Once the oatmeal is ready, divide it into two serving bowls.

    _Top each bowl of oatmeal with apple slices and, if desired, a drizzle of honey.

    _Sprinkle with chopped nuts for added crunch and nutrition.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving, without honey and nuts):

    Calories: 200
    Total Fat: 2g
    Saturated Fat: 0g
    Cholesterol: 0mg
    Sodium: 0mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 40g
    Dietary Fiber: 6g
    Sugar: 19g
    Protein: 4g

    Vegetable Omelette with Spinach and Bell Peppers

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

    Ingredients:

    4 large eggs
    1/4 cup milk
    1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
    1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
    1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Cooking spray or a touch of olive oil
    1/4 cup shredded cheese of your choice (optional)

    Directions:

    _In a bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper until well combined.

    _Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat and lightly coat it with cooking spray or a small amount of olive oil.

    _Add the diced red and green bell peppers and sauté for a few minutes until they start to soften.

    _Add the chopped fresh spinach and continue cooking for another minute.

    _Pour the egg mixture over the vegetables in the skillet.

    _Allow the eggs to cook undisturbed for a minute or two until they start to set around the edges.

    _Carefully lift the edges of the omelette to let any uncooked eggs flow to the edges.

    _If using cheese, sprinkle it over half of the omelette.

    _Fold the omelette in half and let it cook for another minute or until the cheese melts and the eggs are fully cooked.

    _Serve hot.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving, without cheese):

    Calories: 150
    Total Fat: 9g
    Saturated Fat: 2g
    Cholesterol: 390mg
    Sodium: 100mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 7g
    Dietary Fiber: 2g
    Sugar: 3g
    Protein: 11g

    Nutrition Facts (per serving, with cheese):

    Calories: 200
    Total Fat: 13g
    Saturated Fat: 3g
    Cholesterol: 390mg
    Sodium: 200mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 7g
    Dietary Fiber: 2g
    Sugar: 3g
    Protein: 14g

    Cottage Cheese with Pineapple Chunks

    Preparation Time: 5 minutes
    Serves: 1

    Ingredients:

    1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
    1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks

    Directions:

    _In a bowl, scoop out 1/2 cup of low-fat cottage cheese.

    _Add 1/2 cup of fresh pineapple chunks on top of the cottage cheese.

    _Gently mix them together.

    _Serve and enjoy your protein-packed and sweet snack.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 175
    Total Fat: 2g
    Saturated Fat: 1g
    Cholesterol: 10mg
    Sodium: 350mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 22g
    Dietary Fiber: 2g
    Sugar: 18g
    Protein: 15g

    Chia Seed Pudding with Almond Milk

    Preparation Time: 5 minutes (plus chilling time)
    Serves: 2

    Ingredients:

    1/4 cup chia seeds
    1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
    1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup (optional)
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    Fresh berries or sliced fruit for topping

    Directions:

    _In a bowl, combine the chia seeds, almond milk, honey or maple syrup (if desired), and vanilla extract.

    _Stir well to ensure the chia seeds are evenly distributed.

    _Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. You can give it a good stir after the first 30 minutes to prevent clumping.

    _When you're ready to serve, give the chia pudding a final stir. If it's too thick, you can add a bit more almond milk to reach your preferred consistency.

    _Spoon the chia pudding into serving dishes and top with fresh berries or your favorite sliced fruit.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving, without honey or fruit toppings):

    Calories: 130
    Total Fat: 7g
    Saturated Fat: 0.5g
    Cholesterol: 0mg
    Sodium: 90mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 13g
    Dietary Fiber: 10g
    Sugar: 2g
    Protein: 4g

    Mixed Berry Smoothie with Almond Milk

    Preparation Time: 5 minutes
    Serves: 2

    Ingredients:

    1 cup mixed frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
    1 banana
    1 cup unsweetened almond milk
    1/2 cup Greek yogurt (optional)
    1 tablespoon honey (optional)
    Ice cubes (optional)

    Directions:

    _Place the mixed frozen berries, banana, almond milk, Greek yogurt (if using), and honey (if desired) in a blender.

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

    _Blend until smooth and creamy. If it's too thick, you can add more almond milk.

    _Taste and adjust sweetness by adding more honey if necessary.

    _Pour the smoothie into glasses and serve immediately.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving, without optional ingredients):

    Calories: 115
    Total Fat: 1g
    Saturated Fat: 0g
    Cholesterol: 0mg
    Sodium: 156mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 26g
    Dietary Fiber: 5g
    Sugar: 14g
    Protein: 2g

    Poached Eggs with Steamed Asparagus

    Preparation Time: 15 minutes
    Serves: 2

    Ingredients:

    4 large eggs
    1 bunch of fresh asparagus, woody ends trimmed
    1 tablespoon white vinegar
    Salt and pepper, to taste
    Fresh herbs for garnish (e.g., chives or parsley)

    Directions:

    _Fill a large, deep skillet with water and bring it to a gentle simmer. Add the white vinegar.

    _While the water is heating, steam the asparagus until tender-crisp, about 3-5 minutes, depending on thickness. Set aside.

    _Crack each egg into a small bowl.

    _Create a gentle whirlpool in the simmering water by stirring it with a spoon. Carefully slide one egg into the center of the whirlpool. The swirling water will help the egg white envelop the yolk.

    _Poach the egg for about 3-4 minutes for a soft, runny yolk or longer if you prefer a firmer yolk. Use a slotted spoon to remove the poached egg and place it on a plate lined with paper towels.

    _Repeat the poaching process for the remaining eggs.

    _Season the poached eggs with salt and pepper.

    _Arrange the steamed asparagus on plates, place the poached eggs on top, and garnish with fresh herbs.

    _Serve immediately.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 160
    Total Fat: 11g
    Saturated Fat: 3g
    Cholesterol: 370mg
    Sodium: 120mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 8g
    Dietary Fiber: 4g
    Sugar: 3g
    Protein: 13g

    Banana and Peanut Butter Smoothie

    Preparation Time: 5 minutes
    Serves: 1

    Ingredients:

    1 ripe banana
    2 tablespoons peanut butter
    1 cup unsweetened almond milk
    1/2 cup Greek yogurt
    1 tablespoon honey (optional)
    Ice cubes (optional)

    Directions:

    _Peel the ripe banana and place it in a blender.

    _Add the peanut butter, unsweetened almond milk, Greek yogurt, and honey (if desired).

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

    _Blend until smooth and creamy. If it's too thick, you can add more almond milk.

    _Taste and adjust sweetness by adding more honey if necessary.

    _Pour the smoothie into a glass and enjoy.

    Nutrition Facts:

    Calories: 360
    Total Fat: 17g
    Saturated Fat: 3g
    Cholesterol: 10mg
    Sodium: 261mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 45g
    Dietary Fiber: 5g
    Sugar: 28g
    Protein: 12g

    Sliced Strawberries on Whole Wheat Toast

    Preparation Time: 5 minutes
    Serves: 1

    Ingredients:

    2 slices of whole wheat bread
    1 cup fresh strawberries, washed, hulled, and sliced
    2 tablespoons honey (optional)
    1 tablespoon almond butter (optional)

    Directions:

    _Toast the whole wheat bread slices until they are golden brown and crispy.

    _While the toast is still warm, you can spread almond butter or drizzle honey on top if you desire extra flavor.

    _Arrange the sliced strawberries on top of the toast.

    _Serve immediately.

    Nutrition Facts:

    Calories: 220
    Total Fat: 2g
    Saturated Fat: 0g
    Cholesterol: 0mg
    Sodium: 210mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 46g
    Dietary Fiber: 7g
    Sugar: 18g
    Protein: 7g

    Egg White and Spinach Breakfast Burrito

    Preparation Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 20 minutes
    Serves: 1

    Ingredients:

    1 whole wheat tortilla
    1/2 cup egg whites (approximately 4 egg whites)
    1/4 cup fresh spinach leaves
    1/4 cup diced tomatoes
    2 tablespoons diced onions
    2 tablespoons diced bell peppers
    2 tablespoons shredded low-fat cheese
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Cooking spray

    Directions:

    _In a bowl, whisk the egg whites and season with salt and pepper.

    _Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat and lightly coat it with cooking spray.

    _Add the diced onions and bell peppers to the skillet and sauté until they become tender.

    _Add the egg whites to the skillet and cook, stirring gently, until they are fully cooked.

    _While cooking the eggs, warm the whole wheat tortilla in a separate skillet or in the microwave.

    _Lay the warm tortilla on a clean surface and place the cooked eggs in the center.

    _Add fresh spinach leaves, diced tomatoes, and shredded cheese on top of the eggs.

    _Roll the tortilla to create a burrito, folding in the sides as you go.

    _Serve immediately.

    Nutrition Facts:

    Calories: 280
    Total Fat: 5g
    Saturated Fat: 2g
    Cholesterol: 5mg
    Sodium: 400mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 35g
    Dietary Fiber: 7g
    Sugar: 5g
    Protein: 27g

    Grilled Peaches with a Drizzle of Honey

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

    Ingredients:

    2 ripe peaches, cut in half and pitted
    1 teaspoon honey
    Cooking spray

    Directions:

    _Preheat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat.

    _Lightly coat the peach halves with cooking spray to prevent sticking.

    _Place the peaches, cut side down, on the grill.

    _Grill for about 2-3 minutes on each side until they have grill marks and are slightly softened.

    _Remove the grilled peaches from the heat and drizzle honey over the top.

    _Serve immediately.

    Nutrition Facts:

    Calories: 100
    Total Fat: 0g
    Saturated Fat: 0g
    Cholesterol: 0mg
    Sodium: 0mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 26g
    Dietary Fiber: 2g
    Sugar: 23g
    Protein: 1g

    Avocado and Tomato Toast

    Preparation Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 2 minutes (toasting time)
    Total Time: 7 minutes
    Serves: 1

    Ingredients:

    1 slice of whole wheat bread
    1/2 ripe avocado, mashed
    1 small tomato, thinly sliced
    Salt and black pepper to taste
    Red pepper flakes (optional, for a kick)
    Fresh basil leaves for garnish (optional)

    Directions:

    _Toast the slice of whole wheat bread until it's golden brown.

    _Spread the mashed avocado evenly on the toasted bread.

    _Arrange the sliced tomatoes on top of the avocado.

    _Season with salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes if desired.

    _Garnish with fresh basil leaves, if available.

    _Serve immediately.

    Nutrition Facts:

    Calories: 250
    Total Fat: 14g
    Saturated Fat: 2g
    Cholesterol: 0mg
    Sodium: 300mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 28g
    Dietary Fiber: 9g
    Sugar: 2g
    Protein: 5g

    Cucumber and Radish Sandwich

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

    Ingredients:

    2 slices of whole grain bread
    1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
    4-6 radishes, thinly sliced
    2 tablespoons Greek yogurt or labneh
    1 teaspoon fresh dill, chopped
    Salt and black pepper to taste
    Fresh lettuce leaves (optional)

    Directions:

    _In a small bowl, mix the Greek yogurt (or labneh) with fresh dill, salt, and black pepper to make a spread.

    _Spread the yogurt mixture evenly on one side of each slice of bread.

    _On one slice of bread, layer the cucumber and radish slices.

    _Add fresh lettuce leaves if you prefer.

    _Top with the second slice of bread, yogurt-side down.

    _Slice the sandwich in half, if desired.

    _Serve immediately or wrap for a to-go option.

    Nutrition Facts:

    Calories: 220
    Total Fat: 3g
    Saturated Fat: 0g
    Cholesterol: 2mg
    Sodium: 360mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 40g
    Dietary Fiber: 7g
    Sugar: 8g
    Protein: 10g

    Almond and Blueberry Smoothie

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

    Ingredients:

    1 cup unsweetened almond milk
    1/2 cup frozen blueberries
    1 small ripe banana
    1 tablespoon almond butter
    1 teaspoon honey (optional)
    Ice cubes (optional)

    Directions:

    _Place all the ingredients in a blender.

    _If you prefer a thicker smoothie, you can add a few ice cubes.

    _Blend until smooth and creamy.

    _Taste and add honey for sweetness if desired.

    _Blend again until well mixed.

    _Pour into a glass and serve immediately.

    Nutrition Facts:

    Calories: 250
    Total Fat: 9g
    Saturated Fat: 0.5g
    Cholesterol: 0mg
    Sodium: 150mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 42g
    Dietary Fiber: 7g
    Sugar: 20g
    Protein: 4g

    Grilled Chicken Breast with Steamed Broccoli

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

    Ingredients:

    2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    1 teaspoon paprika
    Salt and black pepper to taste
    2 cups broccoli florets

    Directions:

    _Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.

    _In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper to create a marinade.

    _Brush the chicken breasts with the marinade on both sides.

    _Place the chicken breasts on the grill and cook for about 6-8 minutes on each side, or until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) and are no longer pink in the center.

    _While the chicken is grilling, steam the broccoli florets until they are tender but still crisp, for about 5-7 minutes.

    _Once the chicken is done, remove it from the grill and let it rest for a few minutes.

    _Serve the grilled chicken with the steamed broccoli on the side.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

    Calories: 330
    Total Fat: 15g
    Saturated Fat: 2.5g
    Cholesterol: 95mg
    Sodium: 230mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 5g
    Dietary Fiber: 2g
    Sugar: 1g
    Protein: 43g

    Baked Cod with Lemon and Herbs

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

    Ingredients:

    2 cod fillets (6-8 oz each)
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 lemon, thinly sliced
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
    Salt and black pepper to taste
    Fresh parsley for garnish (optional)

    Directions:

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

    _Place the cod fillets on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or in a baking dish.

    _In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, minced garlic, and fresh thyme. Drizzle this mixture over the cod fillets.

    _Season the fillets with salt and black pepper to taste.

    _Arrange the lemon slices on top of the cod fillets.

    _Bake in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.

    _Garnish with fresh parsley if desired.

    _Serve the baked cod with your choice of side dishes, like steamed vegetables or a salad.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

    Calories: 290
    Total Fat: 14g
    Saturated Fat: 2g
    Cholesterol: 75mg
    Sodium: 190mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 4g
    Dietary Fiber: 1g
    Sugar: 1g
    Protein: 38g

    Turkey and Cucumber Lettuce Wraps

    Preparation Time: 15 minutes
    Serves: 2

    Ingredients:

    1/2 pound ground turkey
    1/2 cucumber, diced
    1/4 red onion, finely chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
    1 tablespoon soy sauce
    1 teaspoon sesame oil
    1 teaspoon rice vinegar
    Salt and black pepper to taste
    6 large lettuce leaves (such as iceberg or butter lettuce)

    Directions:

    _In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground turkey until it's browned and cooked through, breaking it into small crumbles. Drain any excess fat.

    _In a bowl, combine the cooked turkey, diced cucumber, chopped red onion, minced garlic, and chopped cilantro.

    _In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, salt, and black pepper.

    _Pour the sauce over the turkey mixture and toss to coat.

    _Carefully separate the lettuce leaves, keeping them whole.

    _Spoon the turkey mixture onto each lettuce leaf.

    _Roll up the lettuce leaves to create wraps.

    _Serve the turkey and cucumber lettuce wraps with any extra sauce on the side.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

    Calories: 220
    Total Fat: 11g
    Saturated Fat: 2.5g
    Cholesterol: 70mg
    Sodium: 540mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 8g
    Dietary Fiber: 2g
    Sugar: 3g
    Protein: 22g

    Mixed Greens Salad with Grilled Shrimp

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

    Ingredients:

    1/2 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
    6 cups mixed greens (e.g., lettuce, spinach, arugula)
    1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
    1/4 cucumber, sliced
    1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
    1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
    2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    1 clove garlic, minced
    Salt and black pepper to taste
    Fresh lemon wedges for garnish (optional)

    Directions:

    _Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.

    _Season the shrimp with a bit of olive oil, minced garlic, salt, and black pepper.

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

    _In a large bowl, combine the mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and red onion.

    _In a small bowl, whisk together the extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and black pepper.

    _Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.

    _Divide the salad onto two plates and top with the grilled shrimp.

    _Sprinkle crumbled feta cheese on top.

    _Garnish with fresh lemon wedges if desired.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

    Calories: 270
    Total Fat: 16g
    Saturated Fat: 4g
    Cholesterol: 160mg
    Sodium: 380mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 10g
    Dietary Fiber: 3g
    Sugar: 4g
    Protein: 23g

    Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

    Preparation Time: 15 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    1 cup quinoa, rinsed and cooked
    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
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    Salt and black pepper to taste
    Optional: diced avocado for garnish

    Directions:

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

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

    _Pour the dressing over the quinoa mixture and toss to combine.

    _efrigerate the salad for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

    _If desired, garnish with diced avocado before serving.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

    Calories: 350
    Total Fat: 10g
    Saturated Fat: 1g
    Cholesterol: 0mg
    Sodium: 290mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 56g
    Dietary Fiber: 11g
    Sugar: 5g
    Protein: 12g

    Grilled Tofu and Vegetable Skewers

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

    Ingredients:

    1 package extra-firm tofu, cubed
    2 bell peppers (red, green, or yellow), cut into chunks
    1 zucchini, sliced into rounds
    1 red onion, cut into chunks
    1/4 cup olive oil
    2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    Salt and black pepper to taste
    Wooden skewers, soaked in water

    Directions:

    _Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.

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

    -Thread the tofu cubes and prepared vegetables onto the soaked wooden skewers, alternating them.

    _Brush the skewers with the olive oil mixture.

    _Grill the skewers for about 5 minutes on each side or until the tofu and vegetables are lightly charred and cooked through.

    _Serve the grilled tofu and vegetable skewers with your choice of dipping sauce or dressing.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

    Calories: 320
    Total Fat: 21g
    Saturated Fat: 3g
    Cholesterol: 0mg
    Sodium: 30mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 22g
    Dietary Fiber: 5g
    Sugar: 8g
    Protein: 16g

    Lentil and Vegetable Soup

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

    Ingredients:

    1 cup brown or green lentils, rinsed and drained
    1 onion, chopped
    2 carrots, diced
    2 celery stalks, diced
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    6 cups vegetable broth
    1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1 teaspoon dried thyme
    Salt and black pepper to taste
    2 cups kale or spinach, chopped
    Juice of 1 lemon

    Directions:

    _In a large pot, heat a bit of vegetable broth over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté until it becomes translucent.

    _Add the diced carrots, celery, and minced garlic. Cook for a few minutes until the vegetables begin to soften.

    _Stir in the lentils, vegetable broth, diced tomatoes (with their juice), ground cumin, dried thyme, salt, and black pepper.

    _Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 25-30 minutes, or until the lentils are tender.

    _Just before serving, stir in the chopped kale or spinach and the lemon juice. Cook until the greens wilt.

    _Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning if needed.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

    Calories: 250
    Total Fat: 1g
    Saturated Fat: 0g
    Cholesterol: 0mg
    Sodium: 830mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 49g
    Dietary Fiber: 20g
    Sugar: 6g
    Protein: 15g

    Zucchini Noodles with Marinara Sauce

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

    Ingredients:

    4 medium-sized zucchinis
    2 cups marinara sauce (homemade or store-bought)
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    Salt and black pepper to taste
    Fresh basil leaves for garnish
    Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

    Directions:

    _Using a spiralizer, create zucchini noodles from the zucchinis. If you don't have a spiralizer, you can also use a julienne peeler.

    _Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté for about 1 minute or until fragrant.

    _Add the zucchini noodles to the skillet and sauté for 2-3 minutes until they're tender but still slightly crisp. Season with salt and black pepper.

    _In a separate saucepan, warm the marinara sauce over low heat.

    _To serve, place the zucchini noodles on plates, top with marinara sauce, and garnish with fresh basil leaves. You can also sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese if desired.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

    Calories: 110
    Total Fat: 7g
    Saturated Fat: 1g
    Cholesterol: 0mg
    Sodium: 400mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 10g
    Dietary Fiber: 3g
    Sugar: 7g
    Protein: 3g

    Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Salad (portion-controlled)

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

    Ingredients:

    1 lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
    4 slices of lean bacon, cut into small pieces
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
    1 teaspoon honey (optional)
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley for garnish

    Directions:

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

    _In a large bowl, toss the trimmed and halved Brussels sprouts with the olive oil, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder.

    _Spread the seasoned Brussels sprouts on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast for about 20-25 minutes, or until they are tender and crispy, stirring once during roasting.

    _While the Brussels sprouts are roasting, cook the bacon pieces in a skillet over medium-high heat until they become crispy. Transfer the cooked bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess grease.

    _In a small saucepan, warm the balsamic vinegar over low heat. If desired, you can stir in the honey for a touch of sweetness.

    _When the Brussels sprouts are done roasting, transfer them to a serving dish. Drizzle the warm balsamic vinegar over the roasted Brussels sprouts.

    _Top the salad with crispy bacon pieces and chopped fresh parsley.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

    Calories: 150
    Total Fat: 8g
    Saturated Fat: 2g
    Cholesterol: 10mg
    Sodium: 400mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 14g
    Dietary Fiber: 4g
    Sugar: 5g
    Protein: 7g

    Cucumber and Tomato Salad with a Light Vinaigrette

    Preparation Time: 10 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    2 large cucumbers, sliced
    4 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
    1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
    1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
    1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
    1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
    1 clove garlic, minced
    Salt and black pepper to taste

    Directions:

    _In a large salad bowl, combine the sliced cucumbers, tomato wedges, and thinly sliced red onion.

    _In a small bowl, whisk together the extra-virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, minced garlic, and a pinch of salt and black pepper. This creates a light vinaigrette.

    _Drizzle the vinaigrette over the cucumber, tomato, and onion mixture.

    _Add the chopped fresh parsley and mint leaves to the salad.

    _Gently toss all the ingredients until well combined.

    _Serve the salad immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

    Calories: 130
    Total Fat: 11g
    Saturated Fat: 2g
    Cholesterol: 0mg
    Sodium: 10mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 9g
    Dietary Fiber: 2g
    Sugar: 4g
    Protein: 2g

    Chickpea and Spinach Salad (dressing on the side)

    Preparation Time: 10 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    6 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
    1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
    1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
    1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
    1/4 cup toasted pine nuts (optional)
    Salt and black pepper to taste

    Dressing:

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

    Directions:

    _In a large salad bowl, combine the drained and rinsed chickpeas, fresh baby spinach leaves, thinly sliced red onion, cherry tomato halves, and crumbled feta cheese.

    _If desired, toast the pine nuts in a dry skillet over medium heat for a few minutes until they are lightly browned.

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

    _Serve the salad with the dressing on the side so that each person can add their preferred amount of dressing.

    _If using pine nuts, sprinkle them over the salad just before serving.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

    Calories: 290
    Total Fat: 20g
    Saturated Fat: 4g
    Cholesterol: 8mg
    Sodium: 350mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 22g
    Dietary Fiber: 7g
    Sugar: 3g
    Protein: 9g

    Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Goat Cheese

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

    Ingredients:

    4 large portobello mushrooms, stems removed
    1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
    Salt and black pepper to taste
    4 ounces goat cheese
    2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped

    Directions:

    _Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.

    _In a small bowl, mix the extra-virgin olive oil, minced garlic, balsamic vinegar, salt, and black pepper.

    _Brush both sides of the portobello mushrooms with the oil mixture.

    _Grill the mushrooms for about 5 minutes on each side, or until they are tender and grill marks appear.

    _Remove the mushrooms from the grill and place them on a serving platter.

    _While the mushrooms are still warm, crumble the goat cheese over them.

    _Sprinkle the chopped fresh basil on top.

    _Serve the grilled portobello mushrooms as an appetizer or a side dish.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

    Calories: 210
    Total Fat: 18g
    Saturated Fat: 5g
    Cholesterol: 13mg
    Sodium: 260mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 4g
    Dietary Fiber: 1g
    Sugar: 2g
    Protein: 8g

    Shrimp and Asparagus Sauté

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

    Ingredients:

    1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
    1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    Juice of 1 lemon
    1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
    Salt and black pepper to taste
    Lemon wedges (for serving)

    Directions:

    _Heat the extra-virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

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

    _Add the asparagus to the skillet and sauté for 3-4 minutes, or until they are tender-crisp.

    _Push the asparagus to the side of the skillet and add the shrimp. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until they turn pink and opaque.

    _Drizzle the lemon juice over the shrimp and asparagus, then sprinkle with fresh parsley.

    _Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

    _Serve the shrimp and asparagus sauté with lemon wedges on the side.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

    Calories: 180
    Total Fat: 8g
    Saturated Fat: 1g
    Cholesterol: 165mg
    Sodium: 180mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 5g
    Dietary Fiber: 2g
    Sugar: 2g
    Protein: 24g

    Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken Breast

    Preparation Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 25 minutes
    Total Time: 40 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    2 cups fresh spinach leaves
    1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
    Salt and black pepper to taste
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    Toothpicks or kitchen twine (for securing)

    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 for about 1 minute, or until fragrant.

    _Add the fresh spinach leaves to the skillet and cook until they wilt, which should take about 2-3 minutes. Remove the skillet from heat.

    _In a bowl, combine the wilted spinach, crumbled feta cheese, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper.

    _Create a pocket in each chicken breast by slicing horizontally through the thickest part but without cutting all the way through.

    _Stuff each chicken breast with the spinach and feta mixture, securing with toothpicks or kitchen twine if necessary.

    _Season the outside of the chicken breasts with additional salt and black pepper.

    _Heat an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add the stuffed chicken breasts and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until they are golden brown.

    _Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through (the internal temperature should reach 165°F or 74°C).

    _Remove the toothpicks or twine before serving.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

    Calories: 280
    Total Fat: 10g
    Saturated Fat: 4g
    Cholesterol: 95mg
    Sodium: 360mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 3g
    Dietary Fiber: 1g
    Sugar: 0g
    Protein: 41g

    Egg White Omelette with Spinach and Mushrooms

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

    Ingredients:

    4 large egg whites
    1 cup fresh spinach leaves
    1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
    1/4 cup diced onion
    1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
    1/4 cup diced tomatoes
    Salt and black pepper to taste
    1 teaspoon olive oil

    Directions:

    _In a bowl, whisk the egg whites until well combined. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

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

    _Add the diced onion and red bell pepper to the skillet. Sauté for about 2 minutes until they begin to soften.

    _Add the sliced mushrooms and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until they start to brown.

    _Stir in the fresh spinach leaves and diced tomatoes. Cook for another 1-2 minutes until the spinach wilts.

    _Pour the whisked egg whites over the vegetable mixture. Let it cook without stirring for about 3-4 minutes, or until the edges start to set.

    _Carefully flip the omelette in half and cook for another 2-3 minutes until fully set.

    _Slide the omelette onto a plate and serve hot.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

    Calories: 80
    Total Fat: 2g
    Saturated Fat: 0g
    Cholesterol: 0mg
    Sodium: 220mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 7g
    Dietary Fiber: 2g
    Sugar: 4g
    Protein: 10g

    Zucchini Noodles with Pesto and Cherry Tomatoes

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

    Ingredients:

    2 medium zucchinis, spiralized into noodles
    1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
    1/4 cup basil pesto (store-bought or homemade)
    2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
    2 tablespoons pine nuts (optional)
    Salt and black pepper to taste
    Olive oil for cooking

    Directions:

    _Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil.

    _Add the spiralized zucchini noodles to the skillet and sauté for about 2-3 minutes, or until they start to soften.

    _Add the halved cherry tomatoes to the skillet and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until they begin to blister.

    _Stir in the basil pesto and continue cooking for another 2 minutes until the noodles are well coated with the pesto.

    _Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

    _Divide the zucchini noodles and tomatoes between two plates.

    _Top with grated Parmesan cheese and pine nuts if desired.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

    Calories: 250
    Total Fat: 21g
    Saturated Fat: 3g
    Cholesterol: 4mg
    Sodium: 300mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 10g
    Dietary Fiber: 3g
    Sugar: 5g
    Protein: 7g

    Grilled Lemon Herb Chicken with Steamed Broccoli

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

    Ingredients:

    2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    Zest and juice of 1 lemon
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    Salt and black pepper to taste
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    2 cups broccoli florets
    Lemon wedges for garnish

    Directions:

    _In a bowl, combine the lemon zest, lemon juice, minced garlic, dried oregano, salt, black pepper, and olive oil.

    _Place the chicken breasts in a resealable plastic bag and pour the marinade over them. Seal the bag and massage the chicken to coat it evenly with the marinade. Let it marinate for about 10 minutes.

    _Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.

    _Grill the chicken for approximately 6-7 minutes on each side or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) and the chicken is cooked through.

    _While the chicken is grilling, steam the broccoli florets until they are tender, which should take about 5-7 minutes.

    _Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the grill, and let it rest for a few minutes.

    _Serve the grilled chicken with steamed broccoli and garnish with lemon wedges.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

    Calories: 350
    Total Fat: 19g
    Saturated Fat: 3g
    Cholesterol: 85mg
    Sodium: 250mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 10g
    Dietary Fiber: 3g
    Sugar: 2g
    Protein: 36g

    Baked Cod with Garlic and Herbs

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

    Ingredients:

    2 cod fillets
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    1 teaspoon dried thyme
    Salt and black pepper to taste
    Juice of 1 lemon
    Lemon wedges for garnish
    Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish

    Directions:

    _Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

    _Place the cod fillets on the prepared baking sheet.

    _In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, minced garlic, dried oregano, dried thyme, salt, and black pepper.

    _Drizzle the herb and garlic mixture over the cod fillets.

    _Squeeze the lemon juice evenly over the cod fillets.

    _Bake the cod in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes or until it easily flakes with a fork and the internal temperature reaches 145°F (63°C).

    _Garnish with fresh parsley and lemon wedges before serving.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

    Calories: 250
    Total Fat: 11g
    Saturated Fat: 2g
    Cholesterol: 60mg
    Sodium: 320mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 4g
    Dietary Fiber: 1g
    Sugar: 1g
    Protein: 32g

    Spinach and Mushroom 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 cup mushrooms, sliced
    1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
    Salt and black pepper to taste
    Olive oil for cooking

    Directions:

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

    _In a skillet, heat some olive oil over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and sliced mushrooms. Sauté for 3-5 minutes or until the mushrooms are tender. Season with salt, black pepper, and dried oregano.

    _Add the fresh spinach to the skillet and cook for another 2-3 minutes until it wilts. Remove from heat.

    _Cut a pocket into each chicken breast. Stuff each breast with the sautéed spinach and mushroom mixture.

    _Place the stuffed chicken breasts in a baking dish, and sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese on top.

    _Bake in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the center.

    _Serve hot, and enjoy your stuffed chicken breasts.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

    Calories: 290
    Total Fat: 10g
    Saturated Fat: 4g
    Cholesterol: 90mg
    Sodium: 450mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 4g
    Dietary Fiber: 2g
    Sugar: 2g
    Protein: 42g

    Asian-Style Vegetable Stir-Fry

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

    Ingredients:

    2 cups mixed vegetables (e.g., bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, snap peas)
    1 cup tofu, cubed
    2 tablespoons soy sauce
    1 tablespoon sesame oil
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 teaspoon ginger, minced
    1 tablespoon honey (or agave syrup for a vegan option)
    Red pepper flakes (optional, for added heat)
    Green onions, chopped, for garnish
    Cooked brown rice or quinoa (optional, for serving)

    Directions:

    _In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil, minced garlic, minced ginger, honey, and red pepper flakes if using. Set the sauce aside.

    _In a large skillet or wok, heat a bit of oil over medium-high heat.

    _Add the tofu cubes and stir-fry until they become crispy and golden brown.

    _Add the mixed vegetables to the skillet and stir-fry for about 5-7 minutes until they are tender.

    _Pour the sauce over the vegetables and tofu, and stir to coat everything evenly. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.

    _Serve your Asian-style vegetable stir-fry hot over cooked brown rice or quinoa if desired.

    _Garnish with chopped green onions before serving.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving, without rice or quinoa):

    Calories: 200
    Total Fat: 10g
    Saturated Fat: 1.5g
    Cholesterol: 0mg
    Sodium: 500mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 15g
    Dietary Fiber: 3g
    Sugar: 8g
    Protein: 13g

    Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Feta

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

    Ingredients:

    4 medium tomatoes, diced
    2 cucumbers, peeled and chopped
    1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
    1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
    1/4 cup fresh parsley, 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 diced tomatoes, chopped cucumbers, and thinly sliced red onion.

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

    _Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.

    _Sprinkle crumbled feta cheese and chopped fresh parsley over the top.

    _Serve the tomato and cucumber salad immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

    Calories: 150
    Total Fat: 10g
    Saturated Fat: 3.5g
    Cholesterol: 15mg
    Sodium: 240mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 12g
    Dietary Fiber: 3g
    Sugar: 6g
    Protein: 4g

    Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry

    Preparation Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 25 minutes
    Total Time: 40 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    1 medium cauliflower, cut into florets
    1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
    1 onion, finely chopped
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1-inch piece of fresh ginger, grated
    2 tablespoons curry powder
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1 teaspoon ground coriander
    1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
    1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
    1 can (14 oz) coconut milk
    2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    Salt and black pepper to taste
    Fresh cilantro, for garnish

    Directions:

    _In a large skillet or pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until it becomes translucent.

    _Add the minced garlic and grated ginger to the skillet and cook for another 1-2 minutes until fragrant.

    _Stir in the curry powder, ground cumin, ground coriander, ground turmeric, and cayenne pepper. Cook for a couple of minutes to release the flavors.

    _Add the cauliflower florets, chickpeas, and diced tomatoes (with their juices) to the pan. Stir well to combine.

    _Pour in the coconut milk, and season with salt and black pepper. Stir to evenly coat the vegetables and chickpeas.

    _Reduce the heat, cover the pan, and simmer for about 20-25 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender.

    _Garnish with fresh cilantro before serving. Serve your cauliflower and chickpea curry with rice or naan bread, if desired.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

    Calories: 360
    Total Fat: 17g
    Saturated Fat: 13g
    Cholesterol: 0mg
    Sodium: 590mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 45g
    Dietary Fiber: 12g
    Sugar: 13g
    Protein: 13g

    Shrimp and Asparagus Foil Pack

    Preparation Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
    1 bunch asparagus, trimmed
    1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
    1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
    4 cloves garlic, minced
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 lemon, sliced
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    Salt and black pepper to taste
    Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish

    Directions:

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

    _In a large bowl, combine the peeled and deveined shrimp, trimmed asparagus, sliced red and yellow bell peppers, minced garlic, and olive oil. Toss to coat everything evenly.

    _Place four large pieces of aluminum foil on your countertop. Divide the shrimp and vegetable mixture among the foil pieces.

    _Squeeze lemon juice from the lemon slices over each foil pack. Season with dried oregano, salt, and black pepper.

    _Fold and seal the foil packs tightly.

    _Place the foil packs on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes or until the shrimp are pink and opaque, and the vegetables are tender.

    _Carefully open the foil packs (watch out for steam) and garnish with chopped fresh parsley.

    _Serve your shrimp and asparagus foil packs directly from the foil, or transfer the contents to a plate.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

    Calories: 220
    Total Fat: 8g
    Saturated Fat: 1.5g
    Cholesterol: 150mg
    Sodium: 280mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 10g
    Dietary Fiber: 4g
    Sugar: 4g
    Protein: 24g

    Turkey and Black Bean Lettuce Wraps

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

    Ingredients:

    1 pound ground turkey
    1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
    1 cup cooked brown rice
    1 cup salsa
    1 teaspoon chili powder
    1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    Salt and black pepper to taste
    8 large lettuce leaves (such as iceberg or butter lettuce)
    Toppings: diced tomatoes, shredded cheese, sour cream, and chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

    Directions:

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

    _Stir in the cooked brown rice, black beans, salsa, chili powder, ground cumin, salt, and black pepper. Cook for a few more minutes until the mixture is heated through.

    _To serve, spoon the turkey and black bean mixture onto the lettuce leaves. Top with your choice of toppings, such as diced tomatoes, shredded cheese, sour cream, and fresh cilantro.

    _Roll up the lettuce leaves to create wraps and enjoy your turkey and black bean lettuce wraps.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

    Calories: 330
    Total Fat: 6g
    Saturated Fat: 1.5g
    Cholesterol: 55mg
    Sodium: 680mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 39g
    Dietary Fiber: 10g
    Sugar: 3g
    Protein: 29g

    Baked Eggplant Parmesan

    Preparation Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 40 minutes
    Total Time: 55 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients:

    2 large eggplants, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
    2 cups marinara sauce
    2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
    1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    2 eggs, beaten
    1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    1 teaspoon dried basil
    Salt and black pepper to taste
    Olive oil for brushing

    Directions:

    _Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a baking sheet with olive oil.

    _In a bowl, combine Italian breadcrumbs, dried oregano, dried basil, salt, and black pepper.

    _Dip each eggplant slice into beaten eggs and then into the breadcrumb mixture, coating both sides. Place the coated slices on the prepared baking sheet.

    _Bake the eggplant slices for 15-20 minutes or until they become golden and crispy.

    _In a baking dish, spread a thin layer of marinara sauce. Place a layer of baked eggplant slices on top of the sauce. Sprinkle mozzarella and Parmesan cheese over the eggplant. Repeat the layers until all ingredients are used.

    _Bake the assembled eggplant Parmesan in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and golden.

    _Let it cool slightly before serving.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

    Calories: 460
    Total Fat: 20g
    Saturated Fat: 10g
    Cholesterol: 120mg
    Sodium: 960mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 42g
    Dietary Fiber: 10g
    Sugar: 14g
    Protein: 30g

    Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

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

    Ingredients:

    8 cups fresh baby spinach
    2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
    1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
    1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
    1/4 cup sliced almonds
    1/4 cup balsamic vinaigrette dressing

    Directions:

    _In a large salad bowl, combine the fresh baby spinach, sliced fresh strawberries, crumbled feta cheese, thinly sliced red onion, and sliced almonds.

    _Drizzle the balsamic vinaigrette dressing over the salad.

    _Gently toss the ingredients to evenly coat them with the dressing.

    _Serve your spinach and strawberry salad immediately.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

    Calories: 180
    Total Fat: 11g
    Saturated Fat: 3g
    Cholesterol: 15mg
    Sodium: 350mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 18g
    Dietary Fiber: 5g
    Sugar: 10g
    Protein: 6g

    Grilled Mahi-Mahi with Mango Salsa

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

    For the Mahi-Mahi:

    4 Mahi-Mahi fillets (6 oz each)
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 teaspoon paprika
    1/2 teaspoon cumin
    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/2 teaspoon onion powder
    Salt and black pepper to tastez
    For the Mango Salsa:

    2 ripe mangoes, peeled, pitted, and diced
    1/2 red onion, finely chopped
    1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
    1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
    Juice of 1 lime
    Salt and black pepper to taste

    Directions:

    _Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.

    _In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper. Brush this mixture onto both sides of the Mahi-Mahi fillets.

    _In a separate bowl, combine the diced mangoes, red onion, fresh cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice, salt, and black pepper. Mix to create the mango salsa. Cover and refrigerate until you're ready to serve.

    _Place the Mahi-Mahi fillets on the preheated grill and cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side or until the fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.

    _Serve the grilled Mahi-Mahi hot, topped with mango salsa.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

    Calories: 340
    Total Fat: 8g
    Saturated Fat: 1g
    Cholesterol: 150mg
    Sodium: 460mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 29g
    Dietary Fiber: 4g
    Sugar: 24g
    Protein: 38g

    Butternut Squash and Lentil Soup

    Preparation Time: 20 minutes
    Cook Time: 35 minutes
    Total Time: 55 minutes
    Serves: 6

    Ingredients:

    1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and diced
    1 cup dried red lentils
    1 large onion, chopped
    2 carrots, chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    6 cups vegetable broth
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
    Salt and black pepper to taste
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    Fresh cilantro or parsley for garnish (optional)

    Directions:

    _In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and cook until they become translucent.

    _Add the minced garlic, ground cumin, and ground coriander to the pot. Sauté for another minute until fragrant.

    _Stir in the chopped carrots, diced butternut squash, and dried red lentils. Pour in the vegetable broth and bring the mixture to a boil.

    _Reduce the heat and let the soup simmer, covered, for about 20-25 minutes or until the vegetables are tender and the lentils are fully cooked.

    _Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth. If you don't have an immersion blender, carefully transfer the hot soup to a regular blender and blend in batches.

    _Season the soup with salt and black pepper to taste.

    _Serve the butternut squash and lentil soup hot, garnished with fresh cilantro or parsley if desired.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

    Calories: 240
    Total Fat: 5g
    Saturated Fat: 1g
    Cholesterol: 0mg
    Sodium: 820mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 43g
    Dietary Fiber: 9g
    Sugar: 5g
    Protein: 8g

    Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Quinoa

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

    Ingredients:

    4 large Portobello mushrooms, stems removed
    1 cup quinoa
    2 cups vegetable broth
    1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
    Salt and black pepper to taste
    Grated Parmesan cheese (optional, for serving)

    Directions:

    _Start by cooking the quinoa. In a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the quinoa is tender and the liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork and set aside.

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

    _Brush the Portobello mushrooms with the balsamic mixture, ensuring they are well coated. Let them marinate for about 10 minutes.

    _Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Place the mushrooms on the grill, gill side down. Grill for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until the mushrooms are tender.

    _Serve the grilled Portobello mushrooms over a bed of cooked quinoa. Drizzle any remaining balsamic mixture over the top and garnish with grated Parmesan cheese if desired.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

    Calories: 300
    Total Fat: 8g
    Saturated Fat: 1g
    Cholesterol: 0mg
    Sodium: 510mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 51g
    Dietary Fiber: 7g
    Sugar: 6g
    Protein: 10g

    Lemon Garlic Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles

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

    Ingredients:

    1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
    3-4 medium zucchinis
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    Juice of 2 lemons
    1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
    Salt and black pepper to taste
    Red pepper flakes (optional, for a spicy kick)

    Directions:

    _Use a spiralizer to turn the zucchinis into noodles. If you don't have a spiralizer, you can use a vegetable peeler to create long, thin strips.

    _In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and red pepper flakes (if using). Sauté for about 1 minute or until fragrant.

    _Add the shrimp to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes per side or until they turn pink and opaque.

    _Add the zucchini noodles to the pan and toss with the shrimp. Sauté for an additional 2-3 minutes until the zucchini noodles are heated through and slightly softened.

    _Pour the lemon juice over the shrimp and zucchini noodles. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

    _Garnish with chopped fresh parsley before serving.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

    Calories: 220
    Total Fat: 10g
    Saturated Fat: 1g
    Cholesterol: 170mg
    Sodium: 440mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 10g
    Dietary Fiber: 3g
    Sugar: 5g
    Protein: 23g