One of the best ways to improve your diet, trim your food budget and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time is to decrease the amount of animal protein on your plate. But not everyone is ready to go full-on vegetarian.
That’s why we love the idea of simply changing up how much of each food group is included in each meal. You can claim the nutrition boosts from eating more produce by making meat more of a garnish instead of the center of the plate. This works especially well with high-quality, grass-fed meat, because a little goes a long way to add a dose of flavor and nutrients, including iron, zinc and protein. Plus, it can lower your cholesterol levels and risks for developing heart disease and other chronic illnesses.
Everyone at the table will love these fresh and easy meals—and they are also simple to customize to accommodate dairy-free and grain-free diets.
Save time by roasting the sweet potato in this recipe ahead of time—it will keep in the fridge for up to three days in an airtight container. After that step, you can whip up these Greek-inspired, produce-packed salads on even the busiest nights of the week. Just 8 ounces of ground lamb gets stretched into eight flavorful patties.
A little bit of pork adds plenty of flavor to this simple stir-fry. If you can’t find baby bok choy, simply substitute full size and slice thinly.
You can enjoy a classic steak salad that’s lighter on the steak but just as satisfying, with the smart addition of rich and hearty portobello mushrooms.
Takeout has nothing on this flavorful Thai curry—and you’ll love how easy this recipe makes it to get in the servings of produce you need each day. The combination of chicken and tofu creates a protein-packed dish that will please even your meat lovers. And if you’re eating grain free, simply skip the rice or trade in spiralized veggie noodles instead.
Add a stealthy dose of nutrients to homemade chicken nuggets, and serve with a batch of sweet potato fries and apples for a quick and well-rounded new family-favorite meal.
This pasta stretches two chicken breasts into six servings with a garden of fresh vegetables; use chicken thighs for even more savings. If your family doesn’t care for artichokes, feel free to leave them out; the dish will still be delicious.
Fresh fruit—including honeydew melon and mango—provides a delicious complementary note to this salad's savory flavors, offered by jalapeños, red onion, and a dash of cider vinegar. Top it off with some fresh mint and basil, and everyone will be looking for seconds.
This recipe suggests cooking pasta in limited liquid in a large, deep skillet to avoid bringing a huge pot of water to boil; plus, the pasta absorbs flavor and releases starch that thickens the sauce. This technique works especially well with brown rice pasta, found in the gluten-free aisle of many markets.
Cocoa powder adds a pleasant bittersweet note to the bean mixture, which also works well in tacos and burritos. Tortillas vary widely in sodium, so look for lower-salt varieties.
Perfect for chillier months (and a win with kids, too), this hearty lunch, which offers a healthy dose of vegetables and a bit of meat, will keep you fueled well past any midday slump.
A tasty sandwich that’s perfect for busy weeknights. Choose top sirloin if available; it has the best flavor and texture.
This festive summer salad is full of enticing textures and flavors—a surefire hit at parties and potlucks. It makes a great light dinner entrée, as well.
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