These meat-based main dishes use fresh ingredients and healthy fats to create heart-smart meals that are filling and fast.
Lean cuts of meat including beef, pork, chicken, and turkey are an important part of consuming enough protein to maintain
a healthy and balanced diet.
First up is our Filet Mignon with Arugula Salad. Arugula, a peppery salad green, makes a tasty bed for pan-seared steak. Asiago garlic bread is a fitting accompaniment. Combine 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 minced garlic clove; brush evenly over 4 (1-inch-thick) French bread slices. Top each bread slice with 1 tablespoon grated Asiago cheese. Broil 2 minutes or until cheese melts and bread is toasted.
View Recipe: Filet Mignon with Arugula Salad
Chili and chipotle powders lend earthy, smoky flavors to the grilled beef. For milder flavor, use ancho chile powder in place
of the hot chipotle. The spice rub would also work nicely on chicken breasts.
View Recipe: Grilled Flank Steak Soft Tacos with Avocado-Lime Salsa
Brushed with a rub of fresh herbs flavored with olive oil and lemon zest, this flank steak is roasted with red wine-laced
broth, adding up to lots of flavor with little fuss. Leftovers, if there are any, make great steak sandwiches.
View Recipe: Roasted Flank Steak with Olive Oil-Herb Rub
Pair this home-style favorite with mashed potatoes to soak up the sauce. Leftover meat makes great hot roast beef sandwiches
the next day.
View Recipe: Slow-Cooker Beef Pot Roast
Making meat loaf in single-serving portions reduces the cooking time by half and keeps the meat juicy.
View Recipe: Individual Salsa Meat Loaves
Using fat-free half-and-half gives this dish a creamy, rich flavor that fat-free milk can't. Sprinkle the finished dish with
chopped fresh parsley, if desired.
View Recipe: Pork Chops with Mustard Cream Sauce
If your blackberries are particularly sweet or tart, adjust the amount of sugar in the sauce accordingly by 1/2 teaspoon or
so to find the right balance.
View Recipe: Grilled Pork with Blackberry-Sage Sauce
Comfort food is perfect for family night, so dish up a hearty pork dish with a tangy salsa topping. A quick and hearty rice-and-beans
side dish complements the roast.
View Recipe: Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Orange and Red Onion Salsa
A loaf of whole-grain or sesame seed bread completes the dinner. Blue cheese balances the sweetness of the pears and raisins;
choose a premium variety for more intensity.
View Recipe: Warm Spinach Salad with Pork and Pears
Cook a flavorful pot of chili in just 40 minutes for a quick weeknight meal that's sure to warm the soul. You can easily double
the recipe and freeze extra for later.
View Recipe: Beef and Beer Chili
Cook the brown rice in plenty of water so it won't be sticky. Serve this brown rice chicken salad dish with lime wedges.
View Recipe: Sesame Brown Rice Salad with Shredded Chicken and Peanuts
A three-minute dip into a pungent cilantro-lime marinade is all that's needed to deliver big flavor to chicken breasts. Serve
with saffron rice.
View Recipe: Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa
Scaloppine are chicken breasts pounded thin; they cook to perfection in four minutes. The crisp salad comes together quickly,
too, which makes this a great dinner for a busy night.
View Recipe: Chicken Scaloppine with Sugar Snap Pea, Asparagus, and Lemon Salad
Pick up a container of fresh pineapple chunks in the produce section of the supermarket; chop into half-inch pieces for the
salsa. Serve with steamed broccoli and warm rolls to complete the dinner.
View Recipe: Peanut-Crusted Chicken with Pineapple Salsa
This chicken stir-fry dish balances salty, sweet, tangy, and spicy ingredients. Spoon it alongside a quick rice pilaf.
View Recipe: Chicken, Cashew, and Red Pepper Stir-Fry
Although the tomato mixture and tangy lemon marinade complement the full-flavored chicken thighs, you can use this same preparation
with tuna steaks. Roast the tomatoes while the chicken marinates. Garnish with fresh parsley.
View Recipe: Grilled Chicken Thighs with Roasted Grape Tomatoes
Reminiscent of tabbouleh, this Lebanese-inspired dish is a smart choice if you want to incorporate more fiber into your diet.
Bulgur—wheat berries that have been steamed, dried, and ground—is the basis of many salads in the Middle East. Serve this
salad with warmed whole wheat pita bread.
View Recipe: Chicken Bulgur Salad
Tickle your palate with a taste of the tropics. Pineapple has a natural juiciness that gives this sandwich an irresistible
taste. The fruit also offers a healthy reason for indulging: It's a high source of vitamin C.
View Recipe: Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Sandwiches
Serve a light and fresh turkey burger flavored with pesto and feta cheese. A spicy and creamy tzatziki sauce is great spread
on the burgers or served on the side for dipping.
View Recipe: Mediterranean Turkey Burgers
To cut down on time and keep cleanup to a minimum, use kitchen shears to easily chop tomatoes while they're still in the can.
View Recipe: Chicken-Escarole Soup
Crowd-pleasing white bean chili calls for canned beans and chicken broth, making prep convenient.
View Recipe: White Bean and Turkey Chili