Happy New Year! Are your 2016 resolutions still fresh on your mind? Before they become a distant memory, or a little voice that nags you once the realities of post-vacation life set in, consider this: there’s never been a better time to get healthy and eat deliciously. Losing weight is no longer about cutting out what you love or obsessively counting calories—it’s about understanding what your body needs, balancing your plate, and knowing how to enjoy the foods you love.
Cooking Light’s latest special edition, Your Complete Healthy Eating Guide, teaches you how to do just that. This week of Cooking Light dinner plans comes directly from this issue, with each menu inspired by a principle for long-term success. You’ll also find more about each principle, as well as expert tips and success stories from members of The Cooking Light Diet. Look for the special issue on newsstands this Friday.
Now, on to the recipes!
The Plan: Monday: Beef Chorizo Tacos with Cabbage Slaw with Simple Avocado Salad Tuesday: Lentil Salad with Soft-Cooked Eggs Wednesday: Smoky Farro and Chickpea Soup Thursday: Arctic Char with Orange-Caper Relish with Frisée and Arugula Salad Friday: Cobb Salad Pizza with Shaved Carrot Salad Dessert Bonus: Double-Chocolate Cookies
Monday: Cooking more will help you reduce your sodium and fat intake, eat more veggies, and expand your cooking knowledge. Smoky, saucy Beef Chorizo Tacos with Cabbage Slaw are budget-friendly and ready in less than 30 minutes (and save a whopping 27g of fat over store-bought chorizo). Serve with a fresh Simple Avocado Salad.Lentil Salad with Soft-Cooked Eggs—delicious, meatless, and 16g of protein per serving.Smoky Farro and Chickpea Soup features the good carbs with whole grain farro, chickpeas, and vegetables. Bring to work tomorrow for a hearty lunch that won’t leave you starving or dragging at day's end.Arctic Char with Orange-Caper Relish and Frisée and Arugula Salad uses simple, fresh ingredients. An added bonus: it’s ready in 20 minutes.
If you like having a healthy meal plan but want something customized to your dietary or caloric needs, check out The Cooking Light Diet. It’s a calorie-driven weekly meal plan—breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner—based on your dieting goals and food preferences.