Our easy three-night menu will help you get back into a healthy post-holiday groove. Roast red bell peppers until charred and tender for a Tex-Mex quinoa bowl, and bulk up Thai-style chicken curry with sweet potatoes. Cilantro adds fresh herbal character to sauces and salads.
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Forget complicated recipes and mile-long shopping lists. We’re streamlining meal prep and cutting your grocery bill with healthy dinners designed with fresh produce and easy-to-find ingredients you can share across recipes each week. Shop this list to feed four for three nights, all for about $30. Read the recipes first to be sure you have the staples on hand.


  • 5 limes
  • 2 English cucumbers
  • 3 red bell peppers
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 2 (5-oz.) pkg. baby kale
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 lb. sweet potatoes
  • Unsalted roasted almonds
  • Quinoa
  • 1 (13.5-oz.) can light coconut milk
  • Thai red curry paste
  • Unsalted almond butter
  • Cotija cheese
  • 13/4 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breasts

Dinner 1: Almond-Coconut Chicken Satay

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Don’t worry about the extra coconut milk in the can; you’ll use it up in the next recipe. Wooden skewers can burn on a grill pan, so soak them for 10 to 20 minutes first. You can also use metal skewers (handle with an oven mitt or potholder).

Our Slow Cooker Thai Beef Curry delivers bold flavor and requires just 30 minutes of prep time:

Dinner 2: Thai Chicken and Vegetable Curry

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Sweet potato, red bell pepper, and baby kale make this quick curry hearty and colorful. These vegetables make the meat almost secondary; just 12 ounces go far here. If you can’t find baby kale, use spinach or lacinato kale cut into 1-inch pieces.

New Year. New Food. Healthy eating starts here, with the Cooking Light Diet.

Dinner 3: Zesty Kale and Sweet Potato Bowl

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This loaded veggie bowl gets a touch of smoke from the spiced sweet potatoes. Chili powder and lime also give toasted almonds an addictive crust; make extra and enjoy as a snack. If you can’t find Cotija cheese, substitute feta.