Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Dinners — May 1-5
Meatless Monday: Pea Pappardelle Pasta
Sugar snaps, green peas, and pea shoots enrich this dish with sweet flavor and a bounty of pleasing textures. Look for pea shoots at your local farmers market or Asian market, or substitute watercress.
Taco Tuesday: Mushroom and Charred Corn Tacos with Guacamole
This quick taco filling is perfect for weeknight dinners, Poblano chiles bring rich, earthy flavor but little to no heat. (Every once in a while you can get a hot one, though.) If you want to add a little spice, add some crushed red pepper when you sauté the mushrooms.
One-Pot Wednesday: Shrimp Paella
Precooked rice and ground turmeric speed up this Spanish shrimp dish and keep cost in check. Let the rice sizzle in the pan to get the prized crispy layer.
Cost for 4: $11.14
Total Time: 20 minutes
Thursday: Garden Greens Pizza
This springtime pie taps into some of the season's superior produce for a vibrant, fresh take on pizza.
Fajita Friday: Cinco de Cheesy Chicken Fajitas
Chicken taco meets 7-layer dip in this fiesta of a skillet supper. For extra zest, serve with cilantro and lime wedges. Shredded rotisserie chicken makes this veggie-packed meal a breeze. Red onion, orange bell pepper, tomatoes, corn, and avocado boost nutrients and add fresh flavor, while the combination of both chicken and beans packs 25g of protein and 10g fiber into this speedy supper. For additional fiber, you can swap in black beans or kidney beans for the pintos. Using reduced-fat sour cream and part-skim mozzarella still gives you plenty of creamy goodness while lowering calories and fat.
Bonus Beverage: Classic Margarita
Hint: Our nutrition guidelines don't allow for it, but this is easily doubled. Use respectable tequila ($28 or so a bottle) and fresh-squeezed lime juice—the ingredients define this cocktail as much as the technique.