The New Year is all about new beginnings, so there's no better time to make a resolution to experiment with some new recipes and improve your health.
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The New Year offers an irresistible opportunity to start fresh and reaffirm your commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Now is the perfect time to kick those bad eating habits in favor of enjoying nutritious meals that will leave you more than satisfied. We've rounded up some delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes to ensure that you get off to the right start in 2014!
This Italian-style frittata features plum tomatoes, fresh
basil, and scallions, and vegetable oil spread instead of butter. Frittatas are
super easy to make. The process is just like preparing an omelet, except that
you finish the frittata in the oven, so it puffs up and gets golden brown on
Steel-cut oats are a South Beach Diet favorite, and this
Phase 2-friendly version is both hearty and tasty. Plus this breakfast can be
whipped up quickly in the microwave if you don't want to soak the oats
overnight. This oatmeal is spiced with cinnamon and sweetened with dried
apricots and maple syrup, and the toasted heart-healthy walnuts add some
Healthy yogurt-based breakfast smoothies are packed with
protein, which helps energize you in the morning. This particular smoothie gets
an extra boost of protein from the wheat germ, which also adds fiber, thiamin,
and vitamin E, and the blackberries give it a lovely color. If your berries are on the sour side, go ahead
and add a tablespoon of sugar substitute to sweeten the smoothie up.
This creamy soup is made in the
French "potage" style, meaning that the veggies are boiled together until
tender and then puréed. But don't let the creaminess of this flavorful soup
fool you: It has no cream in it! Depending on the rest of your menu, serve it
as a side dish or a main. On Phase 2, you can add whole-grain toasts or
croutons drizzled with olive oil.
Citrus is bountiful in the winter months and makes a great
addition to salads. Here colorful pink grapefruit not only looks pretty but gives
the dish a healthy dose of vitamin C. This quick, light lunch takes only about 30 minutes total to prep and
It's no Philly Cheese Steak, but our warm steak sandwich is
still a real crowd-pleaser. This succulent sandwich is made with "minute
steak," which is a very thin piece of boneless beefsteak named for its ability to
cook up fast. The meat is enhanced by the savory flavors of roasted red pepper
mayo and spicy arugula, and served between a couple slices of multigrain bread.
A quick lunch fix, this sandwich can be built in just 15 minutes.
Pesto is a northern Italian sauce that's typically made with
fresh basil, garlic, olive oil, pine nuts and Parmesan cheese that's commonly
used to dress pasta dishes. Here we use store-bought pesto and shredded part-skim
mozzarella cheese to quickly turn tender chicken breasts into an incredibly easy-to-make pesto
chicken dish that will soon become a new healthy family favorite.
You and your dinner companions will feel like you've been
treated to a night out at a French bistro when you try our take on "moules à la Provençale."
This mouthwatering mussels dish, served
in a broth of sautéed garlic and onions, white wine, and crushed tomatoes seasoned
with basil and spiced with red pepper flakes, is surprisingly easy to prepare.
You'll find some version of this dish on a number of
Chinese, Malaysian, Japanese, Thai, and other Asian restaurant menus. Our healthy
South Beach Diet version marinates tofu in a mixture of rice vinegar, garlic,
ginger, reduced-sodium soy sauce, and toasted sesame oil, then stir-fries it
until browned and crisp. The tofu is combined with sautéed eggplant and snow
peas, then served over brown rice for a filling and delicious meal.
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