7 Healthy Dinners

  • By Ellie Sher

What does “healthy” really mean? Is it low-calorie? How about low-fat? We think of healthy as involving fresh ingredients and a simple preparation that leaves you feeling satisfied. So, toss the rabbit food to the wayside and nosh on these 7 good-for-you picks.

1. Rock Shrimp and Chanterelle Mushroom Succotash

This sophisticated vegetable salad combines sweet yellow corn, succulent chanterelle mushrooms, and plump cherry tomatoes for a light, elegant main. Finish the dish with bite-size rock shrimp, which take on a gorgeous pink color within minutes in the pan. 

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2. Fresh Garden Salad with Snap Pea Crostini

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Grilled vegetables like carrots and radicchio elevate a simple side salad to main dish quality, especially when paired with a crunchy snap pea crostini. With tender roasted potatoes and crisp baguette slices, the combination of textures puts this dish over the top.

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3. Spring Vegetable Pasta with Shrimp

Shrimp Spring Vegetable Pasta Michael Symon

Craving pasta? Go for it! Believe it or not, pasta isn’t off the table when it comes to light summertime meals. Simply scale down the amount you would typically eat, and bulk up the dish with plenty of seasonal vegetables and a handful of succulent shrimp. 

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4. Pork Cutlets with Watercress Salad

Who wants boiled chicken breasts when you can opt for the other white meat? Tender pork cutlets are finished with a poached egg and topped with a peppery watercress salad that’s studded with crisp radishes and dried cherries. Got leftovers? Pack this punchy salad with strips of pork for a light lunch on the go. 

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5. Seared Scallops with Wilted Spinach

Seared Scallops Michael Symon

Gorgeous, lush scallops sit atop a bed of wilted spinach with a sprinkling of wine-soaked raisins, pistachios, and orange zest. Watch the pan carefully, though – it only takes a few seconds for tender scallops to be tough and rubbery. 

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6. Zucchini-Wrapped Salmon with Radish Salad

Zucchini Wrapped Salmon Radish Salad Michael Symon

Simple salmon fillets get all dressed up when wrapped in thin zucchini slices. This outer vegetable layer seals in the moisture, yielding a tender piece of fish for a sophisticated restaurant-style dinner at home.

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7. Fish Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

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Light, flaky cod fillets act as an ideal filling for these irresistible fish tacos. Wrapped in a corn tortilla, this versatile white fish gets a lift from a tangy slaw made with Greek yogurt and jalapeno.

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