Soup can be a healthy meal in and of itself, especially if it’s bean-based. You can always go with the canned variety but dried beans last a long time, cost less, and contrary to reputation, can be easy to prepare. Try black bean soup with smoky jalapeno salsa.
Grilling is a great way to cook the fat off your food and pack on the flavor. Also, fish like salmon and cod are terrific on the grill – and grilling shrimp with the shells on keeps them amazingly moist. No other cooking method adds flamed-on flavor to veggies.
Healthy eating’s best kept secrets are hiding in your bulk food aisle. Ingredients such as bulgur, barley and quinoa are inexpensive sources of fiber and protein that are a breeze to cook and give your meal extra texture. You can even batch cook them on Sunday night to have all week long.
Fresh fruit packs extra nutrients into a meal, creates a refreshing contrast with meat in the summer and requires little or no cooking time. Try this recipe from “Real Simple Dinner Tonight: Done!,” for roasted pork chops and peaches.
The phrase ‘vegetarian meal’ used to sound like an oxymoron but there is mounting evidence about the benefits of a plant-based diet. Shoot for one vegetarian dinner a week, like stir-fried rice noodles with tofu and vegetables.
Making a healthy dinner at the end of the workday doesn’t have to be a hassle. Meals can be prepared quickly using fresh, interesting ingredients. Food director at Real Simple magazine, Allie Lewis Clapp, offers 189 healthy recipes in her new book 'Real Simple Dinner Tonight: Done!' Check out these essentials to making a healthy meal in about 30 minutes