Presenting a simple weeklong meal plan that will make dinnertime a snap. These recipes are sensible on calories, filled with nutrients and big on flavor. And there’s something for everyone: turkey burgers, tofu, salmon, chicken, pizza and pasta — they’re all here.
Day 1: Meatless Monday
Kick off the week with this tasty, high-protein meal.
Recipe: Udon with Tofu and Asian Greens
Day 2: Spice-Filled Side Dish
Legumes like lentils are packed with fiber, protein and healthy carbs. Serve with grilled chicken, shrimp or lean beef.
Recipe: Spiced Lentils
Day 3: Mess-Free Fish
Get your daily dose of Omega-3 fats from heart-healthy salmon. Thanks to foil packets, there’s little clean-up required.
Recipe: Salmon Baked in Foil
Day 4: Slow Cooker to the Rescue
Prep the ingredients the night before, and toss in the slow cooker before you head out for the day. Dinner will be ready to serve when you get home.
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Chicken Chili
Day 5: Pizza Night!
Yes, you can even have salami on this healthy pie. Parbake the whole-grain dough on the weekend, and the pizza itself can be made in 30 minutes on a weeknight.
Day 6: Burger and Fries
Savor these spicy burgers, which can be prepared on an outdoor grill or indoor grill pan. Serve with baked sweet potato fries.
Day 7: Pasta Dinner
Finish off the week with this hearty pasta dish. Cauliflower isn’t only delectable; it’s one of the trendiest health foods for 2014.
Recipe: Sicilian Cauliflower Pasta