Healthy Dinner Menu Ideas

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    Use What You Have

    • If you keep a variety of vegetables, grains and fish or meat on hand, there's no need to have a strict menu laid out. You can create a healthy meal by simply rummaging through the kitchen. Though meat often gets top billing as a main course, a healthier plan is to feature a small portion of meat alongside at least two vegetables. Keep your spice cabinet stocked, and a tasty meal is never far away. Experiment with different spices and combinations of flavorings on your meat. Drizzled with a little oil and vinegar, nearly any combination of cold vegetables can become a salad. With a little cheese, you can turn any cooked vegetable, from asparagus with parmesan to broccoli with cheddar, into an appealing side.

    Make What You Crave

    • It's Friday night, there's a great movie on TV and all you want to do is order up a greasy, steaming-hot pizza. Homemade pizza is actually much quicker and easier than it seems. You can buy pizza dough premade, or make your own with just flour, salt, yeast and water. A little marinara sauce and your favorite combination of cheeses, meats and vegetables, and you have your own custom-made pizza. Just 15 or 20 minutes in the oven is all it takes for a piping-hot, healthy dinner. Choose whole wheat or multi-grain dough for an even healthier option.

    Soup, Salad and Breadsticks

    • This combination is a favorite at restaurants, but is often overlooked for dinners at home. Combine your favorites to create a healthy, filling meal. Whether you're after a cooling gazpacho in the summer or a warm and hearty beef vegetable soup in the winter, this combination is a classic that's sure to please. In "Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy," Walter C. Willett, M.D., shares one of his favorite healthy combinations: curried winter squash soup, spinach and mushroom salad with vinaigrette and cracked wheat peasant bread.

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