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Healthy Menus with Recipes

We all know that we should eat healthier, whether to reach and maintain a desirable weight, or just for overall good health. Usually, that means eating more whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and cutting down on added sugars, sodium and saturated fats, replacing some with healthier choices. And, even when eating healthy, portion control is essential. Years ago, I changed my way of cooking and not only lost weight, but I feel better. Admittedly, losing the weight was much easier than maintaining. However, since I developed better eating habits, getting back on track is as simple as eating a little less of all that delicious healthy food. Of course, I cannot resist an occasional splurge, but even then I revise the recipe as much as possible without sacrificing flavor or texture in the finished dish.

If there is a downside to healthy eating, it is that you must be prepared to cook almost every day. Restaurant and store-bought prepared foods are gradually improving because people are demanding a change. However, if you read the ingredient lists and nutritional information on the packaging, which you should do, many still use trans fats or excessive oil, white flour and other processed grains, and copious amounts of sugar, sodium and artificial ingredients. If, like me, you love to cook and experiment with new recipes, cooking healthy is a simple task and most of the recipes are quick and easy to prepare. With that in mind, I hope you will enjoy browsing through the menus below and find some that you will add to your dinner plans. The entrees and sides can be mixed and matched as desired, and you will find many more on the Healthy Recipes page, including appetizers, breads and sweet treats.


Beef, Lamb, Pork or Veal as a Main Dish

Poultry or Seafood as a Main Dish

Pasta or Soup as a Main Dish
Eggs or Vegetables as a Main Dish

Sandwiches, Wraps or Pizza as a Main Dish
Homemade Hot Dogs Recipe Photo
Homemade Hot Dogs, 'Baked' Beans, Homemade Baked Potato Chips

Turkey Loaf Recipe Photo
Turkey Loaf, Sour Cream Smashed Potatoes, Roasted Green Beans with Tomatoes and Basil

Southwestern Bean and Rice Soup Recipe Photo
Southwestern Bean and Rice Soup, Toasted Garlic Pita Bread

Menus with Beef, Lamb, Pork or Veal

Beef Tenderloin Stew

Rustic French-Style
Multigrain Bread

(or similar crusty bread)

Boneless Pork Loin Roasted
with Apples and Sweet Potatoes

Cooked Collard Greens

100% Whole Grain
Buttermilk Cornbread

Herb-Stuffed Butterflied Leg of Lamb

Italian Potato Salad

Eggplant with Marinara Sauce

Pan-Roasted Veal Chops with
Garlic and Herbs

Wild Rice Pilaf

Butternut Squash

Menus with Poultry or Seafood

Baked Chicken with
Red Wine and Pecans

Herb-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Mixed Baby Greens Salad with
Tarragon-Honey-Mustard Vinaigrette

Turkey Loaf

Sour Cream Smashed Potatoes

Roasted Green Beans with
Tomatoes and Basil

Fish Fillets with
Marinara Sauce

Herbed Couscous

Broccoli with Garlic
and Parmesan Cheese

Baked Salmon with Mustard and
Herbed-Breadcrumb Crust

Brown Basmati Rice Pilaf

Sautéed Spinach Leaves

Menus with Pasta or Soup

Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus

'Everyday' Tossed Green Salad

Southwestern Bean and Rice Soup

Toasted Garlic Pita Bread

Rigatoni with Marinara Sauce

Sautéed Broccoli Rabe (Rapini)

Chicken Noodle Soup

Toasted Cheese Sandwiches

Menus with Eggs or Vegetables

Garlicky Fried Eggs with Baby Greens

Tomato and Onion Salad

Mom's Whole Wheat Bread

Hearty Potato Omelet

Wilted Baby Spinach Leaves
with Garlic and Parmesan

Baked Zucchini with Turkey Stuffing
and Tomato Sauce

100% Whole Wheat Bread
with Oats and Seeds

Roasted Broccoli and Potatoes

Spinach and Arugula Salad
with Tarragon Vinaigrette

Menus with Sandwiches, Wraps or Pizza

Grilled Vegetable Fajitas

Homemade Refried Beans

Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips
served with
Guacamole and/or Tomato Salsa

Healthier Tuna Melts


Pickled Beets

Healthy and Lean
Homemade Hot Dogs

Easy and Healthy 'Baked' Beans

Baked Potato Chips

Sliced Fresh Tomato
and Cheese Pizza

Tossed Green Salad with
Tomatoes and Basil Vinaigrette

Veal Chops Recipe Photo
Pan-Roasted Veal Chops with Garlic and Herbs, Wild Rice Pilaf, Roasted Butternut Squash

Baked Salmon Recipe Photo
Baked Salmon with Mustard and Herbed-Breadcrumb Crust, Brown Basmati Rice Pilaf, Sautéed Spinach Leaves

Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus Recipe Photo
Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus, 'Everyday' Tossed Green Salad