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Healthy Dinner Recipes for Spring

Shake off the winter chill with healthy spring recipes including silky carrot soup and avocado-slathered sandwiches. Each healthy dinner idea has fewer than 400 calories per serving and features fresh, in-season ingredients like asparagus, peas, new potatoes, carrots, and more!


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    • Skillet Bucatini with Spring Vegetables

      Bring new life to pasta night with ripe pieces of asparagus and cherry tomatoes. To amp up the protein, supplement the spring pasta recipe with a baked chicken breast or salmon fillet.

    • Pizza Primavera

      Showcase all the fresh produce that spring has to offer with these skinny vegetable flatbreads. Sweet peppers, mushrooms, red onion, cherry tomatoes, and asparagus top whole wheat flatbreads for a satisfying dinner that is ready in minutes.

      Quick & Healthy Recipe Ideas
    • Rosemary and Ravioli Chicken Soup

      Fresh rosemary begins to sprout in spring and contributes light, aromatic life to poultry dishes. Use it to flavor this fast and filling soup recipe that is packed with shortcut ingredients like purchased roasted chicken and refrigerated spinach ravioli.

    • Mediterranean Pizza Skillet

      Showcase in-season artichokes with the Mediterranean flavors of olives, roma tomatoes, and feta cheese. Italian-seasoned chicken breasts and fresh basil finish these protein-packed tartines.

      Recipes Under 400 Calories
    • Tarragon Shrimp with Risotto

      Skip the dried stuff and flavor the marinade in this healthy seafood recipe with a tablespoon of fresh tarragon. The in-season herb adds brightness to grilled shrimp and pairs well with a simple side of rice and peas.

    • Red Quinoa Salad with Raspberries and Beets

      This beautiful salad brims with spring ingredients: radishes, beets, and red-leaf lettuce. Quinoa provides valuable protein and a filling whole grain. Watch our how-to!

    • Broccoli Gravy Toasts

      Rich gravy isn't just a winter indulgence. Lighten it up with bright, seasonal broccoli and cooked ham for a skinny spring dinner the entire family will enjoy.

    • Pepper-Poached Salmon and Herbed Beets

      In-season red and golden beets contribute vibrant color and rich texture to spring recipes. Top the vegetable with flaky salmon and a refreshing tarragon-watercress dressing for an impressive low-calorie dinner.

      Healthy Spring Recipe Tip: When dealing with beets, wear latex gloves to avoid staining your hands.

      No-Fail Fish and Seafood Ideas
    • Lemon-Thyme Roasted Chicken with Fingerlings

      Two spring favorites -- fresh thyme and tiny new potatoes -- come together in this low-fat skillet dinner. The herb assists small slices of lemon in flavoring juicy seared chicken breasts.

      Top Chicken Breast Recipes
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      Spicy Carrot-Chicken Salad

      Take chicken salad for a healthy spring spin by swapping mayo for a zippy blend of Greek yogurt and harissa paste. The tangy chile sauce complements sweet roasted carrots that fill the low-fat sandwiches.

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      Pork Roast with Baby Artichokes

      Feed a crowd with this healthy spring dinner that features roasted in-season baby vegetables. Rosemary-rubbed pork infuses the bed of carrots, artichokes, and new potatoes with rich, fragrant flavor.

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      Penne and Asparagus Salad

      Flavored with fresh basil, this simple pasta salad gains the perfect touch of crunch from crisp-tender asparagus, while Kalamata olives and copocollo supply saltiness. Bonus! The leftovers make a delicious seasonal lunch option.

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      Avocado and Asparagus Egg Sandwiches

      Fresh, in-season asparagus spears join crispy bacon and fluffy eggs in this hearty whole grain sandwich. A smear of avocado -- a healthy fat that's also rich in protein -- gives the spring-inspired dinner creamy goodness.

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      Tips for Perfectly Cooked Asparagus

      Next time dinner rolls around, look to this fresh spring vegetable for an easy side dish. Watch as we show you how to achieve delicious crisp-tender asparagus with our simple how-to tips.

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      Succotash Salad with Buttermilk-Avocado Dressing

      Avocado and buttermilk combine in a super-creamy dressing to drizzle on this salad recipe. Add more comfort-food flavors to this healthy salad with sweet corn, grilled chicken, and crumbled bacon.

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      Chops and Pineapple with Chili Slaw

      With vitamin-rich chili slaw and in-season pineapple, this grilled pork dinner offers a lot to love. Look for the candy-sweet fruit at its peak in March through July.

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      White Bean Tuna Salad

      Pearly cannellini beans and delicate shreds of tuna make a protein-packed duo in this leafy spring salad. Shake up your own dressing using vinegar, oil, oregano, salt, and pepper. A squeeze of lemon adds extra spring freshness.

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      Spring Salad

      Brimming with fresh market produce, this healthy side-dish salad struts the best of spring: antioxidant-rich strawberries, sliced radishes, and crisp, vitamin-packed sugar snap peas.

      Simple Garden-Fresh Salads
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      Curried Salmon with Tomatoes and Dried Plums

      Salmon, fresh or frozen, is a delicious source of omega-3 oils and B vitamins. Pair the fork-tender fish with slightly toasted Israeli couscous, crisp red onions, and sweet dried plums for a wholesome spring dinner.

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      Creamy Carrot and Millet Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

      This soup features the beautiful color and balanced nutrition of carrots. Pureed millet, a whole grain, creates smooth texture, and grilled cheese croutons make this healthy recipe impossible to resist.

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      Pasta and Peas

      Creamy green peas, salty prosciutto, and fresh baby greens turn a boring box of pasta into a stellar spring dinner. The itty-bitty size of the ditalini noodles makes this light spring dinner extra enjoyable.

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      Spicy Shrimp and Sugar Snap Pea Kabobs

      This low-calorie spring dinner is a great excuse to dust off the grill and add a little spice to the season. Serve with a whole grain like brown rice for a fun and filling dinner idea.

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      Garbanzo Bean-Veggie Pitas with Creamy Avocado Dressing

      Stuff pita pockets with garlicky garbanzo beans, iron-rich spinach, and cherry tomatoes for a filling spring dinner idea. Dunk or drizzle the pitas in a simple yogurt-base avocado dressing.

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      Herb-Garlic Beef Roast

      Spring offerings like carrots and new potatoes are the perfect additions to hearty beef roast. Sprinkle the finished dish with a homemade herb-garlic mixure.

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      Open-Face Meatball Sandwiches

      Keep the best of Indian flavors -- cardamom, ginger, and mint -- and replace the heavy ingredients. Using ground turkey for the meatballs and fat-free yogurt for the creamy sauce cuts calories and fat.

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      Roasted Beet Salad with Golden Raisins and Pine Nuts

      Rosemary-seasoned beets are tender and full of antioxidants. Mix in golden raisins and Manchego cheese for a mouthwatering spring dinner.

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      Risotto with Chicken and Spring Peas

      Slowly blend rice with chicken broth, garlic, and onion for a smooth, savory risotto. Chicken and veggies complete this comforting yet healthy dish.

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      Honey-Lime Rice Salad

      Honey and lime juice jive perfectly as a light, unexpected salad dressing. Toss it over oranges, brown rice, and seasonal avocados for a healthy dinner that satisfies.

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      Healthy Dinner Recipes Under $3

      We all want the same thing: a delicious (and healthy!) inexpensive dinner. Try our recipes, each of which is a healthy dinner idea full of nutrition without skimping on taste. Plus, at less than $3 per serving, our cheap healthy recipes are easy on the wallet and the waistline. These will make you feel good about feeding the family!
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