These tangy-sweet beans have big chunks of smoky ham for a satisfying main course. A mix of fresh red cabbage, green apple, and scallion -- tossed in a tangy homemade dressing -- rounds out the dish.
"Tiny, tasty lentils pack a big nutritional punch in this hearty soup," says Ellie Krieger, cookbook author and Food Network star. "Tender kale, sweet carrots, and tart lemon add color, flavor, and an extra measure of healthy goodness."
Starring frozen shrimp, tomatoes, and fresh basil, this healthy (and easy) pasta toss is sure to become a dinnertime favorite. "The dish is ready in the time it takes to boil the whole wheat pasta, so it's my family's favorite rush-hour meal," says Ellie Krieger, cookbook author and Food Network star.
Nutrient-packed butternut squash is a natural in this flavorful Moroccan-inspired stew. Serve with couscous to soak up the rich tomatoey sauce.
This Mediterranean-inspired sandwich starts with convenient canned salmon. "Wrapped up with silky-sweet roasted red peppers in a lemon-olive oil dressing, this sandwich fills you up without slowing you down," says Ellie Krieger, cookbook author and Food Network star.
Wheat berries add a "chewy texture" to this fresh and filling chicken salad, explains Ellie Krieger, cookbook author and Food Network star.
Super-fresh and easy, this vitamin-rich dish gets a boost of protein from edamame (young soybeans). "Tossed with corn and tomatoes, this warm salad works as a side dish for my carnivorous husband and as a main for my vegetarian guests," says Ellie Krieger, cookbook author and Food Network star.
Melted bittersweet chocolate coats toasted almonds and dried cherries for a guilt-free dessert. "I like to bookend my day with chocolate -- I make the clusters in the morning and have them for dessert in the evening," says Ellie Krieger, cookbook author and Food Network star.
This luscious tart is topped with easy-to-make candied lemons. A sizeable shot of vanilla brings out the sweet, flowery side of the typically tart fruit.
This roast chicken marinates in lemon juice for eight hours, so citrus penetrates deep into the meat, flavoring every bite. A sprinkling of fresh herbs brightens the dish.
Baked pieces of hot dog buns are drizzled with sweet custard for an indoor spin on a campfire favorite. The traditional flavors are sprinkled on top -- tiny marshmallows, chocolate, and graham cracker crumbs.
Spicy sauteed chicken and crisp veggies simmer in a tasty homemade peanut sauce. Serve over jasmine rice for Asian flair.
Red lentils blend right in with classic chili ingredients such as diced tomatoes, kidney beans, and chopped veggies in this hearty, meatless dish.
This cozy spin on an Italian classic is hard to resist. Top each dessert with sweet cream cheese and whipped cream before serving for a special finishing touch.