Ellie Krieger's Go-To Healthy Recipes

The cookbook author and Food Network star shares her top 10 budget-friendly, healthy meals. Featuring powerhouse staples from your pantry and freezer, these recipes are all quick and easy to make.

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    Garlic-Basil Shrimp

    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.

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    Lemony Lentil Soup with Greens

    "Tiny, tasty lentils pack a big nutritional punch in this hearty soup," says Ellie. "Tender kale, sweet carrots, and tart lemon add color, flavor, and an extra measure of healthy goodness."

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    Baked Beans with Ham and Green Apple-Cabbage Slaw

    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.

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    Aromatic Beef Stew with Butternut Squash

    Nutrient-packed butternut squash is a natural in this flavorful Moroccan-inspired stew. Serve with couscous to soak up the rich tomatoey sauce.

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    Mediterranean Salmon Wrap

    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.

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    Wheat Berry Salad with Lemon-Cumin Grilled Chicken Breast

    Wheat berries add a "chewy texture" to this fresh and filling chicken salad, explains Ellie.

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    Tri-Color Vegetable Saute

    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.

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    Cherry-Almond-Chocolate Clusters

    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.

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    Fresh and Light Dinner Recipes

    From salads to pastas to sandwiches, we've compiled a list of our favorite easy and light dinner recipes. We even have ideas for making steak into a light and refreshing meal! Plus, these recipes are filled with fresh ingredients, making them extra tasty and nutritious. These recipes prove that dinner doesn't have to be a covered in mounds of cheese and dripping with butter to be satisfying!
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