Satisfying Suppers with Just a Bit of Meat

Who says you need a big hunk of meat to get your protein? These healthy meals, packed with fiber and nutrients from plenty of veggies, get their protein from whole grains, beans, nuts, dairy -- and just a bit of meat, too.

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    Sausage-Stuffed Delicata Squash

    Super-sweet delicata squash halves cradle a filling of kale, raisins, onion, and Italian turkey sausage, while panko bread crumbs, walnuts, and Parmesan cheese form a crunchy topper. You get all that goodness, plus a whopping 7 grams of fiber and 21 grams of protein, too.

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    White Bean Tuna Salad

    Cannellini beans make this light-tasting tuna salad surprisingly filling, as it contains 22 grams of protein per serving! Mix in fresh spinach or arugula for extra fiber and a hefty dose of vitamins.

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    Asparagus and Prosciutto Tartines

    Tartine is a fancier word for open-face sandwich. This healthy concoction is a slice of hearty bread schmeared with a thick layer of a pea, bean, and basil spread; loaded with asparagus and cheese; then topped with just a sprinkling of prosciutto.

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    Brazilian Black Bean Stew

    Spicy from jalapenos and citrusy from orange zest and juice, this is a black bean stew unlike any other. Since the ham hocks are primarily for seasoning, they don't steal the limelight! Serve this savory stew alongside cooked rice for a ridiculously flavorful and hearty meal.

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    White Bean and Sausage Rigatoni

    Pasta and beans take center stage in this super-speedy Italian entree that features a couple ounces of turkey sausage per serving. Thanks to a one-two punch of cannellini beans and sausage, each bowl packs 25 grams of protein!

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    Quinoa Salad with Seared Tuna

    A little thinly sliced tuna steak goes a long way -- just 12 ounces serves six! We stacked it over hearty quinoa, fresh chopped veggies, and feta cheese for a healthy meal that doesn't skimp on flavor.

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    Red Bean, Chicken, and Sweet Potato Stew

    Packing 16 grams of fiber and 32 grams of protein, this healthy bean-starring stew could scarcely get heartier. Sweet potatoes, bell peppers, tomatoes, and chiles float in a peanut-buttery broth alongside a few tender chunks of chicken.

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    Orange, Asparagus, and Calamari

    Need a healthy meal worthy of a special occasion? You've found it! This easy skillet combines the complementary flavors of fiber-rich asparagus and oranges with a bit of tender, thinly sliced calamari—and it's every bit as good as it sounds.

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    Flank Steak and Plum Salad with Creamy Chimichurri Dressing

    Sweet ripe plums, charred onions, and tender baby greens steal the show in this flavor- and nutrient-packed dinner salad. A couple ounces of grilled flank steak and a tangy chimichurri dressing (made with Greek yogurt for extra protein) finish off each healthy salad with style.

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    Beef and Black Bean Chili

    A little ground beef stretches a long way in this savory, fiber-rich chili -- 12 ounces of beef feeds eight! When it's accompanied by peppers, onions, tomatoes, and black beans, no one will bat an eye...or suspect they're eating healthy.

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    Dijon Lentil and Sausage Casserole

    This mustard-spiked casserole receives a protein boost from red lentils and a savory burst of flavor from parsnips, shallots, green beans, and garlic. It's so packed you could almost leave out the sausage (but it sure is delish with it!).

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    Red Beans and Rice with Squash

    It's hard to ask for a more satisfying dinner. Sweet butternut squash, tender beans, peppers, onions, and andouille sausage simmer in a smoky, well-spiced stew that packs a protein and fiber punch. They won't need seconds...but they might want them!

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    One-Pot Ham and Greens Pasta

    A healthy meal that's also easy on dishes? Win! Kale or mustard greens provide a hefty dose of vitamins and fiber, and shaved hard cheese and ham bring protein to the table. Use whole wheat orecchiette pasta to make this dish extra hearty.

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    Two-Pea Soup with Pork

    Two forms of protein-rich peas -- dry split peas and frozen green peas -- are simmered and pureed with other veggies and herbs into a thick, satisfying soup. Ham hocks provide a little savory seasoning; garnish with the shredded meat, if you'd like!

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    Zucchini and Cheddar Crust Pizza with Chicken and Apples

    A veggie-based pizza crust held together with protein-loaded egg and cheese make a nutrition-packed foundation for this healthy pizza recipe. Topped with apples, olives, chicken, and veggies, it's a hearty healthy dinner recipe.

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    Superfoods Salad

    If vitamin-rich strawberries, blueberries, spinach, and walnuts sound like the base of your dream salad, read on. Things only get more satisfying when you add goat cheese, chicken, and a homemade raspberry vinaigrette to the mix.

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    Asian-Style Chicken and Pasta

    Crunch into this hearty stir-fry -- featuring sugar snap peas, sweet peppers, cashews, and a smidge of chicken in a ginger-spiked sauce -- and you'll hardly know you're eating healthy. But 18 grams of protein per serving later, you'll have one satisfied family on your hands.

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    Fast Chicken Fettuccine

    On frantic evenings, avoid the drive-thru temptation. This 20-minute dish, packed with zucchini, yellow squash and dried tomatoes, is a smart and speedy alternative. If you make it with whole grain pasta, you'll pack in more fiber, too.

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    Fresh and Light Dinner Recipes

    From salads to pasta dishes, we've compiled a list of our favorite easy and light dinner recipes. These fresh recipes all make for a delicious dinner that the whole family will love.
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