Healthy Vitamin and Protein-Packed Salmon in Under 30 Minutes: Almond-Crusted Salmon

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There are so many great ways to cook salmon, and I often receive requests for new ways to prepare it. Almond-Crusted Salmon is one of my staple recipes that I love, especially since my kids will eat it too. I feel so healthy eating it, and I have to admit that salmon and almonds are two of my favorite ingredients. The basic combination of ground almonds, panko breadcrumbs, Dijon mustard, honey and Italian parsley flavors it to perfection and adds a great crunchy texture. You can find panko breadcrumbs in your local grocery where commercial breadcrumbs are sold.

Low-Fat Sandwich Night: Dijon Peppercorn Wraps

If you’re like me, and you like to serve sandwiches for dinner, you’ll love these Dijon Peppercorn Wraps. I developed this recipe for Laura’s Lean Beef and with 223 calories, 7.3 grams of fat and 19 grams of protein, you can feel great eating these for dinner. Feel free to substitute chicken, but steak is great with the homemade Dijon sauce. This recipe is perfect if you have a hectic afternoon schedule (that’s me everyday with 3 kids).

Summer Favorite: Grilled Tuna Salad with Avocado and Grapefruit

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I had a wonderful, light, crispy salad last week while in Alys Beach Florida so I decided to try to replicate the recipe at my own house. Grilling fresh tuna is so easy, and the lemon marinade makes it so fresh and juicy. Serve the tuna on mixed greens with your favorite toppings. This version includes avocado, pink grapefruit, tomatoes and carrots. If you don’t have time to make your own dressing, use your favorite jarred version. Grilled Tuna Salad with Avocado and Grapefruit is a great way to taste summertime and the good things in life.

Layered Low-Fat and Fresh Mediterranean Salad

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My friend, Kelli, recommended a version of this salad recipe to me that she said she served with fresh grilled fish. I decided to make it a main-dish salad so I added cooked grilled chicken and made a few alterations to make it my own (This recipe is adapted from Clean Eating magazine). You can also use a rotisserie chicken or shrimp if you’re short on time, or feel free to add olives, pepperocinis and even lettuce.

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Healthy Snack or Appetizer: Carrots with Low-Fat Dijon Vinaigrette

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Kelly, one of my dear friends and running partners, has been talking a lot about eating “raw” foods lately. She’s one of the most intelligent and healthy people that I know, so when she talks, I try to always pay close attention. I have always been intrigued by raw food diets and juicing. I served up this platter of fresh raw carrots with a homemade Dijon Vinaigrette, and they sure went fast. It was a simple way to get some raw veggies in the kids’ diet, but also makes a great side dish or appetizer.

Appetizer or Entree: Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders

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Since most kids and adults love chicken fingers, I thought I would try my hand at developing a low-fat yet delicious recipe that kids and adults would enjoy. This recipe is a cinch. It’s only 4 ingredients and takes less than 25 minutes to prepare. Make extra honey-mustard dipping sauce by stirring together Dijon mustard and honey. I love using panko breadcrumbs in this recipe, and they are so easy to find even in the grocery stores. Just check where breadcrumbs are sold. Enjoy as an appetizer or entree when you need something fast and tasty.