5 Healthy Dinner Recipes

Greek-Style-Pork

May is a wonderful time of year for grilling and cooking fresh, flavorful heathy dinner recipes. This Greek style pork recipe can be made in a flash—it takes only 26 minutes to prepare! I love using boneless pork loin chops because they cook quickly, are low in calories and fat, and pair with a myriad of flavors, toppings and accompaniments. The recipe for Greek Style Pork Chops can be found on SC Johnson. I am so lucky to be one of their content bloggers, and I wanted to share with you 5 healthy dinner recipes that are easy, fantastic, family-approved and delicious.

Skillet-Lasagna

Skillet Lasagna on SC Johnson

In this recipe, I used oven-ready noodles so no boiling is needed. Make sure to break them into pieces so when you layer the lasagna, they are close together but do not have to touch. My son, Zachary said this is one of his favorite lasagna recipes.

salmon asparagus foil packets

Salmon Asparagus Foil Packets on SC Johnson

There are several ways to cook this recipe. Personally, I love to cook on the outdoor grill, but you can also cook indoors in your oven. Feel free to substitute any of your favorite vegetables or herbs and to sprinkle a tablespoon of shredded Parmesan or crumbled feta cheese over the top to make this recipe your own.

Caprese Panini

Pesto Caprese Panini on SC Johnson

These easy Panini sandwiches that are simple to prepare and full of flavor. Serve on ciabatta bread, an Italian white bread that is now more commonly found in your grocery store’s bakery.

Salmon Kale Pasta

Salmon Kale Pasta on SC Johnson

Prepared with fresh kale, tomatoes, chives and basil, this recipe incorporates fresh ingredients to flavor this simple dish.

Grilled Salmon Burgers

Grilled Salmon Burgers with a Twist

For Father’s Day this year, I am thinking about making these Grilled Salmon Burgers which is my MOST favorite new burger recipe. They are amazing, healthy and so easy! The most difficult part is taking the salmon off the skin, but here is how:

Place the fillet, skin-side down, on a chopping board. Coat the tail end in salt to give you a good grip and stop it from slipping. Holding from the tail end firmly use a sharp knife to make a cut between the flesh and skin in the opposite direction from the tail end. Holding the end tightly, continue to cut along the length of the fillet, making sure not to cut through the skin; remove and discard the skin.  

Once you have the skin off, place the salmon in a food processor and make into patties. Make sure you follow my directions and allow them to set in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. They are taste terrific served with my wasabi mayonnaise mixture made with Greek yogurt, low-fat mayonnaise and low-sodium soy sauce, but you can also serve these with tartar sauce or cocktail sauce. These were also great made a day ahead and reheated so enjoy!

Grilled Salmon with Cherries

Grilled Salmon with Cherries

Sweet Northwest cherries are abundant right now, and this is one superfood that will be a constant in our refrigerator for the next few months. The Northwest Cherry Season is short, lasting from now until the end of August so be sure to take advantage of them while you can. Not only are cherries an irresistible summertime treat, but research suggests that they may reduce the risk or modify the severity of chronic diseases. Acting to lessen inflammation, cherries may be beneficial in combating arthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, blood pressure and cancer. Cherries are so nutritious as they are considered a good source of dietary potassium, important for reducing the risk for hypertension and stroke. Cherries are also a good source of vitamin C and fiber, and are a natural source of melatonin, a compound which helps regulate the body’s sleep cycle. Enough said? If you’re not sold yet, try this Grilled Salmon with Cherries recipe is one of my newest favorites for a light and healthy dinner. Serve with a side of sautéed spinach or kale and you’ll have an incredibly lovely and healthy meal!

Grilled Salmon with Alyeska BBQ Sauce

Grilled Salmon

In honor of National Fishing & Boating Week (June 1 – 8) and Father’s Day (June 15), I wanted to share a tasty Grilled Salmon with Alyeska BBQ Sauce recipe from Alaska’s premier luxury fishing lodge, Waterfall Resort and the resort’s Chef, Isaiah Phillips. The resort is gearing up for its 2014 season (June 13 – August 18), and offers the ultimate salmon fishing adventure in its unparalleled location in Ketchikan, AK. Waterfall Resort is honoring the occasion by offering 25% off its King Salmon Fishing Package through the peak of king salmon fishing season in June. Travelers will save nearly $1,000 per package, with rates starting at $2,572 for an all-inclusive three-day, two-night stay, available June 19 – June 25, 2014.

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Salmon and Kale Pasta

This week I assigned our dinner menu to my my youngest son, Zachary. He came up with a great menu of pizza night, fajitas night, and the amazing idea for a pasta with fresh salmon and kale. I came up with this Salmon and Kale Pasta recipe, and all three of my kids loved it. My oldest son, Alec, talked about healthy it was with the protein, vegetable and carbohydrate all in one. He said it was a great dinner after his playoff basketball game (of course, he won that night). They have already asked me to make it again. 🙂

Salmon Burgers with Greek Yogurt

Now that Thanksgiving is over, and Christmas is on our heels, it’s tough to stay on track. I have been trying to come up with what’s for dinner as I multi task work, the kids, and extra holiday related tasks. These Salmon Burgers with Greek Yogurt are always worth preparing, and my 3 kids always love them. Feel free to serve on a bun or just on a bed of greens. Canned salmon is one of the most calcium-rich, non-dairy foods. One 3.5 ounce serving with the bones contains two thirds as much calcium as a cup of milk. For women and children especially, consuming plenty of calcium is important for building and maintaining strong bones and reducing the risk of bone fracture later in life. Alaska canned salmon provides high quality protein that is easy and safe to digest by people of all ages. In less than 30 minutes, you’ll have something super healthy for dinner for the entire family.

Salmon Salad Crostini

Summer is in full swing, and so many friends go to the lake or beach for the weekends. Recently, I have had so many requests for summer appetizers. This Salmon Salad Crostini is one of my newest favorites. Salmon is so healthy for you, and I have been craving it a lot lately. This is a great way to use salmon in a different way or when you have salmon leftovers. This also makes a great shower appetizer or even a holiday appetizer this fall. In under 30 minutes, you’ll have this ready to serve.

Only Five Ingredients: Healthy Salmon Salad

We eat a good bit of canned Alaskan salmon at my house. For those of you who have never tried it or are wrinkling your forehead as you read, give it a try. I particularly like “Pure Alaska Salmon” (their Pure Alaska’s “ReadHead” wild sockeye salmon and “Think Pink” pink salmon). Both are similar nutritional powerhouses since they are high in protein, calcium, Vitamin D and one of the richest sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. This recipe for Healthy Salmon Salad is too easy and only five ingredients. I love combining the sweet, tartness of raspberry balsamic vinegar with fresh dill. Enjoy this for lunch over a bed of arugula or mixed greens, or even for dinner on a warm night with pasta salad and fresh asparagus.

My Top 10 Favorite Recipes from 2010

2010 has been so busy for me for work and my family. I had a fantastic year working on my upcoming cookbook, “400 Best Sandwich Recipes: For Every Meal and Occasion”,  Television Appearances, Spokesperson work, Recipe Development, and recipe testing and judging. I feel so lucky to be blessed to work with so many great clients and have wonderful support from subscribers, friends, fans, fellow bloggers and, of course, family. Thanks to everyone for all of your support. I am looking forward to an even better 2011 with the release of my upcoming book this spring, television appearances and many speaking engagements scheduled across the U.S. To end the year, I thought I would share some of my personal favorites and most popular recipes from 2010:

1. Lightened Up Spiced and Sugary Pecans

2. Watermelon and Goat Cheese Arugula Salad

3. Pecan Pie Bars

4. Warm Lentil Soup

5. Apple Muffins

6. Radicchio Winter Salad

7. Flaxseed Crusted Salmon

8. Greek Yogurt Banana Bread

9. Chunky Nut and Dried Fruit Granola

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10. Easy Beef-Vegetable Kabobs

One to Grown On:  Chocolate Chip Cookie Bark

Under 30 Minutes to Healthiest Main Dish: Flaxseed Crusted Salmon

Start off the week right with this recipe for Flaxseed Crusted Salmon. These are two of my favorite ingredients, and this combination is really delicious and healthy all in one. Flaxseed is often called the “most powerful” plant food there is. It’s linked to so many things including reducing cholesterol, menopausal symptoms, constipation and arthritis. It also aids in protection against cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Both salmon and flaxseed are loaded with Omega-3 essential fatty acids (the good fats) shown to have heart-healthy effects. Salmon is also an excellent source of protein and B vitamins. This recipe is so simple and light that even the kids will enjoy it. For more information on benefits of flaxseed see http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/benefits-of-flaxseed