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Veggie Enchiladas with Creamy Poblano Sauce

Get your Mexican-food fix with produce-packed enchiladas. The beans and cheese mean this vegetarian dish is already protein-rich, but you can add shredded rotisserie chicken for an extra hit.


Shrimp and Grits

This lighter, lemony version of the Southern classic brings all of the dish’s richness and flavor, with none of the heaviness. Patting the shrimp dry before cooking helps develop a delicious caramelization.


Oven-Fried Chicken

A baked version of a home-style favorite delivers the crispy, crunchy pleasure of fried chicken without the, well, frying. You’ll save on fat, calories, and cleaning up a big mess. (You’re welcome.) Serve with a green salad for a dinner you can feel great about adding to your weekly routine.


Sausage and Kale Baked Pasta Alfredo

We dialed back the sausage, boosted the veg way up, and swapped in whole-grain noodles for a dish that’s so good, you’ll wonder why you ever made baked pasta any other way.


Chicken and Dumplings

Swiss chard joins the more expected carrot and celery in this rich-tasting broth. And because the dumplings are made with whole-wheat pizza dough, they’re easy to prep and better for you than the usual white-flour biscuits.


Strawberry-Beet Panna Cotta

Beet juice gives this springy dessert a super-vibrant hue, but it’s the strawberry flavor that shines. Look for beet juice in the bottled juice section at the supermarket.


Mushroom-Barley Risotto

Subbing in barley for refined Arborio rice adds both an appealing nutty flavor and extra nutrition. If you prefer not to cook with wine, substitute a mixture of 1/2 cup vegetable stock and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.


Better-than-Takeout Sesame Chicken

This savory-sweet dinner improves upon restaurant versions by slashing sodium and adding extra vegetables.


Vegan Queso Dip

Ditch that processed cheese for this real-food retooling of queso dip. Find annatto seeds at Latin markets or online. They’re the ingredient that provides the bright color.


Blueberry-Orange Whole-Wheat Muffins

These tender muffins contain some honey for sweetness, but much less than found in most recipes. Orange zest and blueberries make up the difference.