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Sausage and Peppers
"I don't have time to cook." If this is your go-to excuse for eating frozen dinners and take-out every night, you'd better find a new excuse. Here are five healthy, hot meals ready in 30 minutes or less.
Swapping in turkey sausage leaves you with about a third of the calories, a quarter of the fat, and four times the fiber of a traditional sausage dish. Tossing in some red peppers will give you a boost of vitamin C and lycopene, which may lower your risk of certain cancers.
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Simple and satisfying, this chicken dish works well on a low-carb diet. Plus, this dish is a nutritional powerhouse, with heart-healthy avocados and antioxidant-rich tomatoes from the salsa. In 15 short minutes, you'll have a delicious and healthy dinner.
Try this recipe: Mexicali Chicken
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Tilapia in Mustard Cream Sauce
Enjoy the creamy texture of this dish for less than 200 calories. Though the mushrooms are a good source of potassium, which may help lower high blood pressure, add nutrient-packed spinach and/or tomatoes to boost your vitamin C intake.
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Ricotta and Lemon-Basil Pasta
This cheesy pasta is the perfect base for a low-cholesterol meal. Using part-skim ricotta cheese keeps the fat at a fraction of the amount found in alfredo sauce, and the lemon adds the perfect tangy complement.
Try green beans with citrus vinaigrette as a side dish.
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Chickpeas With Spinach
Relying on an array of spices, instead of fatty oils, this Indian-inspired dish is low in cholesterol and saturated fat. Buttery in taste, chickpeas are full of fiber, protein, and iron. Combine them with vitamin-rich spinach and you have a vegetarian dish that won't have you reaching for a snack an hour later. A sprinkling of ground red pepper takes this dish from spicy to hot!
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