After a loved-up day of chocolates, hearty dinner, and desserts, it’s now time to go back (or start) a healthier diet plan after Valentine’s Day. For most people, a plate of greens doesn’t seem all enticing, but we’ve collected some healthy lunch or dinner meal options for you that are not only low cal, but also big on taste.
Whisk 1 part lemon juice with 3 parts olive oil, and salt and pepper. Toss with dill, basil, chives, tarragon and lettuce.
Japanese Radish Salad
Top a layer of watermelon radish slices with scallions and baby greens. Whisk mirin, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, grated ginger, salt, and sesame and vegetable oil to taste; drizzle over the salad.
California Avocado Toast Three Ways
Avocado toast is not only an Instagrammable treat, but it’s also high in good fats, fiber, and protein. You can try making your toast in three ways:
California Avocado Toast with Fried Egg
- Toast 1 slice bread and spread with 1/2 ripe, Fresh California Avocado (mashed or sliced). Spray a small nonstick skillet with cooking spray and fry one egg as desired.
- Place cooked egg onto avocado toast, sprinkle with salt and pepper if desired.
California Avocado Toast with Heirloom Tomatoes
- Toast 1 slice bread, spread with 1/2 ripe, Fresh California Avocado (mashed or sliced) and 2 slices heirloom or beefsteak tomato.
- Top with fresh cracked pepper and sea salt to taste.
California Avocado Toast with Bacon
- Toast 1 slice bread, spread with 1/2 ripe, Fresh California
- Avocado (mashed or sliced) and 2 slices cooked bacon. *For a healthier alternative, put lean chicken breast or tuna instead.
Mix sliced celery and red onion with diced soppressata. Toss with lemon juice and zest, basil, a big splash of olive oil, salt and pepper; shave Parmesan on top.
Japanese Cucumber Salad
This is is a 5-minute recipe that’s both light and refreshing. Just combine vinegar, sugar and salt in a medium bowl, stirring to dissolve. Add the cucumbers and sesame seeds; toss well to combine. Serve immediately.
Strawberry Poppy Seed Salad with Chicken
You will need:
- 4 cups mixed salad greens
- 1 cup diced cooked chicken
- 4 large strawberries, hulled and sliced
- 1 ounce goat cheese, crumbled ( ¼ cup)
- 3 tablespoons poppy seed dressing (you can buy a low-cal version in the grocery store)
- ¼ cup chopped toasted pecans (optional)
- Place greens, chicken, strawberries and goat cheese in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss to coat. Sprinkle with pecans, if desired.
Photo and recipe sources: www.foodnetwork.com, www.californiaavocado.com, www.eatingwell.com