For those weeks when you need to hit the restart button, this 7-day meal plan will help you to get back on track with your healthy habits. The recipes in this week's plan feature tons of fresh veggies, hearty whole-grains, lean protein and come in right around 500 calories. These whole-foods-packed dinners will leave you feeling refreshed, renergized and back to your normal, healthy self.

How to Make Paprika Chicken with Brussels Sprouts

Day 1: Smoky Maple-Mustard Salmon

Smoky Maple-Mustard Salmon: It doesn't get much easier-or more delicious-than this speedy recipe for roast salmon topped with a smoky maple-mustard sauce. The sweetness of the maple balances the tangy mustard; smoked paprika or ground chipotle adds another layer of flavor. Serve the salmon with roasted green beans and whole-wheat couscous tossed with pecans and chives.

Day 2: Ravioli & Vegetable Soup

Ravioli & Vegetable Soup: Fresh or frozen ravioli cook in minutes and turn this light vegetable soup into a main course. Look for whole-wheat or whole-grain ravioli in the refrigerated or frozen section of the supermarket. Tortellini can be used instead of ravioli as well. Serve the soup with a side salad with vinaigrette.

Day 3: Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers: Lean ground turkey makes a healthy substitute for ground beef that's usually found in stuffed pepper filling. To add a nutty flavor and boost the nutrition even further, we call for cooked brown rice, but this recipe will also work with white rice.

Day 4: Green Chicken Curry

Green Chicken Curry: If you're looking for a basic green Thai chicken curry recipe, start here. Green is the hottest type of curry paste; to take this chicken recipe down a notch, try red Thai curry paste (considered "medium" heat) or mild yellow curry paste. This veggie-packed curry is a delicious and satisfying dinner you'll want to make again, and again. Serve the curry with brown rice, if desired. Cook extra rice tonight to use in the Rice, Cheddar & Spinach Pie recipe tomorrow.

Day 5: Rice, Cheddar & Spinach Pie

Rice, Cheddar & Spinach Pie: This rice, spinach and Cheddar pie is a cinch to prepare-especially if you have leftover cooked rice. If you don't, follow package directions for 4 servings to get about 3 cups cooked rice. Serve with a leafy-green salad with vinaigrette.

Day 6: Cod with Tomato Cream Sauce

Cod with Tomato Cream Sauce: This silky tomato sauce with a touch of cream makes mild-flavored cod sing. Serve with this dish with farro or rice and a salad of mixed greens.

Day 7: Paprika Chicken Thighs with Brussels Sprouts

Paprika Chicken Thighs with Brussels Sprouts: In this healthy chicken recipe, paprika-rubbed chicken thighs are nestled into Brussels sprouts and shallots and roasted on a sheet pan in the oven for an easy, healthy dinner. As the chicken thighs roast, the garlicky drippings flavor the Brussels sprouts and shallots. Smoked paprika adds a touch of smoky flavor. Regular paprika can be used in its place, but doesn't add the hint of smoke.

For those weeks when you need to hit the restart button, this 7-day meal plan will help you to get back on track with your healthy habits. The recipes in this week's plan feature tons of fresh veggies, hearty whole-grains, lean protein and come in right around 500 calories. These whole-foods-packed dinners will leave you feeling refreshed, renergized and back to your normal, healthy self.

How to Make Paprika Chicken with Brussels Sprouts

Day 1: Smoky Maple-Mustard Salmon

Smoky Maple-Mustard Salmon: It doesn't get much easier-or more delicious-than this speedy recipe for roast salmon topped with a smoky maple-mustard sauce. The sweetness of the maple balances the tangy mustard; smoked paprika or ground chipotle adds another layer of flavor. Serve the salmon with roasted green beans and whole-wheat couscous tossed with pecans and chives.

Day 2: Ravioli & Vegetable Soup

Ravioli & Vegetable Soup: Fresh or frozen ravioli cook in minutes and turn this light vegetable soup into a main course. Look for whole-wheat or whole-grain ravioli in the refrigerated or frozen section of the supermarket. Tortellini can be used instead of ravioli as well. Serve the soup with a side salad with vinaigrette.

Day 3: Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers: Lean ground turkey makes a healthy substitute for ground beef that's usually found in stuffed pepper filling. To add a nutty flavor and boost the nutrition even further, we call for cooked brown rice, but this recipe will also work with white rice.

Day 4: Green Chicken Curry

Green Chicken Curry: If you're looking for a basic green Thai chicken curry recipe, start here. Green is the hottest type of curry paste; to take this chicken recipe down a notch, try red Thai curry paste (considered "medium" heat) or mild yellow curry paste. This veggie-packed curry is a delicious and satisfying dinner you'll want to make again, and again. Serve the curry with brown rice, if desired. Cook extra rice tonight to use in the Rice, Cheddar & Spinach Pie recipe tomorrow.

Day 5: Rice, Cheddar & Spinach Pie

Rice, Cheddar & Spinach Pie: This rice, spinach and Cheddar pie is a cinch to prepare-especially if you have leftover cooked rice. If you don't, follow package directions for 4 servings to get about 3 cups cooked rice. Serve with a leafy-green salad with vinaigrette.

Day 6: Cod with Tomato Cream Sauce

Cod with Tomato Cream Sauce: This silky tomato sauce with a touch of cream makes mild-flavored cod sing. Serve with this dish with farro or rice and a salad of mixed greens.

Day 7: Paprika Chicken Thighs with Brussels Sprouts

Paprika Chicken Thighs with Brussels Sprouts: In this healthy chicken recipe, paprika-rubbed chicken thighs are nestled into Brussels sprouts and shallots and roasted on a sheet pan in the oven for an easy, healthy dinner. As the chicken thighs roast, the garlicky drippings flavor the Brussels sprouts and shallots. Smoked paprika adds a touch of smoky flavor. Regular paprika can be used in its place, but doesn't add the hint of smoke.

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