Metabolism-Boosting Dinner Recipes

Flavor-packed low-calorie dinners made with chiles. Boost your metabolism with these zesty healthy chile recipes. From mild to fiery, research shows that a compound in chiles (capsaicin) helps trigger the body’s natural cooling system and revs up your metabolism. Chiles also add the perfect amount of heat to savory dishes like Mini Chile Relleno Casseroles and Chicken Tacos with Tangerine-Lime Crema.

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Butterflied Grilled Chicken with a Chile-Lime Rub

A quick and efficient way to cook a whole bird on the grill is to butterfly, or "spatchcock" it. When cooking a whole chicken on the grill, try searing the chicken first over direct heat then finish cooking over indirect heat (as instructed in this recipe). That way you avoid the all too common problem when grilling--chicken burned on the outside and raw in the center. For best flavor, let the chicken marinate in the rub overnight in the refrigerator. Serve with lime wedges and fresh salsa.

Shrimp Ceviche

Traditional ceviche consists of raw seafood tossed with an acidic marinade (think: citrus juice or vinegar) that “cooks” the fish. We cook the shrimp before marinating it. This recipe originally appeared on Emeril Green, Emeril Lagasse's cooking show on Planet Green. Lagasse has his own brand of frozen wild American shrimp, which meet strict U.S. environmental standards. The shrimp taste sweet and “they just smell like the sea,” according to Emeril. Serve this with tostones (fried plantain chips) or tortilla chips. (Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.)

Quick Shrimp Enchilada Bake

Shrimp enchiladas offer a taste of coastal Mexican cuisine but some versions contain so much cheese, butter and sour cream that they can pack a whopping 50 grams of fat per serving. Our version has vibrant flavor and only half the calories and 6 grams of fat per serving, plus we use precooked peeled shrimp so you can get the dish on your table fast enough for a weeknight supper. The addition of refried beans helps makes these enchiladas an excellent source of fiber as well.