These healthy recipes simply skip the saturated fats in favor of lean proteins, healthy olive oil, nutty whole grains and fresh vegetables, while going all-in on big flavor.

close up of turmeric chicken stew

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1. Healthy Turmeric Chicken Stew

This quick chicken stew stars heart-healthy olive oil, fresh ginger root, minced garlic, and low-sodium chicken broth. It also features loads of fresh veggies. "This is one of my favorite 30-minute weeknight recipes," says Stephanie. "Turmeric adds exotic color and flavor."

2. Pan-Fried Wild Salmon

It doesn't get much simpler than this. Salmon fillets, olive oil, and a pinch of sea salt -- that's all it takes. The key is to dry the salmon before sliding it into the olive and, and cook the fish skin-side up until the flesh is beautifully golden brown. Dinner's ready in mere minutes.

Pan-Fried Wild Salmon
Photo: Deb C

3. Lentil Soup

A splash of vinegar adds bright flavor to this hearty lentil soup. It's chock full of healthy veggies, including spinach and crushed tomatoes.

Lentil Soup
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4. Turkey Veggie Meatloaf Cups

Choose ground turkey breast for this recipe, which is leaner than ground dark meat. These turkey meatloaf cups are baked in muffin tins. Delicious for dinner, the single-serving aspect makes them great as grab-and-go lunches, too!

5. Pineapple Salsa

Here's a spicy and sweet tropical salsa starring colorful chile and bell peppers, corn kernels, and black beans seasoned with cilantro, cumin, and a splash of orange juice. Serve over grilled or baked chicken or fish.

Pineapple Salsa
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6. Chicken Jook with Lots of Vegetables

This is a hearty Chinese congee, featuring brown rice, sliced cabbage, and snow peas. Big flavors come from fresh ginger, jalapeno pepper, soy sauce, and sesame oil. The recipe calls for chicken thighs. But if you like, substitute leaner chicken breast.

Chicken Jook with Lots of Vegetables
Photo: Linda T

7. Chicken Kabobs Mexicana

You'll marinate cubes of lean chicken breast in olive oil, fresh lime juice, cumin, and cilantro. Then thread the cubes onto skewers with zucchini, onions, cherry tomatoes, and bell peppers. Enjoy with fresh salsa in warm tortillas -- or on a bed of salad greens.

Chicken Kabobs Mexicana
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