20 Anti-Inflammatory Dinners to Make This April

a recipe photo of the Air-Fryer Orange Salmon with Avocado Salsa served on plates
Photo: Photographer: Brie Passano, Food Stylist: Greg Luna

This month, try out these fresh, healthy and delicious dinner recipes. The featured ingredients like avocado, citrus fruits and dark leafy greens are in season, but that's not all. They can also help reduce inflammation and combat its pesky symptoms like joint stiffness, digestive issues and high blood pressure. Recipes like our Braised Chicken Thighs with Olive, Orange & Fennel and Kale & Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Avocado Caesar Dressing embrace spring flavors and will keep you feeling your best.

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Braised Chicken Thighs with Olive, Orange & Fennel


This technique sears chicken thighs before braising. Serve this vibrant skillet chicken dish with rice or cauliflower rice.

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Dan Dan Noodles with Spinach & Walnuts

Dan Dan Noodles with Spinach & Walnuts

In this riff on Sichuan dan dan noodles, spinach and red bell peppers are tossed with a sesame-chile-soy sauce and topped with walnuts. If you want to bump up the protein, add tofu, seitan or even chopped egg.

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Kale & Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Avocado Caesar Dressing

Kale and Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad
Photographer: Jen Causey, Food Stylist: Margret Monroe Dickey, Prop Stylist: Christine Keely

This salad combines the flavors of a Caesar salad with tender green lacinato kale and the crunch of raw, shaved Brussels sprouts. The brown-butter breadcrumbs add additional crunch and a nutty, toasted flavor. Serve with grilled chicken for an added boost of protein.

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Spinach-Mushroom Frittata with Avocado Salad


Frittatas are like omelets, only easier--and they taste great hot, warm or cold. This vegetable-packed version is spiked with flavor and paired with a cool salad of lemony cucumbers and tomatoes with creamy avocado. This easy recipe is perfect for brunch, lunch or dinner!

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Braised Black Lentil & Quinoa Bowls

a recipe photo of the Braised Black Lentil Bowls served in a bowl and topped with sour cream and chives
Ali Redmond

These healthy vegetarian bowls feature black lentils braised in spices like thyme and smoked paprika. Riced cauliflower and quinoa bulk up the dish to make it satisfying for any weeknight dinner. A creamy yogurt topping finishes the recipe.

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Sheet-Pan Lemon-Garlic Salmon with Delicata & Kale

Sheet-Pan Lemon-Garlic Salmon with Delicata & Kale
Photographer: Will Dickey, Prop Stylist: Christina Brockman, Food Stylist: Jennifer Wendorf

In this easy sheet-pan dinner, salmon is roasted alongside vegetables for a filling, flavorful meal. The sweetness of the squash balances the bitter kale, while a squeeze of lemon juice brightens the dish. Be sure to spread the kale out on the baking sheet to encourage even browning.

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Walnut-Stuffed Black Sea Bass

Walnut-Stuffed Black Sea Bass
Photography / Nico Schinco, Food Styling / Frances Boswell, Prop Stylist / Paige Hicks

This preparation is common in Georgia (the country, not the state), where it's traditionally made with freshwater trout. Fenugreek leaves and seeds have a complex flavor that's a little nutty and almost maple-y. Look for them at well-stocked grocery stores and online.

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Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto & Shrimp


Cut some carbs and use spiralized zucchini in place of noodles in this zesty pesto pasta dish recipe. Top with Cajun-seasoned shrimp to complete this quick and easy dinner.

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Orange-Ginger Chicken Bowls

Orange-Ginger Chicken Bowls
Jacob Fox

The orange-ginger chicken gets a cornstarch coating for a few reasons: It locks moisture into the meat, creates a crispy coating and gives something for the sauce to cling to. We like the hint of flavor peanut oil adds to this stir-fry. But if you need to omit it due to a food allergy, any high-heat oil will do, like canola or grapeseed.

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Seared Barramundi with Olive-Herb Sauce

Seared Barramundi with Olive-Herb Sauce
Jason Donnelly

Barramundi (aka Asian sea bass) is a mild white fish with a flaky texture and a respectable amount of omega-3s (830 mg per serving compared to 280 mg for cod and 180 mg for mahi-mahi). Most farmed barramundi is rated a Best Choice by Seafood Watch. Coating fish with a little cornstarch, as we do here, before searing it in a hot pan ensures you'll get a crispy exterior. Serve with roasted potatoes.

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Lumpiang Sariwa (Fresh Spring Rolls)

Lumpiang Sariwa (Fresh Spring Rolls)
Jenny Huang

These spring rolls (sariwa means fresh in Tagalog) were first introduced to the Philippines by Chinese immigrants and traders. They usually consist of vegetables, meat or seafood, rolled up in lettuce and a thin wrapper. Read more about this recipe.

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Baked Spinach & Feta Pasta

Baked Spinach & Feta Pasta
Jason Donnelly

Feta softens in the oven before it's combined with spinach and pasta, with the pasta cooking right in the baking dish. Enjoy this one-pan pasta with feta dish on its own as a vegetarian main or serve with sautéed chicken breast for a boost of protein.

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Lemony Shrimp, Kale & Potato Salad

Lemony Shrimp, Kale & Potato Salad
Leigh Beisch

Hearty kale and potatoes put a seasonal spin on a Greek-style salad featuring feta, olives and cherry tomatoes. Russet potatoes absorb flavor like a sponge, making them a great choice for salads with flavorful vinaigrettes like this one.

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Chiles en Nogada (Picadillo-Stuffed Chiles in Walnut Sauce)

Chiles en Nogada
Julia Estrada

Chiles en nogada is a traditional and iconic Mexican dish featuring roasted poblano chiles stuffed with picadillo and topped with a velvety walnut sauce.

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Grilled Salmon with Blueberry Sauce


This quick and simple recipe pairs grilled salmon with a sweet and nutritious blueberry sauce. Serve it with steamed snap peas for a colorful and great-tasting meal.

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Guacamole Chicken


This sautéed chicken breast recipe topped with melty cheese and creamy guacamole is your ticket to a superfast and satisfying family dinner. Round out this healthy meal with Spanish rice (or cauliflower rice to keep it grain-free).

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Kale & Lentil Stew with Mashed Potatoes

Kale & Lentil Stew with Mashed Potatoes

Fire-roasted tomatoes add slightly smoky flavor to red lentils. The addition of mashed potatoes gives this an upside-down shepherd's pie feel.

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Air-Fryer Orange Salmon with Avocado Salsa

a recipe photo of the Air-Fryer Orange Salmon with Avocado Salsa served on plates
Photographer: Brie Passano, Food Stylist: Greg Luna

Salmon and orange pair beautifully together, and here we use the citrus in two ways. First, orange marmalade and Dijon mustard make a tangy-sweet glaze for the fish. Then, a salsa made with avocado, scallion and orange segments finishes the dish for a pop of freshness and color.

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Vegan Walnut Tacos with Avocado Cream

Vegan Walnut Tacos with Avocado Cream
Joy Howard

A savory blend of walnuts and mushrooms stands in for meat in these tasty vegan Tex-Mex tacos. Creamy avocado sauce and crunchy cabbage provide just the right combination of flavors and textures. These tacos get a nice kick from chili powder, but feel free to reduce the amount if you prefer a less spicy taco. Add a side of beans to round out the meal. The filling and avocado cream would also be great in a rice bowl, on nachos or in a burrito.

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Sun-Dried Tomato & Olive Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust


This gluten-free quiche is bright and briny thanks to the mix of sun-dried tomatoes and olives. The manchego cheese adds a rich and nutty flavor. It's great for brunch, breakfast or dinner. Top with jarred salsa or bruschetta or a drizzle of hot sauce to counter the sweetness of the potatoes. If you have one, use a mandoline to slice the sweet potatoes into equal-size slices.

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