1 Dinner salad
A large, filling salad is one of my go-to dinners, especially when I’m not feeling up to putting time into a meal.
The problem with most salads is that they’re not well composed, and you end up feeling hungry again just a short while after finishing your meal. The key to making a hearty dinner salad is making sure that you include plenty of protein, healthy fats, and fiber.
Start with a base of your favorite greens, such as spinach, mixed greens, arugula, kale, or romaine. Add a few more veggies, such as peppers, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, or red onions, to your greens to bump up the fiber content.
Then choose a protein source like grilled chicken, shrimp, salmon, or hard-boiled eggs. Adding a fiber-rich carb source, such as beans or roasted sweet potatoes, will bump the fullness factor even higher.
Top your creation with roasted sunflower or pumpkin seeds for a crunchy texture, then drizzle it with a healthy dressing like olive oil and balsamic vinegar, or follow this recipe for Homemade Green Goddess Dressing.
Here are a few more dinner salad ideas:
Chicken Shawarma Salad with Tahini Dressing
Superfood Salmon Salad
Crunchy Asian Chopped Salad
2 Butter Chicken
Butter chicken is a hot favourite with most Indian non-vegetarians. The quintessential chicken curry has become popular around the world, with Indian food lovers opting for butter chicken in restaurants around the world. Here is how you can easily make it at home.
3 Red Pepper & Parmesan Tilapia
My husband and I are always looking for light fish recipes because of their health benefits. This Parmesan tilapia is a hit with him, and we’ve served it at dinner parties, too. It’s a staple! —Michelle Martin, Durham, North Carolina
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4 Sambar recipe
Sambar recipe – sambar is a South Indian lentil and vegetable stew made with lentils, tamarind and a unique spice blend called sambar powder. Sambar is served with steamed rice, Idli, dosa or Medu vada or Uttapam. You can vary the consistency of sambhar and serve it with whatever dish you are making like idli or dosa or rice. some well known sambar varieties are:
Drumstick sambar – made with drumsticks
Arachuvitta sambar – sambar made with ground paste of roasted coconut and spices
Idli sambar – sambar for idli, medu vada and dosa.
Sambar rice – a medley of sambar and rice together
The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend eating two to three servings of fish per week, and one of the healthiest options is salmon. “Salmon is like a multivitamin for your brain. It’s loaded with important brain-boosting nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and choline and is an excellent source of high-quality protein,” says Lauren Manaker M.S., RDN. Eating salmon is also linked to better heart health, and “fish like salmon may have a positive impact on sleep quality,” adds Manaker.
Related: 9 Foods to Help You Sleep
Sustainability is something to consider when choosing salmon. Manaker recommends looking for “options that have integrity by looking for the Best Aquaculture Practices certified seal.”
Salmon is incredibly versatile, too. Whether you’re buying fresh or canned, our Salmon Cakes are a favorite or try our Honey Garlic Salmon for an easy and delicious dinner.
6 Cajun Seafood Pasta
This Cajun seafood pasta recipe is a hot one, but delicious! And, you can easily adjust the spices to suit your taste. It can be prepared either in a skillet or in a casserole dish and placed under the broiler until the top turns golden brown.
7 Teriyaki Chicken & Veggie Foil Packs
You can make these in the oven or on the grill in just about 20 minutes — and thanks to the foil, cleanup is a total breeze.
Recipe: Teriyaki Chicken & Veggie Foil Packets
8 Rendang, Indonesia
Often called “the world’s most delicious dish,” Rendang is prepared by simmering beef with coconut milk with a mixture of the best of spices including turmeric, garlic, lemongrass, ginger, chillies, and galangal. The dish is then stewed for a few hours which gives it a tender texture and exotic taste. The blast of flavours is surely one of the reasons why the dish is loved globally and is also one of the best dishes in the world. Easy to rustle up, this dish is often served at ceremonies or to honour guests.
Spaghetti- When it comes to one-pot dinner meals, nothing beats spaghetti with homemade sauce. It takes only 30 minutes to prepare this delicious dish. This dish is enough to make your mouth water.
10 Noon Chai
For many Noon Chai or salted Kashmiri tea may not be one of the best types of tea to try in India – but it is sure to be one of the most memorable. It seems that if one travels enough, one will find every rule upended somewhere. Almost all around the world confusing salt with sugar in a drink is met with immediately spewing it out. But not in Kashmir. It is traditionally made from a type of green tea leaves mixed with baking soda (that gives it a pink color), milk, and salt. If one is visiting Kashmir, take the time to visit Ladakh – India’s Tibet.