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Salads Are Great...

But They Aren't The Only Healthy Recipes To Make

Want to eat healthy? From burgers and even a decadent low-calorie dessert, these healthy recipes, and others like them, will trigger your journey toward shedding those pounds for good, or just eating healthier and feeling better.

If you feel overwhelmed by all the conflicting nutrition and diet advice out there, you’re not alone. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be overly complicated. It seems that for every expert who tells you a certain food is good for you, you’ll find another saying exactly the opposite. The truth is while some foods have been shown to have a beneficial effect on mood, it’s your overall diet that's most important.

The cornerstone of a healthy diet should be to replace processed food with real food whenever possible. 

ASIAN CHICKEN BURGERS

Ingredients

Nonstick cooking spray

1 small carrot

1 small red onion, halved

1 pound ground chicken

1/4 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)

1/4 cup hoisin sauce

1 tablespoon grated peeled ginger

4 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce

3 teaspoons hot Asian chili sauce, such as sambal oelek

8 ounces white mushrooms, thinly sliced

2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

Juice of 1 lime

4 whole-wheat sesame hamburger buns

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Mist a baking sheet with cooking spray. Grate the carrot and 1/2 onion into a large bowl. Add the chicken, panko, 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce, the ginger, 3 teaspoons soy sauce and 1 teaspoon sambal oelek and mix until combined. Shape the chicken mixture into four patties and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until cooked through, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, thinly slice the remaining 1/2 onion. Toss with the mushrooms, sesame oil, lime juice and the remaining 1 teaspoon soy sauce in a bowl. Mix the remaining 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce and 2 teaspoons sambal oelek with 1 tablespoon water in another bowl. Warm the hamburger buns in the oven. Serve the burgers on the buns with a drizzle of the hoisin-sambal sauce and some of the mushroom mixture.

CARAMEL APPLE NACHOS 

Ingredients

4 Granny Smith apples, cored and thinly sliced

1 cup white chocolate chips, melted

3/4 cup caramel, warmed

1 cup chopped pretzels

2 Heath bars, broken into pieces

DIRECTIONS

  1. On a large plate, arrange apple slices on top of one another.
  2. Drizzle with half the white chocolate and caramel, then top with pretzels and Heath bars.
  3. Drizzle with remaining white chocolate and caramel.
  4. Serve immediately.
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