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Weekly Menu: Gluten-Free Dinners


Per your requests, our recipe ideas come in a handy, downloadable calendar packed full of meal ideas that are healthy and delicious. (It's printable, too!) Whether you use this calendar every day or just use it for ideas is up to you. We hope we've inspired you to get into the kitchen and get cooking!

Each week we'll choose a different theme: our favorite no-cook summer recipes, 7 days of meatless meals, or a week of diabetes-friendly dinners, for example. If you have a special dietary request, let us know in the comments, and we'll do our best to devise a recipe plan that might suit your needs.

By posting a weekly calendar, we think it's easier for you to save and even reuse these recipe collections over time.

This week's theme is Gluten-Free Dinners.
Posted 5/30/2013  12:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 51 comments   144,271 views
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What's for Dinner? 30 Easy, Healthy Meals for April


Starting this month, we're offering up some of our favorite recipes from Chef Meg, the SparkPeople Team and members to last you the entire month. This handy list is packed full of meal ideas that are healthy and delicious. Whether you use these recipes in order and every day, or just use a couple a week is up to you. We hope this inspires you to get into the kitchen and get cooking!
 
We even threw in a few probable scenarios that could prevent you from eating right. See these as a chance to "take off the training wheels" and get creative while sticking with your healthy eating plan.
 
Sunday, April 1:
Easy Slow Cooker Lemony Garlic Chicken Breast--add asparagus (it's in season!) and whole-wheat couscous (ready in minutes!)

Monday, April 2:
Serve the leftover chicken from last night with a green veggie and Cauliflower "Mashed Potatoes"

Tuesday, April 3:
Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken served with baked tortilla chips

Wednesday, April 4:
Pantry night: Low-sodium canned soup with Coach Nicole's Grown Up Grilled Cheese

Thursday, April 5:
Chef Meg's Super Fast Pork and Veggie Stir Fry with brown rice

Friday, April 6:
Leftover Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken as burritos. Tip: Use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream!

Saturday, April 7:
Crockpot Spicy Beef Brisket with roasted sweet potatoes and steamed veggies, plus whole-wheat bread
Posted 3/31/2013  6:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 37 comments   279,437 views
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Better-For-You Southern Comfort Recipes


Down home Southern cooking has produced some of our finest classic American dishes. At the same time, many of these original recipes include unwanted fats, calories and sodium. With some simple changes, we can enjoy this quintessential comfort cuisine and still stay on-track with our health goals. 
Posted 2/1/2013  12:00:00 PM By: Samantha Donohue : 13 comments   94,051 views
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Make-Ahead Meals: How to Freeze and Reheat Full Dishes


Finding time to make a healthy dinner is a challenge for many of us. One of the best tips you'll hear is to freeze meals for busy nights to avoid the greasy drive-thru or pricey takeout traps. But how do you know if a meal will freeze well? How much time will it take to create a few make-ahead meals? And how in the world do you reheat and serve those frozen meals?
 
We've got you covered.

Before You Begin:
  1. Pick a day to plan meals.  Ask your kids, spouse, or friends for ideas.  Better yet, log onto SparkRecipes.com for easy, quick recipes.  Peruse grocery store ads, then make your final meal plan. 
  2. Write your grocery list--and take it with you when you shop.
  3. Once home, store recipe ingredients together in your pantry and refrigerator.
  4. Set aside a couple of hours to cook your freeze-for-later meals.  (Make sure you follow food safety guidelines for storage and reheating.)
Learn the Basics of Meal Planning
 
Before you head to the store, let's talk about which foods freeze well, and which don't:
Posted 1/7/2013  12:00:00 PM By: Meg Galvin : 28 comments   90,637 views
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9 Meatloaf Makeovers


At many dinner tables, the term "meatloaf" strikes fear in the hearts of even the most hardened palates. I have spent considerable time trying to bring peace among those who in my family who love and hate this classic American dish. Even for those who crave this American delicacy, there's the problem of how to prepare it without the fat and calories that wreek havoc on your health goals. Start by substituting lean meats, whole grains and vegetables. Use fresh spices and dried herbs to give it an international feel. Did you know meatloaf can even be made without meat? Have fun in your kitchen and enjoy these healthy meatloaf SparkRecipes
Posted 12/21/2012  6:00:00 AM By: Samantha Donohue : 14 comments   13,496 views
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7 Recipes From Around The World


One way to bring fun and excitement into your kitchen is to cook recipes that come from around the world. Even if you are not able to travel much, you can introduce your loved ones to other cultures and exciting flavors by using ingredients from the international aisle in most super markets, spice shops, or specialty markets. These recipes are simple to prepare and versatile. As you master them, start experimenting to create your own new international favorites. 
Posted 10/26/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Samantha Donohue : 6 comments   10,569 views
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7 Veggie-Packed Meals for Fall


Easy ways to turn vitamin-packed veggies into healthy, delicious dinners.
 
BLT Pasta
Makes: 6 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 22 minutes 
Posted 10/23/2012  10:00:00 AM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 18 comments   29,744 views
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Meals That Serve A Crowd


I recently came across my great grandmother's focaccia pizza recipe and was surprised that it served 100 people. Apparently, cooking for a crowd was the norm in my family. One thing my family has taught me is that cooking a big meal doesn't have to be complicated or unhealthy. My guests often mention how surprised they are how tasty a healthy dish can be and how inspired they are to try simple substitutes in their recipes. Here are seven SparkRecipes that can easily be doubled when cooking for a crowd.

 
Posted 10/19/2012  2:00:00 PM By: Samantha Donohue : 7 comments   57,971 views
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Super Meals for Big Batch Cooking


Cooking in batches is one of the best kept secrets for saving time and money, while promoting good health at the same time. With three school age kids, time is a rare commodity. Instead of turning to processed and packaged foods, I take advantage of the days I can cook and select healthy recipes that I can easily double or triple the batch. We enjoy these meals the next night as leftovers or we take them to work or school the next day in a thermos or Tupperware. Here are my favorite batch cooking recipes and resources. 
Posted 10/17/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Samantha Donohue : 14 comments   38,201 views
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Chef Meg's Most Popular Recipes


Did you know that our resident healthy cooking expert Chef Meg has been creating original recipes and comfort food makeovers for more than three years on SparkRecipes.com? She has amassed hundreds of recipes. We've rounded up her seven most popular, as selected by SparkRecipes.com users.
Posted 10/12/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 11 comments   14,393 views
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More Slow Cooker Favorites


This time of year, when there's a chill in the air and no shortage of things to do, many of us rely on our slow cookers to do dinner. We rounded up seven of our best "set it and forget it" recipes.

Posted 10/5/2012  2:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 13 comments   20,472 views
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7 Spicy Suppers


Some like it hot--myself included! If you're among those who like to turn up the heat when you eat, you'll love this week's meal plan, which is chock full of meals that are hot, hot, hot!

Posted 9/28/2012  2:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 5 comments   11,823 views
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Our Cheesiest Recipes


Are you a cheese fan? Then you'll love this week's dinner menu. We've rounded up seven of our cheesiest recipes! (You might also want to check out this slideshow!
Posted 9/21/2012  2:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 13 comments   20,447 views
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Healthy Kid-Friendly Favorites


Want to get your kids on board with eating more nutritious meals, but not sure where to start? How about with a week’s worth of better-for-them versions of their favorite meals? They’ll eat what you make, you get to stick to your healthy eating plan, and everyone wins!
Posted 9/14/2012  2:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 6 comments   23,755 views
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Travel to Italy at Dinnertime This Week


Shake up dinnertime with a culinary tour of Italy. No fatty Alfredo or loaded lasagna here--just healthy, tasty comfort foods! We've rounded up seven healthy Italian favorites that will have you shouting "mamma mia!" Buon appetito!

Posted 8/24/2012  2:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 19 comments   23,694 views
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