Balsamic & Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Cauliflower has been a popular vegetable the past few years, but have you ever tried it roasted? Roasting vegetables at high temperature will bring out the natural sugars to the surface that will caramelize and create a delicious flavor and crunchy texture. Cauliflower is a non-starchy vegetable that is an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin C. Try this cauliflower over a bed of spring greens or arugula with added garbanzo beans for a complex carb and added protein. Yum!

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Turkey Burgers

Turkey burgers are a great alternative to beef as they have less saturated fat and calories.  Place this burger on a whole grain hamburger bun, add some fresh tomatoes, red onion and dark leafy greens like arugula or spinach for added vitamins and minerals.  Pair this burger with a side salad and some juicy fruit for a well-balanced meal. 

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Banana-Bran Muffins

Everyone always has bananas that are too brown to eat, but they are just right for this recipe. Try replacing ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce for the canola oil to increase moisture or replace chocolate chips with blueberries. Using the wheat bran and whole-wheat flour increases the fiber in these tasty muffins. Pair this muffin with a serving of non-fat Greek yogurt or cottage cheese for a well-balanced snack.

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Walnut-Rosemary Crusted Salmon

Pair this delicious salmon with some fresh sautéed asparagus or steamed broccoli and roasted red potatoes. Salmon is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce inflammation in the body. Most Americans do not get enough omega-3s in their diet. The American Heart Association recommends at least two servings of fatty fish per week. Other sources include albacore tuna, lake trout, sardines, mackerel and herring.

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