Light Dinners

Good eating made light! With these delicious dinner recipes, we show you how to eat light without sacrificing flavor. Choose from lasagna, chicken dishes, and more -- all made with less fat but plenty of flavor.

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Light Low-Cal Summer Dinners

Isn't there supposed to be a gene that curbs your appetite in hot weather? Because I don't seem to have it. I get just as hungry in the heat as I do in winter.

Fish Main Dishes: Light and Fresh Dinners for Spring

Light and satisfying, fish deserves to take centerstage for a holiday meal, weeknight supper, or dinner party. Try these dishes for salmon, cod, and more.

Pan-Seared Black Sea Bass with Endives and Grapes

Food & Wine

For the FourCoursemen dinners (as well as his restaurant, Farm 255), chef Matt Palmerlee loves to use sustainable seafood like the line-caught sea bass here. He sometimes makes the dish with Muscadine grapes, a sweeter, more complex fruit from the American South.

Total: 35 mins

Pan-Seared Black Cod with Grape Salsa

Food & Wine

Ben Towill hand-crushes grapes for this fresh salsa, but pureeing some of them in a food processor works equally well. Grapes may seem like an unlikely partner for fish, but they're very good with silky black cod fillets.

Total: 40 mins

Spanish Mackerel Escabeche

Food & Wine

In this light dish, chef David Swain marinates fish fillets in red wine vinegar and olive oil along with tender carrots and shallots.

Total: 40 mins

Pasta with Artichokes and Rouget

Food & Wine

In his restaurant, Maurizio Quaranta likes to make his own tagliolini (thin, flat-ribbon pasta). This simplified version uses dried fettuccine tossed in a terrific sauce of sauteed artichoke hearts, garlic, and tomatoes.

Total: 1 hr

Chicken Ranch Wrap

Taste of the South
Total: 20 mins

Black and Blue Tenderloin Sandwich

Smithfield

This easy gourmet sandwich is so good, you'll want it for lunch AND dinner!

Total: 10 mins

Italian Grilled Pork Panini

Smithfield

This panini is a great way to bring a little Italian flavor to your meal.

Total: 10 mins

The Mark's Shrimp-and-Avocado Salad

Food & Wine

After writer Aleksandra Crapanzano enjoyed this salad in her room at the Mark Hotel in New York, she swore she'd add both the velvety, tangy butter sauce on the shrimp and the earthy, salty-sweet vinaigrette on the salad to her permanent repertoire.

Total: 50 mins

Reuben Pizza

Better Homes and Gardens

All the ingredients of the ever-popular Reuben sandwich--corned beef, sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese--top this tasty pizza.

Greek-Style Beef with Vegetables

Better Homes and Gardens

Cinnamon, cloves, brown sugar, vinegar, and tomato paste give this quick stir-fry dish the distinctive flavor of a Greek stew.

Total: 40 mins

Creamy Sweet Potato Soup

Smithfield

Rich, creamy, and a breeze to make!

Total: 30 mins

Turkey Brie, and Strawberry Preserves Panini

Smithfield

One amazing panini!

Total: 8 mins

Western Frittata

Smithfield

A great Western-style omelette with lots of great fillings.

Coin Toss Bacon and Blue Cheese Grilled Quesadillas

Smithfield

A quick sandwich on the grill with amazing flavors.

Brown Butter Braised Cauliflower Soup

Smithfield

Crisp simple flavors of cauliflower enhanced by the nuttiness of browned butter.

Total: 45 mins
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