The weather is warmer and summer is just around the corner. If you’re hoping to lose some extra weight, let the fresh flavours of spring help you! By adding strawberries, mushrooms, eggs and salad greens to your diet through these healthy, low-calorie recipes, you’ll stay fuller longer and be on your way to a slimmer you for the summer.

Here are 10 healthy and delicious recipes!

1) Salmon with Roasted Asparagus and Lemon-Caper Sauce

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This recipe is delicious, extremely easy and quick! Perfect for any night of the week or for a dinner party! Now with the asparagus in season this is the perfect meal!

healthy and delicious salmon dinner recipe

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Nutritional Information (per serving)
Calories: 336 | Total Fat: 18g (saturated fat: 3g)

Ingredients – Serves: 4

– 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

– 2 tablespoons minced red onion

– 1 tablespoon olive oil

– 1 tablespoon drained capers, chopped

– 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

– ½ teaspoon grated lemon peel

– 1 1 ½-pound skinless salmon fillet (1 ¼ to 1 ½ inches thick)

– 1 pound asparagus, trimmed

– 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Method:

– Whisk first 6 ingredients in small bowl to blend.

–  Season sauce with salt and pepper.

– Preheat oven to 450°F/232oC.

– Cut three ½-inch-deep slits crosswise in top of salmon (as if dividing into 4 equal pieces but do not cut through).

– Arrange asparagus in even layer on rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with oil and turn to coat.

– Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

– Place salmon atop asparagus; sprinkle with salt and pepper.

– Roast until salmon is just opaque in center, about 20 minutes.

– Transfer asparagus and salmon to platter.

– Spoon sauce over salmon. Cut into 4 pieces along slits and serve.

2) Spinach, Asparagus and Strawberry Salad

An alternative to the above recipe with the asparagus, is a crispy healthy salad, rich in antioxidants, vitamin C and omega-3 fatty acids, that can be prepared in minutes.

healthy and delicious Spinach, Asparagus and Strawberry Salad

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Nutritional Information (per serving)
Calories 118 | Carbs 6g | Protein 3.4g | Total Fat: 10g (saturated fat: 1.1g) | Fiber 2.2g

Ingredients – Serves: 6-8

– 3 tbsps olive oil

– 1 pound asparagus (rinsed, ends trimmed, and cut into 1-inch pieces)

– 1/4 tsp salt

– 2 tbsps raspberry or balsamic vinegar

– 8 ounces spinach leaves (rinsed)

– 8 ounces strawberries (rinsed, hulled, and sliced)

– 1/2 cup toasted walnuts (chopped)

– Pepper

Method:

– Pour 1 tablespoon olive oil into a 12- by 15-inch baking pan; add asparagus, sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt, and mix to coat.

– Spread in a single layer and bake in a 400°F/2000C oven, stirring often, until tender when pierced, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool, about 15 minutes.

– Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix vinegar and remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Add spinach, strawberries, toasted walnuts, and cooled asparagus; mix to coat. Add more salt and pepper to taste.

3) Grilled Chicken Souvlaki (skewers) with Tzatziki

These lemony chicken skewers make a great lunch or dinner, served up with thick tzatziki sauce for a fresh flavour boost.
Serve it alongside a Greek salad of chunked tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, and feta cheese. Tzatziki is a traditional Greek yogurt-based sauce flavoured with lemon, garlic, and crisp cucumbers.

healthy and delicious recipe of Grilled Chicken Souvlaki (skewers) with Tzatziki

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Nutrition Information (per serving size: 2 skewers and about ¼ cup tzatziki sauce)
Calories: 219 | Carbs: 12.3g | Protein: 30.9g | Fat: 4.7g (saturated fat: 1.3g) | Fiber: 2.4g

Ingredients – Serves: 4
Souvlaki:

– 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

– 1 ½ teaspoons chopped fresh or ½ teaspoon dried oregano

– 2 teaspoons olive oil

– ½ teaspoon salt

– 4 garlic cloves, minced

– 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces

– Cooking spray

Tzatziki Sauce:

– ½ cup cucumber, peeled, seeded, shredded and drained

– ½ cup plain low-fat yogurt

– 1 tablespoon lemon juice

– ¼ teaspoon salt

– 1 garlic clove, minced

– ½ tsp dill

Method:

– To prepare souvlaki, combine the first 5 ingredients in a zip-top plastic bag; seal and shake to combine.

– Add chicken to bag; seal and shake to coat. Marinate chicken in refrigerator for 30 minutes, turning once.

– Remove chicken from bag; discard marinade. Thread pieces of chicken onto skewers.

– Heat a grill pan coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat.

– Add skewers; cook 8 minutes or until chicken is done, turning once.

– To prepare tzatziki sauce, combine cucumber, yogurt, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1 garlic clove, stirring well. Serve the tzatziki.

4) Creamy Tuna & Zucchini Pasta Pots

These pasta pots are great for a midweek meal or whipped up the night before and put into your lunch box.

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Total time: 15’-30’ | Persons Served: 4

Nutrition Information (per serving)
Calories: 365 | Carbs: 52g (of which Sugars: 5.5g) | Protein: 37g | Fat: 2.5g |

Ingredients:

– 200g Total 0% Greek yoghurt

– 2 medium zucchini, sliced lengthways 5mm thick

– 250g macaroni or small pasta shapes

– 2 x 200g cans tuna steak in brine or oil, drained

– 100g baby spinach or watercress leaves

– 1 lemon, juice

– 2 tsp Dijon mustard

– ½ tsp caster sugar

Method

–  Heat a large griddle pan or non-stick frying pan, add the zucchini in 2 batches, and cook over a medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes per side until cooked through. Cool slightly and cut into 3cm chunks.

– Cook the pasta according to the pack instructions, drain and cool for 10 minutes.

– Add zucchini, tuna and spinach and mix gently.

– Whisk together the remaining ingredients, season well and add to the pasta. Stir briefly and serve, or pack into lunch boxes.

– Chill and use within 2 days.

5) Mushroom and Spinach Risotto

Risotto does make a really good and tasty vegetarian meal; it is easy to cook it and is low in calories.

Mushroom and Spinach Risotto healthy and delicious  recipe

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Nutrition Information (per serving)
Calories: 370 | Carbs: 65g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 6g | Fiber: 7.5g

Ingredients – Serves: 2

– 150g/0.75 cup brown rice

– 2 leeks, sliced

– 8 mushrooms, sliced

– 2 garlic cloves, crushed

– 5 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped

– 1 litre/4.2 cup of homemade vegetable stock

– 4 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

– 2 handfuls of spinach

– 20g cheese (leave out if you want a vegan meal)

Method: 

– Heat some oil in a large pan and add leeks, garlic and mushrooms and cook for 3 minutes.

– Add the rice and cook for 5 minutes

– Add the sun-dried tomatoes and a little bit of the stock. Cook until the rice has absorbed the stock and then add some more. Keep adding a little bit at a time, letting the rice absorb it, until you have used all the stock. This will take around 35-40 minutes.

– Stir in the spinach and parsley and cheese and stir and cook for 3 minutes, until the spinach has wilted.

– Serve with a little more parsley on top.

6) Potato, Spinach & Egg Sunday Hash

This delicious dish is prepared in minutes for either breakfast or brunch.

healthy breakfast Potato, Spinach & Egg Sunday Hash

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Nutrition Information (per serving)
Calories: 306 | Carbs: 20g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 11.5g | Fiber: 2g

Ingredients – Serves: 2

–  2 eggs

– 1 medium potato, cubed

– 1 leek, sliced

– 1 onion, diced

– A handful of spinach

– 2 slices of turkey (leave out if you want to keep it a vegetarian dish)

– 1 tsp paprika and 1 tsp red chilli flakes

– 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

– 1 tbsp olive oil

Method: 

– Toss the potato cubes in a little oil and stir in the paprika and chilli flakes and bake at 200C/400F for 30 minutes.

– Add the leek, onion and bacon to a pan and cook for 5 minutes, until softened.

– Stir in the cooked potatoes, parsley and add the spinach and cook for 1 minute.

– Make 2 holes in the mixture and crack an egg into each one and cook for 3 minutes, or until the egg is cooked to your like.

– Sprinkle some more parsley on top and add a little sea salt and cracked black pepper and serve.

7) Grilled Turkey & Mango Wrap

A super easy and excellent recipe for everyday or for a dinner party.

healthy and delicious recipe for Grilled Turkey & Mango Wrap

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Total time: less than 15′ | Persons Served: 4

Nutrition Information (per serving)
Calories: 302 | Carbs: 40g (of which Sugars: 7g) | Protein: 30g | Fat: 2g

Ingredients:

– 170g Total 0% Greek yoghurt

– 250g turkey breast, grilled & sliced

– 1 mango, peeled, deseeded & sliced

– Mixed leaves

– 4 wraps of your choice

Method: 

– Spread the yoghurt onto the wrap.

– Fill each wrap with turkey, mango and mixed leaves.

8) Roast Pepper & Pasta Salad

Everyone’s favorite pasta combined with crunchy peppers in an easy, healthy and delicious recipe.

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Total time: 15’-30’ | Persons Served: 2

Nutrition Information (per serving)
Calories: 93 | Carbs: 12g | of which Sugars: 2.9g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3.3g

Ingredients: 

– 200g Total 0% Greek yoghurt

– 1 red pepper

– 100g penne pasta

– 25g toasted pine nuts

– 50g sun blush tomatoes, chopped

– A little chopped fresh basil or dill

Method: 

– Rub the pepper with a little oil and roast in a hot oven until soft and dark brown.

– Remove the outer skin then cut in half and remove the seeds. Be careful it will be hot. Then dice.

– Cook the pasta, and drain.

– Toast the pine nuts in a hot pan until golden.

– Add the roast pepper to the pasta, followed by the tomatoes, pine nuts and basil.

– Fold in the yoghurt and season.

9) Breakfast Blueberry-Oatmeal Cakes

This oatmeal-muffin cake recipe can’t be bad loaded with blueberries and oats! It is perfect for having a healthy breakfast available on busy weekdays. Make a batch on the weekend and keep them in your freezer.

healthy and delicious breakfast - Breakfast Blueberry-Oatmeal Cakes

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Total time: 55 min (plus 8-12 hours soaking time) | Serves: 12 cakes

Nutrition Information (per serving size: 2 oatmeal cakes)
Calories: 264 | Carbs: 41g (18g total sugars; 12g added sugars) | Protein: 7g | Fat: 9g (saturated: 1g) | Fiber: 4g

Ingredients:

– 2 ½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats

– 1 ½ cups low-fat milk

– 1 large egg, lightly beaten

– 1/3 cup pure maple syrup

– 2 tablespoons canola oil

– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

– 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

– 1 teaspoon baking powder

– ¼ teaspoon salt

– ¾ cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

Method:  

– Combine oats and milk in a large bowl. Cover and let soak in the refrigerator until much of the liquid is absorbed at least 8 hours and up to 12 hours.

– Preheat oven to 375°F/1900C. Coat a 12-cup nonstick muffin tin with cooking spray.

– Stir egg, maple syrup, oil, vanilla, cinnamon, baking powder and salt into the soaked oats until well combined. Divide the mixture among the muffin cups (about 1/4 cup each). Top each with 1 tablespoon blueberries.

– Bake the oatmeal cakes until they spring back when touched, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Loosen and remove with a paring knife. Serve warm.

Tips & Notes
Make Ahead Tip: Wrap airtight and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

10) Strawberry Cheesecake Parfait

These strawberry cheesecake parfaits taste just like you hope they will…a little bit strawberry, a little bit cheesecake, a whole lotta delicious!

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Total time: about 15 min | Persons Served: 4

Nutrition Information (per serving size: 1 parfait)
Calories: 110 | Carbs: 23g (of which sugars: 19g) | Protein: 2g | Total Fat: 1.5g | Fiber: 1g

Ingredients: 

– 1 cup low fat whipped cream cheese

– ½ cup vanilla non-fat yogurt

– 4 tablespoons brown sugar

– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

– 4 graham crackers, crushed into crumbs

– 15 strawberries, hulled and sliced

Method: 

– Mix cream cheese, yogurt, sugar and vanilla together with a fork until smooth.

– Assemble parfaits in glass parfait dishes or wine goblets as follows: a generous spoonful of graham cracker crumbs, a layer of berries and a layer of cheese mixture. Repeat layers and garnish with a few strawberry slices.

– The parfaits can be eaten immediately or refrigerated for a few hours.

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