Asian Quinoa Meatballs with Ginger Lime Zoodles

This dish is perfect for busy nights! Packed with vegetables and quinoa, this is a tasty and healthy dinner that your whole family will love.

Easy, one pan dish that is a perfect healthy dinner! Asian Quinoa Meatballs with Ginger Lime Zoodles

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Quick Bites: McAlister’s Deli

McAlister’s Deli is up next for our continued Quick Bites series! This chain, found across the U.S., has a variety of menu options. But, don’t let the word ‘deli’ in the name trick you, as there are quite a few options on the menu that should be avoided! The ‘choose 2’ menu option is an easy way to have 2 smaller portions of items to make up a healthier meal. For instance, you could have a ‘choose 2 meal’ of the deli turkey sandwich and cup of Fire Roasted Vegetable soup for a meal under 300 calories and 1 gram saturated fat. But, as we have learned, it is important to review the nutritional facts of any dining establishment before eating there. In this case, it would be easy to pick a ‘choose 2 meal’ containing over 1,000 calories just by choosing the smaller portion of the muffuletta! I have broken down menu items to choose and those to avoid, but as always, there are menu items that may be acceptable that I have not discussed. For a breakdown of what nutrients we look at, take a look at our original Quick Bites post on Chick-fil-a.

www.mcalistersdeli.com

www.mcalistersdeli.com

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Recipe Round-up

We are starting a new series called Recipe Round-up where we share some of our favorite recipes from the past few weeks. Our hope is that these recipes will make meal planning a little easier by highlighting a few recipes that we have tried or are anxious to try ourselves!

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Quick Bites: Zoe’s Kitchen

We are back with another edition of our Quick Bites series, and today, we are looking at one of my favorite places to eat – Zoe’s Kitchen! I love the focus on healthy eating at Zoe’s Kitchen as well as the variety of options. In fact, Zoe’s provides a speciality menu called ‘Simply 500’ which lists the menu items that are already 500 calories or less or those that can be specially ordered to qualify. Also, for those people following specific diets (such as vegetarian, gluten free or vegan), the menu labels which menu items qualify making it easy to decide what to order! I wanted to narrow down the menu even further by taking a look at some of the other nutrients that play a role into what we would consider a healthier meal. As always, there are menu items that may be acceptable that I have not discussed. For a breakdown of what nutrients we look at, take a look at our original Quick Bites post on Chick-fil-a.

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Balsamic Chicken and Wild Rice

Looking for a wintertime comfort food with all of the flavor and none of the saturated fat? This balsamic chicken and wild rice recipe is guaranteed to please everyone at the dinner table!

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