Active Cookbook: 1 Week of Dinners With 6 Ingredients or Less
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For a leaner burger that still packs a flavor punch, spice up a lean white-meat turkey with jalapenos, Worcestershire sauce and low-fat sour cream. The sour cream addition might seem a little strange, but it adds a lot of moisture and a light tanginess that works well with the kick of the jalapenos and savory, aromatic flavor of the Worcestershire sauce.
Pasta With Broccoli-Rabe Pesto
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This nutrient-packed pesto blows traditional basil-and-pine-nut pesto out of the water in regard to its health benefits and, when paired with whole-wheat pasta, provides plenty of fiber, slow-burning carbs, and magnesium to help you lower your diabetes risk while giving you plenty of glycogen for your next workout.
Ginger-Curry Roasted Vegetables and Tofu
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This dinner is about as easy as it gets—all it takes is some chopping and roasting in the oven, and you're ready to eat in a half hour. Packed with protein, immune-boosting antioxidants and detoxification agents, this Indian-spiced dish elevates bland tofu to an enjoyable level. Surprisingly rich in calcium from the tofu and broccoli, this dish is also rich in iron, omega-3 fats and vitamins A, K, D and C.
Asiago and Swiss-Chard Strata
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A comfort-food recipe that balances vegetables and low-fat dairy with full-fat cheese and eggs (although you can split the difference with the eggs, too, and use half egg whites and half whole eggs), this strata is a one-dish meal with plenty of oozing wow factor. This hearty dish is a good one to make the night before a long run or ride, if your stomach can handle the dairy before a long effort. It's also a good one to relax with as you recover from a hard effort.
Honey-Mustard Chicken & Brussels Sprouts
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Packed with tangy, savory and sweet honey-mustard flavor, this lean, high-protein dinner can also help you ward off cancer and fight inflammation. The Brussels sprouts and mustard seeds in this dinner will help restore your muscles, tendons and tissues after a hard workout.
Roasted Tomato Garlic Soup & Cheesy Croutons
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This year-round soup is just as tasty served hot, cold or at room temperature. If you're making it when it's warm outside, simply cool the soup down on the counter for 10 to 15 minutes before chilling it in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
Sesame Soba Noodles With Steak and Mushrooms
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Soba noodles are a Japanese pasta made from buckwheat, which reportedly helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels due to its flavonoids, antioxidants that protect your good cholesterol from free radicals. Buckwheat also contains magnesium, a mineral that lowers blood pressure and improves blood circulation. These nutty, toothsome noodles provide a high-fiber, high-protein, gluten-free alternative to traditional pastas.
Key Lime Granita 8 of 9
This low-calorie, high-flavor dessert is a riff on the famous key lime pie, but without the extra fat. Indigenous to the Florida Keys, key lime production is limited due to a hurricane that wiped out numerous citrus groves in the 1920s. If you can't find key limes, you can substitute equal parts fresh lime juice with equal parts fresh lemon juice.