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Your Easy Eats Meal Plan

If you crave gourmet but are limited by novice-level cooking skills, these healthy recipes—which will help you serve restaurant-grade meals with ease—are for you.

Snacks

Roasted Eggplant Dip

Ingredients for Dip:

  • ½ eggplant
  • ½ tsp plus ½ tbsp olive oil
  • 2½ garlic cloves, peeled
  • ¾ tbsp tahini
  • ¾ tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • ½ tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Ingredients for Pita Chips:

  • 1 pita bread, split in half
  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Make It:

  1. Preheat broiler. Prick eggplant all over with a fork and rub with ½ tsp oil. Insert garlic into eggplant.
  2. Place eggplant on a pan in broiler and cook until charred all over and softened, turning often to ensure even cooking. Remove from broiler, peel off skin, cut in half lengthwise, and remove seeds. Chop into a puree and place in a bowl.
  3. Stir in the tahini, parsley, lemon juice, and remaining ½ tbsp oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Cut pita into wedges and arrange on a baking sheet. Brush with oil, and sprinkle with parsley and salt and pepper to taste. Bake for 12 minutes, then serve with dip.

The Numbers: 449 Calories; 10g Protein; 49g Carbs; 26g Fat; 8g Fiber.

Total Time: 42 minutes.

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Drumsticks

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp Chinese barbecue sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • ¼ tbsp fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 3 chicken drumsticks
  • ½ tsp toasted sesame seeds

Make It:

  1. Mix the barbecue sauce, honey, garlic, and ginger in a Ziploc bag. Add chicken, seal bag, and toss.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, but preferably overnight.
  3. Preheat broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil. Transfer chicken and marinade to baking sheet and broil for 25 minutes, turning occasionally.
  4. Sprinkle chicken with the sesame seeds and serve.

The Numbers: 338 Calories; 39g Protein; 25g Carbs; 9g Fat; 1g Fiber.

Total Time: 89 minutes.

Guacamole

Ingredients:

  • 1 avocado, diced
  • ¼ tomato, diced
  • 2 tbsp red onion, diced
  • ½ tbsp fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • ½ tbsp fresh lime juice 
  • ⅛ jalapeño chile, seeded and finely chopped
  • ¼ clove garlic, finely minced
  • Pinch ground cumin
  • Salt to taste

Make It:

  1. Mix avocado, tomato, onion, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeño, garlic, and cumin in a bowl.
  2. Season with salt. Lay a sheet of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole, then refrigerate until ready to serve.

The Numbers: 358 Calories; 5g Protein; 25 g Carbs; 30g Fat; 16g Fiber.

Total Time: 24 minutes.

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