The nutrition experts at FoodNetwork.com have the inside scoop on the healthiest and most delicious recipes. The chefs at Food Network are renowned for their culinary creations, but what many folks don’t realize is that many of their recipes are nutrition powerhouses. Here are five recipes from Food Network stars that get rave reviews for both taste and nutrition.
Ina’s Guacamole Salad (pictured above)
This may be the most flavorful, colorful and nutrient-filled salad in the Hamptons. This dish features antioxidant rich veggies, plus healthy fats from avocado, protein from beans and 9 grams of hunger-fighting fiber per serving. Serve it as a side dish with grilled meat or fish, or with tortilla chips as an appetizer.
Make this 5-star rated recipe for a quick and easy weeknight main course. A 30-minute dunk in a flavorful marinade followed by a sizzle on the grill, and an omega-3 rich meal is ready for the simplest of weeknight dinners.
Protein-rich ricotta cheese is the secret ingredient in these light and lemony cookies. This fan-favorite recipe has more than 1000 reviews: try them, and you’ll see why.
Food science guru Alton Brown has crafted the ultimate crepe recipe using simple, whole food ingredients. The step-by-step instructions make this seemingly complicated dish incredibly simple, plus the batter can be made up to 2 days in advance. Fill these scrumptious crepes with fresh fruit for breakfast or make a healthy savory version with scrambled eggs, veggies and a sprinkle of cheese.
Don’t count out the brilliant Food Network Kitchens chefs for healthy and yummy options. These tacos are filled with lean protein, fresh fruits and veggies, and whole grain tortilla shells for only 435 calories per serving. They’re bursting with colorful nutrients and ready to serve in 30 minutes.
Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.
*This article was written and/or reviewed by an independent registered dietitian nutritionist.