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Would love your input for your favorite healthy but tasty recipes. I'm specifically looking for entree's, but wouldn't turn down a good starter or dessert. The only dietary restriction is that I can't eat cheese :( Thank you so much in advance; I promise to report back.

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  1. We've been eating a lot of fish w/ fruit salsa this summer - whatever kind of fish, grilled or sauteed. Mango salsa - mango, cucumber, jalapeno, lime juice, mint/cilantro/both, avocado. Gives it a fresh kick and is so refreshing!

    Greek night is also a favorite at our house - chicken pounded out, marinaded in Greek seasoning (Penzey's), red wine vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, water. Grill. Serve with hummus or baba ganoush, grilled veggies (onion, bell pepper, eggplant, etc), pita (whole wheat or regular). Does your cheese restriction include no dairy products at all? Because I also make a homemade tzaziki sauce w/ low fat (not non fat) Greek yogurt/garlic/cucumber.

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    1. re: laurendlewis

      Thanks Lauren. Dairy is ok, because I can normally find some substitues. What type of salsa do you like best? We are also grill-less for the moment (living in the city)...

      1. re: gramercyfoodie

        I make it with the ingredients I described above.
        Also have grilled/roasted corn & tomatoes to make more of a traditional tomato based salsa.

        Grill-less is ok - just sautee stuff with very little oil or PAM.

    2. My friend has made an insanely fantastic healthy, light soup. Take watermelon, some olive oil and and some salt. Take an immersion blender. Blend. Leave as chunky as you want. She may have put a clove of garlic in there too, but I'm not sure. Maybe some lemon juice. When you serve it, put some cucumber pieces in there. Its fantastic.

      1. I have a bunch....but last week we had this again, Spicy Braised Chicken with Mushrooms and Star Anise, if you use skinless chicken breasts, it probably qualifies as "light" though sometimes the hoisin sauce has quite a bit of sugar but this is SO tasty and aromatic, too:

        http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...

        1. I just made pho last night and it was great. It wasnt too traditional, I just used what I had gotten at the farmer's market. Get some low sodium veggie or chicken broth, add the rice noodles and then throw in all the fresh veggies you have (if you are worried about carbs, add less noodles and more veggies). I put in bok choy, cilantro, green onion, jalapenos and snow peas. I wish I would have had bean sprouts... To give it flavor, I added some Hoisin sauce and sriracha chili sauce. Simple!