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Your Healthy April Meal Plan

This month, we've pulled together a delicious dinner plan for every single day. Get ready for recipes like grilled buttermilk chicken and spicy Mongolian beef salad. Healthy eating couldn't get any easier!

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Day 1: Cod and Asparagus BakeTaste of Home

Day 1: Cod and Asparagus Bake

In this bright and lively one-pan dish, green and red veggies back up tender fish, and lemon pulls everything together. You can use grated Parmesan cheese instead of Romano. —Thomas Faglon, Somerset, New Jersey

Goes Great With: Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

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Day 2: Grilled Buttermilk ChickenTaste of Home

Day 2: Grilled Buttermilk Chicken

I created this recipe years ago, after one of our farmers market customers, a chef, shared the idea of marinating chicken in buttermilk. The chicken is easy to prepare and always turns out moist and delicious! I bruise the thyme sprigs by twisting them before adding to the buttermilk mixture; this releases the oils in the leaves and flavor the chicken better. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Goes Great With: Grilled Brussels Sprouts

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Day 3: Spicy Pork Tenderloin SaladTaste of Home

Day 3: Spicy Pork Tenderloin Salad

A friend served this curry-flavored salad at a luncheon, and I tweaked it to fit our tastes. Since it's a meal in one, it's perfect for weeknights, and the presentation makes it ideal for entertaining. —Pat Sellon of Monticello, Wisconsin

Goes Great With: Confetti Jicama Salad

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Day 4: Italian Turkey MeatballsTaste of Home

Day 4: Italian Turkey Meatballs

What's not to love about moist and tender homemade Italian meatballs? Because they're made with lean turkey, they're lower in saturated fat, too! —Mary Berg, Lake Elmo, Minnesota

Goes Great With: Spring Pea & Radish Salad

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Day 5: Lemon-Dijon Pork Sheet Pan SupperTaste of Home

Day 5: Lemon-Dijon Pork Sheet Pan Supper

Most nights, I need something that I can get on the table with minimal effort and delicious results. This sheet-pan supper has become an all-time favorite, not only because of its bright flavors, but its speedy cleanup time, too! —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah

Goes Great With: Lemon-Garlic Lima Beans

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Day 6: Grilled Garden Veggie PizzaTaste of Home

Day 6: Grilled Garden Veggie Pizza

Pile on the veggies—this crisp, grilled crust can take it! This colorful, healthy pizza looks as fresh as it tastes. —Diane Halferty, Corpus Christi, Texas

Goes Great With: Citrusy Fruit Kabobs

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Herbed Balsamic ChickenTaste of Home

Day 7: Herbed Balsamic Chicken

Our kitchen is tiny and cramped, so we try to grill simple (but tasty) meals outside as often as possible during the summer months. Dried herbs work as well, but during the summer use fresh herbs for the best taste. —Kelly Evans, Denton, Texas

Goes Great With: Sauteed Spring Vegetables

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Day 8: Naked Fish TacosTaste of Home

Day 8: Naked Fish Tacos

This is one of my husband's all-time favorite meals. I've even converted some friends to fish after eating this. I serve it with fresh melon when it's in season to balance the subtle heat of the cabbage mixture. —Elizabeth Bramkamp, Gig Harbor, Washington

Goes Great With: Texas Tabbouleh

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Day 9: Asian Chicken Rice BowlTaste of Home

Day 9: Asian Chicken Rice Bowl

This super flavorful, nutrient-packed dish makes use of supermarket conveniences like coleslaw mix and rotisserie chicken. This recipe is easily doubled or tripled for large families. —Christianna Gozzi, Asteria, New York

Goes Great With: Baked Egg Rolls

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Day 10: Zingy Baked Chicken NuggetsTaste of Home

Day 10: Zingy Baked Chicken Nuggets

These crispy chicken nuggets have just the right amount of spice. Yogurt makes them extra tender. —Lee Evans, Queen Creek, Arizona

Goes Great With: Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges

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Day 11: Tilapia with Lemon Caper SauceTaste of Home

Day 11: Tilapia with Lemon Caper Sauce

My husband and I are always trying to increase the amount of fish in our diet. This recipe is fast, easy and enjoyable, even for non-fish lovers. —Catherine Jensen, Blytheville, Arkansas

Goes Great With: Heirloom Tomato Salad

 

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Day 12: Chicken Ole Foil SupperTaste of Home

Day 12: Chicken Ole Foil Supper

These Mexi-style chicken packets can be assembled ahead and frozen if you like. Just thaw them overnight in the fridge, then grill as directed. I like to serve them with warm tortillas and fresh fruit on the side. —Mary Peck, Salina, Kansas

Goes Great With: Chili-Lime Grilled Pineapple

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Day 13: Balsamic Roasted Vegetable PrimaveraTaste of Home

Day 13: Balsamic Roasted Vegetable Primavera

Roasting makes these end-of-summer veggies irresistible. Toss them with balsamic vinegar and pasta for a light yet satisfying dinner. —Carly Curtin, Ellicott City, Maryland

Goes Great With: Blackberry Spinach Salad

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Day 14: Parmesan Chicken with Lemon RiceTaste of Home

Day 14: Parmesan Chicken with Lemon Rice

I like the challenge of inventing recipes with ingredients I have on hand. This easy-peasy meal fits the bill. —Colleen Doucette, Truro, Nova Scotia

Goes Great With: Radish Asparagus Salad

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Day 15: Pork Tacos with Mango SalsaTaste of Home

Day 15: Pork Tacos with Mango Salsa

I've made quite a few tacos in my day, but you can't beat the tender filling made in a slow cooker. These are by far the best pork tacos we've had—and we've tried plenty. Make the mango salsa from scratch if you have time! Yum. —Amber Massey, Argyle, Texas

Goes Great With: Southwestern Rice

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Day 16: Sauteed Pork Chops with Garlic SpinachTaste of Home

Day 16: Sauteed Pork Chops with Garlic Spinach

My family enjoys cooking up easy and delicious meals. This pork chop recipe is also inexpensive, which makes cooking easier for everyone. Keep an eye on the spinach—it cooks fast! —Joe Valerio, Whitinsville, Massachusetts

Goes Great With: That Good Salad

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Day 17: Apple-Onion Pork TenderloinTaste of Home

Day 17: Apple-Onion Pork Tenderloin

This slightly sweet and tender pork tenderloin with apples is quick enough to make for a weeknight, but I often serve it on special occasions. It tastes amazing served with mashed potatoes or over egg noodles. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, ID

Goes Great With: Garlic Asiago Cauliflower Rice

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Day 18: Bulgur JambalayaTaste of Home

Day 18: Bulgur Jambalaya

I like making this dish because it allows me to stay on track for my weight loss without giving up foods I love. —Nicholas Monfre, Oak Ridge, New Jersey

Goes Great With: California Avocado Salad

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Day 19: Chicken ProvoloneTaste of Home

Day 19: Chicken Provolone

Though it's one of my simplest dishes, this version of an Italian classic is also one of my husband’s favorites. It’s quick to prepare and a garnish of fresh parsley or basil makes it look elegant. —Dawn Bryant, Thedford, Nebraska

Goes Great With: Rosemary Beets

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Day 20: Tuna Teriyaki KabobsTaste of Home

Day 20: Tuna Teriyaki Kabobs

I love to BBQ but don't always want a heavy dinner. These are perfect in the spring, and you'll have room for dessert! —Holly Battiste, Barrington, New Jersey

Goes Great With: Honey Garlic Green Beans

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Day 21: Bruschetta SteakTaste of Home

Day 21: Bruschetta Steak

My husband and I love bruschetta, especially in the summertime with fresh tomatoes and herbs from our garden. —Kristy Still, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Goes Great With: Vegetable and Barley Pilaf

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Day 22: Spicy Mongolian Beef SaladTaste of Home

Day 22: Spicy Mongolian Beef Salad

This light and loaded beef salad even satisfies my meat-loving husband. —Marla Clark, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Goes Great With: Makeover Cheddar Biscuits

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Day 23: Pork Chops with Nectarine SauceTaste of Home

Day 23: Pork Chops with Nectarine Sauce

As a dietitian, I’m always looking for ways to make meals healthy and delicious. These juicy chops are fast, too. —Suellen Pineda, Victor, New York

Goes Great With: Tuscan-Style Roasted Asparagus

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Day 24: Grilled Chicken and Mango SkewersTaste of Home

Day 24: Grilled Chicken and Mango Skewers

This tantalizing recipe was inspired by charbroiled chicken skewers I ate while strolling along Calle Ocho in Miami on Sunday afternoons. I like to garnish mine with sesame seeds. —Wolfgang Hanau, West Palm Beach, Florida

Goes Great With: Lemon Artichoke Romaine Salad

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Day 25: Honey-Roasted Chicken & Root VegetablesTaste of Home

Day 25: Honey-Roasted Chicken & Root Vegetables

When my whole family comes over for dinner, I make a big platter of roast chicken with sweet potatoes, carrots and fennel. My dad leads the fan club. —Kelly Ferguson, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania

Goes Great With: Warm Roasted Beet Salad

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Day 26: Greek Fish BakeTaste of Home

Day 26: Greek Fish Bake

As a military spouse living overseas, I got the chance to try many styles of cooking. Here's a Mediterranean-inspired recipe that we still love today. —Stacey Boyd, Springfield, Virginia

Goes Great With: Lemony Green Beans

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Day 27: Southern Pork & RiceTaste of Home

Day 27: Southern Pork & Rice

At our house, we're big on healthy eating. These ultra tender chops with colorful rice and black-eyed peas are a meal fancy enough for a dinner party. —Annie Holmes, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Goes Great With: Honey-Spiced Carrots

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Day 28: Spice-Rubbed Lamb ChopsTaste of Home

Day 28: Spice-Rubbed Lamb Chops

One of my absolute favorite meals to eat anytime are Lamb Chops! My girls, Hanna and Amani, love watching me make my delicious chops, but they love eating them even more. —Nareman Dietz, Beverly Hills, Michigan

Goes Great With: Mediterranean Mashed Potatoes

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Day 29: White Wine Garlic ChickenTaste of Home

Day 29: White Wine Garlic Chicken

This garlic chicken is great over cooked brown rice or your favorite pasta. Don't forget a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, too. —Heather Esposito, Rome, New York

Goes Great With: Garden-Fresh Rainbow Chard

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Day 30: Portobello Polenta StacksTaste of Home

Day 30: Portobello Polenta Stacks

My friends and I have recently started growing portobello mushrooms from kits we found at a farmers market. We love to try new recipes—like this one—with our harvest. —Breanne Heath, Chicago, Illinois

Goes Great With: Sour Cream Cucumbers

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