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Barbacoa Turkey Soft Tacos

Barbacoa is traditionally an all day roasting of beef marinated with chilles. In this recipe we take similar elements and use ground turkey prepared in a faster, yet delicious method!

Carrot and Cabbage Turkey Sausage with Chile Roasted Cauliflower

A great way to lesson the number of carbs in your meals is to substitute rice or pasta with roasted veggies such as cauliflower. 

Chicken and Broccoli with Kolhrabi Mash

Low in carbs and full of wonderful flavor this dish is perfect for lots of energy and low sugar. 

Phyllo Meat or Veggie Pie

A yummy, easy to assemble phyllo dough pie will fill you up with less fat and sodium! 

Stuffed Eggplant

This recipe is easy to alter with any ground meat, ground nuts, or veggie crumble.

BBQ Chicken with Turmeric Rice Grits

Try this tasty combo for a new take on barbecue chicken and get a healhty dose of curcumin (found in turmeric) to help stomach upset and ease your digestion!

Lite Pork Grillades with Grits

Traditional grillades normally include veal and beef, this version is lighter with pork.

Chicken with Collard Greens Jambalaya

This recipe is low in fat and sodium, but still packs home that Cajun flavor!

Pork Chop with Broccoli, Beets, and Sweet Potato Medley

Take advantage of leftover veggies (fresh or frozen) and pair them with this succulent pork chop dish. 

Braised Artichokes with Chicken Breasts

A light summer dinner that is filling and low in calories. 

Paleo Summer Squash Ravioli

Get rid of the carbs and uneccessary gluten with this delicious take on ravioli. 

Middle Eastern Lamb Patties with Snow Peas, and Fava Bean PureƩ

Fava beans are easy to utilize in this spring time lamb dish. 

Buckwheat tart with Swiss Chard, Fennel, and Bacon

You can easily make this dish gluten-free by replacing the flour with gluten-free mix flour. You can also omit the bacon, if you need to make the tart vegetarian. No matter how you fix up this tasty tart, it's as versatile as it is easy to make. 

Herb Roasted Lamb

A spring delight to share on your holiday register or an intimate meal with friends and family. A great source of iron and zinc. 

Spice Rubbed Roasted Chicken with Veggies

A less caloric roast chicken that mades a great soup with leftovers. 

Paleo Pineapple Pork Stew

Enjoy a citrusy pork stew with kale leaves. Get Paleo y'all!

Spicy Pork Roast with Asian Brussels Sprouts and Squash PureƩ

Pork Roast will never be boring with this flavor kick, and brussel sprouts ARE DELICIOUS when prepared with the right Asian spices. Prepare your mouth and health for a flavor adventure. 

MEATY Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with a Muscadine Mizuno Salad

Eating healthy doesn't have to be a drag. Choosing ingredients that are filling, but low in sugar, salt and high in nutrients can be easy. Try this stuffed sweet potato and mizuno salad together, you won't go hungry again!

Fruit Avocado Chicken Salad

A refreshing salad full of cool fruit, avocado, and protein. 

Bison Stove Cooked Meatloaf with Fennel Brown Rice

 In the summertime in Louisiana, we avoid using the oven. But that doesn't mean you can't make meatloaf. We've found an easy way to make meatloaf on the stove without the discomfort of heating the entire home up on a blistering day. Using bison is a lean meat choice full of vitamin b12, niacin, and free of growth hormones.

20 Minute Tomato and Chicken

A fast tomato sauce with simple ingredients.

Pork and Fig Kebabs

Figs are high in phyto-nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamin B. And they sing with flavor when you grill them. You can also make this dish all figs and veggies without the pork and it will still taste amazing.  

Chicken with Creamy Goat Milk Squash Puree and Steamed Broccoli

If you are looking to try alternative milks but are allergic to nuts or have trouble digesting cow's milk, try goat's milk.  

Harissa Turkey Burger with Avocado on Mixed Greens

Harissa is a snappy-easy pepper paste that adds a spicy, smokey kick to burgers. Avocado makes a great substitute for cheese. Try it with a baked potato stuffed with steamed veggies. 

Grilled Pork Chop with Plum Salsa

Serve this pork chop with your favorite leafy green salad or grilled veggies.

Lamb and Eggplant Sauce with Pasta

Lamb and egpplant marry well in sauces. The rich flavor of lamb and all the seasonings in this dish are absorbed by the eggplant. Enjoy with a fresh salad or a side of steamed veggies.

Pecan Chicken with Crooked Neck Squash Ribbons

A great way to use local Louisiana pecans in a meal is to make a sauce. This sauce is adapted from an Eastern European Satsivi technique normally prepared with walnuts.  And have you been wondering what to do with low-calorie squash? Make it into a sauté that is easy on your waistline and cost effective for your bottomline. 

Grilled Turkey Breast with pepper sauce and mint

A fun mix of spicy and cool seasoning make this grilled dish an easy, tasty meal for the family. Serve with grilled veggies and you are set for dinner or lunch. 

Bison Meatballs with Sorghum and Kumquat Mixed Green Salad

Bison is lean and full of rich flavor. Pairing bison and Louisiana peppers with sorghum, gives this meal a filling, satisfying gluten-free experience.

Grilled Oysters en Brochette and Steamed Herb Vegetable Salad

A classic Creole dish with a salad becomes a satisfying, quick, and fancy meal. 

Chicken Apricot Kebabs

Grilling is fast is an easy way to infuse flavor without extra grease and fat. Take advantage of grilling fruits, vegetables and lean proteins together whenever possible. 

Grilled Rib Eye with Grilled Broccoli, Green Beans and Brussels Sprouts

You will need a grilling basket for the veggies, but get ready to sink you teeth into delicious rib eye. 

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus with Roasted Cauliflower and Steamed Snap Peas

You can grill this tasty asparagus/cauliflower dish or broil it in the oven. We dare you to say you hate eating your veggies after trying this with the king of flavor, bacon. 

Grilled Provencal Chicken Salad with Pickled Magnolia Vinaigrette

In Louisiana we have lots of fresh herbs and edible flowers to infuse flavor and deliciousness into all are meals. 

Stuffed Zucchini Boats with Turkey Kofta and Sundried Tomato Pesto

An easy, flavorful, and filling Mediterranean meal. 

Mango-Cucumber Salad with Proscuitto

A salad full of summer flavor and an impressive dish for any Memorial Day weekend cook out. 

Chicken with Tomato-Cannellini Bean Mash

This is a simple protein meal that takes minutes to make and works great with any side of steamed veggies or a side salad. 

Zesty Coffee Pork Tacos

In Lousiana, we love our coffee. This recipe is an homage to coffee by utilizing ground fresh coffee beans as an ingredient to spice up pork tacos. 

New Orleans Butter Beans and Chicken Sausage

A classic recipe with chicken sausage. Butter Bean (lima bean) is a great source of manganese (to help break down fats, proteins, and carbohydrates), fiber, iron, foliate, and potassium. Since we are using sausage, you won’t need to add salt. 

Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Chanterelle Mushrooms

This dish is great broiled in the oven or on the grill. Serve with lots of fresh veggies and your favorite salad.

Stuffed Baby Peppers with Beef and Couscous

You can utilize this recipe for a big family reunion meal or as an appetizer to serve at parties. Or simpley serve 3-4 peppers each on a plate with a side of steamed or grilled veggies for a family meal. Makes great leftovers for freezing and reheating! Courtesy of the Beef Checkoff. 

Lavender Chicken Wrapped in Turkey Bacon with Orzo Pasta

Edible botanicals and herbs are a great way to add flavor to meat dishes. 

Salmon Burgers with Grilled Peaches

Feel like grilling? These burgers are low in fat and high in Omega 3. Roasted peaches are also an easy sweet treat under 50 calories per peach half. 

Grilled Chicken with Citrus Herb Marinade

Grilled chicken with a fresh citrus herb marinade makes a quick and light meal with grilled veggies.

Roasted Lamb with Blueberries, Mixed Greens and Chicory

Try a little blueberry with this roasted lamb dish that also works as a salad. Blueberries are full of antioxidants.

Pan fried Chicken with Garlic, Celery Root and Purple Kale

Celery root or Celeriac, may deceive you by it's unattractive appearance. If you cut away the dry, bark like texture what is revealed is a wonderful root vegetable that when seasoned with herbs and light sauces, will knock you out of your seat. Celery root is great for those with tender tummies and digestive issues. A simple preparation with chicken or pork compliments this modest veggie. 

Chicken and Spanish Rice

This is an easy meal full of flavor and under 30 minutes to cook. Recipe courtesy of

Lamb Burger on a Bed of Greens

Lamb in small portions within a balanced diet is a great way to ingest vitamin B12, protein, selenium, zinc, phosphorus, and niacin. Removing the bun to this lamb burger is a great way to enjoy lamb without extra carbs. 

Turkey and Veggie Stuffed Red Cabbage Leaves

Easy recipe that is fast, low in calorie and fresh with spring flavor!

20-Minute Chicken Creole

A Louisiana favorite made in 20 minutes! Recipe courtesy of

Braised Cajun Pork Shoulder Tacos

Pork is a lean protein that works well with Cajun spices in this fresh taco recipe. Recipe courtesy of

Chicken Marsala

Quick and easy chicken recipe that is better than going out to eat. Less than 300 calories per serving. 

Turkey Meatloaf

Who doesn't love meatloaf? This recipe is key to the meat lover's diet and has less fat than regular meatloaf. Under 200 calories per serving. 

Southern Style Barbequed Chicken

Barbeque chicken with fewer calories than traditional Southern recipes. 

Chicken and Grape Skewers

Fast and easy grilling. Grapes add a wonderful sweetness to this Mediterranean flavored dish. Under 300 calories. 

Jambalaya Lite

Jambalaya re-vamped with lighter,leaner, and healthier ingredients. Less than 350 calories a bowl and lower in sodium. From Cooking Light:  December 2004

Crispy Corn-Crusted Chicken

"Oven-fried" chicken gets heart-healthy crunch from cornflake crumbs. (Experiment with other dry cereals and seasonings.)

Pan Seared Chicken with Blueberry Sauce

Celebrate your heart and treat your loved ones with a wonderful blueberry heart healthy main dish. Serve it with your favorite steamed veggie or side salad.

Grilled Grapefruit Chicken with Asparagus and Greens

Zesty grapefruit works wonders with this simple grilled chicken.

Spicy Honey Pork Chops

Sweet and spicy and under 300 calories. 

Sweet and Sour Beef with Cashews

You can make this hearty meal with meat or omit the meat and go vegetarian. This recipe is courtesy of EnLITEned Kosher Cooking

Convenient Chopped Salad

Classic chopped salad is a fast and easy dish to serve within 20 minutes. 

Marinated Ginger Chicken Wrap

Low in carbs this meal is a snap to make and is high protein.

Open Face Cowboy Burger

A fun way to encourage children to eat dinner. Courtesy of Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board

Chicken Tarragon Salad

Take advantage of those leftover chicken pieces in the fridge and make a delicious tarragon salad!

Stir-Fried Cajun Pork

Courtesy of National Pork Board.

Baked Steak with Creole Sauce

This spicy creole sauce helps to keep the steak tender and juicy. 

Quick Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Recipe and photo courtesy of National Pork Board.

Spinach Salad with Grapes and Pancetta

Recipe courtesy of California Table Grape Commission

Grilled Beef and Tabbouleh Salad

Recipe courtesy of The Beef Checkoff.

Easy Lamb Creole Gumbo

Celebrate carnival season or warm up this winter with an easy gumbo. Recipe courtesy of American Lamb Board

Stir Fry Chicken with Cabbage

Lighter fare dinner recipe that is easy and fun to make. 

Dijon-Glazed Corned Beef with Savory Cabbage & Red Potatoes

Celebrate the New Year or St. Patrick's Day with this festive corned beef cabbage dish. Recipe courtesy of The Beef Checkoff.

Chiles En Nogada with Pomegranate (Pomegranate Chile Enchiladas)

This classic Mexican dish is easy and beautiful to share with others. The name comes from the Spanish word for the walnut tree, nogal. Although the walnuts are removed from this version, the recipe is lower in fat. Pomegranates are a simple show-stopping detail to add to any meal you want to make to impress. Recipe courtesy of Pomegranate Council.

Cherry & Port Glazed Ham

A perfect main course for the holidays or any special event dinenr. Recipes courtesy of Campbell's® Kitchen.

Grilled Blackened Louisiana Alligator Sliders

Alligator is typically a very lean meat, making it low in cholesterol within certain recipes, especially when grilled and not batter-fried. 

Tender Pork Medallions with Rich Onion Sauce

Tender slices of pork tenderloin with a delicious beef onion sauce.

Wilted Kale Salad with Turkey Sausage

Kale is an amazing leafy cabbage-like vegetable that helps your digestive tract as well as offers many other health benefits. 

Black Pepper Chops with Molasses Butter

Pork chops perfect for the grill and rich with molasses flavor. Recipe and photo courtesy of National Pork Board. For more recipes visit:

Brisket with Cranberry Gravy

Recipe courtesy of Taste of Home. 

Asian Turkey Salad

If you love the flavors of Asian food then you will love this lean and light turkey salad. Recipe courtesy of the National Turkey Federation.

Turkey-Veggie Burger

Any mixture of your favorite vegetables may be used. 

Autumn Apple, Ham and Goat Cheese Salad

Perfect fall salad that works as a meal by itself. Recipe and photo courtesy of National Pork Board.

Herb Roasted Turkey with Pan Gravy

Perfect for Thanksgiving or any family gathering. Recipe courtesy of Campbell's® Kitchen

Beef Pot Roast with Maple Sweet Potatoes and Cider Gravy

Slow roast ahead of time in a stock pot or pressure cooker and take the stress off putting together a meal in a hurry. Recipe courtesy of the Beef Checkoff.

Cajun Pork Paella

A cajun twist on traditional Spanish paella. This recipe is great for feeding a small group or making in advance to eat throughout the week. Courtesy of National Pork Board.

Sweet Potato, Chicken and Veggies (Two Ways)

Make this dish two ways! 
1. As a savory kabob on the grill
2. A filling pita sandwich. 
Take this recipe a step further and you can make a third version of this dish vegetarian by leaving out the chicken. 

Herbed Butterfly Pork Chops

Grilled or broiled this pork chop is perfect with a side of your favorite steamed veggies or a leafy green salad!

Recipe and photo courtesy of National Pork Board.

Caribbean Jerk Tri-Tip Over Basil Lime Salad

A fresh salad with all the flavors of the Caribbean. 

Chicken Pot Pie

Nothing beats a good old-fashioned chicken pot pie that’s almost effortless to make. Toss in your favorite veggies and use rotisserie or leftover chicken to save time. This recipe and others can be found at Trim & Terrific Diabetic Cooking by Holly Clegg.

Creole Chicken and Vegetable Soup

A fast recipe that is chalk full of veggies.

Lean French Burgers

Using learn ground beef, turkey or chicken is a healthy way to make burgers. 

Southwestern Pork Stew

If using canned yams, cut in small chunks and stir in at the end of cooking.

Nuevo Chipotle Beef in Butternut Squash Boats

Smokey and spicy chipolte beef fill this creative dish with out of this world taste! 

Chicken with Watermelon,  Cranberry, Coconut and Fig Chutney

Flavorful and low in fat chicken dish that incorporates end of summer and early fall fruit.

Creole Beef Steak

A hearty and flavorful meal.

Easy and Quick Mediterranean Turkey Wrap

Don’t waste your money on fast food at lunch. Make this quick wrap instead and you will see that healthy eating does not have to be bland or boring!

Smoked Chicken with Olives and Satsuma Salad

Satusuma adds a local Louisiana twist and wonderful citrus taste to this salad