Welcome back! March is National Nutrition Month®.

If you missed “Healthy Dinner Ideas – Part 1”, which we shared last week, you can check those out by clicking here.

Who said that making a healthy dinner needs to be boring? Here are some additional dinner ideas you can cook at home in under 25 minutes.

Spinach & Feta-Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Saute spinach with garlic and olive oil. Add in feta cheese and cream cheese. Mix well.

Spread the spinach mixture on each chicken breast. Roll up the chicken breast, secure with a toothpick. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Dip each chicken breast in bread crumbs until well coated. Place in glass baking dish and pour olive oil over them. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve with salad or rice pilaf.

Chicken Lettuce Wraps
In a large frying pan, cook the ground chicken in peanut oil till it browns. Stir in green onions, allspice, ginger, garlic and soy sauce. Cook until green onions are tender.

Place lettuce leaves on the plate and fill with the seasoned ground chicken mixture.

Top each with plum sauce and cilantro. Serve with lime.
Herb-Crusted Cod with Cauliflower Mash
Add chopped cauliflower florets, baby potatoes and peeled carrots in a Dutch oven. Add salt and chicken stock to cover vegetables, and bring to a boil. Cook covered, until tender. Drain vegetables. Mash potatoes to desired consistency. Stir in semi-soft cheese. Season with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 300 degrees. Season the sliced cod filets with salt and pepper.

Beat 2 eggs in a bowl. In another bowl, combine bread crumbs and dill. Dip fish filets into eggs, then into bread crumb mixture. In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until fish is golden brown and flakes easily with a fork. Drain on paper towels.

Serve with the prepared cauliflower mash and lemon wedges.


Healthier Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Layer low-fat cheddar cheese, sliced tomato and spinach between the 2 sprouted whole-grain bread slices.

Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium-low heat. Lightly spray the bottom with cooking oil. Add sandwich and cook until browned on the bottom, about 4-5 minutes.

Flip the sandwich over, cover the skillet and continue to cook until the other side is browned and cheese has melted, about 4-5 minutes more. Cut sandwiches in half and serve hot.

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Edna Dimataga-Fernandez
Edna Dimataga-Fernandez founded The Wellness Institute in 2013. The company utilizes a holistic model of wellness consulting focusing on the 6 dimensions of organizational well-being: physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual & financial health. The Wellness Institute provides holistic health assessments, corporate well-being workshops & wellness consultations with holistic health practitioners. Wellness-Spring, the company’s holistic health store, sells organic & non-toxic health & beauty products. A portion of the proceeds is donated back to causes that support women, children, health, wellness & education. She has worked & consulted for companies in the insurance & financial services industry, the medical & behavioral health field and the non-profit sector. Edna holds a B.A. in Economics from UCLA and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. She is a Past President (2010-11) of the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors - Los Angeles Chapter and is an approved Continuing Education Provider for the California Department of Insurance.