Actress, Food Network star and cookbook author Valerie Bertinelli kicks off the new year with a fresh approach to dinner — every night of the week. With the goal of eating healthier in the new year and feeling better overall, she developed a week's worth of delicious recipes that cut out calories but pack in flavor. She showed us how to make low-carb Italian wedding soup, simple roasted salmon with veggies, a sugar-free cheesecake for dessert and shares five more recipes that the whole family will love.
1. Monday: Low-Carb Italian Wedding Soup
Valerie Bertinelli's Low-Carb Italian Wedding Soup by Valerie Bertinelli
This soup proves you can totally cut carbs without compromising on taste. Leafy greens, a flavorful broth, mini turkey meatballs and fresh Parmesan add all the flavor you need while keeping this dish light and healthy.
2. Tuesday: Shrimp Scampi Zoodles
Valerie Bertinelli's Shrimp Scampi Zoodles by Valerie Bertinelli
I adore the freshness that zoodles (aka zucchini noodles) add to this dish. The veggie "pasta" and lemon zest add a brightness that's usually missing from traditional shrimp scampi with regular wheat pasta.
3. Wednesday: One-Pan Salmon with Broccoli and Cauliflower
Valerie Bertinelli's One-Pan Salmon with Broccoli and Cauliflower by Valerie Bertinelli
I love this recipe because it is truly a one-pan wonder. You just put the fresh salmon and crisp veggies on a baking sheet, season everything and pop it in the oven to roast. In just 20 minutes, you've got a flavorful and healthy dinner ... and only one pan to clean!
4. Thursday: Head of Garlic Chicken Thighs
Head of Garlic Chicken Thighs by Valerie Bertinelli
Heirloom garlic, though not as long-lasting as the commercial varieties at the grocery store, has a more intense flavor and is much sweeter when cooked. This chicken dish will have your whole house smelling absolutely divine.
5. Friday: Roasted Shrimp and Peppers
Valerie Bertinelli's Roasted Shrimp and Peppers by Valerie Bertinelli
Chimichurri is comprised mostly of fresh herbs and olive oil, but it's one of those very flavorful sauces that goes well with meat or seafood. Quick-broiling shrimp and peppers make this dish super fast to prepare, while the bold sauce gives it loads of flavor.
6. Saturday: Baked Branzino with Citrus Gremolata
Valerie Bertinelli's Baked Branzino with Citrus Gremolata by Valerie Bertinelli
Don't be intimidated by the word gremolata. It sounds very fancy and technical, but it's really just citrus zest mixed with parsley, olive oil and red pepper flakes. It's so easy to make and it adds a big, bold flavor to the delicate fish fillets.
7. Sunday: Italian Turkey Meatloaf
Valerie Bertinelli's Italian Turkey Meatloaf by Valerie Bertinelli
This lightened-up version of a classic meatloaf uses ground turkey instead of ground beef. It's flavored with my favorite Italian herbs for a truly unique take on a staple main. Serve a slice alongside some zoodles to add more fiber to a low-carb meal.
Bonus! A delicious dessert for any night of the week
Valerie Bertinelli's Sugar-Free Cheesecake by Valerie Bertinelli
This cheesecake has all the sweetness and creaminess of the classic version, but with no added sugar! I love being able to indulge in dessert without feeling guilty after.
If you like those healthy recipes, you should also try these:
Valerie Bertinelli's Salmon Salad-Stuffed Avocados by Valerie Bertinelli
Easy Egg Bite Muffins by Brittany Williams
Harissa-Roasted Carrots with Spiced Yogurt by Brian Lewis