Peter Ardito/Fitness MagazineBy Karen Ansel, RD
Cook, eat, repeat. It's easy to put meals on autopilot when you're trying to slim down, but monotony is a recipe for weight gain. Shake up your eating plan with these delicious dinner recipes.
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If You're Tired of Baked Chicken Breast...
Keep it juicy.
Rub 1 ounce herbed goat cheese between skin and meat of 1 bone-in chicken breast. Bake in a 375-degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Remove skin before serving.
Nutrition facts: 211 calories, 30g protein, 0g carbohydrate, 9g fat (4.8g saturated), 0g fiber
"Cooking bone-in, skin-on chicken locks in moisture and flavor," says Claire Robinson, the host of 5 Ingredient Fix on the Food Network.
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Peter Ardito/Fitness MagazineIf You're Tired of Turkey Burgers...
Mix 4 ounces ground turkey with 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce and 2 teaspoons each grated ginger, rice wine vinegar, and
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