Fresh Ideas for Dinner

Are you stuck in a rut, eating the same dinners week after week? Peruse a variety of creative recipes to get some fresh new ideas for dinner.


Now that you're an adult, you know that Happy Meals are anything but happy for your waistline and cholesterol levels. Can you find happiness in the drive-through if you're on a low-sodium diet? We've got some tips.

Just because it's healthy doesn't mean it's low-cal. Look at the mighty yet fatty avocado -- and the sugary caloric pineapple. Tomatoes are a salad staple, but just how many calories do these juicy veggies pack?

You know tomatoes are a tasty addition to almost any meal -- the fact that they're healthy is just an added benefit. They're delicious, common to many styles of cuisine and we've got five recipes sure to delight.

You don't think twice before piling tomato slices on your sub sandwich or dragging a french fry through a puddle of ketchup, but there was a time when people actually feared tomatoes. Here's the juicy history of the tomato.

Tomato, "to-mah-to." Call it what you like; it's the world's most popular fruit -- yes, we said fruit. Of the nearly 10,000 varieties of the favored food, cherry tomatoes are one of the mostly widely eaten. And we've got a handful of nutritious recipes that make the most of this bite-sized beauty.

What's for dinner? The answer is so much simpler when you can open the freezer door and pull out an entree, stew or sauce you prepared a few weekends ago. Tomatoes freeze well and can help you put dinner on the table in a snap.

Just because the packaging claims it's healthy doesn't mean the food is low in sodium. We've got 10 recipes to keep the salt at bay and your health in check.

Americans seem to like a little food with their salt -- on average, we each consume almost 3,500 milligrams (mg) of sodium every day. When everything's loaded with salt, what are we supposed to eat to stay healthy?

With colder weather comes sweaters and boots, fires in the hearth and a hearty soup on the stove. But some of those soups could leave you parched because they're so salty. We've got five soups that will cut the sodium and bring the flavor.

You'll find low-sodium versions of lots of cheeses at the supermarket. But if you want real cheese -- cheese that still tastes like cheese -- the five choices on this list won't leave you disappointed.

A low-sodium diet can help lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. But if the salt shaker is your regular dinnertime companion, that can be a tough habit to break. How do you do it?

Sodium may be necessary for life, but in large quantities, it can cause major health problems. The trouble is, when we say large amounts, we're not talking about much -- even a tablespoon a day unhealthy. So how can you season food without all the salt?

Even if your food doesn't taste salty, that doesn't mean there isn't a whole lot of sodium lurking in your meal, particularly if you bought it, rather than made it. But there are some options. Here are five foods for dinner naturally low in sodium.

Sodium and salt are the same, right? And salt causes high blood pressure, too, doesn't it? With so many myths about sodium, we don't know what to eat anymore. And with so much contradictory information out there, how can we tell what's true?

It doesn't take much talent to cut a tomato well, but it does take some care. Here, five tips to help you turn a beautiful tomato into a slice, a chunk or a perfect, tiny square you can be proud of.

You've picked your tomatoes from the garden, prepared them in your kitchen and made a scrumptious homemade sauce on your stove. But the consistency just isn't right. Don't worry; there are a ton of options to thicken up your sauce.

The use of a fresh tomato is seemingly endless. You can make pasta sauce, salsa or even eat it raw and whole. So, it only makes sense that you grow your own in your garden. Have too many coming off the vines? We'll tell you what to do with them.

Tomatoes are easy to grow in your backyard garden -- maybe a little too easy. When the season's over, and you're stuck with more tomatoes than you know what to do with, it's a shame to throw them out. Now, you don't have to.

Tomatoes are a staple vegetable found in countless recipes. If you want the freshest tomatoes for your fare, you can grow your own and can the leftovers before they go bad. We'll give you five tips to help you can your bounty.

Few things add flourish to a dish like a gorgeous garnish. And, thanks to the tomato's versatility, there are plenty of ways to make it the co-star of any plated affair.

You may not think of tofu as having the personality of, say a juicy, rare steak, but it still has a lot going for it. It's high in protein and contains an abundance of good-for-you fats. And the preparation possibilities are endless.

Your leftovers shouldn't go to waste in your fridge. Check out our leftovers album and get some great ideas on how to reuse your meals the next day.

For your next meal, will you be dining on last night's leftovers or munching on moldy meats and fetid vegetables? How can you tell when it's time to throw out the leftovers? Don't trust your nose to tell you.

Steak is a classic eyes-bigger-than-your-stomach food. Most people think they can finish the huge juicy goodness of a 24-ounce steak, but more often than not, they can't. What do you do with all of the leftover steak?

Few people will dispute the fact that foods like French fries and pancakes are best eaten hot from the deep fryer or griddle, but some day-old foods actually taste better than fresh ones. Which ones made our list?