Anyone who's ever made a self-improvement resolution — like trying to eat more healthily — knows that slip-ups happen when you're not prepared. Translation? You're more likely to scarf down a whole frozen pizza when you don't have a viable dinner plan. To save you from the inevitable (pepperoni-fueled) regret, we've concocted a cheat sheet of five healthy dinner recipes, handpicked from D.C.'s best food bloggers. That's right — one good-for-you meal for every night of the workweek, which means you won't have to wander the grocery aisles waiting for inspiration to strike. Get your shopping list together, stock up on fresh ingredients, and chop, stir, and sauté your way to a healthier life.
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Craving a home-cooked meal with plenty of exotic flavor? Whether you opt to grill or use the stovetop, this Thai Chicken, Eggplant, and Basil recipe from The Bitten Word is easy to execute and doesn't require too many hard-to-find ingredients. Bonus points: Grilling the ingredients makes for minimal cleanup, and the intense, sinus-clearing aromas will help if you're suffering from end-of-summer allergies. Get the full details here.
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We love when food bloggers get inspired to recreate a favorite dish from a local restaurant. After all, what's better than whipping up the tastiest meals in town in the comfort of your own kitchen? Mango & Tomato blogger Olga Berman did just that with her take on Ambar's Summer Zucchini Soup. The freshness of zucchini and onion combine with the richness of cream and chicken stock for a soup you'll be craving well into the fall. Get the full details here.
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By now, you know that we're really into easy recipes that yield beyond-ordinary results. So, we were naturally drawn to the how-to for Cold Spicy Peanut Sesame Noodles from Table for Two blogger Julie Wampler. The chilled factor makes them a great option if you regularly pack up leftovers for lunch. Get the full details here.
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Not Derby Pie blogger Rivka was aiming for a balance between New England- and Manhattan-style chowders in her Favorite Corn Chowder recipe, and we think she nailed it. Spiked with flavors of tomato, smoked anchovies, and Thai red chile, it's the perfect comfort food for when the nights start getting colder. Get the full details here.