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A main dish is the primary dish of a meal, around which the meal is built. Usually it involves a protein such as meat or fish, or it can be something like a casserole with protein in it. It is often accompanied by one or more side dishes.

In recent times, in my opinion, the main dish has often become the “only” dish at dinner. I do think this is part of the weight problem in our country. People are too busy to cook and if they get the protein part done, they are happy. This has led to the lack of side dishes of healthy vegetables. People tend to fill up on the protein and forget the vegetables.

My website is heavy on Main Dish recipes because I find it’s easy to add a simple vegetable or salad to complete the meal. More often than not, people are searching, “What to fix for dinner.”

Most of the main dishes on my website can be portioned out and frozen. The leftovers are often great for lunch.

Homemade Spicy Chicken Sausage

Updated October 17, 2019; originally published on October 26, 2017 This healthy Homemade Spicy Chicken Sausage is a big hit at my house. My kids will even fry it up on their own because they love it so much. It's great over nachos, delicata squash, rice, and zucchini noodles. It also makes a fast appetizer in my Lasagna Appetizers. This recipe is pretty spicy, so if you don't like spice, then dial it down a bit by using less of the spicy seasonings. Cheaper than buying it in the ...

Open-Faced Creamy Chicken Rainier Sandwich with Caramelized Onions and Gruyère

This Open-Faced Creamy Chicken Rainier with Caramelized Onions and Gruyère Sandwich makes a decadent lunch or a great dinner with a side salad. Delicious creamy caramelized onion filling over a toasted ciabatta bun, topped with chicken and asparagus and dotted with a bit of Gruyère. And it's only 236 calories or 7 WW points! Make it up ahead of time, eat it in various ways If you have the chicken already grilled or cooked, this sandwich goes together fairly fast. You can make up the ...

Healthy Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff

Sometimes you just need a little comfort food and this healthy Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff is it! Delicious beef and mushrooms made tender in the Instant Pot served over fresh zucchini noodles. Only 204 calories per serving or 6 Weight Watcher Freestyle Smart Points. I have also included stove top directions in the recipe below for making this stroganoff. I've been making some form of beef stroganoff since probably the 6th grade when I first started really cooking. My mom had a great recipe ...

Thai Chicken/Pork Wrap

These healthy Thai Chicken Wraps can also be made with grilled or cooked chicken as well as from leftovers from my Kalua Pig recipe. Super easy to make but be sure you make the homemade hoisin sauce to put inside of them. The sauce is the, "Wow," factor in these wraps and makes them go from ordinary Thai chicken wraps to out of this world delicious! This recipe has been updated. The original post was published September 14, 2017. It's so easy to make these wraps left over grille...

Instant Pot Korean Beef Over Shredded Kale, Carrots and Cabbage

Delicious, quick, easy, healthy Korean Beef made in the Instant Pot or wok and served over shredded kale, carrots and cabbage. A great family pleaser and low-carb option for those watching their carbs and calories! For those not watching carbs, it's also great over rice! I've been making Korean Beef for years, my boys can't seem to get enough of it -probably because my original version was mostly ground beef, a little green onion, white rice and no veggies! Well times have changed, I ...

Healthy Chicken Enchilada Casserole with Spiralized Butternut Squash

This Healthy Chicken Enchilada Casserole with Spiralized Butternut Squash is made with an easy homemade enchilada sauce. It's loaded with lots of healthy vegetables and has a slightly sweet and spicy (but not too spicy) flavor that the whole family will love! It is a variation of a quick and easy recipe I often do for my kids when I'm in a hurry. Normally I just throw together: black beans, chicken, a chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, onions, garlic, tomatoes and serve it in ...

Healthy Instant Pot Chicken Soup with Homemade Noodles

Why Homemade Noodles? I love to put homemade noodles in chicken noodle soup.  They remind me of my childhood.  My grandmother made the best homemade egg noodles.  As a young girl, I remember sitting on the kitchen stool in her tiny kitchen with avocado green appliances watching my Granny roll out the dough, cut the noodles with her big knife (the one pictured below), then carefully shake them out.  They were cooked in the broth she had made from baking a roast earlier in the day. She ...

Healthy Stuffed Delicata Squash with Spicy Chicken Sausage and Cranberries

Why do I love this recipe? This Healthy Stuffed Delicata Squash with Spicy Chicken Sausage and Cranberries recipe is one of my favorite dinners for three reasons: It is easy and comes together very quickly (under 30 minutes) if you already have the chicken sausage made in the freezer.  You can also buy chicken sausage but you may want to add your own seasonings. If you use my chicken sausage recipe, you don't need to add any spices. It's only 2 Freestyle Smart Points and very filling! ...

Quick and Easy Healthy Cilantro Pork Pot-Instant Pot/Slow Cooker

A healthy meal that everyone loves! This is one of my favorite and go-to recipes when I need an easy and quick meal.  Years ago when I published my 9th cookbook, Entertaining with Amy, I created this Quick and Easy Cilantro Pork Pot recipe for times when you needed an easy meal for your family that everyone likes. Basically you dumped all the ingredients in the crock pot and cooked it for 6-8 hours. However times have changed a bit, so I updated the recipe using my Instant Pot and now I love ...

10 Healthy Recipes You Need to Make Now Before the Holidays

Why Do You Need to Make These 10 Healthy Recipes Now? Because of the craziness and stress of the approaching holidays! It's fall, you can feel the holidays approaching fast. Furthermore, you know the craziness that will be here in just a few short weeks. Yet you feel a bit helpless, as you have some time now, but know that's all going to change very quickly. These food centric holidays are coming and can be a nightmare at times for those of us trying to lose weight or even ...