Lighten Up! Serve Main Meals Over Greens

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It's that time of year again when the gyms are packed and the local salad place has a line out the door. Looking for a way to lighten up your main meal? Serve it over a plate of greens. Whether you're trying to cut back on carbs or pack more veggies into your diet, serving a dish over greens is a simple trick to lighten your diet without sacrificing the meals you love.

My favorite applications of this rule are hot entrees that wilt the greens enough to disguise them into a natural part of the dish. For example, instead of steak fajitas with tortillas, I like to serve the grilled, marinated steak along with all the traditional fixings — shredded cheese, salsa, sour cream, stewed black beans — over a bed of greens. The flavor of the meat and the toppings eliminate the need for salad dressing, and the whole thing feels a lot lighter than eating it with tortilla shells.

I've found this works best when the dish has a sauce and lots of flavor. I try to avoid a plain grilled chicken breast served over a salad because, well, it gets boring, right?

Recipe Ideas from The Kitchn to Serve Over Greens:

What's your favorite dish to serve over greens?

(Image credits: Emily Ho)

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