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Healthy Dinner Recipes to Beat Diet Boredom

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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Asian-Inspired Turkey Burger
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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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If you're tired of baked chicken breast...

Add fresh fruit.

Sprinkle one 6-ounce skinless, boneless chicken breast with a pinch each of kosher salt and black pepper. Place in a baking pan and top with 1 sliced fresh peach. Bake in a 375-degree oven for 30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

Nutrition facts: 255 calories, 37g protein, 15g carbohydrate, 5g fat (1g saturated), 2g fiber

Chef Mollie Katzen, the author of Get Cooking, says that adding peaches to the pan keeps the breast juicy.

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If you're tired of turkey burgers...

Stuff it.

Divide 4 ounces ground turkey breast into 2 patties. In the center of the first patty, place 1 table­spoon each shredded part-skim mozzarella and chopped roasted red peppers. Press remaining patty on top. Grill 5 minutes a side, or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Serve on a whole wheat bun with lettuce, tomato, and 1 tablespoon ketchup.

Nutrition facts: 314 calories, 29g protein, 30g carbohydrate, 10g fat (3g saturated), 4g fiber

Ellie Krieger, RD, the author of Comfort Food Fix, recommends beefing up a patty with flavorful ingredients.

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If you're tired of turkey burgers...

Be bold.

Mix 4 ounces ground turkey with 1 table­spoon reduced-sodium soy sauce and 2 teaspoons each grated ginger, rice wine vinegar, and sliced scallions; form into a patty. Grill 5 minutes a side, or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Serve on a sandwich thin with shredded cabbage and carrots and 1 tablespoon low-fat canola mayonnaise mixed with 1 teaspoon hot sauce.

Nutrition facts: 317 calories, 29g protein, 27g carbohydrate, 12g fat (2g saturated), 6g fiber

This Asian-inspired burger is a cinch, Robinson says.

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If you're tired of grilled salmon...

Go sweet and spicy.

Combine 1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar, 1 teaspoon chili powder, and a pinch each of kosher salt and black pepper in a small bowl. Rub over a 4-ounce salmon fillet. Grill for 6 to 8 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Nutrition facts: 184 calories, 23g protein, 6g carbohydrate, 7g fat (1.1g saturated), 0g fiber

"The sugar in this rub caramelizes during cooking, giving the fish a rich flavor," Krieger says.

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If you're tired of grilled salmon...

Pickle onions.

Place 1/2 red onion, sliced, in a colander; pour boiling water over it. In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon each vinegar and water, 3/4 teaspoon agave nectar and a pinch of kosher salt. Add onion, stir to combine, and refrigerate overnight. Top one 4-ounce grilled salmon fillet with onions and fresh parsley.

Nutrition facts: 202 calories, 23g protein, 10g carbohydrate, 7g fat (1.1g saturated), 1g fiber

Refrigerate the onion in a plastic container for up to two weeks, Katzen says.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, July/August 2012.

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