Want to give your dinner — and your skin — a healthy makeover? Try using ingredients with more antioxidants and omega-3s. We’re serving up two indulgent favorites — orange beef and pesto chicken — along with skin-smart alternatives that include more veggies and healthy fats.
crispy orange beef with broccoli over rice compared with orange vegetable beef stir fry over cauliflower rice
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Beef Stir-Fry: Indulge or Go Healthy

Indulge: Crispy Orange Beef

"A delicious crispy and sweet, yet mildly spiced beef stir-fry recipe. Great served with steamed rice and broccoli." —BEC

crispy orange beef stir fry on a bed of rice
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Go Healthy: Orange Vegetable Beef Stir-Fry

"Cauliflower, carrot, and peppers are stir-fried with beef in a zesty and sweet orange sauce for this easy dish." —lkb

stir fried beef with peppers on a bed of cauliflower rice
Credit: Brie Passano

Healthy Tricks

The Orange Vegetable Beef Stir Fry has 391 fewer calories than the Crispy Orange Beef — and about one-third the carbohydrates. Here's why:

  • Adding more vegetables — and colorful ones at that — increases your antioxidant consumption. Hello, healthy glow!
  • Using cauliflower rice instead of white rice drastically cuts calories and carbs and boosts vitamins C and K.
  • Cooking in a little olive oil instead of heaps of frying oil keeps calories low while still ensuring plenty of skin-boosting healthy fat.

Chicken and Salmon: Indulge or Go Healthy

Indulge: Pizza Pesto Chicken

"Plain breaded chicken is so boring. Spice it up with a little touch of pizza." —Tracyg654

chicken with tomatoes and parmesan cheese on a plate with noodles
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Go Healthy: Parsley and Walnut Crusted Salmon

"This salmon is fresh and easy. All ingredients are thrown in a food processor to form a paste then spread on salmon fillets. Bake and enjoy!" —00leah00

salmon crusted with parsley and walnuts on a bed of lettuce
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Healthy Tricks

The Parsley and Walnut Crusted Salmon has 1,796 fewer milligrams sodium than the Pizza Pesto Chickn — and a fraction of the saturated fat. Here's why:

  • Making your own pesto with fresh lemon and parsley instead of using a jarred version lets you control the sodium content.
  • Using salmon instead of lean chicken breast boosts your healthy fat intake.
  • Adding walnuts to the topper instead of processed pepperoni provides more skin-protecting omega-3s and vitamin E.

Magazine recipe notes: For the chicken, we used pesto instead of pizza sauce. For the salmon, we increased the olive oil and used parsley instead of the cilantro originally called for in the recipe.


This article originally appeared in the August/September 2020  issue of Allrecipes Magazine.