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By Erica Reid

Erica Reid, healthy-living advocate, cookbook author, mother of two and wife of music mogul L.A. Reid, joins TODAY Food to share easy and healthy recipes from her new book "Shut Up and Cook!: Modern, Healthy Recipes That Anyone Can Make and Everyone Will Love."

With her ginger salmon and coconut-infused brown rice, she shows us how to take your typical weeknight dinner and amp up its flavor with simple ingredients.

Ginger Salmon

Ginger Salmon

Erica Reid

Ginger is one of my favorite ingredients because it has so many health benefits and has a ton of flavor. Salmon is loaded with omega-3 oils, which have been known to reduce inflammation and to be great for your heart and brain.

Coconut-Cilantro Rice

I love this recipe because it gives me a carb fix without making me feel weighed down. If I am going to eat rice, I like to doctor it up a bit by adding something gentle and yummy to it, so it is not so plain or boring. Flavorful coconut milk and fresh cilantro make this dish interesting without adding excess fat and calories.

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