After a long day at work, it is usually really tempting to just order takeout or reheat leftovers to soothe your hunger instead of having to make dinner from scratch. We understand how difficult making fresh meals every night can be; however, it does not change the fact that cooking at home is a lot healthier than ordering in.
This is mainly because when you make your own meals, you have full control over your calories, sodium and sugar intake as opposed to eating food ordered from a restaurant. Also, if losing weight is your main goal, then it is always advised that you make your own meals so you can watch the kinds of substances you consume.
In this post we will share 3 easy dinner recipes that will help you in your weight loss journey. These recipes will contain a healthy combination of whole grains, fiber and protein filled vegetables etc. all in the bid to help you achieve your goal.
- Beef and Veggie Salad
This healthy fast food is a great substitute for your usual Mexican take out. All you need are;
- Dry red quinoa (2tsp)
- Mesclun greens (2 cups)
- Cooked and cubed lean beef (2 oz)
- Chopped red bell pepper (1/4)
- Chopped broccoli florets (1/2)
- Olive oil (2 tsp)
- Red wine vinegar (1 tsp)
Directions: Cook quinoa as usual; toss with beef, greens, pepper and broccoli in a bowl. Finally, whisk vinegar and olive oil for dressing and you’re all set! A wholesome meal in less than ten minutes.
2. Smoked Kale turkey and baked rice
This one skillet dinner recipe is loaded with kale, tomatoes, celery and fast cooking brown rice. You can easily change this to a vegetarian recipe by replacing the smoked turkey with Tofu. For this recipe you need;
- A cup of brown rice
- Smoked turkey breast of tofu (6 ounces)
- Cup of water (1/4)
- Ground fresh pepper (a teaspoon)
- Shredded cheddar cheese (1 cup, extra sharp)
Directions: heat the oil over medium heat, add celery, leeks and let it soften while stirring frequently. Add the tomatoes and kale and stir until kale starts wilting. Now you can stir in the turkey or tofu, rice, cottage cheese, pepper and water to bring to a good simmer. Cook for about ten minutes.
Preheat your boiler, stir the rice mixture and cook while uncovered for about ten minutes. Spread the cheese on top of the mixture and broil until cheese bubbles.
Your delicious meal is now ready to serve.
3. Spring vegetables with Bow ties
This meal is fast and very delicious with healthy ingredients all through. For this meal you need;
- Olive oil (2 tsp)
- Whole-grain farfalle pasta (2 0z, dry)
- Sliced red onion (1/4 cup)
- Fresh mint (1 tsp, chopped)
- Artichoke hearts (1 cup)
- Cup peas (1/4 cup)
Directions: cook pasta as usual or as directed and stir with oil, mint, and vegetable. Add salt and pepper for taste.
The Artichoke hearts in this meal is full of fiber and will help you get full faster. This is definitely a great dinner recipe.
Dinner time will no longer be such a chore with these amazingly delicious and low calorie recipes. With these recipes in place, you will be counting down the minutes to dinner time so you can prepare these awesome meals for your loved ones.