Easy and Tasty Dinner Recipes that will Help you Lose Weight

When you get home after a long day at work, it can be so tempting to grab takeout or heat up a frozen meal—but don’t even think about it. Instead of sacrificing your health for the sake of convenience, enjoy any one of these super-easy dinners that will be ready in no time and help you shed weight all month long. These healthy dinner recipes are quick, simple, and tasty!

1.Loaded Spaghetti

Ingredients:

1 cup sliced bell pepper

1/2 cup sliced red onion

1 tsp olive oil

1 cup cooked whole-wheat spaghetti

2/3 cup cooked edamame

Sauté peppers and onions in oil until onions are translucent. Toss with pasta and edamame.

Total: 420 calories

Soybeans are brimming with hunger-satiating protein and fiber, making them a great pasta topper.

2.Summer Farrotto

Ingredients:

1 boneless, skinless chicken breast (3 oz)

2 Tbsp olive oil, divided

1/4 cup sliced red onion

1 cup diced yellow squash

1/2 cup dry farro

1 Tbsp chopped parsley

1 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Pan-sear chicken in 1 Tbsp oil, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste, then dice. Sauté onion and squash with remaining oil. Stir in farro until coated in oil. Add 2/3 cup water, bring to a boil, stir, reduce heat, and cover. Cook 20 minutes or until soft. Stir in chicken, parsley, and cheese, and serve.

TOTAL: 490 calories

Haven’t tried farro? It’s an Italian grain with a nutty flavor that is packed full of essential nutrients such as magnesium, B vitamins, niacin, zinc, protein, and fiber.

3.Bow Ties with Spring Vegetables

Ingredients:

2 oz dry whole-grain farfalle pasta

2 tsp olive oil

1/2 cup artichoke hearts

1/4 cup sliced red onion

1/4 cup peas

1 Tbsp chopped fresh mint

Cook pasta as directed and toss with oil, vegetables, and mint. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

TOTAL: 370 calories

Full of fiber, those artichoke hearts will help you fill up faster—and stay full. Bye, midnight snacking!

PORK WITH VEGGIES

1 pork tenderloin (4 oz)

1 cup steamed green beans

2 Tbsp sliced almonds

1 baked sweet potato

Season pork with salt and pepper, sear in an ovenproof skillet coated with cooking spray, and transfer to a 450°F oven for 15 minutes. Slice and serve with green beans topped with almonds, and a sweet potato.

Total: 370 calories

Did you know that sweet potatoes pack 438 percent of your daily value of infection-fighting vitamin A? Not bad for a delicious side dish.

4.Baked Chicken with Mushrooms and Sweet Potato

Ingredients:

1/2 skinless chicken breast

1 cup baby portobello mushrooms, sliced

1 Tbsp chives

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 medium sweet potato

In a 350°F oven, bake chicken, topped with mushrooms, chives, and oil, for 15 minutes. Microwave sweet potato for five to seven minutes.

Total: 382 calories

Sweet potatoes have a lower glycemic index than white spuds do, so they’re gentler on your blood sugar—and potentially your waistline.

5.Cilantro Shrimp with Squash, Chard and Wild Rice

Ingredients:

8 large shrimp

1 Tbsp olive oil

2 tsp fresh cilantro

2 tsp fresh lime juice

1 yellow squash, sliced

1 cup Swiss chard

1/4 cup dry wild rice blend

Sear shrimp in olive oil over medium heat for three to four minutes, seasoning with cilantro and lime juice. Steam squash and chard for five to seven minutes, and cook rice according to package directions.

Total: 370 calories

With fewer calories per ounce than most fish, shrimp are the ideal seafood if you’re trying to slim down.

Source: www.womenshealthmag.com

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