10 Healthy Dinners Recipes That’ll Help You Lose Weight

After getting home from work or a workout, it’s can feel damn near torturous to spend more energy scrounging up a meal, especially a healthy and still tasty one. (That’s probably why clicking through a delivery app seems so appealing.)

Sure, you could go the meal-prep route—but…that’s satisfying for about a month, until cooking literally all of your meals on a Sunday starts to sound less painful than prying your eyeballs out with a pair of tongs. (Sorry not sorry—you know it’s true.)

But what if you did a mix of both? A.k.a., making super-easy (healthy!) dinners some nights when you want something fast and fresh; then preparing others in advance when you just DGAF about cooking.

To prove you can do it, here are 37 healthy dinner recipes—some you can whip up one night (and for one person), others you can make ahead and eat for a few days. Each one has 500 calories or less, and leaves you satisfied thanks to the great flavors and filling ingredients. Go ahead and revel in your domesticity.

1. Loaded Spaghetti

Loaded Spaghetti
LISA SHIN

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.

Per serving: 420 cal

2. Cookout for One

Cookout for One

LISA SHIN

1 organic beef hot dog
1/2 cup organic baked beans
1 whole-wheat hot dog bun
1/2 Tbsp whole-grain mustard
1/2 Tbsp sweet relish
1 cup sliced honeydew melon

Cook hot dog, and heat baked beans in a saucepan. Serve hot dog in the bun, topped with mustard and relish, with beans and melon on the side.

Per serving: 490 cal

3. Summer Farrotto

Summer Farrotto

LISA SHIN

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.

Per serving: 490 cal

4.Beef and Veggie Salad Bowl

Beef and Veggie Salad Bowl
LEVI BROWN

2 Tbsp dry red quinoa
2 cups mesclun greens
3 oz cooked lean beef, cubed
1/2 cup chopped broccoli florets
1/4 red bell pepper, chopped
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp red wine vinegar

Cook quinoa as directed. Toss with greens, beef, broccoli, and pepper in a bowl. Whisk oil and vinegar for dressing.

Per serving: 320 cal

5. Bow Ties with Spring Vegetables

Bow Ties with Spring Vegetables
MITCH MANDEL

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.

Per serving: 370 cal

6. Half-Homemade Soup with Asparagus

Half-Homemade Soup with Asparagus
LEVI BROWN

4 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 cup Amy’s Organic Chunky Vegetable soup
2 Tbsp dry quinoa
1 cup chopped kale
10 small asparagus spears
2 tsp soy sauce
1/8 tsp grated fresh ginger

Bake chicken at 350°F for 25 minutes, then shred with a fork. Meanwhile, combine soup, quinoa, and kale in a saucepan, bring to a boil, and simmer until quinoa is done, about 15 minutes. Add chicken. Steam asparagus, then toss with soy sauce and ginger. Serve asparagus on the side.

Per serving: 330 cal

7. Pork with Veggies

Pork with Veggies
LEVI BROWN

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.

Per serving: 370 cal

8.Pizza Party

Pizza Party
LEVI BROWN

1 Amy’s Light ‘N Lean Italian Vegetable Pizza
3 oz broccoli slaw
1/4 cup black beans
1/4 cup sliced scallions
1 tsp olive oil
1 oz lemon juice

Bake pizza. Blend slaw, beans, scallions, oil, and lemon juice, and serve on the side.

Per serving: 400 cal

9.Baked Chicken with Mushrooms and Sweet Potato

Baked Chicken with Mushrooms and Sweet Potato
LEVI BROWN

1/2 skinless chicken breast
1 cup baby portobello mushrooms, sliced
1 Tbsp chives
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium sweet pot

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

Per serving: 382 cal

 10.Shrimp Ceviche

Shrimp Ceviche
LEVI BROWN

1/2 cup chopped cucumber
1/3 cup chopped jicama
1/3 cup chopped mango
1 Tbsp chopped onion
1/4 cup sliced avocado
1 tomato, sliced
1 cup cooked shrimp
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tsp red pepper

Toss together, and dress with lemon juice.

Per serving: 430 cal

 

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