Lose Weight with These Super Easy Dinners
Super Easy Dinner Recipes To Help You Lose Weight
More often than not, a lot attempts to lose weight fail for two reasons; we simply do not know what we should be eating, and we lead busy lifestyles that we feel we do not have the time to cook healthily. Let’s be honest, the majority of us could do without standing around for hours slaving over our cooker when we have been at work all day, which is why we all too often find ourselves scrolling through our phone and ordering something that is tasty but is not necessarily good for the waistline.
The truth is though, that cooking healthy food to eat does not have to take much time or energy. A lot of dishes can be prepared in advance, and are absolutely packed full of flavour. We have put together some of the best dinner recipes that will aid weight loss, and are super easy to make. We should also note that all of the dishes featured are just 500 calories or under.
This is such an easy dish to make and you can mix up the toppings to vary the dish. Moreover, it’ll help you lose weight too.
- 1 cup of bell pepper, sliced
- ½ cup of red onion, sliced
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 cup whole-wheat spaghetti, cooked
- 2/3 cup of edamame beans, cooked
Saute the peppers and onions in oil, over low heat until the onions become translucent. Toss with the cooked pasta and edamame beans, and enjoy!
Calories per serving: 420
This is a great addition to any summer BBQ, or as a light supper in the warm evening weather. Perfect to help you lose weight.
- 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- ¼ cup sliced red onion
- 1 cup diced yellow squash
- ½ cup dry farro
- 1 tbsp chopped parsley
- 1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
Simply begin by pan searing the chicken in half of the olive oil, and season with salt and pepper to taste, before dicing.
Saute the onion and squash with the remaining oil, and stir in the farro until this is fully coated in oil. Add 2/3 cup of water, before bringing to the boil. Once boiling, stir and reduce the heat, and cover.
Cook for 20 minutes or until soft. Finally, stir in the chicken, parsley and cheese, before serving immediately.
Calories per serving: 490
Beef and vegetable salad bowl:
Packed full of superfoods, this is a great dish for all the family helping everyone lose weight.
- 2 tbsp dry, red quinoa
- 2 cups leafy greens
- 3oz cooked lean beef that has been cut into cubes
- ½ cup chopped broccoli florets
- ¼ red bell pepper that has been chopped
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1tsp red wine vinegar
Cook the quinoa by following the manufacturers’ instructions on the packet. Once cooked, simply toss in the greens, beef, broccoli and pepper into a bowl.
Whisk together the oil and vinegar for a light salad dressing.
Calories per serving: 320
Pork and veg:
This makes a really great, healthy alternative to a Sunday roast dinner.
- 1 pork tenderloin
- 1 cup of green beans that have been freshly steamed
- 2 tbsp sliced almonds
- 1 baked sweet potato
Take your pork tenderloin and season with salt and pepper, before searing in a frying pan (oven proof) that has been coated with spray oil.
Transfer to an oven that has been preheated to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, for fifteen minutes. Slice the pork, and serve alongside the green beans topped with almonds and a sweet potato.
Calories per serving: 370
Baked chicken with mushrooms and sweet potato:
This is such an easy dish to prepare and can be enjoyed within 20 minutes of starting.
- ½ skinless chicken breast
- 1 cup of baby Portobello mushrooms that have been thinly sliced
- 1tbsp chives
- 1tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium sweet potato
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and place the chicken, topped with the mushrooms, chives and oil onto a baking tray and bake for fifteen minutes.
Microwave the sweet potato for five to seven minutes, and enjoy
Calories per serving: 382
Make yourself a healthier version of this Italian favourite.
- ½ cup cooked whole wheat spaghetti
- ¼ cup low-fat ricotta
- 1/3 cup of fresh tomato sauce
- ½ tsp red chilli flakes
- Lean beef mince, cooked
- 2 cups spinach
Simply combine the pasta, ricotta, fresh tomato sauce and chilli flakes, before layering the mince on top.
Simply add the spinach and let it wilt.
Calories per serving: 350
Chicken with cheesy broccoli soup:
This is a great winter warmer, that tastes luxurious, but is well under 500 calories per serving.
- 1 cup chopped broccoli
- 1 cup chopped parsnips
- ¾ cup of chicken stock
- ¼ cup low-fat grated cheddar cheese
- 1 tbsp sliced onions
- 4oz chicken breast
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
Steam the broccoli and parsnips until tender, and place in blender with stock and cheddar and puree well. Sprinkle the top of the soup with the nuts.
Bake the chicken in the oven, before topping with lemon juice and seasoning and have alongside the soup.
Calories per serving: 360
Lemon chicken with Gazpacho:
This is fantastic for dinner parties. Some elements can be made in advance, and will look and taste like you spent more time on it than you did!
FOR THE LEMON CHICKEN
- 3 ½ oz chicken breast
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- ½ lemon that has been thinly sliced
- 1 tsp fresh rosemary
FOR THE GAZPACHO
- 1 cup of stewed tomatoes
- 3 cloves of fresh garlic that have been minced
- ½ cup of chopped onion
- ¼ cup of chopped cucumber
- ¼ cup of chopped green pepper
- 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
Simply coat the chicken with some olive oil, cover with the lemon slices and rosemary and place in an oven that has been preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 20-25 minutes.
For the Gazpacho, simply place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend well, before serving at room temperature. Serve the chicken alongside.
Calories per serving: 414