Are you planning on going on a diet? Losing weight is probably on top of everyone’s minds these days especially those who have gained a few pounds over the holidays. Fortunately, preparing a healthy meal can help you with your weight loss goal. Here are a few dinner recipes that are worth a shot.
- Beef and veggie salad bowl. For this recipe, you will need to prepare the following: 2 cups of mesclun greens, ½ cup of chopped broccoli florets, 2 teaspoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of dry red quinoa, 3 oz of cooked lean beef cut into cubes, ¼ chopped red bell pepper, 1 teaspoon of red wine vinegar. Cook quinoa as indicated in the label. Toss the beef, pepper, broccoli, and greens in a bowl. Make the dressing by whisking vinegar and oil.
- Yogurt-curry marinated chicken thighs. The ingredients you will need for this recipe are 1 cup of nonfat plain yogurt, 3 tablespoons of curry powder, ½ cup of grated onion, 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, ½ teaspoon of crushed red pepper, 1 teaspoon of salt, 4 large or 8 small bone-in chicken thighs. You should start by whisking yogurt, curry powder, crushed red pepper, onion, oil, and salt in a shallow pan. Add the chicken thighs and turn until they are evenly coated. Cover the pan then refrigerate from 4 to 8 hours. Preheat your grill to medium-high, or you can turn your broiler to high. Get the chicken from the marinade and grill or broil whichever you prefer. Turn the chickens once or twice or until the center of the meat is no longer pink. This should take you around 25 to 30 minutes.
- Pork with veggies. Prepare 1 4oz pork tenderloin, 2 tablespoons of sliced almonds, 1 cup of steamed green beans, and 1 baked sweet potato. Start by preparing the tenderloin with salt and pepper then sear in ovenproof skillet with a coating of cooking spray. Transfer the pan into the oven that has been preheated to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Let it bake for 15 minutes. Slice afterwards and add the almonds on top. Serve with baked potato and green beans on the side.
- Quick fettucine alfredo. For this recipe, you should have 8 oz of whole wheat fettucine, 1 clove garlic, minced, 1 tablespoon of butter, ¾ cup of nonfat plain Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon of freshly chopped parsley, ¾ cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided, ¼ teaspoon of freshly ground pepper, ¼ teaspoon of salt, and ½ teaspoon of ground nutmeg. Start by cooking the fettucine according to the directions in the package. Drain and set aside. Reserve ½ cup of the cooking water. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Toss in the garlic and cook for a minute. Pour the reserved pasta water then remove from the stove. Whisk in yogurt, parsley, ½ cup of Parmesan, salt, nutmeg, and pepper. Add the fettucine then mix well. Serve with the remaining Parmesan on top of the pasta.