Dinner Recipes For Weight Loss


By Cassandra Talmadge

All you need is one pot for these satisfying, guilt-free meals.

With long work days and endless evening commitments, who really has time to put together a wholesome dinner—especially around the holidays? Most days, we are lucky if we make dinner at all, let alone create a balanced meal. However, dinner is often both the best and last opportunity we have of the day to nourish our bodies.

With this list of simple, slimming recipes, you keep your kitchen process streamlined down to just one pot, a few nourishing ingredients, and about 30 minutes. We’ve removed the fuss and excuses…now the rest is up to you. Love what you see? Then don’t miss these 35 Healthy Crock Pot Recipes!

MEAT DISHES

1. SKILLET CHICKEN FAJITAS

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One pot dinners chicken fajitas

Serves: 4
Nutrition per serving: 285 calories, 13.5 g fat (3 g saturated), 417 mg sodium, 5.7 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 3.2 g sugar, 33.7 g protein

This dish commands just as much attention at home as it does while it sizzles through the dining room. And with no sketchy ingredients, less than 300 calories per serving and 34 grams of satiating protein, it’s got good reason to. Fill lettuce boats or wrap the seasoned chicken inside whole wheat tortillas for a balanced nutritious meal.

Get the recipe from Recipe Runner

2. Sweet&Spicy Jalapeno Chicken Stir Fry

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One pot dinners chicken stir fry

Serves: 3
Nutrition per serving: 205 calories, 5.5 g fat (< 1 g saturated), 637 mg sodium, 19.9 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 15.2 g sugar, 18.7 g protein

Don’t even think about skipping the jalapenos (unless you want to skip the flab-melting benefits). These peppers fire up more than just your mouth. Thanks to capsaicin, the compound that gives them their kick, has been proven to reduce belly fat, suppress appetite and boost metabolic activity! For more ways to turn up your calorie burning oven, check out the 55 Best-Ever Ways to Boost Your Metabolism.

Get the recipe from Delicious Meets Healthy

3. ONE POT SPICY CAJUN CHICKEN&RICE

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One pot dinners cajun chicken and rice

Serves: 4
Nutrition per serving: 265 calories, 8.8 g fat (2.3 g fat). 281 mg sodium, 9.2 g carbs, 1.1 g fiber, <1 g sugars, 35.1 g protein (calculated without salt)

This fiery chicken recipe combines boneless, skinless chicken breasts, whole grain rice, low sodium broth, bell pepper and a homemade cajun seasoning. It’s low in both calories and carbs, but bursting with muscle building protein and fat burning ingredients. For more slimming sources of protein, check out these 29 Best-Ever Proteins for Weight Loss

Get the recipe from Le Creme de La Crumb

4. CRUNCHY HONEY CHICKEN

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One pot dinners honey chicken

Serves: 4
Nutrition per serving: 447 calories, 19.3 g fat (3.2 g saturated), 282 mg sodium, 32.7 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 19.5 g sugar, 36.8 g protein (calculated with low sodium soy)

Crunchy, honey and chicken? Typically, that’s a trio that would feed those unwanted love handles—except this time. With 37 grams of satiating protein, a day’s worth of vitamin C and sky-high amounts of niacin and selenium, this is one tasty, wholesome dish.

Get the recipe from How Sweet It Is

5. ROASTED VEGETABLES &SAUSAGE

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One pot dinners vegetables and sausage

Serves: 5
Nutrition per serving: 280 calories, 11.9 g fat (2.3 g saturated), 157 mg sodium, 17 g carbs, 4.2 g fiber, 5.2 g sugar, 27 g protein

When it comes to sausage choose a brand with no more than 160 calories, 11 grams of fat and 600 milligrams of sodium per serving and, more importantly, free of additives. This recipe has just 280 calories and 157 milligrams of sodium per serving. Plus, it serves up 27 grams of lean muscle building protein. For the best waist protein-packed, waist slimming options, check out these Best Hot Dogs and Sausages for Weight Loss.

Get the recipe from Delicious Meets Healthy.

6. ONE SKILLET TUSCAN CHICKEN

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One pot dinners tuscan chicken

Serves: 6
Nutrition per serving: 270 calories, 11.9 g fat (2.3 g saturated), 157 mg sodium, 17 g carbs, 4.2 g fiber, 5.4 g sugar, 27 g protein (calculated without salt)

This dish is full of belly-slimming vegetables, satiating cannellini beans, detoxing spices and of course, muscle building protein. It’s dressing combines tart balsamic vinegar, rich extra virgin olive oil and sweet honey to create a chicken entree that is complex in both flavor and nutrients.

Get the recipe from Delicious Meets Healthy.

7. SKILLET LEMON ROSEMARY CHICKEN

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One pot dinners rosemary chicken

Serves: 6
Nutrition per chicken thigh: 360 calories, 18.4 g fat (4.2 g saturated), 132 mg sodium, 2.5 g carbs, <1 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 44 g protein (calculated without salt and skinless chicken thighs)

With just one pot and a few simple steps, you can take the bore out of chicken. These flavorful thighs are made with a rosemary, lemon, and garlic rub. The best part: Lemons and garlic help rid your body of foreign invaders, thanks to an antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral chemical called allicin, and boost your immunity. Looking to lower the fat count? Opt for skinless chicken thighs instead.

Get the recipe from Simply Recipes.

QUINOA&PASTA DISHES

8. CURRIED QUINOA WITH SQUASH AND CHICKPEAS

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One pot dinners curried quinoa with squash and chickpeas

Serves: 6
Nutrition per serving: 494 calories, 13.9 g fat (3.8 g saturated), 45 mg sodium, 73 g carbs, 15.7 g fiber, 11 g sugar, 18 g protein (calculated without salt)

With protein-rich quinoa, potassium-boasting butternut squash and weight loss superfood chickpeas, this is one belly-slimming recipe. Not only does the fiber content in chickpeas help you feel fuller longer, but these legumes actually help you eat less by releasing cholecystokinin, an appetite-suppressing hormone.

Get the recipe from Oh My Veggies.

9. PEANUT SESAME NOODLES&VEGGIES

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One pot dinners sesame noodles and veggies

Serves: 6
Nutrition per serving: 225 calories, 8 g fat, 1.1 g saturated, 466 mg sodium, 31.6 g carbs, 2.3 g fiber, 7.2 g sugar, 7.2 g protein (calculated with low sodium soy sauce)

Knockout nearly two day’s worth of vitamin A and over a day’s worth of vitamin C with one pot noodle dish. Dried noodles, veggies and seasoning are boiled to perfection, creating a tasty dish that just 225 calories.

Get the recipe from Oh My Veggies.

10. SLOW COOKER MEXICAN QUINOA

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One pot dinners mexican quinoa

Serves: 8
Nutrition per serving: 362 calories, 2.3 g fat (0 g saturated), 757 mg sodium, 69.2 g carbs, 12.4 g fiber, 5.9 g sugar, 16.9 g protein (calculated with low sodium broth, low salt taco seasoning, and 19 ounces of enchilada sauce)

Quinoa is one trendy health food that has earned its praise. Plus, it’s super versatile and can be used in place of pasta and rice in dishes like this Slow Cooker Mexican Quinoa. Not only is it packed with hunger-squashing fiber (12.4 grams per serving in this dish), but the supergrain contains all nine essential amino acids, making it the only grain to be considered a complete protein.

Get the recipe from Chelsea’s Messy Apron.

SOUPS, STEWS&SALADS

11. One-Pot Beef Chili

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One pot dinenrs beef chili

Serves: 14
Nutrition per serving: 409 calories, 4.4 g fat (1.1 g saturated), 262 mg sodium, 62.9 g carbs, 16.2 g fiber, 5.7 g sugar, 31.5 g protein

Beans help to both prevent and treat obesity-related diseases, thanks to their rich fiber content–specifically resistant starch. This type literally resists digestion (hence, its name), taking longer to digest and helping to prevent blood sugar spikes. In fact, a recent study that followed more than 64,000 women for 4 years found that high intake of beans was associated with a 38 percent decreased risk of diabetes.

Get the recipe from The Healthy Maven.

12. Shredded Brussel Sprout&Apple Salad

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One pot dinners brussels sprout and apple salad

Serves: 2
Nutrition per serving: 324 calories, 26 g fat, 2.9 saturated fat, 140 mg sodium, 24 g carbs, 6.5 g fiber, 12.3 g sugar, 5.7 g protein (calculated with 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil)

Brussel Sprouts and apples make a serious weight loss weapon (especially post-workout). Not only are they both bursting with belly slimming fiber, but apples flood your body with immunity-boosting vitamin C, which it uses to do more than fight off the common cold. In fact, the nutrient also aids in muscle and blood-vessel formation. Better yet, researchers at Arizona State University found that vitamin C can actually boost the fat-burning effects of exercise!

Get the recipe from BeginWithin Nutrition.

13. SWEET POTATO & LENTIL STEW

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One pot dinners sweet potato lentil stew

Serves: 10
Nutrition per serving: 304 calories, <1 g fat (0 g saturated), 119 mg sodium, 58.7 g carbs, 16.6 g fiber, 6.3 g sugar, 17 g protein (calculated with no salt added diced tomatoes)

Small, but mighty, lentils are packed with satiating fiber, as well as essential minerals, b vitamins, and protein. And they’re paired perfectly with another virtually fat-free, fiber superstar– the sweet potato. These orange spuds are a hearty source of vitamin A, a nutrient that aids immune function, vision, reproduction and cellular communication. Sub them in for the white version in soups and stews, like this Sweet Potato and Lentil Stew for an extra fiber and nutrient boost.

Get the recipe from Fit Foodie Finds.

14. DETOX VEGETABLE SOUP

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One pot dinners vegetable soup

Serves: 6
Nutrition per serving: 115 calories, 2.8 g fat (0 g saturated), 137 mg sodium, 20.5 g carbs, 5.7 g fiber, 6.3 g sugar, 4.6 g protein (calculated without salt and low sodium broth)

Looking for a super low-cal detoxifying meal? This vegetable soup is 115 calories, 2.8 grams of fat and 137 mg sodium per serving. Plus it dishes up two days worth of vitamins C and A and is a great source of belly-slimming fiber and magnesium and potassium, two nutrients crucial for optimal muscle functioning. However, magnesium does more than help your muscles recover from a hard workout. It’s intake helps boost lipolysis, a process by which your body releases fat from its stores. For rich sources of this mineral check out, Best Foods to Eat For Magnesium.

Get the recipe from The Healthy Maven.

BRINNER

15. BAKED EGG &ACORN SQUASH

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One pot dinners acorn squash and egg

Serves: 6
Nutrition per serving: 92 calories, 4.4 g fat (1.4 g saturated), 64 mg sodium, 7.8 g carbs, 1.1 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 6.1 g protein

This recipe has just two ingredients: eggs and acorn squash. When it comes to fiber, acorn squash is #1 among fall superfoods. According to the USDA, a one-cup serving offers 9 grams (approximately one-third of your daily allowance) and 30 percent of your daily vitamin C needs. Ingredient number two, however, delivers a different nutrient punch. Packed with protein— each 85-calorie egg packs a solid 7 grams of the muscle-builder—eggs are also loaded with amino acids, antioxidants, iron and a fat-fighting nutrient called choline (assuming you don’t ditch the yolk).

Get the recipe from My Healthy Dish.

16. SQUASH FRITTATA

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One pot dinners squash frittata

Serves: 4
Nutrition per serving: 257 calories, 17.1 g fat (6.3 g saturated), 338 mg sodium, 8.4 carbs, 2 g fiber, 3.8 g sugars, 20.1 g protein

This fun one pot recipe, layers squash, zucchini, eggs, parmesan and seasoning for a quick and simple dinner that will help you ditch the belly fat. The best part: it’s got just 257 calories and a whopping 20 grams of protein for ¼ of the dish so it will fill you up, without filling you out!

Get the recipe from My Healthy Dish.

17. Honey Mustard Veggie Frittata

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One pot dinners honey mustard frittata

Serves: 8
Nutrition per serving:126 calories, 7.8 g fat (2.9 g saturated), 153 mg sodium, 6.4 g carbs, <1 g fiber, 4 g sugars, 8.5 g protein (calculated with organic honey mustard and no salt)

If you like mustard and breakfast foods, this veggie frittata had your name all over it. The egg dish combines egg, onion, tomato and spinach with a drizzle of honey mustard, and it’s just 126 calories per serving! Just make sure you opt for an organic honey mustard that doesn’t contain scary amounts of preservatives and sugar.

Get the recipe from The Healthy Maven.

18. SLOW COOKER GINGERBREAD OATS

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One pot dinners gingerbread oats

Serves: 10
Nutrition per serving: 406 calories, 18.6 g fat (2 g saturated), 26 mg sodium, 61.8 g carbs, 8.7 g fiber, 16 g sugar, 8.7 g protein (calculated with 1/2 cup of pure maple syrup)

In the mood for a festive brinner? Whip up these gluten-free Gingerbread Oats that are packed with seasonal flavors like molasses, cinnamon and ginger, and nutrients. Pecans, in particular, fight cell damaging free-radicals thanks to their excellent vitamin and mineral content. Plus, they’re packed with essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, a nutrient responsible for maintaining healthy skin cell membrane.

Get the recipe from My Whole Food Life.

19. QUINOA SKILLET

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One pot quinoa skillet

Serves: 4 Nutrition per serving: 219 calories, 9.3 g fat (2.8 g saturated), 206 mg sodium, 21 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 3.2 g sugar, 12.4 g protein (calculated without salt)

Breakfast for dinner with a wholesome spin. This breakfast skillet is void of fried potatoes, but instead subs in waist-slimming quinoa to accompany veggies, egg, and crumbled bacon. It will satisfy your craving for a hearty breakfast meals without the excess calories, sodium and fat.

Get the recipe from How Sweet It Is.

20. SKILLET CHILAQUILES

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One pot dinners skillet chilaquiles

Serves: 8
Nutrition per serving: 392 calories, 24.1 g fat (6 g saturated), 644 mg sodium, 32 g carbs, 7.6 g fiber, 3.5 g sugar, 15.6 g protein (calculated with whole wheat tortillas and reduced-fat Monterey jack cheese)

When nachos meet breakfast, the result is this colorful savory dish. And don’t be scared off by the amount of fat in this one. The majority of it comes from avocados, which happen to be one of the most potent weight loss weapons. In fact, it’s this richness of monounsaturated and oleic fatty acids that gives the amazing produce its viral-worthy status.

Get the recipe from How Sweet It Is.

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