17 recipes lose weight dinners

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!

 

CILANTRO SHRIMP WITH SQUASH, CHARD, AND WILD RICE

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

 

 

 

LEMON CHICKEN WITH GAZPACHO

3 1/2 oz chicken breast
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 lemon, sliced
1 tsp fresh rosemary

Gazpacho
1 cup stewed tomatoes
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/4 cup cucumber, chopped
1/4 cup green pepper, chopped
1 Tbsp white wine vinegar

Coat chicken with olive oil. Cover with lemon slices and rosemary, and bake at 350°F for 25 to 30 minutes. Combine gazpacho ingredients in a blender, then serve at room temperature with chicken.

Total: 414 calories

 

 

 

CHICKEN WITH CHEESY BROCCOLI SOUP

1 cup chopped broccoli
1 cup chopped parsnips
3/4 cup nonfat chicken stock
1/4 cup low-fat shredded cheddar cheese
1 Tbsp sliced almonds
4 oz chicken breast
1 tsp lemon juice
Salt and pepper, to taste

Steam broccoli and parsnips, then puree with stock and cheddar; sprinkle with nuts. Bake chicken, top with lemon juice, and season.

Total: 360 calories

 

 

 

CONFETTI PESTO PASTA

1/4 pint cherry tomatoes
1/3 cup cooked green beans
1/3 cup diced chicken breast
1/4 cup pesto sauce
1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
1 cup cooked linguine
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan

Combine tomatoes, cooked green beans, diced chicken breast, pesto sauce, and salt and pepper in a bowl. Add cooked linguine. Garnish with shredded Parmesan.

Total:417 calories

 

 

 

MUSHROOM BISON BURGER

4 oz grass-fed bison burger
1 portobello mushroom, grilled
1 slice red onion
2 slices tomato
2 lettuce leaves
1 Arnold Artisan Ovens Multi-Grain Flatbreat

Grill mushroom and burger, and top with onion, tomato, and lettuce on flatbread.

Total:374 calories

 

 

 

 

ASIAN TURKEY LETTUCE CUPS

4 oz ground lean turkey
1/2 cup white mushrooms, chopped
1 tsp minced garlic
1/4 cup shelled and cooked edamame
2 Boston lettuce leaves
2 Tbsp sliced scallion

Sauce
1/2 Tbsp hoisin sauce
1 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 tsp rice vinegar

Asian Slaw
1/2 cup shredded red cabbage and green cabbage
1/4 cup sliced jicama
1/4 cup grated carrot
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp rice vinegar

In a nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, sauté first three ingredients for five minutes. Add edamame, scoop mix onto lettuce, top with scallion, and wrap up. Drizzle with sauce, and serve slaw on the side.

Total:329 calories

 

 

 

SALMON WITH LEMON AND DILL

5 oz wild Atlantic salmon
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp dill
2/3 cup parsnips
1 1/2 cup chopped broccoli, steamed

Sprinkle salmon with lemon juice and dill and bake for 15 minutes at 225°F.

Total: 261 calories

 

 

 

 

1/2 cup dry rigatoni, cooked
3 oz shrimp, poached
1/2 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and pureed
3 large black olives, sliced
1/2 Tbsp pine nuts
2 tsp grated Parmesan

Salad
1 cup romaine lettuce
1/4 cup chopped tomato
1/2 cup sliced cucumber
1/2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

Toss pasta with shrimp, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, and pine nuts. Top with Parmesan. Serve alongside the salad.

Total: 465 calories

 

 

 

 

CHEESY VEGGIE PASTA

1/2 cup whole-wheat macaroni
1 cup crushed whole, peeled canned tomatoes
1/2 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
3/4 cup chopped spinach
1 cup zucchini wedges
2 tsp olive oil

Cook vegetables over medium-high heat, then combine with cooked macaroni and cheese.

Total:439 calories

 

 

 

 

SEARED SCALLOPS WITH LEMON JUICE AND SAGE

2 tsp canola oil
3 oz sea scallops
2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp ground sage
1 1/2 cups cubed roasted acorn squash
2 cups kale sautéed in 2 tsp olive oil

Heat canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add scallops and cook without stirring until well browned, around two minutes. Flip scallops and cook until the sides are firm and centers opaque, 30 to 90 seconds. Drizzle withlemon juice, and sprinkle sage on top. Serve with squash and kale.

Total:496 calories

 

 

 

 

TERIYAKI BEEF WITH VEGGIES

3 oz grass-fed beef tenderloin, cubed
2 Tbsp reduced-sodium teriyaki sauce
1 Tbsp light honey-mustard dressing
2 tsp olive oil
1/4 cup sliced carrots
1/2 cup chopped broccoli
1/4 cup sliced water chestnuts
1/4 cup sliced peppers
1/2 cup cooked brown rice

Marinate beef in teriyaki and dressing for 30 minutes. Heat olive oil in a pan, and cook beef one to two minutes. Add veggies, and cook for another five to seven minutes until beef is browned. Serve over rice.

Total: 506 calories

 

 

 

 

SHRIMP AND BROCCOLI PASTA SALAD

4 oz cooked shrimp
1/2 cup cooked whole-wheat elbow macaroni
1/2 steamed broccoli
4 sun-dried tomatoes, halved
1 tsp capers
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp oregano

Toss all ingredients, and serve cold.

Total:312 calories

 

 

 

CHICKEN PARMIGIANA WITH PENNE

4 oz grilled chicken, diced
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1 cup spinach
1/2 cup whole-wheat penne
1 1/2 Tbsp grated Parmesan

Sauté spinach in one teaspoon olive oil, and toss with chicken, penne, andtomato sauce. Top with Parmesan.

Total:437 calories

 

 

 

 

BEEF STIR-FRY WITH BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

3 oz steak tenderloin fillet, sliced thin
1/2 cup sliced shiitake mushrooms
1/2 onion, sliced
2 tsp olive oil
1/3 cup cooked bulgur

Butternut Squash Soup
1/2 cup Pacific Natural Foods organic light-sodium butternut squash soup

Stir-fry beef, onion, and mushroom, and serve over bulgur.

Total:450 calories

 

 

 

ASIAN SNAPPER

1/4 cup raw pistachios
1/2 cup cooked millet
1/2 cup bok choy
6 oz cooked snapper
4 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
2 tsp sesame seeds
1/2 cup sugar snap peas, cooked

Mix pistachios into millet. Top millet with bok choy and then snapper. Drizzle snapper with soy sauce, and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve sugar snap peas on the side.

Total:561 calories

 

 

 

JAMBALAYA BLEND WITH VEGGIES

1 veggie burger
1/2 cup cooked brown rice
2 Tbsp corn
2 Tbsp salsa
1/2 cup chopped red, green, or yellow bell peppers
3/4 cup diced squash
3/4 cup diced zucchini
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1 tsp olive oil
Salt, to taste

Cook burger in pan spritzed with cooking spray, then chop burger and combine with rice, corn, and salsa. Toss veggies with oil and salt, roast for 15 to 20 minutes, and serve on the side.

Total: 360 calories

COD WITH ROSEMARY POLENTA AND BEANS

3 oz cod
1 tsp chopped fresh parsley
Dash of salt
Dash of pepper
1/4 cup dry polenta
1/2 cup 1 percent milk
1 Tbsp pine nuts
1/2 tsp rosemary
1/2 cup cooked green beans

Season cod with parsley, salt, and pepper, then steam for eight minutes. Cook polenta with milk, per package instructions, then top with pine nuts and rosemary. Serve with green beans.

Total: 352 calories