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Healthy Meals To Lose Weight Dinner
Tangy Slow-Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos
This recipe can roast on high for four hours, but for best results, let it roast on low for
eight. The meat will be falling off by the time you start breaking it apart! Serve it with tortillas, limes, queso fresco (or cotija!) cheese, and, of course, some pickled red onions.
Crispy Cod With Sweet Potato Fries
This cod recipe, made with sweet potato fries, is made by baking the fish and chips in the oven instead of dipping them into a deep fryer. We promise, after taking a bite into this crispy cod recipe, you won’t even miss the deep-fried version.And for more, sign up for our newsletter to get daily recipes and food news in your inbox!
Lamb Kofte Kebabs With Tahini Garlic Sauce
Lamb kebabs are a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine. Some would even consider it the Middle Eastern meatball! They usually have an aromatic spice blend, which is very specific to that part of the world. Plus, it’s one of our favorite healthy dinner recipes to make
Crock-Pot Beef Ragu
Sick of the usual meat sauce and meatballs on a weeknight? Take your Italian cooking up a notch with this delectable beef ragu recipe. Not only is it easy to make, but this dump-and-go Crock-Pot recipe is perfect to prep and freeze for later!
Chicken Ramen with Shiitake Mushrooms and Spinach
A big bowl of ramen sounds like the perfect meal for a cold, rainy night, right? Well, if you’re paleo, ordering a bowl of ramen isn’t always an option. Nevertheless, a simple swap from noodles to zucchini noodles (also known as zoodles!) can easily solve that salty ramen craving.
Tomato Chicken Curry With Cauliflower Rice
Looking for something on the spicier side? By using a jalapeño in the recipe, this chicken curry comes with a slight kick, but between the sweetness of the coconut milk and the acidity of the crushed tomatoes, this tomato chicken curry is the perfect healthy dinner recipe no matter what season you’re in.
Bacon-Chile Burgers With Guacamole and Fresh Salsa
Just because you’re craving a burger doesn’t mean you have to waste more than 1,000 calories on a basic sit-down restaurant or fast food order! While some popular chains do sell burgers with more than 1,000 calories, you can actually enjoy a delicious burger with bacon (yes, bacon!) for a mere 402 calories.
Fish Tacos with Tilapia and Avocado
While most fish tacos are battered and fried (usually with a nice piece of cod), making fish tacos at home to be much easier than I anticipated. Because the fish I made for this recipe doesn’t involve breading a fish fillet, you can save major calories and bulk up on some delicious toppings instead.
BBQ Pork Shepherd’s Pie With Sweet Potato Topping
As if shepherd’s pie wasn’t already delicious enough, this barbecue spin is the perfect twist to the classic dish. This healthy dinner recipe uses a paleo-compliant barbecue sauce, as well as unsweetened plain almond milk, to cut down on extra calories, while still giving the dish a tangy, yet creamy, texture. Plus, the extra kale sneaks in even more nutrients into the meal
Skillet Lamb Chops With Swiss Cheese Cauliflower Mash
Break out your cast-iron skillet, or use this opportunity to buy one—it’s the key to getting a delicious sear on these medium-rare lamb chops. The chops take center stage with just a simple rub of rosemary, garlic, salt, and pepper. But the showstopper in this dish is the Swiss Cheese Cauliflower Mash. It’s buttery, creamy, and decadent. You’ll never miss mashed potatoes again!
Butter-Baked Salmon and Asparagus
Instant Pot Shrimp and Broccoli
Don’t like salmon? How about shrimp healthy dinner recipes? This Instant Pot shrimp and broccoli recipe is the perfect recipe to whip up on a busy weeknight. Served on rice, or cauliflower rice to keep it low-carb, this recipe is one that you’re going to want to make again and again.
Copycat Wendy’s Chili Recipe
Thanks to a clear list of ingredients on the Wendy’s website, it was easy to put together this recipe. According to the list, Wendy’s chili has a chili base, tomatoes, chili beans, pink beans, kidney beans, onions, celery, green peppers, ground beef, chili pepper, garlic powder, and spices. While the recipe also has sugar and modified corn starch in it, we knew that you can have a delicious chili without either of those additives, so we didn’t bother adding them to my version.
Crock-Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
Nothing beats a steaming bowl of chicken noodle soup on a cold day, does it? Especially if it can be cooked with minimal effort! This Crock-Pot chicken noodle soup recipe is the perfect meal to warm up a crowd on a winter day.
Pumpkin Pad Thai
If you want to make it an even lighter, lower-carb version of pad Thai with pumpkin, you can forego the rice noodles altogether, and replace them with spaghetti squash. Want to make it vegan? Just leave out the chicken.
Slow Cooker Maple-Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables
The standard chicken, potatoes, and vegetable dinner can get old quickly, but that’s why it’s essential to find tasty, healthy ways to spice up this basic meal. Enter our balsamic chicken recipe that we guarantee your tastebuds will thank you for, because of the combination of flavors that are in this dish.
Grilled Pizza Burger
A burger on a list of healthy dinner recipes? Yes, we have them! This recipe takes what you love about pizza—the tomato sauce, the mozzarella, and the seasonings like oregano—and adds them to a juicy turkey burger. Bursting with flavor, as well as fiber, this meal is way more nutritious than the average pizza slice.
One-Skillet Taco Pasta
Sure, traditional pasta is great. But have you tried taco pasta? This easy recipe takes all of the things you love about tacos—seasonings, spice, and yes, cheese—and converts them into a pasta format. Taco Tuesday is about to take on a whole new meaning.
Butternut Squash Pasta Salad
If you’re looking for easy, healthy dinner recipes, but you’re tired of lettuce-based salads, this butternut squash pasta salad recipe will be a game-changer. Like other Mason jar salads, this recipe can be made in advance, and it’s packed full of nutritious veggies.
Fried Rice Cups
Craving some Chinese food, but don’t feel like spending the money? Before splurging on some pork fried rice and egg rolls again, why not try making some delicious fried rice at home? This fried rice cups recipe will make perfect portions of fried rice, while keeping that calorie count nice and low!
Chicken Taco With Roasted Red Peppers
This chicken taco recipe is made with roasted red pepper, making it a sweeter taco than you normally associate tacos to be. Between the roasted red bell pepper and sweet corn salsa, you’ll find yourself enjoying a satisfying sweet and salty experience when biting into one of these.
Grilled Mahi Mahi with Salsa Verde
Confusingly enough, both Mexicans and Italians have their own salsa verde, and both are ridiculously good condiments that can be used in a staggering number of dishes. This, the Italian version, is based on parsley, anchovies, capers, and lemon juice, a bright herbal punch that pairs especially well with the smoke and char of a grill.
Asian Beef Noodle Soup
The slow-cooker soup here takes a rich ginger and soy-spiked broth with chunks of fork-tender beef, a tangle of springy noodles, and—for a fresh, high note to pair with the dark, brooding ones—a pile of fresh bok choy. This is no appetizer soup; this is a full-on meal.
Scallops With Chimichurri
In this meal, you get to pour your chimichurri on scallops (and just so you know, we think scallops are the most underrated of all seafood). They’re incredibly lean, but with a sweet, meaty taste that makes them feel indulgent. Plus, they cook effortlessly in about 5 minutes.
Are you having a craving for your favorite Chinese takeout dish? Dreaming of chicken dunked in that deliciously sweet orange sauce? Thanks to this recipe, you don’t have to wait for the delivery person to enjoy some orange chicken right at home! Plus, this version slashes the calorie count of your usual orange chicken takeout.
Shredded BBQ-Rubbed Pork Shoulder With Creamy Slaw
When we mention this keto-friendly BBQ-flavored slow cooker pork recipe, barbecue purists might scoff at us. But we can’t worry about that: We have day jobs, hungry kids to feed, and no barbecue pit in the backyard. We know smoke is the key to breaking down the fat that adds flavor and moisture to the pork butt or shoulder, but we found a way to get similar flavors and texture by using bone broth and a slow cooker.
Blackened Fish Sandwich With Avocado and Cabbage
Our fish sandwich replaces processed patties with fresh tilapia fillets, frying with blackening, and tartar sauce with creamy avocado and crunchy cabbage. You won’t miss the mystery meat alternative you’re used to, as this blackened fish sandwich packs a punch.
Turkey Bolognese with Garlic Spaghetti Squash
Looking for a low-carb dish that packs in the protein and is paleo-friendly? This scrumptious turkey bolognese with garlic spaghetti squash fits the bill. So if you’re looking for more healthy dinner recipes using spaghetti squash, you’re going to want to save this one for later.
Pan Burger with Fried Egg and Special Sauce
There’s nothing quite like taking a bite out of a juicy burger, and while the idea of firing up the grill might seem daunting, you don’t actually have to cook a burger that way. Instead, you can pan fry your patty for an easy way to satisfy your burger craving.
Chicken Under a Brick
Whoever first placed brick to backbone was smart enough to recognize that the extra weight helped press the bird evenly—and forcefully—against the grill, which translates into a juicier bird with a crisper skin—a win-win in our book.
Grilled Pork Tenderloin With Pineapple Salsa
Chicken breast may still be king of the American meat market, but pork tenderloin is no less worthy of the crown. Besides being nearly as lean as white meat chicken (a 3-ounce portion of cooked pork tenderloin has only 3 grams of fat), pork also boasts an impressive array of nutrients, including more than a third of a day’s dose of selenium, a trace mineral shown to be effective in cancer prevention.
Crock-Pot Italian Meatballs
Can you ever go wrong with a spaghetti and meatball dinner? If you’re looking for a meal to serve a crowd, throwing together a large crock-pot of Italian meatballs is one of the easiest tricks of the trade.
Garam Masala Chicken Skewers with Fire-Roasted Jalapeno Dip
If you’re entertaining guests who are following special diets, this simple recipe should fit their needs, too (as long as they aren’t vegetarian). There’s no breading on the chicken, so it’s safe for gluten-free guests to partake in this tasty app. And if your guests do eat gluten? The Greek yogurt-based dip would be perfect for pita dipping, too.
Open-Face Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwich With Chipotle Mayo
Slow Cooker Turkey Cassoulet
Turkey is often restricted to only be the star of the meal at Thanksgiving, but you can—and should!—eat it all year round. That’s why we made it the focal point of our cassoulet recipe.
Shrimp Scampi Linguine Pasta
Usually this dish is served with pasta, but if you don’t want it, this recipe is delicious on its own! You could always make this shrimp scampi recipe with some roasted vegetables. Also, that shrimp scampi sauce is so delectable, a fresh loaf of crusty bread would be perfect for dipping! All you have to do is skip making the pasta in the instructions.
Grilled Steak with Red ￼￼￼￼Wine Butter
Thanks to this healthy dinner recipe, you get a steak and a slab of spiked butter for a quarter of the cost and over 500 less calories than that of a similar dish you would order at Outback Steakhouse. Eating in looks good on you, so go ahead and dig on into this grilled steak recipe!
Slow Cooker Beef Goulash
Now, you might be thinking that a goulash—which is a meat and veggies stew—would require a lot of time, but our recipe is made for your slow cooker. All you have to do is combine all of the ingredients into it, and let the time-saving appliance work its magic while you do whatever it is you need to do. It’s that easy!
Baked Turkey Wings
Smoked Salmon and Boursin Cheese Frittata
Can frittatas be considered as healthy dinner recipes? Why not! This recipe is not only easy to make and ready in just a few minutes, but also allow you to step outside a basic frittata dish, too, with the creative addition of the salmon and Boursin cheese.