These 20 dinners don't take much time to put together, and they'll help you reach your weight-loss goals.
1. Shrimp, Leek and Spinach Pasta
The leeks tossed and stirred throughout this pasta contains allicin, which when digested in your body produces sulfenic acid, and sulfenic acid is a compound that directly neutralizes any threatening free radicals your body might have acquired.
2. Shrimp with Tomatoes, Olives and Basil
Let’s stick with seafood, and add the extra flavor and nutritional value from tomatoes and olives. It’s worth it to note that tomatoes contain all three high-powered antioxidants beta carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C and that a report issued by U.S. Department of Agriculture determined a 1/3 of us receive too little vitamin C and half of us get too little vitamin A.
3. Honey Ginger Salmon with Spicy Baby Bok Choy
Some of us can’t help but figure out the best way to add some heat to a dish; for good or ill. The red pepper flakes spread over the Bok Choy manages to get the job done beautifully for all you heat seekers, while the salmon which is basked in honey and soy sauce, manages to strike a delightful medium between savory and sweet.
4. Chicken, Zucchini and Prosciutto
Bacon has a famous reputation for making just about anything taste better; this is why there's bacon flavored mayonnaise, bacon flavored jelly beans, bacon flavored mustard, and the list goes on and on. This healthy and easily procured meal incorporates what I like to call, ‘fancy bacon’: prosciutto. Enjoy, and revel in that lean protein from the chicken as well!
5. Pecorino-crusted chicken
This tasty lean protein-packed bit of chicken is coated nicely with a sharp and salty pecorino cheese; reminiscent of the better-known Parmesan cheese.
Link: Pecorino-Crusted Chicken
6. Chicken Curry In A Hurry
This classic Indian-inspired dish can be prepped and served in a sweet and short amount of time, making it a time-saver meal that doesn’t sacrifice taste.
Link: Chicken Curry in a Hurry
7. Penne With Turkey and Broccolini
The broccoli in this dish delivers you as much vitamin C as you’d receive in an orange, and it’s also rich in beta carotene. The turkey makes for a great and leaner substitution for beef, giving your body the amino acids it needs to restore and support your muscles.
8. Zucchini and Bean Salad With Bulgur
The greatest part about making this dish is that the boiling water takes care of all the ‘cooking’ for you there’s no actual cooking required from you on your end of things!
9. Whole-Grain Spaghetti With Garlicky Kale and Tomatoes
This one’s extremely healthy for the heart, and with its kale that’s high in iron and only 36 calories a cup, you can rest assured this is one of the healthier meals at your disposal!
10. Southwestern Beef Chili with Corn
Let’s spice things up a little bit with this tomato paste inspired dish! You can even toss in extra jalapeno chilies if you really feel like turning up the heat!
11. Potato and Chorizo Omelet
This breakfast inspired dish takes influences from both Spanish and Italian cuisines. With its Spanish culinary inspired chorizo (hot sausage) and potato, and its Italian styled finish (cooks in the oven) you’re getting the best of both worlds here folks!
12. Steak With Roasted Parsnips, Tomatoes and Scallions
Sometimes lean protein and all the veggies in the world just can’t seem to satisfy that ravenous appetite; you need something hearty, higher in fats, and even higher in protein like a fat and juicy steak. You’ll also get a decent amount of nutritional value from the veggies cooked up and served on the side.
13. Fishermen’s Soup
This seafood-based soup is a great candidate for those afternoons you might be on the lookout for a lighter yet still savory meal! The halibut in this soup is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, as well as a healthy fuel for your heart!
Link: FISHERMAN'S SOUP
14. Roasted Cod and Scallion With Potatoes
The hands-on preparation time is minimal for this dish, as the majority of the cooking process transpires in the oven. The cod added to this dish also gives you a nice serving of omega-3 fatty acids, which have received widespread positive attention for their ability to cut triglycerides levels.
15. Broccoli and Feta Omelet With Toast
The broccoli is high in fiber, and has just 30 calories a serving, while the eggs you get from the omelet deliver your body an ideal amount of protein, leaving you feeling full and satisfied for a much longer period of your mid-morning/early-afternoon activities.
16. Green Tea Smoothie
Who says dinner can’t come in the form of an ice cold and massively refreshing smoothie? The green tea blended and dispersed throughout this smoothie boosts your body’s metabolism by delivering the compound EGCG.
Link: Green Tea Smoothie
17. Chocolate Dipped Frozen Banana Bites
This dessert-like dish can serve equally well as a sweeter variation on the traditional dinner dish. The bananas have resistant starch that is proposed as being a healthy carbohydrate, which helps your body burn more calories. Plus, the chocolate not only tastes great, but also has an optimal amount of heart-healthy fats.
18. Honey Grapefruit with Banana
Here's a sweeter, juicier and more refreshing addition to dinner. A nice serving of grapefruit that comes in as consisting of 90% water; you’ll feel fuller for a longer period of time, while consuming an impressively small amount of calories.
19. BBQ Turkey Burgers
Swap out the beef for the leaner protein turkey, which just so happens to be a favorite of renowned and impressively healthy cover model Jillian Michaels!
Link: Barbecue Turkey Burgers
20. Middle Eastern Rice Salad
The standout player in this Mediterranean inspired salad is without a doubt the chickpeas, which contain 15 grams of protein and 50% of your daily recommended potassium per serving! If the ‘Man of Steel’ was one for eating salads, this would be his go-to!