Making healthy food choices consistently is crucial when you’re trying to lose weight. Think healthy meals have to be boring? Thing again! A little creativity is all it takes to prepare delicious dishes that supply the nutrition you need while also satisfying your taste buds. Here are five options, all under 400 calories, to help support your weight-loss efforts.
So you’ve decided to try quinoa. What can you do with it? A better question might be—what can’t you do with it?! Quinoa is a versatile grain-like “seed” that cooks up light and fluffy, with a slightly nutty, mild flavor. It can be used just like rice, as a side dish or combined with other ingredients to create a pilaf or even a main course. I like to make a couple of cups at a time and use my cooked quinoa in various recipes throughout the week. Here are a few of my favorites.
Seems as if it was just yesterday that we were bundling up to protect ourselves from those winter winds and storms. Now we’re rolling out the red carpet to greet summer’s sunny days. The challenge for cooks: What to make when it’s hot outside. It’s so tempting to head to the fast food drive-through for something easy and quick – but you know better than that! So what to do? We’re glad you asked. Here are our favorite tips for warm weather menus:
A mouthwatering sandwich first sold at Maine roadside stands in the 1970s, traditional lobster rolls are made with butter-soaked lobster meat stuffed into fluffy, white hot dog buns. Make a healthier version of this classic (and still popular!) lunch dish by tossing lobster meat with Greek yogurt instead of butter, seasoning with fresh herbs and serving atop a whole grain roll.
For a “non-fishy-tasting” fish, tilapia is a top pick. Mild, light and flaky, it soaks up whatever seasonings it’s cooked with, making a flavorful recipe like this one helpful to have on hand. In a food processor, you’ll combine olive oil with a small onion, fresh cilantro, chili powder and coriander—plus a surprise summer ingredient (hint: it makes great shortcakes!)—to create a simple rub. Once applied, all it takes it three minutes on the grill, and dinner is served!
Here’s a paleo dish that’s deceptively easy to prepare. Guests will think you’ve spent hours slaving away in the kitchen…but really, you only need about 20 minutes, including prep time! This is a nice, light meal, perfect for the hotter temps as summer approaches.
Chickpeas, also known as garbanzos, are hearty legumes that stand up to heat better than many other beans. Enjoy their perfect texture (and the seven grams of protein one half-cup supplies!) in this slightly spicy, tomato-based soup. Sprinkle with crushed blue corn tortilla chips as a gluten-free alternative to croutons!
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