100 Healthy Dinner Recipes That Can Help You Lose Weight

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CHELSEA KYLE

If one of your goals is to cook more (and healthier) at home to stick to your weight-loss efforts, you’ll want to set yourself up for success. A key part of that is making sure you’ve got an arsenal of new healthy dinner recipes to whip up, that are *also* delicious.

It can feel damn near torturous to put together something nutritious and flavorful after a long day of work. But once you have a meal-planning playbook, your dinner game is going to improve. Also, you won’t be tempted to order takeout if you already have a yummy, weight loss-friendly meal prepped and ready to go.

It can be hard to find meals that meet all of those needs and are also lower in calories to help you stay in a calorie deficit (aka eating less calories than you’re burning) to meet your weight loss goals. Luckily, these 100 healthy dinner recipes for weight loss each have 500 calories or less, and will leave you satisfied enough to stave off cravings until breakfast. You can even create a healthy, weight-loss meal plan for the week by picking out seven of these recipes. Eating healthy after 5 p.m. just got so much easier.

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1. Slow Cooker Seafood Ramen

seafood ramen
FIT SLOW COOKER QUEEN
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Ingredients:

  • 64 oz broth (seafood, vegetable, or chicken
  • 4–6 oz ramen
  • 1 lb seafood
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup kale, chopped
  • 1/2 lb tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients except the seafood, kale and ramen to the slow cooker. Stir to mix well.
  2. Cook on high for 2-3 hours, or low for 4-6 hours.
  3. Add seafood, kale & ramen and cook for an additional 15-30 minutes.

Per Serving: 250 calories, 2.7 g fat (0.3 g sat), 29.5 g protein, 27 g carb, 2588.3 mg sodium, 3.9 g sugars, 1.7 g fiber

Recipe courtesy of Fit Slow Cooker Queen.

2. Turkey Carrot Mushroom Dumplings

mushroom dumplings
JEANETTE’S HEALTHY LIVING

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 c. carrots finely julienned
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 c. mushrooms finely chopped
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp rice wine
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 30 dumpling wrappers

Directions:

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  1. Put carrots in a microwavable bowl and cover with water. Cook until tender, about 3 minutes depending on how finely shredded the carrots are. Drain and let cool.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together cooked carrots, turkey, mushrooms, soy sauce, rice wine, sesame oil, onion powder, salt and cornstarch. Stir together until well combined.
  3. Spoon a well rounded teaspoon of filling onto a dumpling wrapper. Seal filling with wrapper. Wrap remaining dumplings.
  4. Bring water to boil in the bottom of the steamer pot. Place dumplings in a parchment paper lined steamer. Steam 15 minutes until cooked through.

Per serving: 48 calories, 1 g fat (0 g sat), 3 g protein, 4 g carb, 87 mg sodium

Recipe courtesy of Jeanette’s Healthy Living.

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3. Slow Grilled Chinese Char Siu Chicken

chinese char siu chicken
JEANETTE’S HEALTHY LIVING

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c. organic brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. raw honey
  • 1/4 c. organic ketchup
  • 1/4 c. gluten-free soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp beet powder
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp gluten-free hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • Cooking oil spray

Directions:

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  1. In a large bowl, mix together brown sugar, honey, ketchup, soy sauce, beet powder, vinegar, hoisin sauce, five-spice powder, salt and pepper.
  2. Add chicken and toss well, coating all the pieces well; cover and refrigerate for two days to marinate.
  3. Heat grill; spray cooking oil on grates; grill chicken until cooked through, about 10 minutes per side.

Per serving: 328 calories, 8 g fat (2 g sat), 38 g protein, 25 g carb, 845 mg sodium, 24 g sugars, 1 g fiber

Recipe courtesy of Jeanette’s Healthy Living.

4. Creamy Kabocha Squash and Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

kabocha squash pasta
SWEET SIMPLE VEGAN

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