Rock a healthy menu no matter how busy you are.
You like hassle? Didn’t think so. We don’t either. If you’re anything like us, on busy nights, the last thing you want to do is spend tons of valuable time in the kitchen. That’s why we love these 15 quick and easy weight loss dinner recipes–and you’ll want to try them, too.
You’re busy, but that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice pounds and inches. These quick recipes for weight loss focus on meals with few ingredients and no-hassle prep, making it easy to give your body the nutrition it deserves.
Our recipes incorporate clean eating ingredients. What is clean eating? It’s choosing to eat foods that aren’t heavily processed, so you avoid excess added fat, sodium, and sugar. For example, clean eating is choosing a fresh apple instead of a flavored applesauce loaded with refined sugar.
Because the ingredients are non- or minimally processed your body benefits from the nutrients it needs to shed weight and keep it off. Think lean protein to build calorie-burning muscle and fiber to keep the digestive system moving.
1. Crock Pot 3-Ingredient Balsamic Chicken
With fewer than 300 calories per serving, weight loss recipes like this meal are a super-delicious, low-hassle way to shed pounds.
2. Philly Cheese & Chicken Sandwich
Sink your teeth into the Philly flavor you crave—without a shred of guilt.
3. Honey-Dijon Glazed Salmon with a Hint of Lemon
Show your ticker some heart-healthy lovin’ with this simple and delish entrée.
4. Paprika Chicken Skillet
This one skillet dish makes preparing dinner a cinch.
5. Southwestern Black Bean Casserole
Easy recipes, like this healthy casserole, are a smart solution to dinner on a busy weeknight.
6. Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Red Pepper Sauce
Don’t let the fancy recipe name fool you—this is a surprisingly simple recipe that offers plenty of taste and nutritional goodness.
7. Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Chicken
Healthy crockpot recipes, like this dish, are big on taste and low on fussiness—and this one offers fewer than 250 calories per serving.
8. Slow Cooker Cheesy Spinach Lasagna
Quick recipes for weight loss, such as this family-friendly meal, are packed with nutrients and all the comfort food taste you love.
9. Quick Fish with Chickpeas, Tomatoes, and Sage
Get your fish fix with weight loss recipes, like this simple dish.
10. Chicken, Spinach, and Corn Sauté
Make dinner a snap with this no-hassle sauté, which has fewer than 305 calories per serving.
11. Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef
Indulge your carnivore side with easy recipes like this tasty dish.
12. Smoked Salmon, Feta, and Avocado Salad
Dig into a heart-healthy salad, which has fewer than 245 calories per serving, making it a fantastic light dinner.
13. Mediterranean Creamy Fettuccine with Broiled Tomatoes
This is a restaurant-worthy dish that’s easy to make, whether you’re preparing it for the family or for date night.
14. One-Pot Curried Coconut Chicken
Enjoy the takeout taste you love—in a lighter package—with a fuss-free curry.
15. Blackened Skirt Steak BLT Salad
Whether you have a family carnivore reluctant to try a healthy recipe or you’re just a red meat kind of girl, this dish delivers!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published Apr 14, 2015