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Easy Dinner Ideas

StephanieWilliams91StephanieWilliams91 Posts: 8Member Member Posts: 8Member Member
Eating so much chicken I feel like I will be clucking any day now. What lower calorie dinners do you folks make? Need something different. My family only does red meat once a week. Any delicious idea is welcome!


  • sammidelvecchiosammidelvecchio Posts: 756Member Member Posts: 756Member Member
    I made egg salad sandwiches last night - yum! I like tuna salad as well.
  • amtyrellamtyrell Posts: 1,318Member Member Posts: 1,318Member Member
    Fish, shrimp, pork, beans
    edited January 21
  • nighthawk584nighthawk584 Posts: 1,658Member Member Posts: 1,658Member Member
    Ground Turkey Chili
  • WholeFoods4LyfeWholeFoods4Lyfe Posts: 1,480Member Member Posts: 1,480Member Member
    Do you have a crockpot? I put a frozen pork roast and some sauerkraut in the crockpot before I left for work this morning. We'll have that for dinner tonight along with a Veggie Steamers (probably brussel sprouts) and either noodles or leftover mashed potatoes.

    Soups and stews are also great in the crockpot. You can prep them the night before, or even a few days before and then literally just set it and forget it.

    What about breakfast for dinner? Fry up a few eggs and some bacon and done!
  • lorimill1973lorimill1973 Posts: 15Member Member Posts: 15Member Member
    spaghetti squash shrimp scampi
  • lemurcat2lemurcat2 Posts: 4,446Member Member Posts: 4,446Member Member
    Assuming pork=red meat, options for a main dinner protein include: fish, shellfish, turkey, beans or lentils, tofu, tempeh. I also sometimes do an egg-based dinner, such as omelets. There are legume-based pastas which have enough protein that you might be able to not add some other main protein or just a small amount.

    There are also lots of interesting chicken dishes, especially if you don't limit yourself to boneless, skinless chicken breast. One I like is a tagine. Here's one example:, but there are many.
  • acpgeeacpgee Posts: 4,478Member Member Posts: 4,478Member Member
  • StephanieWilliams91StephanieWilliams91 Posts: 8Member Member Posts: 8Member Member
    Omg shrimp is an amazing idea!! You guys are awesome! Obsessed with egg salad that’s a really good one too! Fish and shrimp are scary to cook but I’m going to look up some recipes and try! Actually think I’m going to try lentils too!!! Thank you!
  • puffbratpuffbrat Posts: 2,670Member Member Posts: 2,670Member Member
    Soups, sauceless pastas, black bean burgers, regular burgers, quesadillas, and stir fry are the big things that come to mind.
  • kshama2001kshama2001 Posts: 21,164Member Member Posts: 21,164Member Member
    When I want an easy dinner I have a breakfast-for-dinner meal, ex: eggs and some kind of potato and pork.

    I work from home so other easy dinners involve getting something into my slow cooker at lunch time and then it is ready as soon as I'm off work. (Bigger cuts of meat could be started earlier in the day, but I mostly use boneless chicken thighs, which take about 5 hours in my recipes for meals like Chicken Cacciatore.)
  • Candy_lilacsCandy_lilacs Posts: 20Member Member Posts: 20Member Member
    Sheet pan shrimp fajitas, taco salad using ground turkey, stuffed peppers.
  • Love_2_HikeLove_2_Hike Posts: 93Member Member Posts: 93Member Member
    At the moment I'm putting a piece of frozen crumbed fish and a few sweet potato chips in the air fryer. Eat with a salad. Comes in at about 350 calories
  • Priasmama416Priasmama416 Posts: 32Member Member Posts: 32Member Member
    Ground turkey with taco seasoning , stuffed in romaine lettuce with black beans, salsa, fat free sour cream, taste delicious, could also add a little instant rice if you like. Quick, easy, low calorie, high protein
  • lokiidokiiartichokiilokiidokiiartichokii Posts: 16Member Member Posts: 16Member Member
    • Buffalo chicken lettuce wraps (can be made in crock pot or instant pot - changes up the flavor a lot from reg ol' chicken. Literally just chicken breasts + ranch seasoning + buffalo sauce. I add Bolthouse ranch and chopped green onions on top for extra flavor. If you have non-dieters in your house, they can add the chicken to a bun/tortilla to make a buffalo chicken sandwich/taco.)
    • Chicken/tofu/beef broccoli stir fry (great if you have other people in the house that aren't dieting because you can add rice to their portions to make it more filling. I usually prep some chicken on Sunday so I can throw together stir fry dinners on busier nights. Just add teriyaki sauce + a little soy sauce + a lot of ginger/garlic powder.)
    • Breakfast for dinner (eggs/egg whites, turkey sausage, reduced fat cheese, all mixed together)
    • Honey soy glazed salmon w/broccoli (or w/e veg)
    • Chili (Crock pot meal - meat + beans + corn + tomato sauce + diced tomatoes + spices)
    • Instant pot roast (piece of beef + onion soup mix + brown gravy mix + tiny potatoes, add cornstarch to end liquid to make a gravy)
  • madre715madre715 Posts: 2Member, Premium Member Posts: 2Member, Premium Member
    We were kind of feeling the same way. So I decided to sit down and write down our daily dinner plans to see where I could change it up. We’ve started rotating chicken, fish, red meat, and meatless meals so we don’t feel bored with dinner time. By meatless, we might just have a salad and soup (tomato or even just a broth) and add some shaved cheese on top.). It just helped add some variety.

  • tinkerbellang83tinkerbellang83 Posts: 7,286Member Member Posts: 7,286Member Member
    Almost any slow cooker recipe, I picked up a couple of second hand cook books "Without the Calories" by Justine Pattison that has some great tasty meals that you can tweak to your own tastes.

    I quite like a couple of meat free meals here and there too - Saag Paneer is a yummy one (Spinach & Garlic based curry with paneer cheese), Dhaal, Falafel with Hummus, Marinated Mushroom or Spicy Bean Burgers.
  • Troutrouter1968Troutrouter1968 Posts: 120Member Member Posts: 120Member Member
    During the week, it's grilled chicken with some sort of veggie.
  • cwolfman13cwolfman13 Posts: 37,539Member Member Posts: 37,539Member Member
    We have a gazillion recipes saved to Pinterest. We sit down every weekend to go over recipes to see what we want to make for dinners during the week and we usually make sure at least two of those will also provide leftovers for a couple of lunches. After that we go shopping for what we need and any other staples that are missing. This cuts down on waste as well as the grocery bill and also keeps things interesting.

    There's a gazillion ways to make chicken, but there's also a whole world out there beyond chicken. We eat a lot of Cod, Salmon, shrimp, chicken, some lean cuts of beef and pork and do all kinds of things with veggies, wild rices, potatoes, etc. We usually have one or two vegetarian entrees every week as well.

    Dieting and healthy eating definitely doesn't have to be endless chicken and doesn't have to be or get boring.
  • pancakerunnerpancakerunner Posts: 2,437Member Member Posts: 2,437Member Member
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