Dinner idea that doesn't taste "healthy" or bland?



  • WendyTerry420
    WendyTerry420 Posts: 13,278 Member
    Hello guys ,

    i am on a 1200 calorie intake plan and i am trying to find a healthy dinner i can make to surprize my bf tomorrow , that is low on calories yet delicious to someone who prefers the bad stuff..

    anyone have ideas?

    i could eat plain chicken , veggies and call it a night but i know my boyfriend wants comfort food or something that is not so HEALTHY... help !! lol
    1 cup soy sauce, 1 cup white vinegar, 1.5 tablespoon minced garlic. Toss in a pot and add in about 6 pieces of chicken (with skin). Cook until chicken is done and serve over rice.

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    REALLY? Soy sauce and vinegar with no sweetener to offset? And a *whole cup* of vinegar??

    I am sure this needs juice or honey or something.
  • sarahenagy
    sarahenagy Posts: 66 Member
    Ellie Krieger Macaroni and Four Cheeses (Google it). Really yummy, secret helpings of veggies, hits the comfort food spot.
  • jwags19
    jwags19 Posts: 2 Member

    All healthy, all yummy and husband approved. I have yet to try a recipe from here that my hubby doesn't like.

    I second this.

    3rd! Great website...
  • I found a really easy meal to make and substitute rice for cauliflower, note, i hate cauliflower.

    Chicken and cauliflower rice.

    bake as many boneless skinless chicken breast as you want and season to taste, I use garlic and lemon paper.

    next take your cauliflower and put it into a food chopper to make it real fine like rice, also chop up some onions, bell peppers, broccoli or whatever veg you like. then sauté it in a skillet together in coconut oil until its browned.

    then serve the chicken on top of the cauliflower rice. trust me its real good.
  • cityjaneLondon
    cityjaneLondon Posts: 10,348 Member
    Try Hairy Dieters books on Amazon. You can get them for Kindle. There are 2 books, I have the first. I love the Paella and the Spanish Chicken. There are great curries. I just give DH lots of extra carbs and butter on his potatoes. He is super skinny.:grumble: You could make a pasta dish and have shiritaki noodles yourself. That's what I sometimes do.
  • imjolly
    imjolly Posts: 176 Member
    I don't eat any food that is bland. Just by adding garlic, or other seasonings (onions, basil, Italian seasoning, parsley, etc...) makes a world of difference in taste with no or little calories. There are a ton of healthy, tasty recipes on Pinterest.
  • tabahrak
    tabahrak Posts: 1 Member
    I can second this...skinnytaste has some amazing recipes.
  • Hobb3s
    Hobb3s Posts: 119 Member
    Nicely cooked Trout, grilled asparagus and garlic mashed potatoes (or another veg you prefer).
  • samacooper
    samacooper Posts: 28 Member

    All healthy, all yummy and husband approved. I have yet to try a recipe from here that my hubby doesn't like.

    I second this! Everything from this site is good--husband agrees! I recently made this: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2013/11/loaded-philly-cheesesteak-baked-potato.html

    it was sooo good. Just make sure you use the right size potato, I had to have a half of a potato instead of whole because mine were enormous.
  • I've just started cooking recipes from http://www.stirlist.com Great recipes with photos of healthy food by a girl who is an expert in nutrition.
  • AmoreCouture
    AmoreCouture Posts: 255 Member
    My Husband loves this one.http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/04/cheesy-jalapeno-popper-baked-stuffed.html He has requested it many times and it's not hot at all if you don't include the seeds.
  • marinate it! get some bbq sauce to marinate it in, and have some nice spicy kale chips or bacon sauteed greenbeans with it!

    personally i marinate mine in olive garden's salad dressing and have it over a salad with the same dressing, maybe throw in some whole grain pasta.

    get chicken legs if you want, and bread them lightly in a low carb or gluten free thing? such as like whole grain or chips? even crushed nuts would be nice. like peanuts crusted or something...

    rotisseree chicken...

    you can have a steak, a lean one is lowcal and delish! try making different rubs, like a coffee rub recipe you can find online <3 omnom

    i hope i gave you some ideas!!!

    oh almost forgot, indian food. extremely flavorful, and relatively healthy since there are lots of veggies and protein. i love palak paneer! its basically spinach and cheese. or any type of vindaloo, like with chicken to add protein.
  • MissLCWolff
    MissLCWolff Posts: 69 Member
    I've never had a recipe from Cooking Light magazine that I didn't enjoy, even when I ate really unhealthily. I particularly love their seared pork tortas (Spanish sandwiches)--441 calories per serving and they taste AMAZING, especially if you sprinkle them with chipotle pepper to add a smoky, spicy kick. http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/seared-pork-tortas-10000002001870/
  • greatmom2
    greatmom2 Posts: 95 Member
    check out Skinnytaste.com There are some fabulous recipes on there.

    There are these easy garlic cheddar biscuits....yum

    And a lot of the recipes are already in the food database on MPF!

    This is a direct link to the beef recipes http://www.skinnytaste.com/search/label/Beef Recipes

    Mmmmmm, I am definitely going to have to try out the garlic cheddar biscuits along with many other recipes in this post! :) Thanks for all the great ideas!!
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