10 Quick Dinner Recipes That Aid Weight Loss

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1] Lentil Soup

Lentils are an important source of protein and carbohydrates. They contain nutrients like iron, folic acid and fibre. You must include lentils in your diet when trying to lose weight because they are low in fat but quick to satiate your hunger.

Lentil SoupLentil Soup

Ingredients

Split lentils – 1/2 cupOlive oil-1 tbspOnions- 1 medium, choppedGarlic – 2 cloves (optional)Green Chilly – 1 small, finely choppedWater – 4 cupsSalt – 1 tsp (or as needed)Cumin seeds – 1 tspcoriander seeds -1 tspPeppercorns – 1/2 TspLemon juice – 1/4 cup

Method

Dry roast the cumin seeds, coriander seeds and peppercorns. Once roasted, crush them coarsely using a blender.Heat oil in a saucepan and sauté the onions, garlic and green chilly over medium heat for 5-6 minutes.Add all the remaining ingredients, but not the lemon juice. Bring to boil. Cover and cook over medium heat for around 25 minutes until the lentils are cooked.Puree with a hand blender (This is more preferable) or in a blender.
Put back the pureed mixture to the saucepan and reheat. (you may need to add hot water to dilute the mixture a little).Stir in lemon juice and serve hot.

Servings: 4 Cups

The lentil soup is a very healthy and comforting soup while you are trying to ward off a cold or sore throat.

2] Broccoli Paratha

Broccoli contains fibre. Fibrous food makes you feel full when you eat them. This reduces your appetite and helps you lose weight. This happens because fibrous food absorbs water and expands; it slows down digestion, which makes it easier to eat less. It is a very good Indian dinner recipe for those who are trying for weight loss.

Broccoli Broccoli

Ingredients

Whole Wheat flour – 1.5 cupsAll Purpose flour – 1 tbspBroccoli – 1 small sizedOnion – 1/2 (minced – optional)Garlic – 1 cloveGreen chillies – 2Garam masala – a pinchTurmeric powder – a pinchAjwain – 1/2 TspSalt – to tasteOil – for making paratha

Method

Wash the broccoli properly and cut into florets.Bring some water to boil. Add around 10 florets to the boiling with some salt.After 2 minutes remove the florets and grind it into a fine paste with turmeric powder, garlic, Garam masala and green chillies.In a mixing bowl add wheat flour, all-purpose flour, the ground mixture, some minced onions, ajwain seeds and salt.Knead it like chapatti with required water.Allow the dough to rest for some time.Make small balls similar to chapatti.Roll out each ball similar to making chapattis.Heat a pan and pour few drops of oil/ghee on it.Cook till the paratha is cooking on all sides properly.

Serving: 6 -8 Parathas

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3] Tricolour Salad

Broccoli is low in carb and contains nutrients like Vitamin C, Calcium and Chromium that promotes weight loss. It also contains fibre that helps you lose weight. Carrots are rich in Vitamin C and do not cause weight gain.  Baby corn too is a healthy option for weight loss as it high in fibre but low on fat.

Tricolour SaladTricolour Salad

Ingredients

Broccoli – 1 smallBaby corns – 8-9  (chopped diagonally)Carrot – 1 bigButter – 3 tbspPepper (powdered form) and salt – as per taste

Method

Wash the baby corn and boil it in water with a little salt for 5 minutes.Take it out, drain the water and keep aside.In the same water, blanch the broccoli florets just for a second or two. Remove the florets, drain and keep aside.Wash and peel the carrots. Cut the carrots slices diagonally into pieces.In a pan add 1 tbsp butter. Put the broccoli florets and sauté for a minute, add pepper powder and salt, sauté for another minute. Remove from the pan and keep aside.Add 1 tbsp butter, add carrots, sauté for a minute, add salt and pepper powder, sauté for a minute, remove from the pan and keep aside.Arrange the pieces of broccoli, baby corn, and carrots in a salad plate to give it a feel of the tricolour Indian flag.

Serves: 2

4] Oven-Baked Fish Fillets

This is a classic healthy non-vegetarian dish for weight loss as the ingredients are cooked in the oven instead of frying them in oil.

Oven-Baked Fish FilletsOven-Baked Fish Fillets

Ingredients

1/5 kg White fish fillets ( Whitefish can be any mildly flavoured fish that can be cooked quickly, E.g., catfish, snapper, bass)1 tbsp olive oil50 gm fresh breadcrumbs2 tbsp chopped parsley leaves5-10 Cherry tomatoesOne lemon

Method

Heat oven to 220C/200CMix the breadcrumbs with the parsley.Squeeze the lime juice on the breadcrumbs and parsley mixture.Top the fish fillets evenly with the breadcrumb mixture, then let it drizzle.Drizzle with the olive oil and season with salt.Arrange the fish fillets in a roasting tin with the cherry tomatoes.Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.

Serves: 5

Kcal366Fat7gCarbs43 gProtein32 gSaturates1gFibre4 gSalt0.5 gSugars3 g

5] Grilled Zucchini and Carrots Recipe

Zucchini is a good food option for people who are trying to lose weight. It is a low-calorie food with over 95 per cent water content. It is also a powerful antioxidant, and a good source of vitamin C. Carrots are rich in Vitamin A and possess antioxidants.

Zucchini and CarrotsZucchini and Carrots

Ingredients

1 cup carrots, the carrots must be parboiled. Also, cut them in a diagonal shape.1  zucchini ( medium sized)2 1/2 tsp oil ( Olive oil is a healthy option for those on a weight loss program)Salt and black pepper (as per taste)

Method

First, cut the Zucchini piece into halve. Then proceed to and cut them into thick vertical slices.Heat the oil in a pan. Put the Zucchini pieces into the oil.Add salt and pepper. Let it cook on a medium flame for about 2 minutes. Makes sure to turn it 2-3 times in between.In the same way, add the carrots with little salt and pepper. Make sure that you toss it on a medium flame for about 2 minutes.Serve it warm.

Serves: 2

Here is the nutrient value for the dish (Per serving):

Energy96 CalProtein1.4 gCarbohydrates9.1 gFibre3.6 gFat6.3 gSodium29.7 mg

6] Oats Egg Omelette

Oats are a very healthy food option as it is low in calorie and fat yet helps you feel full.  Eggs are an important source of protein and very nutritious yet low in calories.

Oats Egg OmeletteOats Egg Omelette

Ingredients

2 eggs¼ cup oats( grind it to make a powder)3-4 tbsp milkSalt as per taste1 pinch turmeric1 pinch of pepper powderOil or butter as neededOregano or dried herbs( optional)

Chopped vegetables:

2tbsp onion2 tbsp grated onion2tbsp capsicum2tbsp tomatoes deseeded2 green chillies choppedCelery or coriander leaves

Method

Mix oats flour, salt, pepper and oregano in a bowl. Pour milk and make a batter.Add the eggs and beat them until frothy.Heat oil in a pan. Pour the egg mixture.Add the chopped veggies evenly.Let the omelette firm up before you flip it to the other side. Ensure both sides are cooked.Serve warm.

Serves: 2

Calories: 143 kcal

7] Zucchini Pasta

It is a low carb version for spaghetti and definitely beneficial if you want to lose weight. Zucchini pasta is also a very quick diet recipe. You can have it as a side-dish as well as an independent meal.

 Zucchini PastaZucchini Pasta

Ingredients

2 Zucchinis, peeled1 Tablespoon olive oil1/4 cup waterSalt and ground black pepper to taste

Method

Cut lengthwise zucchini slices in long stripes. Use a vegetable peeler to cut the zucchini stopping when the seeds are reached. The zucchini slices will look like spaghetti.Heat olive oil in a pan. Make sure it is over medium heat.Stir the zucchini slices in the hot oil for 1 minute.Add water and cook for 5 to 7 minutes until the Zucchini is soft.Season with salt and pepper.

Serves: 1

Nutrition Facts: Per Serving: 157 calories. Out of these,

Energy157 CalProtein2.9 gCarbohydrates7.9 gCholesterol0 mgFat13.9 gSodium181 mg

8] Moong Dal Khichdi

Khichdi is a much-loved comfort food of Indians.  It is also a good Indian dinner item for people trying to lose weight. By adding vegetables to the lentil and rice, you can make it rich in nutrients. The lentils add to dietary fibre intake which aids proper digestion of food. The rice can be replaced by Daliya or even brown rice to make it healthier and low in calories.

Moong Dal KhichdiMoong Dal Khichdi

Ingredients

Moong Dal- 1 cupRice- ½ cupOil- 1tspBottle Gourd -HalfCumin Seeds-  ½ tspSalt- As per tasteAsafoetida- a pinchFinely grated ginger- ½Water- 2 cups

Method

Soak rice and Moong dal in water and drain it.Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add a pinch of asafoetida and cumin seeds. Stir fry for few seconds.Cut the bottle gourd into pieces.Add dal and rice with the rest of the ingredients into the cooker.Cook for 8 minutes or so.Serve it warm.

Serves: 3

9] Rice Salad

Brown rice is low in calorie. The dates in the dish provide the fibre that suppresses appetite and aid in weight loss. The rice salad can be taken as a stand-alone meal and is a quick recipe to prepare.

Rice SaladRice Salad

Ingredients

2 tbs olive oilSmall sweet onion, thinly sliced1 can Chickpeas, rinsed and drained (1/2 cup boiled chickpeas can be added too)½ tsp ground cumin¼ tsp saltFreshly ground black pepper3 cups cooked brown rice½ chopped dates ( the ‘pitted ‘ variety is preferred )¼ cup chopped fresh mint¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

Method

Heat oil over medium heat.Add onion and stir often until the onion begins to brown.Remove from heat, and stir in chickpeas, cumin, and salt.Season with freshly ground black pepper.Mix the rice, onion- chickpeas mixture along with dates, mint and parsley in a bowl. Toss it properly.Serve warm.

Serves: 4

10] Rice and Turai Soup Curry

Ridge gourd is tasty, rich in nutrients and easy to cook. The recipe is apt for those aiming for weight loss.

Rice and Turai Soup CurryRice and Turai Soup Curry

Ingredients

2 medium-sized ridge gourds.  Peel and cut the ridge gourds into medium cubes2 cups basmati rice. Soaked in water 30 mins beforehand.2 tbsps oil1 tsp panch phoran masala3 dried red chillies (adjust as per hotness required)2 tsp finely chopped garlic1 medium onion, finely chopped1 large potato. Peel and cut into medium cubes1 cup red pumpkin cut into cubes¾ tsp turmeric powder½ tsp black peppercorns crushedSalt as per taste1 lemon2 Tbsps coriander leaves chopped1 lemon

Method

Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add Paanch Phoran masala to the oil. Saute the masala in oil for 10 secondsAdd red chillies. Sauté the red chillies for 20 seconds.Sauté for a clove of minute garlic.Add the chopped onion and sauté till it turns brown.The cubed potatoes, cubed red pumpkins, and cubed ridge gourd pieces along with turmeric powder, crushed black peppercorns and salt. Mix well.Drain the soaked rice and add to the pan with two litres water. Mix well and make sure you cook till rice and vegetables are fully cooked.Add coriander leaves and lemon juice to the cooked rice and vegetable mixture. Mix everything together properly.Serve warm.

Serves: 2

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