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5 Nutrient-Rich Recipes For Weight Loss

No one has the same weight loss journey. However, at the heart of every journey to lose weight lies a regular exercise regimen and a nutrient-rich diet. When someone talks about a nutrient-rich diet, we can only think of salads and other unpleasant meals. But, this isn't true. Weight loss does not have to be boring. Although salads are great for reducing weight, they aren't the only healthy weight loss recipe that you can have. 

 

If you are aiming to shed a few inches, this article is a must-read for you. In this article, we have analyzed five nutrient-rich, healthy, and easy-to-cook recipes that are *also* delicious. With these recipes, it's time to spice up the food game with some appetizing weight loss recipes. These recipes will rev up your metabolism and make you feel satisfied throughout the day.

 

Try these nutritious and flavorful recipes to help you with your journey toward losing a few pounds. 

 

 

Nutrient-Rich Weight Loss Recipes To Try

 

1. Chicken & Spinach Soup with Fresh Pesto

2. Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

3. Lemon Chicken Noodle Salad

4. Black Pepper Tofu

5. Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

 

 

1. Chicken & Spinach Soup With Fresh Pesto

 

 

TOTAL TIME- 1 Hour

Preparation Time- 30 minutes

Cooking Time- 30 minutes

 

INGREDIENTS: Extra-virgin Olive Oil,  Carrot, Diced Red Bell Pepper, Boneless and Skinless Chicken Breast, Minced Clove, Garlic, Low Sodium Chicken Broth, Dried Marjoram, Chopped Baby Spinach, Cannellini Beans, Grated Parmesan Cheese, Fresh Basil Leaves, Black Pepper, And Multigrain Croutons.

 

DIRECTION:

1. Start your nutrition-rich weight loss recipe by taking a large saucepan and putting it over medium-high flame. Then, add 2 tablespoons of oil to it. 

 

2. Now, put veggies in the oil, i.e., carrot and red bell pepper, along with the chicken. Cook it for 3-4 minutes until the chicken becomes brown.

 

3. Next, you have to add garlic and cloves and saute it for another 1-2 minutes. Then, pour broth into the vegetable mixture along with marjoram and stir it on a high flame. Bring it to a boil and reduce the flame for the next 5 minutes.

 

4. Once the chicken has been cooked correctly in the broth, take it out of the pan and keep it aside to cool. 

 

5. Until then, put spinach and beans into the pot, boil it, and cook for approximately 5 minutes.

 

6. For the next step of your weight loss recipes, you have to take Parmesan and basil leaves. Put them into a food processor. Add one tablespoon of oil and make it into a thick paste. You can also use a modest amount of water if required.  

 

7. Finally, chop the chicken into small pieces and put it into the pot with Parmesan and basil leaf paste. Stir it once and season some black pepper over it. Garnish it with croutons and serve your mouth-watering weight loss recipes hot. 

 

NUTRITIONAL FACTS (approximately): 

Amounts Per Serving

 

Calories 227

Carbohydrates 18g

Protein 19.4g

Dietary Fiber 6g

Fat 9g

Cholesterol 29mg

Sodium 220 mg

Potassium 524 mg

Exchanges - 1 Starch, 1 Vegetable, 2 Lean Meat, 1 Fat

 

2. Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

 

 

TOTAL TIME- 30 Minutes

Preparation Time- 15 minutes

Cooking Time- 20 minutes

 

INGREDIENTS: Uncooked Quinoa, Kosher Salt, Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, Lemon Juice, Cloves, Garlic, Bell Pepper, Kalamata Olives, Chickpeas, Onion, Cucumber, Tomato, Basil, Feta Cheese, Thyme, Black Pepper, Garbanzo Beans. 

 

DIRECTION:

1. To prepare Mediterranean Salad, a yummy weight loss recipe, you first have to cook quinoa. For this, take a pan, add some water and salt. Then, put quinoa, cloves, and garlic into it. Cook it for approximately 10-15 minutes, and then keep it aside to cool. 

 

2. Next, you have to take olive oil and mix some vinegar, garlic, basil, and thyme. Whisk the oil dressing properly and season it with kosher salt and black pepper.

 

3. Now, take a large bowl, the one that you prefer for eating salad. Add cooked quinoa, beans, feta cheese, olives, and all the chopped vegetables in the bowl. You can use any vegetables for the weight loss recipe that you’ll enjoy.

 

4. Once done, squeeze some lemon juice, drizzle the oil dressing, and garnish your salad with some basil. You can serve the salad both at room temperature or cold, as per your preference. This is one of the easiest and healthiest weight loss recipes. 

 

NUTRITIONAL FACTS (approximately):

 

Amounts Per Serving

 

Calories 278

Carbohydrates 23g

Protein 15g

Dietary Fiber 8g

Fat 18g

Cholesterol 00mg

Sodium 616 mg

Potassium 460 mg

Calcium 88mg

Sugar 5g

 

3. Lemon Chicken Noodle Salad

 

 

TOTAL TIME- 10 Minutes

Preparation Time- 5 minutes

Cooking Time- 5 minutes

 

INGREDIENTS: Noodles/Pasta, Chopped Chicken Breast, Tomatoes, Capsicum, Bell Pepper, Onion, Cucumber, Fish Sauce, Olive Oil, Coriander Leaves, Mint Leaves, Salt, Black Pepper, Feta Cheese, Red Wine Vinegar, Mustard, Oregano, Dried Basil, Garlic.

 

DIRECTION:

 

1. To cook this weight loss recipe, you have to boil noodles. Boil the noodles in accordance with the packet instructions and drain the water. Run it under the cold water and add 1 tablespoon of oil into it. Mix the oil throughout the noodles in order to prevent them from sticking. 

 

2. Now, take a big bowl and put all the vegetables in it. Add chicken and toss everything to mix well.

 

3. Next, you have to mix boiled noodles with the vegetables and keep them aside.

 

4. Meanwhile, you have to prepare a lemon dressing for your delectable and healthy weight loss recipe. For this purpose, mix lemon juice, red wine vinegar, fish sauce, mustard, oregano, dried basil, garlic, and olive oil. Then, add a decent amount of salt and black pepper to it and give it a good mix. You can also shake it after combining all the ingredients.

 

5. Now, add the lemon dressing into your bowl of noodles and vegetables. Mix thoroughly so that there’s a coat of dressing all over your noodles. Finally, grate feta cheese over it, garnish it with mint leaves and coriander. Complete it by adding a little bit of seasoning (salt and pepper).

 

6. To make your healthy weight loss recipe more delicious, you can take a pan, add some oil, and cook chicken for a few minutes. Once your chicken gets brown, remove it from the stove and add a few tablespoons of lemon dressing over it. Stir it nicely and top off your bowl of lemon chicken noodle salad with the chicken. It will definitely enhance the taste of the salad. 

 

NUTRITIONAL FACTS (approximately):

 

Amounts Per Serving

Calories 610cal

Carbohydrates 65g

Protein 35g

Dietary Fiber 5g

Fat 40g

Iron 3mg

Sodium 590mg

Potassium 850mg

Calcium 110mg

Sugar 10g

 

4. Black Pepper Tofu

 

 

TOTAL TIME- 45 Minutes

Preparation Time- 15 minutes

Cooking Time- 30 minutes

 

INGREDIENTS: Firm Tofu, Cornflour/Cornstarch, Soy Sauce, Vegetable Oil, High Smoke Oil, Salt, Butter, Red Chilies, Garlic Cloves, Grated Ginger, Spring Onions, Sugar, Rice Wine Vinegar, Crushed Black Pepper, Sesame Seeds, and Maple Syrup. 

 

DIRECTION: 

 

1. To prepare this tasty weight loss recipe, you have to start with preparing the tofu. For this, cut tofu into cubes of equal size. Then, dry the pieces with tissue paper or a paper towel. After this, add 2 tablespoons of soy sauce over the tofu and mix it evenly. 

 

2. Take the tofu out after quick marination and dust some cornflour over it. Shake it to remove extra flour from it.  

 

3. Next, you have to take a pan and pour some high smoke oil into it. When the oil is hot, add tofu and cook until it gets golden brown on both sides. Make sure a thin crust is formed over the tofu. Once done, take them out on kitchen paper. This will drain off the excess oil from it. 

 

4. After tofu, you have to prepare a sauce for your weight loss recipe. To prepare, add soy sauce, rice vinegar, maple syrup, a pinch of sugar, and water into a bowl. In a separate bowl, prepare a cornflour slurry. Mix cornflour with water at a ratio of 3:2.

 

5. Now, grab another pan and add a little bit of vegetable oil. Add some butter to it and let it melt. Once done, put garlic, ginger, chilies, and spring onions. Saute everything until it gets soft and shiny. This will take a couple of minutes. 

 

6. Then, add the soy sauce and cornflour slurry into a pan. Combine them all and heat them on a medium-high burner. Give it a boil and add crushed black pepper.

 

7. Finally, add your fried tofu into it and mix it gently. After cooking it for one more minute, take it out. Garnish it with sesame seeds and serve hot. 

 

8. You can serve this fantastic healthy weight loss recipe as it is or with steamed rice. 

 

NUTRITIONAL FACTS (approximately):

 

Amounts Per Serving

Calories 463

Carbohydrates 37.5g

Protein 24.8g

Dietary Fiber 6.5g

Fat 24.4g

Iron 23%

Sodium 1117.8mg

Potassium 22%

Calcium 69%

Sugar 10.8g

 

5. Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

 

 

TOTAL TIME- 1 hour

Preparation Time- 20 minutes

Cooking Time- 40 minutes

 

INGREDIENTS: Quinoa, All Colored Bell Peppers, Green Chiles, Vegetable Broth, Olive Oil, Corn Kernels, Black Beans, Tomatoes, Feta Cheese, Cumin Powder, Garlic Powder, Onion, Black Pepper, And Salt.

 

DIRECTION:

 

1. Once you are done gathering all your ingredients for this nutrition-rich weight loss recipe, start by putting quinoa and vegetable broth into a saucepan. Keep the flame on medium-high and bring to boil. 

 

2. After boiling, lower the flame to simmer and cover the saucepan with a lid. Cook it for a few minutes until all the liquid gets absorbed. 

 

3. Next, you have to keep quinoa aside without opening the lid.

 

4. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 375°F. 

 

5. Now, take bell peppers and cut them into halves. Remove all the seeds and membranes from it.

 

6. Grease the baking tray and place all the bell peppers in it. Pour some water around the peppers and put it in the oven for 10-15 minutes. 

 

7. Until then, take a bowl and put cooked quinoa into it. Add all the other ingredients like green chilies, corn kernels, black beans, tomatoes, cumin, garlic, onion, salt, and black pepper. 

 

8. Now, take out the bell peppers from the oven and stuff them with a quinoa mixture. Cover them with grated feta cheese and put foil paper over the tray. Then, place it in the oven.

 

9. Bake the bell pepper for 15-20 minutes. To make the peppers more crisp and tender, bake them for 5 more minutes. 

 

10. Once it’s done, take it out and serve hot. This is undoubtedly a luscious weight loss recipe that you must try. 

 

NUTRITIONAL FACTS (approximately):

 

Amounts Per Serving

 

Calories 286kcal

Carbohydrates 45g

Protein 12g

Dietary Fiber 10g

Fat 5.8g

Iron 4mg

Sodium 498 mg

Potassium 907mg

Calcium 81mg

Sugar 7g

 

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