After getting home from work or a workout, it’s can feel damn near torturous to spend more energy scrounging up a meal, and you are watching your weight, but you still want a healthy and tasty one.
Some nights when you want something fast and fresh; then preparing others in advance when you just dont want to cook.
To prove you can do it, here are some healthy dinner recipes—some you can whip up one night (and for one person), others you can make ahead and eat for a few days. Each one has 500 calories or less, and leaves you satisfied thanks to the great flavors and filling ingredients. Go ahead and revel in your domesticity and keep the weight off.
2 Tbsp olive oil, plus more for roasting vegetables
/4 tsp sea salt
1 cup low-fat mozzarella
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan, divided
1/4 cup chopped fresh oregano
3/4 cup quinoa
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup fresh basil
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 jar marinara sauce (24 oz), no added salt or sugar
2 cups fresh spinach
Peel the eggplant and zucchini and slice. Brush both sides with oil and arrange on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and roast in a 400°F oven until tender, about 12 to 14 minutes. Combine mozzarella, half the Parmesan, and oregano. Separately, mix quinoa, chia, remaining Parmesan, 2 tablespoons oil, basil, and pepper. Spread half the marinara in a baking dish. Layer with half the vegetables, spinach, and cheese-oregano mixture. Repeat. Top with quinoa blend and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Serves six.
Per serving: 350 cal, 18 g fat (5g sat), 33 g carbs, 11 g sugar, 510 mg sodium, 8 g fiber, 18g protein.
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Per serving: 330 cal, 4 g fat (1.5 g sat), 38 g carbs, 6 g sugar, 260 mg sodium, 6 g fiber, 37 g protein.