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.
Lasagna with Eggplant and Zucchini
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 white onion, diced
1 can (28 oz) whole tomatoes, drained
2 cups ricotta cheese
zest of 1/2 lemon
6 basil leaves, chopped, plus more for serving
3 parsley sprigs (leaves only), chopped
1 small eggplant, thinly sliced
1 small zucchini, thinly sliced
8 oz fresh part-skim mozzarella, sliced
In a cast-iron pan on medium high, heat the oil, garlic, and onion, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes; stir occasionally till thickened, 5 to 10 minutes. In a large bowl, mix the ricotta, zest, and herbs; season with salt and pepper. Spoon out half the sauce; set aside. Now do layers in the pan: half the vegetables; half the ricotta mix; repeat; the rest of the sauce; mozzarella. Bake in a 400°F oven, lid on, till tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Uncover and bake till the cheese is bubbly, another 5 to 10 minutes. Serves six.
Per serving: 313 calories, 20 g fat, 16 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 21g protein.
Roasted Vegetables with Cheese and Ham
1/2 lb asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
1/2 lb small brussels sprouts, halved
2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
2 tsp olive oil
1 oz ham, torn into pieces
1 Tbsp sherry vinegar
2 Tbsp shaved cheese
Preheat oven to 425°F. On a baking sheet, combine asparagus, brussels sprouts, rosemary, oil, and a pinch of freshly ground black pepper. Roast vegetables, stirring once, until tender and just charred, about 20 minutes. Stir in ham and vinegar; roast for 2 minutes more. Serve with cheese scattered on top.
Per serving: 322 cal, 19 g fat (6 g sat), 23 g carbs, 7 g sugar, 935 mg sodium, 10 g fiber, 21 g protein.