5 Simple, delicious, and healthy meals that taste good

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Looking for plant-based recipes and menus that are perfect for weight loss, and also work for a busy family? Check out these healthy meals that taste good and are super easy!

Healthy meals that taste good

Healthy meals that taste good and can feed the whole family

You need to eat dinner, and you want to eat something that looks like a meal for yourself, and perhaps the whole family. Yes, frozen and prepared meals will do, but they get boring fast and can be expensive. Instead, consider some of these incredibly simple, plant-based recipes that fit the needs for weight loss and good health for the entire family!

Plan ahead tips for dinner

  1. A smart, high-protein snack eaten mid-to-late afternoon, often helps to avoid arriving home starving. Perhaps a small apple and cheese stick or a small handful of nuts can do the trick.
  2. Plan ahead and stock up on staple foods.
  3. Have a menu plan for dinner or keep favorite quick recipes ready. If you have a set of five quick, easy dinners, you'll know what's for dinner every night.
  4. Make it easy. Choose a one-pot meal or a two-item menu, such as chicken plus a green salad.

Try these simple plant-forward main courses as the basis for developing your own variations. All five of them take less than 15 minutes.

1. Protein and a big salad

Enjoy variations of this combo every night! Have fresh salad ingredients ready to go and a lean piece of meat or other protein to saute, broil, or grill.

2. Soup/Stew

3. Wrap or Burrito

Endless combinations for creating healthy, tasty meals!

4. Stir-fry

Stir-fry meals are a one-pot meal variation on meat and salad. Any decent, large frying pan will do; you don't need a wok.

5. Vegetable Grilled Cheese

No bread in this recipe means low-carb and low-cal! And if you don't like cheese, try using soft tofu.

These plant-based recipes can simplify your week, encourage weight loss, and can serve as main courses as needed for the whole family!

You can make healthy meals that taste good by using these simple weekly dinner templates. Use your creativity to change up the ingredients for variety. For those family members needing a few more calories, add a whole fruit, whole grain, and milk or milk substitute. Turn your weeknight food decisions into low-stress family dinners with a better chance to stay on track with your weight goals.

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This blog was reviewed and updated by: Brenda Braslow MS, RDN, LDN, CDCES on July 17, 2020

Meal Planning & Diets->Dinner
Jul 17, 2020
Brenda Braslow
Brenda Braslow, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE - Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)
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Donna P Feldman MS RDN is author of Food Wisdom for Women and "Feed Your Vegetarian Teen". She writes about food and nutrition at Radio Nutrition.

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