When it comes to weight loss, cooking at home is always a better option because you have more control over what goes into your meals, helping you manage your fat and calorie intake. If you need to get a meal together quickly and on the table without a lot of effort, you are going to love these 5-ingredient weight loss dinners. When you look at these recipes, pantry items like salt and pepper and other spices, don’t count as one of the five ingredients. Enjoy!
1 Salmon with Pepita Lime Butter
2 tablespoons unsalted pepitas
1 tablespoon butter
½ teaspoon fresh lime zest
2 tablespoons lime juice
¼ teaspoon chili powder
1 pound skinned salmon, cut into 4 pieces
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
Toast the pepitas and combine them with the butter, lime zest, lime juice and chili powder. Season the salmon with salt and pepper, then place them in a nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray. Cook through, about 2 to 4 minutes per side. Remove the salmon from the pan, turn off the heat, then melt the butter mixture in the pan and pour it over the salmon to serve.
2 Veggie Stuffed Calzones
Nonstick cooking spray
1 pound thawed frozen bread dough
¼ cup prepared basil pesto
4 cups thawed frozen mixed veggies
Salt and pepper
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Roll the dough out into a 15 inch circle and spread the pesto, leaving a ½-inch around the edges. Spread the veggies on one half of the dough and top with the mozzarella. Fold the calzone in half and pinch the edges to seal. Spritz with cooking spray and sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Cut into wedges to serve.
3 Pork and Noodle Bowl
12 ounces pork sirloin chops, cut into strips
½ cup bottled Asian salad dressing
4 ounces whole wheat spaghetti
6 cups shredded broccoli slaw mix
¼ cup toasted sliced almonds
Combine the pork with ¼ cup of the dressing and chill. Cook the pasta, drain, then toss it with the remaining dressing. Cook the pork in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat in a dab of olive oil. Transfer to the pasta and toss. Cook the broccoli slaw in the same skillet for 3 minutes. Add to the pasta and toss. Serve topped with the almonds.
4 Turkey Taco Panini
1 ½ cups shredded jack cheese with jalapenos
8 ounces shredded cooked turkey
½ cup black bean and corn salsa
½ cup fresh cilantro
Divide the cheese, turkey, salsa and cilantro on one half of each flatbread. Fold the flatbreads in half and spritz both sides with cooking spray. Grill the sandwiches for about 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until golden brown and the cheese melts.
5 Baked Fajita Chicken
4 chicken breasts
2 bell peppers, sliced
½ onion, sliced
1/3 cup salsa
¼ cup Mexican cheese
Salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray, lay the chicken in a single layer and season it with salt and pepper. Top with the salsa, peppers and onions. Cook for 30 minutes. Once the chicken is almost done, top with the cheese and melt before serving.
6 Skinny Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken
1 ½ pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts
½ cup water
8 ounces reduced fat cream cheese
12 ounces frozen broccoli
10 5 Ounce Can Cream Reduced Fat Cream of Chicken Soup
Put the chicken in your slow cooker. Whisk together the water and dressing mix and pour it over the chicken. Cook on low for 8 hours. Remove the chicken and shred it with a couple of forks. Combine the soup and cream cheese in a small bowl. Pour the cream cheese mixture into the slow cooker and stir with the juices. Stir in the broccoli. Put the chicken back in the slow cooker and stir. Cook for 30 minutes, then serve.
7 Greek Yogurt Mac and Cheese
8 ounces elbow pasta
8 ounces shredded cheddar
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
2 cups fresh spinach
Salt and pepper
¼ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
Cook the macaroni according to package directions. Put the spinach in a strainer and pour the macaroni over it. Drain, saving about a ½ cup of the pasta water. Put the pasta and spinach back in the pot. Add ¼ cup pasta water and the cheese and stir until melted. Add the salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder and stir to combine. Serve, using more pasta water if you need to.
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