Whether you’re looking to lose weight or just trying to eat healthier, finding new recipes that you enjoy can seem like an impossible task. The food you eat every day can often get boring, but there are plenty of meals out there that will keep your taste buds happy without piling on pounds. Here are 5 meals you will love forever and exactly why they’re so delicious!
Pasta with Pesto Sauce
Pesto sauce is a traditional Italian sauce. It is usually made of fresh basil, garlic, pine nuts, and Parmesan cheese. Pesto sauce makes an excellent sauce for pasta dishes and also can be used as a spread for breads or bagels. The basic ingredients for pesto include basil leaves, olive oil, garlic cloves, and pine nuts. To make your homemade pesto sauce you will need to combine all these ingredients in a food processor. A food processor will ensure that all your ingredients are blended evenly so that you get smooth consistency throughout your dish. If you don’t have a food processor, it is best to chop up all your herbs and garlic into small pieces before mixing them with other ingredients to achieve uniformity in texture. After you have mixed all your ingredients well in a bowl add some salt and pepper to taste if needed.
Tomatoes make for a fun meal. Eat them by themselves, or slice and stuff them with vegan cream cheese and enjoy them alongside a salad of lettuce leaves and assorted veggies. The idea is to combine a variety of colors, textures, and flavors to create one stellar dish that appeals to both your taste buds and your eyes. And let’s be honest, tomatoes are cute, you can’t help but smile when you see them in their little bowl.
Black Bean Lettuce Wraps
The black bean is an unsung superfood, a dietary superstar that’s especially good for your heart. By simply tossing beans in a spiced-up vinaigrette, you get protein, fiber, and tons of flavor in every bite. Wrap them up in lettuce leaves along with some tasty vegetables for a delicious dinner that’s low-calorie and high-fiber and it will help keep your blood sugar on an even keel. And if you want to add more flavor to these wraps, just add more spices. Fresh herbs like cilantro or parsley are always great additions to any meal, but feel free to experiment with other spices as well. A dash of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes adds heat; fresh basil adds depth, and a squeeze of lemon juice gives it a refreshing citrus kick.
Baked Zucchini with Cheese
This nutritious, healthy meal is a low-carb way to fill up on veggies and protein. Baked zucchini with cheese only takes 10 minutes to prep, leaving you plenty of time to whip up a batch of homemade bread to go with it. The best part: It tastes better than delivery! Save calories by choosing skim or 2% milk over whole milk and cut back on salt by swapping table salt for kosher or sea salt.
Meatloaf (or veggie meatloaf)
Meatloaf is a great meal to keep on hand. This American classic is made with ground beef, eggs, breadcrumbs, and seasonings (and plenty of ketchup). When you don’t have time to make dinner or are low on groceries, meatloaf is a quick and easy solution. Serve it with some mashed potatoes, your favorite veggie side dish and dinner’s on!
Not only is it important to make good decisions when choosing what to eat, but it’s also important to prepare your meals in advance of eating them. By putting effort into planning your meals, you can ensure that you are eating nutritiously and creating a menu that works for you. Everyone is different, so don’t assume that planning five meals will work for everyone. When planning your meals, consider how much time you have on hand each day and what kinds of food taste best to you.
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