Sometimes it feels torturous to prepare a healthy dinner meal after a long day at work. Even preparing your meals ahead is not always the best idea.
Here is a list of 5 delicious and healthy meals (under 500 calories each) to leave you satisfied and help avoid the hustle of cooking.
Meal 1: Grilled Chicken and Corn Salad
Ingredients: 1 tbsp. of smoked paprika, 2 tbsp. of chopped olives, 1.5 tbsp. of olive oil, 2 limes (halved), 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro, 4 ears of shucked corn, salt, pepper, 1 oz. of finely grated Manchego cheese, and 150-200g of boneless and skinless chicken breast halves.
First, begin by seasoning your chicken with salt and pepper. Grill the chicken on medium-high (until it’s cooked), for approximately 5-6 minutes each side. Start by grilling the limes (2 halves) and the corn ears for 6-8 minutes. After that, toss the corn in a bowl of lime juice (2 lime halves). Add chopped olives, chopped cilantro, Manchego cheese, and some salt and pepper.
Finally, serve your chicken with the grilled lime halves and corn. Drizzle your meal with olive oil and smoked paprika. Enjoy a healthy dinner!
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One serving contains 400 calories, 2 g. of fiber, 13 g. of fat (3.5 g. of saturated fat), 21 g. of protein, 21 g. of carb, and 315 mg. of sodium.
Meal 2: Special Grilled Pork Salad
Ingredients: 2 tbsp. of harissa, 4 tbsp. of olive oil, pepper, kosher salt, 2 lemons, 1 1/4 large broccoli head (trimmed and cut), and 1 1/2 lb. of pork tenderloin.
Let’s begin our second healthy dinner recipe by cutting the lemons in half. After that, you need to season the pork by brushing it with 1 tbsp. of oil and 1/3 tbsp. of salt and pepper. Grill the pork for 18-20 minutes (on medium-high). Transfer it to a plate and let it rest. Meanwhile, start with preparing your broccoli. Coat this last with 1 tbsp. of olive oil and grill along with lemon until it becomes soft. Furthermore, mix harissa with the remaining oil and toss it with broccoli.
Finally, slice your pork and serve it with grilled lemon. You can squeeze some lemon on the entire meal for a better taste.
One serving contains 350 calories, 3 g. of fiber, 8g. of carb, 16.5 g. of fat (3.5 g. of saturated fat), 38 g. of protein, and 385 mg, of sodium.
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Meal 3: Grilled Watermelon and Steak (Sounds Weird?)
Ingredients: 3 tbsp. of fresh lemon, 2 tbsp. of honey, 2 tbsp. of olive oil, kosher salt, pepper, 1 cup fresh mint leaves, 1 cup of fresh parsley leaves, 1 small bunch of arugula, 1/2 seedless watermelon (small), 1 lb. of halved cherry tomatoes, 1/2 of thinly sliced red onion, and 1 lb. of sirloin.
First of all, season your steak with salt and pepper (recommended 1/2 tbsp. each). After, grill it on medium-high (6-8 minutes each side). Let it rest. Prepare the onions and tomatoes by whisking it all together with lemon juice, honey, oil, salt, and pepper.
Time for our watermelon! Cut this last into rids-free triangles and brush it with oil. Next, grill your watermelon for 1-2 minutes each side. Add herbs and arugula into your tomato salad. Finally, serve with watermelon and steak.
One serving contains 360 calories, 4.5 g. of fiber, 16 g. of sugar, 18 g. of fat (4.5 g. of saturated fat), 24 g. of carb, 28 g. of protein, and 345 mg. of sodium.
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Meal 4: Tuna Salad with White Beans
Ingredients: 1 tbsp. of red wine vinegar, 3 tbsp. of olive oil, kosher salt, pepper, 1 cup of basil leaves, 4 cups of lettuce (torn or chopped), 1 small can of white beans, 2 small cans of white tuna in water, 12 oz. of trimmed and halved green beans, 4 soft-boiled halved eggs, and 1 small chopped shallot.
Begin with boiling a large pot of water. Add green beans and 1 tbsp. of salt. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold eater. Leave it to cool. In a blender, prepare your puree: add the shallot, oil, vinegar, basil, and 1/2 tbsp. of salt and pepper. Finally, transfer the dressing to a bowl, add the remaining green beans and white beans, tuna, and eggs. And you’re done! Bon appetit!
One serving contains 340 calories, 8 g. of fiber, 16.5 g. of fat (3 g. of saturated fat), 24 g. of carb, 31 g. of protein, and 770 mg. of sodium.
Meal 5: Special Shrimps and Rice Dinner
Ingredients: 2 tbsp. of fresh lime juice, 1tbsp. of grated lime zest, 1 tbsp. of canola oil, 2 tbsp. of Thai red curry paste, 1 tbsp. of fish sauce, 1 cup of white rice (preferably long-grain), 1 cup of chopped cilantro, 2 cloves of thinly sliced garlic, 1 piece of ginger cut into sticks, 13.5 oz. of light coconut milk, 1/2 lb. of baby bok choy (4-6 heads), 1 lb. of peeled shrimp, and salt (optional).
Begin with cooking the rice. Once done, mix it up a bit and add the cilantro and grated lime zest. Heat canola oil for 1-2 minutes on medium. After that, add ginger and garlic to the oil, and let it cook for approximately 2 minutes. Once done, add the Thai curry paste and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add fish sauce and coconut milk and let it cook for 2-3 minutes. It’s time to get our shrimps ready. Add to the above mixture baby bok choy and the shrimps. Cook for 4-5 minutes until the shrimps are opaque. Finally, add some lemon juice and serve with rice. To make your healthy dinner meal even more delicious, add some sliced red chiles, lime wedges, and cilantro. You’re welcome!
One serving contains 410 calories, 4 g. of fiber, 11 g. of fat (6.5 g. of saturated fat), 24 g. of protein, 51 g. of carb, and 1,570 mg. of sodium.