Easy Dinner Recipes for Weight Loss

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Tips for Meal Planning in Advance for Weight Loss

Try to think about what foods you want to enjoy at your next meal rather than in-between meals.

A good diet plan incorporates at least two healthy snacks, but other than snacks that contain about 100 calories, a good dieter waits until feeding time to explore the kitchen.

Healthy snack choices include: 1/2 cup of low fat cottage cheese, a half-slice of cheese and one-half of an apple, a piece of fresh fruit.

But what about dinner options? Oh my, we have several tasty low calorie suggestions....

Grilling For Weight Loss, Kabob Recipe

Grill some kabobs. Thread lean chicken cubes, green bell pepper, small whole onions, and pineapple chunks onto a skewer.

Brush with a glaze of 1 cup orange juice, 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 small can of crushed pineapple that have been mixed thoroughly. Cook on grill using slow heat. Continue to brush kabobs with glaze until done.

Main Course Recipe for Zippy Pineapple Canoes

You will need the following recipe ingredients to prepare:

1 small whole pineapple sliced in half (remove pineapple and cut into chunks)
1 small can of white chicken, drained
1/2 head iceberg lettuce chopped into bite-sized pieces
2 Tablespoons of either chopped walnuts or pecans
a few raisins (totally optional)
1 whole apple, chopped with the peeling left on
Light or Reduced Fat Mayo OR Light Miracle Whip

How to Prepare

Mix all ingredients (only 1 cup of the pineapple will be used at this time) in a large bowl.  Add LIGHT Mayo to your personal preference, as well as salt and pepper if desired. Carefully transfer to your Pineapple Canoes.

Main Course Dessert Recipe

Volcanic Mountain

Slice 2 peeled bananas into very small slices. Add 1/2 cup of cubed fresh pineapple, a Tablespoon of nuts, a few raisins, a few packs of no calorie sweetener and a few dashes of cinnamon. Add grated coconut if desired.

Mix well and transfer to two wine glasses - or any dish. Clear, tall stemware tends to make a stunning presentation. It's the Brad Pitt of glassware.

Your fruity mixture will 'cone' out of the glasses like a tiny mountain. Dollop dessert with a bit of LIGHT whipped topping. Sprinkle top with just a dash of nutmeg OR cinnamon. Use nutmeg very sparingly. A little goes a very long way and a lot can be lethal.

About Restaurant Dining for Dinner While Dieting

Most restaurants have a 'food gimmick' that serves several purposes.

a) the 'free food' keeps the customer happy while waiting for their order,

b) the 'free food' might be so tasty that you'll share the news with a friend and,

c) you'll naturally eat less when your food arrives, therefore leaving you with the false impression that the restaurant is the most generous restaurant in the village.

'Free foods' examples are: baskets of special biscuits, baskets of corn muffins, baskets of chips and hot salsa, baskets of hot rolls, buckets of uncracked nuts, and herb-based breads.

Avoid these 'free foods' at least until your meal arrives. This will limit 'empty calories'.

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