So, we’re on a new year’s diet and a new hunt for healthy diet dinners. I know there’s a lot of you out there who are with me on this!
My husband and I have bodies that react totally differently, making meal planning on finicky diets a bit of a struggle. I’m still ticked off about the time we tried the South Beach Diet about 10 years ago. Of course, Hubby loves going low-carb and lost about 20 pounds in a snap, and I lost about 3 pounds over the course of weeks of starving with stomach issues.
Ever since then, I have strongly vetoed anything overspecific that cuts out whole categories of food like Atkins, Paleo, Whole 30, etc. I just can’t do it, mentally or physically. It makes way more sense to me to keep it simple and eat smaller portions while adding in more fruits and veggies.
So, we’re counting calories on My Fitness Pal. I don’t go for anything fussy, and the app makes it easy to enter things in various ways. I’m in the constantly hangry stage now, trying to slog through as best as I can. Because training your tummy to want less food doesn’t happen overnight.
Meanwhile, I’ve done tons of Pinteresting and found a few super tasty recipes for diet dinners I wanted to share.
HONEY MUSTARD CHICKEN SALAD
Now, this one is a little high on fat but low on carbs, if that’s your thing. The avocado is healthy fat, and you can always cut out the bacon. (We just happened to have a few slices leftover from the holidays that we needed to use up anyway.) I left out the corn, just because I wasn’t feeling it that night. But overall, it was really filling for a salad. It also came together pretty quick on a weeknight we needed to rush dinner.
GRILLED SALMON WITH GREEK SALSA AND ORZO
Hubby was questionable on this one beforehand. (He’s not a cucumber fan.) But we both ended up loving it, and I’ll definitely make it again. It also came together pretty quickly on a weeknight. Chicken would be a good substitute if you don’t like salmon, and the greek salsa ingredients can be chopped up and marinated beforehand. I had the leftovers on salad the next day, and it was just as delicious. The olive-feta combination was very satisfying.
CHICKEN LETTUCE WRAPS
I love these at PF Chang’s, and I’ve made this recipe at home before. So good! (And just about every dish from Damn Delicious is great, BTW. She hasn’t failed me yet.) We had these with edamame and a few pork dumplings, but next time I’m thinking lo mein with zucchini noodles would make a nice pairing and squeeze a few more veggies in.
What are you eating this week? Help me before I run out of ideas!