You’re about to discover 20 simple weight loss recipes you’ll actually love!
Have you ever thought you could lose weight without any fancy schmancy diet...
...if only you had a go-to source of easy to prepare recipes at your fingertips?
Planning is definitely one of the key elements of successful weight loss strategies that often gets overlooked.
But if you ask any successful dieter who’s managed to keep the weight off for a year or more, it’s one of the things that makes it easier to reach your weight loss goals.
And having a stash of simple weight loss recipes is like a little gift to yourself, helping make it easier to eat healthy foods (no matter what’s going on during your day), and actually lose the weight.
Weight Loss Recipes For Lunch
1. Roasted Pear And Spring Green Salad
Get incredible nutrition – not to mention satisfy your sweet tooth – with this flavorful combination. Don’t skip the goat cheese – studies show that some of the most successful weight loss recipes include a bit of fat that helps you feel full sooner and keeps you feeling satisfied longer.
2 Pears (medium firm pears)
2 tsp oil (vegetable or canola)
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 cup mixed mixed salad greens
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mix lemon juice and oil in a glass bowl. Peel, core, and slice pears into ½ inch slices and toss in the juice and oil mixture.
Place coated pears on cookie sheet or roasting pan and roast until pears are golden brown, approximately 20 minutes.
Top greens with pears and top each salad with goat cheese and vinaigrette of choice.
2. Sunshine Lemon Garden Salad
What says summertime like the fresh flavor of lemon? Get the bright, cheerful tartness of lemon in your next lunchtime salad.
1 cup spinach leaves, cut into small pieces
½ avocado, diced
1/3 red onion, sliced thinly
½ cucumber sliced or diced depending on preference
1 carrot diced finely
1/8 cup sliced almonds
1 tomato, diced
1 cup cooked chicken breast, shredded or diced
4 TB fresh squeezed lemon juice (juice of approx. 1 lemon)
1 TB olive oil
1 tsp dried Italian spice mix
Salt and pepper to taste
Whisk dressing ingredients together in small bowl. In larger bowl, mix salad ingredients. Pour dressing over salad. Serves 2.
3. Light Chicken Salad
¼ red onion, finely chopped
½ cup seedless grapes, halved or quartered
2 stalks of celery, finely chopped
2 chicken breast, cooked and diced or shredded
½ cup plain yogurt
1 tsp granulated garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
4 romaine lettuce leaves (to serve salad on)
Mix all of the dressing ingredients (everything except the romaine leaves and chicken). Add the chicken, a little at a time, until the desired consistency is reached. Scoop the salad onto the lettuce leaves (or use the lettuce as a wrap and eat as a sandwich).
4. Paleo Lunch Rolls
Sometimes you need a simple lunch that’s in the category of “grab and go.” Make a plate of these meat roll ups ahead of time, and you’ll be able to hit your goals while still feeling full of energy.
10 slices natural lunch meat (nitrate/nitrite free)
1 cup of your choice of sliced veggies (bell peppers, sliced cabbage, julienne carrots, etc.)
Place a small amount of veggies on each slice of meat and roll tightly. Secure with a toothpick or use a chive to secure the roll.
5. Chicken Noodle Soup
While you often think of chicken noodle soup when you’re sick, what better way to ward off an ill-timed summer cold than with this rich soup. And as a bonus, soups are a great way to feel full sooner, which is why soups are great weight loss recipes.
2 TB olive oil
2 carrots, finely diced
3 stalks of celery, finely diced
1 medium onion, finely diced
4 cups organic chicken stock or broth
1 tsp granulated garlic
1 tsp dried dill
1 cup egg noodles
1-1/2 cups cooked chicken (such as from a rotisserie chicken)
3 TB fresh parsley, roughly chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan until shimmering. Add the carrots, celery, and onion and sauté until softened.
Add the chicken stock or broth, herbs and spices, simmer for 5-6 minutes. Then add the chicken and noodles and simmer until soft, about 10 minutes.
6. Summer Chicken and Berry Salad
Enjoy the flavors of summer time with this easy to create salad. Get a load of antioxidant power from fresh blueberries!
5 cups organic mixed salad greens
1 cup blueberries
¼ cup almonds
2 cups cooked chicken meat (such as from a rotisserie chicken)
Mix ¼ cup each of olive oil and apple cider vinegar in a mason jar with a screw top lid. Add 2 TB honeyand salt and pepper to taste. Shake until mixed completely. Pour dressing over mixed salad ingredients and serve.
7. Panzanella Salad
While it was originally created as a way to use up day-old bread, this flavorful salad is a pleasant surprise of flavor.
2 cups cubed day old bread, toasted
4 large ripe tomatoes, diced
1 red onion sliced in thin slices
4 cups arugula
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon white wine Dijon mustard
1 clove of garlic, finely minced
Salt and pepper, to taste
Combine and toss salad ingredients. Put dressing ingredients in mason jar with a lid and shake to combine. Pour over salad and serve.
Weight Loss Recipes for Breakfast
8. Ancient Grain Breakfast Bowl with Blueberries
This oatmeal like recipe uses the ancient grain quinoa for a nutritional punch, but combines it with sweet juicy roasted blueberries for a mouthwatering taste
2 cups prepared quinoa
1 TB vanilla extract (not imitation)
2 cups blueberries
1 TB melted coconut oil
½ tsp cinnamon
Salt to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix the coconut oil, vanilla, and cinnamon, gently toss the blueberries to coat. Place on a lined cookie sheet and roast for 10 minutes. Serve the quinoa with the roasted blueberry topping. (Serves 4)
9. “Skip the Coffee Shop” Yogurt Parfait
Who needs to stop at the coffee shop for the expensive and not particularly yogurt parfait? Make your own and save some serious time and money – and be the envy of your office if you’re taking it to work.
1 cup mixed berries or other fruit
½ banana, sliced
¼ cup shredded coconut(unsweetened), toasted (optional)
½ cup granola
½ cup low fat yogurt (plain or vanilla or honey flavored)
Starting with the berries, simply alternate layers of each ingredient in a mason jar (this recipe makes 3 servings). Screw on the lid when finished and you’re ready to go!
10. Gluten Free Sweet Potato Pancakes
Yes, pancakes can be one of your favorite weight loss recipes! You just have to know what to use to maximize your nutrition and minimize your empty calories. Here’s the scoop.
1/2 cup mashed sweet potato
1/4 cup almond flour
1/8 tsp each baking soda and baking powder1 teaspoon honey
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
Combine all ingredients and cook on a hot griddle greased with a small amount of butter. Take care not to burn the pancakes, since they won’t bubble like regular pancakes do.
11. Make Ahead Almond Oats
You’ve got no more excuses for skipping breakfast – here’s a recipe you can prep the night before. Talk about faster than fast food! Fiber, complex carbs, and healthy omega-3 oils make this a go-to weight loss recipe for breakfast.
½ cup steel cut oats
2 cups regular almond milk (not the sweetened kind)
3 TB maple syrup
Pinch of salt
½ tsp cinnamon
2 TB almonds
It doesn’t get much easier than this – simply combine everything but the almonds in your slow cooker the night before. Cook on low for 5 hours or until your oatmeal reaches the desired consistency. Serve with chopped almonds sprinkled on top.
12. Simple Breakfast Stir Fry
Adding vegetables and a slice of bacon to your eggs is a wonderful way to add filling fiber to your diet, not to mention getting all the nutrients these super foods contain. Leafy greens such as Swiss chard and/or antioxidant rich sweet potatoes are both good choices!
Dice a slice of bacon and sauté until the fat is rendered. Drain all but 1 TB of fat. Chop your vegetable of choice and sauté in the same pan. In a bowl, scramble 2 eggs and add to the pan toward the end of your cooking time.
13. Healthy Breakfast Sandwich
Breakfast sandwich weight loss recipes, Yes, please!
Ditch the fast food breakfast sandwich with this yummy variation packed with protein, lycopene, fiber, and B vitamins.
In a mixing bowl, scramble 2 large eggs together with a splash of milk and a cup of torn spinach leaves.
Mix in a handful of chopped green onions and quartered grape tomatoes, along with a pinch of Salt and pepper. Pour into an 8 inch nonstick skillet and bake in a 350 oven for 15 minutes or until set. Sprinkle with feta cheese, cut omelet in half, and place into a pita pocket to serve.
14. Breakfast “Tostada”
Combine the healthful, heart-friendly fats found in avocados with the rich, easily assimilated protein found in eggs in this tasty weight loss recipe that looks as cheerful as it is delicious.
Simply warm 2 whole grain tortillas in the microwave (about 30 seconds depending on your microwave’s power.
Mix 1 tsp of lemon juice with an avocado and mash until smooth. Spread onto tortillas and set aside.
Cook 2 eggs sunny side up until yolks are set but not hard, and whites are totally set and opaque.
Sensible Snack Weight Loss Recipes
If you’ve found (like many people) that sensible snacking is key to your weight loss efforts, here are a few recipes to keep you on track to meeting your goals.
15. Healthy Zucchini Fritters
No, it’s not an oxymoron! Baking these delectable treats keeps them low fat and still full of the flavor you know you love!
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Grate 1 medium zucchini, then lay it on a layer of paper towels and sprinkle with a teaspoon of salt (to draw out moisture). Let sit for a few minutes, then drain in a strainer, pressing out as much moisture as you can.
Combine with ½ a finely diced onion, ½ cup whole wheat flour, ½ tsp baking powder, 1 TB of milk and 1 egg. Stir to combine.
Drop spoonfuls onto a lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.
16. Apple Chips
This sweet treat couldn’t be easier to prepare. As a bonus, adults and kids alike love them!
Simply slice and core 2 apples, then sprinkle with cinnamon to taste. Place apples on a lined baking sheet and bake in a 275 degree oven for 2 hours, checking at 60 minutes and 90 minutes to make sure they get golden but don’t burn.
17. Vegetable Hummus
Here’s a summery twist on a classic Middle Eastern favorite.
Combine 2 zucchini, ½ cup tahini, 1/3 cup lemon juice, 2 garlic cloves, 1-2 tsp of cumin, and a dash of salt and pepper in a food processor and process until smooth.
For a low-carb snack, serve with your favorite raw vegetables.
18. Sweet Potato Snack Crisps
Get a serious boost of vitamin A with these tasty snacks that’ll satisfy your need for a crunchy snack.
Preheat oven to 375. Peel a sweet potato and use a spiralizer or julienne peeler to cut into strips. Toss with 1 TB coconut oil and spread onto a large cookie sheet. Bake until crispy, approximately 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Cool and store in an airtight container or bag. For variations, try adding a dash of spice such as cinnamon, allspice, or fresh grated nutmeg.
Side Dish Weight Loss Recipes
Sometimes a diet-friendly side dish can seem harder to whip up than a main course. Try these quick and easy recipes to give yourself a nutritional boost while still pursuing your weight loss goals.
19. Twice Baked Potatoes
Yes, you can have these delectable treats when you know how to prepare them to maximize your nutritional load while minimizing the impact on your waist.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Rinse and scrub 4 baking potatoes and pierce with a fork. Rub the outside of each potato with a little bit of olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of kosher salt.
Bake until tender, approximately 60 minutes.
After potatoes have cooled enough to handle, cut each one in half lengthwise. Scoop out the flesh (leaving a small bit inside to prevent the skins from tearing) and add to a mixing bowl along with ¼ tsp paprika, salt and pepper to taste, ½ cup plain yogurt, ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese, and 1 TB green onion, thinly sliced. Mix well.
Scoop potato mixture back into potato shells and sprinkle with ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese and bake for 15 minutes.
20. Mint Yogurt Dressing over Asparagus
In a mason jar, mix 1 cup plain yogurt, 6 oz feta crumbles, zest of 1 lemon, 10 mint leaves, finely chopped, and a pinch of salt. Refrigerate until needed.
Roast some asparagus on a griddle or in the oven, until done to your liking. Top with a spoonful of dressing and serve.
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