Dinner Ideas when trying to Lose Weight

When you’re trying to lose weight, you need a delicious dinner that is low calorie, nutritious, and filling. I’ve spent a good amount of time (and money) finding recipes that leave me feeling full while helping me lose (or maintain a healthy) weight. Keep reading for three yummy and healthy dinner recipes!

Taco Salad

I get made fun of for how often I make this dish. I just don’t get tired of it! To cook this yummy dinner you need:

  • Ground Turkey and taco seasoning
  • Tomato
  • Onion
  • Lettuce
  • Bell Pepper

I also typically add Jalapeño and Tapatío because I love my spice! You can also add seasoned brown rice to add some carbs, too. A typical serving for me is 3/4 cup of the meat/veggie mix over chopped up lettuce. If I’m adding brown rice, I eat 1/2 cup serving of that.

Chipotle Bowl

Okay, so this doesn’t taste exactly like Chipotle. But, it tastes pretty darn good. To make this knock off Chipotle bowl you will need:

  • Quinoa
  • Chicken
  • Black Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Corn
  • Bell Peppers
  • Avocado

I marinate the chicken in water, oil, and taco seasoning before I cook it. I use Pico De Gallo to season the quinoa. I typically don’t include corn, but it is a great add and makes it more Chipotle-ish!

Salmon and Veggies

A super easy to make dinner and very healthy. For this meal you need:

  • Salmon
  • Asparagus or Broccoli (or really any other veggie)
  • Sweet Potatoes

…And thats it! I use one baking sheet for all of it. I first put the potatoes in, then 20 minutes later add the salmon and asparagus or broccoli. Any veggie works with this dish, those are the two I just typically reach for.


While this isn’t a dinner on its own, I have one every night with dinner. A smoothie used to be my go-to for breakfast, but I like having it at dinner as I find it fills me up. I still use the same recipe as in my The Perfect Breakfast Smoothie post. It’s another serving of veggies and because I get to still eat a big meal, its easy to include!




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