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diet dinner

When losing weight is priority number one then each and every piece of calorie counts. All the three main meals of the day have to be nutritious and balanced to give you a daily dose of nutrients. But it is usually dinner that is the most neglected. After a long day at work or at home an elaborate dinner prep can sap you of all your energy making your short wired and irritable. But don’t fret, a few tweaks to your routine can help you make a tasty and healthy dinner that is ready in minutes and also helps burn the calories.

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Always aim to eat a balanced diet with a serving of some protein, whole grains, veggies and a little healthy fat. Here are two of my favorite diet dinner recipes:

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Mediterranean Skillet Chicken With Greens

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes
  • 4 cups swiss chard, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp feta cheese

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Instructions

  • Pat chicken dry with a paper towel and sprinkle with all the spices, garlic powder thru pepper.
  • Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken thighs and cook for about 15 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer registers 170º F.  Remove chicken from pan and cover with foil.
  • Add another tbsp of olive oil to the pan and add the minced fresh garlic. Cook for one minute then add tomatoes.  Cook tomatoes for about 3 minutes.  They will start to soften and release juices.
  • Add swiss chard to pan and stir until the chard starts to wilt down. Cook for about 3 more minutes.
  • Add chicken and any juices back to pan. Top with feta and serve alongside quinoa, whole wheat pasta or cauliflower rice.

Open-Faced Greek Omelet Recipe With Tomatoes

Greek Omelet

Ingredients

  • Quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 large tomato, thickly sliced (4 slices)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tbsp crumbled Greek feta cheese
  • 7 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp dill
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • Salt and black pepper

Instructions

  • In a non-stick, oven-safe pan, heat 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add tomato slices, spread them in one even layer. Sprinkle minced garlic on top. Cook over medium heat, undisturbed, until tomatoes are soft and slightly dry (about 5 minutes). Add feta cheese and let melt a little.
  • While the tomatoes are frying, break the eggs into a large mixing bowl. Add baking powder, fresh mint, spices, salt and pepper. Whisk.
  • Turn up the heat to medium-high. Pour the egg mixture on top of the tomatoes. Cover loosely until the top begins to set.
  • Turn your oven broiler on. Transfer the egg skillet to oven. Broil briefly, watching carefully, until fully cooked.
  • Slice the Greek omelet into 4 pieces. Serve hot with your favorite bread and a side of Greek olives.

With every morsel that you take, it’s a make or break situation. A healthy diet dinner ensures that you are getting all the necessary nutrients without any extra calories.