Easy and Healthy Recipes Everyone Will Enjoy
When trying to balance work and family life, you may not have time to research healthy recipes that are easy to make. Whether you're following Weight Watchers or not, they serve as a good resource for those with busy lives. In fact, the Weight Watchers plan is designed to be easy to follow, allowing you to include real foods that you like to eat. This may be why Weight Watchers is recommended by many health care professionals as a good and sensible weight loss plan.
These recipes were inspired by healthy and easy dinner recipes created by Weight Watchers.
1. Dinner Omelet
Don't limit yourself to omelets for breakfast; they also make a quick and satisfying dinner. The Weight Watchers recipe uses ham and cheese to fill their omelet, but you can fill yours with whatever you have on hand. To save calories and fat, use more egg whites and less yolk. Beat together four egg whites and two yolks and season with salt and pepper. Heat a medium non-stick skillet over medium heat and spray with oil. Pour your egg mixture into the skillet and tilt so the egg covers the entire bottom. As the egg cooks, pull back the edges with your spatula and continue to tilt until the egg is no longer runny, about 3 to 5 minutes. Fill half the omelet with the stuffing. Most veggies have zero points on the Weight Watchers diet, making them a good choice filling for your omelet. Use leftovers or diced red peppers and red onions. Leftover chicken and turkey also make a tasty choice. Once filled, gently fold over the other half of the egg and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. This recipe makes two servings.
2. Shrimp Tacos
Shrimp is low in calories, high in protein and very quick to cook. Since that gives you a little extra time, you can easily put together a homemade salsa to top your shrimp tacos. In a medium bowl, combine two diced and seeded tomatoes, 1/4 cup diced red onions, 2 tablespoons of lime juice and 1 to 2 teaspoons of hot sauce; set aside. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-heat and spray with oil. Add 12 peeled and deveined shrimp to your skillet, season with 1 teaspoon of cumin, 1 teaspoon of chili powder, and salt and pepper. Cook until browned, turning once, about 3 minutes total. To make your taco, add three shrimp to a 4-inch corn tortilla and top with your homemade salsa. You can also add shredded lettuce and a sprinkling of Mexican cheese.
3. Steak, Tomatoes and Peppers
Steak is not off limits when you're trying to eat better. There are a number of lean cuts, such as flank and skirt steak, that are tasty and fit any diet plan. This recipe uses flank steak. Start by heating the broiler. Cover a baking sheet with foil and spray with oil. Cut yellow, red and green peppers in quarters and cut grape tomatoes in half. Place the steak, peppers and tomatoes on the baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Broil the meat 3 to 4 inches from the heat source, about 5 to 8 minutes per side depending on how you like your steak, turning once. Take the steak and veggies out of the oven and let the steak rest for 5 minutes before cutting. Slice it in thin slices across the grain and serve with those veggies.
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Jill Corleone is a registered dietitian and health coach who has been writing and sharing her love of food, nutrition and health with anyone who'll listen for almost 20 years. Her work has been featured on the Huffington Post, Diabetes Self-Management and Working Mother.