Weight loss-friendly dinner ideas: 4 quick and yummy recipes

Chicken stir fry
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Many people find that their weight remains stubborn despite giving up rice or following stricter diets. It is well-known that weight loss is more effective when a healthy diet is paired with regular workout sessions. Here are some dinner recipes perfect for those trying to shed extra kilos. These dishes are easy to cook and make you feel full for an extended period of time, getting rid of random cravings.

Chicken and veggies salad – 510 calories

1 cup chicken breast (washed and cut into small pieces)
Salt (as required)
1 tsp pepper powder
¼ tsp turmeric powder
1 onion
1 carrot
1 bell pepper
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
Olive oil (as required)
Grated cheese to taste
Marinate the chicken pieces with salt, pepper, and turmeric powder
Cook them by adding enough water
Add onions, carrot, bell pepper, and ginger-garlic paste
Mix well
Close the lid and cook well
Drizzle some olive oil
Finally, add grated cheese and give it a good mix
Enjoy this tasty chicken veg salad for dinner.

Chicken stir fry
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Easy chickpea salad – 260 calories

120 gm boiled chickpeas
40 gm onion
40 gm tomato
70 gm cucumber
20 gm yogurt
Coriander leaves
Mint leaves
Green chillies
Salt (as required)
Soak chickpeas for 8 hours and then cook them
Mix finely chopped onion, tomato, cucumber, and salt with boiled chickpeas
Blend coriander leaves, mint leaves, yogurt, and green chillies in a mixer jar
Pour this over the salad mix
Mix well
Enjoy this delicious salad as a filling breakfast or dinner
You can use sprouted mung beans or Bengal gram instead of chickpeas if needed.

Chickpea salad
Chickpea salad. Photo: iStock/MychkoAlezander

Soya roti – 485 calories
50 gm soya chunks
40 gm chickpea flour
40 gm onion
Coriander leaves
Turmeric powder
Garam masala
Salt (as required)
Oil (as required)
Cook the soya chunks in boiling water for 5 minutes
Strain the cooked soya chunks; wash and squeeze them
Now chop cooked soya chunks, coriander leaves, garlic, and onion finely
Add chickpea flour and salt to this mixture and mix well.
Rub oil on a hot pan.
Take a ball of dough and spread it into a roti.
Flip and cook both sides.

Chickpea broccoli stir fry
Photo: iStock/Jogy Abraham

Broccoli-chickpea stir fry – 550 calories
2 cups broccoli florets
100 gm chickpeas (boiled)
1 red bell pepper
3 garlic cloves
1 tbsp ginger (finely chopped)
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp jaggery syrup
2 onions (chopped)
Sesame seeds (for garnish)
Heat sesame oil in a thick-bottomed pan
Add finely chopped ginger and garlic
Saute for 1-2 minutes or until the raw smell is gone
Add broccoli florets, red bell pepper, and carrot. Sauté and cook for 5-7 minutes
Add boiled chickpeas, soy sauce, vinegar, and jaggery syrup
Cook on low flame for 5 more minutes
Garnish with finely chopped onions and sesame seeds

Chickpea broccoli stir fry
Photo: iStock/Jogy Abraham

Enjoy this tasty stir fry with quinoa or brown rice.

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