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14 Quick & Easy Low Fat Dinner Ideas for Your New Years Resolutions

 

 

Happy 2017! This year I’m continuing my quest to eat healthier, exercise more, lose the last of those extra pounds and reduce my cholesterol naturally once and for all.  So to start off our new year in a positive direction, I’ve compiled a list of 14 Quick & Easy Low Fat Dinner Ideas for Your New Years Resolutions.

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Start off the new year by eating healthier with these 14 Quick & Easy Low Fat Dinner Ideas to jumpstart your New Years resolutions.

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Over the last 5 months I’ve eaten quite a bit of the following recipes for dinner and paired with the right starches and vegetables, I’ve been able to lose 27 pounds.  I also try to eat whatever I’m craving and don’t deny myself anything. I just eat smaller portions of it. If I want mashed potatoes or a piece of birthday cake, I just eat half the portion size instead.

Click on the link for each recipe to be taken to the original post. I’ve also included the calories and fat per serving along with minor changes I made to the original recipes to make them a bit healthier; which I personally track through My Fitness Pal.  Enjoy and good luck with your own New Years goals!

Turkey Swedish Meatballs

Turkey Swedish Meatballs

I love these little meatballs and cut down the fat by using 99% fat free ground turkey and 2% milk in the gravy. This recipe takes about 30 minutes to make if you’re preparing on top of the stove or prep them the night before; then put them in your crock pot on low or warm 6-8 hours. {Calories 59; Fat 3g-per meatball}

Serving Suggestions: Brown rice or whole grain egg noodles and Tossed Salad

Lemon Yogurt & Basil Grilled Chicken Kebobs

Lemon Yogurt & Basil Grilled Chicken Kabobs

Boneless chicken marinated in 0% fat Greek yogurt, fresh basil and lemon juice, skewered with fresh garden vegetables like zucchini, mushrooms, onions and Roma tomatoes; then grilled to perfection. If you can’t grill outdoors in the Winter months, invest in an indoor grill. I love mine because it allows me to enjoy some of my favorite foods all year long. {Calories 188; Fat 4g}

Serving Suggestions:  Basil Pearled Cous Cous Salad with Sun Dried Tomatoes

Italian Cannellini Bean Burger

Italian Cannellini Bean Burger

These bean burgers are delicious and loaded with vegetables like fresh spinach, tomatoes, garlic and mushrooms.  Ready in about 20 minutes from start to finish, they make a tasty quick, weeknight meal. You may want to make extra because they reheat beautifully for lunch.  {Calories 108; Fat 3g}

Serving Suggestions: Baked Sweet Potato Skins

Rosemary Grilled Pork Skewers

Rosemary Grilled Pork Skewers

Rosemary Grilled Pork Skewers made with boneless center cut pork chops marinated in fresh lemon juice, garlic, and rosemary; then skewered with fresh garden vegetables and grilled to perfection. {Calories 153; Fat 9g}

Serving Suggestions: Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Low Fat Baked Potato Soup

Low Fat Baked Potato Soup

To lower the fat in this potato soup, I used skim milk and fat free cheddar cheese. This soup is so flavorful and creamy, you’ll never miss the added fat and calories! {Calories 124; Fat 2g}

Serving Suggestions:  Tossed Salad or a warm slice of this Rosemary Semolina Boule Bread

Marilyn’s Crock Pot Meatloaf

Marilyn's Crock Pot Meatloaf

Let the crock pot do all the work in this flavorful Crock Pot Meatloaf made with 92% organic lean ground beef, mushrooms and spices in at tomato based sauce. {Calories 327; Fat 8g}

Serving Suggestions:  Irish Champ Mashed Potatoes (made with skim or reduced fat milk) and Sea Salt Roasted Green Beans

Tuscan Chicken {Cheesecake Factory Copycat}

Tuscan Chicken (The Cheesecake Factory Copycat)

Just because The Cheesecake Factory has this Tuscan Chicken on their Skinnylicious menu, it is loaded with so many fresh, Mediterranean flavors you will not miss all of the extra fat and calories. Learn how to make this popular restaurant entree at home.{Calories 127; Fat 2g}

Serving Suggestions:  Greek Farro Salad

Lemon Basil Grilled Pork Chops

Lemon Basil Grilled Pork Chops

These pork chops marinated in a brine with fresh lemon juice and basil are deliciously light, flavorful and juicy.  I use boneless, center cut pork loin to cut back on the fat in these chops, but you could also use the same brine on chicken too. {Calories 166; Fat 5g}

Serving Suggestions: Lemon Basil Three Bean Salad

Fiesta Turkey Meatloaf

Fiesta Turkey Meatloaf

99% fat free ground turkey combined with fresh tomatoes, garlic, cilantro and lime juice is so light and flavorful. It’s one of my favorite ways to use ground turkey. Try them as meatballs too! {Calories 93; Fat 1.5g}

Serving Suggestions: Sriracha Lime Roasted Cauliflower and Twice Baked Lime Sweet Potatoes

Pasta Nonna

Pasta Nonna

Make this pasta with protein plus or whole wheat pasta to reduce the fat; then toss with roasted Kalamata olives, grape tomatoes and garlic. It’s so simple to make and bursting with flavor; perfect for those busy weeknights! {Calories 316; Fat 8g}

Serving Suggestions: Chick Pea Salad with Artichoke Hearts & Sun Dried Tomatoes

Baked Chicken Tzatziki Meatballs

Baked Chicken Tzatziki MeatballsBaked Chicken Tzatziki Meatballs made with ground chicken, 0% fat free Greek yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, mint, and dill are a deliciously healthy dinner alternative. They’re so moist and flavorful; would also make a tasty appetizer! {Calories 108; Fat 7g}

Serving Suggestions: Greek Salad and Whole Wheat Egg Noodles

Balsamic Meatloaf

Balsamic Meatloaf

Turn your ground beef into a flavorful entree with this Balsamic Meatloaf. To reduce the fat, I used 95% lean ground beef and instead of using whole eggs, I substituted egg whites. {Calories 129; Fat 6g}

Serving Suggestions: Oven Roasted Balsamic Rosemary Beets and Balsamic Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Make a healthier pizza crust for dinner out of cauliflower; then add your favorite toppings like sauce, cheese and fresh basil or grilled vegetables. Cut down on the extra fat further by using reduced fat or fat free cheese too. {Calories 101; Fat 6g}

Serving Suggestions: Tossed Salad

Sweet Potato & Cannellini Bean Soup

Low Fat Sweet Potato & Cannellini Bean Soup

This soup is deliciously creamy and so flavorful; not to mention perfect for dinner because it’s so filling. It’s packed with so many essential healthy nutrients, it will be your new favorite. {Calories 103; Fat 1g}

Serving Suggestions: Tossed Salad and a piece of warm Italian bread

 

What are YOUR New Year Resolutions?

 

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