A solid and nutritious diet is a crucial part of watching your weight, and you need to make it a priority to keep calories to a minimum. The first challenge is to keep to a schedule for your mealtimes, and the next challenge is to choose meals that are low-calorie, yet have an amazing taste and are still brimming with nutrition. We’d like to help, so here are some perfect low-cal meals that take less than a half hour to prepare.
Baked Salmon with Bulgur, Asparagus and a Hint of Lemon
Salmon is a super food of sorts and boasts omega-3 fatty acids that kick your metabolism into high gear, helping you shed extra pounds. To prepare this simple meal, the ingredients you will require are
- 1 pound asparagus ( clipped )
- 1 cup bulgur
- 1 lemon ( very finely sliced)
- 1/2 cups low- salt vegetable
- 2 tablespoons fresh dill (chopped)
- 1/4 pound skinless salmon fillet
- black pepper
- kosher salt
Directions: Heat your oven to 350 degrees. In a sizeable cooking dish, merge the bulgur, 1/4 teaspoon each pepper and salt, and the broth. Prepare the asparagus in a single layer on top, and place the salmon on top. Season it with half a teaspoon (1/2) salt and a quarter teaspoon (1/4) pepper, and top it with very thin lemon slices. Bake everything for about 25 to 35 minutes after covering it with foil, until the salmon is fully cooked, and the asparagus and broth are tender. Sprinkle the dish with oil and place some dill on top.
Halibut with Grilled Eggplant
Halibut is an appetizing fish and common. To prepare this simple meal, the ingredients you will require are
- 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 4 pieces skinless halibut (6 ounces each)
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 medium eggplant
- 1 jalapeno (seeded and sliced)
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger (finely chopped)
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
- black pepper
- kosher salt
Directions: Heat grill to medium-high heat. In a bowl, merge the canola oil and one tablespoon of soy sauce. Brush the fish and eggplant with it, then season with 1/4 teaspoon each pepper and salt. Oil grill, then grill the fish and eggplant until the fish gets opaque throughout, and the eggplant is tender (about 5 minutes on each side for both). In a separate bowl, mix the vinegar, cilantro, ginger, jalapeno, and the rest of the soy sauce. Drizzle the mixture over the eggplant and fish ahead of serving.
Roasted Scallions and Cod with Roasted Potatoes
Got a thing for potatoes? You can now have them in your evening meal with the following recipe. You will need:
- • 4 pieces skinless cod (6 ounces each)
- • 1 pound red potatoes (sliced)
- • 2 bunches scallions (trimmed)
- • 2 tablespoons olive oil
- • 1 lemon
- • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- • kosher salt
- • black pepper
Directions: Heat your oven to 425 degrees. Toss the red potatoes with one tablespoon of the oil on a rimmed baking sheet, adding the chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Roast 20 to 25 minutes, until everything is brown and tender.
Place the scallions and fish on another baking sheet, pour the remaining oil, then season with 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Peel the zest of the lemon (with a vegetable peeler), slice them thinly, then sprinkle them carefully on the fish. Keep the lemon. After the red potatoes have cooked for about ten minutes, place the fish in the oven and cook it until the scallions are really tender. Slice the lemon in half, then squeeze the juice over the scallions and fish.