1. Caprese Salad
Insalata Caprese, or Caprese salad is a delicious Italian style salad that can be a great low calorie dinner. It can’t be any easier to make, but keep in mind that for most people it comes as an option only if they’ve had a normal lunch.
Caprese is made with mozzarella, tomatoes, fresh basil and olive oil. That’s all – four ingredients. Slice the tomatoes and mozzarella in ½ cm slices and arrange them on a plate to overlap. Sprinkle with extra virgin olive oil and salt to taste. Add either whole or chopped fresh basil leaves and enjoy a delicious salad.
It’s best to serve this salad with garlic bread or wholegrain bread toasted in the oven with some olive oil. Don’t worry too much about the calories in the oil, olive oil is really good for you. Of course, as long as you use it moderately.
2. Grilled Chicken Breasts
Chicken breasts are one of those good meats that even nutritionists say you should eat. They are not very rich in calories, and contain a lot of ingredients that are good for you. Prepare a low calorie dinner with grilled chicken breasts.
It’s best to have a real grill or at least a grill pan to prepare this. Slice the meat into thin slices and season with salt and pepper to taste. Spread a thin layer of olive oil over each piece – that’s much better than to grease the grill because oil gets between the ribs of the grill and you end up with more than you wanted. Grill the meat for 2-3 minutes on each side. Watch out not to dry it out.
Serve a big bawl of salad of your choice with grilled chicken. I personally prefer a mix of carrot, cabbage, red cabbage and cauliflower. Grind the carrot, slice the cabbage and separate the cauliflower into small pieces. Season with salt, olive oil and vinegar. You can also add shelled pumpkin seeds into this salad, they give a super taste.
3. Chicken and Vegetable Tortillas
I absolutely love this recipe. It only takes 15 minutes to prepare, and then you just sit down and eat. It’s fresh, it’s healthy and it’s very tasty. Here’s how you make chicken and vegetable tortillas.
You need: 1 pack of wheat tortillas, ½ pound of chicken breasts, 1 cucumber, 1 big carrot, 2 tomatoes, 1 bell pepper, lettuce and low fat tartar sauce. Cut the chicken into thin strips and fry them on 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Cut the carrot, cucumber and bell pepper into strips as well, and slice the tomato. Separate 4 leaves of the lettuce. Heat up 4 tortillas.
Stuff each tortilla as follows: lettuce leaf, chicken, vegetables and 1 tablespoon of low fat tartar sauce. Don’t worry too much; it has around 20 calories per tablespoon. Roll the tortillas up and serve with freshly squeezed orange juice. Yummy!
4. Shrimp Skewers with Sweet Corn
This is a great low calorie dinner recipe. It’s different from the regular chicken, so it’s quite good to break up the monotony and it is super tasty too.
To make this low calorie dinner for two, you’ll need: 12 peeled shrimps, 1 lemon, salt, olive oil and ½ pound of frozen sweet corn. Squeeze the lemon juice and mix it with olive oil and salt. Leave the shrimps in this marinade for 10 – 15 minutes. Thread three shrimps onto each skewer and make 4 skewers. Grill on a preheated grill until pink and firm.
Cook the corn, season it with salt to your taste, and serve with shrimp skewers. You can also serve shrimp skewers with white bean salad, or potato salad, but bear in mind that they are a bit richer in calories.
Do you like them? How did they turn out?