Whether you love to cook, occasionally like to try a new recipe or barely have time to set foot in the kitchen, everyone has their established go-to food that provides a tasty, satisfying meal. Oftentimes, these meals may even be considered comfort food, as eating them brings that sense of comfort and joy (especially when it’s easy to go through a drive-through or have your favorite items always in your pantry and fridge). These meals, however, may no longer fit into your weight loss programs’ healthy eating guidelines due to their ingredients or preparation. But never fear—Medifast California understands this challenge and has made it easy to turn any of your favorite foods into delicious and satisfying Lean and Green Meals!
Sensational Seafood Options
Many seafood items serve as central elements to some of the leanest meals. If you love a hearty fried fish, try Pan-“Fried” Catfish for a scrumptious, lean alternative. With just 15 minutes of prep time and 10 minutes of cooking time, simply brush the catfish with olive oil, sear on each side and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until done. Use olive oil to sauté freshly sliced zucchini and squash to complete the meal. Think you can’t have tartar sauce on the side? Think again! Combine light or low-fat mayonnaise with cilantro, lime juice and chili powder/chipotle pepper for a tasty tartar sauce that is full of flavor.
Seafood salad can be a yummy lunch or side dish for dinner, but many deli salads also contain preservatives and excess sugar or salt. The Sun-Dried Tomato Shrimp salad is packed with 38 grams of protein and just 10 grams of fat. All you need is 5 ingredients and 5-10 minutes of cooking time to enjoy this mouthwatering recipe. Combine romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and top it off with succulent cooked shrimp. The secret to the sun-dried tomato flavor is in the marinade: Newman’s Own® Lighten Up Sun-Dried Tomato Dressing.
Protein-Rich Poultry Entrées
Arguably America’s favorite comfort food, Chicken Soup is the perfect go-to for when you’re craving something hot, savory and satisfying. For a protein-rich, lean and green alternative, you’ll love the Hearty Chicken Vegetable Soup. Celery and red, green and yellow peppers add color and brightness while garlic, thyme and freshly ground black pepper add just the right amount of spice. One recipe serves four with just 25-30 minutes of cooking time, so feel free to share a bowl with your family and friends! And if you like your chicken grilled, check out the Lemon Scallion Chicken/Vegetable Kabobs. These zesty skewers are great to serve at your next party or event. You’ll turn heads and satisfy appetites with these colorful kabobs complete with chicken, zucchini, squash, mushrooms and tomatoes.
Masterful Meat Meals
When you think lean and green, red meat is probably the last thing that comes to mind. However, with the right ingredients and preparation, you can treat yourself to a juicy steak or succulent beef dish and not compromise your healthy diet. Beef Tenderloin & Asparagus features a simple marinade/rub that includes robust dry and wet ingredients including rosemary, Dijon mustard and fresh parsley. Throw the beef on the grill for just 15-20 minutes or until desired doneness and sink your teeth into this hearty feast!
So what are you waiting for? Try your hand at one of our quick and easy lean and green recipes today!