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It can be tricky to stay the same weight over the festive period.

Are you looking to shed some winter weight? Trying to get ready for the summer?

Around a third of all women have tried at least 5 different diets throughout their life. However, changing the way you eat can help you lose weight better than a particular fad diet.

In this article, we’ve got 10 recipes to help you lose weight without having to follow a ridiculous diet. Cooking for yourself is the key!

Lemon Chicken

To lose weight, a few small changes can be key. In our society, there’s temptation everywhere in terms of food. We work a lot, we spend a lot of time out and about, and cooking for ourselves tends to take a backseat.

How do you make lemon chicken?
Once you've got the lemons, you're halfway there. (Source: RichardJohn)

Eating healthily isn’t that complicated, you just need the right recipes. Here’s one with chicken that you can have with rice, quinoa, courgettes, or carrots.

For 4 people, you’ll need:

  • 500g of tinned mushrooms.
  • 10 small white onions.
  • 4 chicken legs (or breasts) without the skin (which is mainly fat).
  • 3 tablespoons of light creme fraiche (less than 3% fat).
  • 2 lemons.
  • 2 tablespoons of herbes de provence.
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  • Salt and pepper.

Preparation:

  • Cook the chicken in a pan with some olive oil. Add salt, pepper, and the herbes de provence.
  • When the meat starts to brown, lower the heat.
  • Add the juice of a single lemon, cream, onions, mushrooms, and the second lemon cut into four.
  • Add a bit of water if the sauce doesn’t cover the whole chicken and leave it to simmer for around 20 minutes.

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A Healthy Sandwich for On-the-go

To avoid chips from the cafeteria or a ready-meal, why not make yourself a nice sandwich for on your lunch break?

It’s quick and means you have something healthy for when you get hungry. Healthy doesn’t need to be bland.

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of flatbread.
  • 50g of 0% fat cream cheese.
  • 1 hardboiled egg yolk.
  • 1 carrot.
  • Half a tomato.
  • A few leaves of lettuce.
  • 1 teaspoon of vinegar.
  • The juice of half a lemon.
  • Parsley, salt, and pepper.

Preparation:

  • For the sauce, mix the cream cheese, vinegar, and egg yolk. Add salt, pepper, and parsley.
  • Peel and grate the carrots and add the lemon juice to them. Cut the tomato into slices and add a few leaves of lettuce.
  • Toast the bread. Add the sauce to one slice and put it all together. Cut diagonally to make it easier to eat.

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Japanese Shrimp Noodles

Here’s a healthy dish from the Land of the Rising Sun.

How do you make shrimp noodles?
Shrimp noodles are a healthy option and can be eaten as part of a healthy diet. (Source: RitaE)

For 2 people, you’ll need:

  • 100g of soba noodles.
  • 1 carrot.
  • Stock.
  • Ginger root.
  • A small onion.
  • 2 garlic cloves.
  • 150g of shrimp.
  • 1 tablespoon of freshly chopped coriander.
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric.
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce.
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds.
  • 1 lime.

Preparation:

  • Dice the carrot and brown in a pan. Once the carrot’s finished, cook the noodles in the stock for around 10 minutes. Rinse them with warm water.
  • Peel and slice the onion, garlic, and 2cm of fresh ginger. Brown it all in a pan with a bit of olive oil.
  • Add the peeled shrimp and cook it all in the pan. Add the coriander, turmeric, and soy sauce. Cook for another minute before adding the sesame seeds.
  • Place the noodles into two bowls and add the shrimp to each. Add a bit of lime juice and serve.

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Spinach Omelette

This is a quick dish for when you can’t be bothered.

For 4 people, you’ll need:

  • 6 eggs.
  • 350g of fresh or frozen spinach.
  • 30g of grated cheese.
  • 2 garlic cloves.
  • Olive oil, salt, pepper.

Preparation:

  • Chop the garlic and brown in a pan with two tablespoons of olive oil. Add the spinach and cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Crack the eggs into a bowl and beat them. Add the cheese, salt, and pepper.
  • Pour the mix directly into the pan with the spinach and cook on low heat.

Mushroom Quiche

Who said healthy had to be boring?

How do you make quiche?
You can always change the recipe but be careful about what you add. (Source: randomhh)

For 4 people, you’ll need:

  • Shortcrust or puff pastry.
  • 500g of girolles mushrooms.
  • 1 garlic clove.
  • Parsley.
  • 30g grams of butter.
  • 200ml of skimmed milk.
  • 200ml of 3% fat cream.
  • 2 eggs.
  • Salt and pepper.

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 210ºC.

  • Chop the garlic and parsley and brown in a pan with the girolle mushroom and butter for around 15 minutes. Add salt and pepper.
  • Beat the eggs with the cream, milk, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
  • Spread the pastry into a pie tin. Pierce with a fork. Spread the girolle mushrooms across the pastry and then add the eggs and cream. Bake for around 25 minutes.

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Tomato, Basil, and Pesto Spaghetti

For 4 people, you’ll need:

  • 4 bunches of cherry tomatoes.
  • 2 garlic cloves.
  • 1 bunch of basil.
  • 50g of parmesan.
  • 50g of pecorino.
  • 300g of spaghetti.
  • 6 walnuts.
  • 2 tablespoons of pine nuts.
  • Olive oil and salt.
Can you eat pasta and lose weight?
Tomatoes are commonly found in the Mediterranean diet and are good for you. (Source: Couleur)

Preparation:

  • Crack open the walnuts. Keep a few leaves of basil aside for decoration. Mix the rest of it in with the walnuts, pine nuts, and garlic. Add a dash of olive oil and the parmesan and pecorino. Mix it all.
  • Cook the spaghetti in salted water.
  • Brown the cherry tomatoes.
  • Strain the pasta and mix with the pesto. Decorate with a few basil leaves and the tomatoes.

Vegetarian Burger and Sweet Potato Fries

For 4 people, you’ll need:

  • 1 block of tofu.
  • 6 tablespoons of soy sauce.
  • 6 tablespoons of almonds.
  • 1 egg.
  • 8 tablespoons of flour.
  • Salt, pepper, chilli powder, and olive oil.
  • Burger buns.
  • 150g of sweet potato.

Preparation:

  • Mix the tofu, soy sauce, almonds, egg, flour, salt, pepper, and chilli powder.
  • Make four patties with the mix and then cook in a pan with some olive oil.
  • Serve in a burger bun with a light yoghurt sauce, some lettuce, onion, and sliced tomatoes.
  • For the sweet potato fries: cut the sweet potatoes into sticks. Place them in an oven dish. Pour on a dash of olive oil, add some salt, pepper, and bake for 40 minutes.

You can always replace the burger buns with large tomatoes baked in the oven.

Bulgur and Vegetables

For 4 people, you’ll need:

  • 130g of bulgur.
  • 2 sweet potatoes.
  • 2 carrots.
  • 2 turnips.
  • 1 cooked beetroot.
  • 130g of spinach leaves.
  • 35g of grated parmesan.
  • Salt and pepper.

Preparation:

  • Peel the vegetables and dice them. Cook the turnips and carrots in salted boiling water. Boil the spinach in water for 5 minutes. Steam the sweet potatoes.
  • Cook the bulgur.
  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Place the vegetables into 4 ramekins. Add the sweet potatoes and bulgur. Cover with grated parmesan and bake for 15 minutes.

Artichoke and Feta Pasta Salad

A perfect recipe for summer.

For 4 people, you’ll need:

  • Rocket.
  • 1 small onion.
  • 1/2 a lemon.
  • 1 tablespoon of freshly chopped coriander.
  • 250g of artichoke hearts.
  • 250g of penne pasta.
  • 150g of feta.
  • 2 tablespoons of pine nuts.
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Salt and pepper.

Preparation:

  • Cook and strain the pasta before rinsing it in cold water.
  • Cut the artichoke into quarters. Dice the feta. Peel and slice the onion.
  • Fry the pine nuts quickly in a pan before adding olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  • Mix everything in a salad bowl with the coriander and serve together.

Bream Fillet and Squash Risotto

For 2 people, you’ll need:

  • 200g of bream fillet.
  • 200g of brown rice.
  • 300g of squash.
  • 1 large onion.

Preparation:

  • Wash and seed the squash before dicing it.
  • Peel and slice the onion. Brown it all in a pan with a bit of water. Add the rice, two glasses of water, squash, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 20 minutes on low heat. Add water if necessary.
  • Once cooked, add the bream fillets, cover, and cook slowly.

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