Lean dinner: quick and tasty

Restrictions on fasting are not about giving up tasty and healthy dinners. Moreover, by turning on your imagination and experimenting with recipes, you can become a real guru of lean dishes for dinner!

However, before proceeding directly to the cooking, you should familiarize yourself with the list of products that must be on hand to cook a tasty lean dinner.

  • Vegetables. Be sure to keep your vegetables handy. This applies to both fresh vegetables, from which you can make a salad at any moment, as well as various frozen mixtures.
  • Legumes Beans, chickpeas, peas, lentils must be in your arsenal. This is ideal for a lean meal, especially if you want to add more protein to your diet. Be sure to check that in your arsenal was already ready beans, it will greatly facilitate your cooking process.
  • Cereals. Do not forget about healthy cereals – buckwheat, brown rice, barley, oats. With these cereals you can make a lot of options for a lean dinner.
  • Vegetable oils. Since the post can not use butter or animal fat, then you will cook solely on vegetable oils. If possible, expand your stock of oils and add other varieties to the usual sunflower and olive.
  • Spices and seasonings. In order to have a tasty dish for dinner, be sure to use seasonings and spices. They will help to give an unusual taste to your dish and dilute the lean diet.
  • Seeds and nuts. These are your assistants to help you make a lot of tasty and healthy salads. Even ordinary flax and sesame seeds can perfectly diversify the Lenten menu.

Fast dinner in a hurry

Pasta with vegetables

If there is absolutely no time for cooking, but you need to cook food very quickly as soon as possible, then the best option is pasta with vegetables. If you are fasting, then frozen vegetable mixes are surely at your fingertips. The most suitable options are a mixture of green peas, green beans, corn, red pepper and carrots. However, any variant of the vegetable mix will do. As a paste, it is best to use not spaghetti, but penne or farfalle (bows).

So, you will need:

  • 140 grams of pasta. We indicate the weight of the dry product. Boil the paste should be following the instructions on the package, in salted water.
  • 400 grams of any frozen mixture.
  • 2 tablespoons of any vegetable oil. It is preferable to use olive oil.
  • 120 grams of tomato paste or tomato sauce.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Pour the vegetable oil into the pan and fry the vegetables on it on a slow fire. When the vegetables are soft, add tomato paste, salt, pepper and simmer for a couple of minutes. While vegetables are cooked, boil the pasta.

Put the prepared pasta in a plate, put stewed vegetables on top of it. You can sprinkle with any greens.

Beans with mushrooms

To cook a delicious fasting dinner, be sure to stock up already prepared beans. It can be either white beans or red. It is best to take the beans in their own juice. So you need:

  • 1 can of beans in their own juice.
  • 300 grams of champignons. My and cut into slices. These mushrooms are very quickly prepared, so ideal for a quick dinner.
  • 1 medium onion and 1 medium carrot. All finely shred.
  • Any vegetable oil. We will use olive oil.
  • Tomato paste. 3 tablespoons will be enough. Can be replaced by tomato sauce.
  • Spices and seasonings to your taste.

Onions, carrots and mushrooms are sent to the pan and fry for 7 minutes. Then add the tomato paste and give a little stew. At the very end put the finished beans, add spices. If the dish is too thick, you can add some water.

Lean protein dinner

While fasting, it’s not so easy to add enough protein to your diet. Here, legumes that do an excellent job with this task come to our aid. We present to your attention the recipes of excellent lean protein cutlets.

Chickpea Lean Patties

For this recipe you will need:

  • 200 grams of chickpea. This product is also called Turkish or lamb peas. Beforehand, be sure to soak chickpeas in cold water and leave for 6 hours. Be careful, as you do not need to boil the chickpeas. After you have poured water, using a blender, grind the chickpeas into mashed potatoes. If it turns out too dry mass, you can add a little water – no more than 50 ml. Before you ready stuffing!
  • 2-3 tablespoons of flour. You can use whole grain flour or oatmeal.
  • Seasonings to taste. Paprika and turmeric will do. One teaspoon will be enough. You can add any dry herbs if desired.
  • For flavor add a couple of thyme sprigs.
  • 1 onion. To cutlets were more juicy, you can add one finely chopped onion.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

In the finished chickpea mince put the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly. Fry or bake our meatless meatballs will be in vegetable oil for 3 minutes on each side. If you adhere to proper nutrition, then be sure to remove excess oil with paper towels.

Lentil Lean Patties – Recipe

  • 200 grams of lentils. Fill it with cold water and let it swell. After 30 minutes, you can drain the water and chop the lentils with a blender.
  • 300 grams of fresh spinach. In this recipe, you can also use frozen spinach, it is even more convenient, since it is already sliced. But in this case, you need to defrost it in advance so that all the excess liquid is gone.
  • Any flour if necessary. It is used only if the meat turns out too liquid.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Any seasonings. We will use ground cumin.

In the lentil mince add chopped spinach, seasonings and spices. All mix. We form thin patties (no more than 1 cm thick) and send them to a steamer for 30 minutes.

Simple meatless dinner

If you are far from lean delights and crave a simple meal of the most ordinary products, then these recipes are for you.

Barley with mushrooms

  • 500 grams of barley. This cereal is ideal for a lean dinner, as it is very rich. Boil the barley in advance so that it is soft and crumbly.
  • 500 grams of mushrooms. Take the mushrooms. My clean and cut in any convenient way.
  • 1 onion and 1 carrot. Vegetables clean and finely shred.
  • Vegetable oil.

Fry the mushrooms in a pan, then add the onions and carrots to them. Fry a couple of minutes. In a container with ready-made barley we add our vegetables, salt and pepper. Top you can sprinkle with greens.

Rice with vegetables

  • 200 grams of rice. You can take absolutely any kind of rice. If you adhere to proper nutrition, then give preference to brown unlived rice. Wash rice and boil. Remember that you need two times more water than rice. As soon as it absorbs all the water, rice is ready.
  • 100 grams of green peas and the same green beans. These vegetables can always be bought at any supermarket.
  • 1 can of corn.
  • 1 carrot and 1 onion. We clean and cut in any way. Carrots can be cut into cubes, so it will look better in an already prepared dish.
  • Vegetable oil. You can use any, but olive is preferable.
  • Spices and seasonings to your taste.

Fry the onions and carrots in vegetable oil for a couple of minutes, then add the green peas and green beans. Add your favorite spices and seasonings. Give a couple more minutes to fry. Then add a jar of corn and pour a little water and simmer. It will be enough for 10−15 minutes. When the water evaporates, add rice to our vegetables and mix thoroughly.

Light Lenten Dinner

For those who are on a diet during fasting or just watching their diet, we offer options for light lenten salads, recipes that you will love.

Green salad with tofu and avocado

  • 100 grams of tofu cheese. This is an excellent source of protein during fasting. Cut it into cubes.
  • 1 avocado Choose the soft fruit of this fruit. Avocado peeled and cut into any convenient way. You can cut into cubes, and can be slices.
  • Salad leaves. Be sure to take arugula, it will give your salad a more savory taste. You can use ordinary lettuce leaves, you can iceberg lettuce.
  • Vegetable oil. It will be enough 1-2 tablespoons. Best to take olive oil.
  • Flax or sesame seeds.
  • Some lemon juice.

We combine tofu, avocado and lettuce leaves in containers. All mix and sprinkle with lemon juice. Fill with vegetable oil, salt and pepper, if necessary. Sprinkle with flax seeds on top.

Broccoli salad with apples

The perfect salad for those who fast and at the same time wants to lose a few extra pounds!

  • 400 grams of broccoli. My, disassemble into inflorescences and boil in salted water for 5 minutes.
  • 1 medium apple. My clean and cut into thin slices.
  • Lemon juice. It will be enough juice half lemon.
  • Olive oil. 2 tablespoons.
  • Spices and seasonings to taste.

Combine broccoli and apples, mix, sprinkle with lemon juice and season with olive oil! Do not forget to add your favorite spices!

Pumpkin with vegetables

Fasting is a great time to remember such a useful pumpkin! 100 grams of this beautiful vegetable contains only 26 calories, so you will be provided with a dietary dinner!

  • 200 grams of pumpkin pulp. Take a pumpkin, peel and peel it.
  • 200 grams of cauliflower. Disassemble into small florets.
  • 1 medium carrot. My clean and cut into pieces.
  • 1 onion. We cut into semirings.
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Favorite spices and seasonings.

In one container, mix all the ingredients and add spices. Now cover with foil and send to the oven (temperature 180 degrees) for 40 minutes.

When serving, you can generously sprinkle with fresh herbs!

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