Dinner Recipes for Couples That Are under 300 Calories

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Eating healthy can sometimes seem like a challenge, but when you have an accountability partner in the form of a significant other, it can greatly help your commitment. To help keep your dinners at their best, here are a few quick healthy recipes you can use.

Beef Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients include:

  • 2 Green Peppers
  • 1/3 lb. lean ground beef
  • 2 tbsp chopped onions
  • ¼ cup minute rice
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Other seasoning as desired

If you are looking for quick healthy recipes that get some beef in your diet, this is the way to go. It offers 26 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, and most importantly sits at about 260 calories. Make sure to use lean beef for best results. Prep time is only about 15 minutes and total baking time is 25 minutes, making this a bit quicker to prepare. Preparation includes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut the tops off the peppers and remove the seeds. Sprinkle in a pinch of salt for taste.
  3. Place the meat in pan and brown, adding the onions and seasoning after a few minutes.
  4. Once the meat is browned, add the rice and cover and simmer for about 5 more minutes (or until rice is tender).
  5. Place peppers on baking dish and stuff with the finished mixture.
  6. Cook for 25 minutes in over for best results.

The Vegan Bean Burger

Vegans need quick healthy recipes as well, so here is an option that is great for vegan eaters. Ingredients include:

  • 1 can black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1/4 cup dry rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 3 whole tomatoes, cut in half vertically
  • *seasonings can be adjusted; work with recipe to find the taste the best suits you

Overall, this recipe actually makes 3 burgers, which means you will have one leftover if one of you wants to take it to lunch tomorrow. The tomatoes are actually used as a replacement for a bun, which saves you on calorie count. As a result, the meal will net about 215 calories with 11 grams of fiber and 11 grams of protein. It takes only 15 minutes to prepare, but 40 minutes to cook. Preparation steps include:

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Place flax seed and oats into food processor and run for about 10-15 seconds.
  3. Grate the carrots and add them into the mixture. Also add all other ingredients except the beans and tomatoes.
  4. Add ¾ of the beans to the food processor and mix everything together.
  5. Transfer mixture into mixing bowl and add the other ¼ of the beans.
  6. Wet your hands and form the mixture into 3 patties. Place these on a non-stick baking sheet and cook for 40 minutes.
  7. As it cooks, cut your tomatoes in half to form buns.

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