If weight loss is your goal, then you need to expend more calories than you consume. But who could stay on a diet if they were starving? No one should be hungry while dieting. These 5 recipes are examples of meals to help you stay on track with your diet while enjoying what you eat.  All of these recipes are around 400 calories, but are packed with vegetables to fill you up with fiber. They also contain protein to keep you full. Most importantly, these recipes are delicious so you won’t feel like you are on a diet!

1. Greek Turkey Burger (380 calories & 38g Protein per serving; 4 servings)

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Ingredients for the yogurt dressing

½ Cup Fat Free Plain Greek Yogurt
1 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon water
Garlic powder to taste
Pepper to taste

Ingredients for the Burgers:

2 cups baby spinach
1 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
1 pound 99% fat free ground turkey breast
Onion powder & pepper
Whole wheat burger buns

Directions:

1. Combine ingredients for the yogurt dressing together in a small bowl.
2. Add the EVOO in a nonstick pan & cook spinach until wilted. Remove the pan from the heat.
3. Mix the feta cheese in with the cooked spinach.
4. Mix onion powder & pepper with the ground turkey breast in a bowl and then divide the meat into 8 small burgers.
5. Spread the spinach & feta mixture evenly on 4 of the burgers patties & place the other 4 on top. Mold the patties to hide the spinach and feta.
6. Cook patties on the grill until cooked through and serve on buns with yogurt dressing. Add sliced tomato or cucumbers on top and enjoy.

2. Baked Salmon with Goat Cheese (390 calories, 31g Protein)

Ingredients:

3 ounces of Atlantic wild Salmon
Lemon pepper to taste
1 ounce Goat Cheese, soft
15 medium spears of Asparagus, rinsed
Salt & pepper to taste
½ Cup brown rice

Directions:

1. Season the Salmon with lemon pepper on both sides and grill each side for 6-8 minutes.
2. Grill asparagus in aluminum foil with salt & pepper to taste until desired texture is achieved.
3. Spread goat cheese on top of salmon and serve with cooked asparagus & rice.

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3. Mediterranean Pita Sandwich (350 calories, 10g Protein)

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
¼ Cup Tomatoes diced
¼ Cup Zucchini sliced
¼ Cup Eggplant cubed
¼ Cup Red peppers chopped
Add a dash of salt & pepper
4 Tablespoons Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
1 100% Whole wheat pita

Directions:

1. Sautee EVOO with the tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, and red peppers on a nonstick skillet.
2. Add the salt and pepper to the vegetables.
3. Spread the hummus on the pita and add the sautéed vegetables.

4. Tofu Mushroom Marsala (370 calories & 28g Protein per serving; 4 servings)

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
¼ Cup Whole wheat flour
1 block of extra firm Tofu, drained, cut into 4 thick slices & patted dry
1.5 Cups cremini mushrooms, sliced
2 Tablespoons Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme
Dash of salt & pepper
2 Cups Marsala Wine
4 Slices of 100% whole wheat artisan bread

Directions:

1. Use 1 Tablespoon of EVOO to coat a skillet.
2. Coat tofu slices with the flour & heat until slightly golden brown on each side.
3. In another skillet, cook the remaining ingredients for about 5 minutes.
4. Add the tofu to the mixture and cook for about 5 more minutes.
5. Serve with a slice of whole wheat artisan bread.

5. Chicken Pesto Open Faced Sandwich (420 calories, 18g Protein)

Ingredients:

3 ounces boneless skinless chicken breasts 99% fat Free
Garlic powder, salt & pepper to taste
2 Tablespoons Pesto sauce
1 Ciabatta Bread slice
10 raw spinach leaves
1 Large ear of Corn on the Cob

Directions:

1. Season the chicken breast with garlic powder, salt & pepper.
2. Grill the chicken until cooked through.
3. Lightly grill the ciabatta bread face down.
4. Grill the corn on the cob.
5. Spread the pesto sauce onto the ciabatta, add the chicken and place the spinach on top.
6. Serve with the corn on the cob.

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