Healthy Dinner Ideas For Two
If you’re looking to revamp your lifestyle to be a little more diet-friendly, you should, perchance, start by looking into healthy dinner ideas for two. This way, you can nourish yourself and your partner, or just yourself if you’ve got a big appetite. If you’re in the market for some healthy dinner ideas, we’ve got a few to toss your way.
- Baking. Yeah, a lot of things taste loads better fried in several inches of hot oil and covered in bread crumbs, but that’s not to say baked meals are lacking in flavor. Here’s a simple, not too extreme example: Bake frozen French fries rather than frying them. Still great with fewer calories. French fries aren’t exactly a healthy dinner themselves, but this preparation method is healthier in comparison.
- Grilling. Again, another culinary option to consider instead of oily frying. And for this, we highly recommend a George Foreman grill; the slanted design allows the artery-clogging grease to drain off, leaving you with a steak or burger that hasn’t soaked up liquefied fat like a heart attack sponge.
- Broiling. This is a little similar to grilling, but the difference is that when you broil something, you expose the food (usually meat) to intense heat for a short amount of time. In addition, most ovens have a "broil" setting on them, so you can do this via oven or via frying pan.
- Vegetarian. Another variety of healthy dinner ideas. Vegetables typically are not calorie-dense and laden in fat, so making these bad boys your main course can help you sustain healthier habits. A really fine example of a versatile, filling vegetable is a baked potato. Try a twice-baked potato loaded up with melted cheese and steamed broccoli.
- Out to sea. If you absolutely cannot live your life without indulging in the flesh of a dead animal, go with seafood. While more costly, fish tends to be lower in calories than either beef or poultry; in addition, it contains the delectable splendor of omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon, cod, tilapia, haddock, shrimp, crab…take your pick. However, steer clear of water-dwelling noms if you have fish allergies. It is not a healthy alternative if crabmeat will send you into anaphylactic shock.
- Tofu. We were a little hesitant to include this one because it’s such a delicate food. Anyone who has ever eaten tofu will tell you that if it’s not cooked just perfectly, it will taste utterly horrifying. As far as healthy dinner ideas go, only go for tofu if you know how to prepare it.
- Wok this way. Stir-frying is another cooking method that can dish up a healthy dinner nicely. For the lay people and domestically challenged, basically all stir frying entails is tossing vegetables and meat around in a pan to infuse flavor. Try a mishmash of commonly used Asian seasonings: soy sauce, rice wine, peanut oil, ginger or garlic. Take your pick and serve the fried goodies over noodles or rice.
- Big bowl of green. Salads can be very filling as well as not too bad for you diet-wise. But lettuce in a bowl becomes a salad only when you add things to it; honestly, you can put almost anything in a salad and still have it qualify as a healthy dinner. Try tossing crunchy things like chow mein noodles on a salad, too.
- Organic. Eh, this one isn’t a necessity and it’s awfully expensive. If you want to pay six dollars for half of an organic banana because it’s free of pesticides, then go for it. Honestly, though, just buy regular food; if the evil government poisons haven’t done you in by now, they won’t anytime soon.
- Raw. Try eating raw fruits and vegetables. By cooking either of these things, many of their nutrients are lost. So stuff your gob with some uncooked broccoli and peppers to reap the nutritional benefits contained within. This does not apply, however, to meats. It’s not good for you when the food in question could give you salmonella.