6 Delicious Meals to Add to Your Weight Loss Program

By author photo Jenny Craig Team

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Spring is a great time to take stock of our lives and surroundings and to see what could do with a refresh. Whether you’re on a new weight loss plan or have been on a healthy lifestyle journey for some time, give your meal plan a spring clean. We’ve got you covered with these 6 fresh, tasty, and nutritious meals to add to your weight loss program. There are even some treats included!


Breakfast: Mexican-Style Breakfast Taco

Get your day off to a great start with a weight loss program-friendly breakfast taco. They’re sure to power you up for the day ahead.

Ingredients:

  • Spray oil
  • 1 Jenny Craig Vegetable Omelette Wrap
  • 2 tbsp salsa
  • 20g low fat cheddar cheese, grated
  • Jalapeño chilli (optional)
  • Handful of spinach leaves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp plain fat free Greek yoghurt

Method:

  1. Microwave Jenny Craig Vegetable Omelette Wrap for one minute, until softened but not completely heated through. Carefully open the wrap so the fillings can be added.
  2. Place a frying pan on medium heat and spray lightly with spray oil. Add the opened wrap to the pan. Top with salsa, cheese, jalapeños (if using) and spinach. Cover with a lid and allow the wrap to steam so that the cheese melts. Add the yoghurt and coriander, then fold in half and fry on both sides until golden brown.

Dinner: Dhal with Spiced Greens

Whoever said following a healthy diet meant eating bland food had obviously never tried this dhal with spiced greens recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Jenny Craig Dhal with Rice
  • 1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • Spray oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1½ tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C and line a tray with greaseproof baking paper.
  2. Place the broccoli florets on the baking tray and lightly spray with spray oil. Coat the broccoli in the grated garlic and ginger, then sprinkle with garam masala, turmeric, salt and pepper. Mix everything together and place in the oven for 10-15 minutes until crispy. (Cooking times may vary depending on how big the florets are cut).
  3. While the broccoli is in the oven, prepare the Jenny Craig Dhal with Rice, as per the packet instructions.

Salad: Balsamic Bean Salad

Sometimes you might want to add a simple side to your lunch or dinner meal. In that case, this balsamic bean salad is perfect for sticking to a healthy lifestyle.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups green beans, trimmed
  • ½ garlic clove, finely grated (optional)
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 40g reduced fat feta cheese, crumbled
  • Fresh basil leaves

Method:

  1. Lightly steam beans for 4-7 minutes, until tender-crisp.
  2. When the beans are cooked and warm, stir through the garlic, balsamic vinegar and Dijon mustard. Stir to combine ensuring everything is evenly coated.
  3. Add the cherry tomatoes then season with salt and pepper to taste. Finish with feta cheese and fresh basil.

Snack Time: Beetroot Dip

If you’re looking for a weight loss program-approved snack, whip up a batch of this colourful beetroot dip. You can make some in advance and keep it for snack time, served with carrot sticks.

Ingredients:

  • 2 whole beetroots cooked in natural juice (no added sugar)
  • 1 sprig (or 1 tsp dried) rosemary
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard

Method:

  1. Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and mix until smooth.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of water, if needed, to blend.
  3. Serve chilled.

Sweet Treat: Apple Donuts

Donuts on a weight loss plan!? Er, not exactly. In fact, these apple donuts are even better than the deep-fried version.

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple
  • 100g vanilla fat-free yoghurt
  • ½ cup mixed berries – we’ve used strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, chopped
  • Sprinkle of cacao nibs
  • Jenny Craig Nut & Cranberry Mix

Method:

  1. Slice the apple into ½ cm thick circles and use a biscuit cutter to remove the core to form the ‘hole’ of the donut.
  2. Spread each apple slice with yoghurt and sprinkle with berries, cacao nibs and Jenny Craig Nut & Cranberry Mix.
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