Quick Weight-Loss Recipes You Can Make in 30 Minutes


Who doesn’t want a slimmer waist, flatter tummy, and a jiggle-free rear? Vegan, vegetarian, omnivore—there’s a great weight-loss recipe for every type of eater here.

Thai steak salad

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Steak lovers rejoiced in 2015 when research in the International Journal of Obesity proclaimed the high-protein diet was the winner of weight-loss diets. The conclusion: Increasing your protein, dropping your carbs slightly, and focusing on getting higher quality carbohydrates like whole grains and produce helps you lose weight and keep it off. Thats’ where this fresh-tasting weight-loss recipe for Thai steak salad by celebrity Food Network chef Ellie Krieger comes in. It’s brightly flavored with lime juice, ginger, basil, and cilantro, and once the meat is marinated, it comes together in just half an hour. Learn 12 more diet secrets of people who maintained their weight loss.

Red beans and coconut rice

Healthy food: rice with red beans in a bowl close-up on the table. horizontalAS Food studio/Shutterstock

Forget complicated, expensive diet plans (which don’t work anyway) and just focus on fiber, suggests a recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The findings indicate that making just one dietary change—setting a goal of eating 30 grams of fiber each day—can help you lose weight, lower your blood pressure, and improve your body’s response to insulin. As a shortcut, make a meal of rice and beans, which provides a bowlful of plant-based protein (20 to 25 grams) and fiber (about 15 grams). Beans and rice don’t have to be boring! Make this simply delicious 30-minute island-inspired coconut rice and beans recipe from epicurious.com, using light coconut milk. Don’t miss these other 10 high-fiber recipes that help you lose weight.

Green tea smoothie

Green tea smoothie blended beverage with matcha powder and spoonBonnieBC/Shutterstock

You know green tea is good for you because of all its antioxidants, but the combo of caffeine and the free radical-fighting catechin EGCG in green tea has been found to help people lose weight and keep it off, according to a meta-analysis of 11 studies in the International Journal of Obesity. If you’re looking for a cool alternative, try this creamy low-carb green tea smoothie made with matcha.

Red lentil soup

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Eating soup is one of the simplest, pain-free ways to drop a size and shed belly fat. In this study from Pennsylvania State University, participants who ate soup before consuming a lunch entrée ended up downing 20 percent fewer calories overall than people who skipped soup. Adding vegetables and protein to your soup also helps keep you fuller longer, so you’ll be less hungry later on. This weight-loss recipe for red lentil soup has a whopping 13 grams of protein per cup and is ready in 25 minutes. Sauté a teaspoon or two of fresh, grated ginger with the onion and add a pinch of cayenne for an extra flavor boost. Add the 16 best protein diet foods for weight loss to your grocery list.

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