Recipes for Weight Loss

Posted by Elizabeth Dowell on Thursday, January 08, 2015
Elizabeth Dowell

Losing weight is typically one of the most popular New Year's resolution every year. Whether that means starting a new exercise routine at the gym or starting in the kitchen (or both!), we can help. We LOVE these recipes, from Dashing Dish, and how she takes the comfort foods you crave and turns them into lower calorie options packed with protein to keep you full. Low on time? No problem! You can make these ahead of time and freeze. You can even use your crockpot for the chicken parmesan recipe. No excuses, keep those New Year's resolutions intact!  

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1. Clean Eating Turkey Pot Pie


2 (10 oz) bags   Frozen mixed vegetables with corn, peas, carrots and beans (I used Birds Eye Steamers)
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Poultry seasoning
1/2 tsp Pepper
1/2 tsp Garlic powder
1/2 tsp Onion powder
1 tbs Sweetener or honey (or 2 pkts stevia)
1 1/4 cup Almond milk (or skim milk)
2 tbs Cornstarch dissolved in 2 tbs cold water
1/2 cup Low fat greek yogurt
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cup Cooked and shredded turkey breast (or cooked chicken breast)
5 Sheets phyllo dough
1 tbs Parmesan cheese

Nutrition Breakdown

8 Servings (1 slice per serving)
158 Calories per Serving
3 g Fat
20.5 g    Carbohydrate
3 g Fiber
6 g Sugar
11.5 g Protein

Optional: We tried this recipe with shredded chicken and it was equally as delicious! By adding a bit more chicken or turkey than the recipe calls for, you can up the protein without sacrificing many more calories. 

2. Low Carb Crockpot Turkey Chili


1.25 lb Lean ground turkey (or beef/chicken)
1 small White onion, finely diced
1 1/2 cups Butternut squash (or sweet potato, cubed)
1 large Green bell pepper, diced (or color of choice)
2 stalks Celery, diced
1 (6 oz) can Tomato paste
1 (14.5 oz) can Diced tomatoes
1 (14.5) oz can Crushed tomatoes
2 tsp Salt (or to taste)
1 tsp Pepper (or to taste)
3 tbs Chili powder (or to taste)
1 tbs Cumin
1 tsp Garlic powder
1 tsp Onion powder
1 tsp Dried oregano
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce (optional)
Optional Toppings:   Low fat shredded cheese, Greek yogurt, chopped green onions

Nutrition Breakdown

8 Servings (1 heaping cup per serving)
130 Calories per Serving
1 g Fat
16 g   Carbohydrate
6 g Fiber
4 g Sugar
16 g Protein

3. Clean Eating Crockpot Chicken Parmesan


1 large Egg
1/3 cup Whole grain breadcrumbs (or almond meal)
1/3 cup Grated Parmesan cheese
1 tbs Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper
1/2 tsp Garlic powder
1 lb Boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 3-4 breasts)
1 (28 oz) jar Pasta sauce (or tomato sauce)
1/2 cup Italian or mozzarella cheese, shredded
Optional Pasta Options:
1 medium-large    Spaghetti squash
2 1/2 cups Uncooked whole grain pasta (about 8 oz) 1


Nutrition Breakdown

4 Servings (4 oz chicken per serving)
310 Calories per Serving
8 g Fat
19 g   Carbohydrate
3 g Fiber
7 g Sugar
31 g Protein

Optional: We loved this dish with spaghetti squash! You won't miss the pasta plus you add a serving of veggies and skip the carbs.

4. Creamy White Chicken Enchiladas


8 Low carb/high fiber tortillas or wraps 1
2 cups (16 oz)   Cooked chicken breast, shredded or diced 2
1 cup Mozzarella, shredded, divided
1 cup Plain low fat Greek yogurt
1 (4 oz) can Diced green chiles
1/2 tsp Garlic powder
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Onion powder
Optional: 2 tsp honey or 1 pkt stevia


Nutrition Breakdown

8 Servings (1 Enchilada per Serving)
195 Calories per Serving
7 g Fat
20 g   Carbohydrate
12 g Fiber
2 g Sugar
25 g Protein



Topics: Health, resolutions