Meal Plan (EW Content Type)
As the cooler weather of fall sets in, we start to crave hearty dishes like shepherd's pie, creamy pasta and steaming bowls of soup. In this week's meal plan, we selected 7-cozy dinners that will warm you up and satisfy your soul, without going overboard on calories. The dinners in this meal plan include lots of nutrient-packed veggies, naturally low in calories and high in fiber, to keep the meals filling.
Vibrant-green and fiery-orange produce dominate in this week's "superfood" meal plan. We chose recipes that use fresh, fall superfoods you can easily find at your local grocery store for an affordable price, like Brussels sprouts, collard greens, golden beets, and butternut squash.
In this week's meal plan, we've lightened-up classic comfort foods and created healthier alternatives that are just as delicious as the original. Enjoy warming meals such as Slow-Cooker Stout & Chicken Stew, Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes and Creamy Fettuccine with Brussels Sprouts & Mushrooms. Full of flavor, these dinners hit the spot without going overboard on calories and salt.
This week's meal plan features the food we should all be getting more of—vegetables! Packed with colorful produce, these recipes make eating vegetables easy and delicious. Enjoy a variety of goodies from the garden, like eggplant, bell peppers, kale, tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh herbs and more.
Visit the Eat More Veg Challenge page for more veggie-packed recipes.
Not a fan of small portions? Neither are we. This 1,500-calorie meal plan focuses on foods you can eat a lot of without tipping the scale in the wrong direction. Filling low-calorie foods like vegetables, brothy soup, lean chicken and popcorn will help you to feel satisfied all day long.
How Eating Vegetables Can Help You Lose Weight
Cooking for a crowd doesn't need to drain your wallet. With this week's meal plan you can easily feed 6 or more people for $3 or less per serving. And you don't need to spend all day in the kitchen either. Some light meal prep in advance can make weeknight recipes even easier—just look for the "Plan Ahead" notes we included for some of the days. The goal is to stress less, eat better.
During the busy and expensive holiday season, fast and cheap meals—that are also healthy—are just what you need. Ready in about 35 minutes and ringing in at $3 or less per serving, the recipes in this week's meal plan make dinnertime easier and stress-free.
There's nothing wrong with eating some sugar, but eating too much can be dangerous to your health. In recent decades we've seen the rates of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes skyrocket in people of all ages, and research has shown it's directly connected to too much sugar in the diet. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar daily for women, and no more than 9 teaspoons for men, but most Americans end up eating twice that amount.
Eating to lose weight isn't just about the calories. In this week's meal plan, 400-calorie dinners feature foods that research has shown help make weight loss easier. Low-calorie spaghetti squash is swapped in for pasta, filling fiber-rich beans are added to give your dinner more staying power, and satisfying omega-3-rich fish helps to quell appetite-related hormones. These naturally-slimming dinners make healthy eating and losing weight a delicious endeavor.