Dinner Plan for a Sweet Tooth

As soon as you clear the dinner plates, your mouth starts watering for dessert. Perplexed by your hunger, even after a huge meal? Well, here’s an insider tip: eating protein with some fat helps you control those urges by allowing you to stay full longer. With these simple dinner ideas, you’ll eat a healthy meal, save some cash, and actually be full—it’s a 3-in-1 meal deal!

On the Run:

  • 6-inch roast beef sub on a whole wheat roll; 1 cup mixed raw veggies you bring with you
  • Grocery-store takeout: 1/2 roasted chicken breast, 1/2 cup mashed potatoes, 1 cup steamed green beans, 1/2 cup fruit salad
  • 1 slice cheese pizza; 6 baby carrots

Cheap and Easy:

  • Toasted cheese sandwich made with 2 slices whole wheat bread and 2 ounces low-fat cheese; 1 cup steamed green beans tossed with 1 teaspoon chopped walnuts; 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 cup Hamburger Helper; 1 cup steamed broccoli; 1 cup skim milk
  • 3 ounces meatloaf (use ground turkey breast to reduce the fat and calories); 1 small baked potato topped with 1 teaspoon tub margarine; 1/2 cup steamed peas; 1 cup skim milk

Family-Friendly:

  • 3 ounces grilled pork chop (marinate overnight in rice vinegar, soy sauce and crystallized ginger); 1/2 cup scalloped potatoes; 1/2 cup raw broccoli dipped in low-fat ranch dressing; 1 cup skim milk
  • Chicken stir-fry with 3 ounces chicken, 1/2 cup brown rice and 1 cup mixed stir-fry vegetables; 1 cup skim milk
  • 3 ounces roast beef; 1 cup asparagus (steam, then toss with olive oil, black pepper and a dash balsamic vinegar); 1/2 cup baked sweet potatoes  sprinkled with cinnamon; 1 cup skim milk
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