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What do you eat for dinner ?

Normally its chicken or salmon for me. What do you guys eat for dinner that keeps you on track with your weight loss and keeeps you full enough. I try to stop eating at 9:00 but sometimes I'm hungry by 11:00.

Mon. Jan 28, 10:09pm

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lean cuisine or something similar - i guage how hungry i am first and then decide which one to eat since they can vary from 190-410 cal. For dessert I have fruit, yogurt, or both.

Monday, January 28, 2008, 11:01 PM

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This evening was a 4-6 oz piece of lean steak (usually sirloin), roasted asparagus, mushrooms and a 4 oz serving of roasted potatoes (sometimes I have a salad instead of potatoes). Alternately I might make a 1 dish meal of veggies and chicken. One example is: zuchinni, yellow squash, mushrooms, red pepper, artichoke hearts - water packed, tomatoes, 1/3 package of pasta and 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1" cubes and pre-cooked). I either use a tomatoe-based sauce or I make a white wine sauce of 1/3 cup chicken broth, 1/3 cup white wine and lots of seasonings (heavy on the garlic is my fave). That might sound like a lot of pasta, but this makes 5-6 servings and is excellent for lunch. I make rice bowls and 'burritos' as well - everything is very, very heavy on the veggies - I try for 3 4-oz servings at dinner. That way I can eat a lot without tons of calories.

In the evening I have a cup of hot chocolate using 8 oz of skim milk, dark cocao and SF vanilla or almond syrup (like they use in coffee shops). I put it in an insulated mug and sip at it while I read - it's very filling and satisfies my after-dinner sweet tooth for ~150 calories.

Best wishes with dinner - I look forward to reading the responses!

Monday, January 28, 2008, 11:20 PM

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I have turkey chili, or chicken and fresh veggie stir fry , I have a later snack I really try not to eat past 8pm good luck!

Monday, January 28, 2008, 11:35 PM

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Usually a protein (chicken or pork tenderloin) and rice....usually. Recently, because it's so cold out, I've been eating a pork tenderloin sandwich with regular mustard and extra old cheddar cheese (so I don't need a lot) and tomato soup.

It's really tasty and under 400 calories. Well the way I make it anyways.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008, 12:02 AM

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I eat different all the time, I get bored and love to cook.
3 cheese lasagna roll with spinach
Tortilla pizza
Chicken Parm
Pasta with roasted tomatoes, onions, garlic and basil
Soups with or without meat
Chow mein
Egg fu young
Fried rice with turkey bacon and veggies
Spanish rice
Roasted chicken and veggies, just like you would do a beef roast but chicken
Sub sandwich
Chicken pot pie without the crust
Turkey kibasa with sour kraut
Chicken burger
Chicken meat balls in stewed tomatoes
French dip sandwich
Chicken meat ball sub

That's all I can think of off the top of my head.
Most dinners add up to about 500 cal
I try not to go over that for my night meal.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008, 2:21 AM

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I eat a lot of chicken, veg, brown rice. Sometimes stir fry, omelets w/veg, and I make whole wheat pasta casserole w/2% cottage cheese (instead of Ricotta) and fat free shredded cheese w/ a salad. Also, try whole wheat tortillas to have "soft tacos" and you can use either ground chicken/turkey OR simply beans mashed and mixed with taco seasoning- lettuce/tomato/fat free cheese, low fat or fat free sour cream.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008, 7:55 AM

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I like to keep my evening meals light, so I always have a variation of a salad. Last night it was greens with grapefruit and avocado. Tonight I'm doing a ceasar salad with a huge bowl of romaine and a little dressing. I sometimes think I do a "volumetrics" style dinner because it always looks like a lot on my plate, but it's mostly fresh lettuce - which takes up a lot of volume.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008, 11:25 AM

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Op here: Thanks great ideas. I'd really like to find ways to eat dinner (usually around 7:30 or so) and be able to go to bed without feeling like I need to eat again.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008, 12:35 PM

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-hummus, pita chips, and cucumber
-amy's frozen pizza
-tofu steak with marinara sauce and sweet potato fries
-veggie stir fry with brown rice
-veggie fajitas

Tuesday, January 29, 2008, 1:08 PM

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salad- any veggies you have and sound good together with a can of tuna and olive oil and vinegar homemade dressing

Tuesday, January 29, 2008, 1:11 PM

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2:21 here

Volumetrics I like that word. That is pretty much what I do I just use tons of veggies.
Some people say not to count your veggies or they are "free" food but I find that 3-4 hundred calories a day comes from veggies. Imagine if I didn't count them.

I love the ideas people are giving. Great thread OP

Tuesday, January 29, 2008, 3:47 PM

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Three main "courses" for dinners:

1. Muscle Milk
2. Fish
3. Eggs

And I usually choose between a variety of sides, that are either high grain carbs and fresh veggies.


1. Veggie Sandwhich from Quizno's, no cheese, no dressing. Goes good with eggs and fish.
2. Stir fry veggies in soy sauce/ 1 teaspoon olive oil only.
3. Bowl of raw broccoli
4. Bowl of Raw spinach
5. Black olives
6. Raw tomatoes

I'm mostly a pescetarian, but some weeks, I will go completely raw foodist... or frugivore to clean my system. I've lost 45 lbs since last June, and 43 of those lbs were fat... which is nice. Went from 30% body fat to 13%.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008, 11:44 AM

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This Thread deserves a team- try 'Healthy Recipes' team

I have been trying to revitalazine the 'Healthy Recipes ( that's healthy and delicious )can come an get ideas. Consider posting a few of these great ideas ther (Cut, and Copy).
ANd remember you can just give the general idea you don't have to post the entire recipe if you don't want to.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008, 1:51 PM

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If you tend to get hungry late in the evening, eat a high fiber lunch. The bulking/fullness effect it gives actually registers 8 hours after you consume it. Because if this, I front-load my day with fibrous foods for breakfast (kills the late afternoon munchies) and lunch (so I don't go prowling through my cupboards during the evening news). Dinner, eh, the fiber isn't so important because it's good to be hungry for, high fiber oatmeal and a banana, 12g of the good stuff.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008, 1:58 PM

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PP what kind of high fiber lunch do you have ?

Wednesday, January 30, 2008, 5:45 PM

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Try refried bean burritos.

Fat free refried beans (It's easy...comes in a can in the mexican food aisle)
Grilled veggies if y'a got'em.
1/4 cup of cheese
and 2 small tortillas.

Very filling. Easy to heat in the microwave. Put beans in bowl, cheese on top. Heat it for a few minutes. Put tortillas on top of bowl, heat for 20 seconds.

Tah dah!


Very filling.

Tammy Lou

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 12:13 PM

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It is possible that you are getting so hungry at night because you aren't eating enough calories during the daytime.

(As the other poster mentioned...your lunch may be an issue.)

Tammy Lou

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 12:15 PM

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Can I come to your house for dinner?

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 5:35 PM

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I'm going to remember this thread the next time I'm staring at my full pantry and thinking there is nothing to eat for dinner. There are some great ideas here!

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 5:47 PM

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Can I come to your house for dinner?

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 5:35 PM "

Me, too?


Tammy Lou

Friday, February 01, 2008, 1:25 PM

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I tried something new last night.

In the freezer section, they are selling microwave in bag veggies.


The bag is small enough so I won't be eating broccoli for the rest of my life.

Put it on top of some rice, flung 1/4 cup cheese on top...popped it in the microwave to melt the cheese.

WA Lah!

Tammy Lou

Friday, February 01, 2008, 1:28 PM

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Yes those are great. I eat the ones that have broccolli, snap peas and a white vegetable (Crunchy). Its perfect with some couscus and rotisserre chicken. Also good if you take the rotisserre chicken + veggies+ fat free ranch+ whole grain wrap for lunch.

Friday, February 01, 2008, 1:31 PM

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Try this: Use a whole wheat tortilla, spread about 1/2 cup pasta sauce with veggies in it on the tortilla. Use boca or morningstar veggie or soy crumbles and put those right on top (frozen is fine, you don't have to cook it first) then put on 1/2 cup to a cup of kraft free shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese and bake in the oven at 350 for about 10 to 20 minutes depending on your preference of "crust" crispness. Tried this for the first time today for lunch, it was good and filling and I almost felt like i was cheating. Very few calories for this : 370 calories, 5 grams of fat, but the best part... 45 grams of protein!! Also try putting some raw veggies on before you cook it to help you get more veggies in your day, green pepper slices, onion, mushrooms, even squash or zucchini. Really good!

Friday, February 01, 2008, 3:53 PM

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Another idea, one I actually love to have from time to time. Cut up some veggies and stir fry them with pam or a little olive oil. Squash, mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, brocoli, etc. Then cook some brown rice. Put the veggies on top of the brown rice, add some pasta sauce (yes I said pasta sauce) on top and mix all together. Put a little parm cheese on it and it's super tasty. Really, although I'm not a vegetarian, it is an all veggie meal, no meat. Or you can add those boca products like the above poster said so you feel like you're getting some meat AND added protein.

Friday, February 01, 2008, 3:57 PM

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A lot of diets suggest going easy on carbs at night, which makes "breakfast for dinner" particularly appealing. Omelets with things like swiss cheese and mushrooms with a side of lite whole wheat toast [80 calories for 2 slices], sometimes a salad if I'm not loading the omelet with veggies. I use at least one whole egg and real butter on my toast but Pam for the omelet. Comes to about 450 calories. I love this food but never have time to make it in the morning, but for a dinner it feels quick.

Friday, February 01, 2008, 11:22 PM

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