Bread for Life Diet: Five Easy Dinner Ideas

If you’re tired of eating the same thing every night, check out these new Bread for Life Diet dinner ideas. They’re easy, they’re delicious and they’re sure to keep you losing weight and getting healthy.

Know the Basics

Women should eat 12 slices of bread per day (16 for men), 3 Tbsp. of healthy oil and 1 fruit. Each slice can be smeared with a thin spread like ketchup, ginger paste or fat-free cheese. Vegetables are free. There are two stages: In stage 1, dieters eat 3 to 4 eggs and 3 lean meat servings each week. In stage 2, some bread can be replaced with other whole grains (i.e. brown rice) and lean meat servings increase to 5 to 6 each week. 

Easy Dinner Ideas

  • Curried Vegetables with Brown Rice (or toast): Heat 1 Tbsp. of canola oil in a large pan. Add ginger paste and chopped onions and garlic and cook until brown. Add chopped broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and zucchini. Stir in 1 tsp. each of curry, cumin and red chili powders. Cook together for a few minutes and then mix in one finely chopped tomato and fresh cilantro. Serve over brown rice.
  • Pasta Primavera: Heat 1 Tbsp. of olive oil in a pan and add chopped onion, garlic, tomatoes, salt, dried parsley and dried basil. Toss in whatever veggies you have on hand (carrots, summer squash, eggplant, etc.). Simmer until tomatoes have broken down in a sauce and serve over whole wheat pasta with fat-free cheese crumbles.
  • Chinese Chicken Stir-fry: Heat 1 Tbsp oil in large non-stick wok. Toss in garlic and chicken. Cook 10 minutes covered, adding water if necessary. Once chicken is almost cooked, add snow-peas, broccoli, bamboo shoots and shitake mushrooms. In a separate bowl, mix together soy sauce, ginger paste, vinegar and a touch of sweetener. Add sauce to vegetables and stir for 1 minute. Serve with brown rice or toast.
  • Vegetarian Tacos: Heat oil in a pan and add in onions, green peppers, soy veggie crumbles and taco seasonings. Using bread as your taco shell, top each slice with a scoop of the mixture, shredded lettuce, tomato, and fat-free cheese.
  • Fried Fish with Mustard Cream Sauce: OK, so this one is a little different. Start out by toasting two slices of bread until crunchy. Blend toast, salt and dried thyme in a food processor to make bread-crumbs. Rub a 4 oz. piece of white fish (i.e. tilapia) with water and coat both sides with crumbs. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a frying pan and fry fish until flesh is flaky. Move fish onto another plate. In the same pan, sauté spinach until wilted and place on a plate. In a small sauce pan combine fat-free sour cream and Dijon mustard–whisk until blended. Place fish on top of spinach and drizzle the sauce on top.
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