Eat to Live Diet: 4 Quick Dinner Ideas

Created by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, the Eat To Live Diet is a meal plan that focuses on eating healthy, natural, unprocessed foods. Dr. Furhman’s diet is based on the belief that foods that are rich in nutrients while low in calories can help promote weight loss. The Eat To Live Diet states that individuals can lose up to 20 pounds in six weeks by following this diet. The diet is broken down into two meal plans, a vegetarian and a non-vegetarian option. While on the non-vegetarian diet, Dr. Fuhrman recommends that dieters eat one night with animal proteins and then eat a vegetarian dinner the following night, with animal proteins only consumed as condiments. Below is a list of quick dinner ideas for dieters on the Eat To Live Diet.

Meal Idea #1: Non-Vegetarian Meal Plan: Lentil Stew

  • 1 ½ cup lentils
  • ½ cup uncooked couscous
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup iceberg lettuce
  • 2 tomato slices
  • 1 tbsp onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp low fat dressing
  • 1 cup steamed green beans

Mix the lentils, couscous, chicken broth, whole onion, carrots, and celery in a large pot and bring to a boil. Salt and pepper to taste. Allow to simmer for 2 hours. For this meal, begin with the iceberg lettuce topped with tomato slices, chopped onions and dressing. Enjoy with a cup of lentil stew and a side of green beans.

Meal Idea #2: Vegetarian Meal Plan: Chow Mein

  • 2 cups cabbage, chopped
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 lb tofu, diced
  • 2 cups onion, sliced
  • 2 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cups peas
  • 1 tbsp low-salt soy sauce
  • 1 can water chestnuts
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 2 cups bean sprouts
  • 1 cup romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 green apple

Soak the romaine lettuce in the orange juice for 20 minutes to create an exotic tasting salad. Finish this salad and then begin the chow mein. In a wok, sauté cabbage and onions in a tsp of oil. Cook for 5 minutes. Add tofu, mushrooms and peas. Cook for 3 minutes. Add soy sauce, water chestnuts, water and bean sprouts to the wok. Cover and allow to cook for an additional 3 minutes. Enjoy 2 cups of the chow mein with a sliced green apple.

Meal Idea #3: Non-Vegetarian Meal Plan: Fish with Vegetables

  • 2 cup salad greens with raw vegetables
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 4 oz fish or scallops
  • 1 cup broccoli

Enjoy your salad greens topped with olive oil. Next, broil your fish or scallops. Enjoy the fish with a side of steamed broccoli. Broccoli can be fresh or frozen.

Meal Idea #4: Vegetarian Meal Plan: Hearty Salad

  • 2 cups Boston lettuce
  • 1 tbsp red onion, sliced
  • ½ cup mushroom, chopped
  • Unlimited string beans
  • 1/4 pear
  • 1 black fig
  • 3 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 to 2 tbsp water

Enjoy this big salad by first combining the pear, fig, vinegar and water in a food processor. Blend until mixed. You may need to add more water to reach the desired consistency. Serve this vinegar over a bed of lettuce, onion and mushroom. You can enjoy this salad with unlimited string beans.


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