Trim Healthy Mama: Dinner {no special ingredients}

If you've ever started a new diet (and who hasn't?!) then you know it can be expensive to get started.

There are usually all these special ingredients you need to buy and meals you need to learn how to cook.

That's why Trim Healthy Mama is so different - it's absolutely possible to eat this way and still shop at your regular grocery store.

Of course, you'll have to change some bad habits (hey, we all have 'em!) but one step at a time, right?

The easiest way to start is by working on your everyday meals. And I have plenty of tips to help!

Planning a Trim Healthy Mama dinner is easy with these tips. 20 meal ideas that require no special ingredients!

Trim Healthy Mama Dinner Ideas

We've covered all our Trim Healthy Mama meals - no special ingredients style! We've talked about breakfast, lunch, and snacks. With this series of posts, I've shown you that it is definitely possible to follow the plan without buying a cupboard full of specialty ingredients.

Will you want some of those special ingredients at some point? Of course! Especially if you want some sweet treats.

But, you can follow the plan without them. Start working on making healthier meals while you're figuring out how to bake those sweets.

What does a Trim Healthy Mama dinner consist of?

Generally speaking:

  • You'll have a protein source as a star of the show (it'll keep you feeling satisfied)
  • Add some veggies (non-starchy if you're having a "satisfying" meal)
  • Add some fats or carbs (but not both!)

I haven't provided any Fuel Pull dinners because, if you're like me, you're feeding a family, and I don't want to reduce their meal to so few carbs. So save Fuel Pull meals for breakfast and lunch - when you can add more carbs or fats to your kid's plates.

20 Trim Healthy Mama Dinner Ideas

Here are 20 meal ideas, divided by fuel source - Energizing and Satisfying. All these meal ideas are straight from the book so you'll find all the recipes and instructions there.

See the Trim Healthy Mama book for recipes, specific guidelines about the fuel sources, and how to apply them to your meals.

10 Energizing Dinners

  • Lentil Soup
  • Crockpot Chicken
  • Chili
  • Hearty Green Soup
  • Bean Burgers
  • Grilled Salmon
  • Southwestern Chicken
  • Mini Meat Loaves
  • Balsamic Chicken
  • Succulent Citrus Fish Bake

"E" side dish ideas: Carrots, baked sweet potato, steamed vegetables, brown rice, quinoa, Creamless Creamy Veggies, or White Bean Mashies.

10 Satisfying Dinners

  • Beef Stew
  • Eggplant Lasagna
  • Pizza Casserole
  • Meat Loaf
  • Baked Chicken
  • Kai Si Ming
  • Hearty Red Soup
  • Creamy Broccoli and Cheese Soup
  • Crabby Patties
  • Alfredo Beef and Broccoli

"S" side dish ideas: Green salad, roasted vegetables, Creamless Creamy Veggies, Baked Eggplant, Steamed Broccoli, Roasted Vegetable Medley, Zucchini Fries, Green Fries, Cauli Rice, or Macafoni and Cheese.

As you can see, it's not too difficult to follow the Trim Healthy Mama plan. It's easy to apply the principles to meals you already eat. It's just a matter of remembering your fuel sources and separating a few ingredients.

Tonia L

Hey! I'm the owner of Happy Homeschool Nest - a website devoted to helping homeschool moms balance the needs of homeschooling with managing a healthy and happy home.