If you’re looking for a something new and delicious to make – look no further. This meal is the perfect low-calorie lunch AND one of my favourites.
Why I love it:
- It is low calorie. I love making low calorie lunches, and in fact, I love making low calorie meals in general. I enjoy having relatively low-calorie meals closely spaced to keep my metabolism humming all day long. At just over 300 calories – this sweet potato dish will rock your world!
- It has GREAT macronutrient ratios. With an equal carbs to protein ratio, and a 20% fat ratio – my sweet potato dish is a PERFECT lunch option for training and cutting fat. Personally, this is the ratio I find works the best. I include a strategic amount of complex, healthy carbs for breakfast and lunch (this energy is used for mental focus and physical exercise), and omit the carbs for suppertime (when I don’t need as much energy).
- It uses very few ingredients. This meal is SUPER simple, and uses very few carefully selected ingredients. This ensures that your lunchtime (or even dinnertime) meal requires minimal effort on your part = AWESOME!
- It is a great packed lunch. Yip! It is indeed packed-lunch friendly 😊 You can make the mince-mixture ahead of time (even in bulk!) and keep in the fridge to add to sweet potato every morning before work. Sweet potato with lean mince and baby spinach is the perfect low calorie lunch and definitely beats a boring sandwich or pasta salad. Plus, it is healthy and will help you get that summer body – you can’t go wrong!
Perfect Low Calorie Lunch Recipe
Don’t be fooled by the pictures – this dish might look a little fancy, but I promise it is probably the easiest and best low calorie lunch to make 😊 Obviously, it helps if the food looks appealing (how else am I going to get you to make it?!). But, honestly, that was mainly for aesthetic purposes.
My Sweet Potato with Lean Mince & Baby Spinach is a walk in the park.
All it is
= boiled sweet potato + lean mince (with some flavour) + 3 whole peeled tomatoes + baby spinach + lite mayonnaise for creaminess
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be difficult, tasteless, or boring! #happydance
- Serves: 1
- Calories: 314
- Fat: 6.8g
- Carbohydrates: 33.3g
- Sugar: 13.3g
- Sodium: 792.6mg
- Fiber: 8.1g
- Protein: 29.2g
- Cholesterol: 45mg
- 1 medium sweet potato, boiled (see note)
- 100g extra lean minced beef
- 3 whole peeled tomatoes in tomato juice
- 1 tsp garlic (optional)
- dash of paprika
- 1 cup baby spinach
- salt to taste
- 1 tbsp lite mayonnaise
- In a non-stick pan on medium heat, cook the mince by frying it in it's own juices until the mince turns brown. If the pan becomes too dry - add a splash of water.
- Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds before adding the tomatoes.
- Add a few dashes of paprika and salt to taste.
- Allow the mince mixture to reduce a bit (but not too much).
- Add the baby spinach and mix so that the spinach wilts - set aside.
- Slice the boiled sweet potato into wedges, and spoon the mince mixture on top.
- Garnish with the lite mayonnaise.
Or place in a microwave for about 5 minutes. Make sure to pierce the sweet potato with a fork before microwaving.
Pssst…If you’re looking for a vegetarian sweet potato recipe – check out the recipe below (also low calorie and super fricken delicious!):
Or another SUPER healthy packed lunch (and one of my staples):