F&W developed this plan (with the help of Marjorie Livingston, a registered dietitian) to show it’s possible to eat something delicious every single day and still lose weight. The program tops out at 1,400 calories per day, which leaves room for healthy snacks and other extras. We hope the concept encourages you to engage in another activity key to healthy eating: cooking.

By Food & Wine
Updated March 31, 2015
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Four-Week Plan

Sunday

CEDRIC ANGELES

Black Bean Burgers Photo © Cedric Angeles.

BREAKFAST
Spiced Yogurt Muffins
Spread with 1 tablespoon almond butter

LUNCH
« Black Bean Burgers with Smoky Red Pepper Spread
Serve with 1/2 medium cucumber, sliced

Monday

Raspberry Scones Photo © Lucy Schaeffer.

BREAKFAST
« Raspberry Scones
Serve with /12 cup low-sodium cottage cheese and 1/8 of a melon

LUNCH
Lemony Waldorf Salad
Serve with 3 ounces grilled chicken breast

DINNER
Black Bean-Turkey Chili
Serve with 1 cup romaine tossed with1/2 teaspoon lemon and 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
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Tuesday

Quick White Bean and Swiss Chard Stew Photo © Quentin Bacon.

BREAKFAST
« Quick White Bean and Swiss Chard Stew
Serve with 1 poached egg

DINNER
Grilled Salmon with Preserved Lemon and Green Olives
Serve with 3 ounces steamed broccolini and 1 cup cooked whole wheat pasta
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Wednesday

Palestinian Spinach Pies Photo © Zubin Shroff.

LUNCH
Shrimp Slaw with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette
Serve with 1/4 cup walnuts, 1/4 cup dried apricots

DINNER
Ginger-Marinated Chicken with Onions and Peppers
Serve with 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
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Thursday

Crispy Fish Sandwiches with Herb Remoulade Photo © Kana Okada.

DINNER
Chicken Posole
Serve with 1 cup arugula with lemon
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Friday

Pisto Manchego Photo © John Kernick.

BREAKFAST
« Pisto Manchego
Serve with hard-boiled or soft-boiled egg

Saturday

Photo © John Kernick

Fragrant Gigante Beans with Garlic Confit and Mussels Photo © John Kernick.

DINNER
« Mussels with Gigante Beans and Roasted Garlic
Serve with 1 cup romaine lettuce tossed with 1/2 teaspoon lemon and 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
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