15 Fat Burning Recipes for 2015

Healthy and Spicy Recipes to Kickstart Your Weight Loss

It's that time of the year again, when we promise ourselves we'll eat better and shed the extra holiday weight. (These recipes can really be eaten any time of the year when you're trying to watch your waistline.) I personally, do not like the word "diet" because as soon as people hear it they think they have to starve and deprive themselves of food. I'm not a Doctor but I do believe that starving and depriving ourselves only hurts our waistline and health in the end. The...MORE cliched saying that "moderation is key" couldn't be more true. Moderation combined with delicious healthy foods and plenty of exercise is what has always helped me in controlling my weight. 

I don't deprive myself of the foods I love, I simply eat smaller servings and make sure to include plenty of metabolism boosting spicy foods. We've previously discussed the wonderful health benefits of eating spicy food (read the article her). These 15 fiery recipes will get you on a great path to a healthier and slimmer you. Enjoy and remember to share the heat and portions with others. 

 

(Please consult your physician before starting your weight loss diet.)

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    Fiery and Garlic. Nancy Lopez-McHugh

    Shrimp are naturally low in calories, so it's a great option for when watching your weight. This recipe is super fast and easy and it can be eaten alongside white rice or with a crusty baguette. Served it as amain or side dish. 

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    Deviled Chicken Chipotle | #mexican #dinner #chicken #spicy #chipotles
    Deviled Chicken Chipotle is a medium-high spicy meal that is quick and easy to prepare. Nancy Lopez-McHugh

    I love one pan or pot dishes, and this is one of them. The smoky chipotle peppers lend a wonderful warming heat that is quite delicious. 

  • 03 of 15
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    Spicy Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry. Nancy Lopez-McHugh

    If you observe Meatless Mondays and like quick meals, then this recipe is for you. The stir fry is made spicy with chili flakes but freshly chopped chilies may be used instead. 

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    Spicy Mexican Cowboy Beans with Longaniza Sausage. Nancy Lopez-McHugh

    In the dead of winter beans are a wonderful addition to our diets. This dish is known as frijoles charros in Spanish, and my recipe is an untraditional one that I know you'll love. 

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  • 05 of 15
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    Burmese Beef and Pumpkin Curry. Nancy Lopez-McHugh

    No need for fresh pumpkin here, you may used un-spiced puree right from the can. And if you don't like beef then substitute it with chicken, or fish, or even vegetables. 

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    Spicy Succ. Nancy Lopez-McHugh

    Succotash is a fun word to say and an even better food to eat. This untraditional vegan recipe is made spicy and given an exotic touch. Delicious as a side or a main meal. 

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    Blistered Spanish Padron Peppers. Nancy Lopez-McHugh

    Padron peppers are a must try for all foodies. Known as the Russian Roulette chilies this simple recipe is a must try.

  • 08 of 15

    Spicy and Smokey Chipotle Spiced Egg Salad

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    Spicy and Smokey Chipotle Spiced Egg Salad. Nancy Lopez-McHugh
    Make it for lunch, snack or for a party, this egg salad is always a hit! The recipe is my untraditional spin on a classic. 
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  • 09 of 15

    Charred Tomatillo and Serrano Salsa

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    Charred Tomatillo Salsa Verde. Nancy Lopez-McHugh
    The flavours of authentic Mexican food are what this recipe is all about. This salsa tastes so good you'll never buy the jarred kind again! Enjoy it with a small serving of corn chips as a healthy snack, or use it to make enchiladas or chilaquiles. 

     

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    Baharat Spiced Kufta Kebabs. Nancy Lopez-McHugh

    Treat your family to this fun to eat and exotically spiced meal. It's mild-spicy, so perfect for everyone.

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    Spicy Green Lentils with Bacon and Vegetables. Nancy Lopez-McHugh

    Lentils are a very healthy food, however the bacon I used in the recipe isn't. Therefore, omit the bacon but leave the rest of the ingredients as is. If doing so then you can also swap the beef broth for vegetable and make it a vegan meal. 

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    Fast & Easy Curried Chicken with Peanuts and Peppers (Vegan Option). Nancy Lopez-McHugh
    An easy to put together meal that can be on the table in just 30 minutes. The curry is spicy, flavourful, and best of healthy.

     

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    Garam Masala Green Beans. Nancy Lopez-McHugh
    Green beans don't have to be boring, this recipe will give an exotic touch to your meal. Either fresh, canned, or frozen green beans may be used. 

     

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    Tuna Tostadas with Murupi Amerella Chilies

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    Tuna Tostadas with Murupi Amerella Chilies. Nancy Lopez-McHugh
    Get a good start on a healthy New Year's Resolution with this low calorie tuna tostadas. They're spicy, fruity, and super quick to prepare.

     

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    Chickpea Curry with Swiss Chard, Clavo Red Chilies. SpicieFoodie.com
    This was among the most popular 2014 recipes published on my personal website, SpicieFoodie.com. I believe part why it was so popular is because of how easy it is to prepare. The recipe is simple but bursting with nutritious flavours.