When you’re dieting, you probably like to keep things simple.
Whether you’re tracking macros or following a meal plan, you know how much easier it is to hit your numbers when you mostly eat whole foods like chicken breast, rice, broccoli, and so on.
There’s a price you have to pay for this convenience, though: it can get pretty boring.
And simple dishes like these Japanese curry recipes are the perfect antidote.
Traditionally, a curry is a combination of spices, herbs, and chilis mixed with vegetables and meat, but as most are made with large amounts of butter, oil, and coconut milk, they’re simply too high calorie for cutting.
If you replace those high-fat ingredients with “lighter” alternatives, though, you can get something just as delicious with a fraction of the calories.
For example, the Pressure Cooker Japanese Seafood Curry has just 8 grams of fat per serving, the Japanese Chicken Curry is ideal when you want something on the spicier side of things, and the Japanese Beef Curry is perfect for when you want a heartier meal with a little more fat.
Japanese Beef Curry
Picture courtesy of Just Hungry
Want to skip the pre-made Japanese curry sauce? This blog has a guide to making your own Japanese curry powder using turmeric, cumin, cardamom, cloves, and a lot more.
Of course you don’t need a ton of spices to make a delicious curry. This one just has a few basics that you can find in your local grocery store. You can also add a pinch of extra herbs and spices, like allspice and even cocoa powder, to make it your own.
Have leftover curry, but no rice? This bowl of udon noodles is cooked in a broth that’s made with your extra curry from the night before.
You’ll also need tsuyu soup base to complete this bowl of Japanese curry noodles. It can be bought pre-made in Asian grocery stores, or make your own with just three ingredients: dashi stock, mirin rice wine, and soy sauce.
2 servings leftover Japanese beef and eggplant curry
Although you don’t need veggies to make a delicious chicken curry, adding carrots and corn will make it even better.
Vegetables will get you more vitamins and minerals, of course. And if you need even more protein, add a fried egg to this healthy Japanese chicken curry. Serve with steamed rice, or enjoy as is to reduce carbs.
This hearty stew is made with pumpkin, carrots, and apples. It’s so full of flavor you won’t even realize it’s missing meat.
For a filling vegan Japanese curry, the recipe includes both potatoes and frozen edamame. That means this meatless curry still has over 15 grams of protein – even more when you serve it with quinoa or rice.