50 Filling Dinners Under 500 Calories
Feel full, not stuffed
Here’s the problem with healthy dinners: An hour later, we’re hungry again, dammit. But at the same time, we don’t want to eat a super-heavy meal that wrecks the virtuous choices we’ve made all day. That’s where these meals come in. They’re filling but still clock in at less than 500 calories per serving—and there are 50 of them.
Lentil Pasta with Arugula Pesto
Fun fact: Lentil pasta has 14 grams of protein per serving.
Pan-Seared Smoky Steak and Eggs
Same taste as the traditional version but with way less effort.
Butternut Squash and Red Lentil Soup
It’s getting colder, you say?
Stuffed Winter Squash with Quinoa, Cranberry and Pistachio
Save a bowl; use a winter squash.
Pan-Seared Chicken Breasts with Sundried Tomatoes
Flavor like whoa.
Spicy Red Lentil Curry
The best part: It takes only 30 minutes to make.
Moroccan Chicken Skillet
One pot is all you need.
Maple Pecan Crusted Salmon
Sweet and savory, our favorite combo.
Spicy Chipotle Turkey Burrito
The more heat, the better.
Simple and satisfying.
Quinoa Enchilada Casserole
Get a load of that melty cheese.
One-Pot Chicken, Quinoa, Mushrooms and Spinach
These are a few of our favorite things.
Mushroom and Spinach Cauliflower Pilau
Same idea, but vegetarian-friendly.
Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
Who says enchiladas require tortillas?
Spiralized Zucchini Casserole with Red Peppers, Spinach and Artichokes
Thank God for spiralizers.
Corona Steamed Mussels with Corn and Chorizo
A little boozy, a lot delicious.
Spicy Shrimp and Cabbage Stir-Fry
Or mild shrimp and cabbage stir-fry, if that’s more your speed.
Mexican Tuna Salad with Avocado
Has anything ever tasted bad after being stuffed in an avocado?
Creamy Lemon Grilled Chicken, Asparagus and Artichoke Pasta
Don’t skimp on the lemons.
Gazpacho with Crispy Chickpeas
Make extra chickpeas to save for a snack.
Skillet Sausage and Shrimp
Fingers crossed there will be leftovers.
Rainbow Spring Rolls with Ginger Peanut Sauce
Speedy Quinoa Tabbouleh with Tahini Dressing
Fact: Tahini dressing makes everything better.
Salsa Verde Lentil Tacos with Mango-Pomegranate Pico
There’s no shortage of flavor here.
Split Pea Soup
Filling without feeling heavy.
Spanish Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
Like a burrito bowl but infinitely better.
Sweet Potato and Lentil Cakes with Lemony Avocado Sauce
Throw these babies on some arugula for a little more substance (and only a few more calories).
Lentil Sloppy Joes
No meat? No problem.
Skinny Lasagna Rolls
Just like Grandma used to make. (Sorta.)
Slow-Cooker Broccoli and Cheese Soup
Comfort food at its finest.
Spinach and Ricotta Grilled Cheese
This sandwich is making us feel things.
Cauliflower Crust Pizza with Kale and Roasted Garlic Sauce
Pictured in the dictionary under “perfection.”
Spicy Sesame Zoodles with Crispy Tofu
Zoodles strike again.
One-Pot Bruschetta Chicken Pasta
We’ll eat bruschetta in any and all forms.
Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowls
Get. In. Our. Mouth.
Almond-Crusted Chicken Strips
Like chicken fingers for grown-ups.
4-Ingredient Spring Pasta
Doesn’t get much easier than this.
Fettuccine with Pistachio Pesto Sauce
And now we never want to eat pesto without pistachios.
Portobello Stuffed Pizza
Gluten free, y’all.
Grilled Pesto Turkey Burgers
Cut even more calories by skipping the bun in favor of greens.
Oven-Roasted Salmon Rice Bowl
Pretty in pink.
Sriracha Almond Crusted Pork Chops
Drizzled with spicy honey mustard sauce, of course.
Cauliflower Fried Rice
Dear cauliflower: What would we do without you?
Slow-Cooker Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs
If pasta isn’t really your thing.
Sesame Salmon and Cucumber Salad
The glaze on this baby is [100 emoji].
Slow-Cooker Moroccan Chicken
Set it and forget it. And then devour it.