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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.

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500 lentilpasta
A Nutritionist Eats

Lentil Pasta with Arugula Pesto

Fun fact: Lentil pasta has 14 grams of protein per serving.

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500 steakeggs
Colorful Eats

Pan-Seared Smoky Steak and Eggs

Paleo, anyone?

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500 paella
A Nutritionist Eats

Slow-Cooker Paella

Same taste as the traditional version but with way less effort.

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500 squashsoup
The Simple Veganista

Butternut Squash and Red Lentil Soup

It’s getting colder, you say?

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The Simple Veganista

Stuffed Winter Squash with Quinoa, Cranberry and Pistachio

Save a bowl; use a winter squash.

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500 tomatochicken

Pan-Seared Chicken Breasts with Sundried Tomatoes

Flavor like whoa.

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500 curry
Minimalist Baker

Spicy Red Lentil Curry

The best part: It takes only 30 minutes to make.

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500 avochicken
Skinny Mom

Blackened Chicken with Avocado Cream Sauce

Thanks to Greek yogurt, this is cream sauce you won’t feel bad about.

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Food, Faith, Fitness

Moroccan Chicken Skillet

One pot is all you need.

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500 maplesalmon
The Seasoned Mom

Maple Pecan Crusted Salmon

Sweet and savory, our favorite combo.

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Pinch of Yum

Spicy Chipotle Turkey Burrito

The more heat, the better.

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500 minestrone
Eating Bird Food

Minestrone Soup

Simple and satisfying.

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500 quinoacasserole
Damn Delicious

Quinoa Enchilada Casserole

Get a load of that melty cheese.

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500 spinachchicken
Cookin’ Canuck

One-Pot Chicken, Quinoa, Mushrooms and Spinach

These are a few of our favorite things.

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500 mushroomspinach
Aninas Recipe

Mushroom and Spinach Cauliflower Pilau

Same idea, but vegetarian-friendly.

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Recipe Runner

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Who says enchiladas require tortillas?

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500 zucchinicasserole
Food, Faith, Fitness

Spiralized Zucchini Casserole with Red Peppers, Spinach and Artichokes

Thank God for spiralizers.

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500 mussels
The Suburban Soapbox

Corona Steamed Mussels with Corn and Chorizo

A little boozy, a lot delicious.

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500 shrimpstirfry
Kendra’s Treats

Spicy Shrimp and Cabbage Stir-Fry

Or mild shrimp and cabbage stir-fry, if that’s more your speed.

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500 tunaavo
Avocado Pesto

Mexican Tuna Salad with Avocado

Has anything ever tasted bad after being stuffed in an avocado?

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500 creamychicken
Closet Cooking

Creamy Lemon Grilled Chicken, Asparagus and Artichoke Pasta

Don’t skimp on the lemons.

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500 gazpacho
Inquiring Chef

Gazpacho with Crispy Chickpeas

Make extra chickpeas to save for a snack.

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Healthy Recipes

Skillet Sausage and Shrimp

Fingers crossed there will be leftovers.

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500 rainbowrolls
Minimalist Baker

Rainbow Spring Rolls with Ginger Peanut Sauce


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500 tabbouleh
Two Purple Figs

Speedy Quinoa Tabbouleh with Tahini Dressing

Fact: Tahini dressing makes everything better.

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500 lentilpomegranate
Ambitious Kitchen

Salsa Verde Lentil Tacos with Mango-Pomegranate Pico

There’s no shortage of flavor here.

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500 pizza
Eat Good 4 Life

Kale Goat Cheese Pizza

Pizza for less than 500 calories? We want to go to there.

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500 peasoup
101 Cookbooks

Split Pea Soup

Filling without feeling heavy.

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500 stuffedpeppers
Minimalist Baker

Spanish Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Like a burrito bowl but infinitely better.

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500 lentilcakes
Blissful Basil

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).

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Including Cake

Lentil Sloppy Joes

No meat? No problem.

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500 lasagnaroll
Skinny Ms.

Skinny Lasagna Rolls

Just like Grandma used to make. (Sorta.)

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500 broccolisoup
Well Plated

Slow-Cooker Broccoli and Cheese Soup

Comfort food at its finest.

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500 grilledcheese
Cafe Delites

Spinach and Ricotta Grilled Cheese

This sandwich is making us feel things.

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500 caulipizza
The Awesome Green

Cauliflower Crust Pizza with Kale and Roasted Garlic Sauce

Pictured in the dictionary under “perfection.”

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500 tofuzoodles
Pinch of Yum

Spicy Sesame Zoodles with Crispy Tofu

Zoodles strike again.

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Recipe Tin Eats

Marinated Fish Tacos

Colorful and mouthwatering.

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500 bruschettapasta
Sweet C’s Designs

One-Pot Bruschetta Chicken Pasta

We’ll eat bruschetta in any and all forms.

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500 burritobowls
Cookie + Kate

Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowls

Get. In. Our. Mouth.

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500 almondchicken

Almond-Crusted Chicken Strips

Like chicken fingers for grown-ups.

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500 springpasta
The Seasoned Mom

4-Ingredient Spring Pasta

Doesn’t get much easier than this.

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500 pistachiopesto
Two Purple Figs

Fettuccine with Pistachio Pesto Sauce

And now we never want to eat pesto without pistachios.

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500 portobellopizza
Eat Good 4 Life

Portobello Stuffed Pizza

Gluten free, y’all.

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500 turkeyburger
The Lemon Bowl

Grilled Pesto Turkey Burgers

Cut even more calories by skipping the bun in favor of greens.

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500 salmonbowl
Born to Sweat

Oven-Roasted Salmon Rice Bowl

Pretty in pink.

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500 porkchop
Recipe Runner

Sriracha Almond Crusted Pork Chops

Drizzled with spicy honey mustard sauce, of course.

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500 caulirice
May I Have That Recipe?

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Dear cauliflower: What would we do without you?

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500 spaghettimeatballs
All Day I Dream About Food

Slow-Cooker Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

If pasta isn’t really your thing.

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500 cucumbersalmon
The Gantzery

Sesame Salmon and Cucumber Salad

The glaze on this baby is [100 emoji].

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500 slowmoroccanchicken
Well Plated

Slow-Cooker Moroccan Chicken

Set it and forget it. And then devour it.

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