50 Filling Dinners Under 500 Calories
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.
One-Pot, 15-Minute Pasta Limone
Short on time and ingredients? No problem.
Portobello Mushrooms Stuffed with Barley Risotto
They may look fancy but they’re actually ridiculously easy to make.
One-Pan Eggs with Asparagus and Tomatoes
Breakfast for dinner? Yes, please.
Butternut Squash and Red Lentil Soup
Who says you can’t enjoy soup year round?
Cauliflower Fried Rice
Skip the takeout with this easy-to-make dish.
Spicy Red Lentil Curry
The best part: It takes only 30 minutes to make.
Low carb, low cal and amazingly juicy—the ultimate triple threat.
Grilled Jerk Chicken Cutlets with Mango Salsa
Barbecued to perfection.
Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage
Why choose between our three favorite things when we can combine them into one delicious soup?
Burrata Salad with Stone Fruit and Asparagus
You’ll never make another Caesar salad again.
One-Pot Chicken, Quinoa, Mushrooms and Spinach
These are a few of our favorite things.
Cacio e Pepe Cauliflower
Quick and cheesy. What more could we ask for?
Spiralized Zucchini Casserole with Red Peppers, Spinach and Artichokes
Thank God for spiralizers.
Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
Who says enchiladas require tortillas?
Corona Steamed Mussels with Corn and Chorizo
A little boozy, a lot delicious.
Chicken and Snap Pea Stir-Fry
Possibly the easiest stir-fry ever.
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.
Sweet-and-Sour Pork Skewers with Pineapple
No chopsticks required.
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.
Kale Salad with Crispy Chickpeas
Fingers crossed there will be leftovers.
Bacon, Onion and Asiago Fondue
Cheese and bacon. We’re sold.
Vegetarian Pizza with Zucchini and Bell Peppers
Yep, pizza is still on the menu.
Spicy Turkey Enchiladas with Pumpkin Seeds
Say goodbye to boring turkey dinners.
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).
Slow-Cooker Stuffed Shells
Just like Grandma used to make. (Sorta.)
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.
Sweet Potato Noodles with Almond Sauce
Did we mention it’s vegan?
Fettuccine with Pistachio Pesto Sauce
And now we never want to eat pesto without pistachios.
Cheater’s Prosciutto Hawaiian Pizza
Our favorite pairing of salty and sweet.
Grilled Pesto Turkey Burgers
Cut even more calories by skipping the bun in favor of greens.
Sriracha Almond Crusted Pork Chops
Drizzled with spicy honey mustard sauce, of course.
Rainbow Collard Wraps with Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce
More dipping sauce please.
Cheater’s Sicilian-Style Pizza with Jalapeños and Honey
Tastier and faster than delivery.
Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Stuffed Peppers
Have you ever seen (or tasted) something so beautiful?
Slow-Cooker Moroccan Chicken
Set it and forget it. And then devour it.
Additional reporting by Alexandra Hough