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While we’ll never pass up the opportunity for a creamy, cheesy, decadent meal, sometimes we’re more in the mood for light, low-cal recipes—especially in the summer, when the forecast is hot and muggy seven days a week. Voilà: Here are 30 light summer meals, all clocking in at under 500 calories.

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One-Pot, 15-Minute Pasta Limone (457 calories)

Pasta that won’t weigh you down with a ton of cheese or meat? Yep, the proof is in the skillet. Plus, this dish takes almost no effort to make.

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Yellow Tomato Gazpacho (468 calories)

When July rolls around, all we want to eat are hyper-seasonal, low-effort meals. With yellow tomatoes and peaches, this chilled soup is just the ticket.

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20-Minute Burrata Salad with Stone Fruit and Asparagus (372 calories)

You can have your cheese and eat it too; just pair it with nutrient-packed green veggies and stone fruit instead of a charcuterie board.

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One-Pot Tomato Basil Pasta (318 calories)

On nights when you don’t feel like spending hours in the kitchen, reach for this 20-minute, one-pot stroke of genius. Bonus points if you use fresh basil from your garden.

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Shaved Moroccan Carrot Toast (317 calories)

You can keep your avocado toast. We’re letting carrots steal the show with this easy and effortless ten-minute meal.

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Bruschetta Chicken (305 calories)

This one-skillet dinner is quickly becoming a summer go-to, thanks to its minimal cleanup and deceivingly indulgent taste.

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Zoodles with Summer Vegetables (240 calories)

Stumped on what to do with your most recent farmers market haul? We’ve got the answer: this 25-minute zoodle masterpiece.

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Zucchini Noodle Pad See Ew (479 calories)

Or, if you want to switch up your zoodle game, try this healthy update on a Thai takeout staple. The zoodles are flat instead of skinny, and the soy-based sauce is mouthwateringly good.

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Pan-Fried Cod with Orange and Swiss Chard (408 calories)

If you thought cooking fish was tricky and time-consuming, think again. Here, pan-frying keeps things on the lighter side while also eliminating that whole turning-on-the-oven thing.

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15-Minute Mediterranean Couscous with Tuna and Pepperoncini (419 calories)

It’s lunchtime and you’re stuck between a PB&J and a hard place. Might we suggest making this flavorful grain bowl instead? Psst: It takes only 15 minutes.

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Cold Lemon Zoodles (198 calories)

We’re big fans of a cold noodle meal, especially when it’s 90 degrees with 100 percent humidity. Think of this recipe as climate-control in a bowl.

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Broccoli Rabe and Burrata with Lemon (198 calories)

This creamy, tangy dish actually serves four as a side, but if you’ve always dreamed of eating broccoli rabe and burrata as a meal (we have), it could serve two and still clock in at less than 400 calories.

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Sumac and Fennel Fattoush (275 calories)

What’s a fattoush? It’s basically an herbaceous, spicy salad that features pita chips on top. Aren’t you glad you know now?

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Vegan Avocado Caesar Salad (315 calories)

We’re all for a classic Caesar salad, but why is it that they’re often secret calorie bombs? This vegan version is a little more nutritious and just as flavorful as the original.

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20-Minute Shrimp Scampi Zoodles (312 calories)

Our ultimate summer fantasy revolves around eating this low-cal skillet dish on the porch…at sunset…with a glass of—OK, you get the picture.

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Chicken and Snap Pea Stir-Fry (228 calories)

A light summer meal doesn’t have to leave you starving in 30 minutes. This chicken stir-fry is full of satisfying protein, but it’s still a breeze to make.

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Sweet Corn, Tomato and Zucchini Grain Salad with Peach-Dijon Vinaigrette (260 calories)

The edible flowers are really just a finishing touch, but don’t they make this salad look stunning? And considering the whole thing takes 15 minutes to make, they’re an easy way to impress.

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Radish Barbecue Bowls with Tangy Honey-Mustard Dressing (456 calories)

Barbecue won’t ever be the same, thanks to this briny, charred radish bowl. You won’t miss the meat, we promise.

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Grilled Watermelon Steaks (427 calories)

Nothing against filet mignon, but we’re partial to grilled watermelon these days. It’s way more exciting than fruit salad and won’t weigh you down like a steak.

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Cauliflower Rice Bowl with Curried Lentils, Carrots and Yogurt (280 calories)

No one said low-cal had to be boring, so we’re filling up on this spiced legume and yogurt combo that’s both flavorful and nutritious.

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Watermelon Poke Bowls (386 calories)

It’s all about the three c’s: cool, crunchy and crazy-delicious. This riff on poke is going on our menu from now until September.

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Kamut and Sour Cherry Meze (183 calories)

If you’re unfamiliar with kamut, it’s a sweet, nutty ancient grain that’s kind of like couscous, but with more flavor. Here, it’s complemented by summer’s finest treat, the sour cherry.

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Avocado Chicken Salad Recipe (355 calories)

Some chicken salads belong in a deli case. Others belong on your lunch plate. This avo-laden version is definitely the latter.

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15-Minute Gazpacho with Cucumber, Red Pepper and Basil (159 calories)

No stove, no problem. If you’ve got a blender, you’re 15 minutes away from this fab summer soup.

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Chicken Kebabs with Garlic Lemon Yogurt (345 calories)

When it comes to effortless grilling, these kebabs take the cake. And while your chicken marinates in a Mediterranean spice blend, you can whip up the refreshing dipping sauce to go with it.

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Ginger-Pineapple Shrimp Stir-Fry (461 calories)

A little spicy, a little sweet and exactly what we want to eat on a humid, sticky night.

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Instant Pot Vegetable Lasagna with Vegan Basil Ricotta (456 calories)

Lasagna in the Instant Pot? Yep, it’s a thing, and it’s the secret behind this stoveless, ovenless vegan beauty.

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Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Stuffed Peppers (116 calories)

A Greek yogurt dressing keeps things light, while crispy bell pepper boats replace the usual bread. (Um, can we eat all our lunches in bell pepper boats?)

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Vegan Lentil-Mushroom Burgers (371 calories)

Gone are the days of dry, flavorless veggie burgers. These ones are tasty, easy and—dare we say?—juicy.

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Korean-Style Popcorn Cauliflower (308 calories)

Itty-bitty cauliflower pieces are pan-fried and tossed in a gochujang glaze that’s just sweet enough. In other words: See ya, popcorn shrimp.

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