15 Delicious and Filling Recipes That Are Under 400 Calories

It’s no secret that cooking at home is an easy way to eat healthier. If you’re convinced that low-cal means carrot sticks and salad, look to PureWow Coterie member Monique Volz for inspiration: She’s the queen of feel-good food that tastes full-fat. Here, 15 deliciously easy recipes from her website, Ambitious Kitchen. Oh, and did we mention they’re all under 400 calories? Bon appétit.

For more tips, tricks and recipes from Monique Volz, check out her website, Ambitious Kitchen, and her exclusive interview on The Coterie.

23 Pasta Recipes That Are Under 500 Calories

vegan butternut squash black bean enchilladas recipe
Ambitious Kitchen

Vegan Butternut Squash Black Bean Enchiladas With JalapeÑo Cashew Crema (396 Calories Per Serving)

The sauce tastes downright cheesy—with no dairy in sight.

slow cooker chicken tikka masala recipe1
Ambitious Kitchen

Slow-cooker Chicken Tikka Masala (278 Calories Per Serving)

Save the calories for the naan.

polenta egg skillet bake recipe
Ambitious Kitchen

Polenta, Refried Beans & Egg Skillet Bake (249 Calories Per Serving)

So creamy, you won’t believe it’s low-cal.

pesto chicken burgers recipe
Ambitious Kitchen

Chicken Burgers With Spinach Basil Pesto & Mozzarella (272 Calories Per Serving)

It’s like a caprese salad on a burger. We want two.

quinoa pumpkin chili recipe
Ambitious Kitchen

Slow-cooker Black Bean Quinoa Pumpkin Chicken Chili (320 Calories Per Serving)

If you haven’t tried savory pumpkin stew, now’s your chance.

lightened up chicken pot pie recipe
Ambitious Kitchen

Lightened-up Chicken Potpie (362 Calories Per Serving)

The ultimate comfort food got a healthy makeover.

salsa verde lentil tacos recipe
Ambitious Kitchen

Salsa Verde Lentil Tacos With Mango-pomegranate Pico (389 Calories Per Serving)

This flavor combo is totally addicting.

roased butternut squash pasta with peas recipe
Ambitious Kitchen

Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta With Peas (336 Calories Per Serving)

This recipe tastes *so* indulgent (and it’s also a cinch to prepare).

spicy maple glazed salmon recipe
Ambitious Kitchen

Spicy Maple Glazed Salmon (282 Calories Per Serving)

Dinner for two, coming right up.

baked chicken drumsticks with avocado sauce recipe
Ambitious Kitchen

Baked Peruvian Chicken Drumsticks With Avocado Lime Dipping Sauce (336 Calories Per Serving)

You had us at drumstick (and again at avocado lime dipping sauce).

crunchy thai chicken wrap recipe
Ambitious Kitchen

Crunchy Rainbow Thai Peanut Chicken Wraps (312 Calories)

The creamy peanut dipping sauce is irresistible.

broccoli cheddar quinoa mac and cheese recipe
Ambitious Kitchen

Broccoli And White Cheddar Quinoa Mac And Cheese (313 Calories Per Serving)

The crunchy Parmesan topping is key.

healthy turkey lasagna recipe1
Ambitious Kitchen

The Best Healthy Turkey Lasagna You’ll Ever Eat (368 Calories Per Serving)

Can we eat this every day of the week?

vegan white bean and squash soup recipe
Ambitious Kitchen

Vegan White Bean & Roasted Butternut Squash Soup (253 Calories Per Serving)

There’s nothing like a creamy soup to warm you up from the inside out.

sesame orange ginger chicken stir fry recipe
Ambitious Kitchen

Sesame-orange Ginger Chickpea Stir-fry (248 Calories Per Serving)

Quick? Check. Delicious? Double check.


Senior Food Editor

Katherine Gillen is PureWow’s senior food editor. She’s a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City...