12 Weeknight Dinners Under 500 Calories
These are 15 easy weeknight dinners you can enjoy with less than 500 calories per serving. If you’re trying to shed a few pounds then having some discipline in your food choices is going to be a game changer for you.
When you take care of what you eat and how much you eat, you can pretty much alter your whole physique without having to make any other kind of changes to your lifestyle. This is especially important if you have a desk job where you can’t exactly exercise while you work. With busy schedules comes the need to ensure that what we are putting in our bodies is fueling ourselves the right way, with nutrient-dense foods and appropriate portion sizes.
I’ve gathered below a list of easy weeknight dinners you can make for your whole family, that are delicious, tasty and low in calories. Here you can find salads, pastas, soup, wraps, etc. All the inspiration you’re ever going to need for this winter is this list! Let’s get to it:
If you love superfoods, this salad is going to be your best friend! It’s full of nutrient-dense ingredients that are oh so good for our bodies. This superfood salad is vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free. It’s a combo of the best whole foods to help you in your healthy lifestyle.
310 calories per serving
Simple yet delicious, this avocado chicken salad is my latest obsession! Sliced grilled chicken fillets, diced tomatoes, sweet corn and creamy avocado, topped with a mix of seeds and an easy tasty vinaigrette dressing! ll in a bed of shredded romaine lettuce!
380 calories per serving
These caprese stuffed chicken breasts are super easy to make and come together in under 60 minutes. What does caprese mean? Well, it’s mozzarella, tomato and basil, all rolled up in a flattened chicken breast and then baked to perfection. All under 400 calories.
377 calories per serving
Baked to perfection sweet potatoes, with a creamy stuffing made with sauteed vegetables, cream cheese and melted mozzarella on top. This is the ultimate comfort food dish that is going to make you beg for more. It’s super indulgent, yet super healthy! All of this coming in under 300 calories a portion, which is one delicious sweet potato “boat”.
260 calories per serving
This delicious tuna & veggie risotto is so damn good, and so easy to make! I’ve been making risotto for a few years now. And I’ve tried many different ingredients in the making. So far, I like this version best of all, since it is so healthy. Tuna makes it such a good protein-rich meal. I recommend having good quality tuna so not only the flavour doesn’t get lost but also the nutrients in it also are of good quality. In this particular risotto I decided to go for corn, spinach, lentils, onion and bell pepper. That’s extremely good for you! And still, you can add so many other wonderful ingredients to this, since risotto is such a versatile dish.
370 calories per serving
I had never tried pumpkin soup before, but have always been in love with carrot soup, so combining both was a match made in heaven! With a sprinkle of pumpkin spice, garlic and almond milk, topped with sour cream and rosemary, this carrot pumpkin soup is the ultimate comfort food. Pair it with a couple of slices of rustic bread and dinner is ready!
120 calories per serving
This wonderful salad is a plant-based meal you can have any day of the week. It all comes together super easily in under 30 minutes. This balsamic roasted vegetable and quinoa salad has it all. The lovely quinoa, veggies roasted to perfection, and the flavour from the balsamic vinegar and garlic.
191 calories per serving
I not only make it as breakfast but also as lunch or dinner, since it’s so easy and so delicious to make. Add a couple of slices of crusty bread and you’re in heaven. This recipe makes about 5 servings, and even including the slices of bread, all of this goodness comes in under 500 calories a portion.
400 calories per serving
There’s two types of recipes I love to put my veggies in: risottos and pastas. This creamy tuna pasta bake is so amazingly delicious and it makes all the vegetables in this recipe taste so good! And of course, there’s nothing better than loading pasta with creamy white sauce and cheese!
330 calories per serving
These chicken tinga tacos are the easiest tacos you’ll ever make. Just whip up the sauce with some chipotle, spices, garlic and onion, toss it with your chicken and you’re done!
Add some avocado mash to the bottom of these tortillas and top it with the chicken tinga, red onion and cilantro! So good! And all under 300 calories per serving.
207 calories per serving
Whoever said salad was boring probably didn’t know how to combine ingredients like this. This easy tuna salad is crunchy, savoury, sweet and super moist and creamy (hello yogurt dressing!). It’s super easy to make and actually tastes delicious! All of this comes in under 300 calories a portion.
280 calories per serving
If you are looking for the perfect creamy vegetable soup recipe, that is low on calories, and helps you lose weight, then you’ve come to the right place! Here is the recipe for my special, unbelievably easy, creamy vegetable soup. This is the perfect comfort food for those cold and rainy days when you just want to stay inside and watch a movie.
It is also a good option to take on the go in a container and heat up later. I made this recipe full of lots of different veggies to help your skin, and deliver nutrients and vitamins to your body. As an added bonus it helps you lose weight! It is full of fiber, protein and, at the same time, it is very low on carbs.
140 calories per serving
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