Low Calorie Dinners
Watching your weight? Try one of our healthy, low-calorie dinner recipes tonight. From tasty light pastas to main-dish salads and a whole lot more, we have healthy, low-calorie dinner recipes that will whet your appetite without tipping the bathroom scale.
No packaged or store-bought dough will give you the tender, crisp crust you'll get if you take the time to learn how to make pizza dough. Takeout pizza might become a thing of the past, once you get a taste of your own homemade pizza. Top the dough with veggies and low-fat cheese and you can turn pizza into a low-calorie, guilt-free treat.
Pork may be known as "the other white meat," but it doesn't usually top the list when we think of lean protein. We can probably thank bacon for that, but not all pork is dripping in fat and packed with sodium. Pork loin, for instance, is actually quite lean, low in fat, carbs and calories. Learning how to bake a pork loin can add a nice punch of variety and flavor to your diet whether you're watching your weight, trying to eat more healthfully or just looking for interesting new options for your usual dinner rotation.
Remember back when Sunday dinners and holidays just weren't complete without everyone's favorite green bean casserole on the table? We all loved those crunchy fried onions topping the creamy blend of mushroom soup and beans. Learning how to make green bean casserole was a new cook's rite of passage, and this recipe sat in almost everyone's recipe box.
Pasta lovers who want to cut back on carbs and calories won't regret learning how to cook spaghetti squash. This oblong winter squash has flesh that separates into spaghetti-like strands when you cook it. It's a worthy low-calorie substitute for the real deal, and it boasts a fair amount of vitamins and minerals, too, including vitamins A and C, plus dietary fiber.
Learn how to make spinach dip, and you'll always have a simple yet pleasing party dish on hand.
Want an elegant mushroom appetizer without the fuss of hand-stuffing mushroom caps? Learn how to saute mushrooms for a simple yet flavorful dish; they're delicious on their own or served on top of crostini. You can use a mixture of mushroom types -- such as shiitake, oyster, or maitake -- to maximize on earthy flavor, but the beauty of sauteing mushrooms is that even white button mushrooms end up golden brown and delicious. The trick to sauteing mushrooms is keeping the heat at medium-high or high: Mushrooms contain a high percentage of water, and high heat helps evaporate the liquid the mushrooms exude during cooking and allows them to brown; use low heat, and the mushrooms will wind up gray and soggy.
As a country, we eat a lot of chicken, so most home cooks are always on the lookout for new ways to prepare it -- that's why you should learn how to make curried chicken. In this recipe, spices, dried fruit, vegetables, and garlic come together for a sweet and savory casserole that's nothing short of fantastic.
Knowing how to cook roast beef should be on every home cook's to-do list. A straightforward slab of perfectly cooked roast beef is a bit of heaven in itself, but this recipe employs a few surprises to elevate the dish to the sublime.
A mix of all-purpose, whole-wheat and rye flours, plus oats, wheat germ and cormeal, adds hearty texture and heart-healthy fiber to these dinner rolls. Serve with soup, salad, pasta or anything that needs sopped up.
Lean turkey meat gets a flavor boost from spices and a simple avocado topper in this dinner recipe.
Spinach may be one of the first things that come to mind when we speak of the nutritional virtues of dark green leafy vegetables, which are great low-calorie sources of nutrients such as calcium, iron, and vitamins A and C. But it doesn't always top the list of foods people--especially kids--look forward to eating. The trick to making this "super food" a popular dish at your dinner table is knowing how to make spinach delicious and appealing to even the pickiest of eaters.
A sublime melange of flavors and textures meet in this stir-fry recipe--sweet and crunchy nuts, spicy shrimp, and crisp snow peas.
A variation of the traditional red-sauced recipe, this luscious lasagna is layered with Alfredo sauce, noodles, and a crab mixture. A sprinkling of red peppers and broccoli completes this one-dish meal.
Bacon-wrapped asparagus is a classic side dish, and those same ingredients grace this easy chicken skillet.
This one-pan dinner will satisfy all of your cravings in one sitting.
A full meat and potatoes dinner for less than 350 calories? It's absolutely possible! This slow cooker brisket recipe is proof.