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Healthy food doesn’t have to mean boring food! So rather than groan when you hear 500 calorie meals, prepare to drool. These meals under 500 calories are delicious, easy to make, and best of all, they’re filling!

While these dinners will make your body feel good, don’t forget about your wallet! Use these food deals to save on all the ingredients and download the free the KCL app for discounts on everything else.

Happy cooking!

 

1. Creamy Chicken Quinoa and Broccoli Casserole 500 Calorie Meal

A spoon in a casserole dish with rice, chicken and broccoli

Via Pinch of Yum

I’m all about making a filling casserole for the family on a weeknight, but a filling, low-calorie casserole comfort food that’s packed with protein and under 500 calories per serving? Perfection.

Calories per serving: 363

Fat per serving: 11 grams

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2. Pan-Seared Chicken Breasts with Sun-Dried Tomatoes 500 Calorie Dinner

sundried tomatoes and chicken in a pan

Via Diethood

Anything with sun-dried tomatoes is good in my book. This 30-minute, one-pan meal is irresistible.

Calories per serving: 319

Fat per serving: 14.6 grams

 

3. Slow Cooker Paella 500 calorie meal recipe

paella with peas, onions and lemon on dish

Via A Nutritionist Eats

So it’s not real paella, but who cares when you can make it in a Crock-Pot! This Spanish dish brings all kinds of flavor with shrimp, Spanish chorizo, vegetables, turmeric, and brown rice. This is one of my favorite low-calorie meals!

Calories per serving: 425

Fat per serving: 10 grams

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4. Cauliflower Fettuccine Alfredo 500 calorie dinner recipe

A healthy 500 calorie cauliflower alfredo dinner in a dish

Via Pop Sugar

Your family is going to be stunned when they find out cauliflower is to thank for the delightful creaminess found in this fettuccine Alfredo.

Calories per serving: 304

Fat per serving: 8.1 grams

 

5. Under 500 Calories Barley Stuffed Poblanos

A poblano pepper stuffed with cheese and served with tomatoes

Via MyRecipes.com

We all know how heavy Mexican dishes can be, but these barley-stuffed poblanos reach the ideal state of being filling and flavorful without all the sluggishness that comes after a dense and cheesy southwestern meal.

Calories per serving: 382

Fat per serving: 12.3 grams

 

 

6. Chicken and Asparagus Lemon Stir Fry recipe

Chicken and asparagus stir fried in a wok

Via Skinny Taste

Brighten up your dinner with the refreshing taste of lemon and the ease of this chicken stir fry recipe. Serve this 500 calorie meal over brown rice for a complete dinner your family is bound to love.

Calories per serving: 268

Fat per serving: 7 grams

 

7. 10 Minute “No-Chop” Low Carb Chili recipe

Ground meat topped with avocado, sour cream and salsa

Via I Breathe I’m Hungry

Traditional chili takes hours to make, but not this low calorie meal! Get a drool-worthy chili in ten minutes, and serve it up on its own, or stuff it in peppers for extra zing.

Calories per serving: 229

Fat per serving: 9 grams

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8. Garlic Chicken and Potatoes 500 calorie meal

A seasoned chicken breast with potatoes and a lemon wedge on the side

Via Food Network

Hearty, flavorful, easy, and just under 500 calories. I predict this chicken and potatoes combo will soon become a family weeknight staple.

Calories per serving: 474

Fat per serving: 15 grams

 

9. 10-Minute Black Bean & Corn Quesadillas recipe

Quesadilla stuffed with black beans, corn and cheese sitting on a cutting board

Via Dashing Dish

When you’re craving quesadillas but don’t want all the calories that come with one packed with meats, choose this tasty vegetarian alternative instead.

Calories per serving: 330

Fat per serving: 8 grams

 

10. Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders recipe

Chicken tenders coated in crispy rice with dressing on the side

Via My Fitness Pal

Who knew you could use crispy brown rice cereal to add the crunch needed for chicken tenders?! Let your kids in on this surprising ingredient and they’ll want to help you make 500 calorie dinners more often!

Calories per serving: 172

Fat per serving: 2 grams

 

 

11. Chicken Fried Rice recipe

Chicken and 500 calorie meal rice stir fry served on a white plate

Via Skinny Mom

Such an easy low calorie meal and a delicious way to add veggies to your kids’ dinner plate. They won’t even notice they’re eating something healthy.

Calories per serving: 290

Fat per serving: 7 grams

 

12. Quinoa Enchilada Casserole recipe

A cheesy quinoa, avocado and salsa casserole being served

Via Damn Delicious

Say what?! Less than 300 calories for this easy cheesy enchilada goodness?! I’m in heaven.

Calories per serving: 285

Fat per serving: 13.6 grams

 

13. Healthy 500 Calorie Meal Buffalo Chicken Wrap

A buffalo chicken wrap with slaw and avocado wrapped in a tortilla

Via The Creative Bite

Skip the greasy buffalo chicken wings, and opt for a delicious buffalo chicken wrap.

Calories per serving: 317

Fat per serving: 12 grams

 

14. One-Pot Chicken, Quinoa, Mushrooms & Spinach recipe

Seasoned chicken in a pot with quinoa, mushrooms and spinach

Via Cookin’ Canuck

Here’s a beauty. I feel like I could get away serving this one-pot meal even when we have guests over.

Calories per serving: 257.8

Fat per serving: 7.3 grams

 

How to save on 500 calorie meal ingredients and food containers

Produce:

  • Shop for fruits and veggies at ALDI. Across the board, produce prices are lower at ALDI than anywhere else (yes, even Walmart!). Be picky though; quality can be hit or miss.
  • Get up to 40% off supermarket prices at MisfitsMarket.com. Misfits Market sells “ugly” (but not bruised or rotten!) produce at a steep discount, because grocery stores like pretty produce, believing it sells better. This is a subscription box and “you get what you get” in a weekly delivery. You don’t choose your items.
  • Download Ibotta and Checkout51 for cash-back offers on produce. You’ll see offers like $0.25 back when you buy green beans, strawberries, or blueberries. Scan your receipt after you buy to get credited via PayPal. Best part? You can combine these offers with paper coupons!

Here’s more about how to save on fresh produce.

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What 500 calorie meals have you tried? Share any recipes or tips in the comments below.

 

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