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 leave you feeling satisfied.
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1. Creamy Chicken Quinoa and Broccoli Casserole 500 Calorie Meal
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
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
So it’s not real paella, but who cares if 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 dinners under 500 calories!
Calories per serving: 425
Fat per serving: 10 grams
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4. Cauliflower Fettuccine Alfredo 500 calorie dinner recipe
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
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
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
Traditional chili takes hours to make, but not this 500 calorie dinner! 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
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
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
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
Such an easy, 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
Say what?! Less than 300 calories for this 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
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
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
What 500 calorie meals have you tried? Share any recipes or tips in the comments below.