Some days, it’s hard enough to get dinner on the table, let alone make something wholesome and healthy. Let us help you with this list of 300-calorie dinners that are sure to satisfy your cravings and help you keep your New Year’s resolutions on track.
From spicy Mexican dishes to tangy Asian-inspired recipes, these easy meals are low on calories but high on flavor, yummy veggies and smart proteins.
1. Mexican Chicken Bake
You don’t have to give up delicious Mexican food just to save on calories. This Mexican chicken bake from Skinny Mom has it all—chicken, spicy green chilies, enchilada sauce and cheddar cheese. If you do the prep work ahead of time, you’ll be able to pop this dish into the oven and sit down at the table within 30 minutes.
2. Slow-Cooker Cajun Stuffed Peppers
Betty Crocker puts a Cajun spin on the traditional stuffed bell pepper with this New Orleans-inspired recipe. The best part? Each serving is only 240 calories and, after a little prep, your slow cooker does all the work. With sweet bell peppers, chicken, brown rice, celery and tomatoes, this meal won’t make you feel like you’re skimping.
3. Tropical Chicken Burger
Not only is this tropical chicken burger from The Healthy Foodie super tasty, it’s also pretty. Red bell peppers, green onions, orange mango and coconut make for a colorful burger, which is so full of flavor you‘ll probably want to leave the ketchup and mustard in the fridge. Without a bun, these burgers are just 188 calories each.
4. Eggplant Pizzas
You can still have pizza night, even if you’re counting calories, thanks to these delicious eggplant mini pizzas from Closet Cooking. Your kids will love them, too, and you’ll be able to sneak a healthy serving of vegetables into their diets. Set up a DIY pizza-making station with tomato sauce, cheese and all of your favorite go-to pizza toppings for a fun night for the whole family!
5. Quinoa Stir-Fry
This Asian-inspired dish from Skinny Ms. will satisfy all of your Chinese take-out cravings. Each serving is just 250 calories and packed with protein and fiber. Instead of rice, this recipe uses nutrient-rich quinoa mixed with diced carrots, green onions, peas and egg. You can also make “fried rice” using quinoa with a similar recipe from Cooking for Keeps.
6. Korean Grilled Chicken Breasts
Trust us, you won’t notice that each serving of this popular Skinny Taste recipe is just 180 calories. The secret to these tangy Korean chicken breasts is the genius marinade, which includes soy sauce, onion, sesame oil, ginger, red pepper flakes and a surprise ingredient—apple sauce. You’ll top the chicken with sesame seeds and fresh green onions for some added crunch.
7. Marinated Vegetables With Chicken Sausage
This dish from The Beachbody Blog scores high marks for packing tons of protein and veggies into one meal. You’ll cut up zucchini, yellow squash, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers and green beans, and then soak them in a fresh balsamic vinegar and lime juice marinade. The chicken sausage is a break from the norm, though be sure to look for a natural product that’s not high in preservatives or sodium to keep this recipe at 273 calories per serving.