21+ Dinner Recipes Under 500 Calories


These 21+ Meals Under 500 Calories are all hearty, healthy meals, with many high in protein — they will keep you going all day long! 

These 21+ Meals Under 500 Calories are all hearty, healthy meals, with many high in protein -- they will keep you going all day long!

Hello, friends!

I have been working really hard to add nutrition information to a lot of my recipes. Mostly the dinner and breakfast recipes, as dessert is usually a splurge and not an everyday thing (unless it is, and that’s okay, too!).

If you had asked me a few months ago, you’d know that I never had any intentions to add calorie counts to my recipes.

Not because they’re not healthy, but because it’s so easy for calorie calculators to be wrong. All brands of products are slightly different, and a lot of ingredients I don’t weigh, which makes it even more difficult. I don’t feel it’s realistic for me to give you a recipe that requires 468 grams of chicken breast — it makes more sense for me to ask for 2 chicken breasts, but 2 chicken breasts can vary greatly in size and calories.

I want you to keep that in mind as we go from here — all of my calorie counts were calculated using the My Fitness Pal Recipe Calorie Calculator (which is free for anyone to use!), and I’ve done my best to ensure they’re accurate. But they will still vary slightly for everybody.

If you have a condition that requires you to know exactly what you are eating, you will want to do your own calculations using your own preferred brand of ingredients. The nutrition information is only to be used as a guide.

Moving on!

I want you to know that I generally take my health and nutrition pretty seriously. I feel like most people who browse my recipe index would assume otherwise — when what comes up is pastas, and cheesy skillet dinners, and burritos.

However, I have done a lot of research about nutrition in my day. For a couple years before I had my first child, I was fascinated with it. I subscribed to all kinds of health and fitness magazines, and I counted calories.

These days, I focus on making healthier swaps so that I can eat the food I want to eat. I don’t count calories. I don’t deprive myself. I work out so I can eat cookies. And that’s what you’ll see here.

I don’t do kale chips, or salad, or just generally a lot of green things (though I do love a good mint chocolate cookie 😉 ). I confess — as I’ve confessed before — I am a picky eater.

So what you’ll find here are healthier dinner recipes with sneaky swaps and hidden veggies. If you’re looking to eat healthier but you can’t live off broccoli and celery alone, I’m your girl. I hope you enjoy these dinner recipes as much as I have!

P.S. If you have any favorite recipes you’d like me to make healthier, I would love to hear about them!

Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Chicken Stew: 255 calories

This Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Chicken Stew is bound to be your new favorite winter comfort food! It's hearty, creamy, cheesy and loaded with vegetables! The crockpot makes it an easy weeknight meal.

One Pan Teriyaki Chicken and Noodles: 413 calories

This easy, One Pot Teriyaki Chicken and Noodles is better than any takeout! It's healthier and loaded with veggies, with fewer dishes to wash! PLUS a step by step video! http://www.thereciperebel.com/one-pot-teriyaki-chicken-and-noodles/

Easy Homemade Hamburger Helper: 469 calories

Loaded Baked Potato Breakfast Casserole: 166 calories

This Loaded Baked Potato Breakfast Casserole has all of your favorites: potatoes, bacon, eggs, sour cream, cheese, peppers and onions! It's easy to make ahead and is a great healthy breakfast option for the holidays!

Healthier Skillet Chicken Parmesan: 440 calories (serve half a breast with pasta and veg for a full meal!)

This Skillet Chicken Parmesan is made healthier with a homemade tomato sauce, skinless chicken breasts and no breading or frying (which means it's also gluten free)! It's a 30 minute meal that everyone will love!

Our Favorite Breakfast Burritos: 356 calories

These are our FAVORITE Breakfast Burritos! They are loaded with homemade hashbrowns, peppers, bacon, eggs, salsa and cheese! They are make ahead and freezer friendly -- perfect for busy weeknights.

The Best Oven Fried Chicken: 338 calories

Maple Ginger Beef: 224 calories (serve with rice and veggies)

This Maple Ginger Beef is better than any take-out and ready in 30 minutes or less! Throw in your favorite veggies (broccoli, mushrooms, snap peas, peppers) for a quick veggie-loaded stir fry!

Slow Cooker Mango Salsa Chicken: 160 calories (serve with buns or rice and salad)

We LOVED this Slow Cooker Mango Salsa Chicken -- it's the perfect mix of sweet and spicy and great in tacos, quesadillas, salads, on top of rice or in a sandwich! Also freezer friendly before AND after cooking!

Healthier Skillet Lasagna: 460 calories

This Healthier One Pot Skillet Lasagna is loaded with sneaky veggies, ground chicken or turkey, and a homemade tomato sauce making it an easy, healthy dinner that's ready in 30 minutes! The family will never know ;)

Lightened Up Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup: 424 calories

A lighter version of an old favorite! The slow cooker makes this Cheeseburger Soup so easy -- and you can prep everything the night before so there's no work to do in the morning.

Fajita Turkey Burgers: 172 calories (serve with buns if desired)

These Fajita Turkey Burgers are seasoned with Mexican spices and loaded with peppers, onions and cheese -- they're Chicken Fajitas in sandwich form! A fun, healthy twist on a burger! thereciperebel.com

One Pot Chicken Chow Mein: 316 calories

Healthier Slow Cooker Hamburger Helper: 410 calories

A healthier, homemade version of Hamburger Helper made completely in the slow cooker -- yes, even the pasta! (And no, it's not mushy and overcooked!)

Honey Lemon Chicken and Potato Skillet: 330 calories

Honey Lemon Chicken and Potato Skillet: chicken and potatoes are cooked together in one skillet, then simmered in an easy homemade honey lemon sauce, ready in 30 minutes!

Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Sandwiches: 112 calories (serve with buns if desired)

A SUPER simple, flavorful meal with just a few ingredients! These Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Sandwiches are perfect for picnics or weeknights! Gluten free and paleo options.

20 Minute Ham and Pineapple Rice: 208 calories

This 30 Minute Ham and Pineapple Rice is a fun and easy one pot meal for busy weeknights! Perfect for those Hawaiian lovers :) It's also great for pairing with Easter ham!

Quinoa Corn Chowder: 313 calories

This Quinoa Corn Chowder is an easy meal in one! It's thick, creamy, hearty and packed with protein and fiber!

Slow Cooker Beef and Lentil Sloppy Joes: 365 calories (serve with buns if desired)

30 Minute Skillet Chicken Stew: 278 calories

Your Christmas dinner in one skillet -- chicken or turkey, potatoes, vegetables, and gravy in one pot and 30 minutes! This Skillet Chicken Stew is perfect for a busy weeknight or casual holiday dinner!

BBQ Chili Cheese Biscuit Casserole: 458 calories

A hearty, make ahead and freezer friendly meal with optional hidden veggies! A meal the whole family is sure to love!

Slow Cooker Honey Sriracha Chicken Tacos: 293 calories

Sweet and spicy slow cooked chicken makes taco night new again. I love using my crockpot for easy, weeknight meals!

These 21+ Meals Under 500 Calories are all hearty, healthy meals, with many high in protein -- they will keep you going all day long!

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