If you’re trying to lose weight but feel hungry, you’ll love these 300-calorie dishes that satisfy like 600-calorie meals.
We found this recipe in a WomansDay.com post for 300-calorie-or-less chicken dishes. We chose this particular dish for several reasons. First of all, it’s packed with flavor from the cumin and cilantro, and even allows what seems like an indulgence — enchilada sauce — so you feel like you’re treating yourself. But also, the water content from the bell peppers fills you up, along with the high-fiber barley. Almost every ingredient is a low-calorie food packed with nutrition.
We love this recipe from LiveBetterAmerica.com because it takes what’s usually considered a fried seafood dish and makes it healthy. Plus, the Wheaties cereal “batter” makes this feel like fried food, but it’s not. The spicy orange marinade recalls orange chicken from Chinese restaurants without any of the guilt.
Mexican food and pizza are usually two categories of food dieters often stay far away from. But this recipe from TasteofHome.com uses fiberful whole wheat muffins for the crust, fat-free refried beans for the protein and a light salsa in place of the usual hearty marinara sauce. You still get the satisfying feeling of biting into a hot, crispy-but-soft pizza oozing with sauce and cheese without the empty calories.
Not only is this FitnessMagazine.com recipe super easy to assemble, but it incorporates two foods you’d think were off limits to dieters: fatty avocado and salty smoked salmon. It really is under 300 calories and very filling because of the fiber in the avocado and rye bread plus the protein in both the avocado and salmon.
There’s nothing like holding a big sloppy Joe with both your hands and chowing down before the spicy/salty/sweet ground meat falls out of the buns. This healthy recipe from AllRecipes.com substitutes some of the meat with vegetables including bell peppers and carrots. The extra fiber from the veggies fills you up, but since they’re chopped, they retain that chunky texture of a traditional sloppy Joe.
This is from AllRecipes.com‘s section on 300-calorie pork main dishes. One reason this 300-calorie meal makes you feel full is actually a mind trick: since eating off the sticks takes work, eating this meal requires more time, and your mind believes you’ve eaten more since you’ve been eating for a while. The vibrant Thai flavors like coriander, cayenne and crunchy peanut butter leave your taste buds completely satisfied.
You didn’t think we’d let you go without pasta while on your diet, did you? This recipe from BettyCrocker.com incorporates eight ounces of delicious, swirl-it-up-on-your-fork fettucine. The pork has protein of course but the filling ingredient is the zucchini. Zucchini’s high water content makes you feel full without consuming too many calories.
BettyCrocker.com impressed us with this main dish version of what’s usually a starter soup. The ingredients list for this soup is so long, you won’t believe it’s less than 300 calories. And those ingredients make this a flavorful, hearty soup. The cannellini beans provide protein and fiber, while the generous servings of veggies like carrots, celery and bell pepper fill you up with their water content. The chicken broth makes you believe you’ve consumed meat, but it’s a vegetarian dish.
Chili warms the soul and body. It’s what you eat after skiing, or after playing outside on a cold winter day, so it has to be highly nutritious and satisfying. This 272-calorie chili from SkinnyMs.com is just that. The recipe calls for lean turkey, but you won’t miss the flavor of beef under the wonderfully spicy chili ingredients like cayenne red pepper, chili powder and garlic. It’s also high in fiber, with one can of kidney beans and one can of black beans.
We love this unique, vegetarian recipe from GlamourMagazine.co.uk. You get the joy of eating a patty — like a burger or a crab cake — but it’s low in calories, packed with fiber, and oh-so-flavorful because the mild beans let the chipotle chili sauce come through. Meat often cancels out the flavor of seasonings. Plus, who doesn’t love a chance to eat guacamole?