550-Calorie Recipes

FOOD IS YOUR FRIEND – WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND HOW IT NOURISHES YOU

This traditional Louisiana dish is usually made with the “trinity” of celery, bell peppers, and onion. This savory version omits the celery but includes spicy sausage along with juicy chicken and shrimp, making for a delicious, filling dinner....

This Chinese favorite uses brown rice to up the nutritional value. Find the garlic chili sauce in the Asian food section of larger supermarkets or in Asian supermarkets; Lee Kum Kee is one brand to try. Just make sure it has roughly 15 calories or less per tablespoon....

Similar to burritos but wrapped in lettuce, these Mexican-inspired wraps are great for dinner or to serve at a festive party....

Enjoy this Asian-inspired salad on its own, or spice it up a little by adding sambal oelek, a red chili-based sauce....

What could be more delicious than a super simple pasta with fresh shrimp and veggies? Up the nutritional value by making it with whole wheat pasta....

Get your daily dose of veggies in an easy-to-eat package with these tasty and colorful burritos. The whole family will love this Mexican-inspired dish....

Mix it up a little with a Mediterranean veggie mix – olives, sun-dried tomatoes, green beans, potatoes, and eggs – served with wedges of whole-wheat pita....

Here’s your chance to eat breakfast for dinner with a savory and scrumptious take on eggs. ...

Ratatouille, a traditional French Provencal dish, makes use of delicious and colorful veggies. Here we combine it with heart-healthy grilled fish for a dinner you’re sure to enjoy. ...

Give this nutritious fish dish an Asian flavor by adding bok choy, a “Chinese cabbage” high in vitamins A and C, and savory ginger. ...

You’ll satisfy your cheese cravings in a healthy way – and get your veggies, too – with this delicious recipe for an Italian favorite. It’s a filling and enjoyable meal that the whole family will love! ...

Though the curry takes a little while to prepare, the slightly spicy and delicious results are worth all the effort! ...

Give your salad a Southwestern kick by adding some delicious barbecued shrimp, along with antioxidant-rich black beans and heart-healthy avocado. ...

Using a traditional Italian combination of mozzarella, tomato, and basil known as caprese, this zesty sandwich makes an easy addition to your dinner repertoire. ...

You can enjoy a traditional steak and potatoes meal on a medical weight loss plan – if you keep it light by using our recipe. ...

We’ve lightened up the Waldorf salad by omitting the mayo and modernized it with pear instead of apple. ...

If you’ve never tried stromboli, it’s like a pizza pocket stuffed with filling. Make our savory version even healthier by using whole wheat ready-to-use pizza dough if you can find it. ...

This classic soup is lightened up with extra-lean ham – which you can just omit to make this recipe vegetarian. ...

Enjoy this Chinese favorite without the guilt by using lean pork and substituting brown rice for white. ...

This easy-to-prepare sandwich is freshened up with a delightful infusion of rosemary. ...

Looking to warm up with a hearty dish on a cold night? Our chicken pot pie will do the trick! ...

This Middle Eastern staple makes a delicious addition to your dinner repertoire. If you can’t find tahini, or sesame paste, you can substitute peanut butter instead....

Want the taste and texture of “fried” chicken but none of the fat and calories? Try our high-protein, low-fat take on this classic summer dish....

If you thought homemade pesto was difficult to make, think again. This easy and delicious pasta makes enough to satisfy the entire family....

If you like a little spice, this unusual but delicious pizza, studded with antioxidant-rich black beans, fits the bill....

Sometimes sushi rolls can be a little unhealthy, especially if they use full-fat mayo or fried tempura. But these tasty rolls use light mayo with heart-healthy salmon and avocado for a Japanese-style dinner....

These tasty low-carb, high-protein wraps omit the bread by using lettuce as the “wrap.”...

You’ll feel the ocean breezes as you bite into these savory, scrumptious crab cakes. They’re simply perfect for a light meal anytime....