Cronus Caprese Chicken

Using the famous hasselback technique (cutting crosswise slits every half-inch along the chicken breast) cooks the chicken faster and ensures you get a burst of flavorful gooey filling with each bite. This quick one-pan high-protein and veggie-packed slimmer dinner is easy to make and the whole family will love it. With only 355 calories it makes a perfect 400-600 calorie meal.

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Cronus Inside-Out Lasagna

Here we take basic lasagna ingredients—ricotta cheese, pasta and tomatoes—and skip the layering and long baking time to make a super-quick and satisfying slimmer dinner meal for the whole family. To cut down on prep time, look for pre-sliced mushrooms. For meat lovers, brown some crumbled turkey sausage along with the onions and garlic. Prep time only 25 minutes and ready to eat in 25 minutes!!!!! Serve with: Steamed broccoli and whole-grain baguette for a perfect 400-600 calorie meal!

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Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

Quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) is a whole grain with origins in South America. We have combined it in this recipe with black beans, savory vegetables, and spices for a cold or warm salad that is light and refreshing. This salad is high in protein and can be served as a main with your favorite seafood, or side dish.

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Cube Steak with Mushroom-Sherry Sauce

Cube steak is a tougher cut of meat pounded to make it tender but does fall into the comfort food circle. I like it because it cooks quickly and is inexpensive—perfect for a weeknight slimmer dinner.  Look for pre-sliced mushrooms to save even more time on the prep. Serve with: Mashed potatoes (or a baked sweet potato) and grilled broccoli rabe or your favorite vegetable.

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Alpine Mushroom Pasta

In northern Italy, the influences of neighboring Austria and Switzerland are apparent in dishes like this pasta featuring Savoy cabbage and mushrooms in a light wine sauce. Serve with Caesar salad for a slimmer dinner, or it also makes a savory side for your favorite fish or seafood.

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Quick Shrimp Enchilada Bake

Shrimp enchiladas offer a taste of coastal Mexican cuisine but some versions contain so much cheese, butter and sour cream that they can pack a whopping 50 grams of fat per serving. Our version has vibrant flavor, only half the calories 291, and 6 grams of fat per serving, the addition of refried beans helps makes these enchiladas an excellent source of fiber. Plus we use precooked peeled shrimp so you can get the dish on your table fast enough for a weeknight slimmer dinner.

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Cauliflower Chicken Fried “Rice”

I love this new low carb slimmer dinner recipe and enjoy it because it’s 100% guilt free. You get an extra serving of vegetables and cut back on carbohydrates by replacing rice with riced cauliflower. This healthy chicken fried rice recipe allows you to get your Chinese fix but still have a protein packed 400-600 calorie meal.

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Pork Chops with Red Cabbage and Pears

Enjoy the flavors of fall with braised pork chops, sweet-and-sour cabbage and juicy pears in this German-inspired dish. With only 239 calories and 1 gram of saturated fat makes this dish a healthy low fat slimmer dinner for the cool fall evenings. Pair with your favorite vegetable to make a tasty 400-600 calorie meal.

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Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken Soup

This slow cooker fiesta chicken soup is delicious and just very well may be the easiest and fastest slimmer dinner recipe I have ever prepared! Healthy chicken soups are a great way to enjoy a variety of nutritious foods. Not only do you enjoy the protein of the chicken, but you also get to eat fresh, healthy veggies. The other great thing about our fiesta soup recipe is the way it satisfies cravings for Mexican flavor. In many cases, Mexican dishes are loaded with saturated fat and calories. Our version lightens up the usual recipe, but keeps the same great smokey and spicy taste of the best Mexican dishes. You may also want to pair with other traditional Mexican entrees.

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Thai Chicken & Vegetable Coconut Curry

Here’s a slimmer dinner dish idea for all you Thai fans! Thai cuisine happens to be one of my 400-600 calorie meal favorites, so I was quite happy with how authentic this simplified version of Thai chicken coconut curry came out. It’s kind of a “cheater” or short cut recipe, in that I used Thai Kitchen red curry paste instead of dried chilies and all the individual curry spices. But it still tastes amazing and comes together easily. This dish is served over fragrant basmati rice. You could also use brown rice or riced cauliflower for a low-carb version.

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