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.
This wrap is stuffed with chicken tenders and couscous with a hit of lemon and a healthy dose of fresh herbs and is a simple and quick lean lunch. Save any leftovers to wrap up for an easy lunch. Serve with: Mixed green salad and a glass of crisp white wine. This one is a favorite!
This rustic cake is a delicious sweet nothings alternative to pie and uses one of the tastiest fruits of the fall harvest—cranberries. The basic recipe is very versatile and can be made with apples, pears, peaches, plums or any full-flavored, slightly acidic fruit. Just arrange the fruit in the skillet before you pour the batter over it. The cake is best served warm; if you can, put it in the oven just before you sit down to dinner.
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.
Looking for a clean, packable lean lunch for work? With only 308 calories this healthy homemade chicken salad served inside an avocado instead of bread is just the ticket that fits into our 400-600 calorie meals. Plus, this recipe makes enough for ready-made lunches for the week or a quick slimmer dinner!
Coffee cake is one of those comfort foods that is a breakfast treat that you may indulge in very rarely, but what if I said you can now have your coffee cake and still reach your fitness goals? I am a coffee cake lover, and thought there had to be a way to create this sweet, rich goodness that could be considered a healthy option for everyday indulgence. This super-simple coffee cake crumble is to die for, and makes the perfect breakfast, anytime snack or even incredible dessert. That’s right, you can now have dessert for breakfast and still reach your ab goals. Each serving of this protein-packed cake has ONLY 230 calories, 14 net carbs, 18 grams of protein and 1 gram of sugar. I cannot wait for you to give this crumble a try and let me know what you think. Enjoy!
This cleaned-up version of the fast-food favorite is made with lean ground turkey and served in whole-grain English muffins. The best part is they freeze very well, so make a batch and store in your freezer for a healthier grab-and-go breakfast. Feel free to add baby spinach or tomato slices to the sandwich – but add it just before or after reheating. Serve with your favorite hot sauce.
Like most people, I love dessert. Unfortunately, most desserts are full of sugar, saturated fats, and refined carbohydrates and will ruin your attempts at getting lean and staying healthy. Today I want to share something that is a little more decadent: our sweet nothings protein packed cheesecake recipe. Like my other desserts, I substitute the empty calories for healthier ingredients and add protein to assist in muscle building without sacrificing the taste. Also suitable for diabetics a Win-win!
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.
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.