Dinner's Ready, for about 400 Calories (or Less)

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Editor's Note: All this week, we're sharing meals, snacks and even desserts that can fit into your daily life. We combine our recipes with simple and nutritious sides for healthy meals, snacks and desserts that are calorie-conscious. You'll be amazed that you can fill your plate and still fit into your jeans the next day. (Find the whole series here.)

You'll need to pick up a copy of "The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight" to access the recipes, but we will share some sneak peeks this week--and you can easily add recipes from the cookbook to your SparkPeople Nutrition Tracker, too!
 
It's 5 o'clock. You're sitting in traffic on your way to pick up the kids from daycare. All you can think about is how hungry you are. Drive-thrus and takeout are tempting, but you know neither your wallet nor your waistline will be happy with that decision.
You don't have much time, you need to make something that everyone in the family will eat, and you need it to fit into your SparkPeople Nutrition Tracker.
Stop worrying, crank up the radio, and enjoy the ride. "The SparkPeople Cookbook" has dinner covered.

These 10 combos have about 400 calories--can you believe it?
  1. Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken in a whole wheat tortilla with 1 cup mixed greens and 1/4 avocado (377 calories)
  2. Baked Chicken Tenders with roasted potatoes, carrot sticks and Spicy Yogurt Sauce (351 calories)
  3. Spinach and Mushroom Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with whole-wheat couscous and grilled summer squash (415 calories)
  4. Peppercorn Steak with Herbed Blue Cheese, roasted potatoes and green beans (416 calories)
  5. Miso Vegetable Soup with Edamame Confetti Salad and 1 serving rice crackers (407 calories)
  6. Orange Chicken with brown rice and sautéed peppers (367 calories)
  7. Maple-Glazed Roasted Salmon with broccoli and brown rice (430 calories)
  8. Slow Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili, 1 cup brown rice, 1 cup milk and Lunch Box Carrot Slaw with Apples (436 calories)
  9. Parmesan Chicken with Tomato-Basil Salad and a Multi Grain Roll (410 calories)
  10. Chiles Rellenos with 2 corn tortillas, 2 tablespoons of guacamole, and 1 cup shredded cabbage slaw with vinaigrette (408 calories)

    Updated to add: Vegetarians, take note: We didn't forget you. There are almost 100 vegetarian recipes in the book, it was co-written by one of your own (me!), and we have an entire chapter devoted to vegetarian entrees.
Which one of these recipes would you like to make for dinner tonight?


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Comments

  • 25
    I'm thinking #2, considering I have the needed ingredients currently on hand. In fact, my yogurt is homemade -- 1.5C whole, pure* Grk yogurt whisked with 1/2gal of fat-free milk in a former pickle jar (fm a local mart), stuck in a bucket with a heatpad on Lo and topped with a pillow. It was done 24 hrs later. Woo hoo. *pure = no pectin, only dairy and bacteria. - 12/4/2016   8:18:49 PM
  • 24
    Written almost 5 years ago? And the message boards are pretty abandoned. I love the resources here, even though a lot of articles are outdated, but I see why it's not an active and interactive site. - 12/4/2016   9:20:06 AM
  • 23
    Where are the vegan meals?? - 6/30/2015   1:20:08 PM
  • HILLSLUG98239
    22
    I can't imagine wanting to eat only 400 calories for dinner. - 11/10/2014   2:12:24 PM
  • 21
    I'm not a vegetarian, but I think the idea of a strictly vegetarian cookbook for them is a good idea! SP does so much to help us. #s 1, 7 & 8 look like my first choices to try:) - 9/2/2014   8:19:59 PM
  • 20
    orange chicken sounds really good
    - 6/13/2014   8:25:20 AM
  • 19
    Thanks! I'd love it if we could search by calories on the sparkrecipes! - 5/2/2014   12:13:28 PM
  • 18
    Thanks! I have been trying the sparkrecipes, but I can't sort by calories! - 4/27/2014   2:11:11 PM
  • 17
    Bookmarked. Thank you!!!! - 1/31/2014   12:32:25 PM
  • JTNEWME
    16
    Does anyone know the recipe for the salad pictured above #9? I thought it was the parmesan chicken with tomato-basil salad, but the salad in that recipe doesn't contain pasta. I'd really appreciate it if someone could point me in the right direction. I'm dying to make that salad! It looks delicious! - 6/14/2013   6:37:01 PM
  • 15
    Looks SO tasty! Yum!!! - 4/10/2013   4:46:14 PM
  • SANDIBETTS1
    14
    Thank you for the great options provided. - 2/26/2012   7:51:50 AM
  • 13
    I am happy that I bought the cookbook. My shopping list for the week is laid out in front of me with these suggestions. Yum. Thanks Chef Meg! - 2/25/2012   11:29:12 AM
  • MSLW1962
    12
    The stuffed pork tenderloin sounds great, love to try it - 1/23/2012   10:35:48 AM
  • GMAGEE
    11
    These all sound yummy, but tonight's fare is leftover mac and cheese with a side of beets. Blah but comforting after a long day at work.

    Thanks for listing these! - 1/19/2012   5:36:11 PM
  • RMSMITH48
    10
    Now I have the pork chop dinner stuck in my head. Maybe that will be tommorrow's dinner. - 1/19/2012   10:45:31 AM
  • 9
    I would have loved a vegetarian option displayed here... :-( But thanks for including it in the book. I don't purchase cook books unless they are exclusively vegetarian as the cost isn't worth it for only a handful of recipes normally. Is there any way you could create a sparkpeople vegetarian cookbook? Thanks for your consideration. - 1/19/2012   4:56:53 AM
  • STREO2004
    8
    I'd like to try them all too - 1/18/2012   1:55:28 PM
  • 7
    Not much choice for a vegetarian! - 1/18/2012   1:40:02 PM
  • 6
    This is making me hungry! - 1/18/2012   1:07:16 PM
  • ALDANAD84
    5
    Again, another great article!!!!!!!!!!!! - 1/18/2012   12:23:34 PM
  • 4
    1, 2, 6, and 9 are on my list. Bookmarked this page for reference so I can plan on making one of these. Yum! - 1/18/2012   11:52:15 AM
  • 3
    What I want to try is the Orange Chicken with Brown rice and Sauteed Peppers, and since I don't have the cook book yet I'm going to have to find the recipe on the website - 1/18/2012   11:07:09 AM
  • 2
    I'd like to try them all! - 1/18/2012   10:38:59 AM
  • 1
    I LOVE the salsa chicken and have made it often. I think I want to try the spinach and mushroom stuffed pork tenderloin next. Sounds delicious! - 1/17/2012   7:53:02 AM

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