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

By , SparkPeople Blogger
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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BONNIE1552 7/14/2020
Thanks. Report
I like the salsa chicken , too - Only lately I've been making it with Salsa Verde for a different vibe! Report
ELRIDDICK 3/4/2020
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WEBLIZARD 2/18/2020
I bought the Kindle version of the book, where do I get the code to get the 500 points. I have searched and cannot find it.
Disregard the question. I found it. Report
GEORGE815 1/8/2020
Thanks Report
These look great! Report
Great ideas. Thanks. Report
I will have to try some of these Report
Thank you for your information Report
Thank you great post! Report
Thank you for these great ideas! Report
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Great ideas! Report
It all looks so filling and so good, SparkFriend! Report
These look great! Report
The Parmesan Chicken sounds good to me. Report
These are great ideas Report
These sound like some I've been making. That steak one sound great and so does the chicken p Report
some great ideas here - thanks for the suggestions Report
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. Report
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. Report
Where are the vegan meals?? Report
I can't imagine wanting to eat only 400 calories for dinner. Report
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:) Report
orange chicken sounds really good
Thanks! I'd love it if we could search by calories on the sparkrecipes! Report
Thanks! I have been trying the sparkrecipes, but I can't sort by calories! Report
Bookmarked. Thank you!!!! Report
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! Report
Looks SO tasty! Yum!!! Report
Thank you for the great options provided. Report
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! Report
The stuffed pork tenderloin sounds great, love to try it Report
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! Report
Now I have the pork chop dinner stuck in my head. Maybe that will be tommorrow's dinner. Report
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. Report
I'd like to try them all too Report
Not much choice for a vegetarian! Report
This is making me hungry! Report
Again, another great article!!!!!!!!!!!! Report
1, 2, 6, and 9 are on my list. Bookmarked this page for reference so I can plan on making one of these. Yum! Report
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 Report
I'd like to try them all! Report
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! Report