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300 Calorie or Less Dinner Recipes

Posted By on February 3rd, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 73

Calorie counting doesn’t have to mean you’re obsessively walking around with your weight loss journal.

You can keep calorie in check by just keeping a few of these 300 calorie dinner recipes on hand. They’re delicious, easy to make and ready in just a few minutes to help make maintaining your weight loss easy, and guilt-free.

Chicken, Potato, and Leek Pie

A pot pie can often hit calorie highs of up to 900 each. This satisfying substitution for your favorite comfort food comes in at just 298.

Ingredients:

  • 1 slice smoked bacon, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed red potato
  • 1 cup chopped carrot
  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups sliced leeks (about 2)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 (14.1-ounce) package refrigerated pie dough
  • 1 tablespoon fat-free milk
  • 1 large egg white

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 450°.

2. Cook bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until almost crisp, stirring frequently. Increase heat to medium-high. Add potato and carrot to pan; sauté 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chicken; sauté 3 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Stir in flour and next 3 ingredients (through pepper); sauté 1 minute, stirring frequently.

3. Slowly add broth to pan, stirring constantly; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring occasionally. Spoon mixture into a 1 1/2-quart glass or ceramic baking dish. Top with dough, folding under and pressing down on edges to seal.

4. Combine milk and egg white; brush mixture over top of dough. Cut small slits in dough to vent. Bake at 450° for 30 minutes or until crust is golden. Let stand 10 minutes.

Asian Barbecue Burgers

This spicy take blends together traditional Asian flavors, and satisfies your cravings and hunger, all for under 300 calories!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Asian Sriracha sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Asian (toasted) sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.
  2. Mix ground beef, green onion, hoisin sauce, Sriracha sauce, sesame oil, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, ginger, salt, and black pepper together in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Divide meat mixture into quarters; form each portion into a patty.
  3. Grill on the preheated grill until meat is browned and no longer pink inside, about 10 minutes per side.

Roasted Butternut Squash-Stuffed Shells

This delightful meal is a variation on traditional stuffed shells, for a better-for-you option, and an easy-to-make dinner that’s under 300 calories!

Ingredients:

  • 24 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 cup bran cereal
  • 3 cups 1/2-inch cubes butternut squash
  • 1 tablespoon canola or olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 8 oz lean Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
  • 3/4 cup fat-free ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup fat-free (skim) milk
  • 1 cup firmly packed fresh baby spinach leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage leaves
  • 1 cup reduced-fat Parmesan Alfredo pasta sauce (from 1-lb jar)
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

 Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 425°F. Spray 13×9-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta shells as directed on package. Place cereal in resealable food-storage plastic bag; seal bag and finely crush with rolling pin or meat mallet (or finely crush in food processor).
  2. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, toss squash, oil and pepper until squash is evenly coated. Pour onto ungreased cookie sheet with sides. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until squash is tender. Let cool slightly. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.
  3. Meanwhile, spray 10-inch skillet with cooking spray. Crumble and cook sausage in skillet until no longer pink. Stir in cereal.
  4. In large bowl, mix ricotta cheese and milk. Stir in spinach, sage, butternut squash and sausage mixture, tossing lightly to mix.
  5. Fill each cooked pasta shell with about 3 tablespoons of squash mixture. Drizzle Alfredo sauce over all shells; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil.
  6. Bake at 350°F 15 minutes. Uncover; bake 5 to 10 minutes longer or until hot.

The largest meal of the day doesn’t also have to contain tons of calories that can work against your ultimate goal. Keep on track by adding these under 300 calorie recipes to your recipe box, for long-term weight management success.

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VitaminFix Think

Issue 73
February 3rd, 2014
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