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Brown Rice Bowls Under 400 Calories

Brown rice used to be a 45-minute cooking job, and if you forgot to put the pot or rice cooker on, it could really slow down a dinner. But the precooked supermarket pouches have changed that: very good quality, very fast. Just add veggies, greens, lean proteins, even leftovers. Start with 3/4 cup cooked brown rice; then top, toss, and enjoy these seven meals that go way beyond the everyday. — Sidney Fry, MS, RD

Salmon and Snap Pea:
- 3 ounces seared salmon fillet
- 1/2 cup sautéed snap peas
- 1 tablespoon crème fraîche
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill
- 1/4 cup chopped orange sections
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon crumbled goat cheese.
399 calories
Photo: Randy Mayor; Food Styling: Kellie Gerber Kelley; Prop Styling: Lindsey Lower

Balsamic Cranberry Pork
- 2 ounces roasted pork tenderloin, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup roasted asparagus spears
- 1 1/2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
- 1 tablespoon toasted almonds
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil
- Balsamic vinegar drizzle
390 calories

Steak and Greens
- 2 ounces seared flank steak, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup sautéed kale
- 2 tablespoons shaved Parmesan cheese
- 1/3 cup sautéed mushrooms
- 2 teaspoons chopped toasted walnuts
- 1 tablespoon thinly sliced green onions
386 calories

Fake-Out Fajita
- 3 ounces shredded rotisserie chicken
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- 1/2 cup sautéed bell pepper and onion
- 1 tablespoon crumbled queso fresco
- 2 tablespoons chopped avocado
- 1 tablespoon light sour cream
- 2 teaspoons slivered jalapeño
398 calories

Just Beet It
- 2/3 cup thinly sliced and halved roasted beets
- 2 teaspoons walnut oil
- 1 tablespoon dry-roasted, salted pistachios
- 1/2 cup baby arugula
- 1 tablespoon thinly sliced shallots
- 2 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese
372 calories

Going Gyro
- 1 1/2 ounces cooked ground lamb
- 1/4 cup canned chickpeas
- 1/4 cup shredded carrot
- 2 tablespoons 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt
- 3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh cucumber
-1 tablespoon crumbled feta
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
377 calories

Crispy Tofu with Poached Egg
- 2 ounces pan-seared tofu
- 2 tablespoons grated carrot
- 2 tablespoons chopped red onion
- 1 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
- 1 large poached egg
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup steamed salted edamame
396 calories