Roasted Tomato Mac and Cheese
The gorgeous tomatoes are the icing on top of this creamy, decadent mac and cheese. You’ll love the artichokes, too. Make this dish gluten-free by using the brown rice elbow pasta and brown rice flour options listed in the ingredients.
Skillet Chicken with Escarole and Pecorino
Escarole is amped up with a salty kick from fish sauce and pecorino and is brightened with sweet, crunchy carrots.
Crispy Fish with Lemon-Dill Sauce
Crispy breaded fish is a weeknight favorite, and you can have it without reaching into the freezer case. What we love about this recipe is that you don't even need to pan-fry the fillets; they get breaded and go right under the broiler. Be sure to use a broiler pan; the air vents keep the fish from getting soggy. Our only change was to slightly decrease the amount of salt—it's still fantastic.
Our Tomato Tart is a classic dish that's a summery spectacular, but it can also be a creamy, cheesy calorie and sat-fat bomb. Ours is meat-free and cream-free, but olives add satisfying richness.
Chicken, Potato, and Leek Pie
Fast-food chicken pies can contain 800 calories per serving. We deploy full-flavored chicken thighs and smoky bacon to add depth. Store-bought pie crust keeps prep easy.
Mom's Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole
Traditional creamy chicken casserole can have more than 800 calories per serving, but we’re serving up this classic comfort dish with a fraction of the calories.
Sweet and Spicy Shrimp with Rice Noodles
A healthy take on pad thai, this dish stretches 12 ounces of shrimp to feed four and keeps the noodle portion in check. Sauce has some pumped-up kicks, comparable to many restaurant versions.
Cheesy Meat Loaf Minis
We add white cheddar cheese to this comfort-food favorite making it seem more indulgent than it actually is at less than 300 calories per serving.
Maple-Glazed Chicken with Apple-Brussels Sprout Slaw
Chicken cutlets can range in size from about 2 ounces each to close to 5 or 6 ounces each. For this dish, we chose the smaller ones.
Grilled Chicken and Spinach Salad with Spicy Pineapple Dressing
Chicken with kick, paired with a spicy pineapple dressing, makes this Cooking Light main-dish salad recipe one to add to your repertoire.
Grilled Skirt Steak and Roasted Tomatillo Sauce
Satisfy beef cravings with skirt steak, an ultra-flavorful cut that does well on the grill in no time. The veggie-based sauce with tangy tomatillos is a perfect match for charred beefiness.
Seared Steak with Tomato and Blue Cheese Salad
For a finishing touch of color and light, herby flavor, garnish the dish with chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley.
Stone Fruit Chicken-Rice Salad
Chicken is pure lean protein (use a good brand for chickeny flavor). Cherries and nectarines lend a sweet-tart counterpoint. Brown rice adds whole-grain goodness.
Barbecue Salmon and Snap Pea Slaw
Salmon is low in calories and rich in healthy fats, and goes beautifully with a sweet, salty, spicy glaze and this ingenious summery slaw.
Broiled Tilapia with Frisée-Apple Salad and Mustard-Parsley Sauce
Because it's sustainably farm-raised and widely available, tilapia is a great option. And since it doesn't have an assertive flavor, it pairs well with a variety of ingredients.
Shrimp Tacos with Green Apple Salsa
This unexpected taco filling is crunchy and delicious. Serve with mashed black beans.
Pork Chops Stuffed with Feta and Spinach
Don't let the low-calorie count fool you, these Greek-inspired spinach- and feta cheese-stuffed pork chops have earned rave reviews from our readers.
Pan-Roasted Fish with Mediterranean Tomato Sauce
Chef Ed Kenney uses Hawaiian fish such as mahimahi and onaga (long-tailed snapper), but any type of meaty, white fish like snapper will work in this low-calorie recipe.
Grilled Jicama, Radishes, Scallions, and Chicken with Asian-Style "Chimichurri"
This piquant herb sauce gets depth from anchovies and brightness from lime juice. To tone down the contrast, start by using less of each and taste and add as you go. If your grill is large enough, you can cook the vegetables and chicken all at once. Serve with a scoop of brown rice, and you're all set.
Poached Halibut with Lemon-Herb Sauce
Flaky halibut is dressed with light and refreshing lemon-herb sauce for a delicious dish that will only take 22 minutes to prepare. Serve with a side vegetable and a cold glass of wine for a satisfying meal.
Roasted Zucchini and Black Bean Tostadas with Crisp Radish Relish
The radish relish gives a hit of bright crunch to the tostada; sour cream adds a cool, creamy finish.
Roasted Shrimp with White Beans and Feta
Roasting shrimp in the oven is a hands-off route to bringing out robust flavor; the method also helps prevent overcooking, keeping shrimp tender. Prep tip: It's easier to grate the rind before juicing the lemon.
Grilled Steak with Baby Arugula and Parmesan Salad
Peppery arugula is a fantastic bed for grilled steak. Don't skip on the shaved Parmesan, it gives a salty bite.
Peppered White Bean, Kale, and Egg Stack
One egg adds 6g protein to this vegetarian plate; the yolk is also a creamy dressing.
Crunchy Shrimp Tostada
A dollop of Mexican crema adds a cooling finish to the vibrant pairing of grilled shrimp and cabbage.
Herb and Sausage-Stuffed Peppers
You can set up this recipe in less than 15 minutes, turn on the slow cooker, and go. Come back in four hours, and your supper will be ready.
Capturing the simplicity found in sun-drenched Mediterranean cuisine, these braised chicken thighs melt under the influence of bright, vibrant lemon, briny olives and capers, and juicy plum tomatoes. Serve with rosemary mashed potatoes or over hot basmati rice.
Grilled Chicken Thighs with Pineapple, Corn, and Bell Pepper Relish
We love the high-impact flavors in this recipe. The vibrant, colorful relish will not only look divine when plated atop grilled chicken thighs, but will taste just as amazing.
Sesame Barley with Greens and Teriyaki Tofu
Don't skip the chilling step: It gives flavors time to soak into the barley.
The recipe title here is a playful pun, taking its cues from the pronunciation of the star ingredient. Mushrooms and chiles play surprisingly well together, and this peppy concoction highlights the maitake's robust, roast chickenlike flavor.
'Shroom subs: Oyster, pioppini, portobello, shiitake, chanterelle
Sweet and Tangy Short Ribs
This saucy dish is worthy of a dinner party; just serve with a side of brown rice or rice noodles. Cola is the secret ingredient, yielding a luscious sauce with great body.
Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad
This salad dressing mimics the flavor of a typical Caesar but in a vinaigrette form that allows this salad to stay under 300 calories.
Sautéed Halibut with Romesco Sauce
Highlight the sweet and subtle flavor of halibut with a smoky homemade romesco sauce.
Creamy Broccoli-Cheese Soup
We like our version extra chunky, so we only puree about a third of the broccoli mixture. For a thinner, smoother consistency, add more soup to the blender.
Marinated Lamb Chops
Chermoula, a North African herb and spice paste, imparts bold flavors with minimal effort. This low-calorie recipe will need to marinate for 8 hours or overnight, so be sure to plan ahead.
Mahimahi with Bacon-Tomato Butter
Mahimahi is simple and easy to prepare, as is the bacon-tomato butter. It's rich and sweet, and the dish is great served with a salad, pasta, or fresh vegetables.
Sweet and Spicy Satsuma Turkey
Fresh mandarin oranges, riesling, and orange marmalade provide the highlights for the sweet profile, while crushed red pepper adds the spicy kick to this Asian-inspired turkey dish. Serve with hot steamed rice as an accompaniment to soak up the delicious sauce.
Seared Scallops with Wilted Watercress and Bacon
Watercress offers a refreshing change from spinach and other greens. Scallops are a sustainable buy, but for the best choice, pick diver-caught scallops from Mexico.
Spinach, Green Onion, and Smoked Gouda Quiche
We like the creamy, custardy consistency of this quiche when it's baked for 35 minutes. If you prefer a firmer texture, bake an additional 5 minutes.
Lemony Orzo-Veggie Salad with Chicken
Fresh and light describe the flavors of this salad. With pops of green onions, herbs and cucumber, and bright red bell pepper, this dish will be a delight for both the eyes and the palate.
Tuscan Pork Kebabs
Coming in at under 200 calories per serving, this colorful grilled summer dish is perfect for a light picnic on the patio. Sautéed chard makes a simple side.
Corn Fritters with Roasted Tomatoes and Lime Aioli
For convenience, you can make the tomatoes and fritters in advance, then reheat them to serve. Reheating the fritters in an oven or toaster oven will keep them from being soggy.
Pork and Ancho Chile Tamales with Mexican Red Sauce
Who says dinner party food can't be low-calorie? For ease, make the pork mixture for these tamales a day or two ahead. The recipe makes quite a few servings; serve with Spanish saffron-flavored rice for a fun evening with friends.
Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
The rich flavors of chicken and goat cheese join forces in this impressive 5-star, low-calorie main dish. Serve with orzo or rice to soak up the shallot-thyme sauce, but keep portions in check to keep this a low-calorie meal.
Brined Pork Tenderloin with Plum and Jicama Relish
A quick brine keeps the pork moist and juicy, while the Plum and Jicama Relish provides sweet and spicy flavors.
Polynesian Flank Steak
Turning the steak on the grill about every five minutes helps keep the marinade from scorching as the meat cooks. Garnish the serving platter with chopped green onions.
Filet Mignon with Fresh Herb and Garlic Rub
Filet mignon is extra delicious with a rub of herbs and garlic. Serve this quick-fix recipe with roasted red potato wedges and steamed broccoli florets.
Soba Noodle Salad with Seared Tuna
Look for Japanese soba noodles in the ethnic-food section of your supermarket. At just 256 calories per serving, this is one dinner recipe that you can indulge in.