Most of us dread the winter – colder temperatures, less time to work out and the common winter weight gain! Not to mention less time since most of us have children involved in a myriad of activities, causing us moms to run here and there with little time to spare for dinner. Never fear, however, since there are plenty of simple, four-ingredient meals that are actually good for you and under 400 calories per serving! Yes, it’s true. You can have a delicious meal that’s tasty and filling for a minimal amount of calories. Here are some examples:
Grilled Eggplant Parmesan: This recipe is a simple and easy twist on the classic, calorie-laden chicken Parmesan. The best part of this dish, besides the delicious taste, is that it is only 228 calories per serving!
- 1 medium sized eggplant
- 1 can crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce
- ½ cup shredded Italian Blend cheese (or mozzarella and parmesan)
- Herbs to taste
- Olive oil
Simply cut the eggplant into 4 slices lengthwise or into several discs, whichever you prefer. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with selected herbs. Grill the eggplant for a few minutes (about 4 minutes) on each side in a large pan. Meanwhile, combine tomato sauce/crushed tomatoes with 2 tablespoons of the cheese and desired herbs. Spread a thin layer of sauce in the bottom of a baking dish, and then line with eggplant. Spread sauce over the eggplant, add cheese and repeat. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, until the cheese is golden and bubbly.
Flatbread Pizzas: Flatbread pizzas are not only fun but also calorie-friendly, as a plain version is only around 270 calories (up to 350 with veggie toppings). This is a great choice for a quick evening meal, and one your kids will love too. I mean, who doesn’t love making their own mini-pizza? You can also mix it up using our Skinny Chicken Enchilada Flatbread here. Warning, it’s not only 4 ingredients!
- Whole-wheat tortillas
- Tomato sauce
- Skim milk mozzarella cheese
- Choice of toppings
Simply preheat your oven to 450 degrees and place the tortillas on a baking sheet. Add ¼ cup of tomato sauce and ¼ cup cheese (per tortilla), and then add selected toppings (veggies work best to control calories). Bake for about 10 minutes, until the cheese is golden and bubbly.
Honey-Mustard Salmon: If you are looking for a tasty and heart-healthy meal, this salmon is the ticket. Loaded with flavor but not with calories, it’s simple for a weeknight dinner yet sophisticated enough to serve to guests. This tasty meal will even allow you to have a glass of your favorite wine since it’s only 280 calories!
- Medium sized (4 oz) piece of salmon
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp canola oil
Mix the honey, mustard and canola oil in a small bowl. Brush on the salmon until coated. Place on a foil-lined pan and bake at 400 degrees until done, about 9 minutes.
Stuffed Portobella Mushrooms: These to-die-for mushrooms can be served as a main dish or appetizer. Either way, they are delicious! These tasty tidbits weigh in at 325 calories per serving, which is a steal when you consider each one is a meal in itself!
- 1 portobello mushroom cap
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 2 ounces crab meat
- 2 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Place the mushroom caps on a baking sheet and drizzle with 1 teaspoon olive oil (per cap). Add two ounces of crab meat and top with Parmesan cheese. Bake about 12-15 minutes and serve hot.