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Low cal meals that are satisfying


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Sometimes I need to eat a low cal meal to balance out a large meal. Here is my favorite...

Mozzarella Portobellas - first I saute 1 chopped zucchini, 1 green bell pepper, 1 onion. Then I add 8 oz of tomato sauce to the pan along with 1/2 tsp sugar, 2 tsp dried basil, 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes. I let that simmer until it thickens and bake 4 portobello mushrooms at 400 degrees. Then I top those mushrooms with the tomato & veggie mixture and sprinkle it with mozzarella (or layer it with a slice). Then I bake for about 5 min more. They are so delicious and so filling. My husband and I share that meal (two mushrooms each) and sometimes we can't even finish our own portions. 

 

What low cal meals do you eat? 

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Wow - that sounds yummmmmmmmy!  How many cals?  Do you know?

Well, the most filling and satisfying meal I've EVER found has to be my daily dinner:

1/3 c oatmeal with 1 cup of broccoli and 1 cup of spinach stirred in.  I make it with WAYYY too much water so that it's like a veggie soup with oatmeal in it.  First I eat the water like a soup, then eat the oatmeal and veggies as a dish.  That is 150 cals.  It kind of has the same ida as drinking a glass of water or having a cup of soup before a meal...fills you up before you eat too much!

Then on the side I have either a fish fillet, a piece of chicken, or a serving of tempeh for 130-150 cals.  It is VERY filling and can be very yummy if you add the right stuff to the oatmeal mixture.  My favorite things are: curry powder and black pepper, red wine vinegar and hot sauce and crushed chilis, poultry seasoning and black pepper, garlic and onion powder...you can get creative =D

Spaghetti squash with marinara sauce, or some olives and diced tomatoes and whatever other veggies I want with a tiny bit of feta or parmesan cheese

Grilled portobello "burgers" on a light wheat bun, or some variation, like a wheat pita with a laughing cow wedge, onion, tomato, lettuce and a sliced up portobello ... those things are wonderful

Zucchini chopped up and sauteed in a teeny bit of olive oil with some onion and garlic, then add marinara sauce and red pepper flakes if you like spicy - it's good by itself, better topped with a little mozzarella, better over brown rice or on a sandwich or wrap

Stir fry with a ton of vegetables (broccoli, carrot, bean sprouts, zucchini, onion, mini corn, water chestnuts, snap peas, etc.) and a little sauce made from soy sauce plus spices and some cornstarch to thicken - add some tofu or meat as protein. It's great served over rice, couscous or noodles if you have more calories to spare

"Lasagna" maede using zucchini as the noodles (sweat it first by salting cut zucchini strips and putting them in a colander for 15 minutes or so) - I add some Morningstar fake ground beef, chopped onion, garlic, spices, carrot and spinach to a can of pasta sauce, then layer with the zucchini strips and some low-fat cottage cheese and add a sprinkle of mozzarella on top. This usually works out to around 250 calories for a serving that's enough to get me stuffed.

Taco salad - take chopped romaine, add diced tomatoes, bell peppers, onion, etc. Warm up some corn and black beans (half a cup of each is more than enough) in a tablespoon or so of taco sauce (sometimes I use some fake beef or chicken strips instead of the black beans). Add the hot part over the cold salad, top with an ounce of low-fat cheddar cheese and a TON of spicy salsa and some hot sauce, and if you want and can spare a few more calories some sour cream and/or guacamole.

Soups like minestrone are great, and you can pair with a salad for a more satisfying meal. Even stuff like chili can be made quite low-cal if you throw in a bunch of veggies like green peppers and carrots and whatnot to add bulk without a ton of calories.

Basically anything that starts out with a bunch of vegetables as the bulk of the dish with only a few higher calorie additions. And if I don't feel quite full enough on a really low-cal meal I add a bunch of steamed broccoli.

Get a Green Giant Broccoli and Cheddar frozen dish - the whole thing has only 150 calories.

Microwave it accordingly, and add a 45-calorie veggie dog.  They have the same amount of protein as normal hot dogs, but about 1/3 calories.  Plus I'm a vegetarian.

But that there is about 200 calories, and then I normally get two slices of light bread, toast them and butter them with this whipped margarine by Promise that has only 5 calories per tablespoon.  The bread is great for dipping in the massive amounts of leftover cheese. 

Then I get leftover coffee from the morning that I've already sweetened with splenda and creamer and I freeze it in mini icecube trays and save a tiny bit and chill it.  I puree this in the food processor and make an iced coffee drink.

 

I eat this meal - which is about 325 calories - on nights when I'm super hungry but I ate out and got a lot of calories already that day.

 

We all know how it is when we go out for pancakes at iHop and take a little more than we thought we'd take...

But this meal is protein packed and such a life saver for me sometimes!

This is a great idea, thanks!!!

I usually do a package of ramen (but I don't care about the sodium) with broccolli and peas and corn, or whatever veggies I have on hand, thrown in and boiled with the noodles. This would be good too even without the seasoning and all that salt. I think it's very satisfying, but not the most low calorie. But I use this when I don't porportion correctly and don't have the 700 calories I'd prefer to eat for dinner.

My go to for lunch is very simple:

Half a can of beans of any kind you like ~200 Cal

quarter can of corn or peas ~ 60 Cal

quarter to half can of diced tomatoes ~ 15-30 Cal

Total ~ 300 Cals

Sometimes I also add the following:

half a small can of tuna (I use the kind packed in olive oil) ~ 166 Cals

sometimes a dollop of greek yogurt ~60 Cals

 

Keeps me full for a long time, too.

I also like to eat taco salads. I mix fat free sour cream with salsa and use it as a dressing. Then I add some fat free cheddar. Once in a while I use Briannas chipotle dressing to add a little spice but I only use about 1/2 a serving. 

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