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High Calorie Recipes!


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Hi,

I thought I'd start a thread where people can post healthy high calorie meals and recipes.  I find that I end up eating the same things over and over because it's easy and I know I will hit my calorie goal.  I want some food excitement back in my life and thought there might be others out there too that want some new fresh gainer meal ideas!  I'm going to start with a shake recipe that I discovered that especially helps on days that I'm working a lot and don't have lots of time.

 

#1 1500-1700 cal GAINER SHAKE:

*1 CUP OF COCONUT MILK (the kind you buy in a can, it has a whopping (550) cal/cup)

* 1 avocado (250-300)

* 1 banana (i buy the super large ones (120)

* Protein powder ( i use gainer powder by "naturade", you can find it online) (4 scoops=480)

* Peanut Butter- I use anywhere from 2TB (200) to 1/4 cup depending how peanut buttery I want it.

It's thick very filling but pretty tasty and healthy.  Plus it's a tons of calories. yay!

 

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Hi there Kristin! That shake sounds pretty yummy! I found quite a few full meal recipes that sound not only absolutely tastey, but are packed with calories and the nutrition us gainers need!

 

Here are a few:

Cheese & Broccoli Penne Prep: 10 min, Cook: 30 min.

  • 1/2 lb. penne pasta
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1/2 lb. ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 lb. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup pitted Kalamata or black olives, sliced
  • 2 cups spaghetti sauce

Preheat oven to 375°F. Cook pasta in a large pan of boiling water 8-10 minutes until al dente, adding broccoli during last 2 minutes of cooking. Rinse, drain and return pasta and broccoli to pan. Stir in oil, cheeses and olives. Mix well. Pour spaghetti sauce into casserole dish. Top with pasta mixture and bake 15-20 minutes or until heated through. Turn on broiler. Broil 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.

Per serving: calories 795, fat 28.5g, 32% calories from fat, cholesterol 59mg, protein 39.3g, carbohydrates 95.5g, fiber 7.8g, sugar 7.7g, sodium 1182mg, diet points 17.2.

Dietary Exchanges: Milk: 0.0, Vegetable: 0.8, Fruit: 0.0, Bread: 5.1, Lean meat: 3.1, Fat: 3.4, Sugar: 0.0, Very lean meat protein: 0.0

 

Barbecued ChickenPrep: 5 min, Cook: 40 min.

  • 4 chicken drumsticks
  • 8 chicken wings
  • 1/3 cup apricot preserves
  • 2 Tbs. plus 2 tsp. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs. plus 2 tsp. ketchup
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar

Prepare grill. Place chicken drumsticks on grill over medium heat. Cook 20 minutes, turning occasionally. Add chicken wings to grill. Cook 10 minutes longer, turning chicken pieces occasionally. Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Generously brush chicken with apricot glaze and cook 10 minutes longer, turning pieces often and brushing with glaze frequently until juices run clear when chicken is pierced with a knife.

Per serving: calories 305, fat 13.5g, 39% calories from fat, cholesterol 85mg, protein 23.3g, carbohydrates 23.2g, fiber 0.7g, sugar 20.0g, sodium 864mg, diet points 7.6.

Dietary Exchanges: Milk: 0.0, Vegetable: 0.0, Fruit: 0.0, Bread: 0.0, Lean meat: 8.8, Fat: 4.3, Sugar: 1.4, Very lean meat protein: 0.0

 

French Toast and Smoked HamPrep: 10 min, Cook: 10 min.

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 Tbs. sugar
  • 1-1/3 cups milk
  • 8 slices day old bread
  • 1 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 4 thick slices smoked ham, about 6 ounces each

Preheat oven to 200°F. Combine first 4 ingredients in a shallow dish. Blend thoroughly. Soak each slice of bread in egg mixture, turning once. (The next step may be done in batches.) Melt butter in a heavy nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Fry slices of bread until golden brown, turning once. Transfer to a platter and keep warm in oven. Sauté ham in same skillet 2-3 minutes per side or until lightly browned. Serve with French toast.

This recipe serves 4 people. Due to the nature of this recipe, it adjusts the number of servings in multiples of 4 only.

Per serving: calories 532, fat 22.9g, 37% calories from fat, cholesterol 287mg, protein 40.5g, carbohydrates 45.7g, fiber 0.0g, sugar 15.7g, sodium 626mg, diet points 13.1.

Dietary Exchanges: Milk: 0.3, Vegetable: 0.0, Fruit: 0.0, Bread: 2.2, Lean meat: 0.8, Fat: 2.5, Sugar: 0.6, Very lean meat protein: 3.4

When I was gaining, one of my favorite snacks was a big pocket cookie (from Kroger) topped with ice cream and chocolate syrup.  The cookie itself it over 500 cals, and then adding ice cream and chocolate syrup can easily push it to 800 cals.  Very tasty.  Nice when served with a glass of chocolate milk.  :)

Original Post by _adrienne_:

When I was gaining, one of my favorite snacks was a big pocket cookie (from Kroger) topped with ice cream and chocolate syrup.  The cookie itself it over 500 cals, and then adding ice cream and chocolate syrup can easily push it to 800 cals.  Very tasty.  Nice when served with a glass of chocolate milk.  :)

That sounds delicious!

My favorite single, sugary snack go-to is kinda lame, but I love them.

7-11 Glazed Honey Bun - 620 calories.

Calories 620 Sodium 370 mg Total Fat 35 g Potassium 0 mg Saturated 20 g Total Carbs 70 g Polyunsaturated 0 g Dietary Fiber 2 g Monounsaturated 0 g Sugars 31 g Trans 0 g Protein 7 g Cholesterol 0 mg    

Not very nutritious, but yummy and a good snack. Make sure to eat your vitamins and nutritious stuffs needed (very scientific, I know.)

 

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-1 high calorie tortilla (the ones I have are 180) -1 banana (110) -1tbs Nutella (100) -2 tbs peanut butter (200) -1 tbs honey (60) -1 oz potato chips (160 cals, this may vary depending on the chips you use)

Spread tortilla with Nutella and peanut butter. Then drizzle the honey on. Next crush up the potato chips and place them in the tortilla. Finally place the whole banana inside, wrap and enjoy ! Really yummy snack although its not the healthiest :p Totals around 810 calories though!

Yay! people are posting! lol  I wasn't sure if I'd get any response.  Thanks everyone so much!  All of these recipes sound great! 

coecoe, I'm gonna definitely try that broccoli cheese penne pasta....sounds soo good.  

Amy, the nutella tortilla sounds very interesting with potato chips. I'm excited to try it!

Thanks so much!

I have this for breakfast a lot.  It's not that fancy but it's tasty and high calorie.

Toasted whole grain bread with 1TB of honey, then 1tsp of chia seeds (around 25 cal, virtually tasteless and super healthy), then 1TB of crunchy peanut butter. Last slice up a large banana and lay on top of PB.  Then x that by 2! :)  I eat two pieces so it ends up equaling between 7-800 cals!

Amy, what brand of tortillas do you use?

Oatmeal is so great because you can do anything with it.  This morning I had  1 cup rolled oats from Trader joes (150) 40 grams of walnut pieces (288) 1TB of honey (60) 1tsp of chia seeds (24) Banana (121) 643 cals... not too bad for first breakfast  

MMMM. Both of your suggestions sound so good! Going in my gain book for future meals!

A couple more recipes:

Nana's Chicken Stuffing Bake
from Nana
 
Ingredients -
 
3 or 4 chicken breast (I had 3)
1 1/2 c shredded mozzarella cheese (can always add more)
1 can cream of chicken soup or cream of celery soup (I used cream of chicken)
1/4 c white cooking wine
1 1/2 c or more stuffing mix (I used Pepperidge Farm Herb Seasoned Cubed Stuffing)
3 T butter

Directions -

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put chicken in casserole dish. 
  3. Cover with cheese.
  4. Mix soup and wine together in a bowl; pour over chicken.
  5. Cover with stuffing mix.
  6. Melt butter and pour over stuffing.
  7. Cover with foil.
  8. Bake in 350 oven for 45 minutes; last 15 minutes remove foil to brown stuffing.

Serves 3
Calories per serving - 668

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake from "Taste of Home Comfort Food 2009" magazine by Christina Till, South Haven, Michigan   Ingredients -
  • 2 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 60 wafters)
  • 1 cup flaked coconut, toasted
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 T baking cocoa
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
Filling
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp cornstarch
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups miniature chocolate chips
Topping

 

  • 3 squares (1 ounce each) semisweet chocolate, melted
  • 1 T butter, melted
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Toasted coconut, walnuts and maraschino cherries, optional

Directions -

  1. In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients; stir in butter.  Press onto the bottom and 1 inch up sides of a 10 inch springform pan.  Refrigerate for 15 minutes.  I left out the coconut and the crust turned out fine.)
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.  Combine sugar and cornstarch; beat into cream cheese.  Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined.  Add the cream and vanilla; stir in chocolate chips.  Pour into prepared crust.
  3. Place pan on a baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 60-65 minutes or until center is nearly set.  Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.  Carefully run a knife around the edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer.  (Cheesecake top may crack but topping will cover.)
  4. For topping, in a small bowl, combine the chocolate, butter and sugar.  Slowly beat in the cream until mixture achieves spreading consistency.  Spread over the cheesecake.  Refrigerate overnight.
  5. Remove sides of pan.  Garnish cheesecake with the coconut, walnuts and cherries if desired.  Refrigerate leftovers.

Serves 16
Calories per serving -  585

Bacon Cheddar Quiche from Kids Health Ingredients -
  • 9 inch pie crust
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 c heavy cream
  • 1 c cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz broiled/pan fried bacon
Directions -
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Whisk eggs and cream in a medium bowl until blended well.
  3. Stir cheese into egg mixture.
  4. Put pie crust into pie pan and sprinkle with bacon.
  5. Pour egg mixture over bacon.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 325 and bake for approximately 35+ minutes longer.  Quiche is finished  cooking when a knife inserted  in the middle comes out clean. (I had to cook mine about 50 minutes.)
  7. Let the quiche cool for a few minutes before cutting.
Serving size - 1/8 of quiche Serves - 8 Calories per serving - 605 Chocolate Chip Cheesecake from "Taste of Home Comfort Food 2009" magazine by Christina Till, South Haven, Michigan   Ingredients -
  • 2 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 60 wafters)
  • 1 cup flaked coconut, toasted
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 T baking cocoa
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
Filling
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp cornstarch
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups miniature chocolate chips
Topping

 

  • 3 squares (1 ounce each) semisweet chocolate, melted
  • 1 T butter, melted
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Toasted coconut, walnuts and maraschino cherries, optional

Directions -

  1. In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients; stir in butter.  Press onto the bottom and 1 inch up sides of a 10 inch springform pan.  Refrigerate for 15 minutes.  I left out the coconut and the crust turned out fine.)
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.  Combine sugar and cornstarch; beat into cream cheese.  Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined.  Add the cream and vanilla; stir in chocolate chips.  Pour into prepared crust.
  3. Place pan on a baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 60-65 minutes or until center is nearly set.  Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.  Carefully run a knife around the edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer.  (Cheesecake top may crack but topping will cover.)
  4. For topping, in a small bowl, combine the chocolate, butter and sugar.  Slowly beat in the cream until mixture achieves spreading consistency.  Spread over the cheesecake.  Refrigerate overnight.
  5. Remove sides of pan.  Garnish cheesecake with the coconut, walnuts and cherries if desired.  Refrigerate leftovers.

Serves 16
Calories per serving -  585

Bacon Cheddar Quiche from Kids Health Ingredients -
  • 9 inch pie crust
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 c heavy cream
  • 1 c cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz broiled/pan fried bacon
Directions -
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Whisk eggs and cream in a medium bowl until blended well.
  3. Stir cheese into egg mixture.
  4. Put pie crust into pie pan and sprinkle with bacon.
  5. Pour egg mixture over bacon.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 325 and bake for approximately 35+ minutes longer.  Quiche is finished  cooking when a knife inserted  in the middle comes out clean. (I had to cook mine about 50 minutes.)
  7. Let the quiche cool for a few minutes before cutting.
Serving size - 1/8 of quiche Serves - 8 Calories per serving - 605 Honey Butter
from Me!

Ingredients -

1 sticks (1/4 lb) butter, softened to room temperature
1 oz  honey

Directions -
  1. Plop butter into a bowl. 
  2. Pour in the honey.
  3. Stir until well blended. 
 

Calories - 886 per batch
       &nb sp;          111 per tablespoon
(To put onto of cornbread!) Got these amazing recipes from: http://www.highcalorierecipes.blogspot.com
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Kristin I use dempsters 100 percent whole wheat tortillas

Thanks Amy, I'll look for that brand. I'm in California....

 

Coecoe, thanks for more delicious sounding recipes! I"m not much of a sweets girl but my hubby is :)

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From where can I buy pocket cookies as mentioned above? Any vegetarian meals?

I just made another kind of "shake" today. It's nummy-licious! 550+ calories

1/2 cup oats (I grind mine into flour first, as I don't like texture of whole oats)

1 banana

2 TBS peanut butter

8+ oz whole milk (put in as much as you want to make it thicker/thinner)

Blend in a blender. Thicker is more like true oatmeal/porridge, thinner is more like a shake. Also, this can be eaten hot or cold... since it's winter, I'm having it hot, but when it gets warmer I'll eat it cold (it got cold on the way to work today, as I was drinking it in the car). I may also add chocolate sauce on top when I eat it out of a bowl ;) Not really for calories, but for flavor!

 

vividdawn, i'm going to try it hot...sounds sooo delicious!

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Hello everybody .im trying to gain some weight but I'm not eating to much so I'm making these shakes that really helps. 5oz milk 5oz orange juice 1 banana 5-6 strawberries 1 small mango 2-3 scoops any ice cream 2 scoops quick mass protein(550calories). 1 scoop glyco maize(140 calories). 2 tablespoon nutela All mixed in the blender.i know sounds crazy but since I'm not eating any fruit for me mix them in the shake really help me.

    This is such a great idea! Im new to really working out and drinking protein and eating healthy while trying to gain weight. I always assumed I would eventually just naturally start gaining weight and now that im 28 Im still have trouble with it. There isnt much online for help with weight gain unless its recipes that are high in calories but also very unhealthy,or just lists of ingredients that are healthy and high in calories. But I was wondering if you knew of any other websites beside this that have dinner recipes for healthy high calorie meals. I read some great ones on here and hope more get added but thought id ask you if you knew of some more? Please let me know if you can. Thanks again!

 

Bridget

I highly recommend making granola bars! They're fun, easy, and cheaper than buying ones from the store. 

 

I've been using this recipe:

http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2014/02/no-bake- granola-bars-recipe/

But I don't follow it exactly. As long as you use a  1:1 ratio of nut butter & liquid sweetener (honey, maple syrup, agave, etc) they should work out. I've substituted different types and ratios of nuts, seeds and dried fruit. You can adjust their nutritional profile by switching up the mix-ins. I'm sure you could substitute nuts for part or all of the oats to make them even more energy dense. 

Besides what's in the recipe, here are some ideas for mix-ins: shredded coconut, toasted wheat germ, hemp hearts, flax seed meal, crushed pretzels, bits of candy, other kinds of dried fruit (raisins, goji berries, apricots, blueberries), other kinds of nuts/seeds (chia, pepitas, sunflower seeds, walnuts, cashews). 

You could even experiment with switching out the grain! I toasted some quinoa and used that in my last batch along with the oats. 

 

They're pretty forgiving, even if they're not sticking together you can crumble them and turn them into granola, or you could throw the crumbs into a food processor along with some dates and roll them into little larabar-esque energy balls. 

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