Low-Calorie Family-Friendly Meals

Bring lightened versions (under 350 calories!) of your family's favorites to the dinner table with these simple, satisfying recipes.

  • Three-Cheese Chicken Penne Florentine
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Three-Cheese Chicken Penne Florentine

    Your kids will be too busy enjoying the cheesy noodles to notice this recipe is packed with fresh produce and protein. It's a one-dish meal you'll feel good about serving .
  • Crispy Fish with Lemon-Dill Sauce
    Photo: Raymond Hom; Styling: Pamela Duncan Silver

    Crispy Fish with Lemon-Dill Sauce

    By oven-frying these panko-covered fillets, you can get the flavor of crispy fried fish for far fewer calories. Save money on your meal by using budget-friendly tilapia.
  • Alabama Pulled Pork Sandwiches with White Barbecue Sauce
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Cindy Barr; Leigh Ann Ross

    Alabama Pulled Pork Sandwiches with White Barbecue Sauce

    Biscuits take the place of bulky buns–making these Southern sandwiches easy for little hands to hold. Short on time? Use whole-wheat refrigerated rolls or biscuits in place of the homemade option.
  • Skillet Stuffed Peppers
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Cindy Manning Barr

    Skillet Stuffed Peppers

    Shepherd's pie gets a Tex-Mex makeover when you serve it in bell peppers and add taco seasoning. And why stop there? Add a side dish, such as black beans or guacamole, for a full-on Mexican meal!
  • Three-Cheese Veggie Pizza
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Three-Cheese Veggie Pizza

    Make cooking a family affair. Chop fresh vegetables, measure the cheese, and then let the kids go wild piling their picks atop a prepared pizza crust. In this case, more is healthier!
  • Grilled Turkey and Ham Sandwiches
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Grilled Turkey and Ham Sandwiches

    Sandwiches are a simple dinner solution any time of year. Pair with a fresh fruit salad on warmer nights or a comforting bowl of soup when the weather cools.
  • Marinara Sauce Over Rotini
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Marinara Sauce Over Rotini

    The key to smart meal planning is versatile recipes. Of course, this marinara sauce is perfect with pasta, but it also works well over grilled chicken breasts.
  • Beef, Cheese, and Noodle Bake
    Photo: Jan Smith

    Beef, Cheese, and Noodle Bake

    The right casserole gives you the opportunity to sneak extra veggies into meals your kids already like. With the added nutrients and loads of calcium, this recipe is a homerun hit for your team!
  • Pork Chops with Country Gravy and Mashed Potatoes
    Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke

    Pork Chops with Country Gravy and Mashed Potatoes

    Country cookin' never looked so light! Because you're using quick-to-fix refrigerated potatoes, there's plenty of time to whip up the secret behind this meal: the savory gravy.
  • Chicken with Southwestern Salsa
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Chicken with Southwestern Salsa

    Spice up your chicken tonight with a flavorful homemade salsa. If your family loves salads, simply slice the chicken into strips and serve it (with the salsa) over a bed of fresh greens.

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