Low-Calorie Spring Menus

Get you out of the winter rut with fresh low-calorie menus for spring featuring seasonal produce and fresh ingredients. The best part? They are all under 500 calories.

  • Cobb Salad Pizza
    Lane Nieset, Photo: John Autry; Styling: Mindi Shapiro

    Cobb Salad Pizza Menu

    This recipe gives you the best of both worlds—pizza and salad combined! To save time, use refrigerated pizza dough and rotisserie chicken. The colorful vegetables and crunchy crust are perfect for a light spring meal. Serve with fresh orange spritzers and impress your guests with this quick meal.
  • Pepper Jack, Chicken, and Peach Quesadillas
    Lane Nieset, Photo: John Autry; Styling: Mindi Shapiro

    Pepper Jack, Chicken, and Peach Quesadillas Menu

    Give your chicken quesadillas a spring makeover by adding pepper jack cheese and peaches. The peaches are a sweet and unexpected addition to this meal. If you’re not a pepper jack fan, try substituting fontina or brie to get the same creamy texture. Serve the quesadillas with a spinach salad with cumin vinaigrette for flavorful meal.
  • Flank Steak Salad with Plums and Blue Cheese
    Lane Nieset, Photo: John Autry; Styling: Mindi Shapiro

    Flank Steak Salad with Plums and Blue Cheese Menu

    Try something new with your salad by adding flank steak, a great source of lean protein. At less than 300 calories, this hearty salad is a great weeknight meal that’s healthy too. Switch it up by replacing the plums with seedless red grapes or peaches. To give this meal a true Southern flair, make crunchy cornmeal breadsticks for your family.
  • Asparagus and Smoked Trout Frittata
    Lane Nieset, Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Asparagus and Smoked Trout Frittata Menu

    This frittata is great for brunch or a light dinner. By serving it with a watercress-radish salad, you’ll add a gourmet touch to a simple meal. At less than 200 calories and only taking 30 minutes to make, this is an easy go-to recipe for any occasion.
  • Spicy Chipotle Shrimp Salad
    Lane Nieset, Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Spicy Chipotle Shrimp Salad Menu

    This menu definitely screams winter is over. The chopped cilantro and chipotle chili give the spicy shrimp salad a Southwestern twist, while the avocado, mango, and pineapple salad add a sweet touch. Looking to cut back on calories? Using lettuce cups instead of bread makes this dish less than 250 calories.
  • Pasta with Asparagus, Pancetta, and Pine Nuts
    Lane Nieset, Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Pasta with Asparagus, Pancetta, and Pine Nuts Menu

    Take advantage of spring vegetables, like asparagus, by including it in your pasta dish. Asparagus is low in calories and adds color to a meal. Toss it with pancetta and pine nuts, for a dish that’s rich in flavor and full of nutrients. Create your own crostini by toasting a baguette and topping with a white bean and thyme spread.
  • Herbed Arugula-Tomato Salad with Chicken
    Lane Nieset, Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Herbed Arugula-Tomato Salad with Chicken Menu

    Spice up your salad with peppery arugula, sweet cherry tomatoes, and herbes de Provence. Kalamata olives also add a Mediterranean touch to this dish. This salad is a quick weeknight meal and a healthy choice at less than 300 calories. Bring out the flavors of the salad by serving Asiago-black pepper bread. Your guests will feel like they’re in a restaurant because the food tastes just as good as it looks.
  • Chunky Gazpacho with Sautéed Shrimp
    Lane Nieset, Photo: John Autry; Styling: Mindi Shapiro

    Chunky Gazpacho with Sautéed Shrimp Menu

    Gazpacho is a cold soup and a springtime favorite. By using the freshest ingredients, like tomatoes, cucumbers, and red bell peppers, your meal will be full of flavor and nutrients. Gazpacho is also a great source of fiber and has only 175 calories per serving. Consider the shrimp on top like icing on a cake, they round out the meal. Serve with toasted pita slices for a delicious and filling menu.
  • Crab and Grilled Corn Salad
    Lane Nieset, Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Crab and Grilled Corn Salad Menu

    Add a Southwestern flair to your salad by combining grilled corn, fresh cilantro, and lime juice. Crab and Grilled Corn Salad is perfect for supper or a dinner party. It’s high in fiber and low in calories. By serving the salad in lettuce cups, it adds a fun touch to this light dish. To finish the meal, bake Manchego-Black Pepper Breadsticks using the creamy Spanish cheese.
  • Walnut and Rosemary Oven-Fried Chicken
    Lane Nieset, Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Walnut and Rosemary Oven-Fried Chicken Menu

    Save on the calories by baking fried chicken using panko crumbs. At less than 300 calories, the panko crumbs will add a crunchy texture and golden-brown hue to the dish. The chopped walnuts also add a delightful texture to the chicken, while the rosemary adds flavor. Make this meal kid-friendly by serving with honey-mustard dipping sauce. To balance out this meal, include a green salad and Toasted Garlic Escarole for added vitamins.
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