What a 400-Calorie Vegetarian Dinner Looks Like

Danielle Omar, RD
by Danielle Omar, RD
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What a 400-Calorie Vegetarian Dinner Looks Like

When it comes to making healthy, lower-calorie vegetarian meals, many people think they’re destined for a life of salad and eating like a rabbit. But cutting back on calories as a vegetarian doesn’t have to mean zero variety or living off greens alone. In fact, with a little creativity, low-calorie vegetarian meals can be satisfying and delicious.

The trick for making a meatless meal filling is cutting out the empty calories and balancing a mixture of fiber-rich carbs, protein and healthy fat. Whole grains and vegetables provide filling fiber, while beans, lentils and quinoa provide the protein. Healthy fats like avocado, olive oil and nuts balance out the meal and help keep you satisfied.

Finally, boosting meals with lots of flavor is a great way to keep your meals interesting. Fresh herbs and spices go a long way toward bumping up taste without adding calories or fat to a dish.

Here are a few vegetarian-friendly MyFitnessPal recipes for healthy, satisfying meals with less than 400 calories:


About the Author

Danielle Omar, RD
Danielle Omar, RD

Danielle is an integrative dietitian, culinary nutritionist, author and consultant, frequently lending her love of creating to high-profile food and nutrition media outlets. She’s a regularly featured blogger and founder of foodconfidence.comwhere she inspires men and women on their journey to become their healthiest self. Connect with her on Instagram and Facebook.


8 responses to “What a 400-Calorie Vegetarian Dinner Looks Like”

  1. Avatar seerat says:

    Where can I find recipes for these meals?

  2. Avatar jenn morrell says:

    Are there links to the recipes that I missed? Heading to the grocery store today… would love to make the vegan curry!!

  3. Avatar Tash says:

    These meals look delicious! Are there recipe links.. ?

  4. Avatar Lisa Rodrigues says:

    Yummy! Recipes?

  5. Avatar Ellie says:

    I think you should post the recipes, otherwise this article doesn’t make much sense since we readers can’t recreate the meals with similarly low caloric intakes.

    • Avatar Kate Hoggard says:

      If you look at the post on Feb 23rd 2018 under ‘6 Satisfying Vegetarian Dishes Under 400 Calories’ you will find the recipes for most of them. The search box at the top of the blog should find it.

  6. Avatar Dmitriy Sokolov says:

    cool sports blog you have, it was very interesting to read, I still here found interesting photos on losing weight people and a lot of exercises

  7. Avatar Connie Walden says:

    I make these all the time. Thug Kitchen has all these recipes

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