400-Calorie Carb-Smart Dinners You'll Love
Crispy Fish and Chips
Calories: 366 per serving
We lightened up this British mainstay, using cereal for some crunch and swapping baked sweet potato strips for chips. This hearty plate boosts vitamin A and healthy fats!
Rotini with Beef and Beans
Calories: 399 per serving
This saucy mixture of lean beef, beans, corn, and pasta is so filling your crew won’t believe it clocks in at just under 400 calories per serving.
Grilled Pork Chops with Ancho-Avocado Orzo
Calories: 395 per serving
The classic pork chop gets a Mexican twist in this spiced-up dish with a fresh combination of black beans, corn, tomatoes, cilantro, ancho chile pepper, and avocado.
Shredded Pork Burrito Bowls
Calories: 375 per serving
To curb carbs we ditched the tortilla and replaced it with fiber-rich brown rice. Cajun seasoning and fresh pineapple give the dish a perfect balance of sweet and spicy.
Spinach-Feta Rice Salad with Chicken Sausage
Calories: 357 per serving
Think salad can’t fill you up? Check out this dish. There are a whopping 2 cups of chicken sausage, filling rice, spinach, cucumber, sweet pepper, and feta cheese per serving—all topped with a garlic-herb vinaigrette.
Grilled Asparagus and Shrimp with Pasta
Calories: 397 per serving
Spring’s favorite vegetable stars in this lemon-garlic pasta dish. Kitchen tip: For best flavor, cook asparagus until it’s crisp-tender (easily pierced with a fork but still crunchy).
Lemon-Braised Chicken Tenders and Cauliflower
Calories: 377 per serving
Chicken tenders get a grown-up makeover in this weeknight recipe. Spoon over brown rice or cauliflower rice for a well-balanced meal.
Pineapple-Pork Fried Rice
Calories: 386 per serving
This citrus and savory treat is better than takeout and packed with good-for-you veggies like carrots, onions, celery, and peas.
Calories: 382 per serving
Hoisin sauce, five-spice powder, and crushed red pepper add tantalizing Asian notes to these tasty beef-and-pork burgers.
Bulgogi Beef and Vegetable Bowls
Calories: 397 per serving
Calling all food-truck fans: This recipe is for you! These beef-and-veggie bowls taste like they’re fresh from your favorite lunch wagon, yet they are low on salt and fat.
Chicken and Cornmeal Dumplings
Calories: 369 per serving
Having diabetes doesn’t mean you should give up your favorite comfort foods. This recipe doesn’t skimp on the good stuff (see: real butter), yet one generous serving comes in well under 400 calories.
Chipotle Pork Empanadas
Calories: 402 per serving
Love to try new things in the kitchen? Give these Latin-American stuffed pastries a whirl, featuring chipotle peppers for smoky heat. Bonus: They’re way easier to make than they look.
Seafood Stew with Toasted Baguette Slices
Calories: 368 per serving
Seafood-lovers, come get this spicy stew! It has shrimp, halibut, and scallops for a whopping 38 grams of protein per serving, plus plenty of healthy fats keep you full longer.
Chicken, Spring Pea, and Farro Risotto with Lemon
Calories: 371 per serving
Dinner for two, anyone? Nutritional powerhouse farro gives this dish enough protein and fiber to keep you full for a long time. Don’t shy away from this ancient grain. Its texture is similar to brown rice, with a more nutty and earthy flavor.
Braised Beef over Butternut Squash Polenta
Calories: 379 per serving
Comfort food doesn’t have to kick your meal plan off track. This home-style remake boasts 36 grams of protein and just 31 grams of carb per serving.
Dijon Turkey with Apple-Sage Wheat Berries
Calories: 381 per serving
Your slow cooker does most of the work on this hearty home-style dish that perfectly pairs nutty wheat berries with sweet cooked apples.