500-Calorie Dinners: Pork & Lamb

Even juicy meats can be part of your diet.

When you hear diet, juicy cuts of meat probably don't come to mind. But if you love meat, keep on eating it—just be careful which cuts you choose. For pork, lean choices include tenderloin, loin, chops and cutlets. If you love lamb, then leg, shoulder, chops and tracks are all good choices.

Browse through these recipes to choose your main course, then pick from the suggested side dishes, desserts or drinks to round out your 500-calorie meal. Download a FREE 500-Calorie Dinner Recipes Cookbook!

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Black-Eyed Peas with Pork & Greens

279 calories
This boldly flavored spin on Hoppin' John replaces salt pork or bacon with lean pork chops. To round out your 500-calorie meal, serve with one from each group:

Choose one side dish:
Golden Summer Squash & Corn Soup
111 calories
• Red wine (5-ounce glass)
120 calories
Choose one dessert:
Apple Cider Granita
103 calories
Baby Tiramisù
107 calories

Pork Chops with Orange & Fennel Salad

257 calories
Fennel-crusted pork chops with a warm citrus-and-fennel salad is a terrific antidote to a dreary winter day. To round out your 500-calorie meal, serve with one from each group:

Choose one side dish:
Cauliflower & Couscous Pilaf
162 calories
Quinoa with chopped fresh tarragon (1/2 cup)
111 calories
Choose one dessert:
Banana Pudding Pops
82 calories
Fast Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
100 calories

Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Grape Sauce

298 calories
Here, we combine roasted grapes with thyme, mustard and Madeira in an easy, savory sauce for pork tenderloin. To round out your 500-calorie meal, serve with one from each group:

Choose one side dish:
Pearl barley (1/2 cup)
97 calories
Crushed Red Potatoes with Buttermilk
85 calories
Choose one vegetable:
• Mixed greens (11/2 cups) with 2 Tbsp. Champagne Vinaigrette
120 calories
Simple Sautéed Spinach
68 calories

Grilled Pork Tenderloin Marinated in Spicy Soy Sauce

170 calories
Crisp on the outside and buttery-tender on the inside, these sweet and spicy soy sauce-marinated pork tenderloin medallions make for a delicious, healthful and elegant entree. To round out your 500-calorie meal, serve with one from each group:

Choose one vegetable:
Japanese Cucumber Salad
46 calories
• Steamed snow peas with a splash of reduced-sodium soy sauce (1/2 cup)
35 calories
Choose one whole-grain:
Wild Rice with Shiitakes & Toasted Almonds
158 calories
Brown rice with a drizzle (1 tsp.) of sesame oil (1/2 cup)
149 calories
Choose one dessert:
Orange Crisps with Citrus Fruit Salad
128 calories
Papaya-Lime Sorbet
110 calories

Lamb Chops with Lebanese Green Beans

327 calories
Simple pan-roasted lamb chops are served alongside deliciously spiced stewed green beans and tomatoes in a riff on a Lebanese favorite, lubiyeh. To round out your 500-calorie meal, serve with one from each group:

Choose one whole-grain:
Whole-Grain Rice Pilaf
97 calories
Bulgur tossed with chopped fresh mint (1/2 cup)
96 calories
Choose one dessert:
Raspberry Applesauce
67 calories
Chewy Chocolate Cookies
68 calories

Rack of Lamb with Warm Apple & Lentil Salad

282 calories
Mustard and rosemary complement rich lamb and earthy lentils in this elegant meal. To round out your 500-calorie meal, serve with one from each group:

Choose one vegetable:
Roasted Asparagus with Garlic-Lemon Sauce
89 calories
Basic Sautéed Kale
102 calories
Choose one side dish:
• Nonfat chocolate frozen yogurt
100 calories
• Red wine (5 ounce glass)
120 calories