500-Calorie Dinners: Vegetarian

These vegetarian recipes are packed with flavor.

Going meatless, even once a week, can have real health benefits, including weight loss and reduced risk for heart disease. Why? Plant-based foods, such as vegetables, beans and lentils, are low in saturated fat and full of fiber, which helps you feel satisfied on fewer calories. Plus, vegetarian dinners save on grocery bills and reduce your carbon footprint. 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. With meals like these, who needs meat? Download a FREE Cookbook with Healthy Vegetarian Recipes!

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Smoky Corn & Black Bean Pizza

303 calories
The secret to a grilled pizza is having all your ingredients ready to go before you head out to the grill. To round out your 500-calorie meal, serve with one from each group:

Serve with:
Baja Butternut Squash Soup
60 calories
Creamy Chopped Cauliflower Salad
48 calories

Choose one dessert:
• Low-fat plain yogurt (½ cup) with ½ cup blueberries
118 calories
Papaya-Lime Sorbet
110 calories


Skillet Gnocchi with Chard & White Beans

327 calories
In this one-skillet supper, we toss dark leafy greens, diced tomatoes and white beans with gnocchi and top it all with gooey mozzarella. To round out your 500-calorie meal, serve with one from each group:

Serve with:
Golden Summer Squash & Corn Soup
111 calories
• Mixed greens (1½ cups) with 2 Tbsp. Goat Cheese & Tomato Dressing
102 calories

Choose one dessert:
Chunky Peach Popsicles
33 calories
• Sliced strawberries (½ cup)
27 calories


Broccoli & Goat Cheese Soufflé

254 calories
This elegant broccoli and goat cheese soufflé will wow your family and friends. To round out your 500-calorie meal, serve with one from each group:

Serve with:
• Baby spinach (1½ cups) with 2 Tbsp. Champagne Vinaigrette
120 calories
Roasted Asparagus with Garlic-Lemon Sauce
89 calories

Choose one side dish:
Whole-Grain Rice Pilaf
97 calories
Crushed Red Potatoes with Buttermilk
85 calories

Choose one dessert:
Chunky Peach Popsicles
33 calories
• Apple slices (½ cup)
28 calories


Barbecue Portobello Quesadillas

378 calories
This smoky mushroom-filled quesadilla is reminiscent of pulled pork. To round out your 500-calorie meal, serve with one from each group:

Serve with:
Southwestern Calico Corn
98 calories
Basic Sautéed Kale
102 calories


Southwestern Tofu Scramble

Pictured Recipe: Southwestern Tofu Scramble

Southwestern Tofu Scramble

202 calories
Cooking crumbled firm tofu in a skillet approximates the fluffy texture of scrambled eggs in this vegetable-studded, vegetarian main dish. To round out your 500-calorie meal, serve with one from each group:

Serve with:
Southwestern Calico Corn
98 calories
• Warm corn tortilla (6-inch)
70 calories

Choose one side dish:
• Black beans (½ cup) with 1 Tbsp. reduced-fat sour cream
134 calories
• Mixed greens (11/2 cups) with 2 Tbsp. Spicy Mediterranean Vinaigrette
124 calories

Choose one dessert:
Chewy Chocolate Cookies
68 calories
• Low-fat plain yogurt (¼ cup) with 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
66 calories


Chinese Braised Mushrooms & Tofu

181 calories
Ma Po Tofu, a classic dish from the Sichuan province of China, inspired this recipe. To round out your 500-calorie meal, serve with one from each group:

Serve with:
Sesame Snap Peas with Carrots & Peppers
78 calories
• Sautéed bok choy with 1 tsp. olive oil and a dash of reduced-sodium soy sauce
62 calories

Choose one whole-grain:
Quinoa (½ cup)
111 calories
Brown rice (½ cup)
109 calories

Choose one dessert:
Orange Crisps with Citrus Fruit Salad
128 calories
Papaya-Lime Sorbet
110 calories


Provencal-Style Edamame Saute

318 calories
Provence, in southeast France, has earned the culinary trademark a la Provencal for dishes prepared with plenty of garlic, olive oil and olives. To round out your 500-calorie meal, serve with one from each group:

Serve with:
Quinoa (½ cup)
111 calories
• Polenta (½ cup)
74 calories

Choose one dessert:
Raspberry Applesauce
67 calories
Chewy Chocolate Cookies
68 calories