There are plenty of people who enjoy the piles of snow that come during the heart of winter. But I’d rather be in the kitchen, bundled in my most comfortable sweater, looking for new recipes to try. One night, I’ll cozy up to a bowl of Turkey & Squash Soup with tender turkey and sweet chunks of butternut squash. The next, I’ll have warm and gooey baked gnocchi with chard and white beans. My preferred winter activity of cooking hearty fare could easily get me into trouble weight-wise, but I’m careful to choose dishes that are satisfying and low-calorie. The recipes that follow are all under 360 calories and packed with sources of lean protein and fiber-rich vegetables. While the weather outside is frosty, I’ll be happy keeping warm and cozy in the kitchen.
—Hilary Meyer, Associate Food Editor
This Southwestern-inspired turkey-and-squash soup gets a little kick from crushed red pepper and some zing from fresh lime juice. You can use leftover turkey or chicken (instead of the cutlets); dice it and add a few minutes before serving. Serve with cornbread.
The subtly sweet peanut sauce blends deliciously in this beef, cabbage and carrot sauté. Spice up the dish with a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce. Serve with udon noodles.
Green beans add snap and color to the garlicky shrimp and butter beans in this Spanish-inspired sauté. Slightly pricier prepeeled shrimp are worth it, given the amount of time they save on a harried weeknight. Serve with quinoa or brown rice.
Orange marmalade and freshly grated orange zest make a deliciously tangy sauce for quick-cooking chicken tenders. Serve with brown rice.
In this one-skillet supper, we toss dark leafy greens, diced tomatoes and white beans with gnocchi and top it all with gooey mozzarella. Serve with a mixed green salad with vinaigrette.