5 Large Portion, Low Calorie Dishes

Believe it or not, a big-portion, small-calorie world actually exists.

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas

If you’re trying to control your weight, chances are portion control plays a big role in your efforts. But constantly dividing, measuring, and spooning in attempts to control your calorie consumption can get exhausting. Every once in a while you might find yourself hungry enough to inhale a house. These ravenous urges can trigger you to gorge on carb-rich, empty-calorie snacks as an immediate fix, which can wreak havoc on your diet.

If your tummy is grumble city, it’s possible to dive into big portions of food without breaking your calorie bank. Take your munchies out on meals you won’t feel guilty about gulping down! Here at Skinny Ms., we’ve compiled 5 Large Portion, Low Calorie Dishes that provide a lot of food without the calorie count. As an added bonus, these dishes boast a long list of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants!

1. Grilled Vegetables with Pineapple
Say goodbye to calorie consumption and carb count anxiety! Vegetables are among the lowest calorie foods out there. Thanks to their heavy water content, large quantities of vegetables take up ample space and weigh in light when it comes to calories. Vegetables serve as the bulk of this tasty meal, which calls for nothing but clean, wholesome produce, zesty spices, and healthy olive oil. Simply chop the ingredients, grill or roast to perfection, and enjoy a large skewer!

2. Slow Cooker Hearty Vegetable and Bean Soup

Ever have those days when you feel like your stomach is a bottomless pit? This wholesome soup offers a simple and satisfying solution to those incessant hunger pangs. Soup is a wonderful go-to option for weight control. The high water content in soups and broths takes up space your stomach, making you feel full. A vegetable-based option like this slow cooker vegetable and bean soup delivers high nutrient density with low energy density, meaning you’re blessed with vital nutrients for few calories. A whopping 1 and 1/2 cup serving of this simmering soup yields less than 200 calories and bursts with vigorous flavor in each spoonful.

3. Sauteed Mushroom Salad
This rich salad offers an array of unique flavors and textures. A hefty serving of the decorated leaves and vegetables weighs in at a mere 82 calories and 6 grams of carbohydrates! Go nuts with leaves and vegetables in your salads – you only need to moderate what you blend them with! In this dish, nutritious greens are coated in a delectable dressing of lemon juice, sherry, and olive oil and topped with Parmesan cheese, mushrooms, and herbs. The fragrant aroma and tender greens make this low-calorie salad irresistible. It also functions well as a large-portioned snack to hold you over until dinner.

4. Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas
These melt-in-your-mouth enchiladas explode with flavor. The recipe calls for hearty, protein-packed ingredients guaranteed to satisfy and leave you smiling. The saucy, simmering dish incorporates melty cheese, tender chicken, and chewy, whole-wheat tortillas. Despite the large enchiladas and their creamy, decadent taste, the recipe contains only 249 calories per serving! Spice up an ordinary night with this fiesta on a plate and indulge in a rich enchilada without spoiling your calorie-consumption goals.

5. Spaghetti Squash
You probably remember twirling your fork into thick, sauce-drenched spaghetti noodles as a kid, gobbling up the comfort food without thinking twice about carbs or calories. Nowadays, the idea of guzzling down pasta when you’re hungry might sound appealing, but comes with a few nutritional red flags. Luckily, a tasty, low calorie alternative to spaghetti exists somewhere out there – in vegetable form. That’s right, a vegetable can totally mimic spaghetti – it’s called spaghetti squash! After baking the squash and scraping it with a fork, the insides resemble spaghetti strands and deliver mouthwatering flavor. This easy spaghetti squash recipe uses 5 ingredients, and a large serving has only 73 calories. So next time you feel hunger consuming your soul, don’t hesitate to dive into this guilt-free squash dish!

Don’t let your weight loss goals leave you feeling hungry and unsatisfied. These large portion, low calorie recipes allow you to have your cake and eat it, too – all of it! Each recipe boasts a nutritional profile you can feel proud of and a calorie count that leaves a little room for dessert. 😉

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Ellie Krasner

Ellie is a full-time violinist living in Las Vegas, and a writer with an insatiable appetite for clean eating and fitness! She is a graduate of Binghamton University with degrees in English literature and violin, and loves investigating the world of healthy living.

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  1. Thanks for all these tasty looking recipes! I have just started an Intermittent fast diet and doing well so far. I am 70 and have 10 lbs off already. Still a long way to go so variety is going to get me through. Your ideas are well worth bookmarking. Thank you so much! Diane

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