At Under 400 Calories, These Easy Slow-Cooker Meals Equal Weight-Loss Success

At Under 400 Calories| These Easy Slow-Cooker Meals Equal Weight-Loss Success

Slow and steady wins the weight-loss race| but slow and steady also makes it happen when it comes to low-calorie meals. Dust off the ol’ slow cooker and whip up these meals u2014 full of flavor| fiber| and protein| and all under 400 calories.

| Spicy Chicken Chili

Chili is one of the most common slow cooker recipes| and this one made with ground chicken and kidney beans is sure to satisfy without breaking the calorie bank u2014 it’s only 324 calories per serving. This dish is made using a Dutch oven on the stove| but you can easily adapt this recipe to be made in a slow cooker; just keep it on low.

| Squash| Sweet Potato| Carrot| and White Bean Soup

It may sound complicated| but this seasonal slow-cooker soup only calls for eight ingredients! It offers over 14 grams of protein per 272-calorie serving.

| Low-Calorie Sweet and Sour Chicken

At 48 grams of protein and fewer than 350 calories per serving| this healthy take on a Chinese takeout favorite is so much better than Panda Express!

| Mexican-Style Chicken

For a healthy| protein-rich meal that doesn’t rely on dairy for flavor| try this delicious Mexican-style chicken recipe full of fresh ingredients for 381 calories.

| Chickpea Coconut Curry With Sweet Potatoes

Slow cookers aren’t just for applesauce and stroganoff! Try something a little more exotic for your next healthy dinner . . . this chickpea curry is just the thing| and under 400 calories when paired with coconut rice.

| Southwestern Three-Bean and Barley Soup

This recipe is chock-full of three different fiber-rich beans u2014 black| kidney| and great northern. Those little gems plus barley make for a filling bowl that’s only 205 calories per delicious serving

| Low-Calorie Beef and Vegetable Stew

Paleo dieters will love this beef and veggie stew| which only requires 20 minutes of preparation time before slow cooking to perfection. Each serving is 265 calories.

| Easy Chicken Fajitas

These tasty chicken fajitas practically cook themselves for an easy| low-calorie dinner that’s perfect for busy weeknights. The recipe makes four servings at 233 calories each. And did we mention you only need five ingredients for the fajitas? See. So easy.

| Turkey Chili

This bean-free turkey chili is low in carbs but high in protein and flavor. Each serving contains only 233 calories.

| Overnight Breakfast Casserole

Prep breakfast in your slow cooker the night before and wake up to this delicious low-carb egg casserole that can feed you for a week! Each serving contains 375 calories and 21 grams of filling protein.

| Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna

After a long day at work| come home to this warm and cheesy comfort food. Since it’s made with spinach| portobello mushrooms| and cherry tomatoes| it’s surprisingly low in calories. One serving is about 355 calories.

| Butternut Squash Lentil Soup

After you finish making eight servings of this vegan butternut squash and lentil soup| you can freeze the leftovers for a rainy (or exceptionally busy!) day. Each bowl is just over 250 calories.

| Vegan Split Pea and Sweet Potato Soup

You can make this on the stove much faster| but it’s also a great slow cooker recipe if you have the time to cook it while you’re at work. Made with split peas| celery| and sweet potatoes| this hearty soup is only 254 calories per serving.

14 Comforting and Lightened-Up Pasta Dishes

14 Comforting and Lightened-Up Pasta Dishes

While pasta certainly isn’t an everyday food| anyone looking for a little comfort during the colder months will find that these lightened-up pasta dishes hit the spot. You’ll be glad to know most of these options weigh in well under 400 calories per serving.

| Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

The unexpected addition of pureed squash to the classic dish may raise a few eyebrows| but the surprise ingredient only provides an extra layer of creamy comfort to this butternut squash mac and cheese.

| Broccoli Pesto Bake

Packed with vitamin C and potassium| this broccoli pesto bake takes an inventive spin on traditional pesto recipes. This is perfect for anyone who has a nut allergy.

| Vegetable Medley Pasta

Taste the healthy rainbow u2014 and clean out your crisper! u2014 with this vegetable medley pasta from POPSUGAR Food. In less than 30 minutes| you’ll have a perfect weeknight supper.

| Spicy Cauliflower Lasagna

Heavy layers of meat and cup upon cup of cheese go into classic lasagna| but this recipe for spicy cauliflower lasagna takes a guilt-free twist on tradition.

| Low-Cal Fettuccine Alfredo

This fettuccine alfredo dramatically lightens the load by making wise (low-fat) dairy choices that don’t affect the flavor or texture and by skipping the butter altogether. And it’s fewer than 350 calories per serving!

| Low-Cal Spaghetti in White Wine Sauce

There’s no need to drench pasta in heavy cream| butter| and cheese to create a satisfying supper| and this vegan-friendly spaghetti recipe is proof. Fresh produce keeps this saucy recipe low in calories but rich in vitamins A and C.

| The Obamas’ Favorite Mac and Cheese

The first lady’s recipe for Sasha and Malia’s favorite mac and cheese is a creative and simple way to add cauliflower to your diet. You stir together the vegetable’s puree| milk| cheese| and pasta| and bake.

| Noodle Kugel

Traditional recipes for this sweet dish pile the cream| butter| and sugar on heavy u2014 but this lightened-up noodle kugel is an ideal alternative that offers the same nostalgic flavors.

| Penne Alla “”Not-Ka””

Penne alla vodka is an Italian staple that heavily lays on the cream and calories. Even without the booze and significantly less dairy thrown into the pot| this penne alla “”not-ka”” brings the same tangy flavor and comforting texture indicative of the original.

| Spaghetti Carbonara

If classic carbonara is your favorite dish| then creamy spaghetti carbonara offers the nostalgic flavor and texture you’re craving.

| Olivia Wilde’s Bomb-Diggity “”Bolognese””

A comforting bowl of spaghetti bolognese is often what’s needed after a long day (or any day| really). Loading down on beef| however| can leave you feeling heavy and tired. Solve this problem u2014 and cut back on calories| fat| and cholesterol u2014 with this recipe for vegan bolognese.

| Vegan Stuffed Shells

Instead of the traditional stuffed shells| whip up this vegan recipe for a lightened-up alternative that truly tastes like the real thing.

| Cauliflower Fettuccine Alfredo

Instead of milk| cheese| or cream to give this sauce its velvety texture| boiled cauliflower is combined with a handful of ingredients| resulting in a nutrient-rich alfredo alternative any pasta-lover will enjoy. One heaping cup of whole-grain fettuccine swimming in this creamy sauce is a crave-worthy meal that weighs in at just over 300 calories.

| Three-Cheese Chicken and Pasta Bake

When I’m craving something cheesy| nothing else will do| and this high-protein pasta bake is what my comfort-food dreams are made of. Three types of cheeses| yogurt| and chicken are tossed into the mix to make this a high-protein baked dinner everyone will adore.