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Dinner Menu Ideas for Dieters

Diet Bites Choose to Lose Diet™

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Enjoy all of the following dinner or lunch menus for about 450 calories.

Free Low Calorie Menus for Dieters

The following menus are all low in caloric values and are part of our Choose & Lose Diet Plan. All contain about 450 calories each.

Keep in mind that if you don't like some foods which are listed on the menus, then you should substitute them with foods which you enjoy which contain about the same caloric values.

Dinner Menu #1 - Kangaroo Jack Recipe

1 Kangaroo Pocket Bread (175 calories)

Mix the following ingredients with 1 Tablespoon of your favorite LIGHT Salad Dressing and stuff into the pocket bread:

1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes
1 stalk of chopped celery
2 cups of baby spinach
1 teaspoon of chopped cilantro (optional)
 1/2 cup of sliced mushrooms
3 ounces of lean deli meat
1 slice of low fat cheese, chopped

Add a few black olives and salt & pepper if desired.

Our Kangaroo pocket is stuffed full of healthy foods - from the spinach which contains rich nutritional notes of iron to the low fat cheese which contains calcium to support bone health. Speaking of bone health, did you know that adding even a minimal amount of activity to your daily schedule can serve to increase bone density?

* Stronger bones equal less risk for bone disease and breakage.

While what we eat truly impacts our state of health- as well as our gene pool which is the strongest influencing factor, our activity level can work to set off the negative values.

Diet Menu #2, Spud Bar

1 Large Baked Potato - calories based on a 4" in diameter potato which is the size before baking occurs (250 calories)

Top with the following:

1 slice of low fat cheese (60 calories) OR use 60 calories worth of shredded cheese
1/4 cup of chopped tomatoes
1 Tablespoon of Bacon Bits
2 Tablespoons of Light Sour Cream
1 teaspoon of butter or margarine

Add jalapeno peppers if desired, as well as salt & pepper.

When eating potatoes, eat the skin with them to combat acidity. They are among the handful of vegetables which can end up being highly acidic amid the metabolic process when they aren't consumed with the skins.

Diet Menu #3, Green Bean Stir Fry

Green beans are so low in calories that they are a dieter's delight!

Place the following into a non-stick skillet using non-stick cooking spray:
1/2 cup of cooked chopped chicken (140 calories)
1 teaspoon of diced onion - any variety
1/2 cup of sliced mushrooms - any variety

Allow to cook until onion is clear then add 1 fifteen-ounce can of drained green beans. Cook until beans are hot. Remove and serve over a 1-cup bed of rice with your favorite Chinese sauce (40 calories worth). Add sesame seed to the stir fry as it cooks if desired, as well as salt and pepper.

Menu #4, Tri Colored Peppers

Use any variety of bell pepper that you choose for this tasty diet recipe. If you are cooking for the family or a group, use all three to create a beautiful meal.

1 bell pepper, any variety - hulled out & seeded
3 ounces of extra lean raw hamburger meat (140 calories)
3 saltine crackers (30 calories)
2 Tablespoons of ketchup
1/2 whisked raw egg (35 calories)
1/2 small raw onion

Mix extra lean ground beef with 5 smashed crackers, 1 teaspoon of chopped raw onion, salt & pepper + 1 raw egg. Stuff into hulled-out peppers, then top with an onion slice and 2 Tablespoons of ketchup.

Bake in a 350-degree preheated oven until done - about 30 minutes depending upon altitude, climate & brand of oven used.

Enjoy with 1/2 cup of cooked rice (or couscous or pasta) PLUS 1 slice of whole grain bread (70 calories) + 1 pat of butter or margarine.

#5, Chips O'Riley Recipe

Pairing a sandwich containing lean meat and skim-based cheese with baked chips creates a tasty, quick meal fit for a Diet Queen or King. Adding whole-grain bread boosts nutritional values.

Our official Chips O'Riley sandwich is created using baby spinach and light cream cheese - although we offer other options below for those who prefer lettuce and Mayo.

Recipe Ingredients

2 slices of whole grain bread (70 calories each = 140 total)
About 6 thin slices of extra lean deli meat of your choice
1 slice of skim mozzarella cheese (60 calories)
sliced tomato, baby spinach (or chopped lettuce) and a pickle if desired
1 Tablespoon of Light cream cheese OR 1 Tablespoon of Light Miracle Whip

Put together the above ingredients to form one big sandwich and then add a serving of baked chips (140 calories).

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