22 Easy Light Dishes That Satisfy Even Big Appetites

Whether you are looking for lower fat, lower calorie, higher protein, or keeping track of your macros, there are many delicious recipes to choose from, including plant-based. We also know many folks are using Noom, and adding high water volume foods into the mix, so we have included several soups, too. These are 22 recipes the whole family can enjoy, whether you are dieting, or not.

Pho Bo (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup)

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We have a recipe for homemade beef stock, but have suggestions for very high quality purchased stock as well. Once you have the stock, this well-known soup comes together in a flash and is a treat for the eyes, nose and palate. Get the recipe.

Whole Roast Chicken & Vegetables

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With a cast-iron pan, a one-dish chicken and veg dinner is minutes away. A whole chicken, carrots, parsnips and Brussels sprouts and simple seasoning creates a family classic. Get the recipe.

Turkey Meatballs

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Meatballs are a quintessential comfort food and this version is lighter using ground turkey. Get the recipe.

Soba Miso Soup with Bok Choy and Jammy Eggs

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Looking to add new grains to your diet? Soba are buckwheat noodles and here they are in a broth along with baby boo choy, oyster mushrooms and jammy eggs. Dinner in a bowl with Asian flare. Get the recipe.

Tofu with Baby Bok Choy

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We always keep a package of tofu in the fridge for easy, quick weeknight dinners. This is a basic stir-fry that you can season to your liking. A great way to add tofu into your diet. Get the recipe.

Tempeh Lentil Chili with Butternut Squash

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Think you don’t like tempeh? This recipe will change your mind! If you are hankering for chili, but are eating less red meat and more plant-based, this is a great choice! Get the recipe.

Shrimp & Corn Chowder

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Chowders are hearty soups and they always sound complicated and like they would take a long time to make. Not so! Check out this shrimp and corn version to see hoe easy they are to make. And this soup will fill you up! Get the recipe.

Vegetable, Pasta & Bean Soup

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This is our favorite cool weather soup. Tons of veggies, including potatoes, as well as pasta and beans. Get your carb fix right here! Freezes well, too. Get the recipe.

Turkey Quinoa Meatball Soup

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Sometimes brothy soups leave us still hungry. This recipe has meatballs made from ground turkey and quinoa for a hearty addition. Protein, fiber – and flavor! Get the recipe.

Shrimp & Broccoli with Noodles

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Stir-fries don’t always need a recipe, but this one will get you thinking outside the box. Why not use noodles instead of rice? Broad rice noodles are extra slurpy and this dish is quick enough for a weeknight, light, yet packed with flavor. Get the recipe.

Baja Tempeh Taco Salad

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Eating plant-based? We have an entire series of plant-based dishes and this bowl is a great lunch or dinner. And if you think you don’t like tempeh, give this dish a try. It is loaded with flavor and will satisfy. Get the recipe.

Mussels with Tomatoes & White Wine

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Every time we make this dish we are reminded how super easy it is to make this light seafood dish, that is actually fancy enough for guests. Get the recipe.

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

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One of my favorite weeknight dinners is Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas. Not only is this an easy recipe, but it’s also all made on one pan so clean up is so easy to do!

Sheet pan fajitas are my family favorites because they can be customized for everyone. Everyone gets to add on their own favorite toppings to make it perfect for them. Get the recipe.

Southwest Chicken Crockpot Recipe

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This southwest chicken crockpot recipe is one of my most popular recipes of all time!

Southwest Chicken is a mouthwatering, wholesome meal of seasoned shredded chicken, black beans, corn, and tomatoes. This chicken dinner recipe cooks to perfection in your slow cooker! Get the recipe.

Sheet Pan Pineapple Shrimp Recipe

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This sheet pan pineapple shrimp could easily be yours for dinner tonight!

If you’ve followed me here over the years, you know I have a serious love affair with shrimp. Packed with lean protein, these nuggets of sea gold are a wonderfully tasty addition to just about any meal. But I have to say, I’ve just slightly outdone myself with this clean eating sheet pan pineapple shrimp recipe. This was so crazy delicious!! Get the recipe.

Coconut Tomato Curry with Cod & Brown Rice

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A simple cod curry that is full of flavor from its combination of spices, coconut milk, fire-roasted tomatoes, and lime juice. Serve over brown rice to create an easy weeknight meal or a dish worthy of serving to guests. Get the recipe.

Southwest Chicken Rice Bowl

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This simple 20-minute chicken rice bowl is made with healthy, basic ingredients and tasty southwest flavors. Perfect for meal prep or an easy weeknight dinner. Make it tonight! Get the recipe.

Thai-Style Tempeh Green Curry

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A simple family-friendly vegetarian dinner recipe that is perfect for weeknight meals, meal prep, and beyond! Customize this simple dinner by using any fresh or frozen vegetables you have on hand for a quick and tasty 30-minute meal! Get the recipe.

Thai Chicken Wraps with Peanut Sauce

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These Thai chicken wraps are loaded with fresh vegetables, grilled chicken, and a generous schmear of peanut sauce. It’s a quick, healthy, and easy meal that can be prepared for lunch, dinner, or snack time in less than 25 minutes! Get the recipe.

Easy Chili-Spiced Chicken Tostada Recipe

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There is a lot to love about these chicken tostadas! It’s a quick and easy meal; made with simple ingredients; and served up DIY-style which is helpful if you’re serving this meal to kids. I came up with this chicken tostadas recipe after my kids became obsessed with these black bean tostadas. Seriously, it’s one of their favorite meals, so I’ve been on a mission to come up with more ways to serve up a similar meal. We put out all of the toppings and let everyone build their own perfect tostada. Oh, and it’s ready in 15 minutes. Dinner. Is. Served. Get the recipe.

Scrumptious Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce

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This chicken lettuce wraps recipe quickly became a family favorite! It’s packed with flavor, colorful vegetables and a savory peanut sauce that you’ll want to drizzle on just about everything. Not only is it easy to make and ready in 30 minutes, but it’s a nutritious and balanced meal and is served family style so that it can work for the whole family. Get the recipe.

Easy Crockpot Chicken and Salsa Recipe

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This EASY chicken with salsa in the crockpot makes the best protein base and then can be turned into so many simple dinners or be used for meal prep meals. It’s made with just a handful of ingredients and can be prepped in 2 minutes, so you’ll have plenty of time to whip up a virgin margarita mocktail, too! Simply season the chicken, top with salsa, and turn on your slow cooker. Then use crockpot salsa chicken in baked chicken tacos, chicken nachos, burrito bowls, quesadillas, air fryer flautas, salads, cheater chilaquiles, and more. You’ll find yourself coming back to this recipe time and time again. Get the recipe.

Favorite Low FODMAP Lunch Recipes

Whether you pack lunch to-go, or are hanging around the house, you gotta fuel mid-day. When you are following the low FODMAP diet it pays to plan ahead so that you are never without a good low FODMAP meal. Read: Favorite Low FODMAP Lunch Recipes.

Are You Sabotaging Your Gut Health? 8 Things to Stop Doing Now

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Welcome to the world of IBS, where an average of 8% of people worldwide suffer from extreme digestive upset, bloating, gas, and other gut health issues. Whether you have been recently diagnosed or have been struggling with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) for years, we understand how challenging and frustrating it can be.

That’s why we are here to share some valuable tips on what not to do if you want to keep your gut health in check. From avoiding trigger foods to adopting healthy habits, we have got you covered. So, buckle up and get ready to take control of your gut health!

Read: Are You Sabotaging Your Gut Health? 8 Things to Stop Doing Now

What Can I Eat On The Low FODMAP Diet?

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We bet you are asking yourself, what can I eat on the low FODMAP diet? It is the #1 question that we hear folks ask. This article is going to take you through the answers step-by-step, so that you will never be hungry – and be able to keep Your Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) triggers at bay. Click to read What Can I Eat On The Low FODMAP Diet?

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  • Dede Wilson

    Dédé Wilson is a journalist with over 17 cookbooks to her name and is the co-founder and managing partner of the digital media partnership Shift Works Partners LLC, currently publishing through two online media brands, FODMAP Everyday® and The Queen Zone.

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