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Dinners Under 500 Calories

To create a lighter, healthier version of stuffed shells, the standard whole milk ricotta cheese filling is replaced with frozen leaf spinach and lowfat cottage cheese or part-skim ricotta, which cuts down the fat without sacrificing creaminess.

Summer tomatoes are what make this dish shine; use whatever fresh varieties you find at the market. Crusty bread may be optional, but it should be essential—once the noodles are gone, you’ll want something to mop up all the leftover sauce with.

Humble pork loin roast is transformed into a sweet and spicy masterpiece thanks to 10 hours of slow cooking in a mix of tomato and barbecue sauces, chili powder, cinnamon and diced green chiles.

Put that leftover bread to good use by toasting and layering it with roasted eggplant and pepper slices, shredded mozzarella and grated Parmesan. Once baked, drizzle it all with freshly made basil puree.

This delicious chilled soup transforms the everyday tomato, blending it with a slightly spicy mix of tomato juice, green bell pepper, onion, red-wine vinegar, garlic and hot-pepper sauce

Roasted poblano chiles not only add some spice to this dish, they also serve as a container for the flavorful filling of corn, cilantro, garlic, scallions, and farmer and Cheddar cheeses.