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Going meatless, even once a week, can have real health benefits, including weight loss and reduced risk for heart disease. Why? Plant-based foods, such as vegetables, beans and lentils, are low in saturated fat and full of fiber, which helps you feel satisfied on fewer calories. Plus, vegetarian dinners save on grocery bills and reduce your carbon footprint. Browse through these recipes to choose your main course, then pick from the suggested side dishes, desserts or drinks to round out your 500-calorie meal. With meals like these, who needs meat?

Smoky Corn & Black Bean Pizza

smoky corn and black bean pizzaThe secret to a grilled pizza is having all your ingredients ready to go before you head out to the grill.

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  • Low-fat plain yogurt (1/2 cup) with 1/2 cup blueberries (118 calories)
  • Papaya-Lime Sorbet (110 calories)

Penne in Spicy Tomato Sauce

penne allarrabbiataThis easy pasta favorite comes together in 30 minutes. The heat level of the spicy tomato sauce can be adjusted to your taste.

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Finishing with one of these:

  • Baby Tiramisu (107 calories)
  • Red wine (5-ounce glass) (120 calories)

Skillet Gnocchi with Chard & White Beans

skillet gnocchi with chard and beansIn this one-skillet supper, we toss dark leafy greens, diced tomatoes and white beans with gnocchi and top it all with gooey mozzarella. Look for shelf-stable gnocchi near other pasta in the Italian section of most supermarkets.

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