Sure, we always try to eat healthily, but with winter blues, the end of resolution season and a long stretch until bikini time, it’s nice to have a little reminder — and a helpful round of recipes — to kick your cooking into gear. Forget juice cleanses and crash diets. These recipes, all under 450 calories, don’t sacrifice flavor, substance or your favorite foods. You won’t believe just how tasty, low-cal versions of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert can be!

Breakfast Recipes

1. Bacon Parmesan Cornmeal Pancakes: When you think “healthy,” bacon and cheese don’t normally come to mind. But we trust a blogger who lost 100+ pounds cooking up her own meals, including these delicious savory pancakes! Calorie count: 291 per serving. (via Andie Mitchell)

2. Brown Sugar Banana French Toast Casserole: Breakfast just got sweeter! At just 337 calories, this easy-to-make morning soufflé is loaded with deliciousness: Whole wheat French toast squares, fresh bananas, and maple syrup. (via Celebrating Sweets)

3. Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins: Make a batch of our chocolatey muffins and enjoy them all week long. They’re so good, we promise you won’t even notice there are veggies inside! Bonus: At just 150 calories each, you can treat yourself to more than just one! (via Brit + Co.)

Lunch Recipes

4. Mermaid Veggie Bowl: Like a poke bowl, this veggie-friendly lunch is easily customizable with whatever chopped veggies you have on hand. (via Brit + Co)

5. Popcorn Crusted Chicken Tenders: Sub in crunchy popcorn instead of bread crumbs and you have yourself one lightened-up treat. A basket of these tasty tenders comes in at 353 calories. (via The Chunky Chef)

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6. Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich: Get the slow cooker out. These beefy sandwiches are irresistible. Loaded with brisket, onions, and peppers on a toasty whole-grain baguette, and still, they’re only 308 calories. (via Skinny Taste)

7. Quick Homemade Ramen: It’s so easy to make this classic noodle soup at home, especially since the recipe calls for only eight ingredients and 20 minutes of your time. Calorie count: 209 per bowl. (via Pinch of Yum)

8. Ginger Butternut Squash Soup: All you need is five ingredients to make a bowl of healthy, sweet and savory soup. Made with fresh veggies, it’s no surprise this bowl is only 110 calories. (via Brit + Co.)

Dinner Recipes

9. Grilled Hawaiian Burgers: You can have your bun and eat it too. Teriyaki marinade and grilled pineapple rings sweeten the deal, and if you want to go extra lean, try ground turkey instead of beef. Calorie count: 330. (via Skinnytaste)

10. Sweet Potato Mac ‘n’ Cheese: No need to give up the ultimate comfort food. This version, using skim milk and mashed sweet potato in place of a thick, cheesy sauce, only has 311 calories per serving. (via Cookin’ Canuk)

11. Garlic Butter Shrimp: You can’t go wrong with a plateful of flavorful shrimp and filling quinoa. Add a drizzle of butter to the mix (yep, butter), and you’ve got taste-bud magic. Calorie count: 332 per serving. (via Pinch of Yum)

12. Easy Healthy Lasagna: Here’s an easy weeknight dinner you can eat again and again; squash, zucchini, and tomatoes make up for a little less pasta in this cheesy casserole. Calorie count: 331 per serving. (via Jar of Lemons)

low calorie vodka sauce

13. Penne Alla Vodka: Okay, this recipe skips the vodka, but it still has all the delicious flavor you crave from the creamy Italian dish. All it takes to drop this pasta down to just 324 calories is non-fat milk, whole wheat pasta, and tomatoes. (via Skinny Taste)

14. Garlicky Meatballs: Each of these beef meatballs is just 279 calories, making them the perfect dinner or party appetizer. Serve them on their own, or if you’re missing your noodles, top off a bowl of spaghetti squash for a low-carb dinner. (via Two Sisters Two Cities)

15. Spaghetti Squash With Garlic and Herbs: Use your noodle! Spaghetti squash noodle that is. Throw all of the ingredients for this recipe together in ten minutes for an easy 223-calorie dinner. (via A Pinch of Yum)

16. Healthy Chicken Ramen Bowl: Who needs takeout when you can make it at home? These noodle bowls are loaded with veggies and chicken and set you back just 339 calories. (via Simple Healthy Kitchen)

Dessert Recipes

17. Berry Cobbler: One piece of this cobbler only costs you 193 calories, so your waistline will be thanking you right along with your taste buds. Use whatever fruit is in season. (via Skinny Fitalicious)

18. Gluten-Free Mug Cake: It’s a sweet finish, and the base for this single serving mug cake is only 395 calories. Add 19 calories with the lemon chia version for a zesty way to curb your sweet tooth. (via Brit + Co)

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