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Low-Calorie Make-Ahead Meal Ideas and Recipes

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01.11.13
 

Too busy to cook at mealtime, but wish you could enjoy delicious guilt-free recipes? Whip these up in advance -- they'll be ready and waiting when hunger hits!

 
 
  Chill Out!

These refrigerated recipes don't even require reheating... Just dig in!

Berry 'Nana Oatmeal Parfait, Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Parfait, and Cinn-a-nilla Apple Oatmeal Parfait - The best way to make breakfast? Do most of the prep work before bedtime with these great recipes! Speaking of breakfast, click here for more make-ahead morning meals!

Picnic-Perfect Pasta Salad - Just like the scoopable pasta salads you see at the deli, with one notable exception -- our recipe isn't loaded with fat and calories!

Grilled 'n Chilled Sandwich and MediterraneYUM Pasta Salad - Cook the veggies ahead of time, and you'll only need to assemble your sandwich for a schmancy lunch! Plus, more pasta salad fun… CLICK!

Spicy Thai-Style No-Cook Stir-Fry - Here, broccoli cole slaw stands in for noodles. And what a fine job it does!

No-Fakin' Bacon Egg White Salad and Curried Away Chicken Salad - YAY for scoopable salads! Stuff 'em inside a high-fiber pita, enjoy them over a bed of greens, roll 'em up in a high-fiber tortilla, or just eat with a spoon...

Devil-icious Egg White Salad, Santa Fe Chicken Salad, and Simply Scoopy Seafood Salad - Three more scoopy salads. Could lunch get any easier?

 
  Rock 'n Casserole!

Simply heat 'n eat!

Mucho Mas Mexican Lasagna - A zesty and hearty dinner, ready for you whenever you're ready for a fiesta in your face!

Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole - A favorite at the HG HQ. Be warned: Any leftovers will disappear FAST.

Takes-the-Cake Ziti Bake - Cheesy baked pasta dishes ROCK... especially when the stats are this impressive.

BBQ Chicken Cornbread Casserole - Sweet, savory, and so comforting on a cold day. We love it!

Hungry Girlfredo White Lasagna - This creamy lasagna is so good, you have to taste it to believe it. So make it and taste it!

Not-Your-Mom's Tater Tot Casserole and Loaded Hot Dog Casserole - These recipes are loved by humans of all ages. Who DOESN'T love tater tots and hot dogs?  

 
 
 
  Hot from the Crock Pot!

Add all your ingredients in the morning, and a steamy meal will be ready and waiting by dinnertime...

EZ as 1-2-3-Alarm Turkey Chili - Ever noticed that chili tastes best after hanging out in the fridge for a few days? Yup, so have we!

Crock-Pot Cinna-Apples 'n Oats and Outside-In Turkey Tamale Pie - This first recipe is perfect as a ready-to-eat b-fast on a cold morning. The second is great at any hour… Enjoy them both!

Buffalo Chicken Chili and Cornbread-Topped Dan-Good Chili - Wanna spice up your chili game? These decadent creations are for YOU.

Hungry Chick Chunky Soup - A big bowl of chicken soup is just what you need when it's chilly out. Or when you're not feeling well. Or anytime, really...

Cheeseburger Mac Attack - Pasta, meat, veggies, cheese... All in one crock pot!

Fajita-rific Beef Stew - Flavorful broth loaded with strips of beef, onions, and peppers. Need we say more?

Sweet Apple BBQ Chicken and HG-rific Taco Meat - Everyone loves BBQ chicken and tacos. These protein-packed dishes will be the talk of the town (or at least the talk of the dinner table!).

Yippee-Ki-Yay Spicy Southwest Chicken Chowder - Spicy chowder with chicken!?! Yes, please.

 
  Made in a Muffin Pan

The great thing about these recipes? They're pre-portioned and ready to grab 'n go in a jiffy. NICE!

Turkey & Veggie Meatloaf Minis - Pair a couple of these with a salad for an amazing lunch!

Mini Deep-Dish Spinach Pizzas
- Leftover pizza slices have nothing on these little guilt-free guys! Just reheat, and devour!

Cheesy Jalapeño Corn Muffins - One of these muffins + a bowl of soup = comfort food perfection!

Three-Cheese & Veggie Deep-Dish Pizzettes and Cheese-Filled Mini Meatloaves - We'd be lying if we said we hadn't bitten into these straight from the fridge. But sure, go ahead, warm 'em up first. Whatever you like.

 
 

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Did you know that January is National Carrot Month? We LOVE crunchy carrot sticks... especially dunked in our Buff Chick Hot Wing Dip!

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