Healthy Mini Meals Under 250 Calories: Zucchini-Noodle Chinese Chicken Salad, Cheeseburger Mini Meatloaves

Oct 6 2016
Why limit yourself to three square meals a day? Mini meals rule, and these have fewer than 250 calories per serving! Bonus: They double as filling, savory snacks...

Hungry Girl's Healthy Zucchini-Noodle Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe

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1/2 of recipe (about 2 cups): 230 calories, 6g total fat (0.5g sat. fat), 476mg sodium, 21.5g carbs, 4g fiber, 13g sugars, 23.5g protein

We revamped a classic recipe by utilizing our current veggie-noodle crush! And it is sooooo good.

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Chill: 15 minutes


6 oz. raw boneless skinless chicken breast

Dash each salt and black pepper

1 lb. (about 2 medium) zucchini

1/4 cup low-fat sesame ginger dressing (like Newman's Own Sesame Ginger Dressing)

1/2 cup canned sliced water chestnuts, drained and chopped

1/4 cup canned mandarin orange segments packed in juice, drained and chopped

1/4 cup chopped scallions

1/4 oz. (about 1 tbsp.) sliced almonds


Pound chicken to 1/2-inch thickness. Season with salt and pepper.

Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Cook chicken for about 4 minutes per side, until cooked through.

Using a spiral vegetable slicer like the Veggetti, cut zucchini into spaghetti-like noodles. (If you don’t have a spiral veggie slicer, peel zucchini into super-thin strips, rotating the zucchini after each strip.) Roughly chop for shorter noodles.

Place zucchini noodles in a large bowl. Chop chicken, and add to the bowl. Add dressing, and toss to coat.

Stir in chopped water chestnuts, chopped orange segments, and scallions. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 15 minutes.

Top with almonds.


Hungry Girl's Healthy Cheeseburger Mini Meatloaves Recipe

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1/6th of recipe (2 mini meatloaves): 182 calories, 6.5g total fat (3g sat. fat), 470mg sodium, 9g carbs, 1g fiber, 4g sugars, 21.5g protein

With these muffin-pan meatloaves, you get the best of what a burger offers, and there's no need for a bun! And you can have two of 'em for well under 250 calories...

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Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes


1 lb. raw extra-lean ground beef (4% fat or less)

1 cup finely chopped onion

1/2 cup finely chopped green bell pepper

1/4 cup whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs

1/4 cup (about 2 large) egg whites or fat-free liquid egg substitute

3 tbsp. ketchup

2 tsp. yellow mustard

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese

Optional toppings: additional ketchup, additional yellow mustard, dill pickle chips


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick spray.

In a large bowl, thoroughly mix all ingredients except cheese. Evenly fill muffin pan, and smooth out the tops.

Bake until firm with lightly browned edges, about 35 minutes.

Sprinkle with cheese. Bake until melted, about 3 minutes.


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