10 Dinners Under 500 Calories

Eating 500 Calories a Day

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6 serves – 91 calories per serve.

One pound shelled prawns or lobster meat, 1 cup sliced celery, 2 teaspoons capers, ¼ teaspoon monosodium glutamate, pepper, ½ teaspoon grated lemon rind, 1 cup low-calorie mayonnaise, crisp lettuce.

In a large bowl, combine seafood, celery, capers, monosodium glutamate, pepper, and lemon rind. To serve fold in mayonnaise and spoon into lettuce leaves.

Low-calorie mayonnaise: One teaspoon gelatin, water, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon paprika, ½ teaspoon dry mustard, pinch cayenne pepper, ¾ cup liquefied non-fat powdered milk, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 sweetening pellet dissolved in 1 teaspoon water.

Soften gelatin in 2 tablespoons cold water, dissolve over hot water. Combine all ingredients, adding dissolved sweetening pellet to taste, and chill until almost set. Beat until fluffy with rotary beater, allow to set, beat again. Before serving, stir vigorously, thinning with milk or lemon juice according to taste.

NON-DIETERS: Add diced cooked potato or rice to this dish and replace the low-calorie mayonnaise with thick oil mayonnaise.


4 serves – 110 calories per serve.

Four large tomatoes, 4 eggs slightly beaten and seasoned, chopped parsley.

Cut tops off the tomatoes and remove all pulp. Pour egg mixture into tomato shells, replace tops. Place into a greased casserole, bake in moderate oven 10 to 15 minutes. Garnish with parsley and serve.

Note: Flaked fish, anchovy sauce, onion, or mushrooms can be added to egg mixture.

NON-DIETERS: Add chopped ham or bacon and grated cheese to the egg additions. Serve on a bed of spaghetti, macaroni, or sweet corn in white sauce.


3 serves – 55 calories per serve.

Two tablespoons dry sherry, 2 tablespoons water, 2 tablespoons grated orange rind, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, dash cinnamon, pepper, salt, 1 sweetening pellet, 1 cup cooked beetroot (sliced or cubed).

Boil together in a saucepan the sherry, water, orange rind, lemon juice, cinnamon, pepper, salt, and pellet for 3 minutes. Stir in beetroot and reheat. Serve hot.

NON-DIETERS: Dot generously with butter or garnish with a dollop of sour cream.


4 serves – 108 calories per serve.

One cucumber, 3 stalks celery, 2 red apples, 1 banana, 4 tomatoes, salt, pepper, juice 1 lemon, low-calorie mayonnaise (see the recipe for Seafood Caper de Luxe), lettuce.

Dice cucumber and celery, slice the apples, banana, and tomatoes. Sprinkle tomatoes and cucumber with salt, pepper. Pour lemon juice over apples and banana. Mix all ingredients together, mask lightly with the low-calorie mayonnaise. Arrange on a bed of lettuce.

NON-DIETERS: Prepare a separate salad plate of potato salad or cooked lima beans tossed in mayonnaise and serve with the above recipe.


3 serves – 130 calories per serve.

Four lamb’s kidneys, ¼lb mushrooms, 2 shallots, salt, pepper, ½ pint stock, ½ cup red wine, chopped parsley.

Prepare and slice kidneys, mushrooms, and shallots, place in a saucepan. Season, add the stock and wine, bring slowly to boil, simmer until tender. Serve sprinkled with chopped parsley.

NON-DIETERS: Serve this dish with savory rice pilaf or on crisp golden waffles or toasted crumpets.


222 calories per serve.

One egg per person, 1oz grated cheese per person, butter for greasing, salt, pepper.

Lightly grease individual ovenproof dishes. Break an egg into each, season. Bake in a moderately hot oven 5 to 7 minutes. Remove, sprinkle with cheese, then brown quickly under the griller. Serve with Melba toast.

NON-DIETERS: Use thick slices of buttered toast and serve the egg with slices of crisp bacon or grilled sausages.


8 servings – 254 calories per serve.

Two pounds lamb for stewing, 2 carrots, 1 turnip, 1 onion, 1 clove of garlic (crushed), 1 teaspoon mixed herbs, ¾ pint meat or vegetable stock, 1 tablespoon flour.

Trim fat from meat, cut into even-sized pieces. Cut carrot and turnip into 2 inches strips, slice the onion. Put all ingredients into a greased casserole, sprinkle over the flour and herbs. Add stock, bake in moderate oven 1½ to 2 hours. Serve with low-calorie vegetables.

NON-DIETERS: Small new potatoes can also be cooked in the casserole at the same time as meat, or topping of mashed potato can be placed over the dish, dotted with butter and cheese and browned lightly before serving.


6 servings – 320 calories per serve.

Two pounds lean topside steak, 1 onion (chopped), 1½ teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon prepared mustard, ½ teaspoon pepper, ¼ teaspoon oregano or thyme, ¾ cup red wine, little seasoned flour, 1 slice lean bacon (diced), 1oz butter, ¼lb mushrooms (sliced), ½lb baby carrots or sliced carrots, 6 small onions, chopped parsley.

Mince steak finely, combine with chopped onion, seasonings, and ¼ cup of the wine. Mix well, shape into small balls, roll each in little seasoned flour. Place bacon in a pan with shortening, cook until clear. Remove, drain, add meatballs to remaining fat and fry until brown on all sides. Add mushrooms, carrots, and onions, cook 5 minutes. Return bacon to pan, pour over extra wine or stock, cover and simmer over low heat until vegetables and meatballs are cooked. Serve hot, sprinkled with chopped parsley.

NON-DIETERS: Cook pieces of potato with the other vegetables in this casserole and use extra flour and stock to make more sauce for those who require a larger helping.


6 serves – 250 calories per serve.

One and a half pounds lamb’s fry or liver, ¼ cup flour, salt, pepper, 2 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons water, 2 cups sliced carrots, 1 cup diced onion, ½ cup diced green pepper, ¾ cup fresh or tinned mushrooms.

Cut liver into ½ inch slices. Mix flour, salt, and pepper together, coat both sides of the liver. Brown in heated butter, arrange vegetables and mushrooms over top, pour over the water. Cover, cook slowly 40 minutes.

NON-DIETERS: Mashed or fried potatoes, fluffy white rice, or slices of crisp bacon and gravy made from pan drippings will help to make this recipe more substantial.


4 serves – 10 calories per serve.

One tablespoon gelatin, ¼ cup cold water, 1 and 1-3rd cups strong hot coffee, 6 sweetening pellets, 1 teaspoon vanilla essence.

Soften gelatin in cold water, stir into coffee, and mix until gelatin is dissolved. Chill until beginning to set. Whip until very fluffy. Fold in vanilla and crushed pellets. Pour into oiled or wetted mold, chill until firm (about 2 hours). Unmold, serve.

NON-DIETERS: Use strong milk coffee or serve with scoops of ice-cream and pour over chocolate sauce.

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