10 healthy recipes under 400 calories

Lose weight this year with these delicious, healthy recipes that are all under 400 calories

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Stir-Fried Tofu and Vegetables in Curried Almond Butter Sauce

Creamy almond butter and a kick of curry make this tofu dish a flavourful one

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Squash and Chickpea Stew

The orange colour of squash signals beta carotene, a plant pigment that's a potent disease-fighter. And this squash and chickpea stew is a meatless one, so the total fat content is minimal. Like all good stews, this is a fine make-ahead recipe.

Get the recipe: Squash and Chickpea Stew

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Healthy Broccoli, Cranberry & Almond Salad

Healthy Broccoli, Cranberry & Almond Salad

I like to blanch the broccoli for this recipe to remove a bit of the crunch -just plunge the florets into boiling water-but you can use raw broccoli if you prefer. Usually this dish would contain mayo but I've used low-fat yogurt instead. Even the kids will love this salad's sweet taste!

Get the recipe: Healthy Broccoli, Cranberry & Almond Salad

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Red Lentil and Vegetable Dal

A dal is a dish of simmered lentils flavoured with aromatic spices and usually served as a sauce. But add extra vegetables and it becomes a light and easy vegetarian meal. Serve it with a selection of Indian-style breads and plain yogourt or raita.

Get the recipe: Red Lentil and Vegetable Dal

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Warm Shiitake Walnut Salad with Quinoa

Garlic, olive oil, shiitake mushrooms and walnuts...what could be a more perfect blend for a side dish? Add to that the combination of two superfoods in one salad - quinoa and walnuts - and the side dish becomes a star on its own.

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Angel Hair Pasta with Basil and Walnut Pesto

This basil and walnut pesto recipe adds the extra health boost of spinach and the peppery surprise of arugula, in true heart-healthy style.

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Spicy Rice with Chickpeas

This lightly curried rice dish makes a simple yet satisfying vegetarian meal, with the chickpeas providing valuable protein. Serve with a yogourt raita and mango chutney. A fresh, green, baby spinach leaf salad would also make a good accompaniment to this meal.

Get the recipe: Spicy Rice with Chickpeas

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red curry tofu

Red Thai Curry with Tofu

This great-tasting, medium-hot curry is made with tofu - an exceptionally nutritious and protein-rich ingredient that soaks up the fragrant flavour of the spice paste.

Get the recipe: Red Thai Curry with Tofu

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Millet with Spinach and Pine Nuts

Bright green spinach and orange apricots add rich colour and flavour to this easy-to-make grain and vegetable side dish. Instead of potatoes or rice, serve millet with spinach and pine nuts alongside stews and casseroles that have plenty of sauce.

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quinoa eggplant

Quinoa with Grilled Eggplant

Quinoa, a nutritious grain from South America, has a texture similar to split lentils when cooked. It contains more protein than any other grain and is also lower in carbohydrate content. Here it is combined with grilled zucchini, peppers, cherry tomatoes and onions, then baked with tangy goat cheese on top. Serve with a mixed leaf salad.

Get the recipe: Quinoa with Grilled Eggplant