If one of your goals for this year was to lose some fat, how ya doin’?
That’s where high volume recipes—meals with a high ratio of food and serving size to calories—come in. The best way to satisfy a big appetite is to feed it. You just can’t feed it calorically dense food all the time or you’ll never get to Shredsville.
So, here we go. 17 recipes that will allow you to eat lots of food while keeping your calorie intake under control:
Cheesy Hash Brown Muffins – High volume and hash browns usually don’t coexist, but these muffins are an exception with 10g of protein and just 75 calories each.
Breakfast Chili – It’s ridiculously easy to make (just throw everything in a pot) and has 100 calories per 1/2 cup or 130 grams.
Chickpea and Chorizo Taco Soup – 133 calories in a 1 1/2 C serving? Get outta here.
Low Carb Cheddar Grits Breakfast Bowls – Cheesy grits without all the carbs. If you’re ready to get folly with cauli, jump right in.
Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas – This is one of my very first recipes, but it’s still a great one for high volume meals. It was before I really took care of you with measured/weighed serving sizes so you’ll have to do a bit of math, but it’s totes worth it!
Honey Mustard Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts – You might know Vanessa by now. But did you know she’s one of the top 10 pickiest eaters on planet Earth? So if she will eat these brussels sprouts, you know they’re the real deal. Plus, I’ve included a few more flavors to keep things interesting.
Slow Cooker Southwest Sweet Potato Chili – I’m pretty certain this is THE highest volume recipe on the blog.
Creamy Taco Soup – Another ridiculously easy, throw-it-in-a-pot recipe with 210 calories per serving (about 1 1/2 cup with the broccoli and cauli added).
Southwest Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash – 200 calories for roughly 200 grams. Now that’s easy calculatin’ right there.
Chocolate Protein Pancakes – I told myself I wouldn’t put any chocolate or dessert-ish recipes on this list, but I thought these were too good not to include. If you’re a fan of sweeter breakfasts but struggle to stay full, try these ultra filling pancakes on for size.
Copycat KFC Famous Bowls – Creamy mashed cauliflower, corn, gravy, and spicy popcorn chicken topped with some good ol’ shredded cheese for just 300 calories.
Tex-Mex Roasted Veggie Quesadillas – Open a few cans and bags of frozen veggies, throw ’em on a baking sheet, and you’ll be making breakfast bowls, quesadillas, and all kinds of stuff with high volume veggies that have 70 calories per 1 1/2 cup.
Copycat Bacon Cheeseburger Hamburger Helper with Broccoli – I recently put this in my personal top 3 recipes on the blog. It’s not the highest volume recipe on this list, but it sure is tasty. And broccoli, ya know?
Taco Salad with Pan Fried Tortilla Strips and Creamy Salsa Dressing – Salad? BORING. This one tastes amazing and uses bagged salad for the minimal chefs tho.
Honey Sriracha Shrimp Fried Cauliflower Rice – The entire recipe, a giant frying pan of food, has <800 calories and 66 grams of protein.
Microwavable BBQ Chicken Pasta “Bake” – Before all the mac and cheese recipes, there was this hidden gem. Microwave a bit of higher protein pasta and toss with cooked chicken, bbq sauce, and cheddar for a barbecuey, cheesy high volume meal.
Pan Roasted Corn and Black Bean Burrito Bowls with Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice – I’m sure you’ve seen this recipe because I’m constantly talking about it. Pair it with my crispy carnitas or the slow cooker fajitas from above and your whole hood will be eatin’ good this week.
That’s it for today. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Recipes by Mason Woodruff