4 Great Recipes Under 300 Calories Made with Just 6 Ingredients

Lisa Lillien – aka The Hungry Girl – shares four recipes from her new cookbook Simply 6: All Natural Recipes with 6 Ingredients or Less. All the recipes in the book can be made with no more than six ingredients, and are under 375 calories per serving. Wow!

Peanut Butter Pie in a Mug
Serves 1

In need of a quick and good-for-you treat? “Hungry Girl” Lisa Lillien has just the thing to satisfy your sweet craving with this ready-in-a-minute recipe. This peanut buttery treat is perfect for breakfast or dessert, and is just 206 calories!


3⁄4 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt
1 1⁄2 tablespoon powdered peanut butter
2 tablespoon natural light whipped topping
1⁄2 sheet (2 crackers) chocolate graham crackers, crushed
Crushed peanuts, optional


1. In a mug, thoroughly mix yogurt with powdered peanut butter.

2. Top with whipped topping, crushed graham crackers, and peanuts, if using.

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Margherita Pizza
Serves 2

Pizza night just got a whole lot better for you thanks to this Margherita Pizza recipe, and only 240 calories per serving!


1⁄2 cup whole-wheat flour
3⁄4 teaspoon baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
1⁄4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1⁄8 teaspoon sea salt
1⁄2 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
1⁄4 cup marinara sauce with 3 grams fat or less per serving
1⁄2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil


1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and salt. Mix until uniform. Add yogurt. Thoroughly mix until a dough-like texture is reached.

3. To form the crusts, evenly divide dough into two circles on the parchment-lined baking sheet, each about 1⁄8-inch thick and 6 inches in diameter. Bake 7 minutes.

4. Spread sauce over each crust, leaving a 1⁄2-inch border. Evenly sprinkle with cheese. Bake until cheese is melted and crust is crispy, about 5 minutes. Top with basil.

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Mexican Cauliflower Rice
Serves 4

This dish is a tasty alternative to regular fried rice, and is only 150 calories per serving.


Nonstick cooking spray
6 1⁄2 cup frozen sweet corn kernels
4 cups riced cauliflower
1⁄2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1⁄2 cup chopped onion
1⁄2 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
2 1⁄2 tablespoon taco seasoning
1 tablespoon water
1⁄2 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican blend cheese


1. In an extra-large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray over medium-high heat, cook and stir corn until blackened, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

2. Remove skillet from heat and clean, if needed. Respray, and return to medium-high heat. Add cauliflower, pepper, onion, taco seasoning, and water. Cook and stir until veggies have mostly softened, 6 to 8 minutes.

3. Stir in beans and blackened corn until hot and well mixed, about 1 minute.

4. Top with cheese to serve.

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Asian-Style Mini Meatloaves
Serves 6

These Asian Style Mini Meatloaves – or meat cupcakes, as Lisa likes to say – are just 150 calories for 2 of them!


2 cups frozen Asian-style stir-fry vegetables
1 pound raw extra-lean ground beef
1⁄2 cup whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs
1⁄4 cup (about 2 large) egg whites or fat-free liquid egg substitute
2 tablespoons sweet Asian chili sauce, or more for topping
1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
1⁄2 teaspoon onion powder
1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with foil baking cups, or spray with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Place frozen veggies in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave until thawed, about 2 minutes. Drain water, and roughly chop veggies. Return to bowl.

3. Stir in beef, panko, egg whites, chili sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt.

4. Evenly fill muffin pan, and smooth out the tops. Bake until firm with lightly browned edges, about 30 minutes.

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