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Your Low-Calorie Meal Plan for May

Eat well all month long with this low-calorie meal plan. Each recipe is not only healthy, but delicious, too.

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Day 1: Favorite Grilled Pork Chops

This recipe is my favorite out of all my grilled pork chop recipes. I start preparing this entree the night before I plan to grill it. —Erica Svejda, Janesville, Wisconsin

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Goes Great With: Easy Grilled Corn with Chipotle-Lime Butter

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Day 2: Salmon with Brown Sugar Glaze

I was not a salmon lover until I tried this recipe. Now it is one of my favorite dishes to serve. —Rachel Garcia, Arlington, Virginia

Goes Great With: Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

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Day 3: Chicken Tostada CupsTaste of Home

Day 3: Chicken Tostada Cups

Several years ago I tried a version of these cups at a restaurant in Santa Fe, and I wanted to make my own spin. They’re great because everyone can add their own favorite toppings. —Marla Clark, Moriarty, New Mexico

Goes Great With: Pronto Vegetarian Peppers

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Day 4: Sweet & Tangy Pulled PorkTaste of Home

Day 4: Sweet & Tangy Pulled Pork

The slow cooker makes these super sandwiches a snap to put together on a busy weeknight. You’d think I'd slaved over them all day! I like to serve them with a side of creamy coleslaw or corn on the cob. If you don't have soy sauce, you can use 1/4 cup of broth instead. —Megan Klimkewicz, Kaiser, Missouri

Goes Great With: Spicy Sweet Potato Chips & Cilantro Dip

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Day 5: Lime Chicken TacosTaste of Home

Day 5: Lime Chicken Tacos

Our fun, simple chicken taco recipe is perfect for a relaxing dinner. If we have any leftover filling, I toss it into a garden-fresh taco salad. —Tracy Gunter, Boise, Idaho

Goes Great With: Southwestern Rice

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Day 6: Greek Tilapia

While on a trip through the Greek islands, my husband and I had a dish that we loved. I tried to duplicate it by combining several different recipes and came up with this. —Sally Burrell, Idaho Falls, Idaho

Goes Great With: Cherry Tomato Mozzarella Saute

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Day 7: Chicken Aloha

Day 7: Chicken Aloha

This chicken is a welcome way to cook a quick, delicious meal. —Beth Corbin, Sarasota, Florida

Goes Great With: Grilled Sweet Onions

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Day 8: Italian Sausage-Stuffed Zucchini

I've always had to be creative when getting my family to eat vegetables, so I decided to make stuffed zucchini using the pizza flavors that everyone loves. It worked! We like to include sausage for a main dish but it could be a meatless side dish, too. —Donna Marie Ryan, Topsfield, Massachusetts

Goes Great With: Slow-Cooked Ranch Potatoes

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Day 9: Peppered Sole

Day 9: Peppered Sole

My daughter loves this recipe—it's the only way she'll eat fish. To top it off, it's good for her! —Jeannette Baye, Agassiz, British Columbia

Goes Great With: Grilled Peppers and Zucchini

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Day 10: Chicken Thighs with Shallots & Spinach

This moist and tender chicken comes complete with its own creamy spinach side dish! It makes a pretty presentation and comes together in no time flat for a nutritious weeknight meal. —Genna Johannes, Wrightstown, Wisconsin

Goes Great With: Roasted Rosemary Cauliflower

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Day 11: Zucchini-Crusted PizzaTaste of Home

Day 11: Zucchini-Crusted Pizza

My mother-in-law shared the recipe for this unique pizza with me. It's just right for brunch, lunch or a light supper. Loosen the nutritious zucchini crust from the pan with a metal spatula. —Ruth Denomme, Englehart, Ontario

Goes Great With: Kale Slaw Spring Salad

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Day 12: Spanish-Style Paella

If you enjoy cooking ethnic foods, this Spanish paella recipe will be a favorite. It's brimming with generous chunks of sausage, shrimp and veggies.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Goes Great With: Southwestern Sauteed Corn

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Day 13: Bruschetta ChickenTaste of Home

Day 13: Bruschetta Chicken

We enjoy serving this tasty chicken bruschetta to both family and to company. It just might become your new favorite way to use up summer tomatoes and basil. —Carolin Cattoi-Demkiw, Lethbridge, Alberta

Goes Great With: Zucchini Parmesan

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Day 14: Buttery Grilled ShrimpTaste of Home

Day 14: Buttery Grilled Shrimp

This is easy and delicious! These shrimp are great with steak, but for a special occasion, brush the sauce on lobster tails and grill. —Sheryl Shenberger, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Goes Great With: Herbed Rice Pilaf

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Day 15: Fabulous FajitasTaste of Home

Day 15: Fabulous Fajitas

I’ve enjoyed cooking since I was a girl growing up in the Southwest. When friends call to ask me for new recipes to try, I suggest these flavorful fajitas. —Janie Reitz, Rochester, Minnesota

Goes Great With: Smoky Cauliflower

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Day 16: Classic Cobb SaladTaste of Home

Day 16: Classic Cobb Salad

Making this salad is a lot like putting in a garden. I “plant” everything in nice, neat sections, just as I do with seedlings. —Patricia Kile, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

Goes Great With: Pepperoni Focaccia Bread

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Day 17: Baked Chicken Chimichangas

I developed this quick and easy chicken chimichanga recipe through trial and error. I used to garnish with sour cream, too, but eliminated it in order to lighten the recipe. They’re much healthier than fried chimichangas. —Rickey Madden, Clinton, South Carolina

Goes Great With: Spanish Rice

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Day 18: Buffalo Sloppy JoesTaste of Home

Day 18: Buffalo Sloppy Joes

Lean ground turkey makes this a lighter sloppy joe than the standard ground beef version. A hefty splash of hot sauce and optional blue cheese provide an authentic Buffalo-style flavor. —Maria Regakis, Saugus, Massachusetts

Goes Great With: Parmesan Potato Wedges

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Day 19: Zippy Turkey ZoodlesTaste of Home

Day 19: Zippy Turkey Zoodles

Eating healthy doesn't mean sacrificing flavor—and these spiced-up zoodles prove it. If you don't have a spiralizer, simply slice the zucchini julienne-style. —Elizabeth Bramkamp, Gig Harbor, Washington

Goes Great With: Roasted Tater Rounds with Green Onions & Tarragon

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Day 20: Speedy Salmon Patties

Day 20: Speedy Salmon Patties

I combine seven easy ingredients for this salmon patty recipe. When I was a girl growing up on the farm, my mom often fixed these when we were late in the field. These salmon cakes are also tasty with chopped green peppers added to the mixture. —Bonnie Evans, Cameron, North Carolina

Goes Great With: Dill & Chive Peas

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Day 21: Pizza Pasta CasseroleTaste of Home

Day 21: Pizza Pasta Casserole

Kids will line up for this zippy pizza-flavored dish. The recipe makes two casseroles, so you can serve one to your family right away and keep the other in the freezer for another night. —Nancy Scarlett, Graham, North Carolina

Goes Great With: Strawberry Feta Tossed Salad

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Day 22: Quinoa Unstuffed PeppersTaste of Home

Day 22: Quinoa Unstuffed Peppers

This deconstructed stuffed pepper dish packs a wallop of flavor. I truly make it all the time, and I make sure my freezer’s stocked with single-serve portions to make for lunch. —Rebecca Ende, Phoenix, New York

Goes Great With: Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

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Day 23: Teriyaki Shish KabobsTaste of Home

Day 23: Teriyaki Shish Kabobs

When I was a teenager, my father worked for an airline, and my family lived on the island of Guam in the South Pacific. A friend of my mother gave her this tangy-sweet recipe, and we enjoyed it often. Now I make it for my family, and they're big fans as well. —Suzanne Pelegrin, Ocala, Florida

Goes Great With: Grilled Vegetable Platter

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Day 24: Egg Roll Noodle Bowl

We love Asian egg rolls, but they can be challenging to make. Simplify everything with this deconstructed egg roll made on the stovetop and served in a bowl. —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas

Goes Great With: Garlic-Sesame Green Beans

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Day 25: California Burger Wraps

I love the way these fresh flavors blend together. It’s a snap to throw this together using leftover burgers for a quick, healthy dinner. The burgers can also be served on buns. —Rachelle McCalla, Batesville, Arkansas

Goes Great With: Red, White and Blue Summer Salad

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Day 26: Lemon-Parsley Baked CodTaste of Home

Day 26: Lemon-Parsley Baked Cod

After trying a few baked cod recipes, this was the first fish recipe that got two thumbs up from my picky meat-only eaters. The tangy lemon gives the cod fish some oomph. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho

Goes Great With: Tuscan-Style Roasted Asparagus

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Day 27: Saucy Beef with BroccoliTaste of Home

Day 27: Saucy Beef with Broccoli

When I’m looking for a fast entree, I turn to this beef and broccoli stir-fry. It features a tantalizing sauce made with garlic and ginger. —Rosa Evans, Odessa, Missouri

Goes Great With: Almond Vegetable Stir-Fry

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Day 28: Chicken Provolone

Chicken Provolone, though one of my simplest dishes, is one of my husband’s favorites. It is easy to prepare and looks fancy served on a dark plate with a garnish of fresh parsley or basil. Add some buttered noodles for an easy side dish. —Dawn Bryant, Thedford, Nebraska

Goes Great With: Air-Fryer Italian Bread Salad with Olives

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Day 29: Cod and Asparagus Bake

In this bright and lively one-pan dish, green and red veggies back up tender fish, and lemon pulls everything together. You can use grated Parmesan cheese instead of Romano. —Thomas Faglon, Somerset, New Jersey

Goes Great With: Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes

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Day 30: BLT SkilletTaste of Home

Day 30: BLT Skillet

This quick weeknight meal reminds me of a BLT, with its chunks of bacon and tomato. The whole wheat linguine gives the skillet dish extra flavor and texture. —Edrie O'Brien, Denver, Colorado

Goes Great With: Spinach-Parm Casserole

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Day 31: Dilly Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

These chickpea salad sandwiches are super flavorful and contain less fat and cholesterol than chicken salad. They make delightful picnic sandwiches. —Deanna McDonald, Muskegon, Michigan

Goes Great With: Garlic-Chive Baked Fries

Christina Herbst
Christina is an Assistant Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in content creation and SEO optimization. She enjoys trying out local foodie restaurants and coffeehouses and adding copious amounts of garlic and cheese to any recipe she can get her hands on.