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Your Low-Calorie Meal Plan for August

Make it easy to stay on track this summer with this low-calorie meal plan. Here's you'll find a delicious dinner and side dish for every day of the month.

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Day 1: Pressure-Cooker Tequila Salsa ChickenTaste of Home

Day 1: Pressure-Cooker Tequila Salsa Chicken

I had this dish at a local Mexican restaurant when celebrating a friend's birthday. I fell in love with the spicy, smoky flavor from the tequila and decided to try Instant Pot salsa chicken at home. Boy, was it a success! It's also great stuffed into flour tortillas or for making nachos. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho

Goes Great With: Salsa Corn

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Day 2: Vegetarian Skillet LasagnaTaste of Home

Day 2: Vegetarian Skillet Lasagna

This flavorful weeknight vegetarian skillet lasagna is sure to please any meat lover at your dinner table. Serve with a mixed green salad to complement the meal. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Goes Great With: Grilled Broccoli

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Day 3: Slow-Cooker Mongolian BeefTaste of Home

Day 3: Slow-Cooker Mongolian Beef

This slow-cooker Mongolian beef uses inexpensive ingredients to offer big flavor in a small amount of time. It's easier than getting takeout! Set your Crock-Pot on high for two to three hours to whip it up even quicker. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Goes Great With: Grilled Zucchini with Onions

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Day 4: Easy Pad ThaiTaste of Home

Day 4: Easy Pad Thai

Skip the take-out restaurant and give this pad thai recipe a try if you need an easy and quick meal. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Goes Great With: Indian Ginger Potatoes

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Day 5: Jamaican Jerk Pork ChopsTaste of Home

Day 5: Jamaican Jerk Pork Chops

These sweet, spicy chops can be thrown together in minutes, but definitely don't taste like it. Serve it with a side of jasmine rice and you'll feel like you're on a tropical vacation. —Allison Ulrich, Frisco, Texas

Goes Great With: Air-Fryer Cumin Carrots

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Day 6: Grilled Chicken Chopped SaladTaste of Home

Day 6: Grilled Chicken Chopped Salad

Layered desserts always grab my family’s attention, but salads? Not so much. I wondered if I could get everyone on board by presenting a healthy salad in an eye-catching way. I’m happy to say that it worked. —Christine Hadden, Whitman, Massachusetts

Goes Great With: Air-Fryer Garlic-Herb Pattypan Squash

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Day 7: Grilled Onion & Skirt Steak TacosTaste of Home

Day 7: Grilled Onion & Skirt Steak Tacos

I grew up watching my grandmother and mother in the kitchen. My grandparents came from Mexico, and this steak marinated in beer and lime juice honors their passion for cooking. —Adan Franco, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Goes Great With: Roasted Fennel and Peppers

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Day 8: One-Pan Sweet Chili Shrimp and VeggiesTaste of Home

Day 8: One-Pan Sweet Chili Shrimp and Veggies

This one-pan shrimp and veggies recipe has everything I'm looking for in a weeknight family dinner: quick, flavorful, nutritious and all three of my kids will eat it! My oldest son loves shrimp and I thought it would work well as a sheet-pan supper. —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah

Goes Great With: Raw Cauliflower Tabbouleh

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Day 9: Southwest Sweet Potato SkilletTaste of Home

Day 9: Southwest Sweet Potato Skillet

One of the first things my husband made for me was a variation of this chicken sweet potato skillet. Over the years, it has become a family favorite. Top with cheese, sour cream, avocado, lettuce or anything else your family likes. —MacKenzie Wright, San Antonio, Texas

Goes Great With: Broccoli Cauliflower Combo

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Day 10: Curry Coconut ChickenTaste of Home

Day 10: Curry Coconut Chicken

My husband and I love this slow-cooker coconut curry chicken! It’s a breeze to prepare and it tastes just like a meal you’d have at your favorite Indian or Thai restaurant. —Andi Kauffman, Beavercreek, Oregon

Goes Great With: Asian-Style Green Beans

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Day 11: Mediterranean MeatzzaTaste of Home

Day 11: Mediterranean Meatzza

Pizza night has never been the same at our house since we started making our low-carb pizza with a meat crust. It's protein-packed, filling and topped with fresh Mediterranean ingredients. — Shauna Havey, Roy, Utah

Goes Great With: Fried Asparagus

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Day 12: Slow-Cooked Ropa ViejaTaste of Home

Day 12: Slow-Cooked Ropa Vieja

I traveled to Cuba a few years ago and had some of the best food imaginable. This dish stuck out, and when I returned home I began to experiment with making ropa vieja in the slow cooker. I hope you enjoy the flavors of Cuba as much as I do. —Joshua Boyer, Traverse City, Michigan

Goes Great With: Roasted Asparagus

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Day 13: Balsamic-Glazed Fig & Pork TenderloinTaste of Home

Day 13: Balsamic-Glazed Fig & Pork Tenderloin

I have a huge fig tree that produces an abundance of figs. One year I tried drying some and developed this sweet and smoky recipe as a result. Now it's a regular at family gatherings. —Greg Fontenot, The Woodlands, Texas

Goes Great With: Sauteed Tarragon Radishes

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Day 14: Pressure-Cooker Chickpea and Potato CurryTaste of Home

Day 14: Pressure-Cooker Chickpea and Potato Curry

I make chana masala, the classic Indian dish, in my slow cooker. Browning the onion, ginger and garlic first really makes the sauce amazing. —Anjana Devasahayam, San Antonio, Texas

Goes Great With: Syrian Green Beans with Fresh Herbs

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Day 15: Air-Fryer CodTaste of Home

Day 15: Air-Fryer Cod

This air-fryer cod recipe will convert even the biggest fish skeptic. It's healthy and delicious—no breading needed! —Kim Russell, North Wales, Pennsylvania

Goes Great With: Squash Ribbons

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Day 16: Moroccan Lamb Lettuce WrapsTaste of Home

Day 16: Moroccan Lamb Lettuce Wraps

I am a huge fan of both Moroccan lamb and lettuce wraps. This combination—with the creamy and crunchy cucumber—makes a tasty slow-cooked dish. The wine and chili powder add extra flavor elements to the sauce mixture, too. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, Illinois

Goes Great With: Sweet-Sour Red Cabbage

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Day 17: Chicken with Peach-Avocado SalsaTaste of Home

Day 17: Chicken with Peach-Avocado Salsa

This super fresh dinner is pure summer—juicy peaches, creamy avocado, grilled chicken and a kick of hot sauce and lime. To get it on the table even quicker, make the salsa ahead. —Shannon Roum, Cudahy, Wisconsin

Goes Great With: Pressure-Cooker Sicilian Steamed Leeks

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Day 18: Vegetarian Skillet EnchiladasTaste of Home

Day 18: Vegetarian Skillet Enchiladas

Whether it's meatless Monday or your family eats vegetarian every day, everyone will be satisfied with these unconventional vegetarian skillet enchiladas. Garnish with the optional toppings or other favorites like tortilla chips and extra shredded cheese. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Goes Great With: Confetti Jicama Salad

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Day 19: Steak FajitasTaste of Home

Day 19: Steak Fajitas

Zesty salsa and tender strips of steak make these traditional fajitas extra special. —Rebecca Baird, Salt Lake City, Utah

Goes Great With: Three-Pepper Coleslaw

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Day 20: Kimchi Cauliflower Fried RiceTaste of Home

Day 20: Kimchi Cauliflower Fried Rice

This healthier take on kimchi fried rice is one of my favorite recipes because it's customizable. If there's a vegetarian in the family, leave out the bacon and add your favorite veggies. —Stefanie Schaldenbrand, Los Angeles, California

Goes Great With: Zesty Sugar Snap Peas

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Day 21: Lemony Shrimp and Arugula OrzoTaste of Home

Day 21: Lemony Shrimp and Arugula Orzo

What I love about this lemon shrimp orzo is that it's so tasty and it can be eaten hot or cold. It tastes great with chicken, too. —Aleni Salcedo, East Elmhurst, New York

Goes Great With: Mediterranean Cauliflower

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Day 22: Pressure-Cooker Mexican Stuffed PeppersTaste of Home

Day 22: Pressure-Cooker Mexican Stuffed Peppers

These pressure-cooker stuffed peppers get a southwestern twist! The filling also makes a delicious meat loaf that we like cold as a sandwich with cheddar cheese, mayo and salsa. —Traci Wynne, Denver, Pennsylvania

Goes Great With: Spicy Gazpacho Salad

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Day 23: Curried Sweet Potato Pineapple ChickenTaste of Home

Day 23: Curried Sweet Potato Pineapple Chicken

This chicken and sweet potato dish is a delicious combination of sweet and savory flavors. I like to add a bit more spice. Make sure to keep the sweet potato chunks large so they keep their integrity over the long cooking time. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho

Goes Great With: Beets in Orange Sauce

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Cilantro Lime ShrimpTaste of Home

Day 24: Cilantro Lime Shrimp

A quick garlicky lime marinade works magic on these juicy shrimp. They come off the grill with huge flavors perfect for your next cookout. —Melissa Rodriguez, Van Nuys, California

Goes Great With: Zucchini in Dill Cream Sauce

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Day 25: Garlic-Grilled Chicken with Pesto Zucchini RibbonsTaste of Home

Day 25: Garlic-Grilled Chicken with Pesto Zucchini Ribbons

The first time I substituted zucchini noodles for regular pasta, it was because I was trying to reduce carbohydrates and calories. Now I make them because we love the flavor and texture they bring to dishes. This dish is just as delicious if you substitute shrimp for the chicken. —Suzanne Banfield, Basking Ridge, New Jersey

Goes Great With: Old Bay Cauliflower

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Day 26: Ultimate Grilled Pork ChopsTaste of Home

Day 26: Ultimate Grilled Pork Chops

A little brining and a special dry rub go a long way to making the perfect pork chop. Once you've mastered the techniques, you'll be enjoying them all summer long. —Matthew Hass, Franklin, Wisconsin

Goes Great With: Maple-Ginger Glazed Carrots

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Day 27: Chinese Cashew Chicken PizzaTaste of Home

Day 27: Chinese Cashew Chicken Pizza

I make this quick weeknight chicken pizza when I'm craving takeout. I like using shortcuts like premade pizza crust and rotisserie chicken to cut down on my time in the kitchen. —Joseph A. Sciascia, San Mateo, California

Goes Great With: Flamboyant Flamenco Summer Salad

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Day 28: Comforting Tuna PattiesTaste of Home

Day 28: Comforting Tuna Patties

My grandmother and mother made these tuna patties on Fridays during Lent. I'm not the biggest fan of tuna, but it's perfect in this dish. These patties are even good cold the next day, if there are any leftovers. —Ann Marie Eberhart, Gig Harbor, Washington

Goes Great With: Oven-Baked Asparagus

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Day 29: Vegetable, Steak and EggsTaste of Home

Day 29: Vegetable, Steak and Eggs

Low-carb doesn't have to be skimpy with this lighter take on steak and eggs. I love cooking with squash, but feel free to toss in any vegetable combination you like. —Robert Deskin, Plantation, Florida

Goes Great With: Baked Baby Potatoes with Olive Pesto

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Day 30: Grilled Chicken and Mango SkewersTaste of Home

Day 30: Grilled Chicken and Mango Skewers

This tantalizing recipe was inspired by charbroiled chicken skewers I ate while strolling along Calle Ocho in Miami on Sunday afternoons. I like to garnish mine with sesame seeds. —Wolfgang Hanau, West Palm Beach, Florida

Goes Great With: Mediterranean Brown Rice Salad

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Day 31: Garlic & Herb Artichoke SalmonTaste of Home

Day 31: Garlic & Herb Artichoke Salmon

If you’re new to cooking fish (or even if you’re a pro), this no-fail salmon recipe is a must-make. It’s easy enough for everyday, but also wows at dinner parties. —Margee Berry, White Salmon, Washington

Goes Great With: Roasted Asparagus With Thyme

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