Updated: August 26, 2011

Want to lose weight and stick to a balanced healthy diet? Eat at home!

Although eating out is convenient, research shows that women who do so every night consume more fat and fewer veggies than those who make dinner at least once a week. If you want to eat a balanced healthy diet and lose weight, preparing your own lowfat, low calorie meals at home makes the most sense. Try these delicious, healthy meals:

Wild Mushroom and Tomato Ragout with Polenta

The tomatoes in this dish are high in cancer-fighting lycopene.

Nutrition facts per serving: (2/3 cup polenta, 2/3 cup ragout): 164 calories, 5 g fat (26% of calories), 1 g saturated fat, 26 g carbs, 4 g protein, 2 g fiber, 55 mg calcium, 2 mg iron, 177 mg sodium

Greek-Style Pizza with Ricotta and Feta

Using reduced-fat (or part-skim) ricotta helps keep the fat and cholesterol in check, while tangy feta adds a pungent kick.

Nutrition facts per serving: (1 slice): 176 calories, 4 g fat (23% calories), 2 g saturated fat, 27 g carbs, 7 g protein, 3 g fiber, 128 mg calcium, 2 g iron, 381 mg sodium

Marinated Flank Steak

This filling meal is an excellent source of lean protein.

Nutrition facts per serving: Nutrition score per serving: 179 calories, 11 g fat (55% of calories), 3 g saturated fat, 1 g carbs, 19 g protein, 0 g fiber, 287 mg sodium

Roasted Herb Salmon

Give fish fillets a savory flavor boost with fresh rosemary, thyme, and oregano.

Nutrition facts per serving: 196 calories, .75 g calcium, 8.5 g carbs (17%), 8 g fat (32%), 2 g fiber, 25 g protein (51%), 385 mg sodium

Enjoy these low calorie meals? Shape provides multiple recipes that are perfect for your balanced healthy diet.

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