The high-calorie recipes are what I refer to as “level 3” in the recipe notes. These recipes are best for those who have active lifestyles, want to gain weight, or are in weight maintenance. Many of the meals I currently eat fit here.
Some people prefer to eat fewer than three meals per day and not to snack. If this describes you, higher-calorie dishes may be a good fit even if you have a weight loss goal. The nutrient-rich recipes here will provide adequate energy to help you meet your goals.
Meals in this category contain over 700 calories per serving. Snacks in this category provide over 200 calories per serving. Additionally, some lower-calorie dishes that contain flour or dried fruit were also placed here.
Bread and grain-based desserts are the top two sources of calories in American diets; this includes whole-grain varieties. Therefore, it may be easier to create a calorie deficit for weight loss by limiting products made with flour. Similarly, dried fruits are here because they are a concentrated source of calories and sugars that are easy to over-indulge in.
For those with lower energy needs, I often provide ideas to modify these dishes in the recipe notes. These tips will help you to reduce the calories without removing the most satiating foods in the dish. It’s also fine to adjust your portion if the serving size listed is not right for your needs.
Are you up for some high-calorie recipes?
To get you going, here are a few of my family’s favorite energy-packed dishes on the site:
- Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Granola with Raspberries
- The Works Pizza with Whole Grain Spelt Crust
- Smoked Oyster and Cod Liver Pate
And here are the most recent recipes in this category: