While eating at night won't cause weight gain, eating a large meal that makes you exceed your daily calorie intake will. If you want to drop pounds, try this tactic: make lunch and breakfast your largest meals of the day, and make dinner a smaller meal  (about 25 percent of your daily calories). Consuming more before a light dinner ensures you have enough time to burn all those calories.
If you're used to eating big meals at night and are at a loss for what to make, here's a two-week (14-day) dinner plan — all recipes are vegetarian and around 300 calories. And since meat-free meals are chock-full of fiber, you'll feel full longer, which is one way to prevent weight gain from late-night snacking . Take a peek at these 14 recipes, and make a list, so you can hit the grocery store on Sunday, prep your ingredients, and be ready to lose weight!
Photo: Lizzie Fuhr
Monday: Indian-Spiced Chard With Tofu
This Indian-spiced chard  makes a great main dish with the warming flavor of curry. Serve alongside toasted whole wheat pita, a small bowl of cooked brown rice, or roasted cauliflower .
Fiber: 5.3 grams
Protein: 7.3 grams
Tuesday: Spicy Sweet Potato Salad
High-fiber sweet potatoes can regulate blood sugar and help you lose weight, while a spicy, antioxidant-rich red pepper and jalapeño dressing ties everything together. This hearty dish  is sure to satisfy.
Fiber: 4.8 grams
Protein: 2.1 grams
Wednesday: Red Pepper and Lentil Bake
You'll be surprised at how large an under-250-calorie portion of this cheesy red pepper and lentil bake  really is. Enjoy your bowl with a fresh green salad.
Fiber: 9 grams
Protein: 11.6 grams
Thursday: Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burrito
Roasted sweet potatoes swirling with tender black beans and corn, succulent red peppers, and juicy tomatoes wrapped in a warm whole-wheat tortilla make this one delicious and gratifying meal . Pair it with a side of sautéed spinach or kale.
Calories: 236 (half a burrito; save the other for tomorrow's lunch!)
Fiber: 6.8 grams
Protein: 6.9 grams
Friday: Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese
Lighten things up with this healthy twist on mac and cheese  that amps up the nutritional value as it cuts back on calories and carbs.
Fiber: 1.3 grams
Protein: 18.2 grams
Saturday: Cauliflower Crust Pizza
If Saturday is pizza night at your house, try this veggie-powered alternative . Freshly grated cauliflower serves as the base for the creative and delicious crust that you can fold up just like traditional pizza!
Fiber: 4.6 grams
Protein: 23.6 grams
Sunday: Butternut Squash Lentil Soup
This high-protein, high-fiber soup recipe  is such a cinch to whip up — just throw all the ingredients in your slow cooker in the morning, and dinner is done. Since the lentils and squash get cooked for so long, they soften completely to reveal a smooth, creamy consistency. Enjoy your bowl with a few whole grain crackers.
Fiber: 17 grams
Protein: 18.3 grams
Monday: Gluten-Free Cheesy Veggie "Pasta" Bake
If you can't have gluten, you can still enjoy this cheesy pasta dish . It's not made with gluten-free pasta — oh no! It's made with spaghetti squash and tons of other mouthwatering veggies. Add a green salad for a satisfying meal.
Fiber: 5.2 grams
Protein: 9.7 grams
Tuesday: Black and White Bean Soup With Sweet Potatoes
This black and white bean soup with sweet potatoes  is a twist on the classic black bean soup recipe.
Fiber: 11.3 grams
Protein: 12.3 grams
Wednesday: Cauliflower "Rice" Stir-Fry
Beyond being a Paleo-friendly offering, this grain-free stir-fry  has zero cholesterol, is low in sodium, and offers your entire daily recommended intake of vitamin A and vitamin C in just one meal.
Fiber: 8.3 grams
Protein: 8.3 grams
Thursday: Polenta and Beans
This spin on the basic burrito  is completely gluten-free. Instead of being wrapped in a flour tortilla, the flavorful beans and veggie mixture is served over sautéed polenta.
Fiber: 10.4 grams
Protein: 11.1 grams
Friday: Spaghetti With Spinach in a White Wine Garlic Sauce
Fresh produce  and a fragrant white wine and garlic sauce keep this vegan recipe  low in calories but rich in flavor and nutrients like vitamins A and C. Top your dish with some slices of baked tofu .
Fiber: 3.4 grams
Protein: 6.8 grams
Saturday: Sweet Potato, Chickpea, and Quinoa Veggie Burger
Completely vegan and easier to make than you think, this chickpea and quinoa veggie burger  is flavored with baked sweet potato, cumin, and fresh parsley.
Calories: 312 (202 for the patty and roasted red pepper) plus a 110-calorie whole wheat bun 
Fiber: 8.8 grams
Protein: 12 grams
Sunday: Vegan Split Pea and Sweet Potato Soup
Savory, smooth, and hearty, traditional split pea soup is made with ham hocks to give it that signature salty flavor. But you can easily omit the meat and make the soup with celery and sweet potatoes  for a delicious vegan twist. Enjoy your steamy bowl with a handful of your favorite whole grain crackers.
Fiber: 15.5 grams
Protein: 19.3 grams