I can maintain my weight at 1900-2000 calories a day. I lost 50lbs last year and ate about 1500-1600 calories a day for half the year to do that. So, 1800 calories a day isn't a stretch at all. My dinners tend to be in the 550-650 calorie range.
Thought this was an interesting discussion so decided to check for myself. Ultimately, your ability to lose or maintain weight is dependent on your activity level (duh). A WebMD expert says to limit calories to 1,200-1,400 per day if you want to lose weight; however, he also points out that it is hard to stay satisfied so most people cannot maintain these numbers. Another Health (eHow Health) site said 1,500 calories is the minimum. I included a calculation below that addresses the number of calories you need to consume to lose weight based on your activity level. Simply put, it seems like a stretch to say 600 cal/meal made America overweight. "To quickly calculate how many calories you need to eat in order to lose weight, take your weight and multiply it by 17. This assumes you are moderately active. If you are very sedentary, multiply your weight by 14. If you are very active, multiply your weight by 20." (eHow.com)
You are not going to lose weight on 1800 calories a day. Trust me...I have been there. Unless you want to have one hour of exercise a day....maybe....but most people hardly exercise 1 hour a week.
Not to mention the fact that goat cheese is one of the lowest fat cheeses out there, and olive oil is a healthy fat. Did you even bother to read the recipe?
This was a good dish. It was quick and easy to make. The orzo with the sauce itself is great for leftovers.
This was a waste of good goat cheese. It was blah. I agree with abcdefg921 -- vinaigrette should have vinegar. Makes me wonder if there was an error in the recipe. I won't make it again.
A 600 calorie dinner isn't making anyone fat. Even if you have three in a day, 1800 calories isn't going to make you overweight. What gets people is a 400 calorie breakfast, a six hundred calorie lunch, and then and 1500 calorie dinner. That comment was not thought out at all.
Where is the vinegar? Doesn't a vinaigrette have some sort of vinegar in it?