Whether you're practicing intuitive eating or simply looking to incorporate more nutritious meals into your routine, these dinner recipes are the best of both worlds — low in calories and delicious. Our round-up of the best low-calorie meals features all kinds of lean proteins (including plant-based options), generous servings of fresh vegetables and hearty, filling whole grains that are sure to please. Sticking to a healthy weeknight dinner that fits into your diet plan just got a whole lot easier.
Believe it or not, some of the most flavorful kitchen staples are foods that save you from extra calories at mealtime. You'll anchor your plate with high protein, low carb foods, like super flavorful salmon fillets seasoned with a fast pan sauce, flaky tilapia on a bed of greens or extremely versatile chicken thighs with a side of sweet potato spuds. Keeping your low-calorie dinner interesting is easy when you shop the freshest veg of the season: Start the year in spring with kale and carrots, move into zucchini and tomatoes in the summer, savor Brussels sprouts and mushrooms in fall, and finish strong with beets and winter squash. In-season produce from the grocery store or farmer's market can help you fill up at dinnertime without all those calories.
Discover all-time favorites or venture into new dishes that will keep you feeling great inside and out. This collection of low-calorie dinners will keep any diet feeling new, exciting and most of all, easy peasy all year long!
Here's what you need for this recipe: salmon, green beans, garlic, capers, and red chile. That's it!
Seared on a skillet like steak and topped with crispy breadcrumbs, this is broccoli you eat with a fork and knife.
Try a whole piece of cod or halibut (rather than fillets) for an impressive dinner that takes less than half hour to make.
Not just for breakfast, toast is a totally acceptable dinner when topped with creamy beans and tender kale.
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Garam masala adds warming heat and lots of flavor to this simple chicken-and-veggies meal.
Fresh orange and lime juice helps tenderize and season this steak without a ton of excess sugar or oil.
Add a sweet-sour touch to juicy pork tenderloin with an easy balsamic, honey and thyme glaze.
Try fajitas on a sheet pan for easy prep and even easier cleanup.
Packed with citrus juices, honey, shallot, jalapeño and ginger, this refreshing light dinner or appetizer is big on flavor.
Slice, toasted almonds, garlic, parsley and thyme make a tasty, crunchy topper to the silkiest-ever soup.
Gochujang adds impressive heat to juicy pork tenderloin. Cool it down with crisp lettuce and cooked rice.
Creamy goat cheese and crispy prosciutto add lots of flavor — but few calories — to this weeknight wonder.
Toss toasted bread cubes in a green, herby salad for a healthy meal that still feels filling.
Salmon and colorful veggies are the perfect pairing for a meal that will keep you full all-day.
If you're a fan of sweet and salty, you're going to love this combo of savory soup and coconutty pita bread.
If you have 25 minutes, you can have homemade ramen — complete with shiitake mushrooms, snow peas, and bok choy.
You'll instantly forget you're having a salad with the grilled steak mixed in. Plus, the jalapeños add an unexpected kick.
A quarter of this delicious pizza barely feels vegetarian let alone healthy. But this lunch-friendly idea clocks in at under 340 calories (gruyère for the win!).
This fresh radish salsa is the perfect thing to warm you up on a chilly night; the fish fillet itself is just the bright spot of flavor you've been looking for.
This isn't your usual lettuce wrap. Bring your steak to life with a special marinade and top it off with chopped peanuts before eating.
Many vegan recipes are indeed low in calories, but this soul-warming soup doesn't feel lacking at all — especially with its velvety avocado topping.
Balance this spicy salmon with a fresh cucumber salad.
White rice can be part of a healthy dinner! This 220 calorie meal is proof, and you'll add it to your weekly rotation in no time.
Sushi-grade tuna is insanely flavorful, easy to pick up and prepare, and probably the most diet-friendly protein on this list. With creamy avocado and tangy rice, this bowl doesn't break 200 calories.
This guilt-free chili is the perfect addition to your game day feast.
Because they're so low on calories (this entire bowl clocks in at just 280 calories), you can pair these delicious morsels with a side of your pleasing — or even treat yourself with a bit of bread for dipping.
Who said that fried food isn't healthy?! Crisp tofu proves otherwise, especially when paired with a medley of zesty zucchini and the crunch of toasted cashews.
Give your weeknight chicken dish a taste of the season with squash and pomegranate seeds.
No mess, no fuss over this foil packet that is baked to perfection. You'll have plenty of fresh veg, tender shrimp, and satisfying couscous at under 350 calories.
It's time to up your Instant Pot game.
The sweet vinaigrette glaze is dangerously delicious.
The only meal you might be able to seriously entertain thirds, as this easy one-dish meal contains just 190 calories per serving.
Lentils are packed with flavor and essential nutrients, full of antioxidants that benefit us in many ways. Pillowy scallops just sweeten the deal.
Who needs sauce when you have squash ribbons?!
Because eating chicken on skewers is way more fun.
Maximize the crispy factor and minimize the carb count with this simple pasta dish.
Roasted cherry tomatoes are nature's candy. Take our word for it.
Master the art of the fresh, vegetarian taco and you'll never have to hit the drive-thru again.
It's rare to get an entire plate at under 450 calories, but this salmon dinner does it in style.
Dump all the ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning and come home to a tasty dinner.
Finally, a way to enjoy cheese without all the calories!
Not all salads are low in calories, but this fiery avocado one certainly is.
This big bowl of comfort is a must-have after a trip to the farmer's market.
When it comes to counting calories, seafood is a lifesaver.
Ditch all the calories and saturated fat! Double down on this 280-calorie breaded cutlet and a robust side salad.
You can have this takeout-classic and eat it, too; swap out heavy oils and tons of meat for lean tofu and a gentler fry.
Sweet peppers, carrots and mint add some color to this easy weeknight dinner.