Low Calorie Dinner Ideas
Low Calorie Dinner Ideas to keep you on track of your low calorie diet. These low calorie meals are nutritious and full of flavor!
Low Calorie Dinner Ideas for your Low Calorie Diet
There’s so many funny memes out there about making dinner that I’m sure you’ve seen before.
My favorite one says “Who knew the hardest part of being an adult is figuring out what to cook for dinner every single night for the rest of your life until you die.”
But there’s good news! If you’re sick and tired of having to come up with ideas for low calorie meals, I’ve put a bunch of my favorite low calorie dinner ideas all in one place to help you stay on track with your low calorie diet.
This list of low calorie dinner recipes will be frequently updated so be sure to pin it so you can refer back to it as often as you need!
PS if you’re looking for low calorie sheet pan meals, be sure to check out my post for Healthy Sheet Pan Dinners. It’s 100% dedicated to sheet pan dinner recipes for quick and easy low calorie dinners!
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Low Calorie Buffalo Chicken Recipe
Buffalo Chicken Rice Bowl
This Buffalo Chicken Rice Bowl is healthy, tasty and great for meal prep. It’s made with lots of veggies, tender chicken breast, rice, buffalo sauce, and blue cheese. If you love Buffalo Wings, you’ll love this low calorie rice bowl.
Low Calorie Pasta Recipe
Skinny Chicken Fettucini Alfredo
Lightened up Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo with less fat and calories! Lean grilled chicken breast on top of low-fat Alfredo sauce tossed with fettuccine noodles, it’s comfort food without the guilt. This can easily be made with gluten free flour and brown rice noodles if you need to keep it gluten free.
Low Calorie shrimp Recipe
Honey Garlic Shrimp Bowls
Honey Garlic Shrimp Bowls are quick, easy, and loaded with flavor. This meal comes together in just 20 minutes so it’s perfect for a weeknight dinner! Use gluten free soy sauce or Tamari to easily make it gluten free! You can also serve it with cauliflower rice instead of regular rice to cut the calories even more.
aka keto crack slaw
Egg Roll in a Bowl
This easy egg roll in a bowl can be made in just 15 minutes. This low calorie, high protein meal is made with simple ingredients and is keto and naturally gluten free. You can make it even lower calorie by using ground turkey instead of ground beef.
Gluten Free Chicken Tenders
This pistachio chicken recipe is easy to make with 5 ingredients in under 30 minutes! It’s naturally gluten free, paleo, and keto!
Serves: 12 (serving size is 1 chicken tender)
Easy Air fryer recipe
Air Fryer Pork Chops
Air Fryer Pork Chops are tender and juicy. They’re quick and easy to make with just five simple ingredients. This recipe can easily be doubled to feed a family.
Instant pot chicken breast recipe
Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas
You only need a few pantry staple ingredients and a few mins of hand on time to make these family favorite Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas. Ready in no time at all, these can be a healthy weeknight dinner option.
low calorie vegetarian recipe
Vegetarian Zucchini Lasagna
This simple and comforting zucchini lasagna is vegetarian and low-carb. It makes a delicious mushroom and zucchini-based dinner for the whole family.
low calorie Taco recipe
Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps
Classic taco flavors make this turkey filling a favorite of the healthy lettuce wrap recipes. You’ll love how fast and easy it is to make. It’s a huge hit and no one will miss the taco shells or realize they are practicing healthy eating either.
low calorie chicken thighs recipe
Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs and Vegetables
Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs with vegetables is a complete meal made in one pot with potatoes, carrots, and green beans. It’s easy to make and flavorful from the addition of herbs, lemon, and spices.
low calorie high protein foods
Pork Chop Skillet Dinner with Spinach and White Beans
A simple one pan dinner recipe, featuring juicy pork chops, spinach, and canned white beans. This flavorful boneless pork chop one skillet dinner comes together in less than 30 minutes making it the perfect weeknight meal the whole family can enjoy.
high protein low calorie foods
Spicy Thai Salad with Udon Chicken
If you loved Panera Bread’s Spicy Thai Salad that was discontinued you can still enjoy that same delicious dish at home with this copycat version. It features the same fresh, crunchy veggies with an irresistible peanut dressing topped with juicy chicken and soft udon noodles.
498 calories/serving (54 grams protein!)
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low calorie chicken stir fry
Chicken Teriyaki Pineapple Bowls
This Simple Chicken Teriyaki Pineapple Bowl Recipe is has such a fun presentation! Juicy pieces of chicken and hearty brown rice served in beautiful pineapple boats is a healthy dinner the whole family will love.
easy salmon recipe
Honey Garlic Salmon
This honey garlic salmon recipe features salmon fillets seared to perfection and coated in a sweet and savory honey garlic sauce. It’s an easy and healthy dinner for a busy weeknight!
Healthy chicken burger recipe
Chicken Feta Spinach Burgers
Juicy and flavorful ground chicken burgers are flavored with feta cheese and spinach. They’re a healthier, lower calorie alternative to traditional beef burgers. These chicken burgers can easily be meal prepped and/or frozen.
178 calories/serving (does not include the bun or additional toppings)
Yield: 5 burgers
low calorie pasta recipe
Canned Salmon Pasta
At 438 calories per serving, this easy canned salmon pasta is a healthy dinner option that happens to use pantry staples you probably already have on hand! Serve it with a simple side salad for a complete meal.
low calorie fish recipe
Mediterranean Baked Halibut
Mediterranean Halibut is topped with a light mediterranean-flavored sauce and baked for 15 minutes for a quick and easy dinner. You can sub other white fish such as Haddock or Cod for a more budget friendly meal.
low calorie fried rice
Steak Fried Rice Recipe
Steak Fried Rice is a simple meal and another great option for busy weeknights. Use leftover rice to make it even faster! You can easily sub different proteins if you don’t want to use red meat or you don’t have steak on hand.
stuffed pepper recipe
Cheesy Chicken Stuffed Peppers
These low carb Cheesy Chicken Stuffed Peppers are loaded with salsa, cream cheese, chipotle, and spices. Not only are they full of flavor but they are a great way to use up leftover or rotisserie chicken.
vegetarian pasta recipe
Low Fat Garlic Mushroom Pasta
Low fat garlic mushroom pasta is one delicious quick healthy dish that the whole family will thank you for. You’ll think you’re in a restaurant and this will become a weekly staple! It’s a great Meatless Monday meal.
low calorie meatball recipe
These Greek Meatballs are a quick & easy, flavorful main dish made in under 20 minutes! Meatballs are a great make-ahead dish that can easily be frozen. They’re also great for meal prep.
102 calories/serving (2 meatballs/serving)
Yield: 30 meatballs
easy salmon recipe
Roasted Salmon with Maple Glaze
This oven Roasted Salmon is baked with a flavorful maple glaze until perfectly tender and flaky. With this method you can bake frozen salmon in under 30 minutes without thawing it in advance! It’s great with rice or cauliflower rice, and roasted veggies.
chicken skillet recipe
Chicken Green Bean Skillet
This simply delicious Chicken Green Bean Skillet is an easy way to eat healthy on a busy day. Seasoned chunks of tender chicken and fresh green beans with a lemony garlic butter sauce cook in one skillet in under 30 minutes.
low calorie comfort food
Turkey Meatloaf with Zucchini
Adding zucchini to ground turkey makes the juiciest turkey meatloaf. Meatloaf is easy to whip up – just mix all the ingredients, shape it into a loaf, and bake!