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!

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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.”

So relatable.

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.

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Healthy Dinner Ideas for your and your family

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.

375 calories/serving
Serves: 2

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.

286 calories/serving
Serves: 4

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.

466 calories/serving
Serves: 2

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.

455 calories/serving
Serves: 4

Gluten Free Chicken Tenders

Pistachio Chicken

This pistachio chicken recipe is easy to make with 5 ingredients in under 30 minutes! It’s naturally gluten free, paleo, and keto!

197 calories/serving
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.

281 calories/serving
Serves: 3

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.

430 calories/serving
Serves: 4

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.

261 calories/serving
Serves: 8

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.

54 calories/wrap
Yield: 14

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.

539 calories/serving
Serves: 4

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.

383 calories/serving
Serves: 4

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!)
Serves: 4


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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. 

350 calories/serving
Serves: 4

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! 

283 calories/serving
Serves: 4

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.

438 calories/serving
Serves: 2

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.

320 calories/serving
Serves: 2

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.

300 calories/serving
Serves: 4

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.

358 calories/serving
Serves: 6

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.

368 calories/serving
Serves: 4

low calorie meatball recipe

Greek Meatballs

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.

387 calories/serving
Serves: 4

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.

377 calories/serving
Serves: 4

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!

275 calories/serving
Serves: 4

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