Healthy Low Calorie Recipes For Dinner

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Looking for some healthy low calorie dinner recipes? Try one of these low calorie dinner recipes tonight!

You think you’re eating healthy, but your dinners are bringing you down. You’re hungry after a few hours, and all you want to do is stuff your face with junk food and watch Netflix all night. Well, that’s not the only way to eat healthy while still getting meals on the table. Here are some low calorie recipes for dinner that are filling, tasty, and if I don’t say so myself, pretty darn good-looking (look at them!).

Low-calorie dinner recipes

Delicious dinners all under 400 calories. We have a selection of vegetarian, vegan, meat and fish recipes to choose from, all healthy and low-calorie

  • Spicy meatballs with chilli black beans

    Spicy meatballs with chilli black beans

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.98 ratings

    Give your favourite meatballs a healthy makeover with this low fat, low calorie, low GI recipe with turkey mince, black beans and avocado

  • Coconut & squash dhansak

    Coconut & squash dhansak

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.300 ratings

    This quick and easy vegetarian curry is perfect for a healthy weeknight dinner – with butternut squash, coconut milk, lentils and spinach

  • Miso-roasted aubergine steaks with sweet potato

    Miso-roasted aubergine steaks with sweet potato

    A star rating of 3.6 out of 5.21 ratings

    Roast thick slices of aubergine with miso, garlic and ginger, then serve with chunky sweet potato wedges for a filling, vegetarian dinner

  • Poached salmon with tarragon

    Poached salmon with tarragon

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.6 ratings

    Lightly poach salmon fillets and serve with creamy green beans and baby new potatoes for a light meal

  • Mediterranean fish gratins

    Mediterranean fish gratins

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.21 ratings

    These individual portions of fish in tomato sauce, topped with herby breadcrumbs, freeze beautifully – perfect for no-fuss entertaining

  • Prawn, fennel & rocket risotto

    Prawn, fennel & rocket risotto

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.42 ratings

    This prawn and fennel risotto gets a little extra kick from lemon zest and and rocket – perfect for a dinner party

  • Cauliflower, paneer & pea curry

    Cauliflower, paneer & pea curry

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.145 ratings

    Ready in less than an hour, this easy, vegetarian curry recipe made with pan-fried Indian cheese and vegetables is also cheap to prepare

  • Pan-cooked feta with beetroot salsa & bean mash

    Pan-cooked feta with beetroot salsa & bean mash

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.48 ratings

    Whip up this budget vegetarian dinner in minutes – pile slices of light feta onto cannellini bean mash and top with tangy beetroot salsa

  • Chicken, broccoli & beetroot salad with avocado pesto

    Chicken, broccoli & beetroot salad with avocado pesto

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.20 ratings

    This superfood supper is packed with ingredients to give your body a boost, such as red onion, nigella seeds, walnuts, avocado oil and lemon

  • Spicy baby aubergine stew with coriander & mint

    Spicy baby aubergine stew with coriander & mint

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.28 ratings

    Superhealthy and high in fibre too, this miraculous Middle Eastern one-pot is under 150 calories per serve and counts as 5 of your 5-a-day

  • Mediterranean vegetables with lamb

    Mediterranean vegetables with lamb

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.79 ratings

    A one-pot packed with veg and tender lamb that will keep the whole family satisfied

  • Steamed fish & pak choi parcels

    Steamed fish & pak choi parcels

    A star rating of 4.1 out of 5.23 ratings

    Just add steamed rice for a flavour-packed, low-calorie meal

  • Somerset stew with cheddar & parsley mash

    Somerset stew with cheddar & parsley mash

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.150 ratings

    This family winter warmer is full of flavour and goodness. Adapt for meat lovers by adding sausages

  • Pork & bulgur-stuffed peppers

    Pork & bulgur-stuffed peppers

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.27 ratings

    This colourful feel-good supper brings summer flavour at any time of year

  • Mexican bean burgers with lime yogurt & salsa

    Spicy bean burgers with lime yogurt & salsa

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.120 ratings

    These beany veggie burgers are easy to make and the toppings make them wonderfully moist – cook from frozen to save time

  • Chicken with harissa & tomatoes

    Chicken with harissa & tomatoes

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.71 ratings

    Quick and easy midweek chicken supper recipe, with just a little hint of spice

  • Two fillets of tomato & thyme cod in a bowl

    Tomato & thyme cod

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.331 ratings

    Ready in 20 minutes and low fat, this fish dish is great for a Monday night when you’d rather be on the sofa than in the kitchen

  • Rich paprika seafood bowl

    Rich paprika seafood bowl

    A star rating of 3.8 out of 5.11 ratings

    Eating healthy isn’t all about salad, this fish stew counts as 3 of your 5-a-day and it’s low-fat

  • Thai beef stir-fry

    Thai beef stir-fry

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.115 ratings

    A no fuss shopping list and super-quick to prepare, the perfect after work meal

  • Minestrone in minutes

    Minestrone in minutes

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.110 ratings

    Whip up a hearty bowl of soup in next to no time, perfect for a quick lunch or warming supper

  • Mexican chicken stew with quinoa & beans

    Mexican chicken stew with quinoa & beans

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.191 ratings

    Spicy chicken casserole with a healthy superfood side dish of protein-rich quinoa

  • Moroccan meatball tagine with lemon & olives

    Moroccan meatball tagine with lemon & olives

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.82 ratings

    A wonderfully aromatic North African lamb casserole with a citrus tang – great for dinner parties

  • Salmon & broccoli cakes with watercress, avocado & tomato salad

    Salmon & broccoli cakes with watercress, avocado & tomato salad

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.27 ratings

    Bump up the good-for-you factor with these vegetable-packed salmon fishcakes, served with a fresh salad

  • Winter vegetable pie

    Winter vegetable pie

    A star rating of 3.9 out of 5.55 ratings

    One portion of this delicious vegetarian shepherd’s pie contains all 5 of your recommended 5-a-day intake

    200-400 calorie recipes

    Low in calories yet still super-satisfying – there’s lighter recipes that make the most of the tastiest ingredients, including salads, stir-fries and stews

    • A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.37 ratings

      This healthy, filling lunch provides a good balance of protein and carbs from lean steak mince and wholemeal pasta – ideal to aid muscle recovery after exercise

    • A lunchbox with a feta & clementine salad

      Feta & clementine lunch bowl

      A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.15 ratings

      Pair piquant feta with green lentils, sweet clementines and crunchy peppers in this colourful packed lunch. It’s low-calorie and rich in vitamin C and fibre

    • Spiralized Singapore noodles

      Spiralized Singapore noodles

      A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.13 ratings

      Vegetable noodles not only bring this dish up to 4 of your 5 a day, they also slash the calories and boost the nutrition of this spicy supper

    • Simple fish stew

      Simple fish stew

      A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.95 ratings

      This quick and healthy one-pot is packed with white fish fillets, king prawns, a rich tomato sauce and enough veg for 3 of your 5 a day

    • Smoky aubergine & red pepper salad

      Smoky aubergine & red pepper salad

      A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.4 ratings

      Char aubergine and peppers until tender and juicy, then combine with salty, creamy feta for a summer salad that’s the perfect vegetarian option for a barbecue

    • Lighter chicken cacciatore

      Lighter chicken cacciatore

      A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.106 ratings

      The classic Italian ‘hunter’s stew’ gets a healthy makeover, with low-fat chicken breasts, prosciutto and a rich herby tomato sauce

    • Chicken, broccoli & beetroot salad with avocado pesto

      Chicken, broccoli & beetroot salad with avocado pesto

      A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.20 ratings

      This superfood supper is packed with ingredients to give your body a boost, such as red onion, nigella seeds, walnuts, avocado oil and lemon

    • Pumpkin and bean soup in bowl

      Italian borlotti bean, pumpkin & farro soup

      A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.24 ratings

      Warm up on chilly evenings with this hearty, healthy bean & pumpkin soup. Serve this low-calorie meal with a chunk of fresh bread for dunking

    • Roasted cauliflower with cabbage and sauce on plate

      Whole roasted cauliflower with anchovy sauce

      A star rating of 3.9 out of 5.11 ratings

      Make this gloriously golden roasted cauliflower as an ideal dinner party main. Serve with buttery cauliflower leaves and an addictive anchovy sauce

    • Prawn, fennel & rocket risotto

      Prawn, fennel & rocket risotto

      A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.42 ratings

      This prawn and fennel risotto gets a little extra kick from lemon zest and and rocket – perfect for a dinner party

    • Mapo tofu served with rice in a bowl

      Mapo tofu

      A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.14 ratings

      Even if you’re not keen on tofu, give this mapo tofu a go. It’s hot and really strongly flavoured thanks to chilli bean paste, fermented black beans and more

    • Home-style pork curry with cauliflower rice

      Home-style pork curry with cauliflower rice

      A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.14 ratings

      Lighten up curry night with this healthy recipe – pulse cauliflower in a food processor for a rice-like texture that’s much lower GI

    • Seafood paella

      Seafood paella

      A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.22 ratings

      This impressive Spanish one pot, with monkfish, king prawns and mussels, is perfect for feeding a crowd at a dinner party

    • Smoked mackerel maki rolls

      Smoked mackerel maki rolls

      A star rating of 4 out of 5.1 rating

      Make your own sushi for a low-calorie lunch you can bring to work. Be the envy of the office with these mackerel and veg rolls, don’t forget the soy sauce!

    • Egg & rocket pizzas

      Egg & rocket pizzas

      A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.38 ratings

      Use seeded tortillas as pizza bases for a quick and healthy lunch – crack an egg in the centre and bake to boost protein intake

    • Red lentil & carrot soup

      Red lentil & carrot soup

      A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.106 ratings

      This warming and budget-friendly vegetarian soup is perfect packed in a flask for lunch. It’s also easy to double the quantities and freeze half for later

    • Quinoa tabbouleh

      Quinoa tabbouleh

      A star rating of 3.8 out of 5.16 ratings

      Enjoy this nutrient-packed salad, with juicy tomatoes and cucumber, as a delicious and healthy lunch

    • Paillard of chicken with lemon & herbs

      Paillard of chicken with lemon & herbs

      A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.38 ratings

      Pounding meat until thin and flat is a great technique for barbecued chicken breast, as it ensures it won’t dry out. Try this version with lemon and herbs.

    • Chilli-stuffed peppers with feta topping

      Chilli-stuffed peppers with feta topping

      A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.46 ratings

      A satisfying vegetarian supper that packs in 4 of your 5-a-day. Stuff peppers with cream cheese, beans, aubergine and feta

    • Baked tomato & mozzarella orzo in a casserole dish

      Baked tomato & mozzarella orzo

      A star rating of 4.1 out of 5.93 ratings

      Combine red peppers, tomato, orzo and olives in a casserole dish to make this easy vegetarian one pot. The bubbling mozzarella topping is particularly special

    • Creamy tomato risotto

      Creamy tomato risotto

      A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.229 ratings

      A budget rice dish flavoured with rosemary, basil and sweet cherry tomatoes. An ideal midweek supper

    • Seared steak with celery & pepper caponata

      Seared steak with celery & pepper caponata

      A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.21 ratings

      Serve lean fillet steak with a rich, Italian-style pepper, olive and caper sauce and wilted spinach

    • Asian tofu with stir-fried noodles, pak choi & sugar snap peas

      Tofu with stir-fried noodles, pak choi & sugar snap peas

      A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.17 ratings

      A vegetarian stir-fry packed with spice and flavour. Marinate tofu in ginger, garlic and sesame and serve with a vermicelli noodle mix

    • Barbecued squid salad

      Barbecued squid salad

      A star rating of 5 out of 5.2 ratings

      Marinating squid before sizzling it on the barbecue or griddle gives it a flavour boost. Accompany with a salad of mango, avocado and black beans

      These light dinners are a great fit  for any weeknight. Each recipe requires just 20 minutes of active time in the kitchen, so you can whip up a healthy, tasty meal without breaking a sweat. Plus, each simple dish has fewer than 575 calories per serving and includes lots of delicious wintry produce like sweet potatoes, kale and cauliflower. Recipes like our Creamy White Chili with Cream Cheese and Rosemary Roasted Salmon with Asparagus & Potatoes make it easy to shake up your winter dinner menu

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