April 14, 2024

50 Low Calorie Meals That Are Healthy and Filling


Curried Fish Jicama “Tacos”

mike garten

Swap out corn or flour tortillas for a jicama wrap the next time you make fish tacos. This low-cal ingredient is still sturdy enough to support tasty fillings. And, at the same time, you can enjoy the health benefits of this high-fiber root vegetable—including a hit of immunity-boosting vitamin C.

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Saucy Chipotle Pork Tenderloin

saucy chipotle pork tenderloin on plates
Erik bernstein

This lean cut of meat contains fewer calories than other types of pork (shoulder, ground pork, bacon, you name it). However, there is no shortage of smoky flavor here, thanks to a date-sweetened chipotle sauce.

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Veggies on Sweet Potato Mash

veggies on sweet potato mash vegetarian
Erik bernstein

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Spicy Salmon Nori Wraps

spicy salmon nori wraps
mike garten

Chilled Honeydew Soup With Mint and Avocado

healthy chilled honeydew soup in a bowl
Lucy schaeffer

Ceviche-Style Passion Fruit Shrimp

shrimp and fruit healthy weight loss recipe

Here is another no-cook meal that’s good to eat anytime of year. It’s inspired by the citrusy flavors of ceviche, but features fully-cooked shrimp. While only clocking in at 233 calories, each serving packs in a whopping 27 grams of protein.

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Cauliflower Oatmeal With Sautéed Apples & Walnuts

cauliflower oatmeal with saute apples and walnuts

Spiced Tofu Tacos

low calorie meals spiced tofu tacos

In just 20 minutes you’ll have a plant-based taco that delivers a good dose of protein (13 grams) and tons of amazing flavor, thanks to a mixture of chili powder, coriander, jalapeño, and poblano peppers.

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Skillet Salsa Shrimp With Spinach and Feta

low calorie meals skillet salsa shrimp with spinach and feta

This surprising dish comes together in just 15 minutes and uses pantry staples like tomato sauce and jarred salsa to create a spicy, tomato-packed punch in every bite. Serve it with whole wheat flatbread or your grain of choice for a complete meal full of filling fiber and protein.

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Chicken With Fried Cauliflower Rice

low calorie meals chicken with fried cauliflower rice

A cup of cauliflower rice has just under 30 calories, whereas the same amount of cooked white rice contains nearly 170 calories—so the vegetable rice makes a great low-calorie sub in stir-fries like this one.

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Parmesan Chicken and Roasted Tomato Sandwiches

low calorie meals parmesan chicken  roasted tomato sandwiches

Who said you can’t eat sandwiches? Not us! Thin chicken cutlets, tomatoes, and arugula are layered onto a crunchy baguette, along with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese for a healthier take on a chicken Parm sub.

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Chipotle Chicken Fajitas

low calorie meals chipotle chicken fajitas

When you’re looking to up the flavor factor of your cooking—without going overboard on calories—take a look at your spice drawer. Here, ground cumin and chili powder work wonders on plain ol’ boring chicken breasts.

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Smoky Peanut Butter Chicken Tacos

low calorie meals smoky peanut butter chicken tacos

Yes, this recipe uses bittersweet chocolate chips for a spicy-sweet mole sauce you’ll be dreaming about long after dinner is over. This crave-worthy sauce comes together with the chocolate plus tomato sauce, onion, garlic, peanut butter, cinnamon, and chipotle chiles packed in adobo for a play on a classic you can make at home.

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Lemony Salmon Piccata

low calorie meals lemony salmon piccata

Transform salmon with this tangy, white wine sauce made with bright lemon juice and briny capers. Serve alongside your favorite veg and whole grain to soak up all the saucy goodness.

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Cilantro-Lime Turkey Lettuce Cups

low calorie meals thai turkey lettuce cups
Mike Garten

Blend together jalapeño, cilantro, yogurt, lime juice, and cumin for a spicy sauce you’ll want to drizzle on everything. Then, a quick stir-fry of spiced ground turkey makes for an excellent filling for this lettuce cup that combines cold and crisp with a warm and chewy interior.

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Best Ever Shakshuka

low calorie meals best ever shakshuka

White Bean, Tuna, and Roasted Pepper Salad

low calorie meals white bean, tuna, and roasted pepper salad
Romulo Yanes

If you’re looking for an effortless lunch you can prep for all week long that is low-calorie and high-protein then this is for you. Canned cannellini beans, jarred roasted red peppers, marinated artichokes, mixed olives, and canned tuna are pantry staples that come together for a filling and flavorful meal.

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Easy Tempeh Lettuce Wraps

low calorie meals easy tempeh lettuce wraps

Who says plant-based can’t be high-protein? The combination of tempeh, Greek yogurt, and quinoa brings 22 grams of protein to your plate for a low-calorie vegetarian meal that is handheld, super fresh, and comes together in just 20 minutes flat.

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Salmon Banh Mi With Spicy Mayo

low calorie meals salmon banh mi with spicy mayo

Pile a crispy whole-grain baguette with broiled salmon, pickled carrots and radishes, a spicy mayo sauce, and fresh cilantro for a sandwich you can bring wherever you want to eat—at a picnic, in the backyard, at your desk, you name it.

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Grilled Chicken With Coconut-Lime Slaw

low calorie meals grilled chicken with coconutlime slaw

You’ll want to make this coconut-lime slaw to serve with everything. Creamy coconut milk, savory fish sauce, and acidic lime juice are the flavor trio that brings red cabbage to life alongside simply grilled chicken.

Get the Grilled Chicken With Coconut-Lime Slaw recipe.

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Arielle Weg is the associate editor at Prevention and loves to share her favorite wellness and nutrition obsessions. She previously managed content at The Vitamin Shoppe, and her work has also appeared in Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Cooking Light, MyRecipes, and more. You can usually find her taking an online workout class or making a mess in the kitchen, creating something delicious she found in her cookbook collection or saved on Instagram.

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Trish (she/her) is the deputy food editor at Good Housekeeping, where she covers all things food, from cooking trends and delicious recipes to top-tested kitchen products and grocery finds. She has more than a decade of experience writing about food for GH, Women’s Health, Prevention, Redbook, Woman’s Day, The Daily Meal and Food Network. When she’s not at the supermarket or trying out a new recipe, you can find her at the beach, in her backyard or on the couch — typically with a glass of wine in hand.

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