These Low-Calorie Dinner Recipes Will Help You Lose Weight
- July 23, 2020
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Choose from these low-calorie ideas that are flavorful, filling, and oh-so-easy to make!
May 13, 2020
You can whip up a healthy smoothie for breakfast. Do a veggie burger as a low-carb lunch. But at dinnertime, you want something that’s going to taste delicious and keep you satisfied, without canceling all the good work you did during the day. The secret to a healthy meal that will help you lose weight? Lots of lean protein and veggies, with whole grains to fill you up. Here’s a healthy recipe to try for dinner each week of the year.
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Spicy Tofu Tacos
Crumble up tofu with a the heat of poblano peppers, chile, and garlic, and you get a healthy version of spicy tacos at only 230 calories per serving.
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Greek Salad Pasta
The best way to indulge in a plateful of pasta when you’re trying to lose weight? Fill it up with lots of lean chicken breast, tomatoes, cucumbers, and zesty onions.
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Seared Salmon with Roasted Cauliflower
Simple ingredients roasted to lip-smacking perfection make this a healthy, easy dinner that tastes completely indulgent. Add a side of quinoa or bulgur, and you’ll still stay under 500 calories.
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Southwestern Grilled Chicken Salad
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Shrimp, Avocado, and Egg Chopped Salad
Salad is a deceptive name for this hearty dinner, which fills your belly with three of our favorite ingredients—shrimp, hard-boiled eggs, and creamy avocado, all topped with a tasty lime dressing.
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Spiced Grilled Eggplant With Fresh Tomato Salad
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Pan-Roasted Bass With Papaya Relish
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Roasted Sweet Potato and Chicken Salad
Each forkful gives you a bite of something deeply satisfying in this colorful salad, which stays under the 500-calorie mark.
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Seared Coconut Lime Chicken With Snap Pea Slaw
Flavored with coconut and lime, this low-cal dinner will make you feel like you’re sitting on a beach in the sun.
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Kale and Roasted Cauliflower Salad
Got kale? This deceptively simple salad has the added flavor of raisins and pine nuts, making it as tasty as it is good for you.
Emily Kate Roemer
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Light Chicken Parmesan
Every once in a while you just have to indulge in the comfort foods of your childhood, like a cheesy, gooey chicken parmesan. This version gives you the flavors you dream of, for only 270 calories.
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Chicken Quinoa Bowl
Full of fiber and packed with vitamins, quinoa is a pretty perfect food. Top it with lean grilled chicken, arugula, and tomatoes and you get a deliciously healthy, high-protein meal that will keep you full for hours.
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Shrimp Scampi With Zoodles
If you’re craving this classic trattoria dish, swap out the pasta for spiralized zucchini noodles, and you’ll save on calories and carbs without sacrificing the yum.
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Balsamic Steak With Eggplant and Peppers
Meat lovers rejoice—this steak dish has all the flavors you love in only 390 calories per serving.
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Oven-Roasted Salmon With Charred Lemon Vinaigrette
This elegant salmon recipe features the Mediterranean flavor of charred lemons, along with tasty fennel.
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Crispy Tofu Bowl
You don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy this sweet-chili tofu bowl, packed with crunchy cashews and sitting on a bed of tasty quinoa.
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Grilled Fish Tacos
Your favorite fish gets a delightful burst of pineapple flavor in these addictive (but low-cal!) tacos.
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Okay, so after all these healthy, low-carb dinners of chicken, tofu, and fish, at some point you’re going to crave a big old heap of pasta! No worries—this light version of fettuccine Alfredo swaps out heavy cream with Greek yogurt.
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Harvest Chicken Casserole
To fill you up on a chilly night, whip up this hearty chicken casserole, filled with delicious, good-for-you ingredients such as brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, and wild rice.
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Smoky Vegan Black Bean Soup
Grab a slice of crusty bread and dip it into this heavenly black bean soup, loved by vegans and omnivores alike.
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Cilantro Lime Salmon Bowl
Sweet honey, zesty limes, and crunchy red peppers make this salmon rice bowl a dinnertime favorite.
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Light Chicken Cacciatore
Mmm, just like Mom used to make it…except instead of piling this savory dish on spaghetti, you add extra veggies and decadent olives.
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Best-Ever Farro Salad
Hearty whole-grain farro has the perfect, chewy texture to keep you satisfied. Toss it with apples , pecans, and herbs for this addictive salad (add a piece of grilled chicken or fish on the side for a complete meal).
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One-Pan Balsamic Chicken
Cook up this light chicken-and-veggies dish in just one pan—and sop up the delectable sauce with a whole grain such as bulgar or farro.
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Skinny Burrito Bowl
This delicious bowl has everything you want from a burrito—but at a fraction of the calories.
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
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White Bean and Tuna Salad With Basil Vinaigrette
This meal-sized salad tastes like the flavors of spring—with protein-rich tuna, eggs, and beans to keep you satisfied.
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Spanish Chorizo Stew
When you want something a little spicy to warm up your belly on a cool autumn night, whip up this hearty stew, filled with chickpeas and chorizo sausage for a low-cal indulgence.
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Fried fish is a summertime favorite—this version of cornmeal-crusted catfish saves calories by baking instead of frying, but you still get the same delicious flavor!
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Moroccan Meatballs With Roasted Tomatoes and Chickpeas
Meatballs don’t just belong on spaghetti. This version, flavored with cinnamon, cumin, and allspice, has an addictive flavor that pairs up perfectly with couscous and tomatoes for a special treat, all under 400 calories.
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Blackened Shrimp and Brown Rice Bowl
Are you drooling yet? This tangy shrimp bowl is as delicious as it looks, with avocado, brown rice, and corn salsa adding the finish touches.
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Marisa Cohen Marisa Cohen is a Contributing Editor in the Hearst Health Newsroom, who has covered health, nutrition, parenting, and the arts for dozens of magazines and web sites over the past two decades.
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