Top 15 Low Calorie Meals Recipes

Top 15 Low Calorie Meals Recipes

Trying to cut back on calories is not a simple task. You have to be mindful of your daily calorie intake and the lifestyle change can overwhelm most people, especially during the first few weeks. It helps to have a list of low-calorie meals that you can just quickly prepare. These recipes are definitely low in fats and cholesterol, which makes it super healthy and nutritious. If you are really serious about losing weight, then you should try these delicious low-calorie meal recipes.

1Low Calorie Chicken Soup

This chicken soup contains 263 calories. It is gluten-free and dairy-free, which makes it low in calories.

1 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
4 cups chicken broth
Half teaspoon of cumin
One 15 ounce can of pumpkin
One 15 ounces can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup of salsa
1 cup of frozen corn
Shredded rotisserie chicken – this can be optional
Optional toppings are:
sour cream, shredded cheese, tortilla chips, or sliced jalapeno

Directions: Combine the garlic and spices, and add them to ¼ cup of chicken broth. Bring the broth to medium heat on the stove. Add the rest of the broth and allow it to simmer. Add the pumpkin and mix well. Mix in the remaining ingredients and bring it to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve with the toppings of your choice.

2Spicy Pork and Noodles Recipe

This recipe contains 360 calories, with only 9 grams of fat, 2 grams saturated fat, and 92 mg of cholesterol. Instead of using white-flour pasta, this recipe uses soba noodles for fewer calories and carbs.

6 oz of soba noodles
Black pepper and kosher salt
One 1 ¼ pound of thinly sliced pork tenderloin
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 scallions, chopped
½ English cucumber, sliced
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 red chili pepper, sliced
2 teaspoons of sesame oil

Directions: Prepare the soba noodles according to the package direction. Season the pork tenderloin with half a teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of pepper. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Cook the pork in batches until brown, 1 to 2 minutes each side, and then transfer to a bowl. Toss the pork together with the noodles, scallions, cucumber, chili pepper, sesame oil, vinegar, and ½ teaspoon of salt.

3Grilled Tilapia with Couscous

The list of low-calorie meals is not complete without a seafood recipe. Grilled tilapia with couscous yields 337 calories and 7 grams of fat.

Four 6 ounce tilapia fillets, cut lengthwise
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Black pepper and kosher salt
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 cup of couscous
2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons of lemon juice and wedges for serving

Directions: Combine the oil, garlic, lemon juice, ¼ teaspoon pepper, and ½ teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Add the tilapia and toss to coat. Leave it to marinate for 10 minutes. Cook the couscous according to package direction. Remove from the stove and add the parsley and sun-dried tomatoes. Heat the grill to high. Oil the grate and grill the tilapia 1 to 2 minutes per side. Serve the tilapia with couscous and lemon wedges.

4Baked Honey Mustard Chicken

This chicken recipe is very filling but amazingly low in calories. It contains only 282 calories and 5 grams of fat.

24 ounces chicken breast, skinless, boneless, and uncooked
¼ cup of honey
¼ cup of mustard
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Pepper and sea salt

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Rinse and pat dry the chicken and season with sea salt and pepper. Mix in the remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Pour the mixture over the chicken. Flip each one to coat everything. Cook for 45 to 50 minutes, basting and turning them midway through. To find out if the chicken is fully cooked, slice the thickest part of the breast and see if there is no pink. If you have a meat thermometer, the internal temperature should read 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

5Halibut with Sugar Snap Pea Salad

This recipe is a simply seasoned halibut with snap peas, sesame seeds, ginger, and lime juice. It contains only 313 calories and 11 grams of fat.

4 pieces of 6-ounce halibut fillet
1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon of ginger, grated
Black pepper and kosher salt
1 small red onion, sliced thinly
1 teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted, optional
1 lime, cut into wedges

Directions: In a large bowl, add the ginger, lime juice, 1 tablespoon of oil, ¼ teaspoon pepper, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Add the snap peas, onion, and the sesame seeds. Toss to coat. Heat the remaining oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the fish with ¼ teaspoon of pepper and ½ teaspoon of salt. Cook the fish 3 to 5 minutes per side. Serve halibut with salad and lime wedges.

6Pasta Bolognese

This recipe is a healthier and low-calorie version of the popular pasta Bolognese. It has 399 calories and 8 grams of fat.

4 quarts of water
5 porcini mushrooms, dried
½ pound ground beef, extra lean
1 full cup of rotini, small shells, or ziti
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon yellow onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon of chili powder
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 can or 8 ounces of no-salt tomato sauce
A pinch of ground black pepper
2 tablespoon ricotta cheese, fat-free

Directions: In a large pot, add the water and oil and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and mushrooms and cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until the pasta is al dente. Put a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, and put in the ground beef, chili powder, onion, basil, and pepper. Cook until the ground beef breaks apart, for 6 to 8 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and bring to a boil. Pour into a large bowl, add the ricotta cheese, and mix. Drain the pasta and mushroom, and add to the sauce. Toss until well mixed.

7Seared Scallops with Snow Peas and Orange

This whole dish consists of only 343 calories and 7 grams fat.

1 cup of couscous
2 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon of olive oil
16 sea scallops
1 orange
Black pepper and kosher salt
¾ pound snow peas halved lengthwise

Directions: Cook the couscous according to package directions. Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in a large nonstick skillet, over medium-high heat. Pat-dry the scallops and season with ¼ teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Cook scallops until opaque and golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and cover. Remove 4 strips of zest from the orange and thinly slice them. Wipe the skillet and heat the remaining oil over medium-high heat. Add the snow peas, orange zest, ¼ teaspoon of salt, and ¼ teaspoon of pepper. Cook and toss until the snow peas are tender, for about 2 minutes. Serve with the scallops and couscous.

8Quinoa with Mushrooms, Kale, and Sweet Potatoes

This vegetarian dish is perfect for lunch or dinner. It is very light with only 361 calories and 12 grams of fat.

1 cup of quinoa
2 tablespoons of olive oil
10 ounces of button mushrooms, quartered
2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ¾ inch pieces
2 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
1 bunch of kale, stem removed and leaves torn into 2-inch pieces
Black pepper and salt
¾ cup dry white wine
¼ cup parmesan, grated

Directions: Add quinoa to a saucepan with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let it simmer, covered, for 12 to 15 minutes or until the water is absorbed. In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the sweet potatoes and mushrooms. Cook and toss occasionally for 5 to 6 minutes, or until golden brown. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the kale, ¾ teaspoon of salt, white wine, and ¼ teaspoon of pepper. Toss often until the vegetables are tender and cook for 10 to 12 minutes. Serve the vegetables over the quinoa and sprinkle on top with parmesan.

9Crispy Cod Sandwich

The crispy cod sandwich is baked instead of frying to lower the cholesterol and fat. This healthy fish sandwich contains only 343 calories.

1 pound cod, cut into 4 pieces
2 ¼ cup cornflakes, crushed
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon of ground pepper
1/3 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
4 hamburger buns, whole wheat
Lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, cabbage, radish, bell peppers, and tomatoes for serving

Directions:  Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line the baking sheet with foil, place a wire rack, and coat with cooking spray. Whisk egg white until frothy. Put the cornflakes in another shallow dish. Sprinkle each piece of cod with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Dip the cod in egg white, and then dip in the cornflakes. Place the cod on the prepared rack. Coat the sides and top of the cod with cooking spray. Bake the fish until golden brown for 20 minutes. The thermometer should read 145 Fahrenheit when inserted in the thickest part. Combine the pickle relish and mayonnaise in a small bowl. Serve on buns together with the sauce and vegetables.

10Mediterranean Vegetables with Lamb

This low-calorie meal is a mix of tender lamb and vegetables. It is easy to prepare and contains only 192 calories.

1 tablespoon olive oil
250 grams lean lamb fillet, thinly sliced and trimmed of all fats
2 large courgettes, cut into chunks
140 grams shallot, halved
½ teaspoon each of ground coriander, cumin, and cumin
1 green pepper, 1 red pepper, and 1 orange pepper cut into chunks
1 clove garlic, sliced
150 ml of vegetable stock
250 grams cherry tomatoes
Handful of coriander leaves, chopped

Directions: Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Cook lamb and shallots over high heat until golden brown for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the courgettes and stir-fry for 4 minutes or until it softens. Add the spices and toss well. Add the garlic and peppers. Reduce the heat and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Pour in the vegetable stock and stir. Add in the tomatoes, season, and cover. Let it simmer for 15 minutes stirring occasionally. Stir in the coriander and serve.

11Thai Beef Stir-Fry

This recipe is super quick to prepare and very low in calories. It provides only 178 calories and 10 grams of fat.

400 grams of beef strips
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 red chili, finely sliced
Handful of basil leaves

Directions: Heat the frying pan or wok and pour in the oil. Add the beef strips and chili. Cook and stir frequently for 3 minutes or until the beef strips are lightly brown. Pour in the oyster sauce and cook until the sauce completely coats the meat. Stir in the basil leaves and serve with plain rice.

12Lemon Baked Salmon with Asparagus and Bulgur

It is easy and simple to prepare since all the ingredients are baked together. This dish contains only 375 calories.

1 ¼ pound of salmon fillet, skinless and cut into 4 pieces
1 cup of bulgur
1 pound asparagus, trimmed
1 ½ cup chicken broth or low-sodium vegetable broth
Black pepper and kosher salt
1 lemon, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
Olive oil for serving

Directions: Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine bulgur, broth, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper in a large and shallow baking dish. Place the asparagus in a single layer on top, and then place the salmon on top of the asparagus. Season the salmon with ½ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Top with lemon. Cover the baking dish tightly with foil. Bake for25 to 30 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked and bulgur and asparagus are tender. Sprinkle with dill and drizzle with olive oil before serving.

13Spinach and Dill Pasta Salad

This delicious and filling vegan pasta offers 367 calories per serving.

Ingredients: ¾ cup cooked whole-wheat fusilli or penne
1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
¼ teaspoon dried dill
1 cup spinach, chopped
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
½ cup of cherry tomatoes
¼ cup shelled edamame
1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
2 tablespoons vegan cheese, shredded
1 tablespoon red onion, finely chopped

Directions: Mix vinegar, dill, oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a medium-sized bowl. Add the pasta, tomatoes, spinach, edamame, onion, and cheese. Stir and toss to combine.

14Bean and Chicken Sausage Stew

This rustic and delicious stew contains only 309 calories per serving.

Ingredients: One 12 ounces packed fully cooked chicken sausage links, sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
One 19 ounces can of cannellini beans, rinsed
One 14.5 ounces can of chicken broth, low-sodium
One can of diced tomatoes
1 bunch of kale leaves, torn into 2-inch pieces
Black pepper and salt
1 loaf of bread – optional

Directions: Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the chicken sausage for 2 to 3 minutes or until brown. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes more. Add the broth, beans, tomatoes with its liquid, and bring to a boil. Add the kale, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Stir occasionally while simmering for 2 to 3 minutes. Serve with bread if you want.

15Sesame Shrimp with Smashed Cucumber Salad

Low-calorie meals, such as this amazing recipe, are filled with fresh and healthy ingredients. This dish contains only 233 calories per serving.

Ingredients: 1 pound of medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
¼ cup sesame oil, toasted and divided
5 teaspoons soy sauce, reduced-sodium and divided
2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, chopped
2 cups of cucumbers, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons, rice vinegar, unseasoned
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon ginger, minced and peeled
1 teaspoon red pepper, crushed
1 garlic clove, minced

Directions: In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and cook 3 minutes on each side. Add 1 tablespoon of soy sauce and cook for 30 seconds more. Put 2 tablespoons of oil, 2 teaspoons of soy sauce, cucumber, and all the remaining ingredients inside a ziplock bag. Seal it and shake. Smash the cucumber mixture several times with a rolling pin until the cucumber slices begin to break into large pieces. Serve the cucumber mixture with the shrimp.

Top 15 Low Calorie Meals Recipes