46 Low-Calorie Dinner Recipes

When a salad just won't do, fill up on these tasty, surprisingly hearty dinners that are under 400 calories and can be on the table in 45 minutes or less. Or, get ahead with meal prep ideas; keep it cheap with budget recipes; or check out all of our top healthy recipes.

Broccoli & Garlic Pasta

Bright lemon juice and a hint of basil make this beyond-basic broccoli pasta a weeknight winner.

Cod & Tomato Bake

"This cod was delicious. It was easy to prepare, looked quite gourmet and the taste was perfect."


Easy Beef & Broccoli

"I love this recipe. There is something about the sauce that just makes this taste amazing!"

-Sarah in New York

Cashew Chicken

"This is so easy, so fast and so delicious! It's a great, healthy go-to dish."

-Nancy's Pantry

Fish Tacos With Chipotle Cream

"We really enjoyed this recipe. I'll definitely make it again."


Tuscan Vegetarian Pasta

"This pasta is definitely going to be one of my go-to recipes. It is so easy and delicious."


Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

"I love this recipe. I especially love that it is super yummy and low-cal!"


Amazing Chicken Tortilla Soup

"My husband said this was the best tortilla soup he'd ever had. And everyone who tried it raved about it!"

-Faux Chef Lael

Layered Sole Casserole

"This was my first fish casserole and we loved it! The combination of flavors was fantastic."

-Motivated Mama

Crazy Crust Pizza

"This batter turns into a pizza crust! It's very good — and you could probably have it on your table before the pizza parlor could."


Baja Chipotle Fish Tacos

"We absolutely loved these fish tacos. I appreciate that they weren't deep-fried and full of fat! The sauce is great."


Couscous-Chickpea Salad

"It's a healthy, light main dish salad, that can easily be made vegetarian by using the vegetable stock."


Chicken Corn Soup

Don't be fooled by this soup's luxuriously creamy texture. It's actually low-calorie and has only 4 grams of fat per serving. But the best part? It's ready to enjoy in 20 minutes.

Sriracha-Glazed Chicken & Onions over Rice

"The hot and sweet sauce was perfect. This is better than any Chinese takeout dish!"


Chili-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

"This was a pleasant surprise — I like chili on a regular baked potato but never thought to try it on a sweet potato. It's really great!"


Ground Beef & Texas Bean Enchiladas

"This dish was quick to put together and so full of flavor. We topped ours with sour cream, fresh cilantro and lime."


Lemon-Asparagus Chicken with Dill

"This is a perfect mid-week dinner — it's quick, easy to prepare and so good!"


Chicken & Spinach Rigatoni Casserole

"I used fresh basil and spinach, and next time I think I'll add some mozzarella. The leftovers were great, too!"


Turkey Sloppy Joes

"Man, these were good! I'd never made turkey sloppy joes until these, but we'll be having them again!"


Oven-Fried Chicken Chimichangas

"These are restaurant-quality chimichangas. They're so good that we put them on our weekly menu!"

-Lance and Genna

Vegetarian Tacos

"This was too good to be true. Nice and spicy, but nicely tempered by the sour cream."


Japanese Fried Rice

"This easy and delicious recipe tastes just like what we order at a Japanese steakhouse."


Tuscan Chicken Stew

"This smelled so good while it was cooking, I could hardly wait to get it on my plate! Overall, a very tasty dish!"

-S in PA

Lemon-Grilled Salmon with Corn Salad

"The salad was so light and tasty. I really enjoyed the rub on the salmon. All the flavors complemented each other nicely!"


Parmesan Chicken with Arugula Salad

Sidestep ho-hum chicken with this scrumptious recipe. Fresh arugula gives it a peppery kick, while tangy Dijon mustard packs the dressing with flavor, not calories.

Pork with Cranberries & Apples

Lean tenderloin tastes even better when it's simmered with juicy apples and antioxidant-rich cranberries. Bonus: The leftovers are to die for!

Asian Chicken & Pasta Salad

"This is a great recipe. The combination of flavors is excellent. I love the addition of the nectarines."


Chicken with Balsamic Succotash

"This is a fabulous recipe! My whole family loved it, and I can't wait to make it again. It�s easy to make and low in fat."


Oregano & Lemon Pork Kebabs

"These are super kebabs! The marinade is easy to throw together and adds a wonderful lemony flavor."


Chinese Chicken Spaghetti

"This is a lovely weeknight meal. And it's much healthier than takeout!"


Baked Parmesan Fish

If you love crispy fried fish, this recipe is for you. Baking reduces the fat while still giving it that familiar, delicious crunchy texture. Keep it lean by serving with steamed broccoli or asparagus.

Creole-Style Pork

"I liked this different take on the usual stir-fry! I think it would be great with other vegetables, too."


Zucchini Beef Skillet

It takes just three steps to make this fresh beef dinner! Plus, it's versatile — if you don't have zucchini, feel free to use butternut squash, yellow squash, eggplant or even carrots.

Spinach & Mushroom Tofu Quiche

"This really satisfied my craving for quiche! I totally devoured this. I will definitely make it again."


Cod with Spiced Red Lentils

"This is a great combination of flavors. I love the taste of cumin seeds and coriander with the lentils!"


Chicken & Sprouts Stir-Fry

There's a lot to love about this 30-minute dish: Not only is it colorful and healthy, but it's versatile, too! Make it with snow peas, diced cabbage, or whatever crunchy veggie you like.

Chicken with Spicy Pineapple Mango Salsa

"This recipe is so tasty. The salsa is so good that I just wanted to eat it with a spoon! This is a new family favorite."


Chili Mac

"My husband loves chili mac, and he had no idea he was eating a lighter version!"


Chicken Marinara Stir-Fry

Use a large skillet to speed-cook this healthy Italian dinner. Taking a cue from Asian cuisine, cornstarch is used to create a thick sauce without added fat.

Roast Beef Enchiladas

Not only is this zesty, protein-packed dinner fast and easy to make, it's a creative solution for leftovers, too!

Easy Fish Stew

Parsley and chili powder perk up the flavor of this comforting stew without adding any fat. Make it with any type of lean white fish fillet — and add a healthy dose of cayenne pepper for extra kick.

Grilled Chicken Penne Pasta

"This was delicious! It's easy to make, and with the oregano and a pinch of red pepper, there was just enough zing to it."


Low Sodium Meatloaf

"I'm so glad that now I have a great meal I can make for my family that is tasty and salt-free!"


Quinoa and Vegetable Soup

"This is one of the richest tasting soups we have ever eaten!"

-carole in orlando

Healthy ThinPizza Crust

"I made this pizza crust last night and it's probably the best pizza crust I've ever eaten."


Bonus: Layered White Cake

"Wonderful flavor and texture."