Low-Calorie Dinner Recipes

A dinner that's delicious and low in calories? Yes, it's possible! Try these guilt-free main meal dishes, each less than 300 calories per serving.

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Grilled Steak and Peppers
Grilled Steak and Peppers

    Now you can have your steak and eat it, too. This lean-cut tenderloin is light on sodium, cholesterol, and calories (just 284 calories per serving).

Chicken & Garbanzo Bean Soup

    Bored with everyday chicken noodle soup? Add a spunky twist to the classic by using garbanzo beans instead of pasta. Your waistline will be happy, too, with only 216 calories per bowl.

Salmon and Asparagus

    This simple 235-calorie recipe is packed with great flavor, making it one of our most popular dinners. Salmon skin has a higher concentration of heart-healthy omega-3 fats, than the fish fillet, so you may choose to eat the skin as well

Pork Chops with Lime Salsa

    Put some bite on your dinner plate with these spicy pork chops. A mouthful of delicious flavors may tease you into thinking you'll pay for it in calories, but it's a light 211 calories per serving.

    Tip: The jalapeño jelly in this recipe can be found in specialty sections of your local grocery, at most Mexican groceries, or online.

Linguine with Fresh Veggies

    Satisfy your craving for pasta while keeping your calorie count in check. Substitute whole grain pasta for extra cardio benefit in this 280-calories-per-serving dish.

    Tip: For more flavor, boil the pasta in low-sodium chicken broth instead of plain water.

Grilled Lemon Chicken

    Enjoy a grilled chicken classic for just 161 calories per serving. Serve it alongside a crisp salad loaded with vegetables for even more satisfying results.

    Tip: For added zest, use fresh-squeezed lemon to flavor the chicken instead of bottled lemon juice.

Southwestern Black Bean Cakes with Guacamole

    High in protein and low in saturated fat, these tasty vegetarian burgers are loaded with spices and are an excellent trade-off for grilled red meat patties at only 178 calories.

Fajita-Ranch Chicken Wraps

    resh ingredients and just 20 minutes of prep time make these fajitas a go-to recipe. Fast-food Mexican restaurants can't compete with 224 calories per serving.

Tex-Mex Spinach Omelet

    Omelets are a hit any time of day-and this low-calorie version (142 per serving) features three of Cleveland Clinic's top veggie picks. Try serving this salsa-topped treat with a fruit salad to round out your meal.

Grilled Bass with Strawberry Salsa

    Lime is a key ingredient in many Latin American-inspired dishes and also provides heart-healthy nutrients including folate, potassium, and phytochemicals. Enjoy this easy, light recipe for 130 calories per serving.

Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

    The best part about this recipe, besides being a low 284 calories per serving, is the homemade barbecue sauce. You can make this dish at the last minute with simple ingredients that you likely have already.

Beef Goulash Soup

    This delicious meal can be made in one pan, so there's no need to spend all day in the kitchen. And with only 188 calories per serving, you won't mind leftovers.

    Tip: Use kitchen shears instead of a knife to cut steak into cubes. It's much faster.

Pork Medallions with Cranberry Chutney

    Chutneys, originally from India, are a simmered combination of fruits, spices, and vinegar to accompany meat dishes. This delicious chutney-and-pork recipe has 285 calories per serving.

    Tip: Spoon leftover chutney on crackers spread with low-fat cream cheese for a mid-morning snack. Chutney can last up to one week in the refrigerator.

Grilled Peanut Shrimp Skewers

    This is a perfect light dinner if you enjoyed a big lunch. The tasty marinade, made of peanut butter and savory spices, brings the dish's total to just 248 calories per serving.

Horseradish Flank Steak

    You'll love the tangy kick that horseradish adds to this grilled favorite, and no one can balk at 208 calories. If you don't have a grill, use a large cast-iron pan.

Sautéed Pork and Pear Salad

    Crunchy nuts add a delightful surprise to this salad. Nuts improve the lining of the arteries, lowering the risk of blood clots. Enjoy this benefit—and the mere 282 calories per serving.

Farfalle with Mushrooms and Spinach

    Toss together bowtie pasta, fresh mushrooms, spinach, and shredded Parmesan cheese for this 10-minute, 219-calorie dinner favorite.

Sea Bass with Fennel Slaw

    This oily fish contains heart-healthy omega-3's and magnesium. Enjoy all those benefits for only 213 calories per serving.

Chicken Salad Sandwiches

    This chicken salad recipe gets its crunch from chopped apples. Light mayo and plain low-fat yogurt help the sandwich weigh in at just 237 calories per serving.

Cranberry-Sauced Meatballs

    Celebrate your low-calorie choices by serving these delicious meatballs at your next get-together. Each meatball has just 45 calories.

Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Salsa Wrap

    Enjoy this classic sandwich for fewer calories than you might expect. The recipe has just 227 calories and can be made in 25 minutes.

Grilled Halibut with Blueberry Pepper Sauce

    Blueberries are a superfood; they are full of vitamin C and antioxidants and are known to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol. Dive into this seafood dish featuring the sweet berry; it has just 222 calories per serving.

    Tip: Refrigerate blueberries as quickly as possible and keep them dry. Do not wash until ready to use. They should last up to two weeks if stored properly.

Open-Face Ratatouille Sandwiches

    Five of Cleveland Clinic's top vegetables are included in this recipe. Get a jump on your daily servings of veggies with these tangy, balsamic-laden sandwiches at 251 calories.

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