Our Best Low-Fat Recipes
Grilled Pork Skewers with Blueberry Barbecue Sauce
Totally lean (just 3 grams of fat per kabob) and only a bit mean (thanks to two jalapenos in the sweet and spicy sauce), this summery tenderloin recipe calls for only 8 minutes of cooking time on the grill.
Jerk Chicken and Slaw
Skinless chicken breasts are one of the lowest-fat meat options on the planet. Sauté the jerk-marinated meat—no extra oil or butter required—and pair with a crunchy cabbage slaw for a flavorful and figure-friendly meal.
Tip: To enjoy on the go, layer the chicken and slaw in a fat-free tortilla, roll, and wrap in foil to catch any drips.
Rustic Country Bread
Basic bread, made better! How, you ask? The secrets are zero added fat, a tablespoon of sweet cornmeal, and a cooking method that helps this rustic loaf essentially bake itself in the slow cooker. You can enjoy plenty of wiggle room for the topping of your choice.
Garbanzo Bean-Veggie Pitas with Creamy Avocado Dressing
Avocado can be part of a low-fat menu. To extend its creamy deliciousness without busting your nutrition budget, blend the green fruit with a half cup of fat-free Greek yogurt for a rich dressing. Try it on these vegetarian chickpea pitas or any sandwich or salad.
Ginger-Berry Smoothie Bowl
Sneak blood pressure-lowering beets into this sweet berry and OJ smoothie bowl recipe, then add a spoonful of chia seeds for satisfying crunch and just a bit of healthy fat.
Grilled Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers
Serve this slimmed-down grilled shrimp and pineapple entree when you’re craving a taste of the tropics. An orange-soy glaze and zingy fresh cilantro brighten the flavors so you’ll feel like you’re on an island vacation (and eating healthfully enough that you won’t mind hitting the beach if that situation arises).
Soba Noodle Bowl
Broth soups are brilliant for people following a low-fat diet, but they can err on the boring side. Not this buckwheat noodle bowl! Spiced up with jalapenos and crushed red pepper, and loaded with savory chicken and a hint of soy sauce, you'll turn to this fast and light Asian recipe again and again.
Strawberry Sangria Ice Pops
Dessert is a must on any diet to stay satisfied and able to stick with the program. Instead of rich-in-butterfat custard or ice cream, try a naturally fat-free frozen ice pop. These are ultra-satisfying since they offer sweetness via strawberries and are spiked with a bit of vino!
Banh Mi Vietnamese Sandwiches
Make your own takeout to enjoy similar flavors with far less fat. These remarkably light Vietnamese sandwiches cut down on fat by starting with lean pork tenderloin. They keep plenty of flavor by way of a chili-soy pork glaze and a sesame-dressed veggie mixture.
Lemon Blueberry Pavlovas
Pavlovas and other egg white desserts (meringues, macarons, angel food cakes, etc.) are a dream for low-fat dieters since they're nearly fat-free and a blank slate for your garnishes of choice. Come summer, try lemon curd and berries; in winter, opt for lemon curd and citrus slices.
Pumpkin-Kale Calico Bean Stew
Instead of ground beef or sausage, make beans the star of your soups and stews to cut down on fat. Each serving of this slow cooker supper has just 2 grams of fat but still offers 13 grams of filling fiber and 15 grams of protein!
Peppery Roasted Acorn Squash
A little heart-healthy olive oil goes a long way when you mash it with peppercorns to form a flavor-packed paste. Rub the paste on squash or another robust vegetable like carrots or sweet potato wedges and roast for a healthy, hands-off side.
Pistachio-Cranberry Icebox Cookies
Cookie monsters take note: These fruit and nut cookies have just 3 grams of fat each. Crunchy, salty pistachios and chewy, sweet dried cranberries ensure that each round treat packs a lot of satisfaction.
Shrimp-Kale Spring Rolls
Opt for flavorful oils like sesame instead of neutral-flavor oils like canola to make every drop go further. That trick, plus plenty of fresh herbs and Asian sauces, help these make-ahead shrimp spring rolls taste like you splurged on takeout.
Banana Ice Cream
Skip froyo and mix up the most delicious no-churn ice cream at home with this three-ingredient soft-serve swap. Customize this healthy dessert with low-fat additions, such as berries, cocoa powder, or graham cracker crumbs.
Sweet Pea Spread
Serve this fresh take on hummus at your next potluck or cocktail party. A cup of frozen peas adds vitamins and makes the most of the warmly spiced white bean blend topped with a drizzle of olive oil.
Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Custards
Carrots are good for more than cake when it comes to dessert. The root veggie is behind the vibrant hue of this treat, adding sweetness and moisture to these brown-sugar-sweetened custards.