Low Calorie Dinners Recipes

Jump-start your diet with our low-calorie dinners. From satisfying soups to perfect pastas, grilled veggies, roasted chicken, and more, our low-calorie dinners can help you lose weight.

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Butternut Squash Casserole

From Parents

Butternut Squash Casserole

Spinach-Mushroom-Sausage Pierogi Bake

From Midwest Living

Cream cheese adds richness to a mixture of sauteed vegetables and sausage. Pour it all over packaged frozen pierogi. (You don¿t even have to thaw them!) The recipe from Jan Valdez of Chicago was a finalist in our Best of the Midwest® recipe contest.

Spinach-Mushroom-Sausage Pierogi Bake

Great Lakes Salmon Chowder

From Midwest Living

Asparagus slices add color, and the dill and lemon zest add fresh flavor to salmon that¿s packed with protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

Great Lakes Salmon Chowder

Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya

From Midwest Living

Cajun seasoning adds loads of flavor to this low-calorie Southern-style recipe. Generous amounts of lean proteins and brown rice keep it healthy and super filling.

Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya

Slow Cooking Chicken Cacciatore

From Better Homes and Gardens

Slow Cooking Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore

From Midwest Living

Serve this Italian dish over fettuccine noodles for a well-rounded dinner.

Chicken Cacciatore

Lemon-Rosemary Pork Loin with Cherry Sauce

From Midwest Living

Lemon-Rosemary Pork Loin with Cherry Sauce

Beef and Sweet Potato Stew

From Heart-Healthy Living

Cumin, cayenne, cinnamon, and dried fruits flavor this hearty beef stew. Make it in your slow cooker the next time you need a delicious dinner waiting at home for you.

Beef and Sweet Potato Stew

Beef and Sweet Potato Stew

From Midwest Living

Cumin, cayenne, cinnamon, and dried fruits are what give this stew its interesting North African angle. The serve-along? Couscous, of course--a quintessential Moroccan staple.

Beef and Sweet Potato Stew

Winter Garden Polenta

From Better Homes and Gardens

Winter Garden Polenta

Polenta with Ground Beef Ragout

From Better Homes and Gardens

Sliced polenta on the bottom and a spoonful of pesto or olive tapenade on top add a gourmet angle to this slow-simmered beef recipe.

Polenta with Ground Beef Ragout

Broccoli and Chicken Casserole

From Better Homes and Gardens

Swiss cheese adds a rich flavor to the creamy sauce in this homestyle chicken and noodle casserole recipe.

Broccoli and Chicken Casserole

Slow-Roasted Beef Tenderloin

From Better Homes and Gardens

Roasting beef over a bed of herbs infuses the meat with fragrance and flavor. Serve with mushroom tumble and spicy horseradish cream sauce.

Slow-Roasted Beef Tenderloin

Barbecue Pulled Pork

From Better Homes and Gardens

Barbecue Pulled Pork

Ham-&-Cheese-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

From EatingWell

Making a pocket in the chicken breast to hold the stuffing is easy with a good, sharp, thin-bladed knife. Browning the chicken in a skillet before baking gives it a beautiful golden color, and finishing in the oven ensures that it cooks evenly throughout.

Ham-&-Cheese-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Maple-Chili Glazed Pork Medallions

From EatingWell

Pork medallions are quick and easy to prepare, and are particularly tasty with a maple-chili glaze.

Maple-Chili Glazed Pork Medallions

Garlic-Roasted Pork

From EatingWell

Though Puerto Ricans tend toward fatty cuts of pork with the skin on, lean cuts like pork loin are just as delicious with the intense garlic rub in this recipe. Serve warm with Island Red Beans and rice. Leftover slices make a good sandwich.

Garlic-Roasted Pork

Cornmeal-Crusted Chicken with Pepian Sauce

From EatingWell

Tomatillos and pepitas form the basis for pepian sauce--one version of Mexican mole.

Cornmeal-Crusted Chicken with Pepian Sauce

Hamburger Buddy

From EatingWell

Very finely chopping onion, mushrooms and carrots in the food processor is not only fast--it makes the vegetables hard to detect for picky eaters. They also form the base for the sauce of this ground beef skillet supper. Make it a meal: Serve with a green salad.

Hamburger Buddy

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich

From EatingWell

Our healthier eggplant Parmesan sandwich uses tender, smoky grilled eggplant instead of fried, so it has a fraction of the fat and calories. To make these sandwiches a cinch to prepare, make sure to have all your ingredients ready before you head out to the grill.

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich

Tunisian Spiced Lamb Chops & Chard

From EatingWell

A great complement for lamb, the bold dry rub in this recipe is a typical Tunisian combination of spices that includes cumin, caraway and crushed red pepper. Sauteed chard gets a twist with toasted pine nuts and sweet dates. We loved the sweetness of the dates in this dish, but we also tried it without and thought it was delicious. The choice is yours. Round out the meal with some whole-wheat couscous and a glass of Australian Shiraz.

Tunisian Spiced Lamb Chops & Chard

Turkey & Tomato Panini

From EatingWell

A creamy spread full of Parmesan and fresh basil cozies up to turkey and summer-ripe tomato slices for a savory hot sandwich that will quickly become a go-to mealtime solution.

Turkey & Tomato Panini

Southwestern Cheese Panini

From EatingWell

Lots of colorful vegetables and salsa make this cheesy panini prettier than any grilled cheese you've ever seen. The small amount of Cheddar cheese in this sandwich goes a long way because it is shredded and sharp. Serve with a mixed salad and you've got a delightful lunch or light supper. If you happen to have a panini maker, go ahead and skip Step 3 and grill the panini according to the manufacturer's directions.

Southwestern Cheese Panini

Grilled Smoky Eggplant Salad

From EatingWell

The mellow grilled eggplant melds perfectly with the smoked paprika and tart sherry vinegar that define the flavor of the dressing in this decidedly Spanish salad. Curls of mild Manchego complete the Spanish theme. If you can't find smoked paprika, substitute Hungarian paprika--the grilled eggplant brings some smoke to the salad on its own.

Grilled Smoky Eggplant Salad

Tilapia Corn Chowder

From EatingWell

This light soup is a great way to slip fresh corn (and tilapia, of course!) into your late-summer menu. Make it a meal: Enjoy with a mixed green salad and oyster crackers.

Tilapia Corn Chowder

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