Low-Calorie Meal Ideas - Clean Eating Magazine

30 Delicious Low-Cal Meals

While all of our recipes keep calories in check, we’ve collected 30 especially low-calorie meals that pack just 300 cals or less per serving! Toss them on your menu after a cheat meal and keep them around for your regular rotation. With recipes like mac & cheese, shrimp ’n’ grits and a loaded grilled cheese, they’re definitely satisfying!
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Seared Scallops with Mint Vinaigrette and Green Pea Purée recipe

Seared Scallops with Mint Vinaigrette and Green Pea Purée

1. Seared Scallops with Mint Vinaigrette and Green Pea Purée
Calories: 259

Instead of mashed potatoes, we’ve made a lighter green pea purée to accompany our tender scallops, ready in just 30 minutes!

See the complete Seared Scallops with Mint Vinaigrette and Green Pea Purée recipe.

Salmon, Radish and Shallot Roast recipe

Salmon, Radish and Shallot Roast

2. Salmon, Radish and Shallot Roast
Calories: 244

Roasting your radishes and shallots in the oven allows them to soften and caramelize. So much flavor for so few calories! And this dish is gluten free to boot.

See the complete Salmon, Radish and Shallot Roast recipe.

Sautéed Fish Sticks with Chips and Slaw recipe

Sautéed Fish Sticks with Chips and Slaw

3. Sautéed Fish Sticks with Chips and Slaw  
Calories: 269

Costing less than $2 per serving, this cleaned-up classic with homemade potato chips is as easy on your budget as it is on your waistline!

See the complete Sautéed Fish Sticks with Chips and Slaw recipe.

Collards with Turkey Sausage and Shrimp recipe

Collards with Turkey Sausage and Shrimp

4. Collards with Turkey Sausage and Shrimp
Calories: 268

This Cajun dish is packed with protein thanks to shrimp and lean sausage, plus the entire meal is ready in 15 minutes!

See the complete Collards with Turkey Sausage and Shrimp recipe.

Skillet-Grilled Red Pepper Shrimp recipe

Skillet-Grilled Red Pepper Shrimp

5. Skillet-Grilled Red Pepper Shrimp
Calories: 224

Yes, it’s true – We give you cheesy grits topped with flavorful red pepper shrimp for less than 250 calories!

See the complete Skillet-Grilled Red Pepper Shrimp recipe.

One-Skillet Lamb Chops with Pears recipe

One-Skillet Lamb Chops with Pears

6. One-Skillet Lamb Chops with Pears
Calories: 230

Lamb chops are easy to trim, making them a lovely, lean choice where animal proteins are concerned.

See the complete One-Skillet Lamb Chops with Pears recipe.

Greek Salad with Baked Pita recipe

Greek Salad with Baked Pita

7. Greek Salad with Baked Pita
Calories: 280

Fresh veggies, crisp pita and the simplest vinaigrette make for a slimming and satisfying 15-minute Greek meal!

See the complete Greek Salad with Baked Pita recipe.

Couscous with Seven Vegetables recipe

Couscous with Seven Vegetables

8. Couscous with Seven Vegetables
Calories: 260

Seven may be a lucky number in Morocco – hence the seven vegetables in our couscous dish – but your waistline is also the lucky one where this meal is concerned!

See the complete Couscous with Seven Vegetables recipe.

Grilled Cuban recipe

Grilled Cuban

9. Grilled Cuban
Calories: 231

Is your mouth watering yet? This clean take on the traditional Cuban sandwich is both loaded with ham, pickles, Swiss cheese and mushrooms and is ridiculously low in calories!

See the complete Grilled Cuban recipe.

Spinach and Chicken Sausage Pizza recipe

Spinach and Chicken Sausage Pizza

10. Spinach and Chicken Sausage Pizza
Calories: 230

Pizza, the great smile-inducer! Your whole family will flip for this tasty, 25-minute pie, and you’ll know that each serving is less than 250 calories!

See the complete Spinach and Chicken Sausage Pizza recipe.

Pork Steaks with Roasted Summer Squash Salsa recipe

Pork Steaks with Roasted Summer Squash Salsa

11. Pork Steaks with Roasted Summer Squash Salsa
Calories: 204

Summer squash adds great texture and flavor as a topping for our super-lean pork steaks, ready in just 30 minutes!

See the complete Pork Steaks with Roasted Summer Squash Salsa recipe.

Turkey and Black Bean Soft Tacos recipe

Turkey and Black Bean Soft Tacos

12. Turkey and Black Bean Soft Tacos
Calories: 276

For a quick weeknight supper, these fiber-fuelled ground turkey tacos are easy as pie! All you need is 20 minutes and a handful of ingredients.

See the complete Turkey and Black Bean Soft Tacos recipe.

Green Chile Hash with Eggs recipe

Green Chile Hash with Eggs

13. Green Chile Hash with Eggs 
Calories: 252

Spicy and sweet, this satiating hash is quick to prepare and offers a protein boost thanks to a poached egg topper!

See the complete Green Chile Hash with Eggs recipe.

Sirloin and Peppery Tomato Reduction recipe

Sirloin and Peppery Tomato Reduction

14. Sirloin and Peppery Tomato Reduction
Calories: 235

Our flavorful reduction is made entirely of pantry staples, so you can whip it together any time to enjoy this 30-minute meal!

See the complete Sirloin and Peppery Tomato Reduction recipe.

Ahi “Burger” with Wasabi Sauce recipe

Ahi “Burger” with Wasabi Sauce

15. Ahi “Burger” with Wasabi Sauce
Calories: 286

Turn burger night into something new with our low-calorie, seared tuna take. The wasabi sauce and pickled ginger give it a real sushi sandwich feel.

See the complete Ahi “Burger” with Wasabi Sauce recipe.

Crab Louis Salad recipe

Crab Louis Salad

16. Crab Louis Salad
Calories: 246

Don’t let your weight get you crabby! At just 246 calories, this egg- and crab-studded salad is a definite waist-whittler.

See the complete Crab Louis Salad recipe.

Orange Chipotle Chicken with Cilantro Rice recipe

Orange Chipotle Chicken with Cilantro Rice

17. Orange Chipotle Chicken with Cilantro Rice
Calories: 283

Our readers went bananas over this quick chicken dish! And despite ample orange-chipotle flavor, it still keeps calorie and fat counts shockingly low!

See the complete Orange Chipotle Chicken with Cilantro Rice recipe.

Traditional Twist Mac & Cheese recipe

Traditional Twist Mac & Cheese

18. Traditional Twist Mac & Cheese
Calories: 299

Mmm…creamy, fully loaded mac ’n’ cheese! Who would have thought this decadent dish, speckled with ham and mushrooms, would find itself on a calorie-conscious list?

See the complete Traditional Twist Mac & Cheese recipe.

Grilled Portobello Burger with Blue Cheese recipe

Grilled Portobello Burger with Blue Cheese

19. Grilled Portobello Burger with Blue Cheese
Calories: 253

Did we have you at blue cheese? This veggie burger option packs so much flavor into so few calories and takes less than 15 minutes to prepare!

See the complete Grilled Portobello Burger with Blue Cheese recipe.

Low Calorie Meal: Tortilla Soup with Lime Crema

Tortilla Soup with Lime Crema

20. Tortilla Soup with Lime Crema
Calories: 190

Tortilla soup can pack a mean punch where your girlish figure is concerned, but our clean version is rich in vitamin K and as lean as they come!

See the complete Tortilla Soup with Lime Crema recipe.

Low Calorie Meal: Mexican Poblano Stuffed Peppers

Mexican Poblano Stuffed Peppers

21. Mexican Poblano Stuffed Peppers
Calories: 242

Thanks to the rice and beans in our poblano stuffing, this vegetarian dish is an excellent source of complete protein.

See the complete Mexican Poblano Stuffed Peppers recipe.

Low Calorie Meal: California Roll Sushi

California Rolls

22. California Rolls
Calories: 230

Skip the takeout, and make your own sushi. It’s tons of fun for a family or a group of friends, and we promise your lightened masterpieces taste just as good!

See the complete California Rolls recipe.

Low Calorie Meal: Farro Risotto with Butternut Squash, Ham and Peas

Farro Risotto with Butternut Squash, Ham and Peas

23. Farro Risotto with Butternut Squash, Ham and Peas
Calories: 252

We put farro in the risotto seat and cooked the chewy grain with ham, squash and peas for a textural treat that’s easy on the hips!

See the complete Farro Risotto with Butternut Squash, Ham and Peas recipe.

Low Calorie Meal: Grilled Pork and Peaches with Pine Nut Basil Vinaigrette

Grilled Pork and Peaches with Pine Nut Basil Vinaigrette

24. Grilled Pork and Peaches with Pine Nut Basil Vinaigrette
Calories: 274

Satisfy your sweet tooth with the grilled peaches in this succulent salad. Our nutty vinaigrette lends lots of flavor and texture without abundant calories.

See the complete Grilled Pork and Peaches with Pine Nut Basil Vinaigrette recipe.

Low Calorie Meal Wakame Rice Salad with Tofu

Wakame Rice Salad with Tofu

25. Wakame Rice Salad with Tofu
Calories: 130

This vegetarian meal is loaded with magnesium. Get acquainted with wakame seaweed if you aren’t already – it’s a low-fat, low-calorie way to add unique flavor to salads and rice bowls!

See the complete Wakame Rice Salad with Tofu recipe.

Low Calorie Meal: Chilled Corn Soup with Shrimp, Avocado and Tomato Relish

Chilled Corn Soup with Shrimp, Avocado and Tomato Relish

26. Chilled Corn Soup with Shrimp, Avocado and Tomato Relish
Calories: 251

Corn? Shrimp? Avocado? Yes, yes and yes! This mouthwatering soup, packed with color and served chilled, overflows with flavor, not calories.

See the complete Chilled Corn Soup with Shrimp, Avocado and Tomato Relish recipe.

Low Calorie Meal: Southwest Quinoa Salad

Southwest Quinoa Salad

27. Southwest Quinoa Salad
Calories: 221

This dish is part of our collaboration with the American Heart Association. Its southwest ingredients (including corn, black beans, cilantro and citrus) have made this slimming salad a hit!

See the complete Southwest Quinoa Salad recipe.

Low Calorie Meal: Spice-Rubbed Tofu Steaks

Spice-Rubbed Tofu Steaks

28. Spice-Rubbed Tofu Steaks
Calories: 191

Less than 200 calories for a tofu dish with a smoky-sweet rub that’ll have your taste buds thinking they’re at a Southern BBQ!

See the complete Spice-Rubbed Tofu Steaks recipe.

Low Calorie Meal: Orange-Poached Catfish with Confetti Salad

Orange-Poached Catfish with Confetti Salad

29. Orange-Poached Catfish with Confetti Salad
Calories: 200

With the equivalent of half an orange per serving, this flavorful, budget-friendly fish dish is full of nutrients and ready in just 25 minutes!

See the complete Orange-Poached Catfish with Confetti Salad recipe.

Low Calorie Meal: Halibut and Black Bean Burrito Casserole

Halibut and Black Bean Burrito Casserole

30. Halibut and Black Bean Burrito Casserole
Calories: 298

This quick casserole, brimming with halibut, beans and veggies, offers a Mexican burrito fix without the usual grease and soaring calorie count!

See the complete Halibut and Black Bean Burrito Casserole recipe.