Take or keep the weight off with these lower-calorie dinners.
Ding. Ding. Is that the dinner bell? It will be when you add these 15 dinners under 300 calories to your menu.
Probably the single most important thing you can do to make weight loss and maintenance a success is to plan your menu every week. When you don’t plan, it’s too easy to fall into the convenience trap of takeout or processed foods. Meal planning empowers you to have the ingredients on hand so you’re ready to go come dinnertime. Not only does a meal plan eliminate the “what’s for dinner?” hassle, it also lets you proactively support healthy weight goals by choosing foods packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, healthy fats, and lean protein.
If you don’t know what you’re having for dinner each day this week, take a few minutes now to jot down a menu. The dinners under 300 calories below are a great way to get started. And, remember, recipes like chicken soup and lasagna rolls create yummy grab-n-go leftovers you can enjoy for lunch the following day.
15 Dinners Under 300 Calories
1. Slow Cooker Chunky Beef and Potato Stew
This hearty dish will fill you up without breaking the calorie bank! It’s a tasty way to satisfy your comfort food cravings in a healthier way!
Try it: Slow Cooker Chunky Beef and Potato Stew
2. Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken
This ultra lean and tender chicken is a super versatile dinner option! Enjoy it on it’s own with a side of rice or veggies, serve it over pasta, eat it with a side salad, or use it in a wrap! No matter how you eat this balsamic chicken, we know you’ll adore the flavor!
Try it: Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken
3. Better Than Your Mom’s Chicken Soup
From peas to carrots to corn, this is one of those dinners under 300 calories that will fill you with homemade goodness.
Try it: Better than Your Mom’s Chicken Soup
4. Skinny Lasagna Rolls
This fan favorite recipe is a tasty way to serve a meal that’s low in calories and high in family-friendly flavor. It offers all of the classic Italian flavors you love in a delicious and easy little roll!
Try it: Skinny Lasagna Rolls
5. Barbeque Chicken and Avocado Quesadillas
When you want easy dinners under 300 calories, put this recipe on the menu. It includes just five ingredients, and most of them are probably already in your kitchen!
Try it: Barbecue Chicken and Avocado Quesadillas
6. Asian Stuffed Bell Peppers
These peppers are stuffed with cabbage, ground pork (or turkey or beef), and plenty of Asian-inspired flavor.
Try it: Asian Stuffed Bell Peppers
7. Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry
Dive into a crisp recipe that delivers takeout taste without the calories or questionable additives.
Try it: Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry
8. Chicken Enchiladas with Green Chili Sauce
Greek yogurt makes healthy dinner recipes like this one a yummy way to enjoy a creamy dish that won’t weigh you down with empty calories.
Try it: Chicken Enchiladas with Green Chile Sauce
9. Black Bean and Quinoa Chili Bowl
This burrito-like recipe is hearty, so it’s sure to satisfy any hungry crew.
Try it: Black Bean and Quinoa Chili Bowl
10. Oven-Crisp Fish Tacos
Enjoy a taco night that won’t sink your weight loss goals with this delish recipe.
Try it: Oven-Crisp Fish Tacos
11. Pork Chops with Balsamic Strawberry Sauce
Pair this under-300-calorie recipe with a green salad for a meal that’s easy enough for weeknights and pretty enough for date nights.
Try it: Pork Chops with Balsamic Strawberry Sauce
12. Philly Cheese & Veggie Sandwich
Mushrooms, onions, and bell peppers give this Philly flavor—with far fewer calories.
Try it: Philly Cheese Sandwich, Vegetarian Style
13. Grilled Turkey Veggie Burger
Use an outdoor or indoor grill to comfort your taste buds with delicious burger flavor that’s full of protein.
Try it: Grilled Turkey Veggie Burgers
14. Slow Cooker Fiesta Chili Supper
Come home to the aroma of a meal that’s ready to enjoy. This healthy chili includes ground turkey, red kidney beans, corn, bell peppers, and more.
Try it: Slow Cooker Fiesta Chili Supper
15. Pasta with Green Beans and Pesto
You don’t need to eliminate pasta when you’re committed to losing weight or maintaining a healthy one! This meal idea is a good lower-calorie pasta option—however, try to measure out the portion size, since it’s easy to overeat yummy pasta dishes.
Try it: Pasta with Green Beans and Pesto
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PLEASE CAN SOME BODY GIVE ME A RECIPE TO USE UP ALL MY LEFTOVER,S
Tara, That would depend on which leftovers?
I frequently turn a good deal of my leftovers into a warm, satisfying soup. I just keep plenty of soup basics: low cal chicken broth, onions, celery, and carrots on hand just for that purpose.
Store in individual containers and freeze for future meals.
Great idea! Thanks for the feedback!
Looks delicious, especially the veggie burger and pasta.
On the list #13 just says veggie burger but when you click in it the recipe is actually for a turkey burger.
Sorry about that. It definitely was supposed to say Grilled Turkey Veggie Burger. That was a typo!
We do have several yummy meatless burgers on the site though. Check out our Black Bean Superfood Burgers or these Quinoa Lentil Burgers (both of which are less than 300 calories per serving!)
Hope that helps! Thanks so much!
Many of these look delightful, thank you for this list!