Achieve your goals with these incredibly tasty weight-loss dinners.
It’s that time of year again for New Year’s resolutions. The holiday season is officially over, and I can’t help but say thank goodness; that month is also known as the four weeks of cheat days in my house! It’s time to get back into shape and lose some of those unwanted pounds. I can’t think of a more delicious way to do it than with our top 50 weight loss dinner recipes. There are enough dinner recipes on this list to get you almost all the way through February (which is when 80 percent of all resolutions fail).
These recipes all have a few essential things in common: they’re packed full of nutrient-dense ingredients, they’re low in calories, and they’ll make you feel great. We’ve only selected recipes that fill us up and keep us feeling full for hours. So say goodbye to unsatisfying frozen meals and hello to a happier, healthier you.
Our 50 Favorite Weight Loss Dinner Recipes
1. Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice Stew
It only takes one look at this picture to get my mouth watering. This plant-based recipe has so much flavor, and it’s ready in only 25 minutes. The best part? Each serving has less than 300 calories. Talk about a great addition to your list of weight loss dinner recipes!
Get the recipe: Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice Stew
2. Super Easy Pork Tenderloin with Garlic and Rosemary
Looking for a low-carb meal that doesn’t disappoint? This zero-carb pork tenderloin recipe is a great way to get to know one of our favorite lean proteins! Like chicken breasts, pork tenderloin has very little fat, making it a healthy, quick-cooking meat that also tastes delicious. Roast it in a 400-degree oven, and it’ll be ready to eat in an hour!
Get the recipe: Super Easy Pork Tenderloin with Garlic and Rosemary
3. Southwestern Black Bean Casserole
This casserole is a healthier way to enjoy Mexican food. It’s an ideal recipe to weave into the weeknight dinner repertoire because it’s so easy to meal-prep. You could make the casserole on Sunday afternoon and eat it all week long. It also freezes pretty well, too, if you happen to have too many leftovers.
Get the recipe: Southwestern Black Bean Casserole
4. Hot Chicken Sliders
Fast food cravings have you feeling down? Whip up a batch of these healthier Hot Chicken Sliders instead! Each slider features crispy, oven-fried chicken brushed with a spicy coating. Top ’em off with tangy pickles, and you’ll have a meal worthy of the drive-through window (without any of the guilt, of course).
Get the recipe: Hot Chicken Sliders
5. Curried Salmon and Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Load up with healthy omega-3 fatty acids from the salmon and get all the benefits from superfood sweet potatoes with this fun and funky dinner recipe. It’s a flavorful way to switch things up on fish night! The salmon is sweet, zesty, and spicy (thanks to the curry powder and lime zest).
Get the recipe: Curried Salmon and Roasted Sweet Potatoes
6. Skinny Mississippi Pot Roast
Pot roast is not only delicious, but it’s a great way to feed the family on a budget! Chuck roast is readily available in most grocery stores for a value price. Cook it low and slow in the slow cooker, and it turns out perfect every time. Our recipe doesn’t add any extra sugar, and it clocks in at only 328 calories per serving!
Get the recipe: Skinny Mississippi Pot Roast
7. Low-Carb Loaded Cauliflower Casserole
Keep the carbs to a minimum while enjoying this delicious casserole. It’s packed full of so much flavor you won’t believe it’s healthy! Tossing the cauliflower with bacon, Greek yogurt, cheese, and green onions almost makes this taste like a loaded baked potato.
Get the recipe: Low-Carb Loaded Cauliflower Casserole
8. Spinach and Lentil Sweet Potato Stew
Want to celebrate more Meatless Mondays? Or, trying to adhere to a plant-based diet? This fully vegan recipe is so flavorful you won’t even miss the meat! It only has 1 Weight Watchers FreeStyle point, too, so you know it has to be good for you!
Get the recipe: Spinach and Lentil Sweet Potato Stew
This is one of the most popular recipes on the site! If you’re looking for a meal that tastes great and keeps you feeling full for hours, it’s hard to beat a thick and chunky stew. And, since it’s made in the slow cooker, it couldn’t be easier to whip together!
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Thick & Chunky Beef Stew
10. Clean Eating Chicken Fried Rice
Say goodbye to takeout for good with copy-cat recipes like this Clean Eating Chicken Fried Rice. This protein-packed meal is filled with lean chicken and delicious vegetables. It not only tastes great, but it looks beautiful, too!
Get the recipe: Clean Eating Chicken Fried Rice
11. Flush The Fat Away Vegetable Soup
You’ve seen this recipe on our site time and time again, and for good reason. This soup really works when it comes to flushing away that unwanted fat! Unlike other diet soups, this one actually tastes great and will satisfy the non-dieters in the family.
Get the recipe: Flush The Fat Away Vegetable Soup
12. Fresh Tomato, Spinach, and Shrimp Linguine
This is one of my go-to weight loss dinner recipes. It comes together in less than 15 minutes, and it’s filled with lean protein from the shrimp, flavorful vegetables, and filling pasta. I love making this recipe the night before a big workout: it gives me all the energy I need to get through a busy day!
Get the recipe: Fresh Tomato, Spinach, and Shrimp Linguine
13. Asian Chicken Wraps
This recipe is for anyone following a low-carb diet, like the keto or Paleo diet. The chicken is perfectly complemented by sweet cashews and savory mushrooms, and the dipping sauce is craveably good.
Get the recipe: Asian Chicken Wraps
14. Easy Tuna Casserole Recipe
Tuna casserole might be the ultimate comfort food! I have fond childhood memories of the dish, but it’s not usually that healthy. This skinnied-up version is cheesy and delicious, but we made a few ingredient swaps to make this qualify for healthy weight loss dinner recipes.
Get the recipe: Easy Tuna Casserole Recipe
15. Slow Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joes
Traditional sloppy Joes are usually full of saturated fat and grease, so turning them into Turkey Sloppy Joes was a no-brainer! Our recipe makes the juiciest, most flavorful sloppy Joe filling for less than 200 calories per cup!
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joes
16. A Healthier Slow Cooker Texas Roadhouse Chili for Two
A hearty bowl of chili for less than 400 calories per serving? And a recipe that won’t make a freezer full of leftovers? Sign me up! This slow-cooker chili recipe makes the perfect two-serving portion: one for dinner tonight and another for lunch tomorrow.
Get the recipe: A Healthier Slow Cooker Texas Roadhouse Chili for Two
17. Stuffed Philly Chicken Peppers Recipe
All the flavor of your favorite Philly Cheesesteak without any of the carbs! We skip the bun in this low-carb recipe, stuffing the filling directly in hollowed-out bell peppers. You’ll love the result!
Get the recipe: Stuffed Philly Chicken Peppers Recipe
18. Creamy Pumpkin Chicken Enchiladas
If you’ve never made enchiladas with pumpkin before, you simply have to try this recipe! It is so creamy and satisfying, all without the extra calories associated with going out to a Mexican restaurant.
Get the recipe: Creamy Pumpkin Chicken Enchiladas
19. Barbecue Chicken and Avocado Quesadillas
There’s so much to love about these quesadillas! They’re sweet and tangy from the barbecue sauce and creamy from the avocado (not to mention all that ooey-gooey goodness from the cheese). This recipe is a great way to use up leftover chicken, too!
Get the recipe: Barbecue Chicken and Avocado Quesadillas
20. Two Serving Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
Satisfy your cravings for Mexican food with this healthier chicken tortilla soup. We scaled down the recipe so it makes two perfect portions in a small slow cooker or Crock Pot.
Get the recipe: Two Serving Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
21. Squash Gnocchi with Sage Butter Sauce
Have you ever made gnocchi before? You will now that you know it’s not only easy to make, but it can also be super healthy! This dinner clocks in at under 400 calories, but it satisfies like a restaurant meal.
Get the recipe: Squash Gnocchi with Sage Butter Sauce
22. French Onion Soup Casserole
Move over, soup! This casserole has all the flavor of your favorite soup, but it’s significantly easier to make. It’s warm, it’s comforting, and it’s a perfect vegetarian addition to our list of weight loss dinner recipes.
Get the recipe: French Onion Soup Casserole
23. Best Ever Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Chicken
This dish tastes like the unhealthy spinach and artichoke dip you love from your favorite restaurant, but it uses lean chicken to turn it into dinner. You’ll still get all the creamy flavor you crave, though, just in a healthier package!
Get the recipe: Best Ever Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Chicken
24. Steamed Salmon with Sweet Ginger Soy Glaze
You can’t have too many healthy salmon recipes in your back pocket! Eating fish is a great way to get your daily dose of omega-3 fatty acids, and this recipe gives the salmon that perfect sweet-and-savory glaze.
Get the recipe: Steamed Salmon with Sweet Ginger Soy Glaze
25. Chicken Tikka Masala Slow Cooker Recipe
Did you know you can make Indian food in the slow cooker? This recipe packs in all the spices you recognize from the local Indian restaurant, but it doesn’t add too much extra fat. This is a great high-protein, low-calorie dinner.
Get the recipe: Chicken Tikka Masala Slow Cooker Recipe
26. Instant Pot Creamy Corn Chowder with Bacon
You might have thought meals with the words “creamy” and “bacon” in the title would be off-limits, but we have to share a secret: this Instant Pot meal is actually good for you! It’s packed full of nutrient-dense vegetables, and we keep the calories low by swapping in nitrite-free turkey bacon and Greek yogurt. All the flavor you love with only 333 calories per serving!
Get the recipe: Instant Pot Creamy Corn Chowder with Bacon
27. Honey Chicken and Vegetables
We love slow cooker chicken recipes! You won’t believe how much flavor you can coax out of bone-in chicken breasts by cooking them whole in the slow cooker. Then, remove the skin and serve them with a spoonful of this delicious honey glaze. You’ll be in heaven!
Get the recipe: Honey Chicken and Vegetables
28. Spicy Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burger with Avocado Sauce
This recipe is a vegetarian’s dream! The beans and sweet potatoes come together to create a deliciously filling, meaty “burger,” and the avocado sauce is so good I could almost drink it…
Get the recipe: Spicy Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burger with Avocado Sauce
29. Cheesy Chicken Avocado Burrito Wrap
I’m not sure where this recipe hooked me: cheesy chicken or avocado. Either way, it tastes as good as it sounds! And anytime you can eat a burrito for less than 500 calories counts as a serious win.
Get the recipe: Cheesy Chicken Avocado Burrito Wrap
30. Portobello Mushroom Philly Cheesesteak
This year, commit to eating more meatless meals. We make it easy with recipes like this Portobello Mushroom Philly Cheesesteak. It tastes incredible, but it only has 199 calories. I don’t even want to think how many calories my local restaurant’s has!
Get the recipe: Portobello Mushroom Philly Cheesesteak
31. Skinny Buffalo Chicken Tacos
If Taco Tuesday was every night, I wouldn’t even be upset! These tacos really take things to the next level. They taste just like your favorite chicken wings, but they definitely qualify for our list of weight loss dinner recipes.
Get the recipe: Skinny Buffalo Chicken Tacos
32. Mushroom Lentil Loaf
Ready to try some plant-based recipes? Get started with this Mushroom Lentil Loaf. The texture and flavor of the mushrooms and lentils come together perfectly to mimic meat, making this a great recipe for beginners and experts alike.
Get the recipe: Mushroom Lentil Loaf
33. Easy Thai Beef Salad Recipe
It’s easy to make an entree salad when you have a recipe like this! Between the savory beef, crunchy cucumbers, and juicy tomatoes, you’ll have everything you need to satisfy your taste buds. Add in a few different kinds of lettuce and an incredible dressing, and you have a salad worthy of dinner!
Get the recipe: Easy Thai Beef Salad Recipe
34. Vegetarian Mushroom White Bean “Meatballs” with Chimichurri Sauce
Did you know you can make meatballs without meat? It’s actually much easier than you think. Just combine white beans and mushrooms with a bunch of spices and bread crumbs. You don’t even need eggs – this recipe is fully plant-based!
35. Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Get ready to enjoy one of the most popular recipes on our site. These cabbage rolls taste like a traditional version, but we swap out the beef and use lean turkey instead. All the flavor without all the unhealthy fat!
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
36. Plant-Based Borscht
If you’re not already in love with beets, you will be after you make this recipe! We make things easy enough for beginners, so don’t worry if you’ve never worked with the bright-red vegetable before.
Get the recipe: Plant-Based Borscht
37. Easy Vegetarian Quinoa Chili With Lentils Recipe
You don’t need meat to make a great chili, and this recipe is a perfect example of that fact! It’s packed full of plant-based proteins like quinoa and lentils to fill you up and keep you feeling full for hours. This is one of those weight loss dinner recipes that may turn you into a bean-filled chili convert!
Get the recipe: Easy Vegetarian Quinoa Chili With Lentils Recipe
38. One Skillet Chicken Pot Pie
This single-skillet chicken pot pie cuts down on clean-up time without sacrificing any flavor. It is stuffed with tasty and nutritious ingredients that will have you looking forward to eating the leftovers! When you’re craving comfort food, this is the perfect, healthy option.
Get the recipe: One Skillet Chicken Pot Pie
39. Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Chicken
If creamy and cheesy are words that stand out to you on a menu, you’re going to want to pay attention to this one. Our slow-cooker spinach artichoke chicken takes your favorite party dip and turns it into a low-carb, high-protein meal!
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Chicken
40. Slow Cooker Healthy Meatloaf with Tomato Glaze
This clean-eating, slow cooker meatloaf will remind you of home. We’ve even put a heart-healthy spin on it by using oats instead of breadcrumbs! We know you’ll adore this one, especially on a cold, cozy night in.
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Healthy Meatloaf with Tomato Glaze
41. Chicken Burrito Bowl with Fresh Pico De Gallo and Chipotle Sauce
You’ll never need to drop into your favorite fast food joint again once you give this recipe a shot. It is packed full of delicious Southwest flavors while remaining low in fat and calories!
Get the recipe: Chicken Burrito Bowl with Fresh Pico De Gallo and Chipotle Sauce
42. Instant Pot Healthy Chicken and Spinach Ramen Noodle Bowl
This is not your average dorm room meal! We’ve spiced up this ramen dish with some seriously bold and delicious flavors. This recipe can be prepared in under 20 minutes, making it the perfect option for those busy weeknights.
Get the recipe: Instant Pot Healthy Chicken and Spinach Ramen Noodle Bowl
43. Paleo Zucchini and Turkey Skillet Dinner
Paleo meals are guaranteed to be nutritious, as they use only fresh, whole foods. If you’re looking for a simple, fast, and low-carb dinner, this is it! In under 20 minutes, this meal will be ready to be devoured!
Get the recipe: Paleo Zucchini and Turkey Skillet Dinner
44. Smoked Salmon with Asparagus and Egg Salad
There’s just something about combining salmon with asparagus that makes me do the happy dance. Throw in some egg, and I’m basically the happiest girl alive. This recipe instantly made it to my favorites list, and I think it’ll make it onto yours, as well.
Get the recipe: Smoked Salmon with Asparagus and Egg Salad
45. Shrimp Taco Bowls
Shrimp is one of the healthiest forms of protein that you can put in a taco, as they are extremely low in calories. These bowls will make a fantastic dinner, but are great for meal-prepping, also!
Get the recipe: Shrimp Taco Bowls
46. Grilled Tilapia with Garlic Tamari Mushrooms
Tilapia doesn’t get enough credit. When prepared correctly, it can be extremely tasty. This white fish dish is a high-protein, low-fat option that is full of light and delicious flavors.
Get the recipe: Grilled Tilapia with Garlic Tamari Mushrooms
47. Skinny Chicken Tortilla Casserole
Traditional casseroles can be loaded with excess calories and fat, but this skinny chicken tortilla casserole has other plans. Not only is it healthy, but also extremely satisfying. Try it the next time you’re craving Mexican food.
Get the recipe: Skinny Chicken Tortilla Casserole
48. Souffle Omelette with Mushrooms
Breakfast for dinner? Yes, please! This savory souffle omelet is perfect for any time of the day, even after the sun goes down. Oh, did we mention that it’s super simple to make?
Get the recipe: Souffle Omelette with Mushrooms
49. Slow Cooker Sausage and Potato Soup
When the temperature drops, and you’re craving a hearty, warm meal, opt for this scrumptious sausage and potato soup. It will warm you from the inside out while helping you stay within your daily calorie count.
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Sausage and Potato Soup
50. Zucchini Pasta with Shrimp and Tomatoes
We all have those days when we just crave pasta, am I right? The fact that the pasta in this dish is actually vegetables will severely cut down on carbohydrates and calories. You’ll feel like you’re eating at a fancy restaurant from the comfort of your own home!
Get the recipe: Zucchini Pasta with Shrimp and Tomatoes
Enjoyed this post? Read more:
- Slow Cooker Chicken, Potatoes and Mushrooms
- Instant Pot Vegan “Pot Roast” with Mushrooms
- 50 of the Best Skinny Casseroles Around
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