Top 50 Weight Loss Dinner Recipes

Achieve your goals with these incredibly tasty weight-loss dinners.

If you adore the beloved Buffalo flavor, you're going to love these chicken tacos!

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.

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!

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 400 degree oven and it’ll be ready to eat in an hour!

3. Southwestern Black Bean Casserole

This casserole is the 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.

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).

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).

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!

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 make this taste like a loaded baked potato.

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!

9. Slow Cooker Thick & Chunky Beef 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’s couldn’t be easier to whip together!

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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 each cup!

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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 it this recipe gives the salmon that perfect sweet-and-savory 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.

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!

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!

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…

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

48. Souffle Omelette with Mushrooms

Breakfast for dinner? Yes please! This savory souffle omelette 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?

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.

50. Zucchini Pasta with Shrimp and Tomatoes

We all have those days that 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!

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Chef Lindsay

Lindsay D. Mattison is a professional chef, recipe developer, and food writer. After graduating from Cascade Culinary School, Lindsay worked as the executive chef of a farm-to-table restaurant in Bend, Oregon. She is passionate about using local, organic ingredients and loves teaching home cooks how to incorporate seasonal food into their diet. While she spends most of her time writing these days, she still exercises her culinary muscles on the regular, taking any opportunity to create beautiful meals for her family. She lives with her husband in Colorado, where she enjoys the trials and errors of gardening.

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