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Low Calorie Diet Recipes


If you are counting calories, then our low calorie diet recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and snacks will help you to stay on track. Our recipes meet the following reduced calorie criteria:

  • Soups, salads, side dishes, breads and muffins - 250 kcal or less;
  • Main course/entrees (meat, fish, poultry or vegetarian option) - 350 kcal or less;
  • Desserts - 250 kcal or less;
  • Snacks, cookies, appetizers - 120 kcal or less;
  • Low calorie dressing or sauce - 40 kcal per tbsp;
  • Combination meals (main course plus a starch side dish such as rice, potatoes, peas, beans, etc); - 420 kcal or less;
  • Complete meals (main course, starch side dish plus vegetables) - 500 kcal or less.



V - low calorie vegetarian recipes;

E - easy low calorie recipes;

LC - low carb low calorie recipes;

LSF - healthy low calorie recipes (low in saturated fat);

D - low calorie diabetic recipes.

Low Calorie Breakfast Recipes

Chorizo and Sun-Dried Tomato Omelette

Chorizo and Sun Dried Tomato Omelette E  LC D

Total time: 20 min. 237 calories. Ingredients: eggs, garlic, dried crushed chillies, butter, sun-dried tomatoes, chorizo, oregano.

Zucchini Frittata

Egg White Zucchini Frittata V  E  LC  LSF D

Total time: 20 min. 107 calories. Ingredients: egg whites, zucchini or courgette, cottage cheese, spring onion, parsley, olive oil.

Smoked Salmon Frittata Recipe

Smoked Salmon Frittata E  LSF

Total time: 35 min. 320 calories per one serving. Ingredients: eggs, smoked salmon, Philadelphia 95% fat free cheese, potatoes, dill, unsalted butter and fresh cucumber.

Vegetable Frittata Recipe

Vegetable Frittata Recipe V  E  LC D

Total time: 25 min. 143 calories. Ingredients: leek, cauliflower, white mushrooms, eggs, dried basil, fresh rosemary, Parmesan cheese, butter.

Spinach Frittata Recipe

Spinach Frittata Recipe V  E  LC D

Total time: 25 min. 200 calories. Ingredients: eggs, feta cheese, spinach, dried oregano, olive oil.

Asparagus Frittata Recipe

Asparagus Frittata Recipe V  E  LC D

Total time: 20 min. 191 calories. Ingredients: asparagus, onions, eggs, soft goat's cheese, thyme, butter.

Seafood Omelette

Seafood Omelette E  LC D

Total time: 25 min. 254 calories. Ingredients: king prawns (shrimps), olive oil, eggs, cheddar cheese, garlic, dried crushed chillies, butter, fresh basil.

Mushroom Omelette Recipe

Egg White Mushroom Omelette V  E  LC  LSF D

Total time: 15 min. 120 calories. Ingredients: egg whites, mushrooms, spring onions, Parmesan cheese, coriander, butter and olive oil.

Low Calorie Lunch Recipes

Low Calorie Salad Recipes

Chicken Fajitas

Chicken Fajita Salad E  LC D

Total time: 20 min or 1 hour 20 min (to marinate the chicken - optional). 258 calories. Ingredients: chicken breast, green pepper, onion, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, lettuce, etc.

Prawn and Asparagus Salad

Shrimp and Asparagus Salad E  LC  LSF D

Total time: 20 min. 330 calories. Ingredients: shrimps or prawns, asparagus, rocket leaves, lemon juice, olive oil, light mayonnaise, egg, capers, Dijon mustard, fresh tarragon.

Aubergine Salad

Aubergine or Eggplant Salad V  E  LC D

Total time: 26 min. 199 calories. Ingredients: aubergine or eggplant, Parmesan cheese, olive oil balsamic vinegar, sweetener, parsley, garlic, crushed chilli flakes.

Avocado Salad Recipe

Avocado Salad Recipe E  LC D

Total time: 15 min. 248 calories. Ingredients: avocado, back bacon, tomato, lettuce, parsley, onion, olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, ground cumin, vegetable stock.

Green Bean Salad Recipe

Cold Green Bean Salad V  E  LC  LSF D

Total time: 10 min. 138 calories. Ingredients: green beans or French beans, olive oil, dried marjoram, red onion, vegetable stock, lemon. Vegetarian.

Tuna Nicoise Salad Recipe

Tuna Nicoise Salad E  LC D

Total time: 15 min. 254 calorie. Ingredients: can of tuna, tomato, red onion, green or black olives, eggs, lettuce, parsley, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, capers.

Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe

Chicken Caesar Salad E  LC D

Total time: 30 min. 242 calories. Ingredients: chicken breast, lettuce, Parmesan cheese, anchovy (optional), olive oil, lemon juice, mayonnaise, garlic, Dijon mustard, Tabasco sauce.

Radish Salad Recipe

Radish Salad V  E  LC  LSF D

Total time: 10 min. 110 calories. Ingredients: yellow pepper, garlic, radishes, spring onion, lettuce, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, sweetener.

Low Calorie Soup Recipes:

Avocado Soup Recipe

Avocado Soup Recipe V  E  LC  LSF D

Total time: 5 min. 197 calories. Ingredients: Hass avocado, low fat cottage cheese, lime juice, chives, cucumber, ground cumin.

Spinach Soup Recipe

Spinach Soup V  E  LC  LSF D

Total time: 20 min. 106 calories in one serving. Ingredients: fresh spinach, cauliflower, onion, garlic, ground nutmeg, olive oil, sour cream, vegetable stock.

Chicken Vegetable Soup

Chicken and Vegetable Soup E  LC  LSF D

Total time: 25 min or 1 hour 10 min. 133 calories per one serving. Ingredients: chicken leg, red pepper, spring onion, peas, vegetable stock, garlic, dried oregano, thyme, parsley.

Italian Fish Soup Recipe

Italian Fish Soup  E  LSF D

Total time: 25 min. 294 calories per one serving. Ingredients: celery, leek, garlic, fennel, red chilli, thyme, olive oil, white wine, white fish (cod, haddock, monkfish), raw prawns and mussels.

Italian Meatball Soup Recipe

Italian Meatball Soup E  LC D

Total time: 30 min. 248 calories per serving. Ingredients: extra lean minced meat, egg white, canned chopped tomatoes, celery, spring onion, green pepper, garlic, basil, thyme, oregano, parsley, chillies, etc.

Sweet Potato Soup Recipe

Sweet Potato Soup V E

Total time: 25 min. 170 calories per one serving. Ingredients: sweet potatoes, celery, carrot, olive oil, onion, Thai curry paste red or green, vegetable stock, reduces fat coconut milk.

Carrot Soup Recipe

Carrot Soup V E LSF

Total time: 45 min. 148 calories per serving. Ingredients: carrots, sweet potato, onion, coriander seeds and fresh, olive oil, stock, lemon juice, half-fat creme fraiche.

Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Recipe

Olive Garden Minestrone Soup V E LSF

Total time: 30 min. 230 calories in 1 serving. Ingredients: onion, olive oil, zucchini, green beans, celery, garlic, red kidney beans, navy beans, small shell egg pasta, spinach, parsley, oregano, etc.

Fresh Tomato Soup Recipe

Fresh Tomato Soup V  LSF D

Total time: 40 min. 146 calories per serving. Ingredients: tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, chilli (optional), basil, capers, black pitted olives, sun blush tomatoes, etc.

Homemade Vegetable Soup Recipe

Homemade Vegetable Soup V  E  LSF D

Total time: 20-30 min. Ingredients: carrot, celery, swede, cauliflower, onion, ground turmeric, olive oil, chives and vegetable stock.

La Madeleine Tomato and Basil Soup Recipe

La Madeleine Tomato and Basil Soup V LC D

Total time: 50 min. 90 calories in one serving. Ingredients: tomatoes, tomato juice, chicken or vegetable stock, basil, cream fraiche, butter.

Italian Minestrone Soup Recipe

Italian Minestrone Soup V E LSF

Total time: 30 min. 164 calories per serving. Ingredients: can of chopped tomato, carrots, leek, celery,  onion, zucchini, cabbage, small shelled egg pasta, olive oil, vegetable stock, garlic, rosemary, etc.

Creamy Celery Soup Recipe

Celery Soup Recipe E  LC  LSF D

Total time: 40-50 min. 163 calories per one serving. Ingredients: celery sticks, chicken stock, skim milk, leek, olive oil, sage, fresh basil.

Creamy Tomato Soup

Creamy Tomato Soup E LSF

Total time: 30 min. 178 calories in one serving. Ingredients: plum tomatoes, roasted red peppers, tomato and orange juice, rosemary, chicken stock.

Chicken Cauliflower Soup

Chicken and Cauliflower Soup E  LC  LSF D

Total time: 20 min or 1 hour 10 min. 133 calorie per one serving. Ingredients: chicken leg, ham, onion, cauliflower, garlic, ground sage, vegetable stock, parsley, etc.

Tomato Basil Soup Recipe

Tomato and Basil Soup E LSF D

Total time: 30 min. 202 calories per one serving. Ingredients: fresh tomatoes, tin of plum tomatoes, celery, olive oil, carrot, onion, chicken stock, garlic, basil, bay leaves, chillies (optional).

Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe

Carrot Ginger Soup V  E  LSF

Total time: 30 min. 141 calories per serving. Ingredients: onion, oilve oil, parsnip, celery, root of ginger, curry powder, vegetable stock, low fat yogurt, coriander.


Beef and Barley Soup

Beef and Barley Soup LSF D

Total time: 2 hours 15 min or 45 min if you use a pressure cooker. Ingredients: beef, carrot, celery, onion, leek, pearl barley, garlic, chilli (optional), parsley.

Low Calorie Dinner Recipes

Lamb Curry Recipe

Lamb Curry and Cauliflower Rice E  LC  LSF D

Total time: 1 hour 10 min. 326 calories per serving. Ingredients: lamb fillet, spinach, garlic, spring onion, ground ginger, cumin, coriander, turmeric, chilli powder, tomato, tomato puree, olive oil.

Baked Chicken Thigh Recipe

Baked Chicken Thighs E  LC  LSF D

Total time: 55 min. 350 calories per serving. Ingredients: chicken thighs, lemon, garlic, olive oil, basil, small glass of white wine.

Salmon Fillet with Sauteed Zucchini

Salmon Fillet with Sauteed Zucchini E  LC  LSF D

Total time: 30 min. 313 calories per serving. Ingredients: salmon fillets, reduced fat sour cream, lemon juice, fresh dill, parsley, zucchini(courgette), garlic, olive oil.

Lemon and Feta Cheese Baked Chicken

Lemon and Feta Cheese Baked Chicken E  LC D

Total time: 1 hour. 410 calories per serving. Ingredients: chicken breast, feta cheese, lemon, garlic, olive oil, fresh mint leaves, tarragon, kalamata olives.

Beef Burgers

Gourmet Beef Burgers E  LC

Total time: 12 min. 387 calories per serving. Ingredients: extra lean minced beef, spring onion, parsley, basil, garlic, egg white, tomato, olive oil, lemon juice, lettuce.

Rosemary Roasted Chicken

Rosemary Roasted Chicken LC  LSF D

Total time: 1 hour 55 min (time depends on the chicken size). 306 calories per serving. Ingredients: organic or free range chicken, fresh rosemary, garlic, olive oil.

Thai Red Chicken Curry Recipe

Thai Red Chicken Curry  LC D

Total time: 30 min. 373 calories. Ingredients: chicken breast, reduced fat coconut milk, coconut oil, Thai red curry paste, lime juice, lemon grass, mangetout, broccoli raab, zucchini, baby sweetcorn, pak choi, red pepper, etc.

Pork and Mushroom Salad Recipe

Pork and Mushroom Salad E LC D

Total time: 30 min. 376 calories per serving. Ingredients: pork loin steak, Portobello mushrooms, watercress, olive oil, garlic, spring onion, dried thyme, English mustard, vegetable stock, etc.

Cod Baked with Vegetables

Cod Baked with Vegetables E  LC  LSF D

Total time: 50 min. 357 calories. Ingredients: cod fillets, fennel, red pepper, tomatoes, garlic, onion, dried thyme, olive oil.

Cod Baked with Vegetables

Steak Fajita Recipe LC D

Total time: 15 min or 1 hour 15 min (if to marinate meat). 287 calories. Ingredients: beef steak, Iceberg lettuce leaf, onion, green pepper, jalapeno pepper, salsa, guacamole, reduced fat sour cream, etc.

Turkey Burgers

Turkey Burgers with Lettuce Salad E  LC  LSF D

Total time: 30 min. 248 calories. Ingredients: minced turkey breast, egg white, tomato, spring onion, parsley, garlic, English mustard, romaine lettuce.

Lemon and Herb Roasted Chicken

Lemon and Herb Roasted Chicken E  LC  LSF D

Total time: 1 hour 55 min (time depends on the chicken size). 306 calories. Ingredients: organic chicken, parsley, dried marjoram, garlic, lemon, olive oil.

Low Calorie Dessert Recipes

Blackberry Pie

Low Carb Blackberry Pie V  LC D

Total time: 40 min. 248 calories per serving. Ingredients: ground almonds, butter, egg white, baking powder, fresh blackberries, sweetener.

Lemon Cake

Low Carb Lemon Cake V LC D

Total time: 50 min. 251 calories per serving. Ingredients: ground almonds, butter, olive oil, baking powder, eggs, lemon peel, sweetener.

Blueberry Pie

Low Carb Blueberry Pie V LC D

Total time: 40 min. 250 calories per serving. Ingredients: fresh blueberries, ground almonds, butter, baking powder, egg, sweetener.

Coconut Biscuits

Low Carb Coconut Biscuits V E LC D

Total time: 30 min. 69 calories per one biscuit. Ingredients: ground almonds, coconut desiccated, egg whites, vanilla and almond extract, Amaretto, sweetener.

Low Calorie Snacks:

  • 1 cup of strawberries, halves, 152g - 49 calories or kcal;
  • 1 cup of raspberries, 123g - 64 kcal;
  • 1 cup of blackberries, 144g - 62 kcal;
  • 1 cup of blueberries, 148g - 84 kcal;
  • 1 small apple, 101g - 53 kcal;
  • 1 medium apple, 182g - 95 kcal;
  • 1 large apple, 223g - 116 kcal;
  • 1 small pear, 148g - 84 kcal;
  • 1 medium pear, 178g - 101 kcal;
  • 1 large pear, 230g - 131 kcal;
  • 15 almonds, 18g - 104 kcal;
  • 7 walnuts, 28g - 185 kcal;
  • 1/2 avocado, 101g - 161 kcal;
  • 7 large olives, 105g - 85 kcal;
  • 5 celery stalks 5" or 13cm long, 85g - 14 kcal;
  • 1 oz (28g) of mozzarella cheese - 85 kcal;
  • Avocado Soup - 197 kcal;
  • Avocado and Spinach Smoothie - 176 kcal;
  • Avocado and Collard Greens Smoothie - 183 kcal.

Author: Lana Soko






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