Low-Calorie European Recipes

Find healthy, delicious low-calorie European recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Chicken & White Bean Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 20
Once again, rotisserie chickens can really relieve the dinner-rush pressure-especially in this Italian-inspired soup that cries out for a piece of crusty bread and a glass of red wine.
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By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Chicken Tetrazzini

Rating: 4.5 stars 9
This retro dish will please kids and adults alike.
By Ruth Cousineau

Baked Penne Florentine

Rating: 2.5 stars 5
This comforting and flavorful vegetarian dish is packed with protein.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Beet Salad

Rating: 4 stars 9
This simple beet salad recipe uses just a handful of ingredients to create a delightful side dish. Roasted beets add a sweet, earthy and aromatic flavor that shines in this side salad.
By Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough

Cauliflower & Kale Frittata

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
Inspired by traditional Spanish tortillas made with potatoes, this healthy frittata recipe swaps potatoes for low-carb cauliflower. Serve it along with kale (or your favorite greens) for brunch or an easy breakfast-for-dinner.
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Provençal Baked Fish with Roasted Potatoes & Mushrooms

Rating: 5 stars 1
This easy healthy meal—which requires just 15 minutes of active time—is typical of southern France. You can use halibut, grouper or cod for this simple Mediterranean baked fish recipe, so just choose what looks best at your market. Look for herbes de Provence, an aromatic spice blend, at most grocery stores.
By Amy Riolo

Sausage, Brussels Sprout & Potato Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 10
Bake up some Manchego cheese toasts and uncork a bottle of Ribera del Duero to enjoy alongside this healthy pot of soup. Both sweet and hot Italian sausage work well.
By Carolyn Malcoun

Sheet-Pan Roasted Salmon & Vegetables

Rating: 5 stars 13
This dish is packed with flavor and fits perfectly into a Mediterranean diet.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

EatingWell's Eggplant Parmesan

Rating: 5 stars 33
Here we bake breaded eggplant for crispy results with fewer calories to boot. This makeover of the classic eggplant parmesan recipe was originally developed by our Test Kitchen in 1995 and got an update in 2020 for our 30th anniversary issue.
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Garlic Chicken Thighs with Olives & Potatoes

Rating: 5 stars 7
Bright-green Castelvetrano olives hail from Sicily and have a buttery flavor and meaty texture that pair perfectly with the Italian seasoning and salty capers in this one-skillet chicken dinner. Look for them on your supermarket olive bar or in jars with Italian ingredients.
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By Hilary Meyer

Florentine Lasagna Roll-Ups

Rating: 3.5 stars 3
Think portion control with these individual lasagna roll-ups. Leftovers are great for lunch the next day.
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Chicken-&-Mushroom Marsala

Rating: 3.5 stars 3
For the best flavor in this classic one-pan chicken dinner recipe use real Marsala wine, not the cooking-wine kind. Serve with mashed potatoes.
By Adam Dolge
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Kielbasa & Cabbage Soup
Rating: 4.5 stars 14

This Eastern European soup (called kapusniak in Polish) is traditionally made with sauerkraut. To keep the sodium in check in this healthy recipe, we use fresh cabbage and save the sauerkraut for a deliciously salty-sour garnish.