Low-Calorie Mediterranean Recipes

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

Staff Picks

Slow-Cooker Chicken & Chickpea Soup

Rating: 3.5 stars
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This set-it-and-forget-it slow-cooker recipe simmers away all day so you come home to a warm and healthy dinner the whole family will love. Using bone-in chicken is the key to making rich soup without adding broth.

Chicken & Spinach Skillet Pasta with Lemon & Parmesan

Rating: 3.74 stars
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This one-pan pasta that combines lean chicken breast and sautéed spinach for a one-bowl meal is garlicky, lemony and best served with a little Parm on top. I call it "Mom's Skillet Pasta" and she called it "Devon's Favorite Pasta." Either way it's a quick and easy weeknight dinner we created together and scribbled on a little recipe card more than a decade ago, and it remains in my weekly dinner rotation to this day. It's a simple dinner the whole family will love.

Slow-Cooker Mediterranean Diet Stew

Rating: 4.75 stars
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With a focus on vegetables, fiber-rich legumes and healthy fats, this slow-cooker stew fits the bill for those following the Mediterranean diet. Swap out the chickpeas for white beans for a different twist, or try collards or spinach in place of the kale. A drizzle of olive oil to finish pulls together the flavors of this easy vegan crock-pot stew.

EatingWell's Eggplant Parmesan

Rating: 4.87 stars
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Here we bake breaded eggplant for crispy results with fewer calories to boot. This makeover of the classic recipe was originally developed by our Test Kitchen in 1995 and got an update in 2020 for our 30th anniversary issue.

Slow-Cooker Mediterranean Chicken & Orzo

Rating: 4.18 stars
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Perk up basic chicken breast and whole-wheat orzo with the vibrant flavors of the Mediterranean, like lemon and olives. This load-and-go recipe makes a complete and satisfying meal; just add a green salad.

Creamy Fettuccine with Brussels Sprouts & Mushrooms

Rating: 4.02 stars
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Sliced Brussels sprouts and mushrooms cook quickly and cling to the pasta in our fall version of pasta primavera. Look for presliced mushrooms to cut prep time. Serve with a tossed salad.

Mediterranean Breakfast Sandwiches

Rating: 5 stars
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This veggie-packed breakfast sandwich delivers a healthy serving of protein plus fresh vegetables on low-carbohydrate sandwich bread.

White Bean & Veggie Salad

Rating: 4.83 stars
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This meatless main-dish salad combines creamy, satisfying white beans and avocado. Try mixing it up with different seasonal vegetables.

Roasted Salmon with Smoky Chickpeas & Greens

Rating: 4.25 stars
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In this healthy salmon dinner, you'll get a dose of greens and green dressing! Chowing down on 6 or more servings of dark leafy greens a week can help keep your brain in top shape. This dish features the Test Kitchen's current go-to method for doctoring a can of chickpeas: spice them up and roast until crispy.

Chicken & White Bean Soup

Rating: 4.41 stars
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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.

Greek Roasted Fish with Vegetables

Rating: 4.57 stars
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This dish is packed with flavor and fits perfectly into a Mediterranean diet.

Mediterranean Chickpea Quinoa Bowl

Rating: 4.64 stars
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Quinoa and chickpeas pack this vegetarian grain bowl with plenty of plant-based protein. Whip up a batch of these Mediterranean meals and pack in containers with lids to stash in the fridge for easy, healthy grab & go lunches all week long.
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Inspiration and Ideas

21 Mediterranean Dinners with 400 Calories or Less
These Mediterranean-inspired dinners are a delicious option for tonight's menu. Each serving has 400 calories or less and is full of fresh veggies and proteins like fish, chicken and healthy fats. Recipes like Herby Mediterranean Fish with Wilted Greens & Mushrooms and Farfalle with Tuna, Lemon and Fennel are bright, tasty and a healthy choice for your weekly dinner.
Greek Meatball Mezze Bowls
Rating: Unrated
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With a variety of flavors and textures (and a whopping 30 grams of protein!), these Mediterranean-inspired meal-prep bowls will keep you fueled all afternoon. The turkey meatballs are adapted from Greek Turkey Burgers with Spinach, Feta & Tzatziki by Hilary Meyer. Look for premade tzatziki near the specialty cheeses and dips at your grocery store or make your own (see Associated Recipes).

Easy Salmon Cakes

Rating: 3.84 stars
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These healthy salmon cakes are a delicious way to boost your intake of omega-3s. It is also a great way to use convenient canned (or leftover) salmon. The tangy dill sauce provides a tart balance to these easy salmon patties.