Healthy Low-Calorie Recipes

Find healthy, delicious low-calorie recipes including low-calorie breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Carrot Soup

Rating: 4.72 stars 29
This easy carrot soup recipe is a great way to use up a bag of carrots that were forgotten in your produce drawer. The carrots cook together with aromatics like onions, garlic and fresh herbs before being puréed into a silky smooth soup that's delicious for dinner or packed up for lunch.

Balsamic & Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Rating: 4.73 stars 44
Roasting isn't usually the first cooking method you think of for cauliflower but the results are quite delicious. The florets are cut into thick slices and tossed with extra-virgin olive oil and herbs. Wherever the flat surfaces come into contact with the hot roasting pan, a deep browning occurs that results in a sweet, nutty flavor.

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna with Broccolini

Rating: 4.39 stars 37
In this low-carb spaghetti squash lasagna recipe, garlicky broccolini, spaghetti squash and cheese are combined for a healthy take on a favorite casserole. This bakes right in the squash shells for a fun presentation. Serve with a big Caesar salad and some warm and crusty whole-grain bread.

Vegan Smoothie Bowl

Rating: 5 stars 3
Eat this thick and creamy smoothie bowl with a spoon! Banana and frozen berries whip together with a little nut milk for a toppable vegan breakfast. We use fruit, nuts and seeds for topping, but feel free to experiment with whatever you like.

Easy Italian Wedding Soup

Rating: 4.25 stars 10
Forget the marble-size meatballs you find in many versions of this soup. In this easy recipe, they're full-size, full-flavored and plenty filling.

Chicken Cutlets with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

Rating: 4.93 stars 64
Though a chicken cutlet may be a chicken breast cut in half, this recipe shows how to make chicken cutlets with double the deliciousness. A jar of sun-dried tomatoes does double duty for this healthy dinner recipe. The flavorful oil they're packed in is used to sauté the chicken, and the tomatoes go into the cream sauce.

American Goulash

Rating: 4.73 stars 14
American goulash, also known as old-fashioned goulash, is the perfect economical family meal. The pasta cooks right in the sauce, so this satisfying dish can cook in just one pot.

Slow-Cooker Chicken & Chickpea Soup

Rating: 3.5 stars 20
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.

Slow-Cooker Chicken & White Bean Stew

Rating: 4.2 stars 11
This load-and-go slow-cooker chicken recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. Serve this Tuscan-inspired dish with crusty bread, a glass of Chianti and a salad.

 Spicy Weight-Loss Cabbage Soup

Rating: 4.78 stars 31
Based on a popular weight-loss plan, this healthy cabbage soup recipe gets tons of flavor and a metabolism-boosting kick from spicy chiles.

Cream of Turkey & Wild Rice Soup

Rating: 4.69 stars 34
Got leftover cooked chicken or turkey? Cook up a pot of soup! This recipe is a healthier twist on a classic creamy turkey and wild rice soup that hails from Minnesota. Serve with a crisp romaine salad and whole-grain bread.

Chicken & Spinach Skillet Pasta with Lemon & Parmesan

Rating: 3.74 stars 26
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.
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Make breakfast quickly with these delicious low-calorie recipes. Whether you start your morning with a sweet or savory bite, these breakfasts come together in 15 minutes or less. Recipes like Two-Ingredient Banana Pancakes and Broccoli & Cheese Omelet are quick, tasty and an easy start to meeting your daily servings of fruits and vegetables.

Vegetable Weight-Loss Soup

Rating: 4.46 stars
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A big bowl of this veggie-packed minestrone will leave you satisfied for hours without consuming a lot of calories, which is helpful when trying to lose weight. Plus, it's an easy way to boost your vegetable servings for the day—something all of us could benefit from. Top with a dollop of pesto before devouring this delicious vegetable soup and consider serving with a hunk of toasted whole-wheat bread to help round out the meal.