Low-Calorie Lunch Recipes

Find healthy, delicious low-calorie lunch recipes including low-calorie sandwiches, wraps, and lunches for work. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Easy Italian Wedding Soup

Rating: 4.25 stars
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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.

 Spicy Weight-Loss Cabbage Soup

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

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili

Rating: 4.52 stars
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Make a double batch of this quick vegetarian chili, full of black beans and sweet potatoes, and eat it for lunch the next day or freeze the extras for another night. We love the smoky heat from the ground chipotle, but omit it if you prefer a mild chili. Serve with tortilla chips or cornbread and coleslaw.

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.

Cabbage Diet Soup

Rating: 4.33 stars
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Loaded with cabbage, carrots, bell pepper, tomato and plenty of seasoning, this healthy vegetable soup packs in lots of flavor and is ultra-satisfying. This easy recipe makes a big batch for lunches or veggie-packed snacks all week. If you want to bump up the satisfaction factor even more, top with a little cheese or avocado.

Hearty Chickpea & Spinach Stew

Rating: 4.2 stars
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This satisfying stew comes together in a snap. Mashed chickpeas add body to the broth, and tomato paste adds a savory note without piling on the sodium. To simplify the prep, look for chopped fresh onion and shredded carrot or a soup starter mix in the produce section.

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup with Kale

Rating: 4.5 stars
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This healthy, easy soup is loaded with vegetables, protein and fiber to keep you full and fueled. Serve this winter soup topped with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, and a side of garlic toast.

Carrot Soup

Rating: 4.72 stars
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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.

Slow-Cooker Vegetable Soup

Rating: 4 stars
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Make a big batch of low-calorie veggie-packed soup with ease in this load-and-go crock pot recipe. After simmering away in the slow cooker, portion it into individual serving containers and store in the fridge or freezer for fast, healthy lunches or an easy, satisfying snack. This weight-loss vegetable soup fills you up without a lot of calories, plus it's an easy way to eat more vegetables.

Veggie & Hummus Sandwich

Rating: 4.92 stars
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This mile-high vegetable and hummus sandwich makes the perfect heart-healthy vegetarian lunch to go. Mix it up with different flavors of hummus and different types of vegetables depending on your mood.

Roasted Cauliflower & Potato Curry Soup

Rating: 4.8 stars
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In this healthy cauliflower soup recipe, roasting the cauliflower first adds depth and prevents the florets from turning to mush. A little tomato sauce and coconut milk give the broth a rich, silky texture. Serve with a dollop of sour cream or yogurt, if desired.

Butternut Squash Soup with Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Rating: 4 stars
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Layering apple slices into grilled cheese sandwiches adds a little crunch to a favorite soup dipper. And creamy butternut squash soup with ginger, cumin and turmeric is a nice change of pace from grilled cheese's usual tomato soup partner. Serve the duo for a comforting and easy weeknight dinner for the family. The soup keeps well in the fridge, so save leftovers for lunch or dinner later in the week.
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Inspiration and Ideas

350-Calorie Lunch Ideas for Work
These low-calorie packable lunch recipes are easy to prepare and have 350 calories or fewer per serving.
Light Lunches
Trying to eat better? Fast-food, vending machines and rushing out the door make healthy lunch one of the biggest challenges for many people. Dig into one of these easy, low-calorie lunches—all have just 350 calories or less and will keep you satisfied all afternoon. Download a FREE Healthy Lunch Cookbook!

Slow-Cooker Vegetable Minestrone Soup

Rating: 5 stars
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A winter classic, this crock pot version of minestrone is heavy on the vegetables and light on the pasta, keeping carbs in check while providing plenty of flavor.