Dinner Recipes for Weight Loss

Find healthy, delicious low-calorie and high fiber dinner recipes for weight loss, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Tomato, Cucumber & White-Bean Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Rating: 5 stars 4
This no-cook bean salad is a delicious way to use summer's best cherry or grape tomatoes and juicy cucumbers for a light dinner or lunch. Fresh basil elevates an easy vinaigrette recipe that dresses up this simple salad into something extraordinary.
By Carolyn Casner

Easy Pea & Spinach Carbonara

Rating: 4.5 stars 12
Fresh pasta cooks up faster than dried, making it a must-have for fast weeknight dinners like this luscious yet healthy meal. Eggs are the base of the creamy sauce. They don't get fully cooked, so use pasteurized-in-the-shell eggs if you prefer.
By Adam Hickman

Green Goddess Salad with Chickpeas

Rating: 5 stars 2
In this cucumber, tomato, Swiss cheese and chickpea salad recipe, a healthy green goddess dressing is made from avocado, buttermilk and herbs. The extra dressing is delicious served with grilled vegetables.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Chickpea Pasta with Mushrooms & Kale

Rating: 5 stars 2
Loading up your pasta with vegetables like the kale and mushrooms here is not only delicious, it also makes the meal more satisfying.
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By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Salmon-Stuffed Avocados

Rating: 5 stars 5
Canned salmon is a valuable pantry staple and a practical way to include heart-healthy omega-3-rich fish in your diet. Here, we combine it with avocados in an easy no-cook meal.
By Abbie Gellman, M.S., RD, CDN

Hearty Chickpea & Spinach Stew

Rating: 4.5 stars 17
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.
By Patsy Jamieson

Summer Vegetable Gnocchi Salad

Rating: 5 stars 3
This riff on pasta salad is best served warm while the gnocchi are nice and tender. Plus, the grilled veggies taste extra-good fresh off the fire in this easy gnocchi recipe.
By Devon O'Brien

Chipotle Chicken Quinoa Burrito Bowl

Rating: 5 stars 33
This chipotle-flavored burrito bowl comes together almost as quickly as at the restaurant, plus, you don't have to wait in line. Loading it with vegetables and using quinoa in place of rice adds nutrition for a healthier dinner.
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By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Slow-Cooker Chicken & Chickpea Soup

Rating: 3.5 stars 25
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.
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By Carolyn Malcoun

EatingWell's Eggplant Parmesan

Rating: 5 stars 29
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.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Middle Eastern Chicken & Chickpea Stew

Rating: 4 stars 28
This quick, protein-rich chicken stew recipe gets great flavor from cumin, lemon juice and garlic. Make a double batch and freeze it for a quick healthy dinner. Serve the stew with couscous and steamed broccoli.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili

Rating: 4.5 stars 88
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.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Pistachio-Crusted Chicken with Barley
Barley and pistachios give this low-calorie chicken recipe a double dose of nutty flavor.
Ceviche-Stuffed Avocados
Cut some carbs and add nutrition to your dinner by serving this easy shrimp ceviche in avocado bowls.
Roasted Vegetable & Black Bean Tacos
Rating: 5 stars 4

These hearty vegan tacos are quick and easy to make, perfect for busy weeknights. They are so tasty no one will miss the meat or dairy.