Everyone who starts a weight-loss journey hears the same advice: Cut down on the calories. We attempt to skip breakfast and have a light lunch, but when it comes to dinner, we break or resolve and spread a lavish meal. For a successful and quick weight loss, it is essential to have a light dinner. Low-calorie meals are easier to digest, and they help you prevent the intake of extra calories because the extra calories are stored in your body as fat.
Top Low-Calorie Meals
These low-calorie meals are rich in protein, flavor, and nutrients helping you feel fuller for long and supporting your metabolism.
1. Crustless Pizza
Serving: 1 slice | Calories: 282kcal | Iron: 1mg | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 19g | Sodium: 494mg | Potassium: 272mg | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 342mg
- 226 gm lean ground beef/turkey
- 1 clove garlic crushed
- 1 tbsp Italian seasonings
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup keto pizza sauce
- 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
- 4 chopped mushrooms
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 cup sliced olives
- 8 slices pepperoni
- Start by preheating the oven to 250C.
- Heat olive oil in a skillet, add crushed garlic and sauté for a minute.
- Next, add ground turkey and cook for 5 minutes, or until it changes color. Sprinkle the Italian seasoning to the frying pan.
- Remove from the heat and put the cheddar cheese on top of flattened mince.
- Spread pizza sauce over cheese, throw in olives, mushrooms, and pepperoni. Add the final layer of mozzarella cheese.
- Use gloves to place the skillet in the hot oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese melts.
- Turn off the oven and remove the skillet. Slice into portions and serve hot.
2. Healthy Tikka Masala
Calories: 365 kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 17g | Sugar: 10 g | Fiber: 4 g | Salt 0.3g
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1-inch crushed ginger
- 4 large crushed garlic cloves crushed
- 400g chopped tomatoes
- ½ bunch of chopped coriander
- 4 small, cut into chunks, chicken breasts
- 200g spinach leaves
- 2 tbsp rapeseed oil
- 1 cup oil for frying
- 2 tbsp tikka masala
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 40g ground almonds
- 3 tbsp natural yogurt
- brown basmati rice as per serving
- Use a food processor to make a paste of onion, ginger, and garlic.
- Warm the rapeseed oil in a casserole dish and pour the onion mixture into it. Lightly fry for 15 mins and take it out into a bowl.
- Fry the chicken in the remaining oil and stir in cayenne pepper and tikka masala. Fry for another minute and add the onion mix, tomatoes, and a liter of water to the bowl.
- Once the water starts boiling, reduce the heat, and cook uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in spinach and almonds and cook for another 10 minutes. Season as required and stir in the coriander and yogurt.
- Serve with boiled brown rice.
3. Spicy Meatballs with Chili Black Beans
Calories: 376 kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 11g | Sugar: 8 g | Fiber: 10 g | Salt 0.8g
- 1 red onion, sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 tsp cumin, ground
- 1 large deseeded and diced yellow pepper
- 400g cherry tomatoes
- 1 peeled and chopped avocado
- 2-3 tsp chili paste
- 300ml reduced- chicken stock
- 400g red kidney beans or black beans
- ½ cup lime juice
- 50g oats
- 500g pack mince turkey breast
- 2 onions, chopped
- 1 tsp rapeseed oil
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- small bunch coriander
- the mince into a bowl, and add the oats, spices, spring onions, and coriander. Knead the mixture until thoroughly mixed and shape into meatballs.
- Heat oil in a frying pan, add meatballs, and start cooking on medium heat. Turn when the color changes from one side. Drain and remove from pan, once cooked.
- Throw in the onion, pepper, and garlic into the frying pan and fry until everything softens.
- Stir in chili paste and cumin and stir.
- Pour the stock into the pan and once it starts to simmer, put the meatballs in and cook for 10 minutes over low heat.
- Stir in beans and tomatoes and beans and cook for 5 minutes.
- Serve the meatballs, topped with the lime-juice-soaked avocado and chopped coriander leaves.
4. Baked Chicken Jambalaya
Calories: 350 kcal | Carbohydrates: 17.4g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 15.2g | Sugar: 7.6g | Fiber: 10g | Salt 0.62g
- 2 tbsp oil
- 4 chicken thighs
- 4 chicken drumsticks
- 1 large sliced onion
- 1 peeled and chopped carrot
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 red pepper, sliced
- 1 clove peeled and crushed garlic
- 6oz rice
- 400g chopped tomatoes
- Fresh or dried thyme
- Salt, as per taste
- Ground black pepper
- 15fl oz chicken stock
- 4oz bacon bits
- 2 spring onions, chopped
- Set the oven to 375°F.
- Warm the oil in a casserole dish, and fry the chicken pieces until color changes. Strain and remove from the pan.
- Add sliced onion and chopped carrots and fry on low heat for 5 minutes.
- Stir in garlic, red pepper, paprika, and boiled rice and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
- Add the remaining ingredients. And place the fried chicken pieces on top.
- When the stock starts to simmer, cover with foil and remove from heat.
- Place the dish in the oven for 40 to 45 mins and serve hot.
5. Sweet Chili Prawn Stir-Fry
Calories: 220 kcal | Carbohydrates: 23.6g | Protein: 20.4g | Fat: 4.8g | Sugar: 12.5g | Fiber: 10g | Salt 0.5g
- Salt as per taste
- Ground black pepper, as per taste
- 4 tbsp sweet chili sauce
- 125g egg noodles
- 2 peeled and cut carrots
- 60g finely shredded red cabbage,
- 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 400g raw king prawns
- 6 spring onions, chopped
- Bring water to boil in a large pan and add salt, red cabbage, and carrots.
- Drain the vegetables into a colander, and preserve the water.
- Return the water to the pan and boil again.
- Add noodles and cook for 5 minutes, or till al dente. Drain and run cold water through it.
- Heat some oil in the frying pan, add prawns and keep stirring while cooking for 3 mins or until pink.
- Add spring onions, cabbage, blanched carrot, noodles and sweet chili sauce.
- Heat for a few more minutes to warm it through.
- Serve hot, sprinkled with left-over chopped spring onion.
The long-term effectiveness of low-calorie diets is still unproven. Never attempt to change your diet to low-calorie foods without a doctor or nutritionist’s recommendation. In addition to having low-calorie meals, consider making exercise an essential part of your lifestyle.