21+ Dinner Recipes Under 500 Calories

These 21+ Meals Under 500 Calories are all hearty, healthy meals, with many high in protein — they will keep you going all day long! 

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Hello, friends!

I have been working really hard to add nutrition information to a lot of my recipes. Mostly the dinner and breakfast recipes, as dessert is usually a splurge and not an everyday thing (unless it is, and that’s okay, too!).

If you had asked me a few months ago, you’d know that I never had any intentions to add calorie counts to my recipes.

Not because they’re not healthy, but because it’s so easy for calorie calculators to be wrong. All brands of products are slightly different, and a lot of ingredients I don’t weigh, which makes it even more difficult. I don’t feel it’s realistic for me to give you a recipe that requires 468 grams of chicken breast — it makes more sense for me to ask for 2 chicken breasts, but 2 chicken breasts can vary greatly in size and calories.

I want you to keep that in mind as we go from here — all of my calorie counts were calculated using the My Fitness Pal Recipe Calorie Calculator (which is free for anyone to use!), and I’ve done my best to ensure they’re accurate. But they will still vary slightly for everybody.

If you have a condition that requires you to know exactly what you are eating, you will want to do your own calculations using your own preferred brand of ingredients. The nutrition information is only to be used as a guide.

Moving on!

I want you to know that I generally take my health and nutrition pretty seriously. I feel like most people who browse my recipe index would assume otherwise — when what comes up is pastas, and cheesy skillet dinners, and burritos.

However, I have done a lot of research about nutrition in my day. For a couple years before I had my first child, I was fascinated with it. I subscribed to all kinds of health and fitness magazines, and I counted calories.

These days, I focus on making healthier swaps so that I can eat the food I want to eat. I don’t count calories. I don’t deprive myself. I work out so I can eat cookies. And that’s what you’ll see here.

I don’t do kale chips, or salad, or just generally a lot of green things (though I do love a good mint chocolate cookie 😉 ). I confess — as I’ve confessed before — I am a picky eater.

So what you’ll find here are healthier dinner recipes with sneaky swaps and hidden veggies. If you’re looking to eat healthier but you can’t live off broccoli and celery alone, I’m your girl. I hope you enjoy these dinner recipes as much as I have!

P.S. If you have any favorite recipes you’d like me to make healthier, I would love to hear about them!

Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Chicken Stew: 255 calories

slow cooker garlic parmesan chicken stew in blue bowl with crusty bread dipping

One Pan Teriyaki Chicken and Noodles: 413 calories

one pan teriyaki chicken and noodles in white bowl with snap peas

Easy Homemade Hamburger Helper: 469 calories

hamburger helper overhead in one black skillet with wooden spoon

Loaded Baked Potato Breakfast Casserole: 166 calories

loaded baked potato breakfast casserole on white plate with casserole dish on the side

Healthier Skillet Chicken Parmesan: 440 calories (serve half a breast with pasta and veg for a full meal!)

skillet chicken parmesan with melted cheese on a bed of spaghetti

Our Favorite Breakfast Burritos: 356 calories

breakfast burritos cut in half and stacked on blue plate

The Best Oven Fried Chicken: 338 calories

crispy oven fried chicken in grey bowl on parchment paper with one piece cut open

Maple Ginger Beef: 224 calories (serve with rice and veggies)

maple ginger beef in a white skillet topped with sliced green onion

Slow Cooker Mango Salsa Chicken: 160 calories (serve with buns or rice and salad)

slow cooker mango salsa chicken in grey bowl with two forks

Healthier Skillet Lasagna: 460 calories

healthier one pot skillet lasagna in skillet with metal spoon pulling out noodles

Lightened Up Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup: 424 calories

lightened up cheeseburger soup in white bowl topped with shredded cheese and green onions

Fajita Turkey Burgers: 172 calories (serve with buns if desired)

fajita turkey burgers on a white bun topped with peppers and cheese

One Pot Chicken Chow Mein: 316 calories

one pot chicken chow mein overhead on grey background with red towel on the side

Healthier Slow Cooker Hamburger Helper: 410 calories

hamburger helper recipe in slow cooker with metal spoon scooping pasta

Honey Lemon Chicken and Potato Skillet: 330 calories

honey lemon chicken and potato skillet in white pan with fresh lemon slices

Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Sandwiches: 112 calories (serve with buns if desired)

italian chicken sandwiches on sesame bun with shredded cheese and fresh basil

20 Minute Ham and Pineapple Rice: 208 calories

ham and pineapple rice in white skillet with wooden spoon stuck in rice

Quinoa Corn Chowder: 313 calories

quinoa corn chowder in white bowl with spoon scooping soup

Slow Cooker Beef and Lentil Sloppy Joes: 365 calories (serve with buns if desired)

beef and lentil sloppy joes on half bun with shredded cheese and sliced green onion

30 Minute Skillet Chicken Stew: 278 calories

skillet chicken stew with potatoes peas carrots corn and gravy in skillet

BBQ Chili Cheese Biscuit Casserole: 458 calories

bbq chili biscuit casserole overhead in bright blue pan with wooden spoon for scooping

Slow Cooker Honey Sriracha Chicken Tacos: 293 calories

slow cooker honey sriracha chicken tacos on flour tortillas with tomato lettuce and cheese
These 21+ Meals Under 500 Calories are all hearty, healthy meals, with many high in protein -- they will keep you going all day long!

Meet Ashley

My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Savannah says

    I just want to yell THANK YOU for posting low calorie meals with more variety than just chicken and seafood as the main protein! I’m eating in a calorie deficit, but my husband gets tired of chicken so quickly — and we raise beef & pork (also chicken) so we have an even spread of those three proteins. Thank you again! I’m looking forward to trying all of these!!

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