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21 Easy 200 Calorie Meals Perfect for Weight Loss

When you’re counting your calories, the last thing you want to do is spend hours searching for the right recipes. Here are multiple 200 calorie recipes that taste delicious and make for perfect low-calorie meals.

Are you trying to lose weight? Then you’re probably familiar with all the diets on the market.

However, regardless of which one you’re on, the premise is simple. You need to eat low calories meals to lose weight.

However, eating a low-calorie diet doesn’t have to be bland. After all, you can’t live on lettuce and vinegar alone.

So, today I’m sharing healthy 200 calorie meals. They’re not only low in calories, but yummy too.

Let’s dig right in!

200 calorie meals

1. Zucchini Taco Boats (239 kcal)

Zucchini Taco Boats


Looking for a low-calorie option for Taco Tuesdays? Give these zucchini taco boats a try.

They’re made with ground turkey instead of ground beef. So, they contain less fat and fewer calories.

But don’t let the ground turkey put you off. It’s perfectly seasoned, so it’s really flavorful.

You’ll be using a number of spices. So, get out your measuring spoons.

These ones are made with stainless steel. So they are rustproof and stain-resistant.

And you’ll be using zucchini halves instead of corn tortillas to make your tacos. This not only adds freshness but extra nutrition too.

Zucchini contains Vitamins A and C, which are essential for your immune system. And it is the perfect diet food.

That’s because it’s rich in fiber and water, which keep you full.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 239
  • Fats: 7g
  • Protein: 34g
  • Carbs: 13g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 8g


2. Mexican Mini Bell Pepper Nachos (190 kcal)

Mexican Mini Bell Pepper Nachos


Looking for some more Mexican eats? I’ve got you covered.

These nachos are full of Mexican Flava, from the creamy avocado, Mexican cheese blend, and salsa.

You’ll be using mini pepper halves as your chips. These give you a nice crunch without all the calories.

Besides being tasty, these nachos are a powerhouse of nutrition. They’re packed with Vitamins A and C.

Now, these nachos contain ground beef, which has a high carbon footprint. So, you may want to eat these occasionally or use ground turkey instead.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 190
  • Fats: 9.5g
  • Protein: 15.5g
  • Carbs: 10.7g
  • Fiber: 3.3g
  • Sugar: 5.3g


3. Bell Pepper Stuffed Tacos (225 kcal)

Bell Pepper Stuffed Tacos


Looking for another low-calorie alternative to tacos? Have some of these bell pepper stuffed tacos.

They taste just as good as they look. But even though they look fancy, they’re pretty easy to make.

To make them, start by browning your ground turkey. Then add your taco seasoning and cook some more.

Next, cut your bell pepper in half, removing the stems and seeds. Finally, fill your bell pepper halves with lettuce, ground turkey mixture, tomatoes, cheese, and bake for 20 minutes.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 225
  • Fats: 7g
  • Protein: 14g
  • Carbs: 5g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 3g


4. Greek Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps (233 kcal)

Greek Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps


I love chicken salad sandwiches, as I’m sure many of you do too. But I’m not a fan of all the carbs they contain.

All those carbs can cause a snooze fest. And if you’re on a low carb diet, they can put you out of ketosis.

These Greek Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps contain only 4 grams of net carbs. And they’re full of protein, which is filling.

And they taste amazing. The sour cream and Greek yogurt add creaminess, while the red onions add sweetness.

The feta cheese and kalamata olives add a nice saltiness, and the almonds add a nice crunch. You definitely won’t miss the bread.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 233
  • Fats: 10g
  • Protein: 29g
  • Carbs: 5g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 3g


5. Shrimp Zucchini Pasta Puttanesca (208 kcal)

Shrimp Zucchini Pasta Puttanesca


And talking about snoozefests, pasta is also notorious for that. That’s because they contain lots of empty carbs.

For instance, one cup of cooked pasta contains about 40 grams of net carbs. Now, that’s a whole lotta carbs!

This shrimp zucchini pasta puttanesca is savory, salty, and refreshing. The succulent shrimp really elevate the dish.

And it contains only 208 calories. That’s because you’re using zucchini noodles instead of regular pasta.

Making zucchini noodles is really easy. Start by cutting the ends of your zucchini.

Then put your zucchini in a spiralizer, and spiralize. This spiralizer is heavy-duty; it can even spiralize tough veggies like sweet potatoes and beets!

Buon appetito!

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 208
  • Fats: 10g
  • Protein: 14g
  • Carbs: 21g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Sugar: 11g


6. Thai Peanut Salad (201 kcal)

Thai Peanut Salad


Does the idea of having salad make you grumpy? This salad is sure to put a smile on your face.

It’s creamy, crunchy, savory, colorful, sweet, and has a bit of heat. Eating healthy food doesn’t get much better than this.

And not only is it low in calories, but it also contains heart-healthy fats from olive oil, peanuts, and peanut butter.

It’s chock-full of fiber too. In fact, one serving provides close to 20% of your daily fiber needs.

This makes it pretty filling.

Like it spicier? Feel free to add some hot red peppers.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 201
  • Fats: 16.2g
  • Protein: 6.1g
  • Carbs: 12g
  • Fiber: 4.5g
  • Sugar: 3g


7. Zucchini Noodle Chow Mein (187 kcal)

Zucchini Noodle Chow Mein


Craving Chinese takeout? Have this Chow Mein instead.

It’s flavorful and has lots of umami flavors. The homemade chili garlic sauce really ramps up the flavor…you’ll want this sauce on everything.

And the julienned carrots and red cabbage add a nice texture. In fact, I prefer this Chow Mein instead of the original because it’s light and nutritious.

It’s a great source of Vitamins A and C, and it contains a ton of fiber.

Now the sodium in this dish is on the higher sodium. But you can reduce the sodium content by using a low sodium soy sauce like this instead.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 187
  • Fats: 8g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Carbs: 25g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Sugar: 13g


8. Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry (196 kcal)

Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry


Here’s some more Chinese food. After all, you can never have enough Chinese food, right?

This stir-fry is just plain delicious. The crispness of the broccoli balances out the tenderness of the juicy beef strip sirloin.

And it only takes 25 minutes to make. So, it’s just as fast as takeout.

And you can’t have Chinese food without some fried rice, ahem, cauliflower fried rice, that is. This cauliflower fried rice dish is pretty yummy, and it contains only 84 calories per serving.

To make it, you can use prepackaged cauliflower rice like this. Or for extra freshness, you can make your own.

To do this, start by chopping your cauliflower into small pieces. Next, place them in a food processor, and process them until they become like rice. This food processor here is pretty powerful yet is super affordable.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 196.9
  • Fats: 6.4g
  • Protein: 23.6g
  • Carbs: 12.1g
  • Fiber: 0.3g
  • Sugar: 0.4g


9. Healthy Honey Garlic Shrimp & Broccoli (241 kcal)

Healthy Honey Garlic Shrimp & Broccoli


Do you love seafood? This dish is an excellent option.

Juicy, succulent, sweet, and spicy shrimp are paired with crispy broccoli for a taste that is Mmm, mmm good.

The honey oyster sauce marinade that the shrimp are tossed in will have you smacking your lips.

Besides being delicious, shrimp is good for you too. For starters, it’s quite low in calories.

A 3.0-ounce serving contains 84 calories. That’s it.

Yet, it’s pretty nutritious. It contains B vitamins, which are good for your brain.

It is also a good source of iron, which you need to keep your energy levels up. As an added bonus, it’s rich in selenium, a potent antioxidant. So, eat up that shrimp.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 241
  • Fats: 12g
  • Protein: 18g
  • Carbs: 18g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 10g


10. Spaghetti Squash Lasagna With Broccolini (194 kcal)

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna With Broccolini


After a stressful day at work, you just want to come home and rewind. And of course, eat some comfort food.

This spaghetti squash casserole is precisely what the doctor ordered. It is cheesy, rich, and oh so comforting…you’ll think you’re cheating on your diet.

It’s rich in Vitamins A and C. And it contains a ton of calcium too.

Now, that’s my kind of dish. This could be a great freezer meal too.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 194
  • Fats: 10.8g
  • Protein: 11g
  • Carbs: 14.6g
  • Fiber: 2.4g
  • Sugar: 0g


11. Low Carb Zucchini Carbonara (252 kcal)

Low Carb Zucchini Carbonara


I love Italian food, as I’m sure many of you do too. But I’m definitely not a fan of all the carbs in your typical Italian food.

Too many carbs mean kissing your ketosis and your skinny jeans goodbye.

This low carb zucchini carbonara has only 5 grams of net carbs. So, they’re perfect for your low carb lifestyle.

It’s also pretty tasty. The bacon, parmesan cheese, and eggs make it oh, so decadent- you’ll definitely want it on your weekly meal-time rotation.

What I enjoy most about this dish is that it takes only 20 minutes to make. So, it’s excellent for hectic weekday dinners.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 252
  • Fats: 19g
  • Protein: 13g
  • Carbs: 6g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 5g


12. Keto Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps (198 kcal)

Keto Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps


It’s nice to sit down for lunch. But sometimes, you’re too busy for that.

So, it’s great to have something you can eat on the run, like these Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps.

Tender, juicy chicken is paired with a flavorful homemade Asian sauce and bell peppers and nestled on a bed of lettuce leaves. It tastes just like an Asian takeout but is much better for you.

And it is just as convenient to make. All it takes is 20 minutes, and your meal is ready.

These lettuce wraps are also great for meal prepping. Prep once, and you have lunch ready for a couple of days.

To keep your chicken-sauce mixture fresh longer, make sure you store it in some good quality food storage containers.

I recommend these glass containers here because they’re leak-proof and good for the environment. However, if you prefer lighter containers, these BPA-free plastic containers here are an excellent choice.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 198
  • Fats: 7.2g
  • Protein: 28g
  • Carbs: 5g
  • Fiber: 1.6g
  • Sugar: 2g


13. Zucchini Shrimp Scampi (214 kcal)

Zucchini Shrimp Scampi


Sometimes we get so busy that we leave out the romance in our lives. And that’s no fun at all.

So, to spice up your love life, it’s great to have regular date nights. And this shrimp scampi is just perfect for date night.

Succulent, juicy shrimp are tossed in a dreamy garlic butter sauce and served with zucchini noodles cooked al dente. It’s like you’re eating at an Italian fine dining restaurant.

Yet even though it’s really fancy, it’s so easy to make. To prepare it, melt some butter in a skillet, add some shrimp, red pepper flakes, shrimp, and cook for about 3 minutes.

Add some chicken stock, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, and allow to simmer. Finally, add your zucchini noodles, and mix well.

To add some ambiance, make sure you serve your scampi on some lovely dinner platters. I like these ones here because they’re chip-resistant and dishwasher-safe.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 214
  • Fats: 8.6g
  • Protein: 27g
  • Carbs: 7.8g
  • Fiber: 1.9g
  • Sugar: 4.8g


14. Chicken Stroganoff (256 kcal)

Chicken Stroganoff


The Winter season is the perfect time to indulge in comforting dishes. And this chicken stroganoff is one of them.

It’s decadent, rich, thick, yummy, and super comforting…just like a warm hug. The sauce is so good that it will have you licking your plate, so go right ahead.

And what’s chicken stroganoff without some pasta? To keep the calories low, it’s a good idea to have some low-calorie pasta.

This one here contains only 20 calories per serving. It’s also low carb.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 256
  • Fats: 5g
  • Protein: 43g
  • Carbs: 11g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 5g


15. Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu (258 kcal)

Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu


Want to treat yourself like a king or queen? Have some of this Chicken Cordon Bleu.

It looks and tastes fantastic. Thin chicken cutlets are lightly fried and covered with juicy ham and creamy Swiss cheese in a delicate lemon Dijon sauce.

It’s French dining at its best, but without all the calories. Yay!

To make it a meal, be sure to serve it with some roasted or steamed veggies. Bon appetit!

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 258
  • Fats: 10g
  • Protein: 37g
  • Carbs: 6g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugar: 1g


16. Creamy Keto Vegetable Soup (210 kcal)

Keto Vegetable Soup


We could all use some more vegetables in our diet. But let’s face it: eating vegetables can be tedious.

This vegetable soup is anything but boring. It’s creamy, cheesy, and packed with vegetables.

It also has a ton of garlic. So, get out those breath mints.

Garlic is not only yummy but good for you too. It contains Vitamin C, which is good for your immune system.

And it contains antioxidants that may help your brain.

This soup is pretty filling as it is. But if you want to, you can add some cooked chicken breast to it.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 210
  • Fats: 18g
  • Protein: 9g
  • Carbs: 6.5g
  • Fiber: 1.5g
  • Sugar: 2.5g


17. Easy Keto Taco Cups (173 kcal)

Keto Taco Cups


Looking for a low carb option for Taco Tuesday? These Keto Taco Cups are a great option.

You get all the flavors of tacos but in muffin form. There’s nicely seasoned taco ground meat and cheddar cheese topped with tomatoes and green onions.

You can add some avocado too. But don’t add too much so that you keep your taco cups low in calories.

To keep these taco cups, aka taco muffins, low carb, you’ll be making fathead dough.

Fathead dough is simply a low carb dough typically made with cheese, cream cheese, eggs, and some kind of low carb flour.

To make the fathead dough for these taco muffins, you’ll be using mozzarella cheese, cream cheese, almond flour, and ground flax meal.

Besides being low carb, almond flour is pretty nutritious. It’s a great source of Vitamin E, which is essential for healthy skin.

It also contains manganese, magnesium, and phosphorus, which is vital for healthy bones. Besides using almond flour for fathead dough, you can also use it for your low carb baking and to bread your meats.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 173
  • Fats: 7.6g
  • Protein: 17.9g
  • Carbs: 2.8g
  • Fiber: 0.9g
  • Sugar: 0.8g


18. Easy Keto Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers (235 kcal)

Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers


Do you have a hankering for a Philly Cheesesteak? Have these Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers instead.

Green bell peppers are stuffed with ooey gooey melted mozzarella cheese, sauteed mushrooms, red onions, red pepper, and pan-seared top sirloin steak. So, you get all the Philly Cheesesteak goodness, but with fewer calories.

To get a nice sear on your sirloin steak, it’s best to use a cast-iron skillet like this. Cast iron skillets are great for searing meat, and as an added bonus, they cook the meat evenly.

So, you don’t end up with undercooked meat in some places and over-cooked meat in other areas.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 235
  • Fats: 15g
  • Protein: 15g
  • Carbs: 11g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 5g


19. Spicy Tuna Salad (188 kcal)

Spicy Tuna Salad


Do you like all things spicy? Then, you’ll love this tuna salad.

The Sriracha adds a nice heat. This is countered by the coolness of the Greek yogurt and reduced-fat mayonnaise.

The soy sauce, green onions, and rice vinegar add some Asian flavors. It’s a party in your mouth.

Besides being low in calories, this dish is high in protein. And it contains heart-healthy omega-3s.

Now it is higher on the sodium side. So, to reduce the sodium, you can use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce.

Coconut aminos contain close to 70 percent less sodium than soy sauce. If you’d like to stock up on some, you can get some here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 188
  • Fats: 7g
  • Protein: 27g
  • Carbs: 3g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugar: 2g


20. Mushroom Bourguignon (184 kcal)

Mushroom Bourguignon


I love meat, as I’m sure many of you do too. But sometimes, it’s good to take a break from the meat.

This mushroom bourguignon helps you do just that. It’s hearty, flavorful, and satisfying- you definitely won’t miss the meat.

And it smells fantastic. The aroma of it will have your family or roommates coming to the kitchen.

You will need red wine to make this Bourguignon. However, if you don’t have any or don’t want to use any, you can use some red grape juice and a splash of white vinegar instead.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 184
  • Fats: 4.3g
  • Protein: 8.7g
  • Carbs: 24.5g
  • Fiber: 6.2g
  • Sugar: 10.2g


21. Chinese Chicken Salad (252 kcal)

Chinese Chicken Salad


Salads are a great low-calorie option. But often, they can taste like rabbit food.

And nobody wants to eat rabbit food. Sorry rabbits!

This Chinese Chicken Salad tastes great. It’s crunchy, creamy, and the dressing is the icing on top of the cake, ahem, salad.

It has a lot of umami flavors, and the ginger adds a slight heat. You’ll definitely want to make extra.

What I love most about this salad is that it takes only 20 minutes to make. Most of that time will be spent shredding your veggies.

So to shave off even more time, you can simply use broccoli slaw. Enjoy!

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 252
  • Fats: 19g
  • Protein: 11g
  • Carbs: 12g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 4g


low calorie meals

21 Skinny 200 Calorie Meals to Kickstart Weight Loss

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Need a perfect low-calorie meal? These quick but healthy 200 calorie recipes will help you burn fat quicker and stay within your calorie range.


  • 1. Zucchini Taco Boats
  • 2. Mexican Mini Bell Pepper Nachos
  • 3. Bell Pepper Stuffed Tacos
  • 4. Greek Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps
  • 5. Shrimp Zucchini Pasta Puttanesca
  • 6. Thai Peanut Salad
  • 7. Zucchini Noodle Chow Mein
  • 8. Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry
  • 9. Healthy Honey Garlic Shrimp & Broccoli
  • 10. Spaghetti Squash Lasagna With Broccolini
  • 11. Low Carb Zucchini Carbonara
  • 12. Keto Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
  • 13. Zucchini Shrimp Scampi
  • 14. Chicken Stroganoff
  • 15. Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu
  • 16. Creamy Keto Vegetable Soup
  • 17. Easy Keto Taco Cups
  • 18. Easy Keto Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers
  • 19. Spicy Tuna Salad
  • 20. Mushroom Bourguignon
  • 21. Chinese Chicken Salad


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  3. Get cooking and make your next low-calorie meal!


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Saturday 1st of October 2022

Love these recipes, but my new faux noodles is spaghetti squash. We are growing them this year and I love substituting it for the real pasta.

Karo @ AllNutritious

Sunday 2nd of October 2022

great substitute!

Tracey Gerrard

Monday 29th of August 2022

Do you have a list of the best 200 cal meals with recipes for just one person ???? I'm so tired of trying recipes where I have to keep dividing ingredients into one person as I'm the only one to eat them and I won't eat them the following day either

Karo @ AllNutritious

Friday 9th of September 2022

Hi Tracey, I am afraid I cannot provide you with that.


Friday 1st of July 2022

These are really tantalizing dishes. And the fact that they are low in calories makes me even love them more.


Wednesday 8th of June 2022

Can I make 7 into lo mein instead of chow mein

Karo @ AllNutritious

Saturday 18th of June 2022

Hey, yes you can! I have find a low calorie lo mein recipe on a fellow blogger's website: :) Give it a try


Monday 25th of April 2022

I love the look of some of these dishes and the fact that all the nutritional information is there but it says per serving without telling you how much the serving size is.

Karo @ AllNutritious

Wednesday 4th of May 2022

Hi Connie, click on the recipe to figure out what the serving is looking like :)

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