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20 Under 200 Calorie Meals

under 200 calorie meals

Are you trying to lose weight? If so, you’re probably following some kind of diet.

But no matter what diet you’re on, the premise is still the same. Calories in equals calories out.

So, to lose weight, you need to eat less calories.

But when you think of a low-calorie meal, what do you think of? Do you think of boring salads or chicken breasts that taste like cardboard?

If so, you’ll hate them. And more importantly, you won’t stick to your diet.

Today, I’m sharing 20 Under 200 Calorie Meals. They’re not only low in calories but delicious as well.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get cooking!

1. Ketogenic Sweet Chilli Pork Lettuce Wraps

Ketogenic Sweet Chilli Pork Lettuce Wraps


Do you love wraps? If so, you’re in for a treat.

You have nicely browned ground pork nestled on lettuce leaves. And it’s seasoned to perfection.

The sweet chili sauce and mint add a bit of heat, while the soy sauce packs umami flavor.

The lemon juice adds some tartness, which balances the savory notes of the garlic cloves.

These wraps are really quick to make too. In fact, you can make them in under 15 minutes.

They’re also great for meal prep. Just be sure to pack them in air-tight containers to keep them fresh longer.

I like these containers here since they are sustainable. They’re leak-proof too.

Now, these wraps have a mild heat. But, if you like it extra spicy, don’t remove the seeds from the red chili pepper and feel free to add some hot sauce. Yum!

Check out more low carb low-calorie recipes here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 192
  • Fats: 13g
  • Protein: 13g
  • Carbs: 4.2g
  • Fiber: 1.1g
  • Sugar: 1.7g

2. Vegan Black Bean Chili

Vegan Black Bean Chili


Are you trying to eat more plant-based? Then, you’re sure to enjoy this chili.

It doesn’t have a trace of meat, yet it tastes delicious. The black beans add some Mexican Flava, while the corn adds some freshness.

What I love most about this chili is that it’s ready in 10 minutes. Yet, it tastes like it’s been simmering for hours.

All you need are some cooked black beans, salsa, and frozen corn. That’s it.

If you don’t have cooked black beans lying around, that’s not a problem. Just drain and rinse some canned black beans.

Once you’ve defrosted your frozen corn, toss it in a pot. Then add your salsa and black beans and heat through for 5 minutes.

And at only 76 calories per serving, you can even splurge on some cornbread. That’s a win-win in my books.

Check out more vegan meal recipes like this here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 76
  • Fats: .4g
  • Protein: 4.5g
  • Carbs: 15.8g
  • Fiber:
  • Sugar:

3. Ratatouille Stew Recipe

Ratatouille Stew Recipe


We all live busy lives, me included. So, the last thing you want to do after a night of cooking is to wash a ton of pots and pans.

If you hate washing pots and pans as I do, you’ll love this one-pot stew. It’s hearty and packed with tons of color from all the veggies.

You have eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini, bell pepper, and turnips. It’s a great way to eat your veggies.

Not only is it delicious, but it’s also pretty nutritious too. In fact, one serving provides 46% of your daily vitamin A needs and 126% of your daily vitamin C needs, so it helps boost your immunity.

Now, you’ll be doing a lot of chopping. To make it easier, you can simply use a food processor to do most of the chopping. This one here should do the trick.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 155
  • Fats: 8g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbs: 20g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Sugar: 12g

4. French Onion Tart Recipe

French Onion Tart Recipe


Love French cooking? Then, be sure to try this tart.

It’s savory and rustic and packed with… You guessed it, onions! The onions meld wonderfully with the creamy custard filling.

Not only are onions delicious, they’re also good for you. Onions are packed with vitamin C and B vitamins and are super low calorie.

Eating onions may even boost your bone density. So, eat up those onions!

This tart goes well with a light salad. Or, if you want, you can serve it with a light veggie broth.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 192
  • Fats: 13g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbs: 16g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 2g

5. Tuna Stuffed Tomatoes

Tuna Stuffed Tomatoes


Are you looking for a lighter version of tuna salad sandwiches? These are a great option.

Instead of bread, you use tomatoes for your tuna salad. This saves you more than 150 calories, and a ton of carbs too…perfect if you’re watching your carbs too.

By using tomatoes instead of bread, you’re also getting extra vitamins A and C too.

These stuffed tomatoes are creamy, juicy, and extra refreshing. Perfect for picnic lunches.

They’re really easy to make too. Just cut off the tops of your tomato, and then scoop out the insides.

Then, make your tuna salad mixture. Next, place your tuna salad inside your tomato.

Check out more high protein lunch ideas like this here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 101
  • Fats: 2g
  • Protein: 16g
  • Carbs: 6g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 4g

6. 15-Minute Chickpea Burgers Recipe

Chickpea Burgers


Summer is the perfect time to fire up the grill and make some burgers. But your typical burgers are made with beef.

So, what do you do if you’re vegan? Make these burgers.

They’re nicely seasoned with coriander, paprika, and cumin. And they have a great texture too…unlike some other veggie burgers.

What I love most about these burgers is that you don’t need a ton of ingredients. And they take only 5 minutes to cook, so they’re ready in no time at all.

These burgers freeze well too. In fact, you can store them for up to 2 months in the freezer.

So, you always have something to fall back on.

To freeze them, place your cooled burgers on a baking sheet, making sure they don’t touch. Then place your baking sheet in the freezer.

Once frozen, place them in a freezer-safe container to prevent freezer burn. These ones here are pretty budget-friendly, yet high quality.

Check out more chickpea recipes here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 185
  • Fats: 5g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Carbs: 28g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Sugar: 5g

7. Easy Bulgur Salad

Bulgur Salad


Salads are a great way to eat less calories. But when you eat them, you can feel like you’re eating grass… And no-one likes eating grass.

This salad tastes like anything but grass. The bulgur has a nice nutty taste, and the tartness of the lemon and the freshness of the bell pepper round out the salad beautifully… You’ll definitely want seconds.

And at only 83 calories per serving, why not?

Besides being delicious, the bulgur is quite nutritious. It contains good amounts of manganese and magnesium, so it’s good for your bones.

You may find bulgur in the Middle Eastern section of your grocery store. But if you can’t find it there, you can get some here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 83
  • Fats: 1g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Carbs: 18g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 6g

8. Mushroom Stroganoff

Mushroom Stroganoff


I’m a big fan of beef stroganoff, as I’m sure many of you are too. But on a diet, it can be a landmine because of all the calories.

This mushroom stroganoff is just as indulgent as beef stroganoff. But with way less calories.

The mushrooms add a nice meaty texture, while the lentils add a ton of protein, so it’s pretty filling.

The smoked paprika adds smokiness, while the low-fat crème Fraiche adds creaminess without all the calories.

Besides being high in protein, lentils are also rich in phosphorus and manganese. So, they’re good for your bones.

They’re also an excellent source of plant-based iron. So, they keep your energy levels up.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 193
  • Fats: 7.3g
  • Protein: 11.4g
  • Carbs: 22.1g
  • Fiber: 5.2g
  • Sugar: 6.9g

9. Low Carb Egg Drop Soup

Low Carb Egg Drop Soup


Chinese food can be quite carb-heavy. That’s because of all the noodles and rice.

But, just because you’re on a low carb diet doesn’t mean saying no to Chinese food. This egg drop soup is one that you can say Yes to.

It’s pretty authentic and packed with flavor. The soy sauce adds umami flavor, while the freshly grated ginger adds a bit of heat… It’s a party in your mouth.

But the best part is that one serving has only 52 calories. So, you can have a couple bowls and not feel guilty.

Now this soup does contain a lot of sodium due to the soy sauce. So, if you’re watching your sodium, you may want to use a low sodium soy sauce or even coconut aminos.

Coconut aminos add not only umami flavor, but a nice sweetness as well. They also contain about 70% less sodium than regular soy sauce, so they’re a good alternative to soy sauce. If you’d like to give some a try, you can get some here.

Check out more high protein soup ideas here!

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 52
  • Fats: 4g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbs: 0.6g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugar: 0g

10. Keto Shrimp Coconut Curry

Shrimp Coconut Curry


Shrimp are not only delicious but great low-calorie food. A 3.0 oz. serving of shrimp contains only 84 calories.

Yet it provides a whopping 36% of your daily protein needs. So, it helps keep you full and is great for building muscle.

It is also an excellent source of selenium, a powerful antioxidant. So, pile on those shrimp!

This shrimp curry will make you forget that you’re on a diet. The shrimp is juicy and succulent, and the sauce is the icing on top of the cake.

It is creamy, fragrant, and packed with aromatic spices. You’ll want to lick the plate…go right ahead.

You’ll need a couple of spices for the curry, so make sure you have a good set of measuring spoons. These ones here are great because they don’t rust or get stained.

Serve with cauliflower rice.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 138
  • Fats: 3g
  • Protein: 23g
  • Carbs: 3g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 1g

11. Low Carb Steak Taco Bowl

Low Carb Steak Taco Bowl


If you’re on a low carb diet, tacos are a big no-no. That’s because of the tortilla.

Just one medium whole wheat tortilla contains a whopping 16 grams of net carbs. And even if you’re not on a low carb diet, the tortilla adds an extra 140 calories to your diet.

That’s an extra 15 minutes of exercise. You’ll need to burn it off.

This taco bowl is all about the toppings. You have juicy steak covered with ooey gooey cheese.

The sauteed mushrooms, onions, and peppers add some freshness and extra nutrition. So, you get all the flavors of a taco without all the carbs.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 167
  • Fats: 9g
  • Protein: 18g
  • Carbs: 3g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 2g

12. Cabbage & Sausage Skillet

Cabbage and Sausage Skillet


We all should be eating more veggies. Not only are they low in calories, for the most part, they’re also packed with antioxidants.

This dish is a great way to add veggies to your diet. After all, sausages make everything taste better, right?

These sausages are juicy and spicy, and the cabbage balances out the sausages perfectly.

Cabbage is a powerhouse of nutrition. It is an excellent source of vitamins K and C. It also contains potent antioxidants that may fight inflammation.

To get the perfect sear on your sausage, using a cast-iron skillet is best. Not only does it sear your sausage well, it also distributes heat evenly.

You’ll also want a big one to hold all that cabbage. This one here is a great option.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 171
  • Fats: 11g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbs: 17g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 9g

13. Low-Calorie Chilli Con Carne

Chilli Con Carne


When we’re under lots of stress, it is so easy to turn to comfort food. After all, comfort food is so comforting, right?

But they’re usually packed with calories. And there’s nothing comforting about that.

This Chilli Con Carne is hearty, filling, and oh, so comforting. Yet, one serving contains less than 200 calories.

The trick to it being so low in calories is that you use way less meat and much more veggies and beans. 

Now do keep in mind that this dish contains minced beef, which has a high carbon footprint. So, you may want to eat this dish less often or use minced turkey instead.

Serve with cauliflower rice, or if you want to change it up, low-calorie cornbread.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 196
  • Fats: 3.1g
  • Protein: 15.9g
  • Carbs: 21.2g
  • Fiber: 6.6g
  • Sugar: 6.2g

14. Instant Pot Tomato Soup

Instant Pot Tomato Soup


And talking about comforting food, soup is another great comfort food. A piping hot bowl of soup can do wonders for your soul…and your weight.

In fact, research shows that those who eat soup tend to weigh less than those who don’t. So, go ahead, and have a bowl of soup or two.

This tomato soup is hearty, creamy, and rich. Making it is really easy too.

Just dump your ingredients in your Instant Pot and go. Five minutes later, you have delicious soup.

And if you don’t have an Instant Pot yet, there’s a good deal on this one right now.

Top with sliced almonds for a nice crunch.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 60
  • Fats: 2g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Carbs: 9g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 5g

15. Vegan Baked Pesto Tofu Bites

Vegan Baked Pesto Tofu Bites


Looking for a high protein vegan meal to have after your workout? Give this a try!

Now tofu has a reputation for being bland. But that can be a good thing, as it takes on the flavor of whatever you season it with.

And this tofu is extra flavorful. That’s because you season it with vegan basil pesto, sea salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Yum!

And it’s packed with protein, so it makes a great post-workout meal. Besides being high in protein, tofu is also a rich source of manganese and calcium, so it’s good for your bones.

Making it is pretty easy. Just toss your cubed tofu in olive oil and spices. Then place your tofu on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, and let your oven do the cooking.

Stir part way through, and once your tofu is done cooking, coat in your pesto. That’s it.

What keeps this dish simple is that you’re using premade vegan basil pesto. Now, your regular pesto is often made with Parmesan cheese, so if you’re vegan, that’s a no-go.

It may be harder to find a vegan basil pesto at your typical grocery store. So, if you need to stock up on some, you can get some here.

These tofu bites are great just the way they are. But to make it a meal, you can add them to a salad.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 138
  • Fats: 10g
  • Protein: 9g
  • Carbs: 3g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 1g

16. Best Homemade Margherita Pizza Recipe

Homemade Margherita Pizza


Now it’s time for some pizza. Yes, you read that right- pizza!

I, for one, think that a diet is not sustainable if you can’t have your favorite foods on them. Foods like pizza.

This pizza is a crispy thin crust pizza with fresh basil and fresh mozzarella. It’s simple, but it tastes great.

No need for high calorie toppings like sausage or pepperoni. And since one serving contains only 102 calories, you can have more than one…and not feel guilty.

Serve with a side Garden salad. Check out some of these junk food hacks that will help you to eat healthier!

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 102
  • Fats: 2g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Carbs: 15g
  • Fiber:
  • Sugar: 4g

17. Mushroom Stew

Mushroom Stew


On a cold day, all you want to do is cozy up by the fire. And eat a nice bowl of stew.

This mushroom stew is hearty and comforting. The mushrooms add a nice meaty texture…you definitely won’t miss the meat.

Meanwhile, the carrots add color and tons of vitamin A. And the soy sauce adds some umami flavor.

This yummy stew is great on its own. Or you can also serve it with some cauliflower mash or some noodles if you like.

Just make sure your noodles are low in calories. These ones here contain only 25 calories per serving.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 114
  • Fats: 4g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Carbs: 16g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 8g

18. Instant Pot Mushroom Rice Pilaf

Instant Pot Mushroom Rice Pilaf


At the end of a long day, the last thing you want to do is cook. All you want to do is plop yourself in front of the TV, and order takeout.

But takeout is often packed with calories. And all those calories equal extra weight. Yuck!

This rice pilaf is for one of those days. All it takes is 10 minutes, and you have a dish you can tuck into.

This rice pilaf tastes just as good as takeout. Fluffy basmati rice is cooked in a delicious broth, and the mushrooms give the dish lots of texture… This dish will definitely become one of your go-to meals.

This rice pilaf is amazing just the way it is. But if you like, you can serve it with some peas or beans.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 160
  • Fats: 7g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbs: 21g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 5g

19. Slow Cooker Vegetable Omelette Recipe

Slow Cooker Vegetable Omelette


Weekend mornings are the perfect time for lazing in your pajamas. And enjoying a decadent breakfast.

But a decadent breakfast doesn’t have to be packed with calories. And this vegetable omelet proves it.

It’s fluffy, cheesy, and packed with veggies. Veggies like sauteed potatoes, carrots, zucchini, red bell peppers, and string beans; it’s a pretty tasty way to eat your veggies.

Making it is a breeze. Just whisk together some eggs, Parmesan cheese, and your seasonings. Next, saute your veggies.

Finally, place your veggies and egg mixture in your slow cooker, and cook. Then let the delicious aroma wafting through your house.

Now, your vegetable omelet will take two hours to cook in a slow cooker. So, if you want to multi-task and run some errands, you can just set your time on a programmable slow cooker like this, and not have to worry about your omelet getting burnt.

Check out more high protein breakfast recipes here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 167
  • Fats: 10g
  • Protein: 11g
  • Carbs: 7g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 2g

20. Warm Chicken Salad With Creamy Dill Dressing

Warm Chicken Salad With Creamy Dill Dressing


Do you feel like you’re missing out when you eat salads? This salad will definitely change your mind.

It’s packed with warm, tender, pieces of chicken breast, juicy grape tomatoes, asparagus, and tangy arugula. All topped with a homemade creamy dill dressing; it’s definitely the icing on top of the cake, ahem, salad.

The Dijon mustard adds a nice heat to the dressing. Meanwhile, the red wine vinegar and lemon juice add acidity that balances the creaminess of the Greek yogurt.

Besides being quite low in calories, arugula is pretty good for you. It’s packed with vitamins A, C, and K.

It’s also a good source of calcium, magnesium, and manganese. So, it’s good for your bones.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 167
  • Fats: 8g
  • Protein: 20g
  • Carbs: 5g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 3g


Which one of these low calories meals is your favorite? Are you going to incorporate them into your diet?


Wednesday 4th of May 2022

Enjoyed learning what bulgur was, from one of your recipes. 🙂 I’ve never liked mushrooms, but did appreciate that there were enough recipes for people like me who are lactose intolerant. 👍 Thank you.

Nikki L

Tuesday 20th of July 2021

I’m really excited to try these!! Usually I scroll through a list of 50 things and find like 1 that I actually want to try. I found quite a few here so I’m hopeful and excited to get cooking!! Thanks for this list!

Kim Lenihan

Thursday 1st of July 2021

Great recipes! Thanks for taking the time to put these together. :)


Tuesday 15th of September 2020

None of these recipes has a serving size.

Karo Tries

Friday 18th of September 2020

Hello Cindy,

click through to the recipe to find out what's the serving size.