15 Easy Dinners Under 400 Calories

It can be tough to make healthy choices when it comes to dinner – especially if you’re on a tight budget and watching your weight. But don’t worry – I’ve got you covered! This list of 15 easy, under-400-calorie dinners or lunches will help you stay on track without breaking the bank. So next time you get home from work feeling frazzled, don’t stress – just whip up one of these simple meals, and you’ll be good to go!

meals under 400 calories round up post uk recipes

Sweet and Sour Chicken – 330 Calories

A lot of people think that eating healthy means having to sacrifice taste. But that doesn’t have to be the case! Take sweet and sour chicken, for example. This dish is typically high in calories, but our version clocks in at just 330 calories per serving. Plus, it’s packed with flavour thanks to the addition of pineapple, bell peppers, and a zesty vinegar sauce. So if you’re looking for a delicious and nutritious meal, give our sweet and sour chicken a try!

Homemade Sweet And Sour Chicken Cantonese Takeaway Style
Copycat Cantonese sweet and sour chicken homemade takeaway. Super tasty!
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Savoury Mince – 412 Calories

This savoury mince is a delicious and healthy dinner option that clocks in just over 400 calories. The combination of lean ground beef, fresh herbs, and diced tomatoes is packed with flavour. And it’s easy to make, too. Simply brown the beef in a pan, add the remaining ingredients, and cook until heated. Serve with a side of steamed vegetables or a green salad for a complete meal. So if you’re looking for a healthy and hearty dinner option that won’t break the calorie bank, give this savoury mince a try. You’ll be glad you did!

Simple And Tasty Savoury Mince Beef
Versatile country style savoury beef mince with peas and carrots.
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savoury mince beef with mixed vegetables

Tomato Soup – 216 Calories

Tomato soup is a dinner option that is not only delicious but also healthy and low in calories. One serving of tomato soup contains only 216 calories, making it a great choice for those looking to maintain a healthy weight. Tomato soup is also a good source of vitamins and minerals, including potassium, vitamin C, and folate. In addition, the lycopene in tomatoes has been shown to promote heart health and reduce the risk of some types of cancer. Whether you enjoy it on its own or with a grilled cheese sandwich, tomato soup is a hearty meal that can be enjoyed without guilt. So next time you’re looking for a dinner option under 400 calories, be sure to try tomato soup.

Creamy Roasted Tomato Soup With A Basil Drizzle
A lovely creamy homemade tomato soup with a touch of basil
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easy roasted tomato homemade soup with a basil drizzle on top

Quiche Lorraine – 326 Calories

Quiche Lorraine is a delicious, hearty dish that clocks in at under 400 calories. Made with eggs, bacon, and cheese, it’s perfect for satisfying your hunger without going overboard. Plus, it’s easy to make and reheat for a quick weeknight meal ahead of time.

Easy Quiche Lorraine
Easy to make Quiche Lorraine with a wholemeal shortcrust pastry.
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Pollock Fish Dinner – 221 Calories

One of my favourite dinners to make is pollock fish with lentils. It’s a dinner that’s only 221 calories, but it’s packed with flavour. I use a tin of lentils, so it’s super quick to make. This dinner is not only delicious but also healthy and filling. Plus, it’s easy to make and only takes a few minutes to cook. Dinner doesn’t get much better than that!

Easy Pollock With Tomato And Green Lentils
This easy pollock recipe is perfect for a quick and healthy weeknight meal and under 250 calories per portion.
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pollock dinner with lentils recipe
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Chicken Risotto – 385 Calories

I don’t know about you, but I always look for dinner ideas that are easy to make but really tasty. I recently had some leftover chicken and decided to make a risotto out of it. It was so good! The risotto was flavorful and filling but still light enough that I didn’t feel weighed down afterwards. Plus, it only took me about 30 minutes to make, which is always a bonus in my book. If you’re looking for an easy and delicious way to use up leftover chicken, give this risotto a try!

Easy Leftover Roast Chicken Risotto
Leftover roast chicken risotto is the perfect way to use up leftovers and is so tasty!
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leftover roast chicken risotto uk recipe

Slow Cooker Bacon and Lentil Soup – 275 Calories

Do you love the taste of bacon but hate all the grease? This Slow Cooker Bacon and Lentil Soup is the perfect dinner for you! Just add all the ingredients to your slow cooker in the morning, and enjoy a delicious and healthy dinner that evening. Best of all, this soup is packed with nutrients but low in calories, so it’s perfect for those watching their waistline. So go ahead and try this delicious recipe – your family will thank you!

Easy Bacon And Lentil Soup In The Slow Cooker
A hearty bacon and lentil soup to warm you up on a cold winter day.
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recipe for bacon and lentil soup from the slow cooker

Mushroom Stroganoff – 212 Calories

Mushroom Stroganoff is a delicious, hearty dinner that’s perfect for chilly nights. This dish is made with sautéed mushrooms, aromatic onions, garlic, and a creamy sauce made with sour cream and vegetable stock. Serve it over egg noodles or rice for a complete meal. This dinner is worth under 400 calories per serving, so that you can enjoy it without guilt. So, give Mushroom Stroganoff a try next time you’re in the mood for something comforting and satisfying. You’ll be glad you did!

Rich And Creamy Mushroom Stroganoff
A vegetarian alternative to beef stroganoff. Perfect with pasta!
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mushroom stroganoff vegetarian and vegan uk recipe

Leftover Turkey Curry – 345 Calories

This Leftover Turkey Curry hits the spot, with plenty of flavours but under 400 calories per serving. And it’s a great way to use up any leftover turkey from the holidays.

The Best Leftover Turkey Curry
A full flavoured turkey curry that's ready under 30 minutes.
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turkey leftovers curry recipe

Grilled Pork – 80 Calories

What’s dinner without pork? This dinner recipe is a healthier take on the classic grilled pork dinner that’ll have you feeling full and satisfied. And if you’re looking for a side dish, we recommend pairing it with roasted vegetables or a simple salad. So go ahead and fire up the grill because this dinner recipe is sure to become a new favourite.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin (For A Kamado)
A tender and juicy piece of seasoned pork tenderloin.
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pork tenderloin on grill

Slow Cooker Chicken Breast – 216 Calories

This slow cooker chicken breast recipe with pastina is a delicious and healthy dinner option that is perfect for busy weeknights. The chicken breasts are cooked slowly in the crock pot, resulting in tender and juicy meat that is packed with flavour. Pastina is a type of Italian pasta that is traditionally used in soups, but it also makes a great side dish for this recipe. The small pasta shapes cook quickly and absorb the flavours of the chicken broth, creating a hearty and satisfying meal. This dinner option is also low in calories, making it a great choice for those watching their weight.

Simple Slow Cooker Taco Seasoned Chicken Breast With Pastina
Full flavoured Mexican style chicken and little pastas for the slow cooker
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slow cooker chicken breast with noodles taco seasoning dish aldi ingredients

Coconut Lime Rice And Black Eyed Peas – 391 Calories

Coconut lime rice and black-eyed peas are a delicious, low-fat dish that is perfect for any occasion. The rice is cooked in a coconut milk and lime juice mixture, which gives it a wonderfully fresh flavour. The black-eyed peas are added to the dish for extra protein and fibre, making it a complete and nutritious meal. This dish can be served as a main course or side dish and can be easily customized to your liking. For example, if you prefer a spicier dish, you can add some red pepper flakes to the rice while it is cooking. Or, if you prefer a sweeter dish, you can add some chopped pineapple or mango to the mix. No matter how you enjoy it, coconut lime rice and black-eyed peas are sure to please everyone at the table.

Coconut Lime Rice With Black Eyed Peas
How to make boring rice to something tasty with limes and coconut.
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coconut lime basmati rice with black eyed peas

Chicken Livers With Seasonal Veg – 286 Calories

Chicken livers are a low-fat, versatile protein source that can be used in a variety of dishes. In this recipe, they are cooked with seasonal vegetables for a healthy and delicious meal. The chicken livers are first sauteed in oil until they are browned. Then, a mixture of chopped onions, garlic, and celery are added to the pan. The vegetables are cooked until they are tender, and then the chicken livers are added back into the pan. Finally, the dish is seasoned with salt and pepper to taste. This recipe is a great way to enjoy chicken livers while getting plenty of vitamins and minerals from the fresh vegetables.

Simple Pan Fried Chicken Livers With Onions And Seasonal Veg
Pan-fried chicken livers in a rich gravy sauce.
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healthy chicken livers

Halloumi Pasta – 391 Calories

If you’re looking for a filling and tasty pasta dish, this recipe is definitely for you! Halloumi is a type of cheese that originates from Cyprus. It’s perfect for this dish because it doesn’t melt when heated and stays nice and crispy. Combined with a fresh tomato sauce and some hearty pasta, this dish is sure to leave you feeling satisfied. Plus, it’s really easy to make, so you’ll be able to have it on the table in no time!

Easy Midweek Pasta With Crispy Halloumi And Tomato Sauce
Pan fried halloumi with Italian style pasta in a rich tomato sauce.
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crispy halloumi on top of spiral pasta in tomato sauce

Loaded Fries – 382 Calories

Nothing says comfort food like a heaping plate of loaded fries. And while you can definitely find some delicious versions of this dish at your favourite restaurant, there’s nothing quite like homemade loaded fries. Topped with bacon and cheese, these filling fries are the perfect way to satisfy your cravings. Plus, they’re easy to make and can be tailored to your liking. So whether you’re in the mood for a hearty meal or a tasty snack, these loaded fries will hit the spot.

Homemade Loaded Fries With Bacon And Cheese
Homemade dirty fries loaded with bacon and cheese, topped with fresh spring onions.
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recipe for loaded fries (dirty)

Meals Under 400 Calories

If you’re looking for some delicious, low-calorie dinner ideas, these 15 recipes are a great place to start. And the best part is that they’re all under 400 calories! So whether you’re trying to eat healthier or just want to cut back on your caloric intake, these recipes will help you do it without sacrificing taste. Now I want to hear from you: what’s your favourite low-calorie dinner? Let me know in the comments below.

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