6 Favourite Dinners Under 450 Calories

6 easy weeknight dinners

Dinner can be the trickiest dinner to get right. Frequently, if it’s healthy and low-cal, it isn’t filling and satisfying (and vice-versa). We’re never working with as much time as we think we are, and it’s really easy to get an entree rut. 

With that in mind, here are 6 of my go-to healthy, quick, and delicious under 400-calorie weeknight dinners that’ll satisfy even the pickiest of eaters in your family!


1. Super Veggie Lasagna 

Made with black beans, tofu, and kale, I call it ‘Super’ because, unlike most Super Veggie Lasagna - Diary of a Formerly Fat Girlother veggie lasagnas, mine is packed with enough protein to keep you full and ready for your next work out. Full of veggies and fibre (and even topped with cheese!), this super clean dinner is the perfect weeknight family meal. Get the recipe here.

2. Thai Shrimp, Mango, & Avocado Spinach Salad

Thai Shrimp, Mango, & Avocado Spinach Salad - Diary of a Formerly Fat GirlThis hearty-enough-for-a-meal salad is full of ‘superfoods’ like avocado, spinach, mango, and flax seeds, while a generous helping of shrimp will fill you up, not out. It’s also great with lobster, crab, scallops, or tofu! Get the recipe here. 

3. Super Clean Creamy Pasta

Super Clean Creamy Pasta - Diary of a Formerly Fat GirlSatisfying a creamy pasta craving for under 400 calories (actually, this clocks in under 300) seems impossible, right? Well, my Super Clean Creamy Pasta makes the impossible very deliciously possible. You can thank me later. Get the recipe here.

4. Red Lentil, Spinach, & Carrot Burgers

Red Lentil, Carrot, & Spinach Burgers - Diary of a Formerly Fat GirlVegan, gluten-free, and friendly to pretty much every diet around, these veggie burgers are the result of a three-year search for the perfect cheeseburger substitute. No, they don’t taste exactly like a cheeseburger. No veggie burger does, and if someone tells you that their veggie burger does, they’re lying. That isn’t the point. They’re tasty, perfect on the BBQ, and while they aren’t a juicy cheeseburger, they also aren’t full of fat, calories, and regret. Get the recipe here. 

5. Spicy Shrimp Jambalaya

Spicy Shrimp Jambalaya - Diary of a Formerly Fat GirlMade with loads of peppers, whole-grain wild rice, and shrimp (and if you’re a carnivore, chicken, too!), this hearty, filling meal provides comfort without any comfort-food guilt. Very sincere apologies for the sub-par photos that go alongside this recipe– it was before I had really learned to use a camera! Get the recipe here. 

6. Vegan Thai Green Curry with Red Lentils, Green Beans, & Coriander-Mango Salsa

Vegan Thai Green Curry - Diary of a Formerly Fat GirlOf all of my favourite recipes, this is one of my favourite favourite recipes. Easy to make and super filling, this low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free dinner packs a protein-filled punch with red lentils and tofu.Green beans add a lovely crunch, while sweet potato adds a natural, low-glycemic index sweetness. Top it off with a coriander-mango salsa and a dash of lime, and you’ve got a lean, clean, and green dinner. Get the recipe here.