200 Calorie Main Dish Recipes

Low-calorie main dishes can be big on flavor. These delicious main dish recipes each come in under 200 calories per serving.

Staff Picks

Marinated Tuna Steak

Rating: 4.68 stars
This mixture of orange juice, soy sauce, and garlic gives this marinade a wonderful taste.

Italian Pasta Veggie Salad

Rating: 4.65 stars
This pasta salad recipe calls for a fat-free Italian dressing, your choice of veggies and some fresh ground pepper. Sound good?!

A Jerky Chicken

Rating: 4.42 stars
A great Jamaican style dish. A spicy blend of herbs, vinegar, and a habanero pepper make this chicken dish unforgettable. Serve with rice, yum!

Karjalan Pies

Rating: 4.54 stars
These savory pastries were my favorite thing to eat in Finland. Rice porridge surrounded by a rye flour crust, baked until slightly browned. In Finland, they're often eaten at breakfast or lunch. Delicious topped with ham, cheese, or just (real!) butter.

Parchment Baked Salmon

Rating: 4.52 stars
Salmon baked in parchment paper is the best way to steam in great taste.

Mexican Chorizo

Rating: 4.46 stars
A mildly hot, and very delicious, Mexican sausage. Excellent for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Can be made into patties and cooked in a skillet, or stuffed into natural hog or collagen casings and grilled at your next family gathering.


Rating: 4.68 stars
My mother was one of the best cooks I ever knew. When she made stews we mostly found dumplings in them. We never ate things from packages or microwaves and you sure could taste what food was. That's the only way I cook today - I don't use any electronic gadgets to cook with except an electric stove.

Simple Baked Chicken Breasts

Rating: 4.63 stars
Simple basic recipe for cooking up a bunch of skinless boneless chicken breasts.

Broccoli Chicken Divan

Rating: 4.32 stars
A quick and easy chicken and broccoli dish that all will love!

Creamed Chipped Beef On Toast

Rating: 4.48 stars
My mom used to make this recipe. It can also be made with 3/4 pound browned, drained hamburger. We called it SOS: Same Ole Stuff. Great comfort food! Either recipe is easy to make and tastes great with a cold beer. Serve over toast.

Air Fryer Meatballs

Rating: 4.9 stars
After cooking meatballs in the air fryer, I will never bake them in the oven again. The insides stay nice and tender while the outsides get a slight crisp on them. The best part is that you can make them ahead of time and freeze for later use. I have included those directions in the notes. Dip meatballs in marinara, if desired.

Easy Baked Chicken Thighs

Rating: 4.18 stars
As a college student, this is an easy recipe that requires minimum preparation work! You can season it with other spices. I do mine with cayenne powder and black pepper.

Inspiration and Ideas

Sloppy Joes II
Rating: Unrated
"I had never made sloppy joes before and these were super easy to make and Yummmaliscious!" – DRAGONSLAYER912
Spaghetti Squash I
Rating: Unrated
See how to make spaghetti “noodles” from spaghetti squash.

Black Beans and Rice

Rating: 4.34 stars

The perfect meal! Preparation Time: 20 minutes. This recipe is from The WEBB Cooks, articles and recipes by Robyn Webb, courtesy of the American Diabetes Association.