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.

Broccoli Chicken Divan

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

German Spaetzle Dumplings

Rating: 4.52 stars
Traditional German dumplings. You can also mince a few pieces of bacon in a pan, and heat the cooked spaetzle in the bacon drippings-only omit the butter, if preparing recipe with bacon.

Simple Baked Chicken Breasts

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

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 Tenders

Rating: 4.71 stars
A wholesome twist on the classic favorite chicken tenders....I personally would prefer these baked over fried any day!

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.

Ground Turkey Taco Meat

Rating: 4.7 stars

This recipe has fewer calories because of the ground turkey and amazing flavor! It is a little spicy, but our family enjoys it this way. Because it has so much flavor, you cannot even tell it's not ground beef. It tastes great as a topping on baked potatoes as well as tacos. Enjoy!