Counting calories and creating a calorie deficit in your diet is one of the easiest ways to lose weight. If you do it right, of course! A big mistake some people make when reducing calories is:

  • either eat almost nothing throughout the day relying only in a processed meal that barely fit the caloric limit they’ve set for themselves, or,
  • go to extremes and eat nothing but carrot sticks.

If you want to have 4 to 5 meals a day and keep your calories under 1400/1500 calories then aim for a good breakfast and lunch, and smaller snacks and a light dinner. For an extremely low calorie meal for dinner check out our super easy vegetable soup with only about 50 calories per serving! You can have it with a side salad or piece of bread.

Having a 400-calorie lunch doesn’t have to mean you only eat a box of nuggets and a carrot sticks bag from McDonald’s. That’s the kind of meal that will leave you feeling hungry and dissatisfied. Worse than that: it has no nutritional value to benefit your body.

Eating 400 calories of healthy and wholesome food is what will leave you feeling full and give you the energy you need to carry on with your day without making you feel sluggish.

I have comprised a list of recipes under 400 calories for you. These are delicious and so good for you:


  1. Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps


I’m sure you’ve heard of lettuce wraps. They are an easy common solution for a low calorie meal. These, however, are not only low in calories, but also incredibly tasty and delicious. Check the recipe here.

Servings: 4

Calories: 194 kcal


  1. Sweet Potato, Chickpea,  and Quinoa Veggie Burger with Roasted Peppers


This recipe is the one you should go for to satisfy your burger cravings. A vegan burger is the perfect compromise between being a healthy food and a guilty pleasure. With each patty with peppers coming in at 202 calories, you can add any bun up to 198 calories and still be within your limit. Check it out here.

Servings: 6

Calories: 202 kcal


  1. Sweet Potato and Red Lentil Curry


If you want to spice it up and have something more elaborate, yet easy, I recommend this curry. It can be the great weekend family meal or a busy weekday lunch. You choose! The flavour is out of this world. It does push the calories to the limit though, with 395 calories per serving. Check it here.

Servings: 8

Calories: 395 kcal


  1. Turkey Taco Lunch Bowls


These taco bowls are the perfect lunch to take on the go. So easy to make and so delicious. They have about 387 calories per serving. Check it here.

Servings: 4

Calories: 387 kcal


  1. Enchilada Stuffed Sweet Potatoes


Make these delicious treats ahead of time and freeze them. Then just pop them in the oven whenever you want. These sweet potatoes are so good! It is the perfect idea for a weekend lunch. Check the recipe here.

Servings: 4

Calories: 359 kcal


  1. Feta and Rice Stuffed Peppers


This is how you should always eat your peppers. This recipe is such a great idea on how to innovate with peppers. Besides, they are vegetarian! Check the recipe here.

Servings: 4

Calories: 246 kcal


  1. Healthy Hawaiian Chicken Noodle Bowls


Although this recipe isn’t good for when your busy, you can always meal prep it to have it throughout the week. It comes in at 342 calories, so it is a tasty meal to give a lot of energy but still aiding in your weight loss. Check the recipe here.

Servings: 4

Calories: 342 kcal


  1. Creamy Coconut and Tomato Shrimp


If you’re craving junk food or creamy comfort food, this recipe will satisfy your cravings. It is so good, you’ll be licking the sauce off the plate when you finish. Check the recipe here.

Servings: 4

Calories: 297 kcal


  1. Rosemary White Bean And Kale Quesadillas


Whenever you’re in a hurry and need something fast for lunch, try these quesadillas. They are so easy to make in a short amount of time. So good! Check the recipe here.

Servings: 4

Calories: 373 kcal


  1. Quinoa Herb Greek Salad With White Beans


With quinoa and beans, this veggie salad has all the protein you need to feed your body It is incredibly healthy, filled with nutrients and low in fat. A great choice for a busy weekday lunch. Check the recipe here.

Servings: 4

Calories: 396 kcal


  1. Squash, Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni


Instead of a meaty cannelloni, try these vegetarian ones. They are so easy and healthy. The perfect combo for a family lunch. Check the recipe here.

Servings: 4

Calories: 295 kcal


  1. Courgette and Tomato Lasagna


This vegetarian recipe is low in calories but high in deliciousness. Unlike the original lasagna with meat, this one has all the flavour you can get without the high amounts of fat. Check the recipe here.

Servings: 4

Calories: 358 kcal