A plate with chicken breast on a bed of vibrant green vegetables with a creamy sauce

500 calorie meal recipes

25 Recipes

Discover tasty, healthy meals from BBC Good Food that are all around 500 calories per portion. Choose from meat, fish or vegetarian dishes.

Smoked paprika paella with cod & peas

3.63889

(9 ratings)

Cod is a great source of stress-busting B vitamins and magnesium, so why not enjoy this easy peasy paella that's also packed with three of your five-a-day, iron, folate and fibre...
  • 55 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Seafood fideuà

3.125

(2 ratings)

Try this paella with a difference, using fideo or vermicelli pasta instead of rice, with prawns, mussels, squid, monkfish and a sprinkling of saffron
  • 1 hour
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Creamy chicken & asparagus braise

4.791665

(6 ratings)

This delightfully summery, low-calorie, low-fat dish packs in plenty of greens and has a yogurt, tarragon and garlic sauce
  • 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Bengali mustard fish

4.666665

(6 ratings)

A simple seafood curry of white fish, tomatoes and whole green chillies that is deliciously spicy, healthy and quick enough for every day
  • 37 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Roasted chickpea wraps

3.75

(8 ratings)

This super-healthy vegetarian supper packs in 4 of your 5 a day, with avocados, roasted red peppers and spiced chickpeas
  • 45 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Crunchy bulghar salad

3.75

(1 rating)

A vibrant summer salad with radishes, edamame beans, peppers, almonds and herbs, drizzled with a citrus dressing
  • 25 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Herby lamb fillet with caponata

4.375

(4 ratings)

Tick off all 5 of your 5 a day with this super-healthy Sunday roast. To make it vegetarian, omit the lamb and add chickpeas to the caponata.
  • 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Bean & barley soup

3.75

(3 ratings)

Low-fat, vegetarian and super-healthy, this filling one-pot lunch or dinner is packed with chickpeas, butter beans and pearl barley
  • 1 hour and 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Pea falafels with minty couscous salad

4.25

(5 ratings)

Give falafel a makeover by using a mix of chickpeas and frozen peas, serve with couscous and a dollop of yogurt for a cheap but tasty meal
  • 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Lighter Cassoulet

5

(2 ratings)

This traditionally rich, slow-cooked, French casserole is made healthier with lean gammon steak and pork shoulder for a hearty, warming meal
  • 5 hours
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Whole stuffed roast fish with fennel

5

(1 rating)

This roast fish dish was inspired by Sicily, where the aromatic spices and dried fruit of Arabian cuisine meet with the fresh fish and veg of the Med
  • 1 hour and 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Red lentil & squash dhal

4.508195

(61 ratings)

A hearty budget meal of spiced red lentils with butternut and tomatoes. Add coriander, cumin, turmeric and a dollop of mango chutney
  • 55 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Tuna pasta with rocket & parsley pesto

3.5

(3 ratings)

Whizz up a quick homemade pesto with parsley and lemon juice, then serve spooned through hot pasta with fish, tomatoes and green beans
  • 25 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Chicken & pomegranate bulghar pilaf

4.6875

(8 ratings)

Spice up your chicken with a ras-al-hanout or Moroccan tagine spice mix then serve with good-for-you grains and light, fresh flavours
  • 45 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Asparagus & tuna salad

4.5

(7 ratings)

Give the bistro classic, niçoise salad, a seasonal twist by swapping green beans for tender asparagus
  • 32 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Pot-roast beef with French onion gravy

4.625

(58 ratings)

Silverside and topside are cheaper and leaner cuts of meat, well-suited to slow-cooking. The stock and juices make a great sauce when combined with caramelised onions
  • 2 hours and 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy