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500 calorie meal recipes

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

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  • Smoked paprika paella with cod & peas

    Smoked paprika paella with cod & peas

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.53 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

  • Seafood fideuà paella

    Seafood fideuà

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.6 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

  • Creamy chicken & asparagus braise

    Creamy chicken & asparagus braise

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.57 ratings

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

  • Bengali mustard fish

    Bengali mustard fish

    A star rating of 3.9 out of 5.29 ratings

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

  • Roasted chickpea wraps

    Roasted chickpea wraps

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.28 ratings

    This super-healthy vegetarian supper packs in 4 of your 5 a day, with avocados, roasted red peppers and spiced chickpeas

  • Spicy meatball tagine with bulgur & chickpeas

    Spicy meatball tagine with bulgur & chickpeas

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.25 ratings

    Who knew meatballs could be 4 of your 5-a-day? This healthy tagine is full of flavour and low on fat, just make sure you choose a lean mince with 5% fat

  • Crunchy bulgur salad

    Crunchy bulgur salad

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.8 ratings

    A vibrant summer salad with radishes, edamame beans, peppers, almonds and herbs, drizzled with a citrus dressing

  • Herby lamb fillet with caponata

    Herby lamb fillet with caponata

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.7 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.

  • Bean & barley soup

    Bean & barley soup

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.16 ratings

    Low-fat, vegetarian and super-healthy, this filling one-pot lunch or dinner is packed with chickpeas, butter beans and pearl barley

  • Pea falafels with minty couscous salad

    Pea falafels with minty couscous salad

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.17 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

  • Lighter Cassoulet

    Lighter Cassoulet

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.6 ratings

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

  • Thai red duck with sticky pineapple rice

    Thai red duck with sticky pineapple rice

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.11 ratings

    Marinate duck breasts with red curry paste and lime, then serve with coconut rice, peas and beansprouts for a healthy weeknight dinner

  • Jerk chicken salad with papaya

    Jerk chicken salad with papaya

    A star rating of 3.4 out of 5.5 ratings

    Give chicken salad a Caribbean twist with jerk spice, creamy avocado and exotic papaya.

  • Whole stuffed roast fish with fennel

    Whole stuffed roast fish with fennel

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.3 ratings

    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

  • Super smoky bacon & tomato spaghetti

    Super smoky bacon & tomato spaghetti

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.190 ratings

    Serve your pasta with a budget-busting tomato and paprika sauce. It's a healthy choice to boot

  • Red lentil & squash dhal

    Red lentil & squash dhal

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.158 ratings

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

  • Tuna pasta with rocket & parsley pesto

    Tuna pasta with rocket & parsley pesto

    A star rating of 3.5 out of 5.10 ratings

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

  • Chicken & pomegranate bulgur pilaf

    Chicken & pomegranate bulgur pilaf

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.20 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

  • Steak, roasted pepper & pearl barley salad

    Steak, roasted pepper & pearl barley salad

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.9 ratings

    A vibrant salad packed with yellow and red peppers, colourful onion, beef cooked to your liking and healthy grains

  • Asparagus & tuna salad

    Asparagus & tuna salad

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.8 ratings

    Give the bistro classic, niçoise salad, a seasonal twist by swapping green beans for tender asparagus

  • Pot-roast beef with French onion gravy

    Pot-roast beef with French onion gravy

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.142 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

  • Turkey & coriander burgers with guacamole

    Turkey & coriander burgers with guacamole

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.32 ratings

    These healthy burgers are full of vitamin C and use low-fat turkey flavoured with herbs and topped with spicy avocado

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