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.

43 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

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
Gluten-free
5 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

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 hr
Easy
Healthy
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46 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

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
27 ratings 3.5 out of 5 star rating

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
23 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

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
22 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

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

55 mins
Easy
Healthy
7 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

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

25 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegan
6 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

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
Gluten-free
15 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 5 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
16 ratings 3.9 out of 5 star rating

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
5 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

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

5 hrs
Easy
Healthy
7 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

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

35 mins
Easy
Healthy
4 ratings 3.5 out of 5 star rating

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

22 mins
Easy
Healthy
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star 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 hr and 5 mins
Easy
Healthy
30 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Spice your chicken with cayenne, oregano, paprika and thyme then serve on a salsa-like storecupboard salad and avocado dip - this recipe makes enough for lunch the next day

25 mins
Easy
Healthy
Gluten-free
159 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

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

25 mins
Easy
Healthy
140 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

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
9 ratings 3.7 out of 5 star rating

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
18 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

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
45 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Try a new take on pesto and blend red peppers, cashew nuts and parsley then serve spooned through hot pasta

15 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
6 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

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

40 mins
Easy
Healthy
8 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

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

32 mins
Easy
Healthy
116 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

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 hrs and 30 mins
Easy
Healthy
28 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

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

30 mins
Easy
Healthy
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