From steak salad to prawn cocktail, from Tarka dhal to chicken miso soup, we’ve got plenty of lunches under 200 calories to choose from.
Looking for lunch under 200 calories? These delicious, healthy, and filling low calorie lunch ideas can be included in your 5:2 diet meal plans.
Our collection of 200 calories lunches cater to a variety of different dietary requirements including a vegetarian, dairy-free, and vegan diet.
The video above is one of our favourite recipes in this collection; savoury spinach pancakes with avocado and cheese. These delicious, vibrant green pancakes are topped with grated Parmesan cheese, fresh chives, and creamy avocado. Each pancake is just 186 calories, making them a light and healthy option.
If you’re looking for something a little more filling then we’d recommend viewing our low calorie meals under 500 calories for more inspiration.
Lunch under 200 calories: Low calorie lunch ideas
161 calories/2g fat per portion
Quorn is much lower in fat and in calories than meat which makes it the perfect healthy option for lunch. Mixed with tender beans and soft spinach leaves, this soup recipe is only 161 calories per serving and takes just 20 mins to make.
Get the recipe: Quorn lunch bowl
170 calories/9.0g fat per portion
Serve chunks of crushed new potatoes along with gooey, protein-packed quail eggs and plenty of greens will keep you full until dinner time. This salad is best made and eaten on the same day to keep the flavour as fresh as possible.
Get the recipe: Crushed new potatoes and shoots
179 calories/8.0g fat per portion
This salad recipe combines tender steak slices with a tangy orange and Dijon mustard dressing - handfuls of fresh rocket and red onion add to the flavour too. This recipe is also carb-free with no bread, pasta or rice to serve reducing the calorie down significantly.
Get the recipe: Steak, chicory and orange salad
163 calories/1.5g fat per portion
This spring vegetable soup is loaded with delicious fresh veggies such as leeks, carrot and pak choi. A fresh, homemade stock makes all the difference in this recipe. You can make it in advance and store it in the fridge and just re-heat when needed.
Get the recipe: Spring veg soup
162 calories/4.0g fat per portion
The low-fat natural yogurt, wholemeal pittas and skinless chicken keep the calorie count down in this recipe. With just 162 calories per serving, they're a perfect lunch-box filler and packed with crisp lettuce leaves and juicy cherry tomatoes, which will count towards your five-a-day.
Get the recipe: Chicken pittas
200 calories/ 15g fat per portion
Gherkins, capers and mustard will transform your potato salad into a continental treat that is full of flavour. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to two days.
Get the recipe: Continental crushed potato salad
134 calories/ 7g fat per portion
The tangy leeks and soft potatoes work perfectly together in this recipe. At just 134 calories per portion you could serve this classic soup with a slice of wholemeal bread.
Get the recipe:Leek and potato soup
152 calories/10g fat per portion
This creamed corn salad is super quick and easy to make in just 10 minutes. Made with sweetcorn, cream and shallots, this warming salad is perfect if you're a fan of sweetcorn. Counting towards your 5-a-day, serve this salad with fresh leaves and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds before serving.
Get the recipe: Creamed corn salad
130 calories/ 1g fat per portion
Adding apples and grapes to a classic prawn cocktail will give your lunchtime a surprisingly fruity twist. The traditional mayo sauce is replaced with a fat-free fromage frais dressing to lighten the calorie
Get the recipe: Fruity prawn cocktail
129 calories/ 10g fat per portion
This side salad is actually filling enough to have for a light lunch thanks to the additions of protein-rich pumpkin seeds. Mustard and fennel ensure the cabbage is bursting with flavour.
Get the recipe: Warm rainbow cabbage salad
137 calories/11.0g fat per portion
This dish is a creamy, Indian classic which is usually served as a side dish but is more than tasty enough to be a lunch on its own. Combine with freshly prepared carrot, celery or cucumber sticks to dip in. This recipe uses only a handful of ingredients so it's no wonder it's so low in calories.
Get the recipe: Tarka Dhal
180 calories/8.5g fat per portion
Beans are a great source of fibre and protein and will fill you up quite quickly, meaning you'll eat less and snack less too. This salad is not only bursting with different types of beans such as cannellini, borlotti and green, it's also full of flavour thanks to the tangy mustard dressing.
Get the recipe: Mixed bean salad with mustard dressing
123 calories/ 9g fat per portion
Get a good healthy dose of your five-a-day by making this veg-packed bean and pepper salad as a low calorie lunch. The simple balsamic and oil dressing is given a flavoursome kick by the addition of tangy ginger.
Get the recipe: Bean and pepper salad
107 calories/6.0g fat per portion
Egg is a great source of protein and protein is ideal if you're trying to be healthy - it will keep you fuller for longer meaning you'll snack less between meals. This delicious recipe uses six eggs in total along with plenty of tender artichokes and is finished with a sprinkle of parsley for a flavoursome finish.
Get the recipe: Spanish tortilla with artichokes
132 calories/1.0g fat per portion
This recipe only uses seven ingredients and takes just 10 mins to cook. At 132 calories per serving, miso soup is a great choice if you're watching your figure as it's made from mostly water. Shiitake mushrooms and tangy ginger add a great flavour to this Japanese classic along with miso paste - which you can pick up in most supermarkets.
Get the recipe: Chicken miso soup
100 calories/4.0g fat per portion
The tangy prawn salad dressing is made from scratch with a handful of ingredients including garlic, chillies, lime juice and sesame oil. Add noodles to make this dish even more filling.
Get the recipe: Prawn salad with pickled cucumber
118 cals/7g fat per portion
This delicious Masala omelette recipe is a spicy twist on a classic. The protein in the eggs will keep you fuller for longer. Reduce the spice if you're not a fan.
Get the recipe: Masala omelette
171 cals/7g fat per portion
This delicious Spanish-style prawns recipe has a wonderful a spicy kick. Garlic, sundried tomatoes and fennel infuse this dish with flavour. Prepare this low calorie lunch in just 10 minutes.
Get the recipe: Spanish-style prawns
198 cals/5g fat per portion
Chunks of sweet potato may not be the most obvious thing to add to your pasta but this low calorie lunch is just delicious. Low-fat natural yogurt and reduced fat cheese make the base of the sauce.
Get the recipe: Sweet potato pasta
170 cals/7g fat per portion
Cook this Chinese vegetable chow mein in just five minutes. This low calorie lunch brings oyster mushrooms, Tenderstem broccoli and red pepper together.
Get the recipe: Chinese vegetable chow mein
199 cals per portion
This chunky tortilla is a meal in itself. Squeezing its way onto the list at 199 calories per portion. A peppery rocket salad would make a lovely accompaniment would increase your five-a-day count.
Get the recipe: Butternut squash and spinach tortilla