Meals under 200 calories

Meals that you won't believe are under 200 calories! Women are supposed to eat 2,000 calories a day but these are perfect as part of a calorie-controlled diet plan such as the 5:2 diet.

Meals under 200 cals

These low calorie meals (opens in new tab) under 200 calories are the perfect inspiration for those on the 5:2 diet (opens in new tab) or who are counting calories and watching what they eat.

Counting the calories in your meals is a great way of keeping control of how much food you are eating, but where do you begin? We've gone through all of our recipes to pick out the best meals for just 200 calories or less - so you don't have to.

Women are supposed to eat 2,000 calories a day, so allocating just 200 calories for a main meal is quite tough - but it can be done if you're following a calorie-controlled diet plan.

These meals under 200 calories will mean that you can eat less - without feeling like you're missing out. Filling and full of flavour, you really won't feel like you're eating a diet meal at all.

Mushroom ragu with courgetti

103 calories/4g fat per portion

This mushroom ragu is the perfect comfort food for veggies. The recipe is made with mushrooms, passata and Quorn mince for a delicious vegetarian ragu recipe.

Get the recipe: Mushroom ragu with courgetti (opens in new tab)

Green miso noodle bowl

Green miso noodle bowl

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198 calories/2g fat per portion

Yes, this gorgeous noodle soup made with plenty of fresh veg and herbs is just 198 calories AND is ready in 10 minutes. That's two big boxes ticked.

Get the recipe: Green miso soup bowl (opens in new tab)

Vietnamese prawn curry

Vietnamese prawn curry

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Yes, this fiery, flavoursome prawn curry can be on your dinner table in only 15 minutes. This delicious dish is made with milk, onions, chicken stock and prawns. It's a warming dish perfect served with bread or rice.

Get the recipe: Vietnamese prawn curry (opens in new tab)

Chinese vegetable chow mein

Chinese vegetable chow mein

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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 (opens in new tab)

Roasted ratatouille

Roasted ratatouille

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150 calories/10g fat per portion

Big chunks of vegetables in a rich tomato sauce, ratatouille (opens in new tab) is more than filling enough to count as full meal. This healthy recipe is made with

courgette, aubergines and bell peppers - which along with the chopped tomatoes, count towards your 5-a-day!

Get the recipe: Roasted ratatouille (opens in new tab)

Mediterranean vegetable chilli

Mediterranean vegetable chilli

190 calories/7g fat per portion

Aubergines, spinach, courgette, cherry tomatoes, this veggie chilli doesn't use

Quorn as a mince substitute - it uses veggies! Team your vegetables with

spices and kidney beans for a fresh tasting and filling meal.

Get the recipe: Mediterranean veggie chilli (opens in new tab)

Fast fish burger

Fast fish burger

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141 calories/5g fat per portion

This fish burger is a tasty way to serve low-calorie white fish fillets and is lovely served with piles of vegetables or salad - unfortunately the

bun is not counted in the calories!

Get the recipe: Fast fish burger (opens in new tab)

Baked aubergine

Baked aubergine

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81 calories/4.1g fat per portion

Aubergines have a filling, meaty texture so are more than enough to keep you satisfied for dinner. This tasty recipe takes out the middle of a whole aubergine, packs it full of flavour and stuffs it back in - easy and delicious!

Get the recipe: Baked aubergine (opens in new tab)

Butternut squash and spinach tortilla

Butternut squash and spinach tortilla

199 calories per portion

Eggs may be quite high in fat but it's worth it to turn some veggies into a healthy meal. Squash and spinach are packed with nutrients and will keep you fuller for longer.

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Spiced butternut squash and veg tagine

Spiced butternut squash and veg tagine

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150 calories/4.5g fat per portion

Cooking your vegetables into a tagine is a delicious way to pack them with flavour. This Moroccan-style casserole is made with chickpeas which will keep you nice and full so you won't need to worry about adding a side.

Get the recipe: Spiced butternut squash and veg tagine (opens in new tab)

Vegetable balti

Vegetable balti

131 calories/4g fat per portion

If you serve this chunky veggie curry without rice, it's way below the 200 calorie mark - don't worry, the butternut squash and parsnips will be more than enough to keep you full. (A serving of brown rice is just 83 cals if you do wish to have some on the side).

Get the recipe: Easy vegetable balti (opens in new tab)

Chinese dumplings

Chinese dumplings

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63 calories/0.2g fat per portion

You read that right, 63 calories a portion! These light, but very tasty, dumplings are so low in calories you can even add a side of noodles (around 90 cals a portion) and still come under the 200 calorie mark!

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Spanish style prawns

Meals under 200 calories

171 calories/8g fat per portion

Large meaty prawns in a tasty paprika-infused tomato sauce will make a lovely treat for a low-calorie meal. The sauce has so much flavour, it's almost like a soup - but you can add rice or a hunk of crusty bread to the side if you want something a little more filling (but that will obviously bump up the cal count).

Get the recipe: Spanish-style prawns (opens in new tab)

Quorn lunch bowl

Quorn lunch bowl

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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 (opens in new tab)

Steak, chicory and orange salad

Steak, chicory and orange salad

179 calories/8g fat per portion

Not all salads are plain and boring! 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.

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Spring vegetable soup

Spring vegetable soup

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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 (opens in new tab)

Fruity prawn cocktail

Fruity prawn cocktail

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 count.

Get the recipe: Fruity prawn cocktail (opens in new tab)

masala omelette

masala omelette

118 calories/7g fat per portion

This delicious Masala Omelette recipe is a spicy twist on a classic. It's a great speedy dinner but it also works for breakfast or lunch.

Get the recipe: Masala Omelette (opens in new tab)

Jessica Dady
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