healthy vegetarian recipes - Courgetti som tam

Best ever healthy vegetarian recipes under 300 calories

Our best and most vibrant low calorie veggie recipes, all under 300 calories. These healthy vegetarian recipes are quick and easy to make - on trend pizzas to low cal curries

Make one of our healthy vegetarian recipes for a colourful, low calorie midweek meal. Our low calorie vegetarian dishes make healthy meat free eating really easy. They all have less than 300 calories, so you can enjoy as part of the 5:2 diet and still have room left to play with.


Try vegetarian curry recipes, quick vegetarian pasta dishes and low calorie one pots. We also have vegetarian salad recipes, including courgetti salad, noodle salad and falafel.

Chickpea salad (kala channa masala)

Check out this crunchy vegetarian chickpea salad, it’s packed with fresh and tangy flavours. This recipe comes from chef Dhruv Mittal at DUM Biryani House in London. Vegan and gluten free, this dish takes under 30 minute to prepare.

Dum Biryani House - Black chickpea salad (Kala channa masala)

Courgetti som tam salad

Our quick and easy vegan som tam salad uses courgetti for extra colour, taste and substance. If you wanted a more authentic flavour though, use fish sauce instead of tamari (gluten free sauce).

Courgetti som tam

Veggie soba noodle pots

These veggie soba noodle pots are a great lunch box idea. Ready in just 20 minutes, under 500 calories and packed full of flavour. We have plenty of ideas for healthy lunch boxes here.

Broccoli and roasted red pepper frittata

Our broccoli and roasted red pepper frittata makes for a quick, healthy and delicious midweek meal. It’s on the table in just 20 minutes, plus it’s low-cal and 5:2 diet-friendly. Plenty more frittata and omelette ideas here, folks.

Ravioli with buttered lemon greens

This recipe is super zesty and buttery and great when you’re short on time. Low calorie and meat free make this the perfect start to the week. 

Ravioli with buttered lemon greens

Yaki udon noodles

Our easy vegetarian yaki udon noodle recipe is ready in 20 minutes and under 300 calories. Leave out the Worcestershire sauce for a vegetarian version.

Aubergine bhaji

Not to be confused with the ever-so-popular deep fried onion bhaji, this recipe is vegan, gluten-free and low in calories. Made with aubergines and packed full of spices, this dish is the perfect go-to dinner for Meat Free Monday.

Aubergine bhaji

Soba noodle salad with teriyaki mushrooms

This quick and easy soba noodle salad with teriyaki mushrooms is vegetarian, ready in 30 minutes, and under 300 calories. This ideal meat free midweek meal.

Spinach and ricotta filo pie

Our spinach and ricotta vegetarian pie made with filo pastry is very light at under 200 calories per slice. Ready in under an hour you can make it ahead and cook it when you need it.

Pan-roasted cauliflower steaks with sauce vierge

These pan-roasted cauli steaks with sauce vierge are a great way to use this on-trend ingredient. They’re vegetarian, ready in 30 minutes and under 300 calories. Make one of our cauliflower recipes here.

Socca pizza two ways

Socca originated in Nice, but it’s very trendy in the US now. The chickpea pancake can be used as a wrap, flatbread for dipping or pizza base. Light toppings make it a healthy snack.

Lentil ‘meatballs’ with fresh tomato sauce

Lentils are a great way to make a meal vegetarian. Swap these for your usual meatballs and your family will hardly notice the difference. Plus, they’re low-cal and ready in just 40 minutes – perfect midweek.

15-minute mushroom and tarragon stroganoff

Our super-quick and easy vegetarian mushroom and tarragon stroganoff makes for a great, healthy midweek meal, ready in just 15 minutes and under 300 calories.

Falafel and halloumi burgers

A great low-calorie recipe for vegetarians. A hearty chickpea burger stuffed into a pitta pocket. For a smoky flavour, try cooking these easy-to-make falafel on the BBQ then serve in warm pitta with traditional pickled chillies.

Aubergine and sesame stir-fry

Quick, easy and healthy vegetarian stir-fry. Baby aubergines cook in minutes and soak up the flavour of mirin to make a fast and filling midweek meal. Serve with rice on the side.

Green barley with kale, pistachios and mint

This hearty salad is vegetarian and easy to make but is packed full of different flavours and textures. It goes particularly well with tea-smoked salmon.

Sesame falafel salad with tahini sauce

A few clever cheats make this satisfying sesame falafel salad with tahini sauce quick and easy. Serve as part of a vegetarian dinner party spread or as a main with another salad.

Chickpea and squash coconut curry

This chickpea and squash coconut curry is a great healthy, vegetarian midweek meal. If you can get it, Alpro coconut milk alternative has less saturated fat and fewer calories than regular coconut milk as it’s made with a rice milk base.

Brussels waldorf

Brussels sprouts have made a come back. They’re great raw, shredded and deep-fried. Try them in this twist on a classic waldorf salad.

Spring veg and lemon broth

Our recipe for spring veg and lemon broth is a quick, easy and healthy meal to make midweek – plus it’s under 300 calories.

Spring salad with purple sprouting broccoli, peas and mozzarella

This spring salad with purple sprouting broccoli, peas and mozzarella is a quick and easy veggie meal for two, and it’s under 300 calories.

Mushroom and quinoa-stuffed courgette

Easy recipe for stuffed courgettes. Pack the insides with quinoa, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and goat’s cheese before baking. A healthy vegetarian main course.

Okra and tomato tabbouleh

Okra, or ladies fingers, is a subtle-flavoured vegetable that works well with strong flavours. This recipe with bulgar wheat, mint, parsley and lemon is ideal.

Za’atar aubergine steaks with sesame dressing and pomegranate

This recipe for za’atar aubergine steaks with sesame dressing and pomegranate makes for a quick, easy and delicious veggie dinner. Plus, it’s under 300 calories and gluten free.

Freekeh risotto with spring greens

Freekeh is made from cracked, roasted green wheat. It works well for risotto as the grains keep their bite when cooked.  Use it to make this vegetarian risotto for your friends and family to tuck in to.

Beetroot rice with feta

You’ve heard of courgetti and cauliflower steaks, but what about beetroot rice? Beetroot rice is set to be the next big vegetable trend – try it as a super-healthy no-cook main for two.

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