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Vegetarian mushroom stroganoff with rice in three black bowls

13 low-calorie vegetarian meals

Published: February 21, 2022 at 4:30 pm
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These well-balanced, meat-free recipes are all under 500 calories per portion. From orzo risotto and veggie lasagne, to mushroom stroganoff and red pepper soup, you're sure to find something you'll love

Looking for low-calorie vegetarian meals? Check out our ideas below, then discover our favourite vegetarian slow-cooker recipes, low-carb vegetarian recipes, healthy vegan recipes, dairy-free dinner recipes and healthy vegetarian recipes.

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It's important when following a vegetarian diet that you keep an eye on calories, as it can be easy to overdo it with dairy products such as cheese. These vegetarian meals are perfectly balanced, with lots of vegetables, beans, wholegrains and some dairy, which means you can still enjoy a vegetarian meal knowing that you're getting the most out of it.


Low-calorie vegetarian meals

Gigantes plaki (Greek baked beans)

Ready in under an hour, this Greek one-pot is packed with fresh flavours, as well as protein and fibre. A healthy vegetarian meal with under 300 calories per serving.

Gigantes Plaki Recipe

Hasselback harissa roast squash

With sweet, spicy harissa and salty feta, everyone will love this nourishing Middle Eastern centrepiece.

Hasselback Squash Recipe

Orzo risotto with cavolo nero, peas and chilli

Make our creamy veggie orzo risotto with cavolo nero, sweet peas and punchy chilli for a warming midweek meal. Orzo pasta makes a great base for risottos.

Pasta Orzo Risotto with Cavolo Nero

Vegetarian lasagne

Try our vegetarian lasagne for a nutritious alternative to this classic family dish. With layers of greens and fresh pesto, this kale, ricotta and leek lasagne is low in calories and super-easy to whip up – a great midweek meal.

Vegetarian Lasagna Recipe for kale, ricotta and leek lasagne

Chickpea fritters with yogurt, green chilli and cucumber salad

Turn chickpeas into these lightly-spiced fritters and serve with a zesty cucumber salad for a quick, low-calorie lunch.

Chickpea Fritters Recipe with Yogurt, Green Chilli and Cucumber Salad

Vegetable and paneer dum biryani

This veggie biryani is great served on special occasions – lift the lid at the table and enjoy the fantastic aroma as the steam fills the room.

Vegetable and paneer dum biryani

Veggie spelt broth with giant croutons

Make our nourishing vegetarian broth, packed with nutritious veg such as celery and cauliflower. Top with homemade sourdough croutons for added crunch.

Vegetable Broth Recipe with Croutons

Avocado fusilli pasta

Avocados make salad dressings and ice creams super-creamy, so why not put them in a pasta sauce? It’s a great way of using up overly ripe avocados and adding some healthy fats to your meal.

Avocado and Spinach Fusilli in Two Bowls

Roasted veg and feta grain salad

Check out our nourishing vegetable salad recipe with roasted peppers, cherry tomatoes and onions. Ready in 45 minutes, this simple salad will make an easy midweek meal for two.

Roasted Veggie Salad Recipe with Feta

Red pepper soup

A vibrant and antioxidant-rich red soup recipe, perfect for sunny days. You'll need plenty of red pepper, garlic and dried chilli flakes for this one.

Red pepper soup

Mushroom stroganoff

Swap beef for porcini and flat mushrooms to create a rich vegetarian version that doesn't compromise on flavour.

Vegetarian mushroom stroganoff with rice in three black bowls

Cumin tofu stir-fry

Hetty McKinnon’s easy cumin and tofu stir-fry is low in calories but doesn’t compromise on flavour. Brilliant for a punchy midweek dinner that’ll serve up to four.

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A white plate with a tofu stir-fry on it, topped with coriander

Vegan sushi bowls

This vegan sushi bowl is low in calories and full of comforting, zingy flavours – proving that healthy can be satisfying, too.

Vegan sushi bowls on a white tablecloth with chopsticks

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