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Low-Calorie Diabetic Dinners

Don’t let counting calories take the fun out of mealtime. With our tasty, low-calorie dinner recipes, it’s easy to create healthy, mouthwatering meals. We kept dishes under 250 calories per serving, so you can keep it light and satisfy your cravings.

Sirloin Steak with Deep Red Wine Reduction

Calories: 162 per serving

A coffee and red wine marinade gives our healthy steak recipe its complex flavor. Serve steamed zucchini or yellow summer squash on the side for a balanced low-calorie dinner.

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Cranberry Cucumber Salad

Calories: 88 per serving

Juicy cherry tomatoes, ripe olives, and sweet dried cranberries provide pops of flavor and color to a simple bed of greens. Enjoy a serving of the nutrient-rich diabetic salad recipe for only 88 calories and 6 carb grams.

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Citrus Poached Salmon with Asparagus

Calories: 206 per serving

To cut fat and calories, we poached salmon and asparagus and drizzled the low-carb, low-calorie meal with a delicious citrus, butter, and parsley dressing.

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Orange and Rosemary Pork Chops

Calories: 178 per serving

Before grilling, marinate pork chops in orange juice, molasses, and rosemary for a lean, flavor-packed pork dinner.

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Southwestern Sweet Potato Stew

Calories: 202 per serving

Chili powder, cumin, and poblano pepper bring the heat in this diabetic sweet potato stew, while hominy, black beans, and cilantro complete the Southwest-inspired low-calorie soup.

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Tuna Noodle Casserole

Calories: 222 per serving

This delicious tuna casserole is our go-to when craving a creamy comfort food that’s surprisingly low in calories and carbs.

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Vegetarian Black Bean Soup

Calories: 204 per serving

All you need is a slow cooker and a few hours to make this hearty bean soup. Top the spicy vegetarian dish with cilantro and lime to complete the Mexican theme.

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Grilled Pork and Peach Salad

Calories: 207 per serving

For a creative light salad, grill pork and peach cubes, and toss them in our sweet honey dressing before serving.

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Chicken Taco Casserole

Calories: 196 per serving

Make a healthy Mexican dinner for the whole family. Our easy chicken casserole is layered with veggies, cheese, salsa, and crunchy tortillas—all while staying under 200 calories per serving.

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Spinach and Feta Turkey Burgers with Cucumber Relish

Calories: 242 per serving

This low-calorie dinner idea is perfect for barbecues and outdoor picnics. We used turkey instead of the traditional ground beef and sneaked healthy spinach and flavorful feta into the patties.

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Creamy Edamame Veggie Soup

Calories: 106 calories per serving

Loaded with power foods, this low-calorie dinner is nutritious and delicious. Vitamin-rich broccoli and spinach combine with protein-packed soybeans in a creamy, healthy soup.

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Strawberry Fields Lettuce Wraps

Calories: 73 per serving

Ditch the tortilla and use lettuce to save on carbs and calories. Strawberries, goat cheese, and crunchy pecans are a winning combination in this healthy recipe that would be perfect for a light dinner or lunch.

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Lemon and Parmesan Fish

Calories: 191 per serving

Delightfully light and crunchy, this diabetic dish isn’t fried but instead owes its crust to crushed cornflakes and Parmesan cheese. Butter and lemon give the fish simple, satisfying flavor.

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Smoky-Hot Raspberry Shrimp

Calories: 180 per serving

Pineapples and raspberry jam are a sweet contrast to this spicy, low-calorie shrimp dinner. Top with toasted shredded coconut for a fun final touch.

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Kale-Powered Pasta

Calories: 221 per serving

Whip up this low-calorie pasta dish in no time! Using canned pasta sauce helps cut down on prep time, so all that's left to do is cook the noodles and stir in the veggies.

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Salsa Chicken on a Stick

Calories: 148 per serving

Flavorful chicken skewers are a great light dinner option, especially for summer gatherings. Simply marinate the tenderloins, skewer, grill, and serve!

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Eggplant-Zucchini Parmesan

Calories: 55 per serving

Though this low-calorie recipe contains no meat or noodles, zucchini, onion, and eggplant give it plenty of substance. Toss the ingredients together and let your slow cooker finish the vegetarian, gluten-free dish.

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Chicken Chili Monterey

Calories: 197 per serving.

During cold weather, turn to this low-calorie chili for warmth. Featuring lean chicken instead of the traditional beef, the soup is loaded with veggies and a surprising ingredient: apples.

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Grilled Squash and Manchego Quesadillas with Nectarine-Tomato Salsa

Calories: 160 per serving

To keep it interesting, change up the healthy ingredients you feature in your quesadillas. We added sweet nectarines and yellow summer squash to our Mexican-inspired diabetic recipe, but you could also use peaches and zucchini.

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Butternut Squash Quinoa Pilaf

Calories: 132 per serving

Try this low-calorie dinner recipe! Butternut squash and quinoa team up in a vegetarian dish that’s perfect for fall. Add crunchy almonds and earthy sage for interesting texture and flavor.

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Curried Chicken with Cabbage, Apple, and Onion

Calories: 237 per serving 

Get a low-calorie dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes. Spicy apple slaw adds fun fruity flavor to this poultry dish, and because it’s all cooked in one pan, cleanup is a breeze!

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Herb-Pepper Rubbed Beef

Calories: 170 per serving 

Infuse beef with flavor without adding unnecessary calories. This delicious, aromatic herb crust tastes great and seals in juices.

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