37 best healthy low-fat recipes
We've pulled together our best low-fat recipes. From chicken curry to vegan meatballs, these dishes are ideal for midweek healthy eating
Looking for low-fat recipes? We have plenty of healthy meals that have less than 10g fat, many of them are nearly fat-free with less than 5g fat. We also have plenty of low-calorie meal ideas as well as healthy carb recipes.
Low fat doesn't mean losing flavour or health benefits. Low-fat diets are typically higher in protein, vegetables and fibre which can improve overall quality of nutrients in the diet by providing a wide range of vitamins and minerals. A low-fat diet is typically higher in polyunsaturated fats too which can help support heart health.
Cutting out saturated fats can lower your cholesterol, so we've found the best low-fat recipes to help. From fragrant broths to hearty tuna steaks and healthy curry recipes, try our meals for healthy dinner recipes on a low-fat diet.
We also have some low-fat breakfast recipes in this article, and more low-calorie breakfast ideas.
Best healthy low-fat meals
High-protein, low calorie, low salt, low fat – this flavoursome chicken, mushroom and spinach stroganoff really is the ultimate healthy dinner. Serve with brown rice.
Miso tofu soup
A nourishing, low-fat dish that’s ready on the table in just 15 minutes – give this miso soup with silken tofu a go for a speedy midweek dinner.
Sweet potato and lentil curry
A vibrant, low-calorie and vegan dinner idea, made with sweet potatoes, red split lentils, coconut milk and plenty of spices.
Healthy one-pan chicken and rice
This chicken one-pan features big, punchy flavours while staying low in fat, offering you a simple and healthy dinner that everyone will enjoy.
Curried chicken burgers
Turn a simple chicken burger into something far more exciting with madras-flavoured patties, mango chutney and crunchy red cabbage.
Healthy turkey stir-fry
For a weeknight dinner that’s low in fat but bursting with sweet and salty flavours, try our healthy turkey stir-fry with sauerkraut.
Chilli con carne cottage pie
Make cottage pie much more exciting with paprika, chilli and cumin to make this low-calorie, high-fibre midweek dinner.
Chicken tikka burritos
Our quick and easy burritos are made with charred, tikka-marinated chicken. Serve with ready-made rice, a simple homemade yogurt dip and warmed rotis.
Spicy pork meatballs with tzatziki
As a healthier alternative to meatballs and pasta, try these spicy pork meatballs and serve on orzo and baby leaf greens for a healthy, low-fat midweek meal.
Not only is this vegan gumbo low in fat, it’s also high in fibre, making a super-healthy dish which serves up to six.
Vegan aubergine curry
Cook aubergine pieces with fragrant spices and red lentils for a hearty yet healthy vegan aubergine dhansak to feed the whole family.
Chicken pasta salad
Throw together this quick and easy pasta salad using leftover chicken, tomatoes and greens for a low-fat and protein-packed lunch or midweek dinner.
Check out our vegan bolognese, with just 6g fat per portion. This version of a family favourite uses mushrooms and plenty of veg, making it a healthy meal that everyone will love. We have more vegetarian recipes here.
Turkey keema curry
Packed with fresh and zingy flavours and plenty of punchy spices, this low-calorie Indian turkey mince curry makes an easy midweek meal.
Tandoori lamb steaks with chilli-spiked slaw
This recipe for tandoori lamb steaks with chilli-spiked slaw ticks all the boxes as it's low cal, low fat, low sugar, low salt and high in protein. Plus, it's really easy to make.
Swap beef for porcini and flat mushrooms to create a rich vegetarian version that doesn't compromise on flavour.
Griddled chicken with mustardy lentil salad
This vibrant chicken salad, with crunchy green beans, seasonal mangetout and lentils, is low in fat. Plus, it's super simple and ready in 30 minutes – a fresh and easy way to start the week.
Vegan fajita bowl with cauliflower rice
Our vegan fajita bowl with cauli rice is quick and easy to make, vegan and 5:2 diet friendly but really delivers on flavour. Do you love Mexican food? Check out our best ever Mexican-inspired recipes.
A healthy chicken recipe with less than 4g fat, this nourishing chicken saag proves that you can eat healthily without having to miss out on your favourite foods, and it can be on the table in under an hour. Find our best ever chicken curry recipes here.
Tuscan pork steaks
This recipe for Tuscan pork steaks ticks all the boxes. It's low fat (under 5g per portion), sugar and salt, and is high in protein. Plus, it's packed with flavour. Check out more pork recipes here.
Freekeh risotto with spring greens
This recipe is extremely low in fat, with less than 3g per portion. Freekeh is made from cracked, roasted green wheat and works well for risotto as the grains keep their bite when cooked. The spring greens add goodness and keep this dish feeling fresh. Here are more great risotto recipes, all ready in under 45 minutes.
Wild rice and mushroom risotto with roast garlic
This recipe for wild rice and mushroom risotto with roast garlic is vegetarian, low in salt and sugar – but still very hearty and wholesome. It's also low in fat, with under 8g per portion.
Sweet potato linguine with puy lentil ragù
Sweet potato linguine is more robust than courgetti, so can withstand a bit more cooking. Served with a warming vegan bolognese-style ragù, this gluten-free main is perfect for colder months, and very low fat. We've got lots more vegan recipes here.
Lemon chicken and kale stew with couscous
This recipe for lemon chicken and kale stew with couscous is a really easy midweek meal. It is low fat with under 5g per portion and ready in less than 30 minutes.
Sumac roast cauliflower and chicken salad with mint yogurt
Ready in under 30 minutes, this minty chicken and citrus roast cauliflower dish makes a speedy gluten-free meal for two. Using fat-free yogurt keeps the fat content down, with just over 5g per portion. We've got lots more cauliflower recipes where this came from.
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. They're very low in fat – fewer than 4g per portion.
This is our healthy version of chicken dhansak, with only 5g fat per portion. It's easy to make, ready in under an hour, high in protein and seriously filling. Put the takeaway menu down – this will taste better!
Spicy prawn linguine
This spicy prawn linguine has a rich tomato sauce and spicy chilli kick. It's low in fat with just over 4g per portion. Check out our best ever linguine recipes here.
Spring green udon noodles
A bowl of absolute nourishment, flavoured with ginger, red chilli and oyster sauce. Slippery udon noodles are a perfect match for spring greens and shiitake mushrooms.
Thai burgers with salsa and sweet potato wedges
These fragrant pork burgers are flavoured with Thai curry paste and coriander, then served up with a spicy chilli and mango salsa. Because there's no bun, they're healthier and lower in fat with under 5g per portion. Why not serve homemade sweet potato wedges on the side?
Seared tuna and radicchio salad
This recipe for seared tuna and radicchio salad is gluten free and low fat with just over 5g per portion. Ready in less than 20 minutes, it's an easy dinner recipe.
Fiery chickpea and harissa soup
A fast-to-make and easy spicy soup with chickpeas. Ready in just 20 minutes, this low-fat recipe has under 6g per portion.
Prawn and black rice salad
Black rice has a higher nutritional value than white rice, and the same amount of fibre as brown. Try it in our flavoursome prawn and black rice salad, low in fat with only 5.4g per portion.
Moroccan-style veg and chickpea tagine
This recipe for Moroccan-style veg and chickpea tagine is vegan, low in fat with under 4g per portion and really easy to make. It makes enough for four, but the leftovers freeze well.
Szechuan prawn noodles
These hot and spicy Chinese-style noodles only take 15 minutes to whip up so they'd make a great quick and easy midweek meal if you're stuck for time or craving some healthy fast food. These noodles are low in fat with under 7g per portion.
Creamy lentils with spinach and thyme
Perfectly suited to those who want a light 5:2 friendly meal, this healthy vegan lentil dish is high in protein but low in fat with under 9g per portion.
Miso-glazed sea bass with ginger greens
Eating healthily doesn't have to mean compromising on good food. This miso-glazed sea bass with ginger greens is quick and easy to make and under 300 calories.
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