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5 500 Calorie Lunch Ideas You’ll Love

Most of us are trying to eat healthily, but sometimes it’s really hard to resist a tasty hamburger or French fries. They are tasty, but they have too many calories, sodium, and sugar.

Try to choose ingredients with fewer calories per serving. However, it can be really hard to find meals that are filling, healthy and have less than 500 calories. So, try one of these healthy lunch recipes under 500 calories:

1. Roasted turkey breast salad

Turkey is high in protein tasty veggies are high in fiber. Fiber and protein can keep you fuller for longer.


– 3 cups pasta, whole –wheat, cooked, drained
– 1 tbsp. olive oil
– 1 cup roasted turkey breast, diced
– ½ tsp. garlic powder
– ½ tsp. chili powder
– 2 onions, chopped
– 1 tomato, chopped
– Salt and pepper, to taste


In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil. Add onions and garlic powder and cook for 3 minutes. Add remaining ingredients (except pasta) and cook for 5 minutes. In another bowl, combine all ingredients. Done!

2. Mediterranean tuna with zucchini

Not only this recipe is easy to make, but it is also very healthy, and it will wake up your taste buds!


– 1 cup chopped zucchini
– 2 cloves garlic, minced,
– 2 cups tuna steak, diced
– 1 tbsp. parsley, chopped
– 2 tomatoes, chopped
– 1 onion, chopped
– 1 tsp. Italian herbs
– 2 tbsp. olive oil
– 5 black olives
– 5 white olives
– Salt and pepper, to taste


Preheat the oven to 400°F. In a large bowl mix together all ingredients. Grease your baking pan with non-stick baking spray. Place all ingredients in a baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve warm. Enjoy!

3. Yummy vegetarian chili

This meal is great for a delicious lunch. Plus, it has no more than 250 calories.


– 2 tbsp. olive oil
– 2 garlic cloves, minced
– 1 onion, diced
– 3 cups beans, drained, rinsed
– 3 tomatoes, chopped,
– 3 cups vegetable broth
– Chili powder, to taste
– Salt and pepper, to taste


Heat the olive oil in a large cooking pot, and add onions and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and reduce heat. Cook for 30 min. Serve and enjoy your meal!

4. Spicy mushrooms

Besides being so tasty, this spicy mushroom recipe has only 350 calories!


– 2 tbsp. soy sauce
– 1 tsp. curry
– 1 tsp. chili powder
– Salt and pepper, to taste
– 1 cup peas, cooked, drained
– 1/3 cup water
– 3 cups mushrooms, sliced
– 1/2 tsp. red paprika, hot


Preheat your oven to 350°F. Coat your baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, stir together all ingredients. Place all ingredients to your baking pan. Bake for 15- 20 min. Enjoy!

5. Brown rice with asparagus

Brown rice and asparagus are an amazing combination! Not to mention super healthy!


– 2 cups brown rice, cooked
– 2 green onions, chopped
– 1 tbsp. olive oil
– 1 bunch asparagus, sliced
– Salt and pepper, to taste
– 1 cup water
– 1 cup tomatoes, chopped
– 1 tbsp. chopped fresh Italian parsley
– 1/2 cup tofu


In a medium-sized skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the asparagus and onions and cook for 3 min. Add remaining ingredients and cook for 20 minutes more. Serve warm! Bon appetit!

5 500 Calorie Lunch Ideas You'll Love