30+ Healthy Low-Fat Meals You Can Make in 30 Minutes

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Eating nutritious and Low-Fat Meals is a great way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. If you are following a low-fat diet to lose weight or improve overall well-being, check out these easy and well-balanced low-fat recipes with lots of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. They are low in saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol, with fewer calories. Best of all, you can make most of them in less than 30 minutes.

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Tips For Making Low-Fat Meals

I’ve tested cutting back on fat in my recipes over the past few years, and many low-fat meals are surprisingly delicious and almost taste the same as the classic versions. Most of the time, my husband and kids cannot even tell any difference! Below are some tips for making low-fat meals that are tasty and good for your overall well-being.

1. Use Lean Proteins

Use less red meat and opt for lean cuts such as skinless chicken breasts and turkey. I also like to add seafood such as salmon to my meals. Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids, which is good for you. 

You can also try plant-based protein sources like beans and tofu, which are lower in fat and high in essential nutrients.

2. Healthier Cooking Methods

The air fryer is my favorite way of cooking when it comes to low-fat meals, as it can significantly reduce the amount of oil absorbed by the food compared to deep frying. Check out my air fryer recipes to find out how to reduce fat in cooking.

In addition, sous vide, baking, grilling, steaming, and sauteeing also use less oil than deep-frying, and therefore reduce the added fat in your dishes.  

3. Use Low-Fat Sauce

Using low-fat sauces is an excellent way to reduce your fat intake. There are store-bought reduced-fat versions of classic sauces like mayonnaise, salad dressings, or yogurt-based sauces. My favorite homemade sauces are green pasta sauce and soy ginger sauce. They’ll enhance the flavor of your pasta or veggies instantly!

4. Substitute Ingredients

In many recipes, you can swap high-fat ingredients for low-fat alternatives without sacrificing flavor. For example, you can use low-fat proteins to replace bacon or use low-fat milk instead of heavy cream in many recipes. 

5. Add Whole Grains And Veggies

Whole grains such as quinoa and wheat pasta provide complex carbs and fiber, therefore they can help you feel full and satisfied for longer. Vegetables are also low in fat and high in fiber. As a result, you’ll have less cravings. 

6. Read Food Labels

Always check the labels for the fat content in packaged foods. Buy foods with lower fat content and avoid those with trans fats.

List Of Healthy Low-Fat Foods

Use these low-fat foods in your recipes, and they will lower your fat intake: 

  • Lean Proteins: Skinless chicken, turkey, seafood, tofu, and legumes.
  • Dairy: Low-fat or fat-free milk, yogurt, and cheese.
  • Vegetables and Fruits: Leafy greens, broccoli, bell peppers, and more; apples, berries, oranges, etc.
  • Whole Grains: Oats, quinoa, brown rice, and whole wheat pasta.
  • Healthy Fats: Avocado, olive oil, almonds, and other nuts with less fat.

If you want to follow a low-fat diet, it’s better to steer clear of high-fat foods, especially foods like deep-fried chicken, and processed meat such as bacon. 

In addition, only use butter and lard sparingly during cooking and stay away from foods that are high in trans fats. 

How Much Fat Should I Eat Per Day?

It depends on your individual needs and goals. For a well-balanced meal, it’s best to have 20-35% of your daily caloric intake from fat

Nutritious Low-Fat Breakfast Ideas To Kickstart Your Morning

You won’t miss high-fat foods after trying these delicious low-fat breakfasts. It’ll leave you feeling energized for the whole morning. 

  • Healthy Dragon Fruit Smoothie: Start your day with a bowl of low-fat dragon fruit smoothie topped with fresh fruits and granola. (total fat: 4g; calories per serving: 203)
  • Sous Vide Egg Bites: For a grab-and-go option, try these Starbucks copycat egg bites. It’ll give you a nutritious and low-fat boost to kickstart your morning. (total fat: 11g; calories per serving: 156)
  • Oatmeal Pancakes: These might be the healthiest pancakes ever! Light, fluffy with a touch of texture from oats! (total fat: 2g; calories per serving: 92)
  • Get creative and make a hearty breakfast with over-medium eggs, French toast, guacamole, and a glass of grapefruit juice

Simple Healthy Dinners For Family

Best weeknight dinners should be quick and easy, and they can also be healthy and low in fat. The meals below are easy to prepare and won’t weigh you down with excess fat.

  • Chicken With Peppers And Onions: This low-fat chicken recipe is perfect for a quick dinner. It’s so simple and delicious, and you ought to add it to your weeknight rotation! (total fat: 18g; calories per serving: 419)
  • Cauliflower Fried Rice: Look no further than this dish if you are trying to lose weight! (total fat: 5g; calories per serving: 152)
  • Baked Catfish: This baked fish is so healthy without satisfying the flavor! Replace butter with olive oil for an extra low-fat dinner! (total fat: 9g; calories per serving: 162)
  • Ranch Grilled Chicken Snack Wraps: Juicy chicken is wrapped in a soft tortilla. It’s low-fat but so satisfying! Bonus- it’s great for a grab-and-go lunch or dinner! (total fat: 15g; calories per serving: 316)
  • Baked Salmon In Foil: A delicious and healthy dinner ready in 30 minutes! You’ll get healthy omega-3 fatty acids from this easy meal! (total fat: 14g; calories per serving: 259)

Low-Fat Appetizers and Side Dishes

These appetizers and side dishes will complement your main course with great flavors and texture without the added fat.

  • Roasted Red Potatoes: This classic side dish pairs well with almost everything. Serve them with chicken, fish, or veggies for a satisfying low-fat dinner! (total fat: 10g; calories per serving: 178)
  • Cucumber and Onions Dill Salad: Refreshing, healthy, and flavorful, this is my go-to appetizer on hot summer days! (total fat: 10g; calories per serving: 178)
  • Microwave Sweet Potatoes: When I need a quick side dish, I often cook my sweet potatoes in the microwave. It takes only 10 minutes, but they always turn out tender and flavorful! (total fat: 11g; calories per serving: 101)
  • Air Fryer Asparagus: This is probably the healthiest way to eat asparagus, and it takes half of the time to cook with only 4 ingredients! (total fat: 2g; calories per serving: 40)
  • Crispy Air Fryer Tortilla Chips: You won’t believe that these tortilla chips are so crispy and crunchy, but they are made without oil! (total fat: 1g; calories per serving: 9)
  • For something simple, you can quickly boil some pasta and add microwave steamed broccoli on the side.

Low-Fat Soups and Stews

Warm soups are perfect for cool evenings, and you can make them with less fat! Opt for soups and stews made with lean meat, seafood, veggies, or hearty beans. They are filling, flavorful, and free of excessive fat.

  • Easy Shrimp Soup: The low-fat shrimp is the star ingredient for this healthy soup. (total fat: 18g; calories per serving: 269)
  • Easy Fish Soup: Make this hearty and healthy soup with your favorite fish and tomato puree. (total fat: 16g; calories per serving: 319)
  • Leftover Turkey Soup: Turn your leftover turkey carcass into something healthy and delicious! (total fat: 6g; calories per serving: 280)

Low-Fat Desserts Recipes

These low-fat desserts will satisfy your sweet tooth but won’t compromise on taste. 

  • This delightful fruit salad is always a crowd-pleaser. Serve them with tortilla chips and it will disappear before you know it!
  • Make a mug cake for a last-minute dessert. Don’t forget to use low-fat milk for this recipe!
  • You’ll love this 3-ingredient cinnamon roll apple cup cups! Serve them with low-fat ice cream for a guilt-free dessert.

For more healthy recipes, check out these roundups, including best zoodle recipes, high-fiber meals, and low-calorie cookies.

You can also try out dishes like Chinese cabbage stir-fry and black bean patty for a unique and health-conscious twist on traditional favorites. 

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Easy Microwave Cauliflower Rice Recipe

By: Izzy
This Easy Microwave Cauliflower Rice recipe makes light and fluffy cauliflower rice in just a few minutes. An amazingly healthy and low carb twist on takeout fried rice. It’s a perfect grain-free and quick side dish!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups mixed vegetables, fresh or frozen (I used diced carrots and peas)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Asian sesame oil, optional
  • chopped green onion, optional


  • Wash the cauliflower with cold water and use paper towels to dry it. Remove all greens.
  • If using a box grater, cut the cauliflower into large chunks and use the medium-sized holes to grate it into pieces the size of rice. If using a food processor, cut the florets into 2-3 inch pieces, and grate the cauliflower.
  • Transfer the rice to a large paper towel or kitchen towel, squeezing to remove any excess moisture. This process will prevent your rice from becoming soggy when cooked.
  • In a large microwave-safe bowl, add cauliflower rice, diced carrots, and peas. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap and cook on high for 2 minutes.
  • Beat the eggs in another bowl, and add it on top of the cauliflower rice. (Don’t mix at this point.)
  • Cover with the lid or plastic wrap, and microwave on high for 45 seconds (the eggs will be half-cooked at this point).
  • Mix the egg with the cauliflower rice and other vegetables. Microwave for another 45-60 seconds until eggs are fully cooked.
  • Season with salt, pepper, and optional sesame oil. Mix well.
  • Sprinkle with chopped green onions. Serve and enjoy!


  • If you’d like to steam plain cauliflower rice, just place it in a microwave-safe container and cook on high for 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  • A medium cauliflower head (1 pound) will give you about 4 cups of cauliflower rice.


Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 197mg | Potassium: 674mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4823IU | Vitamin C: 79mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate only and will vary based on ingredient brands and cooking methods used.

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I'm Izzy, a food lover and photographer. Here you’ll find a collection of simple recipes that are perfect for busy people. My blog aims to help you make and enjoy delicious and healthy food at home.

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