The Optavia lean and green meals are a great way to get the nutrients your body needs, without all the extra fat.
They’re designed for those who want more energy or weight loss with minimal effort!
Why struggle through those hectic days when you can have the perfect meal waiting for you at home?
Optavia has a variety of “Lean and Green” recipes.
These meals were designed with healthy fats, protein, vitamins & minerals to help people feel better while reaching weight loss goals!
63 Best Lean and Green Recipes for Lean and Green Meals
Do you ever find yourself thinking about what it would be like if you didn’t have these restrictions?
What are my options for meals on the Optavia diet?
Well, we’ve rounded up 63 of the best Optavia lean and green recipes that can help make this journey easier!
From healthy breakfasts or hearty lunches to refreshing dinners in between your workouts- they’re all easy enough with a little creativity.
So scroll down below as we show off our favorite dishes from each meal type!
Note: Not feeling the Optavia fuelings out there? Check out our list of 20 favorite Optavia fueling substitutes.
1. Basil Tuna Salad Lettuce Wraps
Looking to pack an Optavia-friendly lunch?
These healthy lettuce wraps are perfect!
Full of flavor and easy on the go.
These Lettuce wraps are perfect for a light dinner.
The combination of tuna and basil gives it some great flavor while the lettuce wrap is an easy way to get your veggies in at mealtime!
It’s also part of my Optavia lifestyle which I love because I can eat more on fewer calories.
You’ll hardly notice you’re on a diet when all your meals include this sort of fresh goodness!
I recommend this recipe if you are looking for something light, satisfying, and flavorful!
And if you want to make it a bit more filling, feel free to add in avocado or some grilled chicken!
2. Bang Bang Chicken
Take your taste buds on an adventure with this bang bang chicken.
This recipe tastes just as good as it looks, made in the oven or on the grill.
Your favorite spice blend makes it perfect to serve over cauliflower rice and you can go light by using less oil than what’s called for if that’s more of your style.
Plus, this dish is both satisfying AND healthy so there are no wrong ways to enjoy this one!
It’s the kind of dish that will fill your stomach and leave you feeling satisfied without weighing you down or leaving an oily residue on your hands after eating it.
It’s packed with healthy ingredients that will leave you feeling satisfied!
And, it’s a go-to dish in my house because it’s easy enough for weeknights when I’m too tired to cook.
3. Baked Cod with Tomatoes & Feta
A quick and easy cod dinner. Perfect for busy weeknights.
This simple Mediterranean dish is a great source of lean protein and contains a wide variety of vitamins and minerals.
You can use either cod or haddock but I prefer cod because it is lower in fat.
The secret to this dish is the freshness of the ingredients and using the highest quality olive oil you can get your hands on.
Try it and I promise you won’t be disappointed!
4. Vegetable Tofu Bowl with Eggs
Tofu is so versatile and this dish proves it! Here it is combined with vegetables, an egg, and some spices to make an easy and tasty meal. It’s a complete protein that will keep you feeling full longer!
If you’re looking for a quick and easy dinner recipe that the whole family will love, this is the one for you!
It can be served over cauliflower rice without problems!
5. Shredded Beef Stew: Ropa Vieja
I have been making this shredded beef stew (ropa vieja style) for over 20 years. It was a family favorite when I was growing up and it is still a family favorite today.
It’s great as is or you can add some avocado, cheese, or a dollop of sour cream to make it more satisfying.
This is another recipe you can easily modify to fit your tastes. If you don’t like spicy foods you can leave the jalapeño out and if you prefer milder flavors, you can use a milder spice blend. Or if you want to add more heat, feel free to use the whole jalapeño.
6. Ancho Tilapia on Cauliflower Rice
If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to chicken fried steak or fish sticks, this is the recipe for you!
Ancho chili powder gives this tilapia a delicious smoky flavor.
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And, if you don’t like Mexican flavors, feel free to use ancho chili powder instead of ancho chili powder and cayenne pepper.
You can also use fresh or dried basil instead of the ancho chili powder and cayenne pepper if you don’t have ancho chili powder on hand.
But, you know what? This dish will taste great no matter what kind of chili powder you use!
It’s perfect for game days, pot lucks, or when you just want to treat yourself!
It’s the kind of meal that will fill you up without weighing you down!
7. Instant Pot Napa Cabbage & Kimchi Stew
This is an instant pot recipe made with a crockpot.
I used to think slow cookers were the best thing since sliced bread… until I discovered my pressure cooker!
It’s like having your own personal chef in your kitchen!
It’s super easy to use and allows you to come home to a perfectly-cooked meal without any of the stress of planning or shopping for ingredients.
You can customize this recipe to your liking by using different vegetables and/or different meat.
I highly recommend this appliance if you are looking for a tool that will make your life a lot easier!
And, this recipe can be served over cauliflower rice (my favorite) or some other alternative.
8. Instant Pot Turkey with Mushroom Gravy & Cauliflower Stuffing
This is a very lean and green recipe that is perfect for those of you on an Optavia diet!
The secret is the cauliflower rice in the stuffing which is a great alternative to bread crumbs!
Turkey with mushroom gravy and cauliflower rice is a complete protein, low in fat, and has only 54 calories per serving. It’s also high in fiber, potassium, vitamin B6, iron, and other good stuff.
I love this recipe because it is easy to make, healthy, and it satisfies like no other meal!
9. Spaghetti Squash Bolognese
Here’s a lean and green recipe your family will love.
This recipe is going to knock your socks off!
It has only 3 net carbs per serving which is less than 1 gram of carbs for most people. And since it is low carb, it tastes great and is extremely high in protein.
This bolognese-style dish tastes amazing over cauliflower rice, spaghetti squash, zoodles, or any other pasta type you prefer.
The secret ingredient is cauliflower which gives the dish a mild and delicious taste and texture that will make you never want to eat real meat ever again. It also provides an excellent source of potassium and vitamin C plus many other vitamins and minerals.
Try this one on a weeknight or pack it for lunch the next time you go out! You won’t be sorry.
10. Minestrone Soup
This is a great soup to bring to a party because it looks so pretty served in a clear glass bowl and everyone will be asking you where you got it!
It has plenty of vegetables, a little meat, and is super low in fat and calories!
Plus, it tastes great!
I like to make a big batch of this soup and freeze individual portions for those nights when I don’t feel like cooking.
Freezing it in individual portions makes it easy to grab one on the way out the door when you’re running late!
11. Shrimp & Mushroom Curry
This shrimp and mushroom curry is a super quick and easy meal to make.
It’s delicious served over brown or white rice, but if you prefer your veggies steamed rather than stir-fried, you can use that instead.
Just make sure you drain and remove the excess liquid before you add the rice so it won’t get mushy.
Shrimp and mushrooms are a great combination because they have a natural affinity for each other.
They both contain lots of B vitamins and minerals which help keep your energy levels up and give you an overall sense of wellbeing!
You’ll also find mushrooms to be very nutritionally dense per calorie. They contain more protein, zinc, potassium, selenium, and vitamin D than almost any other food!
12. Cauliflower Crust Chicken Potpie
This is a great recipe for using up leftover chicken or turkey. If you’re making it from scratch, use chicken thighs instead of breasts.
They have more flavor and texture than white meat. The filling is a mixture of cheese, broccoli, carrots, onion, and green bell pepper that’s mixed with a little flour, milk, and chicken broth.
The crust is made with cauliflower that’s been riced, pulsed, and formed into a tight ball. This makes it very hard (almost impossible!) for the air to escape while the dough bakes.
The result is a flaky, golden-brown, ultra-cheesy crust that’s absolutely delicious!
This potpie will be ready in less than half an hour and it makes a lot so you might want to double the recipe if you’re feeding any large groups.
I’ve provided serving sizes but you can easily make this dish smaller or larger depending on your preference. It goes great with a simple salad or steamed vegetables.
13. Parmesan Meatballs & Collard Greens
This recipe is part of my Lean and Green lifestyle which helps me feel satisfied, healthy, and energized!
If you love meatballs, you’ll love this recipe.
These little guys are packed with protein and low in fat.
And the best part is… they are easy to make and even easier to eat!
What makes them so great is that the meatballs are made with 100% real ingredients like ground beef, bread crumbs, eggs, cheese, and herbs and spices.
The only ingredients that are processed are green pepper and onion.
They are a wonderful lunch or dinner when served over some cooked brown rice with a side of steamed broccoli.
They would also be excellent when served over a bed of shredded collard greens.
In my opinion, meatballs are the perfect food.
You can enjoy them as a snack, a meal on their own, or serve them as a meat-based entree.
14. Peri-Peri Pork & Cauliflower Steak
I am a huge fan of lean, green, and mean.
So, when it comes to meal planning, I try to keep things super simple by sticking to protein, veggies, and a few healthy carbs.
This peri-peri pork is an easy recipe that will fit into that category.
It has just enough peri-peri flavor to wake up your tastebuds without overpowering them! It’s also a great dish to serve over cauliflower rice or any other whole grain you like!
Pork tenderloin is a very lean cut of meat so you can use less than you would for other meats. This cut of pork also has a very low-calorie count so you won’t even notice how healthy this meal is!
I recommend using this recipe if you are looking for a dish with just the right amount of heat!
15. Grilled Tempeh with Roasted Eggplant & Watercress
This recipe was designed with Optavia in mind! It has an amazing mix of protein, complex carbs, and healthy fats that will leave you feeling satiated!
This dish is as close as you’ll get to have a really great fast food burrito without all the fat and calories!
Serve this over some cauliflower rice if you want to cut the carbs a bit.
This recipe is one of my favorites for entertaining because it looks so good and tastes so amazing, it’s the perfect dish to bring to a potluck or have on hand for when your friends drop by!
This recipe is so easy and quick to make, you’ll be surprised at how good it tastes!
All you need is a few basic ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.
If you don’t have any watercress, you can use arugula or even lettuce instead.
16. Grilled Mahi Mahi with Jicama Slaw
Do you know what’s great about this recipe?
Not only does it taste amazing but it’s also very filling!
One of my friends told me she almost never feels hungry after she eats one of these meals!
And, if you are looking for a delicious and filling meal that is packed with vitamins and nutrients… this is the one for you!
Mahi-mahi is a very lean fish, low in calories and high in protein.
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And, as far as I’m concerned, that makes it the perfect choice for an Optavia dish.
Jicama is a root vegetable similar to beets in flavor and texture.
It has a crisp, refreshing taste and is very low in calories. Combined, these two ingredients make a deliciously light slaw that complements the richness of the fish perfectly.
This recipe is perfect to serve over cauliflower rice which I highly recommend if you are trying to lose weight.
17. Eggplant Parmesan with Grilled Chicken
This is a great dish for dinner when you’re craving something rich and delicious but you want to be conscious about how much fat and calories you are eating.
This dish has a little bit of everything your taste buds (and your heart) desire.
It’s got protein from the chicken, healthy fats from the olive oil and avocado, and fiber from the zucchini and eggplant.
Plus, it’s got a beautiful, satisfying combination of flavors that will have you coming back for more!
This is another go-to recipe in my house because it’s a complete meal in itself and is easy to make.
It’s also a great dish for dinner when you are serving a small group of people because the portion sizes are really generous!
18. Salmon Poke Bowl
Poke bowls are one of my favorite go-to meals.
They’re easy to eat on the go and you can customize them to your liking. This one includes a delicious combination of salmon, edamame, avocado, cucumber, carrots, and spicy sriracha sauce!
This recipe is quick, easy, and delicious!
You’ll love the flavors and textures of this meal!
19. Jerk Crusted Pork Chop with Wilted Spinach Salad
This jerk pork chop recipe is super easy to make and the results are just delicious! It’s perfect for a busy weeknight, or even better yet, a weekend getaway. The fresh herbs, the crunchy jerk seasoning, and the creamy honey mustard sauce are just begging to be dipped into.
The pork chops themselves are low in fat, have just 70 calories per serving, and only 4 grams of fat. And if that’s not enough, the chopped green onions and jalapenos add a nice zesty kick to the dish.
I would serve this with some rice and a side of vegetables, and you can feel great about eating it as part of your Optavia diet!
20. Fajita Beef Bowl
This bowl has a lot going for it besides being low-cal. It’s got lean beef, bell peppers, onions, broccoli, cilantro and seasoned with garlic and black pepper.
And, of course, all those great ingredients make this a super-healthy meal.
It’s also extremely versatile. You could add some refried beans, salsa, or guacamole if you wanted it to be more filling or, as it is, it’s a nice light meal that will keep you feeling full until your next meal.
21. Cauliflower Pizza with Chicken & Tzatziki
This is the sort of recipe that tastes as good as it looks!
Your family and friends will be impressed you made this from scratch!
It’s simple, scrumptious, and will take just minutes to throw together!
The chicken, cheese, and vegetables are baked right on top of the cauliflower crust and then covered with creamy, tangy tzatziki.
It’s a complete meal in itself… but… if you want to make it a complete dish, serve it over some whole wheat pasta or rice.
Either way, it’s the perfect light meal to serve your guests or family when you don’t have much time to get dinner on the table!
22. Shrimp Campechana Salad
I love shrimp.
And, this is one of those recipes where the secret ingredient is the spices!
If you don’t like spicy foods you can make a milder version by cutting back on the cayenne pepper.
But, if you do like spicy food, this is the one you want to make!
It’s great as an appetizer or main dish and it’s very easy to double the recipe (I often do) and freeze some for later.
I like to serve this over cucumber slices!
23. Ancho Tilapia on Cauliflower Rice
This recipe is part of my Optavia “Lean and Green” plan. It’s an easy way to get protein into your diet and get your greens in at the same time.
Ancho chili powder gives it a kick and the fish is seasoned with salt, pepper, and lemon juice which makes it really tasty!
There are so many different ways to enjoy this dish. You can eat it over cauliflower rice or, you could serve it over brown rice or quinoa if you prefer. And, you could even add some avocado or guacamole for some added fat and calories!
This is one of those dishes that you can make super simple or super complicated depending on how much time you have.
The ingredients are inexpensive and easy to find. It will keep you satisfied for a long time so you won’t be reaching for junk food to satisfy your hunger pangs!
24. Chicken Paella
This recipe is an easy way to get all your weekly vitamins and minerals in one delicious meal!
Made with only five ingredients, you can whip up this super-healthy dish in just 30 minutes or less!
This is an especially great recipe to make with your children because it teaches them the importance of variety in their diet while giving them a healthy and tasty recipe to enjoy!
This dish is perfect for any time of the year but is especially great for the summer months!
You can use chicken or shrimp and if you choose, you can add some peas or corn for even more color, flavor, and nutrition!
This is an amazing recipe for a Superbowl party! It’s also a great recipe to bring to a potluck because it tastes good and looks good so people will be begging you for the recipe!
25. Turkey Meatball & Squash Noodle Soup
This is a great lean green recipe that is super simple to make.
It’s also packed with flavor!
A nice change of pace from the usual chicken noodle soups.
I love how the ground turkey gives this soup a nice, hearty flavor while still being low in fat and calories!
There are only five ingredients and you can find them all in your local grocery store.
This recipe is another one that is perfect for those busy nights when you don’t have a lot of time to get dinner on the table.
It will be ready in 30 minutes and you can serve it over cauliflower rice or zoodles for a complete protein meal.
26. Grilled Chicken Power Bowl with Green Goddess Dressing
This power bowl with grilled chicken, broccoli, and carrots is a delicious, complete meal in itself.
But, when you add in a side of brown rice or some steamed or sautéed veggies, it makes an excellent complete protein meal!
And, all of the flavors meld together perfectly in your mouth!
This recipe makes 4 servings, but you can easily halve it if you’re feeding just one person.
It’s an excellent way to get plenty of vegetables into your day!
I love this recipe because it’s easy, it’s tasty, it’s satisfying, and it’s super versatile!
You can use any mix of greens you like for this recipe; I used romaine because it’s what I had on hand.
You can also use other veggies like zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, etc. for this recipe!
27. Mason Jar Chicken Parm Soup
This is a super easy soup that tastes like it took hours to make! It’s perfect for busy days when you don’t have much time to spend in the kitchen.
All you need is a few pantry staples, some chicken breast, and your favorite jarred pasta sauce.
This is a perfect meal for serving as an appetizer or even as a main course. It’s low-calorie, full of fiber, and a great source of protein.
It’s perfect for people who don’t like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.
You can use rotisserie or grilled chicken. If using the latter, simply omit the paprika.
28. Instant Pot Moroccan Chicken
If you love spices, this is the recipe for you!
Made with a secret blend of spices, this chicken will satisfy even the most demanding spice junkies!
One of the secrets to making this chicken taste great is using a blend of dried herbs and spices instead of just one type of seasonings like salt or pepper. This allows the spices to infuse into the meat really nicely!
And the best part about this chicken is it’s SUPER easy to make!
You’ll hardly notice how simple it is until you’ve tried it and then you’ll be begging me (and yourself) to make it again and again!
This is a dish you can enjoy over and over!
It’s perfect for family meals, get-togethers, dinner with friends, potluck dinners… or even a business meal!
Just chop up some veggies, add them to a baking dish, pour the chicken broth and lemon juice over them and top with the chicken.
29. Chicken Crust Margherita Pizza
If you’re like most people, when you think of pizza, you think of a cheesy, greasy slice of heaven.
But not anymore. At least not if you are on a low carb or keto diet.
This is a great recipe for making pizza without all the carbs and cheese. It’s very low in net carbs and has just the right amount of veggies, chicken, and lean meat to satisfy even the hungriest of appetites. Plus, it tastes amazing!
This is the perfect “pizza” recipe for all your friends and family who can’t seem to get enough of your “regular” food. They’ll never know it’s low carb!
And you can have a little fun experimenting with different toppings too. Try spinach and bacon, roasted eggplant, or even spinach, mushroom, and swiss cheese pizza!
The possibilities are endless.
30. Caprese Chicken
Here’s a simple and delicious way to get more vegetables into your diet!
This chicken recipe is perfect for all phases of the diet!
It can be made low carb, keto, or even a paleo version if that’s what you like to eat.
What’s great about this recipe is you can make it low carb and it will still taste amazing!
The secret is the quality of the chicken and the marinade!
You can use any type of chicken you like but I prefer chicken thighs because they are so flavorful and have a lot of “meaty” flavor!
They also hold up well on the grill or in the oven!
31. Curried Chicken Salad Wraps
This recipe is as close to a perfect lunch as you can get.
It’s filling, flavorful, low in fat and calories, easy to make, and ready in minutes!
It can be made in the oven or on the grill.
You can even shred the chicken and mix it with the other ingredients ahead of time and then just wrap and go!
It’s the sort of recipe you can whip up anytime, anywhere!
It contains many of the ingredients that are necessary to create a “superfood” salad!
The dressing is especially good on this one because of the yogurt and honey.
It’s perfect for a light dinner with some garlic bread and crisp white wine.
This is one of those recipes that tastes even better the second day because the flavors mingle and meld and become more delicious!
32. Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken & Cauliflower Rice Bowls
What do you get when you combine the flavor of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chicken breast, and cauliflower rice?
You get this amazing instant pot recipe that is loaded with all the flavors of southwest cuisine without any of the fat or added sugar!
This meal is so easy to make, you’ll hardly notice it takes more than 5 minutes to get dinner on the table!
The chipotle peppers give the dish a wonderful smoky taste that pairs perfectly with the creamy chicken and crisp veggies.
You can serve these bowls as a complete meal or you can have them for lunch the next day as a hearty vegetarian option. Either way, they are sure to become a regular part of your rotation!
33. Chicken Enchilada Rollups
My family loves this chicken enchilada rollup recipe and it’s perfect for when you want to eat healthier but don’t want to give up flavor.
It’s easy to make and will satisfy your taste buds.
In fact, it’s such a good dish that my kids will sometimes ask for it just to see if I will make them another one.
They’re always pleasantly surprised when I do and it’s also the perfect meal for when you have company or need something filling, healthy, and satisfying!
I’ve even made it with shredded chicken so you can use the leaner option if you’d like.
And, it only has four ingredients so you can get creative with how much of each you use.
So, don’t be afraid to try this one out yourself!
34. Cheesy Chicken Cauliflower Skillet
Looking for a healthier, more filling way to enjoy chicken?
This Optavia-friendly lean and green version of chicken cheddar cauliflower skillets is a good choice.
With just a few basic ingredients, you can create a simple meal that is sure to please.
Plus, you’ll get all the flavor you expect from traditional cheddar cauliflower but without the heavy calories or unhealthy fats.
This dish is so simple, you can make it at the last minute before heading out the door.
All you have to do is toss the ingredients in a skillet and cook until the veggies are tender.
But, that’s not where it stops!
You get to control how much oil you use so you can stay within your calorie count if you choose to cook it in a pan.
And, you don’t even have to wait for the cheese to melt.
That means you can enjoy your meals on the go, and eat them without feeling guilty!
35. Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala
I love my Instant Pot and I know a lot of you do too.
It’s the most convenient way to get dinner on the table with minimal stress!
You can make this chicken tikka masala with any chicken recipe but this one has a great flavor profile that makes it perfect for an Optavia recipe.
It’s simple, delicious, and I hope it helps you find some new ways to prepare chicken on the go!
36. Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Grilled Chicken
It’s time to put your fork down and get back into the kitchen for this meal!
I’ve been seeing more and more recipes in my social media feeds that feature chicken, so I thought I’d give it a try and share it with you!
This is one of my favorite ways to enjoy chicken that packs some healthy ingredients without sacrificing flavor.
I recommend making extra so you can freeze some to have on hand!
It’s perfect to serve over a bed of cauliflower rice.
You can also top it with any veggies you like, or go totally Paleo and use meatless crumbles to make it a vegan meal!
Or, if you’re going for more of an Asian-inspired dish, top it with some cashews, sprouts, sesame seeds, or anything else you’d like.
37. Turkey Stracciatella Soup
I was really surprised when I tried this recipe because the flavor is so much more than what I was expecting.
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This soup has a slightly nutty flavor which I didn’t expect and the texture is a bit different than what I thought it would be like.
But that’s what makes it so good because I love the way it turns out.
I especially love it because it’s made with whole foods rather than packaged or processed ingredients.
So, if you’re looking to get some extra nutrients into your diet, try this soup because you won’t be disappointed!
You’ll find yourself wanting to make this again and again.
It’s a great choice for a cold-weather day because it’s warm and comforting and just plain delicious!
38. Sheet Pan Chicken Fajita Lettuce Wraps
If you are looking for a quick and easy dinner for tonight, this is the recipe for you.
Chicken, peppers, and onion are tossed in some spices and then cooked on a sheet pan before being wrapped up in lettuce.
This recipe tastes great as is or with some avocado or some grilled chicken added in.
The peppers and onions add some great texture to the meal while the spices are the perfect blend of sweet and savory to make it something you’ll want to make time and time again.
I know when I’m feeling under the weather and just want to eat something that’s easy and healthy, these lettuce wraps are always my go-to meal.
They’re also a great way to get in more greens, veggies, and protein when you’re trying to cut back on calories.
39. Lemon Chicken Spaghetti Squash With Spinach & Tomatoes
Spinach and tomatoes are two of the healthiest foods out there and this spaghetti squash dish is the perfect way to incorporate them into your diet.
This dish is also perfect for meal prep because it is so quick and easy to make.
A healthy twist on pasta that is ready in 30 minutes flat.
Serve this with grilled chicken, shrimp, or steak for a hearty meal!
It’s one of those dishes that can be served as an appetizer, entrée, or side depending on what you’re looking for!
The lemony taste makes this dish extra special so I recommend using fresh ingredients.
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40. Chicken Enchilada Spaghetti Squash Boats
It’s super convenient to have a freezer meal like this ready to pop in the oven at a moment’s notice!
They’re a great way to serve up a satisfying, healthy meal and they’re full of veggies!
You get all the flavor of enchiladas and all the nutrition of spaghetti squash with the added bonus of leftovers that make a great lunch!
It’s the perfect way to add veggies to a meal and even better, it’s a freezer meal so you don’t need to worry about finding an occasion to serve it up.
It’s the perfect meal for a busy weeknight because it requires minimal clean-up or effort on your part.
This meal is also full of good fats and fiber which help you feel satisfied while keeping you healthy.
Plus, you get leftovers for another day!
41. Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
I know how much you love chicken.
This recipe is full of all the flavors you crave but is low in calories and carbs so you can indulge without feeling guilty.
I made a batch of these meatballs while I was on the road visiting family and friends so I knew they’d be a hit.
And they were!
The sauce is creamy and rich, making it taste so good you won’t even notice the chicken is there.
It’s perfect as a quick and easy appetizer or side dish!
42. Personal Portobello Mushroom Pizzas
I love this recipe for a few reasons:
- It looks like you’re eating pizza, but it’s really just a side dish.
- It’s made with veggies and other healthy foods, not just cheese.
- It’s also a meal that can be made ahead and reheated for later use.
The personal pizzas make it really easy to put together and it’s fun to eat with family and friends.
It’s also great because they freeze well so you don’t need to worry about eating something unhealthy at the last minute.
43. Tofu Power Bowl
The Optavia team is all about keeping it green, which is why they created this bowl packed with green veggies and tofu.
I like to add some beans and quinoa for added nutrients but you can use whatever veggies and grains you prefer.
If you want to make this a meal, consider adding in some grilled chicken or fish for added protein.
You can also serve it over cauliflower rice, rice, or noodles if you prefer.
It’s one of my go-to recipes because it’s easy to customize and it’s always a crowd-pleaser!
You’ll be impressed by how flavorful this is and you won’t even realize that it’s loaded with veggies!
This is a great way to get your greens in without feeling like you’re missing out.
44. Sweet Spaghetti Squash Kugel
For a twist on the traditional side dish that always shows up at holidays and big events, try this sweet spaghetti squash kugel!
This delicious recipe comes together in just 15 minutes and has less than 200 calories and 8 grams of fat per serving!
It’s made with an easy-to-find ingredient, so it’s perfect for those on an Optavia lifestyle!
Not only does this recipe taste great but it also comes together in no time at all!
It’s the perfect recipe to make with kids because they love the taste and the fact that they’re helping you make it!
If you’re looking for a fun way to eat vegetables, this is a must-try!
And, if you want to serve it with a festive twist, go ahead and drizzle some powdered sugar on top.
45. Spaghetti Squash Gratin
I know that spaghetti squash can be a bit of a mystery, but this is a great way to get to know it!
If you’ve never tried spaghetti squash before, this recipe is the perfect introduction to the superfood because you can serve it as a side or as a main!
It’s also a perfect family-friendly meal because there are no meatballs to hide!
The squash itself doesn’t have a strong taste so it pairs well with all kinds of flavors like this Italian sauce.
And if you love the flavor of sausage, you can add some to it too!
You can use it as a side for dinner and even as a pasta salad for lunch!
46. Cheese Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms
If you’ve ever been looking for a way to sneak more veggies into your diet, look no further.
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This recipe for cheese-stuffed mushrooms is the perfect way to do it!
This recipe makes enough for four people, so you can have this as a side or eat it all yourself.
It’s a dish I use often because it’s so versatile!
You can make them fancy by adding in pesto or any other tasty marinade or keep them simple by making them in a cast-iron skillet.
Either way, they’re delicious!
These mushrooms are also a great addition to any of my Optavia dinners.
They are the perfect go-to food when I’m trying to avoid carbs and I want to make sure I’m eating plenty of veggies.
This dish is great for someone who needs to watch their carbs because it’s low carb and packed with tons of protein!
47. Mexican Bell Pepper Casserole
Trying to eat a more balanced diet?
This Mexican-inspired casserole will give you a delicious twist to your favorite side dish.
It’s got all the flavors of your favorite TexMex dishes like chili con carne, enchiladas, tacos, and more!
But, it also includes lots of veggies like green beans, peppers, and corn.
And, the secret ingredient is cauliflower rice which has a great texture similar to rice but is a healthier alternative.
It’s packed with fiber, protein, and healthy fats and is a great way to boost your daily intake of vegetables!
I know that I personally love this dish because it’s a great balance of flavor and nutrients.
And it’s a go-to for me when I’m looking to feel energized but still want a light meal on the go.
48. Egg Muffins Three Ways
These healthy egg muffins are great for breakfast or a quick snack.
They’re also a great way to start your day off right.
I love the versatility of this recipe because you can eat them in many ways.
They can be made into individual egg muffins, they can be made into one big bowl to make a hearty breakfast, or you can make them as a snack!
You have multiple ways to enjoy these muffins because they are loaded with veggies and fiber, so they can also be eaten as a light lunch or dinner!
And, it’s the perfect way to use leftover chicken!
I recommend this recipe if you’re looking for a simple and healthy breakfast or snack!
49. Zucchini Spinach Manicotti Recipe
This lean and green recipe has been on the market for years, but it’s only recently I got to try it!
This dish is a classic, simple, and healthy meal that you can make in under 20 minutes!
The zucchini and spinach provide a nice base that’s not too heavy and is a great way to sneak in some extra veggies.
The sauce adds some extra flavor and keeps the dish from getting boring.
It’s also very filling, so it makes for a perfect dinner or side dish!
I recommend this dish if you are looking for something healthy that is quick and easy to make!
It’s perfect for lunch or even as a side dish for a larger meal!
50. Spaghetti Squash Waffel Grilled Cheese
Spaghetti squash is great in so many ways, especially when used as the base for this waffle grilled cheese!
The spaghetti squash holds up perfectly, making it an amazing replacement for noodles.
And, if you’re wondering how this one could possibly be a healthy meal, just wait until you taste it!
It’s packed with tons of vegetables while being super low in calories.
This spaghetti squash waffle grilled cheese is made with a simple salad mix of spinach, tomatoes, and cucumbers with a delicious garlic butter sauce to top it off.
I know you will love it!
It’s not just a great side dish, this dish is also perfect for a lunch or dinner.
And, if you’re looking for something that’s easy to make, this is the recipe for you!
51. Low-Carb Lobster Roll
Lobsters are a bit tricky to cook on their own but they are the perfect base for a delicious roll with some of the best flavors that make them so great.
Here I use a traditional lobster roll recipe with just a few tweaks to make it healthier and Optavia-friendly.
I take out the bread and replace it with a lettuce wrap for more filling protein and fiber.
You can also add your favorite toppings for an extra burst of flavor.
This one is definitely more on the filling side because of the lettuce, but you can leave it lighter by using less dressing if you prefer.
52. One-Pan Lemon Pepper Salmon with Garlic Parmesan Asparagus
I think this dish has the best of both worlds.
It’s full of flavor and easy to make.
You won’t have to use as many calories as you would if you were eating the same dish out.
There’s nothing more satisfying than a piece of perfectly cooked salmon that’s bursting with flavor!
It’s also packed with vegetables which will give you loads of nutritional value.
This dish can be made with just a few ingredients that come together quickly, so it’s perfect for busy nights when you want to make something quick and delicious!
This dish is a great example of how I can enjoy salmon without the calorie count skyrocketing!
It’s one of my go-to recipes and I’m sure yours will become your new favorite too!
53. Salmon Florentine
Optavia’s lean and green recipes are the perfect way to start your day!
Whether you’re looking for a super easy breakfast, brunch, or lunch, you’ll find this dish will help kick off your day the right way.
I’ve found myself enjoying it on the weekends for breakfast or brunch with a side of fruit and veggies.
It’s a great way to eat salmon without loading on the fat or calories!
Just like with the Bang Bang Chicken, you can serve this on cauliflower rice or on top of any salad.
And, it’s just as healthy as it looks, so feel free to serve it at dinner if you want to make it a main meal.
54. Shrimp & Cauliflower Grits
The key to having a healthy dish that tastes good is to start with great ingredients.
Cauliflower, spinach, and shrimp make up this “lean and green” recipe which is easy to make, versatile, and tastes great!
The flavors of the shrimp and vegetables really bring it together while the grits provide a hearty texture for the dish.
This recipe is great for anyone looking to make a dish that is both healthy AND tasty!
I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does!
55. No-Fuss Salmon Burgers With Cucumber Salad
I love these salmon burgers because they are packed with flavor and healthy ingredients.
Plus, they’re made with ground chicken that is high in protein and low in fat so they’re easy on the waistline.
These lean and green salmon burgers are also a go-to meal because they are easy to make and delicious enough for dinner or lunch.
So, it’s always a great time to whip up some of these super tasty salmon burgers!
There’s no need to worry about having to cook the salmon first if you’re not a fan of fish because these salmon burgers are made with ground chicken instead.
And, they still have that nice texture and flavor of fresh salmon so they are very realistic.
This recipe is perfect if you’re looking to make your meals more nutritious without feeling like you’ve gone on a diet.
56. Shrimp & Avocado Cauliflower Rice Sushi
I know a lot of you are really looking forward to Optavia’s next launch!
This is the meal I’m most excited about because this is the first time I’ve had shrimp in years.
Shrimp is one of the most nutritious foods you can eat because they’re low in fat and high in protein and minerals such as iron and selenium.
Plus, I can easily throw in some greens and rice and it turns into a delicious and filling meal.
This sushi is also an easy recipe to make, it’s the perfect thing to grab and go!
This is what I imagine eating while watching my favorite show.
It’s the perfect way to get your greens in without feeling weighed down or bloated!
So, I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!
And, of course, let me know how you like it!
57. Sheet Pan Shrimp Scampi
This shrimp scampi recipe is super quick to make and uses just a few basic ingredients that are easy to find at your local grocery store.
I made this recipe as part of the Optavia lean and green meal plan which I recommend if you’re looking to cut back on calories or want a great way to eat well on the go.
This recipe makes for an easy meal to have on hand in the fridge!
Just grab a piece of bread or wrap and you’re good to go!
And, since you’ve got it in your fridge already, there’s no need to worry about what else you might be eating while waiting for it to be ready to eat.
You’ll be able to enjoy your meal in no time!
58. Mini Mac in a Bowl
When you’re looking for a recipe to make for lunch that’s ready in just a few minutes and will keep you satisfied and full, look no further than this healthy mac and cheese.
It’s made with cauliflower instead of white pasta.
This dish is loaded with veggies and has only 1.5 grams of fat per serving.
That’s less than half of the average serving of mac and cheese!
Plus, you get more vegetables than you would in other mac and cheese recipes!
And if you want to make this meal even healthier, feel free to add in some low-fat cheddar cheese or leave out the whole grain bread crumbs.
It doesn’t have to be healthy to taste delicious!
59. Italian Wedding Soup
One of my favorite things about Optavia is that it helps me feel like I am still eating healthy even if it’s not a total meal.
This Italian Wedding Soup from Optavia is filled with veggies, protein, and fiber so you can have your Italian food while feeling like you are still getting the benefits of a plant-based diet!
It’s also an awesome recipe to serve over brown rice because it’s hearty and filling.
It’s packed with flavor and it makes a great meal prep option for busy days!
60. Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork with Greek Yogurt Slaw
Here’s a recipe that will satisfy any carnivore.
This Instant Pot recipe is a healthier option than traditional BBQ pulled pork and it tastes delicious and hearty.
You’ll hardly notice it’s made in the Instant Pot and the flavor will really shine through the Greek yogurt slaw.
It’s super easy to make and you can serve it as a main course or a side.
If you love Greek yogurt and you’re looking for a lighter option, this is it!
I’ve made it for dinner parties and it’s always been a hit.
It can be served with a side of steamed vegetables or it can go on top of a salad.
If you want a little more flavor, try adding in some hot sauce or chili powder!
It’s the perfect meal to have for lunch or dinner on busy weeknights!
61. Bibimbap Bowl
This bowl of bibimbap is so delicious and it is also a great way to get a lot of veggies into your system for a meal.
I like to make it when we have company because it is a hearty and filling dish and is perfect for a crowd!
If you’re new to this recipe, let me introduce you to the concept of Bibimbap.
This is a traditional Korean dish and it’s traditionally served as breakfast food, but it can easily be made for lunch or dinner!
The idea is to use rice as a base, and then add some vegetables, meat, and spices to it.
After everything is mixed in, it’s served in a steamer-like pan and eaten in bowls using a spoon or chopsticks.
A little bit of oil helps keep the rice from sticking to the bottom and keeps the whole thing nice and moist.
62. Zucchini Pizza Casserole
I make this zucchini pizza casserole every once in a while because it’s one of my family’s favorites.
I think it’s really easy to make too, so it’s perfect for when you have a few minutes and you want a quick and filling dinner that’s also good for you!
I like to add some mushrooms and black olives for flavor and nutritional value.
If you don’t like mushrooms, try using broccoli or spinach!
You can also use this recipe as the base for other pizza toppings like onions, peppers, and sausage if you’d like.
This is a great way to use up all your leftover vegetables from the week or even use veggies you bought on sale that just didn’t make it to your shopping list!
Plus, it’s an easy way to eat more veggies and I love the way they pop out of the casserole after baking.
63. Cauliflower Rice Stuffing
This lean and green recipe from Optavia makes an amazing stuffing!
I’ve made it with chicken and it makes a great stuffing, but you can use turkey, pork, beef, or whatever you have on hand for this recipe.
The flavor is just incredible and I love it served as a side dish or a main course.
This is one of those recipes that makes everything else you eat taste better!
It’s so flavorful, yet light and not at all heavy or greasy.
You’ll feel like you’re getting some extra veggies into your day with every bite of this recipe.
Plus, it’s full of antioxidants, fiber, and protein to keep you feeling satisfied and energized throughout the day.
I love this recipe because it makes it so easy to incorporate vegetables into my meals.
You can even use leftover broccoli, cauliflower, or asparagus in this recipe and have it ready to go for lunch.
What are some easy no cook lean and green meals?
If you’re looking for a quick and easy lean and green meal option that requires no cooking, there are plenty of delicious choices to consider. Here are some easy no cook lean and green meal ideas:
- Salad with Grilled Chicken: A simple salad made with mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and a serving of grilled chicken can be a satisfying and healthy option.
- Tuna Salad Lettuce Wraps: Mix canned tuna with a small amount of light mayonnaise, chopped celery, and onion. Serve on top of a lettuce leaf for a low-carb, no-cook meal.
- Raw Veggie Bowl: Slice up raw bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, and snap peas and serve with a side of hummus or Greek yogurt dip.
- Greek Yogurt Parfait: Layer non-fat Greek yogurt with sliced strawberries, blueberries, and a sprinkle of granola for a high-protein, low-carb breakfast or snack.
- Turkey Roll-Ups: Spread hummus or cream cheese on slices of turkey breast and roll up with sliced cucumber, bell pepper, or other raw veggies.
These no-cook lean and green meals are not only easy to prepare, but they also provide a nutritious and balanced meal that can help you stay on track with your weight loss goals.
5 Simple “Optavia-Inspired” Optavia Lean and Green Recipes
Here are some super simple Optavia lean and green recipes:
- Grilled Lemon Garlic Shrimp: Skewer peeled and deveined shrimp, brush with a mixture of lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil, and grill until cooked through. Serve with steamed broccoli for a quick and flavorful lean and green meal.
- Taco Salad: Brown ground turkey or chicken with taco seasoning and serve over a bed of lettuce with diced tomato, onion, and a dollop of salsa. Top with a serving of sliced avocado for a healthy fat.
- Baked Salmon with Asparagus: Place a salmon fillet on a sheet of aluminum foil, season with salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Wrap tightly and bake in the oven at 400°F for 15-20 minutes. Serve with steamed asparagus.
- Tofu Stir-Fry: Heat a tablespoon of oil in a wok or large skillet, add cubed tofu and stir-fry until browned. Add chopped bell peppers, mushrooms, and onion, and stir-fry for a few more minutes. Season with low-sodium soy sauce and serve over cauliflower rice.
- Turkey Burger with Zucchini Fries: Mix ground turkey with chopped onion, garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Form into patties and grill or bake until cooked through. Serve with sliced zucchini fries baked in the oven at 400°F for 15-20 minutes.
These super simple Optavia lean and green recipes are not only easy to prepare but also delicious and nutritious, making them perfect for those who want to stay on track with their weight loss goals while enjoying flavorful meals.
What can you eat on Optavia lean and Green meals?
Optavia’s lean and green meals offer a variety of nutritious and delicious options to help you reach your weight loss goals. These meals consist of a serving of lean protein, non-starchy vegetables, and healthy fats.
Lean protein options include chicken, fish, turkey, tofu, and lean cuts of beef. Non-starchy vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, lettuce, and asparagus are also recommended. Healthy fat options can include nuts, seeds, and avocado.
Is there a cookbook specifically for Optavia’s lean and green meals?
Yes, there is a cookbook available on Amazon called “Lean and Green Optavia Diet Cookbook 2022: Simple Recipes to Lose Weight in 1 Week.”
What does a typical lean and green meal consist of?
A typical lean and green meal consists of 5 to 7 ounces of cooked lean protein, three (3) servings of non-starchy vegetables, and up to two (2) servings of healthy fats, depending on the type of lean protein chosen. You can enjoy your lean and green meal at any time of the day.
Are there any vegetables to avoid while on Optavia?
On the Optimal Weight 5 & 1 Plan, it is recommended to avoid the highest-carbohydrate vegetables such as carrots, corn, peas, potatoes, onions, edamame, and Brussels sprouts. This helps to enhance weight loss results. However, once you have achieved your desired weight, you can include all types of vegetables for long-term health benefits.
Looking for a fresh new approach to cooking?
Optavia’s Lean and Green recipes are perfect for those who want to eat healthier without sacrificing flavor.
With 63 light, healthy dishes that take less than 30 minutes from prep time to finished dish, you have no excuse not to cook your way back into shape!
There is never any need to resorting unhealthy fast food or overcooked dinners again – these lean and green recipes make it easy for anyone to enjoy wholesome home-cooked meals every night of the week!
Oh, and if you like healthy meal options, don’t forget to check out these Noom recipes!
63 Best Optavia “Lean and Green” Recipes
- 1 oz peanuts, divided
- 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2 tbsp coconut aminos or soy sauce
- 1 tsp sesame oil, plus more for drizzling
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- Using a food processor, finely chop half of the peanuts. Process until they're a coarse meal, about 30 seconds.
- Add in the chicken cubes and pulse 8-10 times, until the mixture is slightly sticky and holds together; transfer to a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the coconut aminos (or soy sauce), 2 tbsp. water, sesame oil, garlic powder, ginger, cilantro leaves, scallions, and half of the peanuts.
- Pour the sauce over the chicken mixture and toss to coat evenly. Marinate for 20 minutes.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 tsp sesame oil. Add the chicken cubes and cook until browned and cooked through, about 4 minutes per side.
- Sprinkle with the reserved chopped peanuts and serve over cauliflower rice, if desired.
Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.