Healthy family meals that help make healthy eating easy for the whole family, including the Hairy Bikers' Spanish chicken bake, fish burgers and a healthy tuna pasta bake.
Healthy family meals that help make healthy eating easy for the whole family, including the Hairy Bikers’ Spanish chicken bake, fish burgers and a healthy tuna pasta bake. Think veg-packed healthy family dinners that you’ll make again and again.
Find new ideas for healthy meals so you’ll never get bored. You’ll find healthy versions of your favourite dinners, like macaroni cheese, curry and even fish and chips. Each recipe is easy and budget-friendly, so you’ll be able to feed your family nutritious dinners without running up a bigger food bill.
Most of these healthy recipes can be made ahead, ready to pop onto your dinner table when the kids are home from school. A lot of these dishes are one-pot too, which means you spend less time washing up and more quality time with the family.
First on the list is this family-sized feast by Weight Watchers. This Quorn sausage pasta bake is not only family-friendly, it’s vegetarian too – not that you’ll miss the meat!
Get the recipe: Weight Watchers Quorn sausage pasta bake
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Mouth-watering Weight Watchers Cajun chicken is a one-pot wonder that takes only 15 mins to prep and brings two of our favourites together, chicken and rice, to make one family-friendly meal.
Get the recipe: Weight Watchers Cajun chicken
A healthier take on a burger, this fish burger is wrapped up with plenty of fresh salad (and a tasty gherkin). Using wraps rather than burger buns makes them less stodgy, but they still taste great.
Get the recipe: Fish burgers
Tuna pasta bake is a firm family favourite and this simple recipe uses store cupboard staples to make a healthy meal the whole family will love. Protein-rich tuna is good for getting a good old dose of healthy oils and fats, while the carbohydrates in the pasta will keep big and little family members an energy boost.
Get the recipe: Tuna pasta bake
This chicken casserole recipe is healthy and filling, with each portion
working out at round 390 calories. This is a great way to make sure the whole family gets a few portions of vegetables too.
Get the recipe: Chicken casserole
Meat-free mushroom ragu is quick to prepare then pretty much cooks itself. Mushrooms and Quorn make a chunky ragu that’s better for you and instead of pasta, we’ve snuck in extra veg in the form or courgetti, or courgette ribbons.
Get the recipe: Mushroom ragu with courgetti
Are you looking for something different (and healthier!) for dinner? This black bean shakshuka will be right up your street. It takes only 30 mins to cook and is bursting with flavour thanks to the spices and garlic.
Get the recipe: Weight Watchers black bean shakshuka
Make pizzas all round, but with a healthy twist – the base is made from cauliflower! A great way to eat an extra portion of veg on what isn’t usually the healthiest dinner…
Get the recipe: Cauliflower pizza
You won’t believe it to look at it, but this burger is good for you. It’s meat free, made with plenty of vegetables and topped with superfood-rich guacamole. Plus, they are SO easy to make!
Get the recipe: Vegan burgers
A great way to use up leftover chicken, add it to a fresh salad with vegetable strips and a little ginger and chill for extra flavour. It’s packed with veg, and saves you cooking twice!
Get the recipe: Chicken fusion salad
This delicious bake by the Hairy Bikers is packed with veggies (and plenty of flavour too!). Working out at only 370 calories per serving, this bake is packed with protein, thanks to the chicken, which will keep you fuller for longer and includes veggies such as onion, tomato and peppers. Get the recipe
Mini roasted cauliflowers with simple tomato sauce are so easy to make and a fantastic way to get more vegetables into your family dinner.
Get the recipe: Mini roasted cauliflowers with tomato sauce
Make a family pasta recipe that’s better for you with a few simple tweaks, like using wholewheat pasta stirring through roasted aubergines and fresh herbs.
Get the recipe: Wholewheat spaghetti with roasted veg
Make your own noodle soup with this easy recipe that’s bursting with veg. It’s like comfort food in a bowl, plus it works out cheaper and better for you than a takeaway.
Get the recipe: Ramen soup
Asian chicken thighs are worth the wait, though they are so easy to prepare – and they work out at just 187 calories per portion!
Get the recipe: Slow cooker Asian chicken thighs
Watch our step-by-step video to make this delicious meal by celeb chef, Ainsley Harriott. This dish takes 20 mins to make and is a great recipe for using up leftovers including frozen peas you might have in the freezer and cooked chicken from your Sunday roast. Get the recipe
Substituting fruit for your meat might sound a little unusual but trust us – this delicious and easy mango curry is well worth a try. Get the recipe
This beef and vegetable stir-fry is a super speedy choice at dinner time. It’s a low-calorie option, which will keep you fuller for longer, thanks to the beef, and is a great way to get the family eating veggies too. You can swap the beef for other meats like pork or chicken – it’s a great way to use up leftovers! Get the recipe
The homemade stock in this recipe makes it a much healthier option in comparison to using shop-bought or readymade stock. Cutting the fat off of the beef also adds to the healthy factor of this dish. The stock is so tasty, you could hide lots of fresh veggies in this casserole too – the kids will never know! Get the recipe
Making meatballs? Substitute traditional red meat for a lighter turkey mince and add broccoli for an extra-nutritious meal. Get the recipe
Packed with veggies and chicken, this hearty root and barley soup is the perfect recipe for getting the whole family eating well. Not only is this soup low-fat, it also only works out at 259 calories per serving. Get the recipe
Only have 20 mins? You needn’t turn to fast food. This lentil and spinach curry is ready in almost no time. Get the recipe
Substitute your traditional meat for vegetables in these flavour-packed wraps. You can swap the white tortilla wraps for brown ones instead too, to make them even healthier. Serve with a freshly prepared salad and homemade salsa. Get the recipe
It tastes so delicious, it’s hard to believe this pasta bake from Rosemary Conley has only 2g of fat per serving. Get the recipe
Looking for something speedy to whip up for dinner? This tasty smoked salmon and asparagus omelette is a great choice. It doesn’t take long to make and is packed with protein from the eggs and salmon, which will keep you fuller for longer. Get the recipe
These skewered beef kebabs are really easy to make. You can add lots of different vegetables to each skewer including peppers, mushrooms and onions. The chimichurri sauce is homemade which makes it that little bit healthier when compared to shop-bought or a takeaway. Get the recipe
Whip up this speedy and delicious stir-fry tonight for the whole family. It’s packed full of protein from the chicken and cashews and is a great way to get some of your 5-a-day in one meal. Drizzle in a light soya sauce and it’s ready to be served in under half an hour. Get the recipe
This fiery chicken curry is perfect if you fancy a change from your usual chicken curry. Made with fresh mango and spiced red chilli, serve this curry with kidney beans and rice. If you want to opt for a lighter version served with salad. Get the recipe
Fish is an excellent source of protein and is full of omega-3. Rustle up this healthy mackerel with salad for a light, summery dinner or serve with homemade potato wedges or chips baked in the oven instead of fried in oil. Get the recipe
This delicious Thai curry by the Hairy Bikers is one of their Hairy Dieters classics using veggies like peppers and onion, half-fat coconut milk for the base of the sauce and plenty of chicken to keep you fuller for longer. Get the recipe
Cutting down on your meat intake? Try this veg-packed Quorn, squash and spinach lasagne. Serve with a fresh side salad or seasonal veg.
Casseroles don’t need to come with a thick sauce. This lighter recipe is still a great winter warmer. Get the recipe
If you’re looking for something light and refreshing for dinner, this chicken tagine with couscous is the perfect choice. The protein from the chicken will keep your whole family nice and full, and the couscous is a much healthier alternative to rice. Get the recipe
Oily fish like mackerel are a great source of omega-3. This tasty salad is ready in just 15 mins. Get the recipe
A tasty soup makes a great light lunch or dinner. This three-step carrot soup is only 103 calories a portion – serve with wholemeal bread for a more filling meal. Get the recipe
Introduce more omega-3-rich salmon into your family’s meals with this quick and easy pasta recipe. Use a low-fat creme fraiche to keep the calories low. Get the recipe
This quick and easy Salmon stir-fry is a real winner on busy weeknights, and you can adapt it based on which veggies you have in the fridge. Get the recipe
Ideal for a meat-free lunch or dinner for the family, this stew includes carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes and butternut squash – that’s 4 of your 5 A Day! Get the recipe
Stir-frying is one of the healthiest ways to cook food and it’s a good way of adding lots of different veg to a meal. This recipe takes just 15 mins. Get the recipe
This tasty stuffed-veg recipe is just 223 calories a serving, and butternut squash is a great source of vitamins A and C. Get the recipe
Healthy doesn’t always mean eating salads! Reproduce your favourite meals with a healthier twist, like this baked fish and chips recipe. Get the recipe
This colourful roast chicken with root veggies is a filling, healthy substitute for the Sunday roast – and it’s all done in one pan. Get the recipe
Ratatouille is a tasty vegetable stew – packed full of vitamins. Get your family to eat it with this simple pasta recipe. Get the recipe
Need to use up some veg? This Chunky vegetable soup is a quick, healthy and cheap solution. Serve yours chunky, or blend the vegetables into a tasty broth. Get the recipe
This warm mushroom and poached egg salad is ideal if you’re a family full of veggies. The egg adds a delicious flavour to the salad along with plenty of protein too. Why not add your leftovers to this salad especially if you’ve got any leftover chicken from Sunday’s roast? Get the recipe
All it takes to make this delicious baked dish is your favourite vegetables and eggs. The egg is a great source of protein and makes the veg nice and tasty. Get the recipe
Lentils are a great source of protein, fibre and vitamins. This vibrant stew is a good way to get the family eating them. Get the recipe
This spicy baked chicken with couscous is the perfect recipe for keeping the family warm during the cold winter months. The couscous makes a much healthier alternative to pasta or rice and the sauce is made from scratch so you know exactly which ingredients are used to make it. Get the recipe
Give your risotto a healthy and flavoursome boost by adding hearty chunks of butternut squash. Get the recipe
A simple pasta dish that contains a third of your recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C? We like! Get the recipe