- You are here:
Healthy recipes that are better for you, including healthy dinner recipes, healthy soups and veg-packed salads as well as low calorie meals and even healthier desserts.
Find healthy eating inspiration if you're trying to be good this month, want to lose a few pounds or just trying to get more of your recommended 5-a-day fruit and vegetables.
Eating healthily might seem like a challenge when you've got a family to feed and you're on a budget, but there are plenty of healthy meals ideas to try - and they are easy on your purse! You will find delicious healthy recipes for all the family, and they are good for you too.
If you want to make sure you stick to your healthy eating plan (this time!), here are some easy things you can do to make it a little bit easier...
Don't forget breakfast!
We know everyone always says it, but breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. A big, filling breakfast will set you and your family up for the day and will help stop snacking later in the morning. You don't need to spend ages making it either. Make your own porridge or muesli, or you could even bake a big batch of breakfast muffins on a Sunday so you can grab one to start the day early in the week. Try sprinkling dried fruits or nuts over your breakfast for more protein, which will help keep you fuller for longer.
Plan your food
At the start of the week or month, take a little time out to plan exactly what you're going to eat. Plan your meals and what extras you're going to buy so you don't get tempted by any snacks in the supermarket. If you know exactly what you're going to eat and when, you can be sure not to let hunger take over your decisions when it comes to eating. Never shop on an empty stomach!
Pick what suits you
There are so many different diets out there, but they may not suit you or your lifestyle. Pick and choose the elements of diets that you think you'll stick to and work them into your everyday life. Don't think you could manage the very limited 500 calorie days on the 5:2 diet? Instead, try having 2 days where you don't have meat or snacks in a week. Little changes will help.
You can have the best intentions, but if you're hungry, you're much more likely to reach for quick fix snacks - and that means chocolate, biscuits and crisps! Keeping full by eating satisfying meals, or earing little and often, will mean that you can eat only what you want to, rather than giving into cravings. Drinking lots of water, eating filling meals and snacking on fruit, veg and nuts will stop your stomach rumbling.
Get your 5-a-day
One of the easiest ways to keep track of how healthily you're eating is to keep track of how much fruits and veg you're eating. The standard 5-a-day is a good measure but you can, of course, have more. Keep a mental list of how many of your 5-a-day you are having (or even write it down) and work out how to get more into your diet. One for breakfast, one for lunch, two for dinner and one for a snack is a good way of dividing it out.
Know your food
Understanding your food and knowing how to use different ingredients will give you much more scope to create healthy meals. If you don't know how to cook, it's easy to reach for unhealthy ready made options but it's really easy to learn the basics. A homemade pasta sauce, soup or smoothie is much healthier for you and will taste better if you make it yourself. Once you know how to use vegetables in lots of different ways, it makes them much less boring - for the whole family!
Homemade not shop-bought
It can be really easy to grab ready meals and shop-bought sauces, but you can never be sure what's going into them - and nearly every time the homemade version will be much healthier for you, and taste better too! If you've never made a sauce from scratch, it can be a little bit daunting but start with a basic recipe, such as a simple tomato sauce, and you will see how much healthier it can be.
Never allowing yourself a treat will only make you crave them more. Every now and again, give in and have what you really, really fancy. As long as you are generally healthy most of the time, it really won't matter - food is meant to be enjoyed! Some people are healthy during the week, then splash out at the weekend, others have a day or two where they forget about the diet - whatever works for you. If you find yourself needing a treat pretty much every day, you can cheat and have a lower-fat cake or dessert - if you make the right one, you won't be able to tell the difference.
Can't find what you're looking for?
Sort recipes by
Falafel with herby couscous and pepper sauce makes a filling vegetarian meal and an exciting way to try falafel. The sweet potatoes add extra sweetness and flavour, but go so well with the zingy sauce. The falafels are just as nice hot or cold, so you can either eat them right away, or you can stick them in a tupperware box and enjoy them for lunch the next day. You can easily scale up the ingredients to make more if you're feeding a family, or if you simply want to have enough leftover so you can have them the next day
Crispy fish tacos with zingy coleslaw make a Mexican-inspired dinner that everyone can make themselves at the table, full of bright colours and flavours. You might never have thought to try this with readymade fish goujons, but you'll come back to this recipe again and again once you've tried it. The zingy coleslaw is much lighter than a classic coleslaw recipe as it doesn't use mayonnaise - and the lime and chillies add plenty of zing and kick. Serve with a starter or guacamole and tortilla chips and you'll have yourself a Mexican feast!
Spring chicken tray bake with green vegetables is so easy to make in 30 mins but good for you too, plus it's under 300 calories per portion! You can easily use boneless chicken thighs if you're cooking for kids, so you don't have to bother with stripping the meat off the bone. You can just as easily throw in some asparagus if you've got it at home, or any other seasonal greens you might have in the fridge. This is a simple midweek dinner that comes together in only 30 mins. Plus, we love that it's under 300 calories per portion!
Slimming World's low-fat tomato soup recipe is a really easy and delicious soup that takes hardly any time to rustle up. It's ideal for lunch and can be made in batches too - perfect if you're trying to save time and money. This tasty soup is made with chopped tomatoes, infused with garlic and topped with a generous swirl of low-fat natural fromage frais. This soup saves 4 people and will take around 35 mins to make. Leftovers can be frozen and saved for future use. Leave to defrost in the fridge over night before reheating thoroughly. Serve with homemade crusty bread or garlic bread for a naughty treat.(370 ratings)
Slimming World's chicken and potato curry recipe is so delicious and simple to make and guilt-free too making it the perfect Saturday night alternative to a takeaway. Curry is one the nation's favourite meals and it's not off the menu if you're counting the calories. Diet club Slimming World have taken the classic dish and made it nice and healthy - without losing out on any of the flavour. This recipe is so delicious, even those not following the diet can enjoy it. The potato in the mix means you don't need to serve it with rice and sides. This recipe serves 4 people and should take approximately 40 mins to make. Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up 2 days. Reheat thoroughly before serving.(348 ratings)
Heard of cloud bread? This low-carb bread is made with eggs, cream cheese, a pinch of salt and cream of tartar, with no flour or grains - making it light and fluffy, just like a cloud! This 4-ingredient bread makes a lighter burger bun option, can be served just like pitta with falafel and salad or can be ripped and dipped into a tub of hummus. This recipe makes 8 slices and takes only 30 mins to prepare and bake. Try it at home and see what everyone's talking about. It's well worth the effort if you're trying to cut carbs but miss bread!(8 ratings)
Slimming World fish and chips recipe is a great alternative to your Friday night takeaway and is much healthier too! Think you can't have a nice portion of fish and chips on a diet? Think again! This Slimming World recipe means you can eat your favourite food without worrying. This classic recipe serves 4 people and will take around 35 mins to cook. It's a real crowd pleaser! Serve your delicious battered cod and homemade chips with mushie peas and tartare sauce if you're feel like adding a little treat to the plate.(31 ratings)
Looking for a quick, easy mid-week meal? Try Slimminng World's light and tasty chicken pappardelle with a gorgeous garlic and veg passata sauce. This recipe takes 1hr and 15 mins to make serving 4 people. It's the perfect family meal. This recipe is great for using up leftover chicken from your Sunday roast dinner too, just cook it for a shorter period of time making sure it is thoroughly reheated before serving. Leftovers of this dish prepared from scratch can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. It's perfect the next day served cold or hot for lunch.(44 ratings)
Vietnamese prawn curry is a 15 minute meal that's just 192 calories, so it makes a no-fuss weeknight dinner. This recipe serves 2 and can be frozen, which is great news if you're cooking for one and want to save some for another day. You can just as easily scale up the ingredients if you're planning on cooking for the whole family. This recipe is fab if you're on the 5:2 diet as it is under 200 calories, but it's so delicious that the rest of the family will love it too and you won't have to end up cooking separate dinners.(5 ratings)
Greek-style Buddha bowl is a fab mix of halloumi, avocado, olives, veg and a pouch of mixed grains for a really healthy and balanced meal in one bowl. It just goes to show that salads don't have to be boring! Salads are about so much more than just plain leaves - you can use a microwavable pouch of mixed grains in this one (it's so much easier than having to boil them yourself, even if it is a bit of a cheat!), as well as halloumi cheese for a really filling meal. Enjoy this recipe with hummus, cucumber and a red pepper for a really colourful and nutritious meal(1 ratings)
Hairy Bikers' Thai chicken and coconut curry recipe is the perfect quick and easy dinner from The Hairy Bikers' show, The Hairy Dieters. This delicious recipe takes a classic dish and reduces the calories to turn it into a healthy family meal. Serving 4 people, each portion of this delicious curry works out at only 283 calories per serving without rice. If you'd like to serve this curry with rice, we'd recommend jasmine rice or basmati rice. Aim to cook no more than 50g per person, so 200g in all. Press the freshly boiled rice into a 200ml metal pudding basin mould that you’ve oiled lightly and lined with cling film, then turn out into the bowls before adding the hot curry. You only need 1 basin or mould as you can reuse it for all the servings(128 ratings)
Fresh and simple ingredients make the best salads. Our favourite combo at the moment is from Harvester’s salad bar – delicious chargrilled chicken on a bed of crunchy salad that’s easy to make and full of flavour. Featuring chargrilled chicken, refreshing cucumber, iceberg lettuce, slices of sweet yellow and red pepper and a sprinkling of soft raisins, Harvester’s royal chicken crown salad is perfect for a light lunch or a healthy dinner. Harvester’s salad expert Chris Griffin created this delicious recipe from its famous salad bar to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday and now you can re-create it at home, or make it for yourself at your local Harvester salad bar. With more than 16 fresh ingredients on offer, there are endless salad combos to try that will delight your taste buds.(2 ratings)
This classic tomato soup recipe is the perfect recipe to whip up on a cold winter's evening, for a starter at a dinner party or special occassion, or maybe you just fancy a lighter dinner than usual but still want lots of nutrients. Packed with fresh tomatoes, not only is this a quick soup recipe, it's healthy and filling too. Not only that, but the kids are guaranteed to love it - who doesn't like a classic tomato soup? So easy to make that we dare say, you'll never buy tinned tomato soup again. Top off with a dollop of cream fraiche, a sprinkle of black pepper and some garnish if you have any to hand. Serve with a chunk of warm fresh bread.(83 ratings)
Mushroom soup is a really simple soup recipe to make and can be on the table in under an hour. Look out for value packs of mushrooms to use – they don’t need to be perfect looking or all the same shape. Large open cup or brown cap mushrooms will give the best flavour, simply wipe with a damp piece of kitchen paper to remove any bits of earth before frying – there is no need to wash them. This creamy and delicious soup will take around 35 mins to prepare and cook and serves 2 people. Double or triple the quantities if you're feeding more people. Leftovers can be frozen or stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days.(155 ratings)
This lentil and bacon soup recipe is a delicious lunch time option. Serving 4-6 people, this mouth-watering recipe is packed full of lentils which will keep you fuller for longer and bacon which adds a great depth of flavour to the soup. A hearty, healthy soup that all the family will love - and you can keep it for up to three months frozen, too. Just reheat it when you need a quick supper! This recipe takes 1hr to slow cook this luxurious soup dish. A portion of this dish works out at only 240 calories and 10g of fat per portion.(131 ratings)
This easy beef curry can be on your table in our 20 mins. Chiang Mai is one of the largest cities in Northern Thailand and is home to lots of amazing food including this delicious Chiang Mai beef curry. This recipe is so quick and simple - you only need to use one pan. The finished curry is packed with flavour and spice thanks to the garlic, curry paste and lime leaves. At just 245 calories per serving, it won't ruin your diet either - a winner dinner in every respect! Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Reheat thoroughly so the beef is piping hot before reserving. This dish is perfect served with rice or even noodles. Don't forget bread for dipping!(2 ratings)
Green miso noodle bowl recipe is packed with nutrients but so low in calories that it's perfect for anyone on the 5:2 diet. At 198 calories per serving, it's a filling yet guilt-free choice - and it's ready in just 20 mins! This recipe makes 2 portions, which means that you can either share, or freeze a portion to reheat on a day when you don't fancy cooking. This makes a fab, quick and easy lunch or supper and it's so delicious that the whole family will love it - you can easily scale up the ingredients to make a real crowd-pleaser.(1 ratings)
Using our easy mushroom risotto recipe this dish will quickly become a mid-week family staple in no time. Risotto is much easier to make than you might think and doesn't have to use a lot of ingredients. All you need is the correct rice and a bit of patience! Risotto recipes are perfect for a filling winter warmer or as a side portion with a summer salad and plenty of fresh vegetables.(136 ratings)