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We've got lots of delicious healthy recipes for you to make at home. Our collection of healthy recipes 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.
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Slimming World's cheese and onion sandwich is certainly a healthy option when it comes to lunch. This lunch box filler is great for adults and children. It's made using wholemeal bread and lower-fat filling including Cheddar and cottage cheese. The spring onions give the cheese a real kick of flavour. This sandwich is best prepared and eaten on the same day so the bread stays soft and the filling is fresh. We'd recommend making in the morning before school or work if you plan on adding to your packed lunch. Season with salt and pepper before serving.
Slimming World's mango chicken with coleslaw is ready in only 20 mins making it a great healthy lunch or light dinner that the whole family can enjoy in minutes. This summer dish is served with freshly made coleslaw packed with crunchy white cabbage, carrot, red onion and drizzled in lime juice. The tender cuts of chicken work wonders with the mango and paprika. It's a great way to transform your chicken thighs. Using chicken thighs is also a great way to cut down cost too so this dish certainly won't break the bank.
Hairy Bikers' cauliflower and chicken pilaf is a delicious, healthy lunch or light dinner option. It's so easy to make and tastes great too. This recipe serves 4 people and will take only 20 mins to prepare and cook. A portion of this mouth-watering pilaf works out at only 274 calories per serving. The Hairy Bikers say; 'Everyone loves a pilaf but the rice makes it quite a high calorie dish. But if you use cauliflower instead of rice you get all that lovely comforting flavour and texture with far fewer cals. We’re happy putting in the whole spices into our pilaf and we’re used to fishing them out as we eat but if you’re worried you could wrap them in a little bit of muslin.'(2 ratings)
Love chicken chow mein? You can have this tasty dish in your dinner table in just 20 mins! This classic Chinese dish is incredibly easy, all you have to do is cook the noodles and stir fry all the ingredients together and voila! Start by mixing soy sauce, garlic and ginger in a bowl and adding the chicken to marinate for 10mins. This will give the chicken a flavoursome touch that makes all the difference. You can make this dish using beef, turkey, or even prawns – the choice is yours. It also allows you to pack as many vegetables as you like, from broccoli and carrots and mushrooms, so it’s a great way to eat all your vitamins in one go if you’ve had a busy day. This recipe makes enough for two meals, so enjoy with your other half or with a friend. If you’re flying solo for dinner, you can also save the leftovers in an airtight container for lunch the next day – it will keep for a couple of days.(24 ratings)
Our lower-fat penne carbonara recipe is ideal if you're trying to be good or looking for a diet-friendly recipe but want to satisfy those hunger pangs. Packed with all the flavours, this recipe turns what's usually a high fat family favourite into a healthier option for everyone. This classic pasta recipe is made with a reduced fat cheese sauce and has a fabulous flavour! This recipes serves 4 people and will take around 25 mins to prepare and cook. Serve a portion of this delicious pasta dish with a side salad or toss through spinach leaves to add to your 5-a-day count.(64 ratings)
Healthy blueberry Bircher muesli recipe is the perfect option for breakfast, especially if you're trying to be good. Prepare the night before and leave to soak in the fridge. This easy to make breakfast is topped with fresh blueberries, which count towards your 5-a-day. This recipe serves 1 person and takes 5 mins to prepare, plus soaking overnight. Blueberries are packed with vitamins and minerals and are one of the best superfoods.(26 ratings)
This fish pie recipe is a take on the classic. It's really nutritious and delicious, full of delightful flaked fish. It's really filling and perfect served with green beans or garden peas. A guaranteed hit with the whole family! This classic fish pie will take around 1hr and 20 mins to make and cook and is well worth the wait. This family-sized fish pie serves 6 people. Our favourite part of this potato topped fish pie is the creamy, rich pie sauce. White fish fillet and smoked haddock fish make a delicious combination in this pie. This fish pie is one of our top-rated recipes - our user Jay says; 'it's excellent and has made it several times'. What do you think? Did you add something to our fish pie recipe to make it extra special? We always want to hear your twists on our dishes so leave us a comment to let us know how you made this recipe work for your family.(301 ratings)
Our classic summer pudding recipe is an easy dessert made with seasonal berries like blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. This simple summer pudding serves 4-6 people and will take around 40 mins to prepare and cook. This delicious pud can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. This recipe is a great way to use up leftover bread that you might have sitting in the bread bin. A portion of this tasty dessert works out at only 230 calories per serving which is great if you're counting calories or trying to make dessert a little healthier. The berries in this recipe count towards your 5-a-day. Serve with cream or ice cream and enjoy!(10 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(142 ratings)
Slimming World's butternut squash tortilla is a delicious recipe to enjoy at lunch time with fresh salad leaves. It's a great packed lunch alternative when you're bored of the same old sandwich or salad. This easy to make tortilla uses a Slimming World favourite - Quark, which makes the tortilla extra light and fluffy. Serving around 4 people, it will take around 50 mins to cook and 10 mins to prepare. It's a great one for making in advance and will last a few days in the fridge when stored in an airtight container. This tortilla is ideal for using up any leftover butternut squash you might have from a Sunday roast or when it's in season.
Hairy Bikers' quinoa, prawn and mango salad is a healthy option for lunch or dinner. It's a delicious dish that brings three components; quinoa, prawn and mango together to make one fruity, lively salad that you'll want to make time and time again. This recipe serves 4 people and will take 25 mins to cook and 10 mins to prepare. This recipe works out at only 200 calories per serving which is great if you're counting calories and trying to be good. The Hairy Bikers say; 'Bold, zesty flavours make this a real treat and you wouldn’t believe how well the mango and prawns go together. Do your best to allow time to marinate the prawns briefly, as it really does make a difference. The time it takes for the griddle to heat up is long enough. If you fancy, you could add some thinly sliced courgettes or some briefly cooked green beans to this.'
Hairy Bikers' egg and sausage muffins are so easy to make. The whole family are going to love tucking into these tasty breakfast muffins at the weekend. This recipe serves 4 people and will take around 20 mins to prepare and cook. Each toasted muffin is topped with tender sausages patties made by using readymade sausages or if you'd rather have chicken or turkey patties instead you can swap the sausage for mince and make patties from scratch. Top each muffin with a perfect fried egg and tuck in! If you want to make this delicious breakfast muffin a little naughtier serve with homemade chips or potato wedges for dipping into the runny egg yolk.
Our broad bean salad recipe is so easy. Enjoy the taste of summer vegetables with this delicious broad bean and rice salad. So quick and simple to make, it's perfect for a healthy dinner and save any leftovers for lunchboxes. This recipe serves 3 people and will take around 17 mins to prepare and cook. Broad beans have never tasted so good. This salad is perfect for serving cold the next day for lunch. It can be served with a variety of meats including lamb, fish like salmon or it could be served with falafel for the vegetarian option.(7 ratings)
Slimminng World's chicken pappardelle recipe is light, tasty and quick to make too with a gorgeous garlic and veg passata sauce. This easy dish is a favourite. 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.(47 ratings)
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!(1 ratings)
Miso hummus will go down a storm at any party, buffet or picnic - it's hummus with a bit of a twist! This miso hummus is great for dipping - use veg sticks, toasted pitta strips or even just crisps. You can whip up this party favourite in only 5 minutes and it keeps well for a few days so if you want to be super organised, you can get it ready in advance and then dish it up in pretty little dip bowls.
This delicious Hairy Bikers' healthy cottage pie recipe is a guilt-free treat the whole family can enjoy. The Hairy Bikers have created this delicious lower-fat cottage pie for their new show, The Hairy Dieters. It has all the rich warming flavours of a traditional cottage pie with just 242 cals per serving! This healthy cottage pie recipe is well worth the wait. Serving 8 people, this family-sized meal combines lean minced beef together with plenty of veggies including celery and tomatoes to make a rich sauce. Topped with a half-fat crème fraiche and leek infused mashed potato, you just can't go wrong. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Make sure you reheat thoroughly before serving.(235 ratings)
Raw carrot cake with vegan cashew nut frosting is healthier version of a classic carrot cake. If you’ve never tried a raw cake, this is a great place to start. This vegan carrot cake recipe is delicious cut up into squares and shared - plus, everyone will be able to eat it! It's so easy to make and will take just 30 mins to prepare. Most of the ingredients are blitzed so make sure you have a good food processor or a high powered blender.(6 ratings)