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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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Sweet potato noodles are a great alternative to pasta if you're following a gluten free diet or simply if you want to up your veg intake. This Deliciously Ella recipe combines the spiralised sweet potato with a creamy and fragrant peanut satay sauce that goes really well these veggie noodles. To make this Deliciously Ella recipe, you will need a spiraliser but we think once you've got one it's a real investment for quick, healthy mid-week meals. If you odn't have a spiraliser then you can get ready made veggies noodles in most big supermarkets now. Once you've got your spiralised sweet potato noodles, all you have to do is cook them for ten minutes in a mixture of ginger, celery, garlic, mushrooms and olive oil, until they're tender. The satay peanut sauce is also super simple and quick to make - all you need to do is put all the ingredients in a blender and whizz them until smooth. This recipe uses crunchy peanut butter, but almond butter would also work if that's what you usually have in your cupboard. Ella says: 'These noodles were quite a revelation to me. They’re so much heartier and more filling than courgette noodles, and this satay sauce really brings them to life. It’s so incredibly creamy, with subtle hints of chilli and tangy lime. Together they make for the best pick-me-up dinner, healthy but comforting and bursting with flavour.'
Slimming World's low-fat tomato soup recipe is a really easy and delicious soup that takes hardly any time to rustle up. This Slimming World tomato soup is 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 Slimming World tomato 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.(384 ratings)
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If you're looking for a delicious spring roll recipe with loads of flavour then this easy step-by-step is perfect. Deep-fried spring rolls are usually dripping in fat so we've baked ours in the oven, to cut back on the calories without sacrificing any of the crunch. Using mango chutney might sound odd for the dipping sauce but it creates a really fab thick and sweet flavour, perfect for complimenting all the fresh veg. You can make these up ahead of time and bake just before serving for an easy but impressive Chinese starter to impress friends and family with.(48 ratings)
Slimming World's chicken curry recipe is one of our favourite delicious and simple-to-make Slimming World dinners! It’s guilt-free too, making it the perfect Saturday night alternative to a takeaway. This Slimming World curry is easy to make, and it's ready to be eaten in less than hour. 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, and the best part is that it has not lost out on any of the flavour. The main way this Slimming World curry recipe is better for you in terms of calories is that it‘s not made with coconut milk or any other liquids that can add more calories to a curry – it’s simply cooked with water but it still taste absolutely delicious. This Slimming World curry recipe is so tasty, even those not following the diet can enjoy it, so you don’t have to cook two meals if you’re following the Slimming World plan. 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 minutes to make. If you’re craving curry, make this light and tasty Slimming World recipe instead of getting a takeaway – it’s a lot healthier and cheaper. Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up 2 days. Reheat thoroughly before serving.(454 ratings)
This low-fat chicken burger is the ideal option if you want to treat yourself without the calories. This chicken burger recipe is one of our favourite healthy burgers of all times. To make this recipe, you'll need less than half an hour, so it's the ideal supper for when you don't have much time but still want to cook a delicious, filling and homemade meal for your family. This is recipe especially good for summer, when we bet you and your family will want to make the most of BBQ season. Chicken is a lean meat that's naturally low on fat, and we haven't added any extra fat to this recipe, which makes it a low-fat option that it's healthy and lower on calories than other burger recipes. To make this recipe even better for you, use wholemeal buns and skip the sauces. If you love a burger but want to find a healthy alternative try this one using lower-fat ingredients - the whole family will love it!(32 ratings)
This easy carrot and butternut squash soup recipe is perfect for the whole family. There are days when only soup will do, when we crave the soothing comfort of that warming slurp, and this squash soup is just the thing for those days. The great thing about soup is that, with just a few cheap ingredients, you can make up a big healthy batch and keep it in the fridge for a light dinner and it's perfect for freezing too. For this velvety squash soup recipe, you’ll only need nine ingredients that are really cheap to get from the supermarket. For a super speedy and healthy snack, whip up this simple sunshine bowl of soup; sure to brighten up any grey day. This soup serves 6 people, so it’s enough to feed your family and you can still keep leftovers for lunch the next day. Packed with nutrients, this butternut squash soup is a healthy way to up your five-a-day and the best part is that it’s also really quick to make. Making this butternut soup will only 40 mins from scratch, but only 10 mins to prepare so you can leave it to bubble away for half an hour while you carry on with your day. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days and the rest can be frozen.(195 ratings)
Lamb is cheap and very easy to cook so this recipe for a delicious lamb steak will soon become a family favourite! For this baked lamb steaks recipe, each portion is under 400 calories, so you get a filling and nourishing protein-rich meal for under 500 calories. It bakes in the oven, leaving you to get on with something else – maybe even prepare a little surprise pudding? And as it's so low on fat it is great if you're on a diet but still want a really satisfying meal. Cooking all the ingredients together in one pan allows them to infuse each other with their rich flavours for a really satisfying meal that doesn't need gravy. Because we’ve added cherry tomatoes to this lamb recipe, you’re also getting some veg to up your 5-a-day intake without any extra effort. And the best part is that because this easy lamb steaks recipe is cooked in just one pan, the washing up will be really quick as well. We've added fresh herbs at the last minute instead, to give a final hit of flavour - delicious!(289 ratings)
From healthy lunch ideas to snacks, we've got some of the best Deliciously Ella recipes...
Deliciously Ella's healthy cookies are great for whenever you need a little treat but don't want to have a sugar crash afterwards. These healthy oatmeal cookies are sweetened with honey and raisins, so you don't have to worry about having refined sugar in your treats. They're great lunchbox goodies for the kids as well, as they're filling and free from any unhealthy ingredients that you can usually find in shop-bought cookies. Because of the zest and juice of the orange and lemon, this healthy cookie recipe has a delicious zingy flavour that goes really well with the fragrant taste of cardamom. To make this cookie recipe, you'll also need chia seeds, which are high in fibre, omega-3 fats and protein. Deliciously Ella's healthy cookie recipe also uses plant-based milk so this recipe is dairy-free - ideal if you're lactose intolerant or just prefer to follow a dairy free diet in general. You can pick from almond, cashew, oat, or coconut milk to make this recipe, depending on your preference. Ella says: 'These are a great staple to have in the house. They’re not especially indulgent or impressive, instead they’re moreish little oaty bites that sate an afternoon sweet tooth or a post-dinner snack attack. The mix of orange, lemon, cardamom and cinnamon flavours them so nicely, while the honey and raisins add a perfect sweetness.' If you're eating these healthy cookies as an afternoon snack, Ella suggests you smother them with a thick layer of almond butter for extra creaminess... Yum!
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This Deliciously Ella bean stew is the perfect winter-warmer if you're looking for a better-for-you option. With protein-packed beans, this meatless stew is a great veggie alternative if you're cooking for vegetarian friends or if you're on a vegetarian diet yourself. This bean stew recipe also has plenty of veg to get your 5-a-day intake up. The tomatoes in this Deliciously Ella recipe contain vitamin C, a powerful ally when you're trying to keep colds and flu at bay. To make this bean stew, you'll need to let the tomatoes, celery, onion and red peppers bubble away with the spices for half an hour, and then all you need to do is add the beans when you're ready to eat - they'll need 10 minutes to cook with the tomato mixture. Ella says: 'As soon as autumn arrives and the weather cools down, I start making this all the time. It’s a warming, hearty dish that tastes lovely served on a hot bed of brown rice or quinoa with a big dollop of Mango Salsa on top. I love the mix of black, butter and cannellini beans; they create such a fantastic mix of textures that satisfies me every time. This is very freezable, so you can make a larger quantity and keep the rest to enjoy as a healthy ready meal for when you’re busy. I never used to eat much onion, as it didn’t agree with me, but I’ve been slowly reintroducing it to my diet… which is why you’re now seeing more of it, too. If you’re not an onion person, feel free to leave it out though.'
This Hairy Bikers' Spanish-style chicken bake recipe is a perfect one-pot wonder. The Hairy Bikers have captured the classic flavours of Spain in one dish - and it's one of their diet dishes too! At just 370 calories per serving, you'd think this Hairy Bikers Spanish chicken would be lacking in flavour - far from it! The powerful flavours of paprika and chorizo give the chicken a lovely Spanish twist. This delicious Spanish chicken bake serves 4 people and will take about 1hr and 15 mins to make in total. It’s well worth the wait! The Hairy Bikers use chicken thighs in this recipe to cut down the cost but feel free to use your favourite cut of chicken instead e.g. chicken breast or drumsticks. And the best thing about this recipe - it's all made in one pot! Less washing up and a delicious family meal - what more could you want? This recipe is part of the Hairy Dieters series.(741 ratings)
Mushroom soup is a really easy and simple soup recipe to make and can be on the table in under an hour. You can make this homemade mushroom soup recipe in just three steps. This creamy mushroom soup will take around 35 mins to prepare and cook and serves 2 people. Look out for value packs of mushrooms to use if you're planning to prepare this mushroom soup – 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. Double or triple the quantities if you're feeding more people with this creamy mushroom soup recipe. Leftovers can be frozen or stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days. This mushroom soup recipe is also a healthy option for dinner or lunch, with plenty of vitamins and minerals that are great for your health like selenium and iron. Serve with thick slices of sourdough bread so you can dunk them in this tasty soup.(201 ratings)
We all know getting little ones to eat lots of fruits and veggies can be a bit of struggle sometimes (for some reason chips always look more appealing!) but with this recipe for a fun and easy dinosaur salad you’ll have the kids munching through their 5-a-day in no time at all. This is just one example of fun ways to get children interested in a healthy plate of food, but the general principle can be applied to almost anything – faces on pizzas, animals made out of fruit salad, sandwiches cut into shapes – anything you can do to make their plate more appealing is a winner. If you’re feeling particularly patient you could get little ones to build their own dinos. Simply lay out all the ingredients cut up into shapes and let them go wild, we bet you get some inventive species!(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(155 ratings)
Carrot and coriander is a classic soup recipe - and it's easy to make in the comfort of your own home. This light recipe is only 102 calories per portion so it makes a nice low-cal option for lunch. The strong, herby flavours of the ground and fresh coriander complement the carrots beautifully. This recipe serves 4 people and will take around 35 mins to prepare and cook. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. You can also freeze this soup, defrost in the fridge overnight and reheat thoroughly before serving again.(131 ratings)