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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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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.(62 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.(24 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.(231 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)
Our roasted Mediterranean vegetables recipe is a great dish for the whole family. This roasted variety of Mediterranean vegetables is healthy and delicious. Serve with couscous and hummus dip. This recipe serves 4 people and will take around 1hr and 15 mins to prepare and cook. It's great for the summer months and all of these delicious, seasonal vegetables are perfect served alongside tender cooked steak, chicken breast or freshly prepare fish like cod or salmon.(5 ratings)
Love rice but trying to reduce the amount of carbs you eat? Meet your new best friend! Cauliflower rice is so simple to make and, when fried and added to your usual sauce, you won't be able to tell the difference! We actually think the subtle veggie flavour is better than usual rice - and it's one of your 5-a-day!(35 ratings)
These delicious, easy chicken enchiladas from Rosemary Conley are quick and easy and the whole family will love them. The perfect Friday night dinner! This recipe serves 4 people and will take only 55 mins to prepare and cook. At only 234 calories, this classic Mexican dish is sure to become a family favourite. Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Reheat thoroughly before serving. This delicious one-pot bake would be perfect served with guacamole, salsa and sour cream. Refried beans make an extra side for this dish too! If you want to make these enchiladas vegetarian friendly, remove the chicken and replace with kidney beans. These low-cal chicken enchiladas are ideal if you're trying to be good too!(39 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(2 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.(45 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)
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(140 ratings)
This easy broccoli soup recipe is a healthy option and a great way of using up leftover broccoli. The humble broccoli is the epitome of a superfood. Every single floret is packed with vitamin C, fibre and plenty of other natural goodies, so there’s no better base for this healthy and hearty vegetarian soup. You don’t often see broccoli on a soup menu without its traditional best friend stilton, but this quick and simple recipe cuts down on fat without sacrificing on creaminess, with the help of some generous dollops of crème fraiche. And if you really miss that cheese hit, you can always serve it with a handful of cheddar topped croutons. This recipe serves 4 people and will take around 30 mins to make in total.(206 ratings)
Lunchbox salads can be healthy, delicious and filling – but there is a knack to giving them the wow factor so you don’t end up with boxes of limp and lifeless leaves in your handbag or picnic box.(2 ratings)
Weight Watchers halloumi burgers are super easy to make and taste delicious too. If you're looking for something different to make for dinner tonight these burgers should do the trick. These healthy vegetarian burgers are made with tofu, veggies and halloumi cheese - perfect for a tasty lunch or dinner. They would also make the perfect alternative to a beef burger if you're hosting a BBQ. Serve with fresh salad leaves. This recipe makes 8 burgers and takes around 40 mins to prepare and cook them. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.(28 ratings)
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
Learn how to make this healthy baked and roasted aubergine veggie dish with our easy step-by-step recipe video. Your family will find it so tasty - they won't realise they're eating veg! This recipe serves 4 people and will take around 35 mins to make in total. A portion of these delicious roasted aubergine works out at only 81 calories per serving - perfect if you're calorie counting and trying to be good. Our easy to follow video recipe makes this delicious dish even easier to make. Serve your roasted aubergine with new potatoes or rice and a freshly prepared salad.(33 ratings)