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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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Summer egg and chips is a take on the beloved classic. This one uses sweet potatoes and is served with a summer slaw that's lighter than a traditional recipe, as it has a lot less mayonnaise and is made with natural yogurt instead. The sweet potato wedges take around 30 minutes in the oven, and in the meantime you can get working on the slaw and frying the eggs. Despite the name, you can definitely make this recipe year-round! The slaw is also perfect for serving up at a barbecue or picnic - people will love how light and crunchy it is and it goes wonderfully well with barbecued meat or fish!
These low-calorie Weetabix chocolate brownies are perfect if you're trying to be healthy or are looking for a guilt-free version of your favourite chocolate treat. They really are so easy to make, taking around 25 mins to cook and only 10 mins to prepare. The Weetabix adds a delicious crunch to each brownie bite. A portion of our brownies works out at only 74 calories per serving as well as only 3g of fat. This recipe uses a Slimming World favourite - MullerLight yogurt - which adds a bit of sweetness to the recipe. They're the perfect snack with a cup of tea or served for dessert with a dollop of ice cream or cream for a special treat.(5 ratings)
Healthy bubble and squeak is a really nutritious, yummy dish for babies and toddlers as well as for adults as it packs in plenty of veggies and is lovely and soft for small mouths. This version relies on baking rather than frying the delicious patties too, so is lower in calories than the typical bubble and squeak recipes making it perfect if you're trying to be a bit healthier but don't want to have to make two meals for you and your family. This recipe calls for boiling the potatoes as well as the vegetables but if you have leftovers then you can easily make this healthy bubble and squeak from mashed potatoes and roasted veg from your previous night's dinner. If you like fragrant flavours then feel free to add herbs like thyme, rosemary and parsley for a lovely fresh flavour. And if you fancy making more of a meal out of your healthy bubble and squeak then you could serve these little patties up with poached egg, baked salmon or grilled chicken.(37 ratings)
From lunch and dinner ideas to delicious snack recipes, you'll love these healthy recipes...(1 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.
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.(2 ratings)
Joe says: 'This big boy needs no introduction. It tastes nawtee but it's got all the good stuff your muscles want after a workout. Let the lean gains commence!'
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.'(5 ratings)
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 detox Buddha bowl is full of nutritious and filling ingredients, as well as bright colours and interesting textures for the perfect midweek dinner. This is a meat-free option that uses oily mackerel instead. Although this dish might be quite high in calories, it's actually full of all the nutrients you need to feel full and for your body to receive a balanced meal. The dressing is different to what you might normally have as a dressing as it is quite thick, but it's also full of delicious spices and fragrances that go really well with the leafy veg and the fish. Prepare and assemble this Buddha bowl in 30 minutes for a speedy and tasty midweek meal choice.
Healthy and delicious, this pea soup recipe is nice and easy too. Learn how to make homemade soups with our cheap, quick and easy recipe. Everyone has a bag of frozen peas in their freezer, so why not use them to make this simple but tasty warming pea soup. The lovely green colour and minty flavour of this pea soup is so refreshing and it makes a great dinner party starter. If there is any left over it’s also good in a flask for lunch the next day. This recipe serves 4-6 people and takes only 20 mins to prepare and cook.(23 ratings)
Bargain lover and mum of two Amy Sheppard runs a family food blog, creating meals using only Aldi ingredients. In her latest recipe for us here at GoodtoKnow she's made a gorgeous summer family dinner for under a fiver. Plus, she's packed in a whole lot of veg. She says, 'Summer food can be really easy - just toss a salad in a bowl, maybe a little meat or fish, and dinner is served. It's not so easy when you have kids. Cold dinners and dinners that are largely leaf based, never seem to go down that well in our house – regardless of how hot it is! This Summer Tuna Steak Casserole incorporates loads of colourful Summer veg, chopped up and cooked down so that you (and the kids!) hardly notice them! All cooked in the same pan, it’s so simple and light, yet a little more substantial than other summer meal ideas. Best of all? This meal for 4 cost only £4.27 in total, using all Aldi ingredients!'(4 ratings)
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.
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. The mushrooms and the peas in this recipe work wonders together. If you don't have any peas in the freezer you could use asparagus instead - it's a good choice especially when its in season. This classic risotto recipe works out at only 307 calories per serving and 2g of fat. This recipe serves 4 people and will take around 45 mins to prepare and cook - it's well worth the wait!(144 ratings)
Joe says, 'These are a great little snack to eat with a cup of tea. I mean, who doesn't love a muffin? They'll take 40 minutes to make so why not invite some friends over and enjoy them together?'
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.'
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.(86 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)