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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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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.(328 ratings)
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.'(8 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.(191 ratings)
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.(259 ratings)
Green smoothies don't have to taste bitter or too virtuous as this delicious recipe proves. Made with an added few extras this healthy drink is the perfect way to start the morning and will give you a real energy boost thanks to lots of lovely green veg. We've used ingredients that pack in plenty of nutrients so you get the most from your drink while making sure everything tastes good too. Creamy low-fat yogurt gives a rich, smooth texture while almond butter adds a hit of protein to help you stay feeling full all morning long. Green smoothies are best drunk straight away we think, while everything tastes as zingy and lovely as possible but they do travel well if you don't have time to enjoy them leisurely. Pop them into a bottle to take on the go and drink at your leisure at some point a couple of hours after making, just remember to give everything a good shake so the liquid and pulp comes together again. If you've bought a bulk load of vegetables and aren't going to have time to enjoy them before they go out of date then you could make up one big load of green smoothies and freeze. We'd add a little less water in this case and then simply thaw out overnight in the fridge the night before you want to drink them, remembering to again give them a nice shake up to bring everything together before you enjoy.(1 ratings)
This mouth-watering grilled lemon chicken with potatoes is so easy to make and perfect for the whole family. This super-satisfying chicken dish is ready in just 20 minutes. Add a sprinkling of curry powder, cumin and coriander for an extra kick. This recipe serves 4 people but if you're feeding more just double the quantities, we're sure any leftovers will get eaten the next day anyway! The lemon juice in this recipe really gives your cut a chicken a burst of flavour and works wonders with the softness of the potatoes and the tangy flavours of the olives too.(358 ratings)
Rosemary Conley's Quorn lasagne recipe is delicious. Use Quorn mince instead of beef to make this tasty vegetarian lasagne which is low in fat and only has 323 calories per portion. This recipe serves 6 people and will take around 2hrs to prepare and cook. It's the perfect option for the whole family and is best made in advance so you can have it on your dinner time the usual time. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Reheat thoroughly before serving - make sure its piping hot.(66 ratings)
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.(380 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. 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 quick snack and it's perfect for freezing too. 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 and will take only 40 mins to prepare and cook. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days and the rest can be frozen.(172 ratings)
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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 dish would be lacking in flavour - far from it! The powerful flavours of paprika and chorizo give the chicken a lovely Spanish twist. This delicious 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.(713 ratings)
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.'
Rich mushroom ragu is perfect for vegetarians and made with mushrooms, passata and Quorn mince for a delicious vegetarian ragu recipe. The courgetti, or courgette noodles, make this an extra healthy option but you can have it with pasta if you prefer.(15 ratings)
This bone broth recipe is a delicious way to pack in plenty of cold-fighting nutrients in the winter months. You can make a bone broth recipe from almost any meat you fancy - whether that's pork, beef or lamb bones, but we've chosen chicken here as it's probably the easiest to get hold of. Next time you buy a whole chicken make sure to keep the carcass to boil up into a delicious clear broth. This will freeze well and makes a really rich base for lots of recipes like soups, stews and sauces. Simmering the bones low and slow releases healthy compounds like collagen, glutamine, glycine and proline which are thought to be very healing and potentially reduce internal inflammation. The great thing about this easy bone broth recipe is that it takes hardly any prep at all, it can be left to infuse all day on a low heat and will keep for days in the fridge and months in the freezer, ready to be reheated when you fancy a satisfyingly savoury meal in minutes.(1 ratings)
This delicious stuffed peppers recipe make a colourful Mediterranean-style dish with sunblush tomatoes and melting mozzarella - and yes, it tastes as good as it looks! Not only does a portion of this recipe equal one of your 5-a-day, it also works out at only 315 calories and 0.4g salt per serving. These stuffed peppers are ideal for lunch with a salad or served for dinner with new potatoes and fresh greens. Ready in just 30 mins, our stuffed peppers with couscous, courgette and mozzarella are vegetarian-friendly and are sure to tempt children with their vibrant colours and tasty flavours too.(181 ratings)
This healthy and easy to make veggie Quorn mince lasagne is packed with veg peppers, courgettes and tomatoes, this vegetarian lasagne with soya mince is healthy and tasty. This recipe serves 6 people - making it perfect for feeding the whole family in one go, plus any unexpected guests too! It will take around 1hr and 20 mins to cook this dish so we'd recommend making it and preparing it ahead of time so it can be on your dinner table at your usual time. This recipe is a great way to sneak veggies into your kids diet and to get them trying something new. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up 2 days. Reheat thoroughly before serving.(24 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.(425 ratings)
Rosemary Conley's butternut squash soup recipe is delicious, so easy to make and is the perfect winter warmer. Butternut squash, like its name, has a sweet rich buttery flavour, delicious in this thick, creamy Rosemary Conley soup recipe. This soup recipe serves 4 people and will take around 50 mins to prepare and cook. A portion of this soup works out at only 129 calories per serving - great, right? The lemon thyme and garlic in this recipe gives this soup a real boost of flavour and improves the flavour of the butternut squash too.(70 ratings)