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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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The fast days are undoubtedly the hardest part of the 5:2 diet but we're here to show you that it doesn't have to be a food-free day. There are many different ways to eat your 500 calories on your fast days...(1206 ratings)
Slimming World's chicken curry recipe is one of our favourite delicious and simple-to-make Slimming World dinners! Itís 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 itĎs not made with coconut milk or any other liquids that can add more calories to a curry Ė itís 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 donít have to cook two meals if youíre 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 youíre craving curry, make this light and tasty Slimming World recipe instead of getting a takeaway Ė itís 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.(461 ratings)
Joe Wicks' Lean in 15 Goan fish curry is the perfect recipe to make if you want to meal prep for the week ahead. With no carbs, this tasty fish curry recipe is rich in protein, so it's ideal if you're trying to loose weight and become leaner. This fish curry recipes serves two, but you can also double up the ingredients if you're feeding more people. This Lean in 15 curry recipe takes 15 mins to make, so you have no excuses not to make your own lunch at home for the week ahead. If you do, you're guaranteed a delicious meal everyday, and you'll also save money - so what are you waiting for? If you're not a big fish person, you can adapt this curry and make it with chicken, or even other types of fish, if it's haddock you're not a fan of. With plenty of fragrant spices, you'll definitely love this tasty curry recipe. Joe says: 'You donít need to go to India to enjoy a good curry. This recipe is surprisingly easy, but tastes incredible. If youíre not fond of fish, you could always use 250g of skinless chicken breast fillet instead. This is a good meal to batch-cook and freeze when youíre prepping like a boss...'(6 ratings)
Joe Wicks' chicken pie is one of our favourite Lean in 15 recipes. This healthy chicken dish takes a bit longer to make than the usual 15 mins, but it's a meal you can easily serve to friends and family, even if they're not following the Lean in 15 programme. Joe opted to make this chicken pie with filo pastry as it's not as thick as puff pastry and has less fat, so it's definitely a much healthier option. This Lean in 15 chicken pie is high in protein due to the breast fillets, which are also the healthier type of chicken meat. If you're looking for a healthier version of the traditional chicken pie, Joe Wicks' chicken pie is exactly the dish you should be making - and it's so delicious too! This Lean in 15 chicken pie serves 4 people, and you can also make a fresh salad or steam some veg as a side dish, to help up your 5-a-day intake. Joe Wicks says: 'If you love chicken pie, this recipe wonít disappoint. Itís actually Lean in about 60 minutes, but is such a nice treat that you wonít mind the extra effort. Plus, thereís cream and butter in it, so you know itís going to taste incredible.'
This delicious Hairy Bikers' healthy cottage pie recipe is a guilt-free treat the whole family can enjoy. If you want an easy and simple recipe for cottage pie, this is the one! The Hairy Bikers have created this delicious lower-fat cottage pie for their new show, The Hairy Dieters. This easy cottage pie recipe has all the rich warming flavours of the traditional dish 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. Besides being an easy low-calories dish, this simple cottage pie recipe is healthy for you because itís packed with vegetables that will help you reach your five-a-day. Topped with a half-fat crŤme 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.(284 ratings)
This cod fillet recipe is a great way to turn a fish dish into a truly delicious meal. Glazed with a cola marinade, this cod recipe with an Asian twists will be a crowd-pleaser. For the marinade, you'll need a can of cola, dry sherry and fresh ginger, as well as sugar and garlic. This mix of sweet and savoury flavours plus the hint of spice of the ginger give this white fish a zingy flavour. This marinade could also be used with other types of fish, like salmon. To allow the fish to really absorb the flavour, you'll need to leave it in the marinade overnight. After you've done that, this glazed cod recipes takes around 40 mins to whip up. By serving it with cucumber, you're not getting the oily goodness from the fish but also getting some of your 5-a-day. Cucumber also has a very high water content, which makes it a low-cal side dish - ideal if you're watching the scales. Matt says: 'Glazed cod is a restaurant staple and you can achieve great results at home using cola to marinate it, believe it or not! The sherry and ginger give this an Asian twist. Try doing the same thing with salmon, too.'
This fish pie recipe is a take on the classic. It's really nutritious and delicious, full of delightful flaked fish. This fish pie recipe with white fish fillet and smoked haddock is a really filling dish, and itís perfect served with green beans or garden peas for an extra dose of vitamin-packed veg. 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, so itís sure to become a family favourite. The best 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.(334 ratings)
From healthy lunch ideas to snacks, we've got some of the best Deliciously Ella recipes...
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. Theyíre so much heartier and more filling than courgette noodles, and this satay sauce really brings them to life. Itís 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.'
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!(168 ratings)
From lunch and dinner ideas to delicious snack recipes, you'll love these healthy recipes...(26 ratings)
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. Itís 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.(752 ratings)
You'll love these recipes by the new Saturday Kitchen host, Matt Tebbutt...
Slimming World's maple-glazed chicken breasts with cheesy ham and leek stuffing are a delicious dinner choice. The irresistible filling in these chicken breasts makes them ideal for a low-cost and fuss-free main course. It will take around one hour to whip up this delicious feast but with only 10 mins prep time, the oven does all of the hard work for you. The tender chicken breast glazed in a sticky sweet maple sauce and the cheesy ham and leek stuffing makes this recipe extra special. This recipe serves 4 people and is a great choice for the whole family to enjoy - even if you're the only one on the Slimming World plan.(6 ratings)
Our delicious Moroccan-style slaw is a real winner with the whole family. Mix spices and chilli to red onions, peppers and cabbage in a large bowl and that's really all there is to it - super easy! This twist on the traditional coleslaw recipe is great served with grilled meat or fish as a healthy midweek meal. It's also really quick to make too so you can just whip it up while you wait for the meat or fish to grill. This exotic slaw recipe works equally as well packed into lunch boxes, and it's a healthy and fun way to make your lunch more exciting without adding the unnecessary calories or spending tons of money. And if you're trying to shed pounds or simply trying to maintain your weight, you'll be very happy to know this coleslaw works out only 87 calories per serving - so perfect if you're on a diet! This Moroccan-style coleslaw recipe serves 6 to 8 people but you can easily double up the quantities of the ingredients if you're feeding more people. This delicious recipe will take only 15 mins to make, ideal if you're short on time but still want a delicious side dish.(13 ratings)
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Taking part in the Slimming World plan? Starting to notice that it's taking over your shopping lists and kitchen cupboards? Don't worry, you're not the only one.(119 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 Ė they donít 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 Ė 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.(206 ratings)