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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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From lunch and dinner ideas to delicious snack recipes, you'll love these healthy recipes...(1 ratings)
This spicy pork chilli with baked potatoes will keep you warm in a cold autumnal or winter evening. Cook the mince with some garlic, cumin and coriander, not forgetting the chilli powder for extra kick. Tinned mixed beans and tomato passata will complete the tasty set and guarantee a delicious meal. Jacket potatoes are the ultimate British comfort food, so put your slippers on, and for maximum easiness, get your spuds ready-baked from the store and just heat them up in a microwave. Top with sour cream and parsley, and enjoy in good company. For a tasty meat-free version, just use Quorn mince instead, as it works just as well.
Chicken meatballs with a red veg sauce will soon become a real family favourite once you've given it a go. The meatballs have plenty of tasty Parmesan cheese and spring onions which makes them extra delicious. Making your own meatballs is very quick, as the whole recipe only takes half an hour. This is also an easy recipe to cook together as a family, as children can help to roll out the balls or press the buttons on the blender. Just leave the frying for the grown-ups! Sundried tomato purée and cherry tomato pasta sauce with fettucinne pasta make for an excellent sauce to go together with these chicken meatballs.
Looking for something a little more exciting than a ham sandwich? You're going to love these!
Pea, halloumi and sweet potato cakes are an instant winner when it comes to light lunches. The sweet-tasting potato is the base of this savoury cake: soften it in a microwave and scoop out the filling. Lime zest gives the cakes a bit of citrus taste, while the savoury Cypriot-originated cheese halloumi and peas provide texture. Coat the golden-yellow cakes with polenta and fry them in a hot pan. Serve these delicious vegetarian cakes straight away with salad and chilli sauce. This tasty recipe makes eight bigger cakes, or you can make several mini cakes. They are also a great veggie alternative for children's burgers. If you’re on the lookout for health benefits, you’ll be pleased to hear that sweet potatoes are filled with vitamin C, and you’ll get plenty of other important nutrients, too!
From the Hairy Bikers' BBC2 series, Twelve Days of Christmas, this chicken noodle soup is a brilliant way to make full use of chicken leftovers and will keep winter bugs away! This slow cooked soup will take around 2hrs and 40 mins in total but is well worth the wait. This classic Hairy Bikers recipe is comfort food at its finest. A great way of using up leftovers from your Sunday roast, this soup is the perfect option for lunch the next day. Serve with crusty bread and enjoy!(27 ratings)
My twist on a traditional prawn cocktail uses natural yoghurt – giving us lots of gut-friendly bacteria – and avocado to achieve a super-smooth, creamy sauce, as opposed to calorific mayo.
Love a bit of custard on your dessert? Now you don't have to feel guilty drowning your pud in our delicious low-fat custard recipe, because this one won't ruin your diet. This easy custard serves 4 people and will take only 10 minutes to prepare and cook in total. A portion of this low-fat custard works out at only 75 calories per serving. It's the perfect option if you're trying to eat a little healthier and cut down on your sweet treats. This simple custard is made from scratch and uses semi-skimmed milk as well as egg yolks and sweetener to make it lower in fat than your average custard recipe.(38 ratings)
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!
Can’t choose between a burger and a pizza? With this brilliant recipe you can have both at once! Mighty Meatzza is a guilt-free treat, delicious eaten hot or cold and it is so versatile you can enjoy it for dinner, lunch or at a dinner part. The kids will definitely love it too, which means there's no need to make one meal for you and another one for the rest of the family. Using low fat meat mince keeps this recipe nice and lean and the topping ensures that it doesn't dry it out, making for a succulent and tasty meal.
This recipe is a quick, simple but tasty way to turn store cupboard pasta into something delicious and so satisfying. The tenderstem broccoli is always a crowd pleaser as it has that crunch that normal broccoli sometimes lacks and looks so appealing on the plate. The sauce is simple but delicately pleasant on the tongue. You really can't go wrong with this Slimming World recipe. And there's no need to double up dishes if you're trying to watch what you eat, the kids will definitely love this recipe too (and won't even realise it's healthy)! If you fancy mixing it up a little bit then have a go at adding more veggies. They're mostly syn free and will give you a good boost of vitamins and minerals.
This zesty dish of peri peri prawns with red and green peppers and turmeric goes really well with some spicy rice. Let the uncooked prawns soak up the peri peri flavour in a fridge before cooking them over a high heat. The lemon-and-chilli flavoured peppery spice truly brings out the best in prawns. Smoked paprika and green and red peppers with mixed vegetable stock give the rice the extra oomph it needs to really compliment the spicy flavour. This colourful seafood plate looks great and tastes even better, so give it a try!
These mini coconut and cherry tarts with a hint of chocolate will steal your heart away. They're quick and easy to make. Fearne Cotton says: "These would be my desert island dessert essential. They look divine, taste so naughty but are pure goodness, and are fun to make too. They make the perfect tea party centrepiece, and your friends won't believe they are good for you!"
A classic homemade chicken broth with chunky vegetables and rice noodles - a healthy, low-fat lunch or dinner. Garnish with herbs and serve with crusty bread. This recipe serves 4 people and will take 1hr in total to make. It's a great way of using up leftovers in your kitchen cupboards and fridge. This broth can be frozen too if you have leftovers or have made too much and want to save some for another time. You can also store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container or jar for up to 2 days.(21 ratings)
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.(315 ratings)
This roasted ratatouille recipe is a great option for a healthy family meal. Packed with vegetables in a delicious tomato sauce, the whole family will enjoy this dish. This recipe makes mouth-watering roasted ratatouille, perfect served with meats like chicken or beef, and with fish too like cod or salmon fillets. It will take 1hr and 20 mins to make this delicious vegetable dish. This recipe serves 6 people and works out at only 150 calories per serving. Roasting the vegetables before making this ratatouille means each vegetable is infused with a delicious flavour. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days - reheat thoroughly before serving.(37 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 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.