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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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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 1hr 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.
From lunch and dinner ideas to delicious snack recipes, you'll love these healthy recipes...(4 ratings)
The spiced yogurt marinade gives these luscious lamb skewers a sensational flavour. It's traditional way to pack in loads of flavour while also tenderising the lamb for the tastiest results. This recipe serves them with refreshing kachumber salad too as the perfect accompaniment. This is best made at the last minute so the vegetables retain their bite to give the dish a really nice contrast in textures.(2 ratings)
With a long coastline and hundreds of tropical islands, itís no surprise that seafood is a big part of Thailandís cuisine. This simple puts chunky prawns with courgettes and coconut milk to create a curry with an unforgettable flavour. This Slimming World chiang mai prawn and courgette curry combines loads of rich, indulgent flavours while still keeping the calories down so it's perfect if you're trying to be good. The spice paste for the base is so simple to make, too. You can make it in bulk and freeze it to help make dinners midweek super speedy.
Try our delicious healthy wholemeal pancakes recipe which is lower in fat than your usual pancake. Wholemeal foods keeps you fuller for longer - and by using semi-skimmed milk you can enjoy Pancake Day without feeling guilty. This recipe makes 8 regular sized pancakes and will take only 10 mins to cook up a batch. They're a great alternative to your regular pancake mix, especially if you're trying to be healthy. It takes only 3 ingredients to make these pancakes too which means they're so easy to make. Serve these pancakes with homemade compote and fresh berries to make them extra delicious.(42 ratings)
This warming, low-fat pumpkin soup recipe is perfect for Halloween and for Bonfire Night too served with breadstick 'broomsticks'. It's easy to make serving 4 people and taking only 20 mins to prep. This thick and creamy soup is a great way for using up leftover pumpkin in the winter months. Infused with onion and garlic, this flavoured-packed soup is a real winner. Serve with a crusty white loaf or healthy seeded bread rolls and enjoy. This recipe shows you how to make breadstick 'broomsticks' too which are a great side when serving for Halloween - the kids will love them.(101 ratings)
This is a speedy and delicious curry, packed with sweet potatoes and earthy chickpeas. Adjust the spicing to suit your own tastes Ė and have a tasty meal in minutes! With tomatoes, coconut milk and warming chilli, this is a great meal to make when it's cold outside and you're in a rush. The sweet coconut milk balances the heat of the chilli, making this a curry everyone can enjoy. With chickpeas, sweet potatoes, peas and tomatoes, this is four of five a day in one bowl.(19 ratings)
Canít 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.(3 ratings)
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.(2 ratings)
Slimming World's chicken, tarragon and lemon soup is so easy to make. As well as being perfect winter comfort food, Slimming World's chicken soup is a healthy option when it comes to both lunch and dinner. This delicious soup is bursting with flavours thanks to the tarragon and lemon, and the chicken pieces are soft and tender. It will take around 40 mins in total to make this soup - but it's well worth the wait! A batch of this soup serves around 4 people, can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days and can even be frozen if you don't get around to eating it all in one go. Make sure you defrost thoroughly in the fridge before reheating until piping hot.
Joe Wicks' spiced prawns and potatoes are ideal for after you've had a work out. This recipe is packed with carbs and protein to help maintain muscle and keep you feeling nice and full all evening. If you're feeding more than just yourself simply adjust the quantities accordingly and don't be put off by the use of the word 'spicy', this flavour comes from paprika and turmeric making it an ideal family meal, too. Joe says, "All hail the microwave Ė the king of quick carbs. It makes a Lean in 15 life so much easier. This dish is simple but satisfying."(1 ratings)
This delicious breakfast recipe would be just as good at lunch or dinner time. High in protein it's perfect for post-working out. Joe says, 'If youíve ever eaten breakfast in an American diner, youíll know they often have their own version of sautéed potatoes. This is the Body Coach version and Iím sure youíll be coming back for more.'
Our healthy chicken casserole recipe is perfect for cold winter nights, made with plenty of veg and butter beans for a filling meal that's good for you too. The whole family is going to love this recipe, which is packed with nutrients but also something to look forward to. Serve on its own or with crusty bread. This recipe serves 4 people and will take 1hr and 45 mins to prepare and cook. It's the perfect Sunday dinner if you fancy a change from your usual roast dinner. This lighter option is guilt-free which is ideal if you're counting calories or just trying to be a bit healthier in the winter months. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Make sure you reheat thoroughly before serving. This dish works wonders served with new potatoes and fresh greens to add towards your 5-a-day.(79 ratings)
Our lower-fat healthy 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. If you want to make this pasta recipe even healthier, swap the classic penne pasta for wholemeal or brown pasta instead. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Reheat thoroughly before serving.(72 ratings)
These clever Slimming World baked prawn parcels are filled with flavour and goodness and your friends and family will enjoy the fun of opening them at the table. They are so quick and easy to make for something so delicious, what's not to love! Shaving the courgette and asparagus is a great alternative way to enjoy the vegetables and add to the aesthetic and texture of the dish to give a great, fresh crunch. You can use this method for lots of other seafood too. If you prefer shellfish or salmon pop some in instead, just adjust the cooking times slightly to suit!
Soya bean and pea soup is the perfect alternative to a traditional pea soup and doesn't use any dairy produce so can work for any vegan diners too. This hearty, healthy meal is made in minutes with only frozen peas, rocket, basil, stock and soya beans - cupboard staples that you can store for months. This soya bean pea soup is low-calorie but tastes deliciously full fat!(21 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.
Learn how to make falafel with our easy recipe. Traditional Middle-Eastern falafels are perfect served in a pitta with hummus and salad, and this healthy lunch option can be eaten hot or cold. This classic homemade falafel is a great way of using up leftover chickpeas. It's not as hard as you might think! This lunch time favourite will take around 25 mins to cook and 5 mins to prep. This recipe serves 4 people. Any leftover falafel can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. You can serve falafel either hot or cold - the choice is yours! Serve with pitta bread, hummus and handfuls of fresh salad leaves.(20 ratings)