12 quick and healthy dinners to survive the festive season
Feeling like you need a healthy boost but don't have time to cook? Don't worry, these wholesome, fuss-free dishes are ready in 30 minutes or less.
You want to go into Christmas feeling your best, not low in energy and groggy from all the indulgent eating. Maximise nutrition but minimise the stress around meal times during the busy festive period with our super-healthy, super-speedy dinners. They'll be on the table in 30 minutes (or under). We have warming soups, vitamin-packed stews and nourishing noodles to keep you well fed.
Next, check out our all our quick and healthy dishes, budget-friendly healthy meals and satisfying low-calorie suppers. You can also read our guide on how to prevent a cold so you're healthy for Christmas and how to beat indigestion on the day.
Ramen is a great go-to when you want something warm and nourishing. Add whatever veg you have in the fridge, plus we've used tofu to keep it vegan but feel free to mix up the protein. Dried mushrooms and miso paste give the broth plenty of umami flavour, plus the miso packs in plenty of gut-healthy benefits.
All the spicy flavour of a chicken tagine, but ready in a fraction of the time. In just 20 minutes, you can be tucking in to a warming, tangy dish that's stacked with protein. Serve with a herby, nutty couscous for a satisfying supper.
This quick bean stew is topped with crispy prosciutto to add a nice hit of salt, yet it's still healthy and balanced. It’s all cooked in one pot, so it’s easy on the washing up – just what you need during the hectic festive season.
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Bake white fish with garlic and thyme for a lovely light dinner. We’ve served ours with wilted spinach and a zesty pepper, almond and leek mash – giving you a hit of protein and good fats.
Use up leftover chicken to make this chunky, hearty bean soup, which is low in calories and fat. To keep things vegetarian, top with fresh guacamole instead of chicken.
Whip up a nutritious stir-fry in just half an hour. Orange zest, curry paste and fish sauce deliver plenty of flavour with minimal effort, and the dish is full of fresh vegetables and protein-rich prawns.
Anything this green can only be good for you! Whizz up kale, pumpkin seeds, basil and garlic to make the pesto, then stir through wholemeal spaghetti for a healthy vegan meal.
Who knew five ingredients could make something so good? On a dark, drizzly evening, everyone will be happy to tuck into a plate of these cheesy bean quesadillas flavoured with spicy chipotle. Serve with green salad, if you like.
For a guaranteed family favourite, it's got to be spaghetti bolognese. Swap traditional beef for lean pork mince to make a lighter sauce. Serve with wholemeal linguine or spaghetti for a low-calorie, low-fat dinner.
Try something different with this colourful vegetarian recipe. Bulked out with mashed beans, topped with pan-fried feta and finished with a tangy beetroot sauce. It’s cost-effective and on the table in under 20 minutes, too.
Get closer to your weekly dose of omega-3 with this Asian-inspired supper. We’ve served roast salmon fillets with purple sprouting broccoli and comforting sweet potato mash for a really filling, yet low-calorie, dinner option.
Lightly spiced chickpeas, peppers and tomatoes pair perfectly with poached eggs in this fibre-rich veggie supper, which takes only 15 minutes to make.
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