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Kick-start 2024 with good health, from the help of NHS doctor and food writer Dr Chintal Patel. Exclusive to subscribers of the BBC Good Food cooking app, Chintal has created seven days of health-focused dinners to take the pressure off family meal planning. Each dinner serves four and ensures at least two to three portions of fruits and vegetables in each meal.

From her creamy coconut & spinach dhal to her halloumi fajitas and miso chicken traybake, Chintal teaches us a trick or two for healthy family meal planning while showing us quick and easy hacks to up your vitamin count, feel fuller for longer and boost your flavour profiles.

We've even prepared a shopping list to make the transition into the new year even easier. Plus, watch along while Chintal takes us through her dhal and halloumi fajita recipes, available exclusively on the app.

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  • Bowls of spinach daal with salad and rice

    App onlyCreamy coconut & spinach dhal. This is a premium piece of content available to registered users.

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.17 ratings

    "This meal is a complete hug in a bowl. Substituting half of the rice for quinoa not only adds extra wholegrain goodness but also boosts the meal's fibre and protein content. Alternatively, wholegrain brown rice serves as an excellent alternative. A squeeze of lemon juice is an excellent way to include vitamin C, aiding in the absorption of iron from the lentils and spinach." — Dr Chintal Patel

  • Halloumi fajitas with soured cream and guacamole

    App onlyHalloumi fajitas with soured cream & guacamole. This is a premium piece of content available to registered users.

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.15 ratings

    "This fajita recipe is a staple in our kitchen, as it's an effortless way to include colourful vegetables in your diet and achieve of your five-a-day'. You can switch the protein source from halloumi to paneer, tofu or even chicken strips if preferred. It's easily adaptable too, allowing for seasonal vegetable substitutions." — Dr Chintal Patel

  • Bowls of noodles with orange glazed pieces of tofu

    App onlySticky orange tofu with veg-fried noodles. This is a premium piece of content available to registered users.

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.16 ratings

    "An ideal Friday night recipe that captures all the takeaway vibes but is conveniently made at home in no time. This vegan option is perfect for Veganuary, but tofu can easily be replaced with alternative proteins like paneer or chicken. You can also include a couple of eggs in the vegetable noodles, and feel free to swap out the vegetables for seasonal alternatives." — Dr Chintal Patel

  • Sea bass with cauliflower mash & broccoli on a plate

    App onlySea bass with cauliflower mash & parsley sauce. This is a premium piece of content available to registered users.

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.13 ratings

    "An elegant and effortlessly prepared meal, perfect for a Saturday night in or a special date night. Cauliflower offers a wonderfully creamy alternative to potatoes in the mash, and by incorporating carrots, you've already checked off two of your five-a-day and added diversity to the dish. No need to peel your carrots – a thorough scrub helps retain the fibre content. Feel free to substitute the broccoli with any seasonal vegetables of your choice, too." — Dr Chintal Patel

  • Chicken and vegetable traybake

    App onlyMiso chicken traybake. This is a premium piece of content available to registered users.

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.15 ratings

    "With a flavoursome miso marinade and a topping of gravy, this is packed with umami goodness. I’ve used seasonal vegetables for the traybake base adding lots of variety, colours and fibre. When buying miso, always go for fresh miso found in the fridge section. This fermented paste is a great source of probiotics to support gut health." — Dr Chintal Patel

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