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Low in calories yet still super-satisfying – try our pick of lighter recipes that make the most of flavoursome ingredients, including salads, stir-fries and stews.

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  • Lighter chicken cacciatore

    Lighter chicken cacciatore

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.103 ratings

    The classic Italian 'hunter's stew' gets a healthy makeover, with low-fat chicken breasts, prosciutto and a rich herby tomato sauce

  • Roasted cauliflower with cabbage and sauce on plate

    Whole roasted cauliflower with anchovy sauce

    A star rating of 3.9 out of 5.11 ratings

    Make this gloriously golden roasted cauliflower as an ideal dinner party main. Serve with buttery cauliflower leaves and an addictive anchovy sauce

  • Prawn, fennel & rocket risotto

    Prawn, fennel & rocket risotto

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.42 ratings

    This prawn and fennel risotto gets a little extra kick from lemon zest and and rocket - perfect for a dinner party

  • Mapo tofu served with rice in a bowl

    Mapo tofu

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.12 ratings

    Even if you’re not keen on tofu, give this mapo tofu a go. It’s hot and really strongly flavoured thanks to chilli bean paste, fermented black beans and more

  • Home-style pork curry with cauliflower rice

    Home-style pork curry with cauliflower rice

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.14 ratings

    Lighten up curry night with this healthy recipe - pulse cauliflower in a food processor for a rice-like texture that's much lower GI

  • Seafood paella

    Seafood paella

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.20 ratings

    This impressive Spanish one pot, with monkfish, king prawns and mussels, is perfect for feeding a crowd at a dinner party

  • Smoked mackerel maki rolls

    Smoked mackerel maki rolls

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.1 rating

    Make your own sushi for a low-calorie lunch you can bring to work. Be the envy of the office with these mackerel and veg rolls, don't forget the soy sauce!

  • Egg & rocket pizzas

    Egg & rocket pizzas

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.38 ratings

    Use seeded tortillas as pizza bases for a quick and healthy lunch - crack an egg in the centre and bake to boost protein intake

  • Red lentil & carrot soup

    Red lentil & carrot soup

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.99 ratings

    This warming and budget-friendly vegetarian soup is perfect packed in a flask for lunch. It's also easy to double the quantities and freeze half for later

  • Quinoa tabbouleh

    Quinoa tabbouleh

    A star rating of 3.8 out of 5.16 ratings

    Enjoy this nutrient-packed salad, with juicy tomatoes and cucumber, as a delicious and healthy lunch

  • Paillard of chicken with lemon & herbs

    Paillard of chicken with lemon & herbs

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.38 ratings

    Pounding meat until thin and flat is a great technique for barbecued chicken breast, as it ensures it won’t dry out. Try this version with lemon and herbs.

  • Chilli-stuffed peppers with feta topping

    Chilli-stuffed peppers with feta topping

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.45 ratings

    A satisfying vegetarian supper that packs in 4 of your 5-a-day. Stuff peppers with cream cheese, beans, aubergine and feta

  • Baked tomato & mozzarella orzo in a casserole dish

    Baked tomato & mozzarella orzo

    A star rating of 4.1 out of 5.88 ratings

    Combine red peppers, tomato, orzo and olives in a casserole dish to make this easy vegetarian one pot. The bubbling mozzarella topping is particularly special

  • Creamy tomato risotto

    Creamy tomato risotto

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.220 ratings

    A budget rice dish flavoured with rosemary, basil and sweet cherry tomatoes. An ideal midweek supper

  • Seared steak with celery & pepper caponata

    Seared steak with celery & pepper caponata

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.19 ratings

    Serve lean fillet steak with a rich, Italian-style pepper, olive and caper sauce and wilted spinach

  • Barbecued squid salad

    Barbecued squid salad

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.2 ratings

    Marinating squid before sizzling it on the barbecue or griddle gives it a flavour boost. Accompany with a salad of mango, avocado and black beans

  • Roast sea bass & vegetable traybake

    Roast sea bass & vegetable traybake

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.51 ratings

    Apply a no-fuss touch to fish in this all-in-one Italian-inspired bake with crispy potatoes, roasted peppers and olives

  • Puy lentils with smoked tofu

    Puy lentils with smoked tofu

    A star rating of 3.7 out of 5.11 ratings

    Benefit from the slow-release energy of lentils and wholegrains combined with the rich flavour of smoked tofu, paprika and sweet peppers

  • Sesame chicken salad

    Sesame chicken salad

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.10 ratings

    A fresh and healthy Asian-style salad with Thai basil and coriander, soya beans, carrots and tomatoes

  • Chinese poached chicken & rice

    Chinese poached chicken & rice

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.15 ratings

    A healthy Asian-inspired dish ideal for an easy dinner. Use the leftovers to make our cold chicken noodle salad for the next day.

  • Healthy egg & chips

    Healthy egg & chips

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.154 ratings

    One that dads will love! This any-time meal is perfect with a helping of baked beans

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