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250-calorie meal recipes

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Discover our favourite healthy ideas for lunch and dinner, all coming in at around 250 calories. Choose from vegetarian, vegan, meat and fish options.

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  • Prawn & pink grapefruit noodle salad

    Prawn & pink grapefruit noodle salad

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.9 ratings

    Take a healthy Vietnamese approach to salads by using cold vermicelli noodles with a sweet dressing, shellfish, coriander and mint

  • A glass bowl serving Indian chicken protein pots

    Indian chicken protein pots

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.6 ratings

    Use leftover chicken or buy it ready-cooked for these speedy protein pots. The chicken is combined with spiced lentils and tomatoes and topped with tzatziki

  • Sweet potato & chestnut roast with tangy tomato sauce

    Sweet potato & chestnut roast with tangy tomato sauce

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.7 ratings

    Serve this nut loaf with fresh green veggies as a Sunday lunch. Go for something seasonal like sprouts, broccoli, spinach or any of the leafy cabbage family

  • A casserole dish and plate serving butternut squash & chickpea tagine

    Butternut squash & chickpea tagine

    A star rating of 3.8 out of 5.63 ratings

    Make this tasty vegetarian tagine that kids will love as much as grown-ups. It's a great way to serve four of their five-a-day and it's freezeable

  • Aubergine, potato & goat's cheese gratin

    Aubergine, potato & goat's cheese gratin

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.19 ratings

    This healthy aubergine gratin makes a moreish side dish with lamb but can be eaten veggie as well

  • Radish, lentil & mint salad

    Radish, lentil & mint salad

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.3 ratings

    A combination of sweet, sour and nutty ingredients enhance the different varieties of beautiful radish in this recipe

  • Asparagus salad with a runny poached egg

    Asparagus salad with a runny poached egg

    A star rating of 4.1 out of 5.17 ratings

    A simple, balanced bistro-style salad that's low in calories but high in flavour, texture and nutrition

  • Spicy Moroccan eggs

    Spicy Moroccan eggs

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.25 ratings

    This quick, spicy brunch dish is packed with healthy courgettes, chickpeas, tomatos and spinach. Flavour your sauce with rose harissa

  • Butternut soup with crispy sage & apple croutons

    Butternut soup with crispy sage & apple croutons

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.6 ratings

    The apple and sage contrast beautifully with naturally sweet butternut squash in this low-fat, gluten-free festive dinner party starter

  • Acquacotta

    Acquacotta

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.12 ratings

    This traditional Tuscan soup, which means 'cooked water', is served with a poached egg for extra richness - a perfect starter or light lunch

  • Salmorejo

    Salmorejo

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.3 ratings

    This Andalucian chilled soup is a refreshing Spanish classic - ready in 15 minutes, no cooking required

  • Teriyaki salmon parcels

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.81 ratings

    These easy steamed fish parcels with Japanese seasoning are an ideal way to get kids in the kitchen

  • Creamy pumpkin & lentil soup

    Creamy pumpkin & lentil soup

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.69 ratings

    Whether you're carving a Halloween pumpkin or have picked up a cheap squash, use the plentiful flesh and seeds in this soup

  • Chicken gumbo

    Chicken gumbo

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.19 ratings

    A low-fat Creole-inspired okra and green pepper stew with cayenne, paprika, cumin and thyme

  • Poached fish with ginger & sesame

    Poached fish with ginger & sesame broth

    A star rating of 3.7 out of 5.6 ratings

    Poach your favourite white fish in a light Asian-inspired broth and serve alongside healthy green broccoli, Chinese cabbage, soya beans and spring onions

  • 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.

  • Indian bean, broccoli & carrot salad

    Indian bean, broccoli & carrot salad

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.10 ratings

    Stock up on your super-greens with this vibrant, healthy lunch dish with cucumber raita, mustard seeds and lots of veggie goodness

  • Kale tabbouleh

    Kale tabbouleh

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.6 ratings

    Use bulgur wheat as the base for this Middle Eastern salad of superhealthy greens, feta cheese and spices

  • Spiced carrot & lentil soup in a bowl

    Spiced carrot & lentil soup

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.1164 ratings

    A delicious, spicy blend packed full of iron and low in fat to boot. It's ready in under half an hour, or can be made in a slow cooker

  • Roast pork with apples & mustard

    Roast pork with apples & mustard

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.33 ratings

    Tangy apples and hot mustard ensure this dish is packed full of punchy flavours

  • Griddled courgette & seafood lasagne

    Griddled courgette & seafood lasagne

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.18 ratings

    Superhealthy and lower in fat than a traditional lasagne, this version is also a lot quicker to assemble

  • Creamy prawn & spring vegetable pot

    Creamy prawn & spring vegetable pot

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.3 ratings

    Packed with goodness, this freeze-ahead one-pot is quick to prepare and counts towards your five-a-day

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