A bowl of noodle salad with prawns and pink grapefruit

250-calorie meal recipes

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

8 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

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

25 mins
Easy
Healthy
5 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

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

11 mins
Easy
Healthy
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7 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 30 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
49 ratings 3.9 out of 5 star rating

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

30 mins
Easy
Healthy
18 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 25 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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

45 mins
Easy
Healthy
Gluten-free
16 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

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

13 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
24 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

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

30 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
6 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

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

50 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegan
11 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr
Easy
Healthy
3 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

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

15 mins
Easy
Healthy
78 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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

35 mins
Easy
Healthy
64 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

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

50 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
19 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr
Easy
Healthy
8 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

Tex-Mex goes healthy with these corn tortillas topped with chipotle kidney beans, pickled red onions, coriander and lime

27 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
6 ratings 3.7 out of 5 star rating

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

18 mins
Easy
Healthy
33 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

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.

20 mins
Easy
Healthy
9 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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

30 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
6 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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

30 mins
Easy
Healthy
1 rating 1.0 out of 5 star rating

Swap cod for a sustainable white fish like pollock and serve with Japanese flavours for a low-calorie supper you'll feel good about

23 mins
Easy
Healthy
1,123 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

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

25 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
32 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

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

50 mins
Easy
Healthy
17 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

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

50 mins
Easy
Healthy
3 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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

40 mins
Easy
Healthy
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