Bowl of carrot & lentil soup

5:2 diet recipes

36 Recipes

If you follow the 5:2 diet, try these healthy and filling recipes for fasting days – all dishes come in at under 250 calories.

Spiced carrot & lentil soup

4.56725

(855 ratings)

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

Paillard of chicken with lemon & herbs

4.833335

(24 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.
  • 20 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Chickpea, tomato & spinach curry

4.45299

(117 ratings)

A superhealthy, vegan curry that accounts for 2 of your 5-a-day and is low in calories to boot!
  • 55 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Spiced chicken & pineapple salad

4.69231

(13 ratings)

This colourful salad is packed with contrasting flavours and textures - dress with sweet chilli and coriander
  • 10 mins
  • Easy

Broccoli and kale green soup

3.65

(40 ratings)

This super healthy soup combines broccoli and kale with ginger, coriander and turmeric for a nutrient dense and low-fat lunch
  • 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Teriyaki salmon parcels

4.7551

(49 ratings)

These easy steamed fish parcels with Japanese seasoning are an ideal way to get kids in the kitchen
  • 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Acquacotta

4.625

(8 ratings)

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

Mushroom, spinach & potato pie

3.945455

(55 ratings)

A low fat, superhealthy, vegetarian midweek meal - you can even freeze any leftovers for later
  • 1 hour
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Asian chicken salad

4.592595

(27 ratings)

This easy-to-prepare salad is filled with zingy flavours - the simplified version is great for kids' lunchboxes too
  • 20 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Creamy pumpkin & lentil soup

4.592595

(27 ratings)

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

Baked eggs with spinach & tomato

3.86207

(29 ratings)

A rustic dish with a delicious combination of flavours and just four ingredients, try whipping it up for brunch
  • 20 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Spanish stuffed marrow

4.233335

(30 ratings)

Like its smaller cousin courgette, chunky marrows are great roasted with a strong-flavoured filling like paprika and chorizo
  • 1 hour and 20 mins
  • Easy

Baked salmon & eggs

3.875

(8 ratings)

Do something different with your eggs and smoked salmon by baking into a bread roll for an extra special brunch
  • 20 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Healthy egg & chips

3.96875

(128 ratings)

One that dads will love! This any-time meal is perfect with a helping of baked beans
  • 1 hour and 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Mediterranean sardine salad

4.2

(10 ratings)

A superhealthy salad that's full of intense flavours with oily fish, olives and capers
  • 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Prawn & pink grapefruit noodle salad

4.5

(8 ratings)

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

Lemony mushroom pilaf

4.35294

(17 ratings)

If you're after a lighter alternative to risotto, this low-fat mushroom pilaf is just the ticket
  • 40 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Potato & paprika tortilla

4.333335

(9 ratings)

This thick, traditional Spanish omelette is bulked out with new potatoes and flavoured with herbs
  • 45 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Spiced pepper pilafs

4.22222

(9 ratings)

This colourful vegetarian supper is superhealthy and freezable in individual portions, so you can defrost as many as you need
  • 1 hour
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

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