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Healthy starter recipes

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From steaming bowls of homemade soup to vibrant salads, crispy fritters and Indian-style snacks, check out our favourite healthy starter ideas.

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  • Curried kale and chickpea soup in a bowl

    Curried kale & chickpea soup

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.14 ratings

    Rustle up this budget-friendly, healthy soup for a nourishing, easy midweek meal. It's packed with kale, chickpeas, sweet potato and plenty of flavour

  • Smoky tomato, chipotle & charred corn soup in three bowls

    Smoky tomato, chipotle & charred corn soup

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.11 ratings

    Dig out the chipotle paste and make this punchy smoky tomato, chipotle and charred sweetcorn soup. An easy midweek meal, you can freeze any leftovers

  • A serving of vegan pumpkin soup in a bowl

    Vegan pumpkin soup

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.7 ratings

    Make the most of pumpkin season in early autumn with this healthy vegan pumpkin soup. Toast the pumpkin seeds and use as a garnish to add texture

  • 5-veg creamy tomato soup with marmite and spinach pinwheels

    Healthy tomato soup

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.11 ratings

    Enjoy this vegetable-packed tomato soup for a lovely light family meal, with leftovers for the next day. Serve with bread or our Cheese, Marmite & spinach pinwheels

  • Broccoli & pea soup served in a bowl with minty ricotta on top

    Broccoli & pea soup with minty ricotta

    A star rating of 3.5 out of 5.4 ratings

    Make this broccoli and pea soup for lunch or to serve as a starter, and top it with minty ricotta and pine nuts. A healthy dish, it delivers three of your five-a-day

  • Meatball & tomato soup in a bowl

    Meatball & tomato soup

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.62 ratings

    Get three of your 5-a-day in one serving with this healthy, low-calorie tomato soup. The addition of meatballs and giant couscous means it's filling, too

  • Leek, pea & watercress soup served in a bowl

    Leek, pea & watercress soup

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.30 ratings

    Pack in the goodness with this vibrant green soup, packed with leeks, peas and watercress. It's tasty and healthy too, both low in calories and fat

  • Cullen skink served in a pan and a bowl alongside

    Cullen skink

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.43 ratings

    Simmer haddock, potatoes, milk, onion and parsley to make this comforting soup. Serve with crusty bread for a filling lunch or supper

  • Padron peppers served in a bowl

    Padron peppers

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.11 ratings

    Serve these padron peppers as a side dish or starter in a Spanish feast. They're super-simple to make, requiring little prep and just five minutes of cooking

  • Roasted asparagus, pea & egg salad served on a plate

    Roasted asparagus & pea salad

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.16 ratings

    Whip up this quick and healthy asparagus, pea and egg salad and you'll get plenty of nutrients including vitamin C and iron, plus three of your 5-a-day

  • Pumpkin hummus served in a carved out pumpkin

    Pumpkin hummus

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.6 ratings

    Throw a Halloween party and use a carved out pumpkin to make this creamy hummus. At other times of the year use butternut squash or a blue-skinned pumpkin

  • A plate with 4 cauliflower & squash fritters

    Cauliflower & squash fritters with mint & feta dip

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.14 ratings

    Roast the veg on a quiet day and freeze it, then later in the week you can use it to whip up these healthy, gluten-free fritters in just half an hour

  • A plate of chicken satay with sliced cucumber and sweet chilli dip

    Nutty chicken satay strips

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.151 ratings

    Keep these nutty chicken satay strips in the fridge for a healthy choice when you're peckish. The chicken is served with cucumber and sweet chilli sauce

  • Pakora

    Pakora

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.8 ratings

    This pakora recipe from Jaswinder Gill produces perfectly spiced and crispy Indian snacks. Ideal for a family feast, serve with your favourite chutney

  • Baked carrot & nigella seed bhajis with raita

    Baked carrot & nigella seed bhajis with raita

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.7 ratings

    A healthy baked carrot alternative to much-loved Indian side dish onion bhajis. Serve these golden, crispy snacks as part of a thali or curry feast

  • Mini chicken fajitas

    Mini chicken fajitas

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.12 ratings

    These Mexican inspired party nibbles are filled with spicy chipotle chicken and peppers - make ahead for fuss-free entertaining

  • Aubergine & pomegranate flatbreads

    Aubergine & pomegranate flatbreads

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.4 ratings

    Clever nibbles that are ideal for sharing. Top Middle Eastern flatbreads with aubergines, herbs and tahini

  • Chilli-stuffed peppers with feta topping

    Chilli-stuffed peppers with feta topping

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.46 ratings

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

  • Stuffed tomatoes

    Stuffed tomatoes

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.5 ratings

    A big platter of these tomatoes goes well with grilled meat or fish, or makes a lovely starter

  • Prawn & sweetcorn fritters

    Prawn & sweetcorn fritters

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.7 ratings

    These little starters tick all the boxes - healthy, quick and incredibly moreish!

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