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65 Recipes

Tuck into a range of light and healthy meals that are under 500 calories. We've got satisfying stews, curries, pies, soups, tacos, pasta dishes and more.

Chargrilled vegetable tacos with smoky salsa

5

(2 ratings)

Make vegan tacos with a smoky-sweet salsa for a healthy weekend lunch and pack in all of your 5-a-day. Kiwi brings a moreish, fruity dimension to the salsa
  • 40 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Spinach, sweet potato & lentil dhal

4.69784

(139 ratings)

A comforting vegan one-pot recipe that counts for 3 of your 5-a-day! You can't go wrong with this iron-rich, low-fat, low-calorie supper...
  • 45 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Moroccan chicken one-pot

4.81046

(153 ratings)

You don't need a clay pot to whip up a fragrant, North Africa tagine - throw it all in a casserole dish and top with feta, mint and lemon
  • 1 hour and 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Spinach dhal with harissa yogurt

5

(1 rating)

Combine spinach, harissa, yogurt and almonds with our basic lentils recipe to make this fabulous spinach dhal. Packed with nutrients, it's wonderfully healthy...
  • 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Lentil fritters

3.75

(2 ratings)

Rustle up these lentil fritters in just 25 minutes with our basic lentils recipe, courgette and carrot. They're healthy, low-fat and packed with nutrients...
  • 25 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Chicken with mushrooms

4.263565

(129 ratings)

A healthy and low calorie chicken casserole with bacon, peas and a parsley sauce - use chicken thighs for extra flavour and juiciness
  • 40 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Jerk sweet potato & black bean curry

4.45294

(85 ratings)

Serve your vegetable curry Caribbean style, flavoured with thyme, jerk seasoning and red peppers - great with rice and peas
  • 1 hour and 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Red lentil & squash dhal

4.57566

(76 ratings)

A hearty budget meal of spiced red lentils with butternut and tomatoes. Add coriander, cumin, turmeric and a dollop of mango chutney
  • 55 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Chicken korma

4.69725

(109 ratings)

Want a curry without too many calories? Use fat-free Greek yogurt instead of cream for a healthy korma that will give your local takeaway a run for its money
  • 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Pot-roast beef with French onion gravy

4.611485

(74 ratings)

Silverside and topside are cheaper and leaner cuts of meat, well-suited to slow-cooking. The stock and juices make a great sauce when combined with caramelised onions
  • 2 hours and 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Feta & kale loaded sweet potato

5

(4 ratings)

Serve up this sweet potato packed with feta, chickpeas and kale for a healthy lunch or dinner. Topped with pumpkin seeds, it delivers three of your 5-a-day
  • 1 hour
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Healthier chicken balti

4.55

(65 ratings)

A lighter version of the Indian takeaway classic from Angela Nilsen, this tomato-based curry is packed with extra spinach and peppers
  • 55 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Chunky butternut mulligatawny

4.528845

(52 ratings)

This spicy soup with basmati rice and apples is chunky, warming and wholesome - plus its low in fat and calories to boot.
  • 1 hour and 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Chicken & sweetcorn soup

5

(2 ratings)

Make a stock from roast dinner leftovers to create this chicken and sweetcorn soup. The bone broth adds important minerals and it's low in fat and calories...
  • 2 hours and 25 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Spicy meatballs with chilli black beans

4.767855

(42 ratings)

Give your favourite meatballs a healthy makeover with this low fat, low calorie, low GI recipe with turkey mince, black beans and avocado
  • 45 mins
  • More effort
  • Healthy

Super-quick sesame ramen

0

(0 ratings)

Rustle up this warming veggie ramen in just 15 minutes. Think of it as healthy fast food – it's low-fat, low-calorie and low-cost as well...
  • 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Caramelised onion & goat's cheese pizza

3.75

(1 rating)

Make a veggie pizza that's healthy and low-fat instead of ordering a takeaway. This easy recipe uses goat's cheese for tang while the onions give it sweetness...
  • 50 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Duck ragu with pappardelle & swede

5

(5 ratings)

Substituting half your pasta for swede ribbons and the breast of the duck rather than the leg makes this a leaner, but equally delicious, ragu
  • 1 hour and 50 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Mexican penne with avocado

4.241665

(30 ratings)

Get all five of your 5-a-day in this mildly spiced, healthy pasta dish. It's rich in iron, fibre and vitamin C as well as being low-fat and low-calorie...
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

BBQ chicken pizza

3.166665

(3 ratings)

Make a healthy, low-calorie pizza that adds up to three of your 5-a-day and give the takeaway a miss. The barbecue chicken lends a moreish smoky flavour
  • 55 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Celery soup

4.85

(15 ratings)

Cook up a batch of fresh, low-calorie celery soup for a healthy and filling veggie lunch or supper. Serve with chunks of crusty bread
  • 55 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Spicy peanut pies

3.59375

(8 ratings)

Bake our healthy, African-inspired peanut pies for a delicious veggie dinner. A portion provides all of your 5-a-day, plus iron, fibre, folate and vitamin C
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

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