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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.

Easy vegan tacos

4.727275

(11 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

4.74375

(480 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

4.814395

(264 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

(3 ratings)

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

3.333335

(6 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

4.47845

(232 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

4.466165

(133 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
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Red lentil & squash dhal

4.71318

(129 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

4.661905

(210 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

4.563635

(110 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

4.81818

(11 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

4.564705

(85 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

4.69014

(71 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

4.375

(8 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

4.72857

(70 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

4.22222

(9 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

3.666665

(3 ratings)

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

4.941175

(17 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

4.292685

(123 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

3.333335

(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

4.81188

(101 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

4.125

(16 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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