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18 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Make these tasty vegan tacos with a smoky-sweet salsa and pack in all of your 5-a-day in one meal. Kiwi brings a moreish, fruity dimension to the salsa

40 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegan
679 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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
Vegan
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296 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 10 mins
Easy
Healthy
2 ratings 3.5 out of 5 star rating

How about a healthy, low-calorie roast chicken dinner? Enjoy this tasty meal with benefits like vitamin C from the salsa verde which helps iron absorbtion

45 mins
Easy
Healthy
Gluten-free
3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star 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
11 ratings 3.1 out of 5 star rating

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
Vegan
271 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

A healthy and low calorie chicken casserole with bacon, button mushrooms, peas and a parsley sauce - use chicken thighs for extra flavour and juiciness

40 mins
Easy
Healthy
154 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Serve your vegetable curry Caribbean style, flavoured with thyme, jerk seasoning and red peppers – great with rice and peas

1 hr and 35 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegan
157 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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
267 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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
141 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

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 hrs and 30 mins
Easy
Healthy
53 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

15 minutes is all you need to whip up this fresh, light and healthy fish pasta with olives, capers and greens

15 mins
Easy
Healthy
21 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Serve up this sweet potato packed with feta, chickpeas and kale for a healthy lunch. Topped with pumpkin seeds, it delivers three of your 5-a-day

1 hr
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
96 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

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
76 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

This spicy soup with basmati rice and apples is chunky, warming and wholesome - plus its low in fat and calories to boot.

1 hr and 5 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
10 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

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 hrs and 25 mins
Easy
Healthy
Gluten-free
91 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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
187 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Serve your pasta with a budget-busting tomato and paprika sauce. It's a healthy choice to boot

25 mins
Easy
Healthy
16 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

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
5 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star 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
39 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 50 mins
Easy
Healthy
151 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

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
8 ratings 3.9 out of 5 star rating

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
188 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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
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