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Best ever healthy one-pot recipes

Check out our 19 best ever healthy one-pot meal ideas. All recipes in this collection are under 500 calories and are super easy to make (plus there'll be less washing up)

Persian lamb stew

Save on washing up with this fragrant one-pot Persian lamb stew, packed with nutrient rich chickpeas and warming spices. At under 500 calories its a comforting and healthy family dish that’s great for midweek meals. If you’re in the mood for some indulgent comfort food, we have plenty of recipes here too.

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Persian lamb stew


Freekeh risotto with spring greens

This light and healthy twist on a classic risotto is made with freekeh, a low-fat, high-protein ‘super grain’ made from cracked, roasted green wheat that keeps its bite when cooked. Ready in just 40 minutes, this low cal, easy dish is packed with vitamin rich spring greens too. We have plenty more risotto recipes to keep you going here.


Quick prawn curry

A light and healthy mid-week favourite that you can whip up in just 15 minutes: this quick and easy prawn curry packs a flavour punch with fresh coriander and balti paste. Serve this tasty curry with steamed rice and a lime pickle yoghurt.


Tuscan bean and barley stew

This one-pot Tuscan bean and barley stew is rich and hearty, and ready in just 30 minutes. Make it with any leafy greens you have to hand for a comforting and healthy meal for four that’s under 200 calories per portion.


Pork fillet with pepper stew

Our recipe for pork with pepper stew is an easy to make meal for four thats under 200 calories – perfect for the 5:2 diet. Ready in under an hour, this one pot stew is delicious with fibre packed brown rice or white bean mash. You can freeze any extra too for healthy meals in minutes.


One-pot chicken, leek and beans

A super simple and delicious mid-week meal, this low calorie roast chicken with leeks and beans is just over 300 calories per portion. A great low-calorie alternative to a Sunday roast chicken, you’ll also save on the washing up as it all roasts in the same pan.


Baked eggs with spinach

This baked eggs with spinach dish feels indulgent, but is a great light and healthy brunch option with iron rich spinach, mushrooms and low-fat crème fraîche. Each portion comes in at under 200 calories per serving too.


Kale, pumpkin and bacon pot

This is real comfort food but without the high calorie count. This hearty pumpkin, bacon and kale one-pot has fewer than 250 calories but is bursting with flavour.  Delicious on its own, or serve with crunchy, buttered sourdough toast for a midweek treat.


Tomato and basil stew

A quick and healthy vegetarian one-pan dish, this low calorie tomato stew hits the spot when you want something fast, healthy and full of flavour. Ready in 30 minutes, serve it with a big bowl of basmati rice.


Bowl o’red Texan chilli

This is a true Texan chilli recipe, as it is made with stewing steak rather than mince and without kidney beans. Packed with protein and spices, its a rich and satisfying  one pot dish – especially with the added extras of cheddar, soured cream and tortilla chips! It takes a little while to make, but it’s worth the effort and is sure to please a crowd.


One-pot chicken with cannelloni beans and chorizo

This recipe is a delicious midweek one-pan meal that has bags of flavour, with roasted chicken thighs, cannellini beans and chorizo. Its super easy to make and requires minimal hands-on time (and minimal washing up). What’s more, it comes in at under 300 calories, making it a great idea for those following the 5:2 diet.


Healthier lamb and spinach bulgar wheat pilaf

This light and healthy lamb and spinach bulgar wheat pilaf is great for when you want a satisfying meal in a hurry. Ready in 30 minutes, its under 500 calories a portion and packed full of flavour with warming cardamom and cumin. We love a one pot dish – saves on washing up!


Pea, courgette and artichoke barley risotto

Barley is a healthy alternative to risotto rice that also adds great texture and flavour to this dish. This pea, courgette and artichoke risotto makes for a delicious dish that feels indulgent but is under 300 calories a portion and packed with fresh vegetables.


Vietnamese beef and lemongrass one pot

We love Vietnamese-inspired flavours, and this beef and lemongrass dish is a definite winner. It’s packed with flavour, can be made all in one-pot for minimal washing up, and is also under 300 calories per portion. Serve with jasmine rich and asian greens for a crowd pleasing supper.


15-minute mushroom and tarragon stroganoff

This is a super speedy dish that’s light, healthy and full of flavour from the chestnut mushrooms and tarragon. A great mid-week meal that’s made all in one pot, ready in just 15 minutes and under 300 calories too.


Moroccan veg and chickpea tagine

This fragrant Moroccan vegetable and chickpea tagine is quick and easy to make, low-fat and suitable for vegans too. Its under 200 calories a portion and makes enough for four, but freezes well for when you need a healthy meal in minutes, great for a quick midweek meal.


Three bean, tomato and spinach stew

This bean, tomato and spinach one-pot stew is the ultimate quick and comforting cold weather dish, ready in just 30 minutes. It’s a delicious high protein vegetarian dish, great for meat free Monday, and only 153 calories per serving.


Butternut and sage risotto

This risotto pairs the classic flavours of butternut squash and sage that will hit the spot when you’re craving Italian comfort food. it’s rich and indulgent, but simple enough for weeknights as it’s ready in half an hour and made all in one pan.


Chickpea and squash coconut curry

Chickpeas are high in protein and fibre, making this one-pot curry a great healthy, vegetarian midweek meal that will be on the table in under an hour. To lower the saturated fat and calories in this dish try using Alpro coconut milk alternative which is made with a rice milk base. Find our top healthy curry recipes here.


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