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

Our Persian lamb stew one-pot recipe is really easy and under 500 calories, making it great midweek comfort food. If you’re in the mood for some indulgent comfort food, we have plenty of recipes here


Persian lamb stew

Freekeh risotto with spring greens

Freekeh is made from cracked, roasted green wheat. It works well for risotto as the grains keep their bite when cooked. We have plenty more risotto recipes to keep you going here.

Quick prawn curry

One of our mid-week favourites: a quick and easy prawn curry flavoured with coriander and balti paste. Served with rice and a lime pickle yoghurt.

Tuscan bean and barley stew

This recipe for Tuscan bean and barley stew is a perfect one to have on hand for a quick meal. It’s ready in 30 minutes, serves 4 and is under 200 calories. You can use any leafy greens for this, just whatever you have around.

Pork fillet with pepper stew

Our recipe for pork fillet with pepper stew feeds 4 in under an hour and comes in at under 200 calories – perfect for the 5:2 diet. Plus, you can freeze any extra.

One-pot chicken, leek and beans

This one-pot chicken with leeks and beans recipe is really easy and only just over 300 calories. It makes a great low-calorie alternative to a Sunday roast chicken.

Baked eggs with spinach

Baked eggs with spinach is a great dish for a lighter brunch. It feels indulgent, but baked with spinach, mushrooms and low-fat crème fraîche, this comes in at under 200 calories per serving.

Kale, pumpkin and bacon pot

Sometimes comfort food comes with a high calorie count. Not this delicious pumpkin, bacon and kale pot which has less than 250 calories but feels like a lot more. Serve with crunchy, buttered sourdough toast for a midweek treat.

Tomato and basil stew

Our tomato stew is the best healthy vegetarian main when you want something fast and healthy to serve with rice. Ready quickly in 30 minutes, serve it with a big bowl of basmati rice.

Bowl o’red Texan chilli

This recipe for Texan chilli is true to the traditional style, using stewing steak instead of mince and leaving out kidney beans. Combined with the spices, it makes for a really hearty meal, and the extras of cheddar, soured cream and tortilla chips make it even better. It takes a little while to make, but it’s worth it.

One-pot chicken with cannelloni beans and chorizo

This recipe for one-pot chicken with cannellini beans and chorizo is really easy to make and requires minimal hands-on time. What’s more, it comes in at under 300 calories, making it a great idea for those on the 5:2 diet.

Healthier lamb and spinach bulgar wheat pilaf

This skinny lamb and spinach bulgar wheat pilaf is ready in 30 minutes, under 500 calories and packed full of flavour. We love a one pot – saves on washing up!

Pea, courgette and artichoke barley risotto

Barley is a great alternative to normal risotto rice, and when paired with pea, courgette and artichoke, makes for a delicious summery dish that feels indulgent but is under 300 calories.

Vietnamese beef and lemongrass one pot

We love Vietnamese-inspired flavours, and this Vietnamese beef and lemongrass one pot is a definite winner. It’s a one-pot, so there’s minimal washing up, and is under 300 calories but still packs a punch in terms of flavour.

15-minute mushroom and tarragon stroganoff

This super-quick and easy mushroom and tarragon stroganoff makes for a great, healthy midweek meal, ready in just 15 minutes and under 300 calories

Moroccan veg and chickpea tagine

This recipe for Moroccan veg and chickpea tagine is vegan, low-fat and really easy to make. This makes enough for four, but the leftovers freeze well.

Three bean, tomato and spinach stew

Beans, tomato and spinach for when it’s cold outside: a recipe with a kick, perfect for meat-free Monday with the family. High protein and only 153 calories per serving.

Butternut and sage risotto

Indulgent but easy enough for weeknights. This butternut squash risotto with sage will hit the spot when you need Italian comfort food. Ready in half an hour.


Chickpea and squash coconut curry

This chickpea and squash coconut curry is a great healthy, vegetarian midweek meal. If you can get it, Alpro coconut milk alternative has less saturated fat and fewer calories than regular coconut milk as it’s made with a rice milk base. Find our top healthy curry recipes here.

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