Healthy Ramadan recipes
Looking for ways to eat healthily during the month of Ramadan? These easy, wholesome recipes are ideal for breaking your fast. Try chicken with dates, aubergine pilaf and spicy lamb pie
Nourish your body while breaking your fast with our healthy, wholesome recipes. Prepare these dishes with love and enjoy them for your daily iftar, or save them for celebrating Eid-al-Fitr once the holy month comes to an end.
We've suggested dishes with plenty of carbohydrates, protein and good fats, to leave you feeling satisfied. You'll also find some recipes for suhoor that include oats, nuts, dates and berries – all are excellent for giving an energy boost.
When preparing the below dishes, be sure to select halal meat and vegetarian cheeses which are rennet-free.
Have a read then check out our quick and healthy recipes, vegetarian recipes and easy meal ideas.
Healthy Ramadan recipes
Sumac-roasted chicken traybake
This sumac-roasted chicken traybake is sticky, spiced and tangy. It's easy to throw together, low in calories and gluten-free. Serve with zesty yogurt dressing, flatbreads and rice.
Fattoush with crisp spiced chickpeas
This classic, crunchy salad is a celebration of fresh vegetables. It's a good, filling option for iftar, thanks to the chickpeas and herby pitta croutons. Serve with roast chicken or lamb and some hummus topped with nuts.
One-pot chicken with dates and caramelised lemon
Sweet, sticky dates and slightly sour lemons combine in this impressive chicken dish. Give it a go for an easy alternative to a whole-roasted chicken. Be sure to serve with couscous or flatbreads, for soaking up the juices.
Lamb meatballs with labneh and flatbreads
Combine gently spiced lamb, date and pine nut meatballs with thick, creamy labneh, plenty of herbs and some fresh or pickled veg to make this delicious meal. It's a great one for serving to family and friends.
Yassa is one of Senegal’s favourite dishes and one of the crowdpleasers at Little Baobab, a pop-up London restaurant that celebrates Senegalese food and music. Try Khadim Mbamba's chicken yassa recipe, then listen to his podcast about Senegalese food.
Mie goreng Indonesian noodles
Make our super simple Indonesian-style mie goreng noodles for a quick, filling but low-calorie meal. It's packed with veggies and easy to make.
Turn a handful of storecupboard ingredients into this easy bake and enjoy for suhoor or after your iftar meal. The oats, mixed seeds, dates and peanut butter will keep you energised for hours.
Spaghetti and turkey meatballs
We've kept these meatballs lighter and low in calories by using turkey mince flavoured with garlic and fennel. Serve to a hungry crowd or make multiple portions to reheat and enjoy throughout the week.
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Vegan aubergine curry
Cook aubergine pieces with fragrant spices and red lentils for a hearty, healthy vegan meal that can feed the whole family. Serve with naan, rice and chutney, if you like.
Cacao, banana, date and cashew bars
These no-fuss cacao, banana, date and cashew bars are really easy to make and perfect for a quick energy-boost. Make a big batch and they'll keep for up to a week.
Moroccan tuna kebabs with herb and lemon grains
Nourish your body and break your fast with these Moroccan-spiced tuna kebabs ready in 15 minutes, served with nourishing grains and punchy harissa yogurt. For a more filling meal, serve with pitta breads or fattoush salad.
Turkey keema curry
Packed with fresh and zingy flavours and plenty of punchy spices, this low-calorie, high-protein keema is a great option for a healthy iftar meal.
Cauliflower couscous salad
For a meat-free meal, serve roast cauliflower with giant couscous, crispy fried onions and a vibrant zhoug dressing. It's low in calories but super satisfying.
Chickpea and vegetable koftes with tahini yogurt sauce
Check out these spiced veggie koftes with chickpeas – they are served with a nutty tahini yogurt sauce and come in under 415 calories per serving.
Lamb koftas with jewelled rice
Impress your family and friends with homemade zesty lamb koftas on a bed of vibrant jewelled rice, flavoured with pomegranate seeds, cumin, coriander, cardamom pods, saffron and pistachios.
Make your bolognese meat-free with a rich ragu of dried porcini and chestnut mushrooms, and plenty of vegetables for a low-fat but filling meal. Keep this one up your sleeve for any vegan guests.
Salted honey nuts
Fancy a little of something sweet? Try this delicious medley of almonds, macadamias, cashews, pecans, walnuts, peanuts and seeds, covered in a glossy salted honey sauce.
Shakshuka is a great option for suhoor or iftar as it's pretty filling, especially when served with bread. Spices, peppers, tomatoes and eggs bubbled up in a pan – it's a winner every time.
Berry and nut butter porridge
Start the day with this hearty porridge bowl packed with nuts, fruit and oats. Frozen berries add to the natural sweetness while cinnamon brings a touch of spice.
Not to be confused with deep-fried bhaji, this dry curry recipe is made with aubergines, ginger and plenty of spices. It's vegan, gluten-free and low in calories. Plus, it's easy to double when feeding a crowd.
Figs on toast with goat’s yogurt labneh
Ready in just 15 minutes, so perfect for suhoor, this low-calorie recipe makes for a mouth-watering start to the day. The fruit and honey will give you energy, while bread provides the filling base. You can swap for any bread that you have at home.
Healthy chicken pilaf traybake
Mix things up and make chicken pilaf in a tray, rather than a pot. The rice still cooks perfectly, as does the meat, and it's easy as you simply let the oven do the work.
Warm hummus with pine nuts, raisins and olives
Add this vibrant meze dish to your iftar spread for everyone to enjoy. Sprinkle with jewel-like pine nuts, raisins and olives and serve with warm flatbreads.
Aubergine pilaf with crispy halloumi
For a meat-free pilaf, combine aubergine and halloumi with rice seasoned with ras el hanout and sesame seeds. It's delicious, filling and on the table in 35 minutes.
Butter bean curry (Gujarati Rangoon na vaal)
Tinned beans are a great option for breaking fast healthily as they're packed with fibre and protein. Plus, they make for a filling curry when cooked with fragrant spices. Here, asafoetida gives allium notes to the dish without you having to chop an onion.
Warm aubergine, pomegranate and onion salad
A salad in a slow cooker? Once you’ve seen how easy it is to get soft aubergines without standing over a griddle, you’ll make this again and again. Serve as part of a meze spread.
Spiced-yogurt roast chicken
This roast chicken looks impressive but it's simple to make. Slather the chicken with a spicy yogurt marinade before roasting, then serve with fluffy basmati rice and naan for mopping up the juices.
Spicy lamb filo pie
An aromatic blend of lamb, sweet spices, harissa and sweet potato, all wrapped up in a crisp filo case and drenched in yogurt hummus sauce. This is the perfect pie for serving at iftar.
Slow cooker chicken stew
Groundnut stew is a typically West African dish. Here, the combination of chicken, ginger, spices, peanuts and peanut butter is made in the slow cooker to make things easy.
Saag chana masala
Versatile chickpeas are full of fibre and protein, making them a great option for filling curries to serve at iftar. Everyone will love this classic recipe from Asma Khan of the Darjeeling Express restaurant.
Butternut squash dhal with eggs and crispy onions
Eggs are a good addition to iftar as they're so filling and good for you, too. Liven up butternut squash dhal with soft-boiled eggs and crispy onions to make a vibrant vegetarian dish.
Creamy lamb, spinach and cashew curry
With hints of spice, our curry is a great way to liven up your week. Super creamy, nutty and low in calories, this recipe is perfect for a simple family dinner.
Chicken, giant couscous and harissa broth
Giant couscous adds a springy texture to this wholesome broth, packed with plenty of protein from the chicken, plus spring greens and a kick of harissa.
Healthier lamb and spinach bulgur wheat pilaf
This lighter lamb and spinach bulgur wheat pilaf is ready in 30 minutes. It uses lean lamb, to reduce the calories and fat. Serve with a big, hearty salad, hummus and flatbreads.
Easy shepherd’s pie
Make small individual portions of this simple lamb mince pie and pop a few in the freezer, or make one big dish to serve the whole family. Either way, it will go down very well after a day of fasting.
Spinach, chickpea and potato curry
A great one for making in big batches, this vegan curry uses storecupboard staples such as tomatoes and chickpeas to make a simple, easy curry. Doubling the carbs means this dish is nice and filling.
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